2021 WILpower Speakers
Our speaker partners contribute tremendous energy, enthusiasm and subject matter expertise that enables the WILpower program to move careers. Our program thrives and careers are transformed due to the incredible contributions they make. We extend them a hearty thank-you!
Their passion for facilitating women’s leadership development is just one part of their mission, however. Many of our speakers offer consulting, executive team development and other services that provide options for further professional development. You can find more information on each speaker here. Feel free to reach out to them directly - they would love to hear from you!
President, Co-Chair, LWT Board
Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo
January Speaker (SF & Palo Alto locations): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
April Speaker: Negotiate for Success
I participated in WILpower in 2014 because I needed a new approach that would teach and then empower me to set and achieve my goals and guide me to greater success at work. What I found in WILpower was a diverse and supportive community where I could do all that, plus receive encouragement to be brave and stretch. Along this WILpower journey I’ve given help, taken help, and connected many others for help – it’s this community aspect of WILpower that’s so inspiring.
I come from a tech/commercial transactions legal background, but the content and skills I learned though WILpower are industry and role agnostic – it’s just powerful lessons for all kinds of women on how to be more impactful, aligned, and effective professionals.
Founder & CEO, Strategic Brand Intelligence
February Speaker: Plan to be Amazing! ™ - Building Your Leadership Brand
Carol Isozaki shares LWT’s commitment to unleash the potential in women and has served as the kick-off speaker for LWT’s WILpower Career Development Program since the early days of the program. She has also been an executive coach for several WILpower participants.
With a caring and candid style, Carol is recognized for her results-based approach rooted in her ability to understand her clients’ strengths and challenges and customize powerful messaging that emphasizes self-awareness and personal accountability.
Carol is not only an executive coach but also a keynote speaker, consultant, and trainer with over 20 years of experience in developing and driving leadership and high performance initiatives. After learning what it takes to earn her own client service and human capital stripes at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Carol launched Strategic Brand IntelligenceSM to expand the powerful reach of personal branding to enhance performance, innovation, and profitability.
She is certified as a coach and trainer in the award-winning framework developed by The Personal Brand CompanySM and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.
Principal Trainer, SpeechSkills
March Speaker (SF & Palo Alto locations): Projecting Credibility and Confidence
Sasha brings over a decade of experience in team-building, leadership coaching, and facilitation to her role as a SpeechSkills trainer, delivering the firm’s signature workshops to Bay Area clients in industries from education to high tech. Before coming to SpeechSkills, Sasha designed and facilitated team-building events for corporate clients throughout the USA.
Known for her positive, high-energy style, Sasha performed regularly with the Simps (Stanford Improvisors) and in musical theater productions while completing her BA in Psychology and MA in Education at Stanford University.
Outside of Speechskills, Sasha is the founder and CEO of Trail Mavens, creating outdoor adventures for women. Trail Mavens empowers women to be the fire-starters, the tent-pitchers, and the map-readers, creating opportunities for adventure, leadership, and starry-night campfire conversation in the great outdoors.
Founder, The Essential Group, LLC
March Speaker (Seattle location): Projecting Credibility and Confidence
Kore is an executive coach focused on identifying and creating the habits, systems, and frameworks that support humans living at their greatest potential. She founded The Essential Group, a boutique leadership development consultancy that provides targeted performance elevating solutions to elite organizations (including Adidas, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Zillow, to share a few names you might recognize). Kore’s passion is helping successful professionals uncover their blind spots, get unstuck, and play at the top of their game.
Kore brings over 18 years’ experience with top law firms and technology companies to her coaching practice. She is certified in Integral Coaching, having achieved the Professional Coach Certification designation from New Ventures West. She is also a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. Kore has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Washington State University. Before founding The Essential Group, Kore held several leadership roles, including an executive role at Microsoft, roles leading the design and implementation of worldwide information security programs, and serving as legal counsel to many of North America’s top companies.
Founder & CEO, SelfSpoken
March Speaker (NYC location): Conveying Your Expertise While Staying True to Who You Are
Brenne Hali is a communication coach, educator, and secret weapon to hundreds of big-hearted, go-getters around the world. She provides teams and individuals with the practical tools and coaching they need to overcome speaking jitters, get clear on their message, and project authentic confidence when it matters most. Brenne is best known for helping people find that sweet spot between coming across as an "expert" and staying true to themselves. In 2018, Brenne founded SelfSpoken with a mission to share the most valuable and practical tools she gained from both her acting career (which began with the national tour of a Broadway musical), and the near-decade she spent facilitating communication workshops in corporate settings. Nothing lights Brenne up more than empowering people (from every background, industry, and career stage) to overcome self-doubt, deepen their self-confidence, and show up as the versions of themselves they most want to be. Outside of work, Brenne enjoys few things more than long, delicious meals with friends, traveling to new places with her husband, and dancing full-out in her living room
Founder / Principal, Corcoran Leadership
June Speaker: Leveraging Your Leadership Competencies
Heather is a seasoned leadership coach and advisor based in the Bay Area. The depth and variety of her experience has given her a gift for dropping into just about any leadership situation and quickly grasping what's happening.
