2020 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
Sr. Vice President and Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo
January Speaker (SF & Palo Alto locations): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
June 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.
Co-Director of WILpower Program, Co-Chair, LWT Board
Managing Counsel, Atrium LLP
January Speaker (NYC & SF locations): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
Natasha advises a variety of clients, including startups, later stage technology companies and public companies. Natasha works closely with her clients to help them achieve their key objectives by designing pragmatic, business oriented solutions. To that end, her practice encompasses general corporate matters, tax, debt financing, investment funds, venture financing and M&A transactions. Before joining Pillsbury, Natasha worked in the legal group of a San Francisco based software startup, advising on and negotiating software licensing and strategic partnership deals. Natasha also worked at a combination of Big Four professional services firms and law firms, and served as a clerk at the Tax Court of Canada. Natasha brings calm to chaos, and enjoys distilling complex issues into practical, optimized solutions.
Seattle Chapter Representative, LWT Board
Co-Founder, CounselGS LLP
January Speaker (Seattle location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
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!
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 a leadership coach focused on identifying and creating the habits, systems, and frameworks that support humans living at their greatest potential. As founder of The Essential Group, Kore’s purpose and passion is to help individuals and organizations discover and act from what really matters – the essentials – so that they can truly thrive while achieving remarkable results.
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 an Associate 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.
Brenne Hali Grossman
Principal Trainer, SpeechSkills
March Speaker (NYC location): Projecting Credibility and Confidence
Based in New York, Brenne delivers the firm’s signature workshops to some of the East Coast’s most innovative companies. A graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, Brenne has significant experience as a professional actor, including a recent year-long Broadway National Tour. Brenne has also worked in the world of casting, collaborating with creative teams to match unique voices and personalities with the needs of various productions. Through her roles both onstage and behind the scenes, Brenne has come to learn and appreciate the necessary skills for taming adrenaline and projecting confidence in high-stakes situations.
Founder / Principal, Corcoran Leadership
June Speaker: Designing Your Leadership Profile
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 & Founder, Keating Advisors
April Speaker (NYC location): Negotiate for Success
With over 18 years of experience, Kim serves as a trusted advisor to numerous industry leading organizations. Under her guidance and expertise, Kim helps organizations develop a clear talent management vision and strategy. She specializes in working with leaders to align their strategy, organization design, and compensation practices to deliver improved performance and results.
Prior to founding Keating Advisors, Kim was a consultant at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Sibson & Company, human capital consulting firms where she worked with organizations to address strategic human resources challenges. Her senior corporate roles include leading the rewards function for research think-tank, The Advisory Board Company, and financial education company, the Motley Fool. Preceding her human resources career, Kim was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank and Chief Financial Officer at Teach for America.
Kim is a contributing author to the book, Lean In for Graduates. She speaks frequently on the topics of compensation and negotiation. She has been published in the WorldatWork and CUPA HR Journals, as well as quoted in numerous business and women’s publications. Kim is currently a board member of LeanIn.org Foundation, whose mission is to encourage women to pursue their ambitions, and NURU International, a nonprofit dedicated to ending global extreme poverty. Kim is based in Washington, DC.
Kim holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.B.A. in finance from Southern Methodist University. Kim was awarded an International Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and studied at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
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
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
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, christinearylo.com
Christine Arylo, MBA, is a three-time best-selling author and speaker. After 15 years working for companies like Gap Inc, Visa, and PepsiCo, she chose to devote her life to helping women transform and architect lives that are both successful + sustainable, where they pursue their dreams and have a powerful impact in the world, without sacrificing their personal happiness or health.
For more than a decade she has been a catalyst, mentor, and leadership advisor for executives, entrepreneurs, and visionary leaders around the world. Over 35,000 people have participated in and benefited from the transformational programs, workshops & retreats she offers both virtually and in person around the world.
Christine is a certified yoga and meditation teacher specializing in Vitality and Stress and has extensively studied feminine and indigenous wisdom traditions for over fifteen years, which she uses to bring a new lens and elevated consciousness to leadership, business and life design.
Arylo’s thought-provoking approaches have appeared on CBS, NBC & FOX, TedX, Huffington Post, and Thrive. You can tune into her weekly international podcast, Feminine Power Time.
Christine is currently working on her fourth book, Overwhelmed & Over It, Why It’s Not Your Fault and How to Find the Power To Change It.
Co-Director of WILpower Program, LWT Board
Assistant Commercial Counsel, Google
January Speaker (Palo Alto location): Welcome to WILpower & Networking
April Speaker (Palo Alto & Seattle locations): Negotiate for Success
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.
Principal Consultant, Dynamic Leader Development , LLC
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.
Founder, WithU Consulting
As a Global Leadership Facilitator and Advanced Analytic Network Coach, Lindsey brings over 25 years of experience as a business leader and entrepreneur. In February 2019, Lindsey founded WithU Consulting. WithU designs bespoke experiential programs to align with corporate strategies and consults with leadership to deliver quantifiable outcomes. Coupled with her talent management background and experience in high-tech companies Lindsey has a unique perspective of how behaviors impact business outcomes. Prior to WithU, Lindsey worked as Director of Leadership and Sales for BTS Asia. In this role she developed leaders across the region in India, Japan, China, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. In January 2017, she returned to the United States and joined Advantage Performance Group, a division of BTS. She is a well-respected speaker and has contributed to various media publications and outlets, including U.S. publications, television, and a self-published novel. Lindsey has worked with multiple MNC’s, including; Merck, Deutsche Bank, GSK, Novartis, SAP, ABB, Ericsson, Thai Military Bank, AT&T, Intel, SBC & The Ritz-Carlton. Lindsey is a keen athlete and outdoor enthusiast. She has completed over 30 marathons and ultra-marathons, several triathlons and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Whitney. Lindsey draws from these accumulated personal and business experiences to inspire others to be their best version of themselves. Most weekends Lindsey can be found exploring alpine lakes with her dog and husband in Washington State. Lindsey is a native English speaker, fluent in Afrikaans, and conversational in Mandarin.