An incubator of women leaders


  • 11/16/2015 6:04 PM | Anonymous

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

    This story of growth is one heard frequently throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley, as organizations mature and move beyond their startup phase into our building phase.  As we look forward to 2016, we do so from a strong foundation -- stable, established, and ready for our next chapter. 

    To help guide us through these next critical chapters ahead, the Board of Directors has appointed Kristiane Koontz to the role of CLUB President in 2016. As one of the five co-founders, and current Vice President, Kristiane knows the CLUB’s history yet also brings a fresh perspective to charting our future path.  Annie Rogaski, our president for the past four years, will be elevated to our Advisory Board and remain heavily involved in the CLUB, providing leadership to our Thriving Workplace Initiative, continuing to walk and talk on Fridays, and participating in our CLUB events. We thank Annie for her vision and leadership in bringing the CLUB to life and leading the organization over the past four years. 

    Please join us at our upcoming anniversary party on November 17th to celebrate the successes of the past and visions for the future. We look forward to seeing you there as we welcome Kristiane, thank Annie, and work together to build an even more dynamic 2016.

  • 11/11/2015 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    You joined us to accelerate your leadership journey and help other women on their paths.  Now you have the opportunity to join the ranks of The CLUB’s leadership team and/or committees and further your development and the CLUB’s mission!  We are launching our 2016 leadership and committee participation drive to find the next leaders and supporters for the CLUB.

    Over the past 3 years, the programming and reach of the CLUB has expanded significantly as more and more CLUB members have taken on formal and informal leadership roles. For 2016 we are further expanding our leadership structure and roles to best support our continued growth. Our leadership in 2016 will be comprised of the following roles:

    • Board of Directors– We are seeking a few strategic thinkers who can further the CLUB’s reach and also roll up their sleeves to provide leadership and oversight for critical CLUB initiatives.
      Time commitment: 10 to 20 hours per month. 3 year term (minimum).


    • Managing Directors / Operating Committee– A Managing Director will be responsible for the leadership and performance of each CLUB committee. Formerly, we’ve called these roles Committee Chairs. A newly formed Operating Committee will be comprised of these Managing Directors to facilitate coordination and synergies between committees. This leadership body will meet once per quarter as an operating committee and once per quarter with the Board of Directors in addition to any committee leadership meetings.
      Time commitment: 6 to 10 hours per month.


    • Committee Directors– Committee Directors will lead key initiatives and programs within each Committee and will report into the committee’s Managing Director.
      Time commitment: 4 to 8 hours per month.


    • Community Leaders– help organize quarterly informal events for a subset of the CLUB community (e.g. industry, geography, and experience level groups).
      Time commitment: 2 to 3 hours per month.

    We are currently seeking applicants at each of these leadership levels. If a leadership position within the CLUB is not right for you at this time, we strongly encourage you to join one of our committees.

    To apply to leadership positions or to choose a committee to join in 2016, please fill out this brief survey by Monday, November 30th.

    As a CLUB leader, you will be given the opportunity to lead or co-lead teams, with guidance and feedback from other CLUB leaders and/or the Board. You’ll also get to know more CLUB members and deepen the connections you have already made. Please note that some committee leadership positions have already been filled. We will contact applicants for leadership positions to set up interviews later this year.  Please be sure that your members-only site profile is up to date so we can use that for reference as we evaluate candidates.

    We look forward to an exciting and inspiring 2016!

  • 10/21/2015 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    The third quarter was all about building connections for the CLUB. Our strong momentum continued as we :

    • Opened our CLUBhouse – a pop up physical meeting space where we can gather and grow
    • Expanded our influence and impact – through the International Visitor Leadership Program
    • Explored strategies - for “Breaking Through the Silicon Valley Boys’ Club.”

    In the fourth quarter, we’ll gather to “Celebrate Success” and set the foundation for another amazing year. Mark your calendars for:

    • November 3rd – Open House at our new CLUBhouse
    • November 17th – The CLUB Anniversary Party
    • November 30th – Applications due for the 2016 Incubator program

    Read on to learn more!

