LWT Board

Sue Bunnell
President, Board Co-Chair
Lianne Kennedy-Boudali
Secretary
Yojna Verma
Treasurer
Natasha Allen
Co-Director of
WILpower Program
Meghan O. Brosnahan
Co-Director of Events and Volunteers
Adela Gotz
Co-Director of WILpower Program
Katelyn Huber
NYC Chapter Representative
Clare Lee
Director of Social Media
Allie Manov
Co-Director of Events and Volunteers
Laura Mariño
Director of Product and Sponsorships
Yvonne Schmidt
Director of Rings
Susan Seah
Seattle Chapter Representative
Sarah Slayen
Director of Alumnae
Karen Williams
Board Advisor
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Sue Bunnell

 

President, LWT Board Co-Chair

Sr. Vice President and Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo

I’m thrilled to be leading the dynamic LWT Board of Directors. I see LWT as a community that encourages and inspires women to see the potential in themselves and then, through the WILpower program, arms them with practical tools to turn possibility into reality. WILpower certainly worked for me!  My journey from participant to volunteer to Board member to President fills me with pride at what women can absolutely do to make a difference in each other’s lives, and how together we can change how women work.

 

 

Lianne Kennedy-Boudali

 

Secretary, LWT Board

Vice-President, Strategy & Intelligence, Concentric Advisors

 

My WILpower journey began in 2016, when I completed the program in Palo Alto during a period of significant career transformation. Every WILpower speaker has a powerful message to share about authentic leadership, and together, these messages provide participants with a toolkit for greater professional success. WILpower's year-long program offers a unique opportunity to put these tools into practice in a supportive environment. WILpower challenged me to think about myself and my career in a bigger, bolder way, and I've recommended it to everyone I know! I believe in this program and am pleased to support it as a member of the Board of Directors.

 

 

Yojna Verma

 

Treasurer, LWT Board

Senior Vice President and Controller, BTIG, LLC

I was referred to LWT by a long-time member and supporter of LWT - founder and CEO of A2Q2 Corporation, Kim Le. LWT provides opportunities for professional women to network and gain priceless resources to advance their careers. As a professional woman, I believe I have a responsibility to promote a culture that encourages women to thrive in their professional roles. Being a part of LWT’s board places me in a unique position where I can encourage women’s empowerment both professionally and personally.

 

 

Natasha Allen

 

Co-Director of WILpower Program, LWT Board Co-Chair

Managing Counsel, Atrium LLP

 

LWT has meant different things for me at different times in my career. Initially, LWT was a means to understanding what opportunities were available and develop a professional network after moving to the Bay Area from Canada. Now, it's an opportunity for me to give back and help others as they navigate their unique journeys. I joined the WILpower program in 2013, after an introduction to the program by my husband’s colleagues. WILpower gave me the opportunity and tools to plot out my career trajectory. The unexpected side effect was that I also met phenomenal people along the way. I continue to be involved with LWT because this program delivers a very important message. Regardless of the stage you are in your career, self-reflection is the only way to pursue your desired career path. WILpower shows participants that they have the “will” and “power” to succeed, in the myriad of ways we each define success.

 

 

 
 

Meghan O. Brosnahan

 

Co-Director of Events and Volunteers, LWT Board

Director, Chief eDiscovery Counsel, Uber

 

Leading Women in Technology and the WILpower program provided me with a structure for many things I had done informally and through self-training as an employee, a manager, and a leader.  The program also made me think carefully and differently about my professional goals.  When I was asked to join the LWT board it gave me a chance to not only continue learning from the network of women I'd built in WILpower, but to give back to the women coming up behind me. I find myself using the lessons I learn through LWT with my team, with my leaders, and with friends and colleagues almost daily. This is a valuable program and I am fortunate to be part of making it available to the women who are challenging themselves to examine and embrace their professional goals. 

 

 

Adela Gotz

 

Co-Director of WILpower Program, LWT Board

Associate Commercial Counsel, Google

When I moved to California from Canada in 2013, I hardly knew anyone. Fortunately, the one friend I had in the area was a member of LWT. She convinced me to join WILpower as a way to grow my career and expand my network. The program absolutely delivered. The lessons I learned have made me a stronger professional and a better contributor to my various teams, at work and elsewhere.   

 

If you are joining a WILpower cohort, my best advice is: "Practice makes perfect." You are going to learn a lot of valuable lessons and grow your skill set. Practicing these skills regularly will help you get the full benefit of the program.

