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When: 10/6/2009
5:00 PM
Where: Wharton San Francisco
101 Howard Street
Suite 500
San Francisco, California 
United States
Contact: Alina Hua
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Inspire and Motivate: Women's Business Leadership in Times of Transformation and Change

Wharton San Francisco
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA  

Date and Time:
Tuesday, Oct 06, 2009
05:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Women of Ascend and Wharton | San Francisco present:

Inspire and Motivate: Women’s Business Leadership in Times of Transformation and Change

NOTE: Event registration is limited. Please register soon to reserve your spot! Program is open to women and men.

Women of Ascend and Wharton | San Francisco invite you to join us for an evening with a special group of women executives and entrepreneurs who will share their perspectives and experiences about the unique challenges that Asian and multicultural women may have in a business environment during the changing economy in which we live. During this interactive forum, engage in dialogue, learn practical strategies and explore past successes to help drive your own success and impact in your life, organization or company. 

The speakers will share perspectives on a broad range of relevant topics including, "Thriving and Not Just Surviving in a Changing Global Economy", "Utilizing Spheres of Influence and Managing Corporate Politics", "Being a Leader of Change" and "Creating Your Own Path Forward". The rich diversity of experiences and industry background of speakers will help you start preparing for 2010 and beyond. The program includes an opportunity for you to network with other participants in small groups with executive mentors and share your personal experiences. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Jeannette DeLaGarza, Managing Director, Wells Fargo
Surita Jolly, Partner, Ernst & Young
Leslie Tang Schilling, Founder, Union Square Investment Company 
Helen Loh, Vice President of Digital Marketing, Charles Schwab

Moderator: Anna Mok, Partner, Deloitte & Touche

-Deloitte & Touche
-Ernst & Young

Community Partners: 
-Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
-National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
-Society of Asian Women Leaders (SAWL)

Hosted by ASCEND Northern California Chapter

Light dinner and beverages provided.

$25 – Ascend Members
$45 – Non-members

Not an Ascend member yet? Join as a member when registering for this event and we’ll waive your registration fee for this program! For more information about membership, please visit:

Anna Mok
Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Anna Mok has served some of the largest and most prestigious client relationships of Deloitte. She works with clients in financial services and high technology and also has significant life sciences, health care, and consumer business experience. She is the Northern Pacific leader and National Leader for regions for Deloitte’s risk advisory consulting organization, which includes accounting advisory, capital markets, security and privacy, governance, regulatory and risk services. During her 20-year career at Deloitte, she has provided consulting, advisory, and assurance services in a variety of business areas.


Jeannette DeLaGarza
Managing Director, Wells Fargo

Jeannette DeLaGarza is a senior vice president and managing director of Wells Fargo Wholesale University which manages and delivers training resources that are primarily focused on developing the credit management skills of financial analysts, relationship managers and other credit practitioners. With more than 20 years of experience in areas including Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking Credit Administration, Specialized Financial Services, Special Properties, and Commercial Real Estate, Jeannette assumed her current role in 2005. Jeannette served as managing director and head of Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Servicing from 1995 to 2005 and was responsible for a $50 billion investor-owned commercial real estate loan portfolio. Prior to this role Jeannette held relationship management positions in commercial real estate lending divisions in Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Surita Jolly
Partner, Ernst & Young

Surita has over 17 years of audit experience with Ernst & Young and is a partner in the Palo Alto life sciences practice. Surita has worked with a broad array of clients, ranging from large publicly-traded international entities to early-stage start-up businesses. Surita has advised executive management teams on technical accounting and reporting issues, including business combinations, fair value, financial instruments, stock-based compensation, revenue recognition and SEC reporting requirements. Surita has worked closely with her clients as they have structured license and collaboration agreements with third parties. In addition to life sciences, Surita has also served a variety of other industries during her 17 years with E&Y including manufacturing, retail, technology and E-commerce. 

Helen Loh
Vice President, Digital Marketing, Charles Schwab

As Vice President of Digital Marketing at Charles Schwab, Helen Loh is responsible for digital content and marketing strategy across Schwab’s proprietary websites. Under Helen’s leadership, Schwab has introduced innovations to personalize the web experience, deepen client relationships and bring to life Schwab’s brand value of advocacy. 

Leslie Schilling
Founder, Union Square Investment Company

Although born in NY, Leslie Schilling spent her first 17 years in Hong Kong. In 1972 she left to attend UC Berkeley in California where she earned a BA in Economics and Political Science. During her time at Berkeley, Leslie spent her junior year at the University of Kent, Canterbury. After graduation, she worked at Wells Fargo Bank for 2 years as an assistant portfolio manager in the Private Trust Division. After earning a Masters in International Management, Leslie started a Real Estate investment business in San Francisco. Union Square Investment Company now encompasses a full range of investment management. She is a Registered Investment Advisor (Series 7).

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds or cancellations permitted

Price: Regular (Sep 21, 2009 - Oct 06, 2009)
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