    New ProgramsNEW PROGRAMS

    The CLUBhouse

    The CLUB is thrilled to welcome our members and guests to use our CLUBhouse at 650 Gilman Street in Palo Alto – come see what it is all about at our

    November 3rd Open House!

    We’ll have several sessions throughout the afternoon / evening to visit the CLUBhouse and network with other members and guests.  Watch our members only site for more details.

    As some of you may recall, four years ago, as the CLUB was being created, the co-founders envisioned a CLUBhouse as the key to our vision – a dedicated space where our members could gather to inspire, energize, and help each other accelerate their leadership paths. Our original vision is being realized with a 6-month “pop-up” CLUBhouse in downtown Palo Alto.  This will enable us to test out our vision, see how our members use the space, and decide whether this will be a long-term pursuit of the CLUB. The CLUB also plans a similar venture in San Francisco in 2016.

    Members can start using the CLUBhouse right away – just fill out an event form to reserve the space. Thank you and congratulations to the Real Estate Committee for this milestone achievement!


    CLUB Incubator

    We are officially launching our CLUB Incubator, an advocacy program designed to give experienced leaders a boost to help propel their career growth and personal potential.

    If it already sounds familiar to you, you either saw the announcement of our 2015 pilot program, or know Erin Brooks Sawyer (Tesla), Jennifer Adams Draffen (Facebook), Michelle Garrison (Synopsys), Alice Katwan (Genesys), Donna Kolnes (Adobe), Katherine Mendonca (Apple) and Mindy Morton (Procopio) who together formed our first cohort in the soft-launch of the Incubator.

    The application period for the 2016 Incubator program is now open - applications are due on November 30, 2015. For more information on the program and eligibility requirements, please see our website, talk to co-Directors Mindy Morton, Kristi Royse or Laraine McKinnon, or one of the 2015 Incubees. If you are an expert in your field, have ambition and drive, and want a little more recognition for it, we encourage you to apply by submitting the 2016 Incubator Application.

    The Incubator would like to recognize Joanna Bloor, representatives from Adobe, Glassbreakers, KLR Consulting, Laurie Kretchmar Associates, LinkedIn, and Olive Grove Consulting for their contributions and support, as well as Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP for their generous sponsorship.

    The CLUB Hosts an International Delegation of Women Entrepreneurs

    Board members Annie Rogaski and Karen Catlin had the honor of presenting the goals and founding story of the CLUB to an International delegation of women entrepreneurs from Latin America who were learning about women's leadership efforts in the U.S., through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.

    The idea of the CLUB was enthusiastically received by the delegation who expressed similar needs to ours – helping each other on their entrepreneurial paths, building strong women networks, and coming together to inspire and help each other.  They had a laser focus on and asked fantastic questions about how to start a similar organization in their native countries, and how they could work with the CLUB.

    We closed the meeting with the promise to keep talking, to figure out how we could make our network and events more accessible globally, to enable women across the globe to take advantage of resources and ideas already developed that could be adapted to different cultures and countries. It was inspiring to see the global interest in the CLUB model!

    International Delegation of Women Entrepreneurs


    Big ReadThe Big Read

    The CLUB’s fledgling book group called The Big Read, is beginning to take flight.  In Q3 we read “Stiletto Network” by Pamela Ryckman – a book that discusses the women’s networks that are bubbling up all over the United States. This was very complementary to the quarter's theme of breaking into the Old Boys’ Club - the book suggests an alternative strategy - of building our own networks. We were excited to be one of the first groups to meet at the CLUB House, and we found it to be an ideal setting for our informal discussion.  At our meeting we rounded off the session with a round–the–room ‘make the ask’ session which provided us with some great new ideas and introductions.

    As the evenings draw in, we have named two books for Q4, the first is by the ever ebullient Mindy Kaling “Why Not Me” which chimes well with the theme of Celebrating Our Successes. The second book is “From Surviving to Thriving” by Australian author Sarah Cordner, which is a book with a lot of optional workshop activities, to help you get set up for a flourishing 2016.

