Congratulations to our Vice President of Automotive Strategy, Michelle L. Avary, who has been named to the 100 top business women in Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Original article by Lynn Peithman Stock, Associate Editor-Silicon Valley Business Journal
“Here’s hoping 2015 is the year that Silicon Valley businesses deliver real gains in wages and equal treatment for women at work. Against that backdrop, [Silicon Valley Business Jounral has] identified 100 of the women we think have made the biggest impact across all professions.
While women have yet to achieve pay and gender equity in the workforce, Anita Scott reminds us that our mothers and grandmothers helped pave the way.
“If I look at my mother’s generation and the minimal amount of opportunities she and others in that period were afforded, against the opportunities I have today, I am exceedingly grateful to be living in this era!” said Scott, who is director of global operations at eBay.
But Scott, one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence, reminds us women have a way to go — and two-thirds of the 100 women we are highlighting this year agree.
“As older generations leave the workforce, younger generations move up through the ranks and they bring with them an evolved perspective – they will have experienced working alongside women and will have recognized that we are fully capable and deserving of leadership positions,” Scott said.
There’s still more to do, she said: “Women mustn’t wait for future generations for this new norm to occur. It is our duty to society — to ourselves, our daughters and granddaughters — to move the bar by actively pursuing leadership roles.”
According to the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute, women make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. population, hold 52 percent of all professional jobs, but they hold only 14.6 percent of executive officer positions of Fortune 500 companies.
We have a long way to go, and two-thirds of our 2015 Women of Influence agree.
“At the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country,” according to The Women’s Leadership Gap report. The report was issued in March 2014 from the Center for American Progress.
In the accompanying slide show, we have 100 fascinating stories about this year’s 100 Women of Influence. Being a woman, a professional and a mom myself, some of the advice, musings and challenges resonated with me.
Anne Kennedy is one WOI I would love to spend time with.
Here’s her take on what she knows how to make: “I know how to sew all sorts of clothes. I know how to make a great real estate agent out of a new licensee. I know how to make a great pot of tea. I know how to make my husband happy. I know how to make two baby boys grow up into beautiful, kind, happy young men. I know how to make great relationships with people that I don’t have much in common with when we meet.”
I’ve never had any interest in being a real estate agent, but after reading about her, I’m intrigued by her enthusiasm and confidence.
And, yes, I’d love to share her favorite gadget anytime. (See her profile here.)
Meet our 2015 Women of Influence:
- Michelle L. Avary of Aeris
- Karen N. Ballack of Weil,Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Aparna Bawa of NimbleStorage
- Stefanie Lingle Beasley ofGentry Magazines and SV Magazine
- Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn of CiscoSystems Inc.
- Rhonda Berry of Our City Forest
- Tammi Blundo of DTZ
- Jill Bourne of San Jose Public Library
- Kelyn Brannon of Arista Networks Inc.
- Alice Brooks of Roominate
- Hema Budaraju of PayPal
- Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns of San Jose City College
- Doreen Cadieux of Deloitte Tax LLP
- Aimee Catalano of Citrix
- Virginia Chang Kiraly of Menlo Park Fire Protection District
- Bettina Chen of Roominate
- Diana Albarrán Chicas of Space Systems Loral
- Elizabeth Wilems Clark of Lockheed Martin
- Sarah Cooper of M2Mi
- Erica G. Courtney of 2020vet
- Gay J. Crawford of Cancer CAREpoint
- Mary Culley of Catalyst Strategies
- Elise Cutini of Silicon Valley Children’s Fund
- Evelyn de Souza of Cisco Systems
- Edna DeVore of SETI Institute
- Donna A. Dulo of Unmanned Aircraft Safety & Security Society, Inc.
- Nuria Fernandez of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
- Heather Gordon Friedland of eBay
- Claudia Galvan of Society of Women Engineers Santa Clara Valley
- Dale Green of Sleepy Hollow Management and Investment Company
- Melissa D. Hardaway of KPMG LLP
- Nancy Householder Hauge, human resources executive
- Pamela S. Hedblad of Abbott, Stringham & Lynch
- Kathy L. Hibbs, Esq. of 23andMe Inc.
- Ari Horie of Women’s Startup Lab
- Sherry Houston of Stroke Awareness Foundation
- Nadia Hussain of Polyvore
- Tricia Iboshi of BlackArrow,Inc.
- Anabel L. Jensen of SixSeconds
- Ann Stimmler Johnson of Interana
- Deborah Juran of RBC Wealth Management
- Tina Kapoor of City of San Jose
- Alice Katwan of Genesys
- Anjali Kausar of Cupertino Chamber of Commerce
- Jennifer Kelleher Cloyd of LawFoundation of Silicon Valley
- Anne Kennedy of Keller Williams Peninsula Estates, Keller Williams Coastside
- Amy Klement of Omidyar Network
- Kelly Kline of City of Fremont
- Sarita Kohli of Asian Americans for Community Involvement
- Ute Krudewagen of DLA PiperLLP
- Ruma Kumar, M.D. of Kaiser Permanente
- Renee La Londe of iTalent Corporation
- Eleanor Lacey of SurveyMonkeyInc.
- Vanessa Larco of Box
- Lori Laub of Yiftee
- Denia M. Leal of San Jose Water Company
- Jacqueline K.S. Lee of Jones Day
- Carrie LeRoy of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Chandra Lopez-Brooks of Career Systems Development/Job Corps
- Kira Makagon of RingCentral
- Wendy Mattes of Jasper Ridge Farm
- Sandra Miley of Vocera
- Marie Millares of San Jose Made (SJMADE)
- Catharina Y. Min of Reed Smith LLP
- Beverly Nabors of MRC Smart Technology Solutions
- Patricia Nakache of Trinity Ventures
- Lucie Newcomb, M.A. of The NewComm Global Group, Inc.
- Phuong H Nguyen, M.D. of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
- Carmen O’Shea of SAP
- Joan Opp of Stanford Federal Credit Union
- Helen Marchese Owen of Marchese Family Properties
- Phuong Y. Phillips of SolarCity Corporation
- Elizabeth Pipkin of McManis Faulkner
- Dr. Yan Qu of ShareThis
- Erin Rand of Service Rocket
- Christina Richards of AOptix
- Melinda Riechert of Morgan Lewis
- Annie Rogaski of HIPLegal LLP
- Kerrie Romanow of City of San Jose
- Jenny Rutherford of Bluescape
- Sherri R. Sager of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
- Dr. Michelle Sandberg of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
- Anita Scott of eBay Inc.
- Saina S. Shamilov of Fenwick & West LLP
- Dana Shaw of ICon Professional Services
- Ilyce Shugall of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
- Catrina Simbe of Robert Half
- Christina Smedley of PayPal
- Allison Spinner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- Debra Springer-Bowman of TechCU
- Sash Sunkara of RackWare Inc.
- Dawn Sweatt of Berliner Cohen
- Erin Teague of Yahoo
- Eva Tsai of vArmour
- Luz L. Urrutia of Oportun, formerly Progreso Financiero
- Lisa Van Dusen of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
- Norma Watenpaugh of Phoenix Consulting Group
- Elizabeth Xu of BMC
- Dori L. Yob of Hopkins & Carley
- AnnMarie Zimmermann of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen”