Women Empowerment, Leadership & Diversity Chapter


In partnership with the IAOP Women Empowerment, Leadership & Diversity Chapter,  The IAOP NorCal Chapter presents:


Date: October 23, 2019   Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM   Location: Cervin Ventures, 140 Geary Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94108


You already know the importance of seeking out diverse perspectives when it comes to innovation.  Here is your chance to learn more about how organizations in vastly different industries are stretching traditional boundaries to reimagine future products, services, and experiences.    We warmly welcome the Northern California community to enjoy lively discussion, interactive design thinking exercises, and networking. If you’re not local, please join us by live stream.



Chet Dhruna, Director, Vehicle Programs, UBER; Mark McCormick, Senior Vice President and Enterprise Strategist, Wells Fargo; Jenna Chamra, VP, Nexient and YOU!



5:00 - Registration and Networking

5:15 - Welcome: Debi Hamill, CEO, IAOP and Cristin Balog, Chief Marketing Officer, Nexient

5:20 - Introductions: Mark McCormick, Wells Fargo      Mark discusses diversity and inclusion and their relationship to design thinking—and how the combination can unlock innovation and profit in any company.

5:35 -  Panel Discussion: Mark McCormick, Chet Dhruna and Jenna Chamra     The panel discusses the challenges, opportunities, and power of tapping diversity and design thinking principles into their work in financial services, next-generation automotive design and other diverse industries.

6:15 -  Q/A

6:30 - Closing and Networking: Arindam Ray, Infosys (Co-Chair)


Sponsored By










  • Debi Hamill, CEO, IAOP
  • Chitra Rajeshwari, COP,  Executive Director, Avasant Foundation 
  • Maura Hudson, COP, Senior Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development, Newmark Knight Frank
  • Wendy Shlensky, Vice President, Analyst & Advisor Relations, HGS
  • Heidi Solomon-Orlick, Vice President Global Sales, VXI
  • Joe Hogan, COP,  Vice President, HCL Technologies
  • Casey Alexis,  Director, Customer Experience, Neo Group
  • Shimona Chadha, Sr. Director of Marketing, HCL,
  • Cristin Balog, CMO, Nexient






The Women Empowerment Chapter is chartered with promoting discussion among IAOP members on how outsourcing can be used as a powerful tool for women empowerment on a global basis. The chapter examines policies and practices for outsourcing that support women empowerment and creates opportunities for members to work together in addition to showcasing best practice examples for our members to adopt within their companies. The Women Empowerment Chapter will include members from the buyer, provider, advisor and academic communities.

Meeting Frequency:  The chapter shall meet as frequently as necessary to fulfill its duties and responsibilities.  Meeting Type:  Virtual




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