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  • 07/05/2016 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Club mentoring committee would like to welcome Heather Jerrehian as the newest member of the mentoring committee. Heather brings a wealth of experience to the committee and we look forward to leveraging her talent.

    Heather will join the following Club members on the mentoring committee:

    The mentoring program draws on the wealth of wisdom and experience of Club members to inspire and promote the advancement of Club members.  

    The CLUB provides various engagement opportunities for mentoring.
    The most popular are:
    Micro-mentoring:

    Mentors provide short-term coaching on a targeted topic.

    Mentoring Circles:  

    A formal group of mid to senior level members meet monthly to identify, develop, and integrate personal brands and achieve professional and personal goals. (The Circle requires a formal submission and participants are chosen annually).

    Let Everyone Know You Are Ready to Participate!
    What to be a Mentor?   Looking for  Mentor?

    We are glad to have you on board!  Visit the Club Profile page and make your mentor category selections.

  • 06/10/2016 6:03 PM | Anonymous


    https://www.fastcompany.com/3060748/why-women-from-apple-facebook-and-telsa-are-joining-this-silicon-valley-incubator

    by Lydia Dishman – Fast Company

    A new program aims to boost women’s careers so they can get to the executive level of companies and boards.

    The case for having more female representation in the workplace—particularly at the executive level—is strong.

    An even gender split at one company contributed to a 41% increase in revenue. Research from Catalyst demonstrates that companies with higher female representation in top management outperform those that don’t by delivering 34% greater returns to shareholders. Another report revealed women-led companies perform three times better than the S&P 500.

    We also know that both men and women share the same skills that drive business. Yet the recent McKinsey/LeanIn.org study found that from entry level to manager and from SVP to executive rank, women are less likely to advance. The greatest disparity occurs between the move from manager to director: There is a 79% chance that women managers will reach director level, compared to 100% chance for men in the study.

    The reasons for this disparity range from unconscious bias beginning with the hiring process to women being cautious about promotions, even sexual harassment.

    One group of women aims to break that glass ceiling by helping each other become leaders. Founded in 2013, The CLUB (an acronym for Connect, Lead, Unite, Build) is a diverse community of professional women with over 200 members. Membership is by application and the CLUB also offers networking and member-led skills development and other programming relevant to career advancement.

    To help solve the pipeline problem, the CLUB’s organizers hope to “build a critical mass of women leaders in Silicon Valley, so that when a company needs to fill a leadership position, whether for a CEO, CIO, CTO, general counsel, director, or a project leader, it need not look any further than the CLUB.”

    Laraine McKinnon joined the CLUB in its early days. “I was interested in networking,” McKinnon says. She says she was drawn in by what the name stood for and the inclusiveness of the membership.

    “Women keep their heads down at work. While they often get great reviews, they look up one day and say ‘I’m not being recognized the way I ought to be.’”

    McKinnon soon discovered that even with the CLUB’s focus on career development and leadership, something was missing. Among the women who developed expertise in their fields, many had access to training and leadership development within their organizations. What they didn’t have, according to McKinnon, was the chance to develop their own personal brand outside their workplace.

    “Women keep their heads down [at work],” she says. While they often get great reviews, she explains, “They look up one day and say ‘I’m not being recognized the way I ought to be.’” In an era of social media platforms that can showcase what an individual has accomplished and their viewpoints on industry trends, McKinnon believes there is a big opportunity for women to become known for their personal expertise.

    So she started the CLUB’s Incubator in 2015. McKinnon describes it as an advocacy program designed to help senior leaders accelerate both their careers and personal potential by focusing on community, network, and board readiness, among other areas. McKinnon says there is an aspect of accountability for progress and members are encouraged to engage in discussions on how best to manage challenges.

    The first class had seven incubees from companies such as Apple, Facebook, Tesla, and Adobe. Seeing the response from women at these top firms, McKinnon says, “I knew I was onto something.” A new class began recently with 10 new incubees.

    Overall, the group comes from a diverse set of backgrounds, ethnicities, companies, roles, and leadership styles. Their career tenure ranges from 10 to 35 years and they hold positions that span industries from litigator to full stack developer, rocket scientist to entrepreneur and marketing executive.

    Last year’s group has cited benefits from assistance with the creation of their public profile, to gaining confidence to grow professionally and having a better roadmap to get there. Others said they were able to leverage their newfound knowledge to get a promotion or an advisory role.