    Whether or not you have read the books you are always welcome to join the meeting, we have found it to be a lovely forum for more in–depth conversations. To receive Big Read updates please join our group: Big Read. Big Read's next meeting will be in early December at the CLUB House.

    Please feel free to email Judith Coley if you would like to learn more about The Big Read or the quarterly books.


    We spent the Third Quarter exploring strategies for “Breaking Through The Silicon Valley Boys’ Club.”

    In July, communications expert and leadership coach, Felicia Spahr, taught us how to improve our presentation skills and craft a compelling message that inspires action by understanding our audience, communicating our ideas succinctly and persuasively, and presenting our message with confidence through body language and speech.  One tip – record yourself speaking and play it back.  Keep practicing until you can present your message with power and authority!

    In August, we partnered with the Mentoring Committee for a micro-mentoring event on strategies for combatting unconscious bias.   We watched a short video presentation from UC Hastings College of the Law professor Joan C. Williams and her daughter Rachel Dempsey, explaining their groundbreaking research on “What Works for Women at Work.” We then broke into small groups for micro-mentoring sessions on each of the four biases to discuss our own struggles with unconscious bias at work, and share strategies for overcoming those biases.

    We ended the quarter in September with a networking workshop led by CLUB member Kristy Rogers who gave us techniques for taking the fear out of meeting new people.  We practiced our new skills in small groups of five, answering both personal and business questions to get to know one another better.  One easy ice-breaker question when meeting someone new – “If I knew you, what would I ask you about?”  Find more networking questions.

    The Fourth Quarter is about “Celebrating Successes.”  Please save the date to join us as we celebrate another year of inspiring women’s leadership with

    The CLUB's Anniversary Party on November 17, 2015 at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    A sit-down dinner will be served and our keynote speaker will be Sally Thorton. Tickets for members will be $50.00 per person and guest tickets will be $80.00 per person.  Each member can bring one guest at the $50.00 member price and significant others and male guests are encouraged to attend!  More details and Eventbrite registration coming soon!

    And, watch for announcements on holiday celebrations and get-togethers from the various segment groups.

    We are starting to plan for 2016!  If you have any ideas for themes, events, speakers, or venues, or would like to get more involved with Programming as an event chair or quarterly chair, please contact Jennifer Lotz.


    The Philanthropy committee is hosting Club members for an event helping community members at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose.  Our event is October 28th from 6-8pm and those Club members who want can join us for drinks and/or food immediately afterwards.  Please rsvp to if you want to join us.  The committee is also looking for new members to join our committee.  Please join our committee on the Club’s group page if you have an interest in helping develop ways in which Club members can meet each other, while giving back to our local communities!


    The CLUB has experienced a year-over-year growth in fully enrolled members of 51% and has produced 8member spotlights by Q3 2015, twice as many as Q3 2014.

    The membership committee continues to welcome new members to the CLUB. Refer friends and colleagues to the application form to connect them to the CLUB network.

    CLUB members featured in the Member Spotlight this quarter:

    If you would like to nominate a member (including yourself!) to be featured in an upcoming spotlight, please email

    MEMBER RECOGNITIONMember Recognition

    If you’ve received an award or know of a CLUB member who has, please email us at for inclusion in our next newsletter.


    There are so many ways to get involved, get connected, and get inspired – if you’re not taking full advantage of your CLUB membership, reach out to any of us to learn how. And to those of you who contribute your talents and energy to lead the CLUB initiatives and programs, THANK YOU. You make an important difference in women’s leadership.


    The CLUB Board of Directors

    Annie Rogaski | Diana Olin | Karen Catlin | Kristiane Koontz | Laraine McKinnon

  • 10/01/2015 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    The CLUB Silicon Valley announces the successful launch of the Incubator - an advocacy program designed to give senior leaders a boost to help propel their career growth and personal potential.

