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Women on the Rise
Women on the Rise events and initiatives recognize successful Pioneer alumnae and provide opportunities for Pioneer women to share their personal and professional journeys, discuss the unique benefits and challenges of being a woman in society and the workforce, and to connect with each other for support and networking.
Women on the Rise: Lightning Talks
Women on the Rise: Lightning Talks are designed to explore topics around career growth, leadership, work-life balance, mentorship, challenges & lessons learned with our experienced Pioneer alumnae.Learn more
Women on the Rise: Mentorship Program
The Women on the Rise Mentorship Program is an exclusive opportunity for alumnae new to their careers or wanting to advance to the next level to gain skills in leading organizations and/or teams. Each new/mid-level alumna (mentee) will be paired with a seasoned alumna (mentor) to participate in an 8-week leadership program. The mentee and mentor will participate in a shared online experience each week and then reflect and discuss how the course content affects their leadership skills and styles. The program is self-paced and driven by the mentor's and mentee's personal schedules.Learn more
Building Your Legacy
The Building Your Legacy series provides opportunities for Pioneer alumnae to share their experiences and knowledge to inspire confidence, hear your inner voice, live an authentic life, and be brave.
The goals of the program are to:
- Support and encourage Pioneer Alumnae to find inspiration to support their life’s journey
- Learn how to balance/manage/leverage unique challenges and opportunities that Pioneer Alumnae face in their personal and professional lives
- Empower Pioneer Alumnae to live an authentic life free from cultural and social conditioning
- Learn how to network and create a support system with other women
- Build confidence to advocate for personal and professional advancement (i.e. healthcare, mental health, salary)
Virtual webinars will be hosted on the third Tuesday of every month beginning in January 2021.
If you are interested in presenting on a topic, please submit our interest form.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
10 a.m.–Noon (Refreshments included)
Find inspiration from Cal State East Bay’s pioneering women in social justice & public service to support your own aspirations for community transformation, career, and network growth. Hear their insight and be inspired by panelists that have demonstrated success navigating through the bureaucracy and garnering success in making communities grow! We will also be hosting sessions to help you on your way to activism!
Aisha Wahab is a community leader committed to ensuring equal access to opportunity.
Asehli is a social justice educator and entrepreneur that is passionate about catalyzing community healing through creativity.
Chanterria McGilbra, MBA is founder of Prancing Ponies Foundation 501(c)3, Rally and Car Show
Learning to rise above difficult circumstances, she harbored the fierce desire to advocate for the indigent and founded Legal Links in early 2019.
Mahogany has spent the last nine years working passionately in the social impact sector, striving to foster meaningful change in the Bay Area.
Veronica has worked for Kern County, Department of Human Services for over 11 years as a Child Protective Services Social Worker.
Michelle Rippy is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and a member of the CSUEB alumni board.
2018 was a historic “Year of the Woman” in politics. Record numbers of women ran for public office, and Pioneer alumnae are leading the charge and winning seats at the table. Hear their insight and be inspired by our featured panelists who have demonstrated success navigating the patriarchy and transforming the political landscape. Connect with fellow Pioneers and build a political network for your career.
Saturday, March 2
10 a.m.– Noon
Hayward City Hall
Special welcome by Hayward City Mayor, Barbara Halliday
Yvonne Beals (MPA ‘00) Education Liaison for the Contra Costa County Office of Education and former Council Member/Mayor, City of Pittsburg
Shanthi Gonzales ( BA ‘01, Political Science) Oakland Unified District School Board Member, Leadership Coach & Political Strategist
Heather Greven (BA ‘15, Political Science) Campaign Manager
Briyana Haas (BA ‘18, Political Science) Campaign & Policy Coordinator, ACT for Women and Girls
Sara Lamnin (MS ‘06, Healthcare Administration) Hayward City Council Member
Nancy O'Malley (BA ‘77, Political Science | 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient) District Attorney for Alameda County
Amy Below, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Women on the Rise alumni events recognize successful Pioneer alumnae and provide opportunities for Pioneer women to share their inspirational career stories, discuss the unique benefits and challenges of being a woman in the workforce and to connect with each other for support and networking.
Women on the Rise: Pioneers in STEM
April 7, 2018
10 a.m.– 12 p.m.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery
5600 Greenville Rd., Livermore, CA 94550
*Must be 21+ to attend
Find Inspiration from Cal State East Bay’s leading women in STEM fields to support your own career and connect with fellow pioneers to build your network.
(B.S. ‘93 Computer Science), VP, Product Management and Business Development, Interra Systems
(M.S. ‘14 Statistics), Data Scientist and Founder of R-Ladies
(B.S. ‘05, M.S. ‘08 Chemistry), Clinical Supply Chain Manager, CytomX Therapeutics
(B.S. ‘85 Geology), President/CEO, ETIC
(B.S. ‘87 Biological Science), President, Elixir Medical Corporation
PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Women on the Rise: Secrets to Success
October 21, 2017
11 a.m.– 12 p.m.
Music Recital Room 1055
Cal State East Bay, Hayward Campus
Panelists from a wide range of professions shared their unique stories of success, including opportunities, challenges and risks taken along the way.
BS '87, Business Admin. CEO, Centoni Restoration & Development
MBA '95; Moss Adams, Partner In Charge, San Francisco & Walnut Creek
MS '06, Health Care Admin.; Hayward City Councilmember
BS '84, Criminal Justice Admin./MPA '11; Deputy Chief, BART
CSUEB Department of Management, College of Business & Economics
Women on the Rise: Breaking the Glass CeilingInspirational panel discussion from Pioneer alumnae with great tips on how to support your own career, break the glass ceiling and use networking in business.
(B.S. ’88 Accounting), Senior VP, finance, and CFO, Labcyte Inc.
(MBA ’88), president and CEO, Simpson Manufacturing Co. Inc.
(B.S. ’95, Business Admin., MBA ’97), chair, California Diversity Council; former senior VP, operations, Jack in the Box
(B.A. ’95 Chemistry-Biochemistry), head of quality, global, Prothena Biosciences, Inc.
(B.S. ’91 Business Admin.), management consultant; former EVP, internal audit, Charles Schwab Corp.
Dr. Evelyn Dilsaver (B.S. ‘77, Business Admin.), former president and CEO, Charles Schwab Investment Management