    The new group is winning awards and snagging coveted speaking engagements. McKinnon points out that Megan Jones, a partner at the firm Hausfeld, was even selected to attend the United State of Women Summit at the White House.

    In a blog post, another incubee, Olga Mack, also in the legal profession, went from viewing gender inequality as a “hurdle that I could overcome over time if I tried a little harder,” to a radical shift toward action.

    “I started the Women Serve on Boards petition movement (#WomenServeOnBoards) that makes a fiscal and social case for taking initial steps toward gender equality on boards. My first two petitions — to Land O’Lakes and Discovery Communications, two companies on the list of 24 — requests these companies to add at least one woman to its board of directors.”

    Yet gender isn’t always the first point of discussion, McKinnon underscores. “When I am coaching women, I am reminding them that first, they are a leader and they have a style.” She does say that some women feel that their leadership style is informed by gender, but their credentials stand apart from that.

    “For Silicon Valley in particular, bright talent is important,” she notes. It helps, says McKinnon, that people are starting to recognize the diverse teams tend to be more successful. For her part, she doesn’t think changing the ratio of female representation in leadership will take as long as closing the gender wage gap.

    “There is strength in numbers,” she explains, “And that is why we are trying to built this community.” The CLUB’s members and incubees are resilient, she says. “They’ve been through it all and they’ve still got drive and momentum. It’s extremely inspiring,” says McKinnon. “If we can help them as a cohort, it just gives back in spades.”

  • 06/09/2016 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    Do you love bringing people together?

    Have you been a member of the CLUB for at least 3 months?

    Are you looking to expand your network within The CLUB?

    If so, you may be a perfect fit to be the CLUB's Director of Community! We are looking for someone to help steer our many segments and micro communities (SF members, legal leading ladies, aspiring leaders, etc.) and chair our quarterly operating committee meetings. Expected commitment is 3 to 5 hours per month. Check on the discussion on the member's only site if interested.

  • 04/25/2016 5:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Membership Experience Director is an integral role for developing the Club’s brand and enhancing the membership experience for the Club. The Membership Experience Director is responsible for spearheading the new membership experience.  You will serve as the Club’s ambassador for both potential and new members.  You will provide outreach and serve as a central point of contact for potential members, and ensure that new members integrate into the Club.

    As the leader of the Membership Experience, you are in a great position to meet and support other CLUB members, share leadership perspectives, and contribute to your fellow Club members’ professional goals.  This is a new position that will give you the opportunity to create the vision for Member Experience program and build the architecture to run the program.   

  • 01/29/2016 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    In 2011, five women started building The CLUB, to create an environment where women can help women accelerate their collective leadership paths.  In the years that followed, The CLUB has found strong support for building this community that enabled us to grow to 250 members across many professions and generations, while also delivering programming and services and expanding leadership within our organizations.

    To help guide us through the next critical chapters, the Board of Directors has appointed Kristiane Koontz to the role of CLUB President. Annie Rogaski, our president for the past three years, is moving to our Advisory Board and will remain heavily involved in The CLUB. Annie will continue to provide leadership to our Thriving Workplace Initiative, and will continue to walk and talk on Fridays, and to participate in our CLUB events. Diana Olin, who has served on our board for the past two years, will be serving as a consultant for new initiatives. Many thanks to both Diana and Annie for their board service and for the lasting impact they’ve had on The CLUB.

    Please join us in congratulating our new board members, Mindy Morton; Alice Katwan; and Judith Coley as our new 2016 board members alongside existing board members Karen Catlin, Laraine McKinnon, and Kristiane Koontz!

    New Programs2015 Programming Recap

    Our main event for the fourth quarter was our 3rd Anniversary Party at the picturesque Fremont Hills Country Club, with a thought-provoking keynote by Sally Thornton on the future of work and women’s leadership. Sally offered a few time-saving tips: energy gives you more time so exercise is important (aim for 10,000 steps a day); cheat time by finding “multipliers” (e.g., a walking meeting with your team or cooking dinner while listening to a podcast); sleep matters; and outsource what you can (a great cleaning person is totally worth the cost).  Mostly importantly, find work that you’re passionate about.

