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Ascend NorCal LEAD Panel: Don't Choose To Lose
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When: Tuesday, February 19
From 6 to 9 PM
Where: Protiviti Offices
50 California St
17th Floor
San Francisco, California  94111
United States

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Ascend LEAD Panel:  Don’t Choose to Lose 

Some people do not participate because they are afraid of not doing well, or worse, of losing. Ironically, choosing not to participate will guarantee a loss. While staying put may be the most comfortable choice, it will never get us to the finish line. Success requires getting involved, taking risks, and stepping outside of our comfort zones. Choose to step up and be recognized instead of being forgotten and left behind. This panel explores how the choices we make will ultimately define who we will become. 

Key Takeaways 
• We must dare to compete; competition is the path to career success 
• Choose to participate; don’t shy away from uncertainty and risks; you can always manage risks through effective career management 
• Stepping up to difficult assignments can lead to success 

• Choosing to participate today will impact the results that we see tomorrow 

Cathy Campbell
Managing Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Charles Schwab
Cathy Campbell is the Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Charles Schwab.  In her current role as Managing Director, she integrates diversity and inclusion best practices within leadership and employee development, workforce planning, talent pipeline development, and Employee Resource Group programs.   Cathy also serves on the Board of Directors for The Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, as Chairperson of the Northern California Industry Liaison Group, and founding corporate sponsor of the San Francisco "When She Speaks” Leadership Series produced by RAL & Associates.

Ashok Krishna
Vice President, Downstream & Chemicals Technology
Ashok Krishna is the Vice President of Downstream & Chemicals Technology. In this role, he is responsible for managing Chevron’s technology portfolio and deployment of non-IT technology programs in Downstream & Chemicals. Prior to this role, he served as General Manager of Technology for Global Refining, and Managing Director of Technology Marketing. He sits on the boards of three joint ventures: Chevron Lummus Global, a JV between Chevron and CBI-Lummus, Advanced Refining Technologies, a JV between Chevron and Grace Davison, and Catchlight Energy, a JV between Chevron and Weyerhaeuser. Ashok is a member of the Corp Executive Initiative (CEI), a national network of Asian American executives. Ashok joined Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1977. He has held technical leadership positions in most petroleum refining processes, and has worked in Gulf's Oil's Port Arthur, TX, refinery, and Chevron’s El Segundo, CA, refinery. He holds M.S. and Ph.D degrees in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA. He is married to Kamala (also a Chevron employee) and they have two sons. 

Sesh Ramaswami
Managing Director Strategy, Applied Materials
Sesh is the Managing Director of Strategy in the Silicon Systems Group at Applied Materials responsible for program definition and execution, defining and driving external collaboration and early customer engagement for new products. Sesh is also a co-author of a McGraw Hill book entitled 3D IC Stacking Technology.  Prior to joining Applied Materials, he had semiconductor process development responsibilities Advanced Micro Devices and National Semiconductor. A holder of 35 US patents, Sesh has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Syracuse University respectively and a MBA. Sesh is also on the Supervisory Board of a credit union, an active member of the Rotary Club and has help nucleate two companies in engineering services. 

Priscilla Tuan
Director of Innovation, Marketing, The Clorox Company
Priscilla is the Director of Innovation for the Clorox Company. She is responsible for creating value for the company through white space, adjacency and product innovation across the $2 billion Cleaning portfolio. In Priscilla’s 11 years at Clorox, she has led marketing for a number of brands including Glad, Armorall, Fresh Step and most recently drove double digit growth on the $400 million Hidden Valley Ranch business. Before joining Clorox, Priscilla served as Director of Marketing and New Business for City Year, a non-profit urban peace corps working with diverse youth. She has also worked with Coca-Cola in Beijing and The Timberland Company.  Priscilla holds a bachelors degree in both English and Political Science from Brown University and a masters degree in business administration from Stanford University.

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Non-members: $25

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