Join over 5,000 other successful businesswomen on March 22nd for the premiere conference for women in business. Make new connections, acquire new skills, and learn what you can do to be a game changer.

The PBWC Conference line-up will feature powerful speakers, interactive learning, tactical trainings, purposeful networking, and one-on-one coaching to help women advance personally and professionally, to reach their fullest potential as a leader and a game changer at work and in their communities.


27th Annual PBWC Conference

March 22, 2016
8:00am - 5:00pm

Moscone Center West
800 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94107



The full conference lineup will include more than 50 Speakers and more than 20 workshops.
Check back soon - new speakers are added to the website weekly.

Introducing the First of Our Keynote Speakers

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Venus Williams
International Tennis Champion, Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author
Venus Williams International Tennis Champion, Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

Venus Williams is an international tennis champion, entrepreneur and best-selling author. The first African American to reach #1 as a professional in either the men’s or women’s game, Williams has won multiple Olympic gold medals and has over 20 career titles to her name. While at the forefront of tennis, Venus is a leading advocate for equality in women’s prize money. In 2007, Venus became the rst woman in Wimbledon history to receive equal prize money with her singles title. Among her numerous accolades, Williams has been named “Sports Woman of the Year” by Sports Illustrated, profiled on CNN’s People in the News and included in Forbes’ “Celebrity 100 List”. Williams has also won ESPY awards for “Best Female Athlete”, “Best Female Tennis Player” and has been named one of Glamour magazine’s “Women of The Year.” In 2007, Williams launched her own line of athletic clothing called EleVen. She is also the owner of V Starr Interiors, an interior design company in Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter, FL, specializing in residential design. In June 2010, Williams released Come to Win, a best-selling book that includes contributions from a wide range of men and women who have reached the very top of their games – including former CEO and bestselling author Jack Welch, fashion designer Vera Wang, actor Denzel Washington, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Williams resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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Judy Smith, Judy Smith Management
Judy Smith
Internationally Renowned Crisis Management Expert
Judy Smith Internationally Renowned Crisis Management Expert

Ms. Smith honed her skills in crisis management through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time.

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier
PBWC Founder and United States Representative,14th District of California
Congresswoman Jackie Speier PBWC Founder and United States Representative,14th District of California

Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) was founded in 1989 by United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier. The spark for its creation was lit by the overwhelming response to a Women’s Day for San Mateo County Women event led by Speier in 1988.

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Memory Banda
Girls' Rights Activist and Campaigner Against Child Marriage in Malawi
Memory Banda Girls' Rights Activist and Campaigner Against Child Marriage in Malawi

Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls’ rights around the world. She is leading Malawi’s fight to end child marriage through her work with Let Girls Lead and the Girl Empowerment Network of Malawi. Only 19-years-old, Memory championed a successful national campaign that culminated in landmark legislation that outlawed child marriage. Memory works with girl leaders to ensure that village chiefs ban child marriage, end sexual initiation practices, enable girls to finish school and live safe from violence in a country where more than half of girls are married as children. Memory became an advocate for girls  after her younger sister was forced into marriage at the age of 11. She is now a college student in Malawi.

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Conference Hosts

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Cheryl Jennings
ABC7 News Anchor
Cheryl Jennings ABC7 News Anchor

Cheryl is the co-anchor of the ABC7 weekday news and “Beyond the Headlines”, recipient of six Gracie awards from the prestigious Alliance for Women in Media, and is an Emmy award winner.

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Nicole Soluri
PBWC President and Board Chair
Nicole Soluri PBWC President and Board Chair

Nicole was appointed to the Lottery by Governor Brown in early 2012 and applauds the Governor for his commitment to providing women with public sector leadership roles.

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Deepti Srivastava
PBWC Director At Large
Deepti Srivastava PBWC Director At Large

Deepti is an enthusiastic member of Women@Google, and played an active role in Oracle Women’s Leadership, while at Oracle.

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Shirley Gordon
PBWC Director At Large
Shirley Gordon PBWC Director At Large

Shirley is a governing board member of the California FAIR Plan, a board member of the United Way of Kern County and an Executive Advisory Council Member of Leadership California.

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Seminar Speakers

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Betsy Polk
Cofounder of The Mulberry Partners and Coauthor of 'Power through Partnership. How Women Lead Better Together.'
Betsy Polk Cofounder of The Mulberry Partners and Coauthor of 'Power through Partnership. How Women Lead Better Together.'

Betsy helps people figure out how to strengthen collaboration, improve communication, resolve conflict, and achieve goals that stick.

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Carol Isozaki
Founder, Strategic Brand Intelligence
Carol Isozaki Founder, Strategic Brand Intelligence

Carol Isozaki is an executive coach, leadership expert, and speaker with over 20 years of client service, human capital, and leadership development expertise.