Kate Huber

 

NYC Chapter Representative, LWT Board

COO & Co-Founder, CloudInsyte

 

While my start-up career experience was incredible for me as a new employee in the workforce, it also meant that my job lacked mentorship on the basics. As a female in a then male-dominated company, I was seeking to develop my skills around projecting credibility, impactful communications and negotiation skills. As a member of the first WILpower NYC program, I am grateful to have honed my professional skills and grow my network through the program. In my leadership role with the LWT team, it’s a thrill to be paying it forward to each new WILpower class.

 

 

 
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Clare Lee

 

Director of Social Media, LWT Board

Product Managment Consultant

I had always heard about the importance of leadership skills but I had never specifically worked on them. That changed when I found LWT and the WILpower program through the annual Palo Alto speed mentoring event. A few thought-provoking conversations helped me realize that WILpower would push me in new directions. Through WILpower I learned practical techniques for building her skills, while making new friendships with amazing women in a variety of professions. I am honored to amplify the LWT community as part of the Board.

 

Laura Mariño

 

Director of Product and Sponsorships, LWT Board

Vice President Product Management, Lever

 

I was introduced to LWT via Hipower, an affiliate LWT program for women executives. Since joining the LWT Board, I have had the chance to refer multiple women to the WILpower program and attend the sessions. I continue to be amazed at the magic that happens when you bring together a group of smart, motivated women in a supportive environment, and give them the tools and the confidence to pursue their career goals. WILpower is a transformative program for participants. Being part of the Board and helping promote and expand this incredible program with the help of our generous sponsors has been an honor.

 

 

 
 

Allie Manov

 

Co-Director of Events and Volunteers, LWT Board

Attorney, Law Office of Lisa Gorecki

WILpower provided a safe space to critically consider my career—beyond that year's review cycle and beyond my then-current company.  The speakers were fantastic, but I learned the most from discussions with my fellow participants who were grappling with the same issues.  After the year was over, I stayed involved with WILpower and eventually joined LWT’s Board.  My WILpower experience was invaluable, and I hope to encourage others to get involved and embrace growth and change in their professional lives.

 

 

 
 

Yvonne Schmidt

 

Director of Rings, LWT Board

Principal, Evolve Marketing Consulting

I joined WILpower in 2015 at a friend’s recommendation, and haven’t looked back! After finishing the program, I stayed on as a Ring Leader, lending support to women going through the WILpower Program. The best part is, as I helped them I also continued to learn. WILpower helped me recognize when I needed to move jobs to get the recognition I had earned, gave me tools to negotiate when I did, and eventually emboldened me to envision a totally new professional reality: running my own company. WILpower took me from working hard to working smarter – the monthly workshops and small Ring discussion groups gave me the platform to build the future I wanted. I’m thrilled to be part of the Board and support LWT’s important mission.

 

 

Susan Seah

 

Seattle Chapter Representative, LWT Board

Co-Founder, CounselGS LLP 

I started my journey with LWT as a participant of the WILPower Program in Palo Alto. The program was incredibly insightful and a great way to build long-term relationships with women who were smart, ambitious and inspiring. I knew we had to bring the organization and program to Seattle, so that others in Seattle may have the same opportunity to experience the valuable learnings offered by the program. I also wanted to help build a tight knit community of women here in Seattle through LWT who can lean on each other while pursuing their own personal and professional growth. It has been an amazing journey so far being a part of LWT and I can’t wait to see what other great stuff we will be doing for LWT in Seattle and elsewhere!

 

 

Sarah Slayen

 

Director of Alumnae

Associate General Counsel at Personal Capital

I joined WILpower in 2016 and have recommended the program to several friends over the years. In addition to phenomenal speakers who left me energized and ready to take on the world, I met an incredible group of supportive and accomplished women. I returned the following year as a Ring Leader to share my experiences with others and because I believe so strongly in the power of the relationships that LWT helps build.  I can't think of another program or group where I've found so many people willing to take concrete steps to help advance each others' careers - whether it's making an introduction or just lending an ear. I was honored to be invited to join the Board in 2019 and can't wait to see what LWT does next!

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Karen Williams

 

Board Advisor

VP, Head of Global Trademarks, Anti-Piracy and Copyright, SAP

Invest in yourself! That's a key message I took away as a WILpower participant in 2010.  I continue to see the impact when women take that message to heart, set aside time to focus on their goals, and connect with others who are doing the same and candidly share experiences and perspectives.  It was my great honor and pleasure to serve as LWT's President for 2017 and 2018, and prior to that as a Director of the WILpower program and Rings mentor.It was my great honor and pleasure to serve as LWT's President for 2017 and 2018, and prior to that as a Director of the WILpower program and Rings mentor.  I continue to be excited to work with LWT in a new capacity and be part of the team. 

 

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