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Women on Corporate Boards in Silicon Valley

October 9, 2018
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

NAWBO Silicon Valley Celebrates The 30th Anniversary of HR 5050 PLUS, Our Panel Discusses the Signing of SB 826 and Women on Corporate Boards 

The passage of HR 5050 is the landmark Women’s Business Ownership Act that gives women in business the recognition, resources and eliminates the discriminatory practices by banks that previously favored male owners.

In addition, we would also like to thank our members and friends in helping us shatter another glass ceiling that has given us a seat at the table in corporate board rooms when Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 826 requiring women on corporate boards in California.

According to the Silicon Valley Bank Startup Outlook Survey, 71% of startups companies in the U.S. don’t have any women on their Board of Directors; yet statistics show that companies with female Board members outperform their competitors. As a champion of women initiatives,The National Association of Women Business Owners California recently sponsored the bill SB 826 to get more women on Corporate Boards.

In an effort to empower women business owners and professionals, please join NAWBO Silicon Valley and our panel of recruiters, Board members and experts, for a discussion on Women on Corporate Boards in Silicon Valley.

During this session, you’ll discover:

  • The business value of adding women to Corporate Boards
  • Best Practices for building your Board and what to look for in new Board members
  • Tips on becoming a Board member and how it can benefit your career or business
  • What to expect when you join a Corporate Board
  • Other considerations for joining a Board (Board governance requirements, conflicts of interest, etc.)

Silicon Valley is world-renowned for its innovation and leadership, and with such a vast talent pool of qualified female executives in this region, we have the opportunity to become a leader once again in driving change at the executive level. This panel will bring practical insights for how to build your Board or Directors and what it takes to join a Board with an eye toward the value that diversity brings to any organization.

Guests will also have the opportunity to network over dinner at the Silicon Valley Capital Club.

6:00 Dinner, networking
6:30 Welcome
7:00 Panel with Q&A
8:00 Wrap up, networking


Amii Barnard-Bahn is a strategic advisor and executive coach specializing in accelerating the success of C-Suite executives and teams to cultivate environments that inspire employees to do their best work. Over the past 20+ years, Amii has been an advocate for diversity in leadership, shaping company culture and strategic initiatives as an executive at Fortune 20 companies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has held multiple roles that have enabled her to improve workplace standards, including SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer and heading up Legal, IT, Communications, and Compliance departments.

As a data scientist, Briana Brownell takes an analytical look at why diverse organizations win. As Founder and CEO of, she has also built and led her own company’s Board through multiple iterations, learning critical elements of Board governance and Board culture that lead to a successful organization.

Prior to starting her company, Briana gained Board experience through serving as President of an arts non-profit, where she also met one of her future co-founders. Briana values non-profit Board experience as a strong background to Corporate Board work, noting that the skills gained and obstacles overcome in volunteer Board work often meet or even exceed those required in a for-profit Boardroom.

Irene Murphy is one of the most highly respected executive recruit leaders in Silicon Valley, Irene Murphy has conducted more than 500 executive searches during her career.With more than 25 years in the executive retained search business, Irene applies a laser-focus, professional and thoughtful approach to C level, GM, and VP searches for enterprise software, SaaS, internet, and e-commerce clients. Some notable clients are Findly, Oracle,Sunrun, SAP, Actiance, LiquidSpace, Yummly, Ellie Mae, Intapp, as well as other private investors

Jennifer Dizon provides recommendations to Audit Committees, Boards and management for improving and enhancing the internal control environment, and governance matters as an assurance and advisory partner with Hood & Strong LLP. She oversees attest, accounting and tax services to clients in the technology, start-up, construction, manufacturing, distribution and employee benefit market sectors, ranging in size from pre-revenue to billion dollar companies. She is an active member of the Board of Directors at both the State and Silicon Valley Chapter level of the National Association of Women Business Owners, having served as President of both organizations.

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October 9, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando Street 17th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

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