Session: Do the Right Thing - Board Diversity in Tech
Our rules of law are not keeping up with reality for women. Even though California has become the first state to have 30% female representation in the boardrooms of publicly traded companies since the passing of SB826 3 years ago, as of May 2022, this law has just been overturned. Regardless of the debate over board quotas, getting more women onto boards has been proven to allow for better decision making, demographic representation as well as risk reduction.
- For women in STEM, anything is possible. Find out how to go from the classroom to the boardroom.
- Building a life-long network of sponsors and advisors is key.
- Moving the dial on board diversity requires all of us to demand change, especially in light of the overturning of SB826 to require female representation on boards.
- The audience would be women in tech, where the all male boards are still the norm.
- for women at the VP level, board opportunities are starting to open up - no longer do you have to be a C-suite operator in order to attain a board position - find out how in this talk
Kelly brings 20+ years of Asian business development, entrepreneurial marketing, and executive coaching experience to her role as a board diversity advocate and leadership coach.
During her 10 year board tenure at American Money Management, she led the audit committee to provide oversight to a $20 million mutual fund. She is also the national co-chair for Women in Bio’s Boardroom Ready program which has added 110+ board placements out of 126 female life-science executives.
In coaching science and technology entrepreneurs, she has helped founders scaled their growing ventures as well as raised early seed funding. Kelly has also leveraged the management insights and thought leadership developed at Harvard Business School Publishing (HBP) to roll out online leadership training programs for Fortune 500 mid-level managers.
Kelly started her career in sales and marketing at IBM and then moved to business development at Monsanto. At both organizations, Kelly created strategic partnerships with customer and partners to contribute to the bottom-line. More recently, she is active in the San Diego start-up community as a mentor and advisor.