    Seven women were selected for the 2015 pilot program, representing some of the most innovative, successful and renowned companies in the world. Each leader lives and works in Silicon Valley, where the pace is fast, the competition is fierce and resilience and relevance are of utmost importance.

    With an average of 21 years of experience, these leaders know what it takes to make it in the real world. As firms struggle to embrace diversity and grow the number of women in the most senior ranks of their organizations, the Incubator is developing senior women to be ready to take the next promotion or attain that next big job.

    Erin Brooks Sawyer (Tesla), 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.

    A hallmark of the CLUB Silicon Valley and the women of the Incubator is their desire and drive to give back to others who are striving for leadership excellence. Their professional profile will be publicly available in member spotlights, their advice will be shared via a regular blog and they will be available for speaking engagements, career roundtables and mentoring.

    The Incubator was founded by Laraine McKinnon, a long time advocate for women’s leadership, who observed a gap in public recognition for many successful senior female leaders and created the program to address it.

    The CLUB Silicon Valley will run the Incubator program on an annual basis. The application period for the 2016 Incubator program opens in October and applications are due on November 30.

    For more information on the program and eligibility requirements, please see

    The Incubator would like to recognize representatives from Adobe, Glassbreakers, KLR Consulting, Laurie Kretchmar Associates, LinkedIn, Olive Grove Consulting for their contributions and support, and Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP for their generous sponsorship.

  • 09/30/2015 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    Four years ago, as the CLUB was being created, the co-founders envisioned a CLUBhouse as the key to our vision – a dedicated space available to our members to gather to inspire, energize, and help each other accelerate their leadership paths. The Board is thrilled to announce that we are launching our CLUBhouse! Our original vision is being realized with a 6-month “pop-up” CLUBhouse in Palo Alto. This will enable us to test out our vision, see how our members use the space, and decide whether this will be a long-term pursuit of the CLUB. The CLUB also plans a similar venture in San Francisco in 2016. Stay tuned for a Launch Party announcement.

    True to the community of the CLUB, the CLUBhouse became reality through the efforts of various CLUB members:

    • Susanna Jacob brought the opportunity to the Board.
    • Kathleen Bost, co-chair of the CLUBhouse Committee, led the design of the CLUBhouse, to ensure it had a comfortable and inviting feel for our members.
    • Joann Woodsum, co-chair of the CLUBhouse Committee, and members Lianne Kennedy-Boudali and Rhys Cheung, together with Kathleen, worked hard to evaluate feasibility of the space, negotiate for use of the space, and evaluate logistics to make the space easy to use for our members.

    Thank you, Susanna, Kathleen, Joann, Lianne, and Rhys, for helping to make the CLUBhouse a reality!

    Where is the CLUBhouse?

    The CLUBhouse is conveniently located in downtown Palo Alto just off University Avenue, at 650 Gilman Street and is set back from the street, behind 654 Gilman. With ready access from 101, 280, and Caltrain, the CLUBhouse is centrally located in Silicon Valley.


    What type of events will be held at the CLUBhouse?

    This is a cozy space that all members can use for many of our smaller gatherings, such as:

    • Committee meetings or gatherings
    • Segment meetings or gatherings
    • Coffees, lunches, small group dinners
    • Cocktail hours / wine and cheese gatherings
    • Book clubs
    • Think tanks
    • Big idea brunches
    • Mentoring circles
    • Micro-mentoring events
    • Game nights
    • We are limited only by your imagination!

    Reserve your space today!

    It’s simple – just fill out a reservation form (available on the Members’ Site - Club Resources Page) preferably 1 week or more before your event. If available, your event will be confirmed – if not available, we will look at alternative dates. We will provide you with all the information needed for hosting events at the CLUBhouse.

    Help us fully test the CLUBhouse. This is space for you to deepen your connections with other members, so please use the space and let us know how you like it!

    Welcome to the CLUBhouse!

    -The CLUB Board

  • 07/24/2015 6:14 PM | Anonymous

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    Have you received any awards this year? If so, please send us a note at so that we can include you in our upcoming Recognition Report!