Since 2001, Heather has coached executives at a range of organizational cultures from Fortune 50s to growth stage companies to philanthropies, including leaders at Apple, Axiom, Bridgespan, ClimateWorks, CASA, Clorox, GIPartners, SFMOMA, The Hewlett Foundation, The Packard Foundation and Walmart.
Sometimes leaders need pragmatic coaching. Sometimes they need to play out an idea and get honest, thoughtful feedback from someone who understands leadership and their unique context. Sometimes they need help designing meetings, refining the organization’s values or training for a big presentation. Heather is known for quickly zeroing in on the true source of a leader’s pain and pulling together solutions that can offer not only relief, but big strides forward.
Heather’s leadership education is built on deep academic training, including an MBA from the Yale School of Management and four coaching program certifications. Prior to joining the leadership development field, Heather had hands-on business experience running marketing for Peet’s Coffee & Tea and she co-founded the non-profit Net Impact.
CEO, Thought Leadership Lab
November Speaker: Leading Change
Denise Brosseau is the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab where she consults with entrepreneurs, executives and their teams on how to increase their influence, expand their impact and gain recognition for their big ideas. She is also a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the author of ” Ready to Be a Thought Leader?”. Denise is a frequent guest lecturer, keynote speaker and workshop leader for universities, companies, conferences and associations. She has spoken for the WILpower program every year since its inception.
Denise is a serial entrepreneur who started her career in the technology industry before co-founding the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now known as Watermark), the Invent Your Future Conference and Springboard Enterprises - the women’s startup launch pad that has led to over $7B in funding for women entrepreneurs.
Denise received her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from Stanford. She was honored in 2012 by the White House as a Champion of Change and by the Silicon Valley Business Times as a 2014 Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley.
New York Chapter Representative, LWT Board
COO & Co-Founder, CloudInsyte
January Speaker (NY location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
Kate Huber is the COO and co-founder of CloudInsyte, where she's responsible for the daily operations and development of the company's technical team. Kate is fueling her new venture with over six years experience in a healthcare tech startup, CipherHealth, overseeing their core product and dev ops operations. Kate serves as the New York Chapter Representative for the LWT Board. She also serves as the Website and Technology Co-Director for the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation. She holds a B.S in Nutritional Science from the University of Delaware.
Founder, Unleash Your Bold
May Speaker (NY location): Silence Your Inner Mean Girl
Patty is a skilled transformational coach and empowerment expert passionate about creating confident and self-aware leaders in business and in life. She leverages both positive and spiritual psychology principles to inspire and empower her clients to own their unique strengths fully. Patty stretches clients to confront and eradicate limiting beliefs, dance with fear and create new awareness that supports a creative approach to their personal and professional lives versus a reactive one. Empowering women isPatty’s passion turned into purpose.
Patty holds a B.A. in Psychology and French from Duke University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, is Certified in Positive Psychology (CIPP) – Certified by Professor Tal Ben-Shahar of Harvard University and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health) and trained in expressive arts.
CEO & Master Coach, Wake Up Coaching
May Speaker (SF & Palo Alto location): Silence Your Inner Mean Girl
Amy Ahlers, the Wake-Up Call Coach and bestselling author, is on a mission to stop women from being so hard on themselves. After a successful career in sales for companies like Realtor.com and Citysearch.com, she discovered the world of coaching. For nearly two decades she has been an International Certified Coach, the CEO of Wake-Up Call Coaching and co-founder of Inner Mean Girl Reform School with Christine Arylo, Visionary Ignition Switch with Lissa Rankin and Find Your Calling with Lissa Rankin and Martha Beck.
Amy’s been a featured expert on a plethora of TV & radio shows for media outlets like ABC, FOX, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. She is also the host of the celebrated podcast, The Amy Ahlers Show. She loves lighting up the stage with keynotes at companies like Google and Oracle, and leading retreats and events where she wakes people up to the voice of their Inner Wisdom and helps them cultivate the courage to act on it. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, inspiring over 65K to follow their Inner Wisdom.
Her first book, 'Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar' (New World Library, 2011), shot up to #1 in several categories on Amazon, including Self-Help, Happiness and Self-Esteem. Her newest bestselling book, Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself, (Beyond Words/Simon and Schuster, 2015) which she co-wrote with Christine Arylo, is based on Inner Mean Girl Reform School, which has helped over 40,000 women around the world transform their Inner Critics and empower their Inner Wisdom.
A 2010 recipient of the Women Who Dare Award from Girls Inc., she holds a BA from the University of California, earned the CPCC designation from The Coaches Training Institute and is a Master Coach Equivalent.
You can often find Amy in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Rob, as they run after their firecracker daughters, Annabella and Evie Rose, and rescue mutt, Batman.
Feminine Leadership Advisor & Consultant
May Speaker (Seattle location): Stop Beating Yourself Up – Managing Your Overwhelm
Christine Arylo is a transformational leadership advisor, social impact entrepreneur, four time best-selling author, and speaker working with women to make shift happen – in the lives they lead, the work they do and the worlds they live in.