    2015 signified the inaugural year of our Incubator Program, our Big Read Initiative, and the launch of our CLUBhouse in Palo Alto! Incoming 2016 President Kristiane Koontz presented her vision for the future of The CLUB and the importance of the CLUB’s Thriving Workplace initiative in shaping the dialogue on workplace policies and best practices that will help enable a critical mass of women leaders to thrive.  CLUB members Jennifer Lotz, Kathleen Bost, Jo Ann Woodsum and Judith Coley received CLUBbie awards for their contributions to the CLUB this year.

     

    New Programs2016 Programming Quarterly Theme Announcement

    The CLUB’s Programming Committee is excited to announce the quarterly programming themes for 2016.

    Q1: Power: “Unleash Your Inner Superwoman”
    Q2: Promotion: “How to Brag Your Way To The Corner Office”
    Q3: Prosperity: “Bring on The Abundance”
    Q4: Philanthropy: “You Get Back More Than You Give”

    First Quarter – Power: “Unleash Your Inner Superwoman”

    In the First Quarter, we’ll explore power – how to accumulate power, how to be a strong leader, and how to embrace your superpower to propel you to success.  Despite all of the strides made by women in leadership over the years, the percentage of women holding the very top positions remains disturbingly small.  According to a CNNMoney analysis in 2015, only 14.2% of the top five leadership positions at companies in the S&P 500 are held by women.  Even more startling, out of 500 companies, there are only 24 female CEOs.

    http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/24/investing/female-ceo-pipeline-leadership/

    Equally troubling is the fact that the percentage of female equity partners has remained largely stagnant for nine years now, with women comprising only 16.8 percent of equity partners according to demographic data from Am Law 200 firms.

    http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202726917646/A-Few-Good-Women?slreturn=20151001205058

    Here’s a little homework to get you in the mind set for our First Quarter Theme - Did you know that just standing in a Wonder Woman pose can boost your self-esteem and make you appear more confident and powerful?

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/64462-how-the-wonder-woman-power-pose-might-actually-help-you-get-ahead-at-work

    On March 2, 2016 at Synopsys, the CLUB’s inaugural Incubator participants will host a panel discussion on learnings gleaned through the 12-monthIncubator program and inspire us with their personal leadership journeys.  The panel discussion will be complemented by break-out discussions on developing leadership skills based on the Incubator Honeycomb format and finding your own path to leadership.

    Second Quarter - Promotion: “How to Brag Your Way To The Corner Office”

    While “bragging” can sometimes seem like a dirty word, the reality is that no one will know about your accomplishments unless you toot your own horn from time to time.  We’ll spend the Second Quarter getting comfortable with the idea of self-promotion and how to do it effectively, both within your organization and externally, including through social media and other tools.  CLUB Board member Karen Catlin will give a workshop on self-promotion and teach us how to promote ourselves effectively within our organizations.  Attendees will have the opportunity to perfect their “elevator update” so they can be prepared when the opportunity arises for a little self-promotion.  We’ll also have a workshop on use of social media to promote yourself, and we’ll partner with the Mentoring Committee on a micro-mentoring event exploring individual strategies for self-promotion.

    Third Quarter – Prosperity: “Bring on The Abundance”

    Prosperity often means different things to different people and your definition of prosperity can change as you move through various stages of life.  Whether you want financial security, more meaningful or challenging work, or more time to focus on your personal goals, the Third Quarter will give you the opportunity to find out how to live your most prosperous life!  We’ll have a presentation on financial prosperity by Financial Advisor Laura Jarrell, and, in CLUB Member Kristi Royse’s workshop, you'll create the personal strategic plan you need to make your dreams and goals a reality.

    Fourth Quarter – Philanthropy: “You Get Back More Than You Give”

    The CLUB was founded on a philosophy of women helping women, recognizing that we all have special talents to share and everyone benefits when we help one another succeed.  Adding to that, numerous studies have found that giving back is a critical component of well-being and that people who give back are happier and more fulfilled.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brady-josephson/want-to-be-happier-give-m_b_6175358.html

    In the Fourth Quarter, we’ll put that advice to use and find out how we can get more happiness and fulfillment in our lives by giving back, both within the CLUB and in the broader community.  We’ll also celebrate the CLUB’s 4th Anniversary at the Anniversary Party where we’ll have the opportunity to connect, reflect, and set our aspirations for 2017!

     

    New ProgramsProgramming Committee Needs

    We’re looking for Event Chairs for our 2016 events.  Chairing an event is a great way to develop your project management, presentation, and marketing skills while becoming more involved in the CLUB!  If any of the above events pique your interest and you want to learn more about what it takes to chair an event, please contact Jennifer Lotz.