  • 07/21/2015 6:14 PM | Anonymous

    The CLUB had an exciting second quarter as we realized a 51% year-over-year growth in members, launched our Big Read book review program, continued to see more members organizing informal gatherings, and hosted two all-members events focused on giving/receiving feedback and board readiness.

    In this update: 

    • New Programs - learn about our Big Read, Thriving Workplace and Pitch Perfect initiatives
    • Round up - news from across the CLUB community including our pop-up CLUBhouse plan and upcoming programming
    • Member Recognition - key awards received by CLUB members this quarter
    • Get Involved - help further the CLUB's mission and your leadership skills by volunteering for one of our open positions

    Read on to learn more!

    New ProgramsNEW PROGRAMS

    The Big Read

    Are you a book nerd or just looking for some tips on how to navigate the workplace, gain leadership skills or improve your networking? Then the CLUB’s Big Read program is for you.  The Big Read selects a book each quarter and organizes reading groups and other programming events associated with the book selection.

    This past quarter we read Patty Azzarello’s Rise: How to be Really Successful at Work AND Like Your Life. In Rise, Azzarello shares her guide to succeeding in the workplace based on three precepts: Do Better, Look Better and Connect Better.

    • The Do Better portion of the book emphasizes the importance of adopting ruthless priorities, i.e., the idea that in order to succeed it is crucial to select one or two priorities with the understanding that many other priorities may need to be shelved until your main goal is achieved.
    • Look Better provides a brief but powerful discussion on developing your personal brand.
    • Connect Better focuses on networking tips including the importance of networking both within your company and outside of your company to the broader community.

    A small group of CLUB members gathered to discuss the book on June 17.  The discussion was wide-ranging - beginning with the basics of the book and then moving on to invaluable sharing of career advancement ideas amongst the group. Group participants strongly recommend reading Rise.

    In connection with the Q3 theme of “Breaking Through The Silicon Valley Boys’ Club," the next Big Read selection is Pamela Ryckman’s Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business in which the author interviews women who have formed their own power networks to advocate for each other in the workplace.

    If you are interested in participating in the next Big Read, join the Big Read group. If you have any questions, please email Judith Coley.

    Thriving Workplace Program

    Current workplace practices no longer serve the interests of companies or their employees. Despite massive changes in the workforce in recent decades, the continued emphasis on long hours, “face time,” and 24-7 accessibility often leads to employee burnout and dissatisfaction while negatively impacting profits.

    We have an opportunity to reinvigorate our outdated workplace structures by transforming them into thriving environments that leverage diversity and maximize each person’s contribution to success. That’s where the CLUB’s Thriving Workplace Program comes in. The CLUB Thriving Workplace Program provides a platform to bring together business leaders, change agents, and thought leaders to pursue realistic solutions to reinvigorate our workplace cultures.

    This new CLUB initiative needs your support in the coming months! Please contact Lianne Kennedy-Boudali or Kshama Swamy for more information on how you can get involved, and join our Thriving Workplace group on the members-only website.

    The CLUB's Pitch Perfect - Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

    Do you have a company, product, service or idea you would like to pitch? Or, are you in a business where you need to pitch yourself or your services on a regular basis?  The CLUB has a new initiative to give members the opportunity to perfect their elevator pitches.  Starting at 6:45 p.m. at the monthly all members CLUB events, up to three members will have the opportunity to give a two-minute elevator pitch to the group and then, in the spirit of learning to grow from feedback, answer up to two minutes of questions or comments about their pitch.  If you are interested in pitching at a future CLUB event, please email Jennifer Lotz.  We look forward to hearing your pitches!

    New ProgramsROUNDUP


    Save-the-Date - Join us on August 25 for a Micro-Mentoring Event on Unconscious Bias.

    Real EstateReal Estate

    Pop-Up CLUBhouses:The CLUB is excited to announce we are in negotiations to launch a pop-up CLUB house in 2015. Stay tuned for further details to be announced in the coming weeks!


