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August 24, 2022

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

The Executive Leadership workshop is led by Julie Castro Abrams, CEO of How Women Lead and General Partner at How Women Invest.

  • Virtual event. Standard ticket: $15
  • This event is complimentary for all WCS members. No promo codes needed.
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  • All registrants will receive access to a recording of the event.

This WCS Executive Leadership Workshop is spearheaded by Julie Castro Adams, founder and CEO of How Women Lead. This organization focuses on helping leaders understand two pathways which can accelerate their professional growth and get them to the next level.

Today, women represent more than half of the US workforce, yet they continue to hold a vastly smaller percentage of leadership positions than men in various sectors. For women of color, the climb to be equally represented in leadership roles has been painfully slow, and there is a lot of work to be done to reduce this gender and race disparity. Today’s landscape holds significant opportunities to dismantle historical inequities, and usher in the improved outcomes and returns that result for everyone when women take on leadership positions.

This workshop is led by Julie Castro Abrams, and supported by Angel Investor. The workshop will focus on providing information and understanding of why women have faced inequalities and barriers to advancement in the workforce. This workshop will provide the audience valuable insights into two crucial levers for propelling women towards leadership, power, and influence: corporate board service and venture investing. The audience will learn why these two pathways are essential for women to leverage as they focus on career advancement.

Event Agenda (time in PT)

  • 4:00 – 4:05 Arrival and Introductions
  • 4:05 – 4:15 WCS Orientation, Zoom etiquette
  • 4:15 – 4:20 Speaker Introductions and Workshop Overview
  • 4:20 – 4:40 Opportunities for women in Corporate Boards and in Venture Investing
  • 4:40 – 5:00 How to get on Corporate Boards
  • 5:00 – 5:10 Breakout Rooms
  • 5:10 – 5:30 How to become an investor
  • 5:30 – 5:40 Breakout Rooms
  • 5:40 – 5:55 Recap of breakout room discussions, FAQs and Q&A
  • 5:55 – 6:00 Thank you and wrap up


Julie Castro Abrams

Founder and CEO, How Women Lead

Julie is the founder and CEO of How Women Lead, a network of 16,000 women dedicated to promoting diverse women’s voices and propelling women’s leadership forward. Julie is on a mission for women to be “in the room where it happens” as the Hamilton song goes. She has spent her career focusing on equity for women, in particular focused on entrepreneurship and economic equity. Her organization trains and places women on hundreds of corporate boards. Julie is also driving change for women’s representation in venture and built the country’s largest venture fund focused exclusively on women founders.

The recipient of many accolades, Julie has won the More Jobs Genius Award, the Morgan Stanley Innovation Award, Cisco’s Innovation in Technology Award, the League of Women Voters’ Women Who Could Be President Award, the Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive, and the Commission on the Status of Women’s Human Rights Award, and is a member of the Women of Color Action Network, Leadership California, and the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. She has also been featured in four books, including “Scrappy Women in Business,” “Women of Courage,” and “The Missing Mentor,” and Fast Company’s video series “30 Second MBA.”


Vasudha Lathey

Vice President of Community programs, Olivine Inc.

Vasudha brings over 20 years of clean energy and sustainability domain expertise and consulting experience to the WCS board. A passion and commitment have driven Vasudha’s career to develop solutions that create a sustainable future for our planet. She has spearheaded clean energy and sustainability solutions for high-profile clients, including Fortune 500 companies, major utilities, federal, state, and local governments, international funding agencies, and clean energy startups. Vasudha currently works as a Director at Olivine and is responsible for Olivine’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Community programs- designed to create grid resilience, GHG emission reductions, and customer financial value. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban-Environmental Planning, M.S. Building Design and a Bachelors in Environmentally Conscious Architecture.

Sponsored by:

First Solar

First Solar is a leading American solar technology company and global provider of responsibly produced eco-efficient solar modules advancing the fight against climate change. Developed at R&D labs in California and Ohio, the company’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules represent the next generation of solar technologies, providing a competitive, high-performance, lower-carbon alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV panels. From raw material sourcing and manufacturing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s approach to technology embodies sustainability and a responsibility towards people and the planet.

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