    RoundupMentoring 2015 Roundup

    The Mentoring Committee expanded the mentoring program with new program offerings in 2015.  We hosted two micro-mentoring sessions with the Programming Committee (resulting in over 60 mentor-mentee connections at the events) and launched the pilot Mentoring Circles program (a year long, in-depth mentoring program to develop personal brands and career plans).  In addition, we continue to support one-on-one and small group mentoring.

    Mentoring Program in 2016:

    Are you looking for guidance on setting your career goals this year?  Have a work-related new year’s resolution?  The mentoring program has a variety of program offerings to help you advance your career in the coming year.  You can take advantage of the program in the following ways:

    1. Apply to be part of the Mentoring Circles Program. The Mentoring Circles Program is designed for members with eight or more years of experience who want to define their personal brands and career plans through self-exploration and reflection, thought partnership and continuous growth.  Through this eight-session program, participants will be challenged to explore their values, strengths, purpose and goals to generate these outcomes.  Participants will exit the program with solidified personal brands and networking strategies to meet their career goals.  For more information and to apply, please click here.
    2. Reach out to a CLUB member for mentoring.  Over fifty CLUB members have offered to mentor fellow members—either as a micro-mentor offering targeted coaching in a single session, or as a formal mentor offering regular, in-depth mentoring.  More details about the program and how to find a mentor are available here: http://theclubsv.ning.com/page/mentoring

    Stay tuned for our launch of virtual micro-mentoring sessions this year.  A micro-mentor will lead a small group discussion on an online video conferencing platform that is easy to use with your laptop, tablet or mobile phone.  We’ll also be hosting our annual in-person micro-mentoring event in the second quarter.

     

    New ProgramsPhilanthropy Update

    Thanks to all the CLUB members who joined us for two great Philanthropy Committee events in 4Q 2015.  The first event was in October, where a team of Club members volunteered during the evening to sort fruit for the hungry.  We had a fun time getting to know each other while helping others and hope more can join us next time.  Then, in November, many thanks to everyone who donated toys (or money for toys) for foster children in conjunction with our anniversary party.  The toys and donations have been delivered to Sleep Train and CLUB members helped make many foster children very happy this year!

    Thank You to our Sponsors!

    In 2015, we had many companies step up and be counted on to support our mission in the Club by supporting our Anniversary Party. When we are choosing who we do business with, we should all keep in mind who chose to support The Club.  Those companies include:

    Service Rocket Kilpatrick Townsend
    Brattle PWC
    Miette procopio
    Wilmer Hale Maiden Lane
    NERA  

    Sponsorship is available for many levels. If your company is interested in sponsoring The Club, please reach out to Megan Jones now.  It is a great way to show support for women across a broad platform in Silicon Valley.

  • 01/21/2016 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    2015 was a growth year for The CLUB, and we would love to get your feedback on what worked for you and what we can do better. Whether you attended programming events, interacted with our segments, or participated in the mentoring program, we'd like to hear about your interactions with The CLUB. We were encouraged by the results from our inaugural "CLUB Effect" survey, and this year we are again asking you to tell us how the CLUB helped you.

    We will use the survey results to focus our efforts this year and to make the CLUB work for you!

    Your feedback is important, so please respond before the survey closes on February 5.

    Take the CLUB 2015 Year in Review Survey Today
  • 01/14/2016 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    The mission of the CLUB is to help women accelerate their leadership journeys. In 2015, the CLUB launched an Incubator program, targeting women who have developed their expertise and are ready to take their career to the next level. At the end of the program, “Incubees” were encouraged to share their wisdom and experience. And so we introduce two new features:

    2015 Incubees

    Last year was the CLUB’s Incubator’s pilot program year. Erin Brooks Sawyer (Purchasing & Supply Chain Executive), Jennifer Adams Draffen (Facebook), Michelle Garrison (Synopsys), Alice Katwan (Genesys), Donna Kolnes (Adobe), Katherine Mendonca (Apple) and Mindy Morton (Procopio) formed the inaugural class of the Incubator.

    The 2015 Incubees use words like “motivating”, “inspiring” and “empowering to describe the program. They found it helped push their boundaries to engage in new areas, helped them better understand and draw upon their strengths, achieve personal aspirations, and inspired them to take their career to the next level and give back to others.