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Dale Nirvani Pfeifer
Founder and CEO, GoodWorld
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer Founder and CEO, GoodWorld

Dale is changing the way we connect and the world of money by creating a generosity-based financial system.

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Dr. Jaime Kulaga
Author and Founder of the SuperWoman’s Guide to Fulfillment
Dr. Jaime Kulaga Author and Founder of the SuperWoman’s Guide to Fulfillment

Dr. Jaime has taught and worked with hundreds of women empowering them to discover their own greatness.

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Dr. Michael Kimmel
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University
Dr. Michael Kimmel SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University

A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, The Guardian recently called Michael “the world’s most prominent male feminist.”

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Joel Garfinkle
Author of Nine Books, Executive Coach for 20 Years and Keynote Speaker
Joel Garfinkle Author of Nine Books, Executive Coach for 20 Years and Keynote Speaker

Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 executive coaches in America. He works with executives and leaders helping with Executive Presence, Career Advancement and becoming an Influential Leader.

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Judy Robinett
Speaker, Author and Funding Strategist
Judy Robinett Speaker, Author and Funding Strategist

In her career Judy has led both public and private companies as CEO, and served in management positions at Fortune 500 companies.

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Karen Leland
Author of 'The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build and Accelerate Your Brand'
Karen Leland Author of 'The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build and Accelerate Your Brand'

Karen Leland is the president of Sterling Marketing Group, a branding and marketing strategy and implementation firm, where she works with CEOs, and executives to create stronger personal, team and business brands.

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Karen Purcell
Karen Purcell
President/CEO of PK Electrical, Inc.
Karen Purcell President/CEO of PK Electrical, Inc.

Karen draws on her successful engineering experience to inspire young women to enter into and remain in science, technology, engineering and math related careers with full confidence.

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Kate Levinson
Marriage Family Therapist and Author
Kate Levinson Marriage Family Therapist and Author

Dr. Kate Levinson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC 15955) and holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She has spent more than 20 years studying the interface of money and psychology.

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Maggie Ellis Chotas
Facilitator, Mediator, Board Certified Coach for The Mulberry Partners
Maggie Ellis Chotas Facilitator, Mediator, Board Certified Coach for The Mulberry Partners

Maggie Ellis Chotas is a facilitator and leadership coach for The Mulberry Partners.

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Marissa Payne
Beverage Director, InterContinental San Francisco
Marissa Payne Beverage Director, InterContinental San Francisco

Marissa Payne brings her robust education in wine and beverage to the InterContinental San Francisco as Beverage Manager.

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Mike Moyer
Author, Speaker and Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University
Mike Moyer Author, Speaker and Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University

Mike is an expert at helping people solve specific problems, like splitting equity in their startup company or delivering an awesome sales pitch.

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Rachel Voorhees
Director of Wine Education, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Rachel Voorhees Director of Wine Education, Rodney Strong Wine Estates

Rachel Voorhees is the Director of Wine Education at Rodney Strong Wine Estates. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, where she graduated at the top of her class.

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Tara Wachtel
Tara Wachtel
Winery Chef, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Tara Wachtel Winery Chef, Rodney Strong Wine Estates

Chef Tara currently oversees the culinary department for Rodney Strong Vineyards, and manages ‘The Terrace’ at Rodney Strong Vineyards.

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Tina Seelig
Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University
Tina Seelig Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University

Dr. Seelig teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the dept of MS&E and the d.school at Stanford.

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Wendy Wallbridge
Founder, On Your Mark Corporate Coaching and Consulting, Inc.
Wendy Wallbridge Founder, On Your Mark Corporate Coaching and Consulting, Inc.

Wendy is the producer of the TEDxSandHillRdWomen conference and the Women’s Evolutionary Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley.

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Wokie Nwabueze
Founder, Women Prepared to Lead
Wokie Nwabueze Founder, Women Prepared to Lead

Wokie’s dynamic approach to communication blends her 20 years of experience as an executive coach, attorney, organizational ombuds(wo)man, mediator and communication strategist.

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Individual Registration

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Conference News

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  • Embracing who we are and leading with our strengths will move our country to economic prosperity and workplace equity.

    Jackie Speier U.S. Congresswoman
  • ABC7 is proud to be a sponsor of this annual event that helps women in their professional development by aiding them in expanding their network, sharpening skills, inspiring ambitions, and developing professional talents to their fullest.

    Cheryl Jennings Anchor, ABC7 News

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Platinum Sponors

  • Chevron
  • Intel

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  • AT&T
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Contributing Sponsors

  • USF School of Management