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Welcome to the

2019 Womxn of Color Leadership Forum:
Know Your Worth

Western Digital Milpitas Campus

 Milpitas, CA

Thursday, Nov 7th


Cost: $99 early bird registration until Oct 28th / $149 after that


Do you know what value you bring to your organization? Do others recognize it? How do you define your worth? If you are considering these questions, then join us for a day long exploration of what it means to know your worth, how to capitalize on it and why it matters. 
This year’s Womxn of Color Leadership Forum will be held at Western Digital on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:30am - 5:30pm. Hear from amazing speakers, participate in workshops that will elevate your skills and thinking, and meet over a hundred other womxn of color looking to know their worth!
Agenda (subject to change):
8:30am Breakfast & Registration
9:00am Welcome and Keynote 
10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Activity
10:45am - 12:00pm Uncover Your Strengths Workshop with Jeanne Schad
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Trust Your Value Workshop with Akanke Adefunmi
2:45pm - 3:45pm  Realize Your Worth Panel with Womxn of Color Leaders
3:45pm - 4:00pm Closing 
4:00pm - 5:30pm Reception 

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Ginny Lee

Ginny Lee joined Khan Academy in December 2016 as president and chief operating officer after nearly two years as CEO-in-Residence at the private equity firm Alpine Investors. Prior to that, Lee spent 17 years at Intuit, where she held a variety of general manager and business leadership roles.  Ginny was senior vice president and general manager of small business employee management solutions responsible for $650M P&L. Previously she served as Intuit's SVP and chief information officer responsible for the company's technology and business infrastructure. Ginny earned a dual BA in business economics and organizational behavior and management from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Merritt Quisumbing Anderson

Merritt Quisumbing Anderson is a leader in the tech space giving voices to and advocating for communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the workplace. Most recently, Merritt served as GitHub’s Vice President of Employee Experience and Engagement leading the Learning and Development, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Global Workplace Operations, and People Programs Teams. She has over a decade of cross-functional HR leadership experience and is responsible for fostering an inclusive workplace that promotes continued professional growth and amplifies the company’s commitment to diversity and belonging. 

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Mary Bui-Pham

Mary Bui-Pham is Vice President and Chief of Staff, Engineering at providing direct management/oversight of Indeed's engineering across seven global technology sites. Previously, Mary served as Vice President of Global Operations for Media Brands & Products at Verizon Media (formerly AOL and Yahoo). In this role she managed the day-to-day operations of the product and editorial teams responsible for the companies flagship brands including Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports,,, TechCrunch, HuffPost, and many others.

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Sepideh (“Sepi”) Nasiri is an award winning serial Entrepreneur with 16 years of experience working in the Tech Industry, the Founder of Persian Women In Tech, the former Vice President at Women 2.0 and a life-time advocate for women, diversity and inclusion. Mrs. Nasiri started her career as a Co-founder and Managing Editor of a digital and print Los Angeles Magazine and later joined a number of successful startups in Silicon Valley. In 2014, she was recognized by San Francisco Business Times/Journal “40under40” and Diversity Journal’s 2014 “Women Worth Watching”. Currently, Mrs. Nasiri advises early stage startups including at global initiatives such as WeMENA (a program by the World Bank) and mentors globally many female entrepreneurs and founders in technology serving as an advisor to initiatives such as TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). 

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Akanke Adefunmi is a certified coach, workshop facilitator, radio show host, and the founder of Claim Your Shero. Self-mastery–the idea of trusting yourself, acting from that trust, and elevating what you can create and deliver from that mindset is what Akanke helps her clients gain. She believes that leadership is more than a title or something you’re born with. It’s a set of learnable skills and inner resourcefulness that helps leaders to be more agile and resilient in rapidly changing times, and improves their ability to inspire, connect, be decisive, and create a positive environment where everyone feels motivated to perform at their best. 

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Christina Lewis is currently a Finance Director at Western Digital.  Prior to joining Western Digital, she spent the majority of her career in leadership positions at Fortune 100 companies building a reputation as a strategic business leader.  Christina has passion for building community and has led several non-profit and volunteer organizations.  She currently serves as a member of the board of the Silicon Valley African American Community Service Agency.  She holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and a BS in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Jeanne Schad is the Talent Solutions & Strategy Practice Lead for RiseSmart. She is an ICF-Certified coach who has held various roles in coaching and career development for 14 years. Jeanne works with large and mid-sized organizations to help them retain top talent through career development solutions.

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