    You can see the individual Incubee’s work in a variety of places, including:

    CLUB Member Spotlight:
    Erin Sawyer: http://theclubsv.org/2016/01/06/member-spotlight-erin-sawyer/
    Katherine Mendonca (http://theclubsv.org/2015/04/08/mendonca/)
    Donna Kolnes (http://theclubsv.org/2015/09/07/member-spotlight-donna-kolnes/)
    Alice Katwan (http://theclubsv.org/2015/09/21/member-spotlight-alice-katwan/)

    Personal Websites:
    Erin Sawyer (https://about.me/erinsawyer)
    Katherine Mendonca (www.katmendo.com)

    2016 Incubees

    The Incubator launched the 2016 program with a diverse group of deeply talented women including


    Front Row, Left to Right: Judith Coley (Ushur), Joselle Deocampo (PwC), Heather Jerrehian (serial entreprenuer), Laura Fechete (mechanical engineer), Anuradha Gali (Shutterfly). Back Row, Left to Right: Olga Mack (ClearSlide), Megan Jones (Hausfeld), Sue Gong (Xilinx), Elizabeth DiGaetano (HelloSign), Leedjia Svec (NASA).

    We encourage you to watch the fantastic women of the Incubator program as they continue to build their career and public presence - and to consider the Incubator program for you and other talented colleagues in the years to come.

    About the Incubator

    The Incubator is an annual program structured around 6 “honeycomb” areas which provide the main focus of monthly meetings and are sequenced in order to be introspective at first and then build progressively to a more external focus.


    Kristi Royse, an executive coach, helps guide the career development segments. External speakers from organizations like LinkedIn and Glassbreakers help round out the content. Mindy Morton helps co-direct the program with Kristi and founder Laraine McKinnon. More information may be found at: www.theclubsv.org/incubator.
  • 01/06/2016 5:57 PM | Anonymous

    The CLUB is thrilled to announce Judith Coley, Chief Marketing Officer at Ushur, Alice Katwan, Vice President of Sales, West Region at Genesys and Mindy Morton, Senior Counsel at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, will join the CLUB's Board of Directors in 2016.

    Judith-ColeysmJudith Coley
    Chief Marketing Officer, Ushur

    A US citizen by choice, and a British citizen by birth, Judith has enjoyed a career that has spanned the globe. Her various roles have seen her crafting and then delivering complex marketing strategies, as well as building awareness and respect for newcomer brands. Prior to joining Ushur where she currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer, Judith led global marketing at mobile video leader Vuclip (acquired by Hong Kong media company PCCW in 2015), and before that created the marketing strategy for PayPal’s Canada operation. Earlier in her career Judith held senior positions at the UK divisions of Apple, AOL, and Adobe, in each case leading marketing or PR and communications at a time when these brands were emergent. In 2015 Judith founded and ran the CLUB's Big Read initiative


    Alice-KatwanAlice Katwan
    Vice President of Sales - West Region, Genesys

    Working in sales at enterprise software companies for nearly 20 years, Alice Katwan leads the Genesys North American West Commercial and Operational activities, which accounts for half of the company’s North American revenue. In 2015, Alice was honored with the Silicon Valley Woman of Influence award and was appointed as an advisor at the venture-funded startup Mesosphere Inc. Alice is passionate about promoting women’s leadership and regularly speaks about how women can succeed in traditionally male-dominated areas, specifically in sales, in high tech and as executives.


    Mindy-MortonMindy Morton
    Senior Counsel, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP


    Mindy, an active member of the CLUB since we launched in 2012, is an internet and intellectual property litigator with a passion for litigating cutting-edge cases at the intersection of technology and free speech issues. She also helps clients resolve disputes involving trade secret, copyright, trademark and patent issues. She is dedicated to doing the right thing the right way. She believes in giving back to the community and mentoring other women, and is active with several nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area.

    Judith, Alice, and Mindy will join existing board members Kristiane Koontz, Karen Catlin and Laraine McKinnon to form the CLUB’s 2016 Board of Directors.

  • 11/30/2015 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to those of you who joined us for our 3rd Anniversary Party last week. We had a fantastic turnout at the lovely Freemont Hills Country Club. CLUB President Annie Rogaski spoke of the growth and achievements in the CLUB over the past year, including the inaugural year of our Incubator Program, our Big Read Initiative, and the launch of our temporary CLUBhouse in Palo Alto! Incoming 2016 President Kristiane Koontz spoke of her vision for the future of The CLUB and the importance of the CLUB’s new Thriving Workplace initiative which will help shape the dialogue on workplace policies and best practices that will help enable a critical mass of women leaders to thrive.