    Our community segments have been busy this quarter--if you haven't had a chance to participate in one of these great small-group events, make some time soon!  Our quarter three events will be tied to the theme of Breaking Through the Silicon Valley Boys' Club, which is sure to lead to some interesting and inspiring discussions. Our segments have held over 20 events last quarter, including walk and talks, lunches, big idea brunches, happy hours, and discussions about how perfect your elevator pitch.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about yourself and your fellow CLUB members.  Here are some upcoming events (the details and sign ups are on the events page on the CLUB member website):

    • July 30th - Member Wine & Cheese with CLUB President and Vice President in SF
    • August 13th - Tentative Legal Leading Ladies segment lunch in SF and Cupertino
    • August 25th - A Micro Mentoring Event
    • August 28th - SF Group Embarcadero Walk
    • September 25th - SF Group Embarcadero Walk

    Keep checking the member web site for new events!


    Our Second Quarter was all about “Authentic Leadership” with two events – “Mastering the Art and Science of Effective Feedback” and “Social Impact Through Nonprofit Governance: How to Live Your Passion While Sharing and Building Your Skills as a Nonprofit Board Member.”

    In May, CLUB member Kristi Royse led a workshop examining why we avoid giving and receiving feedback (often because we want to be liked and we are our own worst critics), and how to learn to embrace feedback.  In today’s digital age, making the effort to give feedback in person is even more critical. Did you know that only 7% of any message is conveyed through words, 38% through certain vocal elements, and 55% through nonverbal elements (facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc)? Yet, how many of us have important conversations over email, text message or IM?

    In June, we learned about the personal and professional benefits of non-profit board service from CLUB member Jean Ries, including how to identify suitable board opportunities and the expectations and commitments that come with being a board member in terms of time, talent, and fundraising. Serving on a non-profit board is a fantastic way to use your skills to help advance the mission of an organization you believe in, and can even help develop new talents that you never even knew you had!  Interested in finding non-profit Board opportunities? Check out these resources.

    We hope you’ll be able to join us for our Third Quarter events on “Breaking Through The Silicon Valley Boys’ Club.”  We’ll kick off the quarter in July with events in San Francisco and San Jose on “Advanced Storytelling and Presentation Skills: How to Create a Compelling Message and Persuade Anyone.”

    In August, we'll explore how unconscious bias can hold women back in their careers through a series of interactive micro mentoring sessions. Finally, in September, we'll wrap up the quarter with a session on developing effective networking skills. Find out more about the events and RSVP on our members-only site.

    If you have any feedback on programming, or have a speaker or event idea, please reach out to Jennifer Lotz or Kate Wilson. We look forward to seeing you at future events!


    The membership committee has been hard at work recruiting new members and reviewing applications. The CLUB has experienced a year-over-year growth in fully enrolled members of 51% and the membership committee produced 5 member spotlights in Q2 2015.

    CLUB members featured so far this year in the Member Spotlight include:

    If you would like to recommend a member to be featured in an upcoming spotlight, please email


    Key awards received by CLUB members this quarter

    • Karen Catlin (CLUB Board member) - 2015 Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award
    • Erin Rand (CLUB Advisory Board member) – Silicon Valley Business Journal's 100 Women of Influence 2015
    • Annie Rogaski (CLUB President) – Silicon Valley Business Journal's 100 Women of Influence 2015
    • Alice Katwan (CLUB Member) – Silicon Valley Business Journal's 100 Women of Influence 2015
    • Jen Helms (CLUB member) - 50 Women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley in 2015
    • Judith Szepesi (CLUB member) – IAM Magazine Top Patent Prosecutor 2015
    • Julie Stephenson (CLUB member) – IAM Magazine Top Patent Prosecutor 2015

    If you’ve received an award or know of a CLUB member who has, please email us at for inclusion in our next newsletter.