Arylo combines her 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience with 20+ years of wisdom study in feminine power, yogic science and human consciousness to guide others to lead their lives, businesses and relationships in a different way – professionally successful + internally empowered + and personally sustainable and satisfying.
Over 35,000 people on 6 continents have participated in her transformational programs and workshops. She is the host of the popular Feminine Power Time podcast. Her teachings have been featured at TedX, on CBS. NBC and FOX, and on Thrive, Huffington Post, and more. She currently lives on an island near Seattle.
Her new book is called Overwhelmed and Over It, Embrace Your Power to Stay Centered and Sustained in a Chaotic World.
Learn more about Christine at and her Feminine Power Time Podcast at www.FemininePowerPodcast.com.
Principal Consultant, Dynamic Leader Development , LLC
September Speaker: Practical Emotional Intelligence & High Impact Communications
Onno is passionate about helping leaders and entrepreneurs increase their leadership capacity and create high-performing teams and cultures. He has worked with leaders at all levels around improving their emotional intelligence, and coached entrepreneurs around business development, product strategy and managing their energy. In 2013, Onno co-founded a consultancy dedicated to equipping people with tools to manage the “people” side of work – i.e. having difficult feedback, accountability, and conflict resolution conversations. Prior to that, he spent 10 years leading a Bay Area engineering start-up from 3 to 30 people, including several years as design engineer, technical sales lead and finally National Director of Sales.
Onno is a natural coach and facilitator. He combines a sharp and highly-trained intellect with a deep capacity for empathy and emotional attunement. Trained at the Coaches Training Institute and more recently Minds at Work based at Harvard, Onno draws on multiple modalities studied over the past 15 years. Onno has the ability to create a safe learning space for anyone to get to the heart of their challenge and engage in deep transformation. Furthermore, his international background enables him to bring a unique vantage point to any conversation. His warm and engaging manner make the learning fun, and he embodies the material he delivers. Onno has facilitated and coached at world-reknowned brands like Whole Foods Market, Oracle, Dropbox, Pinterest, Adobe, Twitter, Autodesk, Lam Research and more both in the USA and internationally.
Director of Alumnae, LWT Board
Associate General Counsel at Personal Capital
January Speaker (Palo Alto location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
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!
NYC Chapter: Director of Mentors, LWT
Co-Chair, Director and Legal Counsel at CME Inc.
January Speaker (New York location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
Ksenia is a scientist and engineer turned IP lawyer. An accomplished attorney advising clients on legal issues in intellectual property, technology, and data privacy, she uses her scientific expertise and legal experience to protect clients' valuable inventions and technological breakthroughs from theft, and to develop licensing frameworks for facilitating technology transfer, for both in-bound and out-bound licensing.
She is currently a Co-chair, Director, and General Counsel at CME Inc., a non-profit organization operating to advance sustainable industry innovation and STEM globally. She spent over twelve years in private practice, doing intellectual property licensing, litigation, and transactional work at a premier IP boutique and an international AmLaw100 law firm. She has been recognized as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation by New York Super Lawyers in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
She has two M.S. degrees--in Applied Math/ Mechanical Engineering from Moscow State University, and Chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She spent seven years as a graduate researcher at those institutions, performing experimental, and numerical studies of biologically-active fluid flows in microchannels, and creating analytical models and numerical solutions for pressure-driven multiphase multicomponent flows in porous media. She published several scientific papers and numerous legal analysis pieces, and speaks frequently on IP law issues
SEA Chapter: Co-Chair, Core Leadership Team, Rings Program Chair and 2018 Ring Leader, LWT
Head of Global Partner Programs, R3
January Speaker (Seattle location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
Michelle is Head of Global Partner Programs at R3. Previously, she was Global Channel Partner Incentives Leader at AWS. She has been involved with LWT since its inception in 2016 and is heavily involved in the Rings portion of the WILpower program. She grew up in Wisconsin (UW-Madison graduate) and now resides in Seattle, WA with her husband and three children.
Joan Burns Brown
San Francisco WILpower Cohort Lead, LWT Board
Head of Commercial Legal, Asana
January Speaker (SF locations): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
Joan is Head of Commercial Legal at Asana, a work management platform that helps teams orchestrate work, from daily tasks to cross-functional strategic initiatives. She manages a team of talented attorneys that negotiates Asana's sales and procurement agreements, and enables Asana and its customers to scale at speed. Joan first heard about LWT while negotiating across the table from Sue Bunnell, the current LWT board president (LWT will help you turn adversaries into friends!). She lives in Oakland with her husband and two kids and a scrappy rescue mutt named Ian.
President, Celimi, Inc.
January Speaker (Seattle location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
Libby provides The Power of Learning to clients throughout the world. Best known for their business acumen simulations, Libby leads the Americas team at Celemi. She helps clients see business in a strategic or big picture view. Prior to joining Celemi, Libby specialized in communication and psychological safety as an independent consultant. She is convinced these two factors are the conduits to strategy implementation. Libby believes professionals armed with strong business acumen, who foster psychologically safe environments, and who tell the story, can truly lead. Libby holds a BS in Marketing from Western Illinois University and mastered in business administration at Keller Graduate School of Management.