    Club 3rd anniversary
    CLUB members Jennifer Lotz, Kathleen Bost, Jo Ann Woodsum and Judith Coley received CLUBbie awards for their contributions to the CLUB this year, and keynote speaker Sally Thornton provided thought provoking insight into the future of work and women’s leadership.

    For those of you who attended and are not yet members, we invite you to apply to join our organization – click here to complete our short online application.

    If you are already a CLUB member and would like to get more involved, we are currently conducting our leadership drive for 2016 to identify CLUB leaders and committee participants at all levels. Click here to learn more and apply. The application period closes November 30th.

    Our groundbreaking Incubator program is also accepting applications through November 30th. Click here to learn more about the program and apply for 2016. 

    Club 3rd anniversary
    Our Philanthropy committee also conducted a toy drive and donations were collected onsite. The holiday season can be difficult for foster children, especially those arriving in a new home during this time. In an effort to help local foster kids keep the joy of the holidays in their hearts, The Club Silicon Valley is supporting Sleep Train’s Annual Secret Santa Toy Drive, and you can help, too!

    You can donate online through Dec 13th and the shopping will be done on your behalf.

    Finally, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors for this event including NERA Economic Consulting, Service Rocket, Procopio, PwC, Kilpatrick Townsend, Brattle, WilmerHale, as well as our fantastic Programming Committee led by Kate Wilson and Jennifer Lotz for organizing this year’s event.


  • 11/24/2015 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    At its 3rd Anniversary party at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills, CA on November 17th 2015, The CLUB awarded four CLUBbie awards to current CLUB members making a significant impact to the organization.

    The Driver: Jennifer Lotz

    Jennifer LotzDrivers are a special sort of person. Whether they come up with an idea or are inspired by an idea of another, they are the ones who can see what needs to happen to make it come to fruition. Jennifer Lotz, a Freelance Attorney, was one of two CLUB members awarded the Driver award for 2015. Jennifer joined the CLUB in late 2013 and quickly jumped in to contribute as part of the CLUB’s 2014 Programming committee, along with co-chair Laraine McKinnon. Jenn is diligent and detail oriented but also strategic and connected to big ideas. She designed events and moderated panels.

    Pitch Perfect to Mastering the Art and Science of Effective Feedback, to this Anniversary Party – Jennifer has given us the opportunity to learn, connect and have fun.

    The Driver: Kathleen Bost

    Kathleen BostWe had another significant Driver in the CLUB this year – Kathleen Bost, Principal of Kathleen Bost Architecture + Design. Thanks to Kathleen’s leadership of the CLUBhouse committee – and her architecture and design expertise – we have an adorable and hearty CLUBhouse at 650 Gilman in downtown Palo Alto. I hope many of you have had the opportunity to visit the CLUBhouse. If you have, you’ll see the results of Kathleen’s vision.

    Kathleen was the key person driving the design of the CLUBhouse and ensuring the project stayed on track in terms of design and timing. She developed drawings, sourced furniture and flooring, and participated over Facetime when she couldn’t be there in person, updating designs in real time. Part of the reason Kathleen is recognized with the Driver award is that she stayed true to her vision – particularly when getting furnishings for the CLUBhouse.

    The Evangelist: Jo Ann Woodsum

    Jo Ann WoodsumJo Ann Woodsum, Senior Counsel at Carr McClellan, has been a tremendous advocate for The CLUB. Not only inviting those she knows to join, but she proactively suggests ways of getting word out to a broader audience, such as making membership one pagers readily available and encouraging us to bring them to conferences to expand our reach. Jo Ann is a reminder of what made us all excited enough about The CLUB to want to join and build our community.



    The New Initiative Groundbreaker: Judith Coley

    Judith ColeyThis award recognizes an individual for developing and implementing an impactful new initiative for the CLUB. Judith Coley, Chief Marketing Officer at Ushur, identified a program that would serve our community while giving The CLUB a marketing boost: The Big Read. Because of Judith, we now have a quarterly book discussion that aligns with our programming themes, and we have just started publishing book reviews on behalf of The CLUB.

    The winners were announced at the CLUB’s third anniversary event, which was dedicated to Envisioning The Future of Women’s Leadership and featured Keynote speaker Sally Thornton.

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