    Get connected; share your time and talent with the CLUB

    The member's only website has many informal industry / location / experience level based groups that meet up regularly for networking and to discuss issues of interest. Be sure to join any groups that interest you to receive updates on these events. Click here to browse a list of groups (members only). 

    Open Roles at The CLUB: 

    The Programming Committee is seeking:

    • Director of Venues: to help find spaces to hold our events.
    • Quarterly Event Chair for the Second Quarter: with its theme of "Authentic Leadership"
    • Quarterly Event Chair for the Third Quarter: with its theme of "Breaking Through The Silicon Valley Boys' Club"
    • Anniversary Party Swag Bag Coordinator:   We need someone to head up an effort to put together Swag Bags for The CLUB's Anniversary Party in early October.  We would love to have women-owned businesses contribute items to the bags.  For example, a coupon for a free exercise class, a coupon for a free bakery item, a discount off a purchase at a boutique, restaurant, or salon, a free or discounted coaching session, a free or discounted resume tune-up, etc.  It would also be great if one or more of the businesses could provide an actual item to include, such as a cupcake, cookie, chocolate, key ring, notebook, etc.  We need someone to lead this effort by coordinating a team to identify the businesses, obtain the items, and put together the Swag Bags for the event.  This will be a great way to promote The CLUB to women-owned businesses and for businesses to promote themselves to CLUB members!
    • Technology Guru: We need a Technology Guru to help us launch some interactive online events.  If you have a passion for technology, and would like to help us explore possible platforms to host online chats or web-based presentations that are interactive and informative for our members, we need your help!

    If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about any of these important roles for the Club, please contact Jennifer Lotz or Kate Wilson.

    The Sponsorship Committee is seeking:

    • Co-chair / Tech Lead: lead our sponsorship efforts for companies in the Tech sector. Please contact Megan Jones if interested.

    The Membership Committee is seeking:

    • Welcome Committee Lead: responsible for developing new member onboarding approach and execute on approach. Personally reach out, via email, to new members
    • Head of Data & Analytics: responsible for analyzing membership data and provide analysis on key trends. Goal is to provide insights from our membership data to better serve, retain, and attract members

    If you are interested in any of these positions with the membership committee please email


    The CLUB Board of Directors

    Annie Rogaski | Diana Olin | Karen Catlin | Kristiane Koontz | Laraine McKinnon

  • 07/07/2015 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have a company, product, service or idea you would like to pitch? Or, are you in a business where you need to pitch yourself or your services on a regular basis?  The CLUB is starting a new initiative to give members the opportunity to perfect their elevator pitches.  Starting at 6:45 p.m. at CLUB events, two to three members will have the opportunity to give a two-minute elevator pitch to the group and then, in the spirit of learning to grow from feedback, answer up to two minutes of questions or comments about their pitch.  If you are interested in pitching at a future CLUB event, please sign up to be a member.  We look forward to hearing your pitches!

  • 06/10/2015 6:18 PM | Anonymous

    The CLUB has a host of great events this month just for members - we hope to see you at one or all. Click the links below to learn more and RSVP:

    Thursday, June 11th, 6pm - East Bay Happy Hour in Oakland 

    Swing by after work to share a drink with your East Bay colleagues at Penelope in downtown Oakland! We'll enjoy some good conversation, including on the topic of what makes an authentic leader.

    Friday, June 12th 7am - Stanford Dish Walk & Talk in Palo Alto 

    Hope you can join us at the Dish for an invigorating walk and talk, and the best conversation of the day! (recurring, every Friday).


    Tuesday, June 16th, 8am - President's Coffee for New Members in Cupertino 

    If you have joined the CLUB in the last year, please join CLUB President Annie Rogaski for a new member coffee. You'll meet other new members, share why you joined the CLUB, and explore ways to get the most out of your CLUB membership. Bagels and coffee will be served.


    Wednesday, June 17th, 6pm - Big Read Discussion in Burlingame

    Please join us for a lively discussion of this quarter's Big Read. We have been reading "Rise: How to be Really Successful at Work AND Like Your Life" by Patty Azzarello. Don't worry if you haven't had time to read or skim the book, we want to have a great discussion about the topics raised in the book, and we'll provide some notes of the book at the start of the meeting.


