Seeking to create a new model for advancing gender equity, the Bay Area Council on March 18 convened top men and women leaders to focus on the actions companies can take to promote the advancement of women in top leadership positions. The Bay Area Council partnered with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and GenderAllies to present Gender Partnership Summit: The Economic Imperative of the 21st Century. Statistics from various sources, including research by UC Davis, McKinsey and Co. and PwC, show that getting more women engaged in top leadership roles can help meet our growing workforce needs and help drive business and economic growth.

See photos from the Gender Partnership Summit

Speakers included Rep. Jackie Speier; Weili Dai, Co-Founder and President, Marvell Technology Group; Cathy Campbell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Charles Schwab; George Halvorson, former Chair and CEO, Kaiser Permanente; Jim Henry, Market Managing Partner, PwC; Amanda Kimball, author of U.C. Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders; Eric Kutcher, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co.; Peg McAllister, SVP, Lee Hecht Harrison; Emilie Murase, Executive Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women; Kirsten Rhodes, Director, Deloitte Women’s Initiative; Steve Rottler, Vice President, California Laboratory & Energy, Climate and Infrastructure Security, Sandia National Laboratories; and, Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council.

Our special thanks to Marvell, Lee Hecht Harrison and Hanson Bridgett for sponsoring the event, and to the Sobrato Family Foundation for hosting the summit at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits.

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