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A Seat at the Table –
How to Start Your Corporate Board Journey

with Julie Castro Abrams, CEO of How Women Lead

August 3 | 12-2pm PST

The Executive Leadership workshop is led by Julie Castro Abrams, CEO of How Women Lead and General Partner at How Women Invest. This workshop will focus on starting your corporate board journey and developing your skills as a board leader.

This WCS Executive Leadership Workshop (WCS) is spearheaded by Julie Castro Abrams, founder and CEO of How Women Lead. How Women Lead  is the umbrella organization made up of three primary pillars: leadership, philanthropy, and investing. At the core, is their network of over 18,000 women, who have created this community of action and impact with their ideas and leadership.    

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.

Join Julie Castro Abrams as she shares insight into a crucial lever for propelling women, especially women of color, into positions of power and influence: corporate board service. While the cycle of wealth and power for women is broken, today’s landscape holds big opportunities to dismantle historical inequities and usher in the improved outcomes and returns that result for everyone when women take on decision-making roles in the boardroom.


Non-member $35
Student – non-member $10
Chapter member $15
Virtual member $25
Corporate member $15
Volunteer Comped
Student – member $5
Early Bird (tiered pricing) 20%



Julie Castro Abrams
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.”



Pamela C. Sammarco
CEO and Founder, Green Training Associates LLC

Pam is the CEO and founder of Green Training Associates LLC in 2009, a full-service Talent Development Firm. We develop people’s capabilities to solve business challenges and build sustainable organizations. We accelerate business growth through Training, Workforce and Leadership Development, Coaching, Onboarding, Mentoring, and Career Path Solutions. 

Pam Transforms learning experiences into business impact with over 35 years corporate training experience, Pam is an expert in leadership, Workforce and Business Strategy, Team Management, Communication, Personal Strength, Sales Skills, and Sustainability Programs. 

Pam has a prior 24-year corporate career for global companies: Citi-Group, American Express, Lucent Technologies Bell Lab Innovations, Medco Health Solutions. 

Pam is a Career Development Board Officer for Women in Cleantech and Sustainability; Pam sits on the Women in Green Council, USGBC MANE Region; Pam is the VP, Leadership & Talent, NNJ Association for Talent Development. 

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