    Monday, June 22nd, 6pm - Social Impact Through Nonprofit Governance in Menlo Park

    Come learn about the personal and professional benefits of nonprofit board service, as well as key responsibilities and expectations of board members. Identify the skillsets you offer a board and the nonprofit mission area(s) that fuel your passions.

    Wednesday, June 24th, 6pm - The Club at SF Food Bank

    Please join fellow Club members (and your Philanthropy Committee) at the SF Food bank on June 24th.  We'll spend a few hours helping sort and package up food that the Food Bank distributes to food pantries, children's snack programs, and soup kitchens throughout SF and Marin. This will be a wonderful chance to do some good, while you meet and chat with other Club members.

    We hope to see you soon!

    The CLUB

  • 02/12/2015 6:19 PM | Anonymous

    There's no denying that the recent Newsweek cover story "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women" has garnered a lot of attention. First, the cover art went viral. Many considered it offensive...until they read the story and realized that the artwork suited the article perfectly. Next to buzz were the salacious stories within. They were carefully curated by the author, but still pretty shocking for mainstream media. So now that the fireworks are over and the edition has run its course on the newsstand, how do we keep the spotlight on women's opportunities and drive positive momentum?

    Simple. By connecting women into stronger networks, by supporting one another's endeavors, by building leadership opportunities. You know this as the mission of the CLUB. What you may not know is how the CLUB provided background and positive content for the Newsweek article.

    Late last year, journalist Nina Burleigh reached out to Annie Rogaski, Founder of the CLUB, to get her thoughts on the issues women face in Silicon Valley, and asked for introductions to professional women in Silicon Valley. Nina - who at the time was writing for ELLE magazine - was interested in profiling a young female entrepreneur who was pursuing venture funding. Annie immediately thought of CLUB member Eileen Carey, who was in the process of launching Glassbreakers, a tech startup and peer mentorship community for women. After a couple of conversations, Nina was certain that Eileen and her co-founder Lauren Mosenthal were exactly the right people for her profile. She loved their "hacker-hustler" partnership, and the fact that Glassbreakers is a technology designed for women.

    Nina made a trip to Silicon Valley in December and spent time with Eileen, Lauren and many other people that they suggested. Annie organized a meeting at her firm so Nina could gain perspective from a mix of entrepreneurs and investors - all of whom were connections of the CLUB.

    Just a few months earlier, CLUB Member Laraine McKinnon had been architecting the CLUB Incubator program, and CLUB members Holly Hogan, Katherine Mendonca and Diana Olin each suggested that she meet with Eileen Carey, who could contribute networking expertise. Laraine met with Eileen in August at a Starbucks and (as retold in the article) quickly became a mentor and financial supporter of Glassbreakers.

    In January, an exciting twist came from Nina. She had just taken a job as national politics correspondent at Newsweek, and the first story she was writing was a cover feature on women entrepreneurs trying to make it in Silicon Valley. The article was going to cover Eileen and Lauren as they launched. The issue had an early on-line release (the cover art had been leaked) and hit newsstands on February 6, 2015. The in-depth story reviewed the good, the bad and the ugly for women in Silicon Valley tech. It featured a range of photos, including Eileen and Lauren; the Valley's prominent C-suite women; and - in yet another CLUB connection - a photo of the founders of the Women's Startup Lab, taken in their donated host space, the law firm of CLUB member Mindy Morton.

    Each of these seemingly random events - connecting women into stronger networks, supporting one another's endeavors, creating leadership opportunities - is a success story for the CLUB. There are hundreds of connections and ideas happening through the CLUB. Though they may not always combine to make the cover of Newsweek, they are all critical to our mission to support women and grow the pipeline of women leaders. We encourage you to make the time to reach out to others, mentor, support, share the story and help build on the positive momentum - in Silicon Valley and beyond.

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