Karen Kang is a recognized brand strategist and the CEO and founder of BrandingPays LLC, a corporate and personal branding company (www.brandingpays.com) that offers consulting, training and coaching. The author of BrandingPays™: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand (January 2013), she has trained thousands of professionals on the unique BrandingPays™ System for personal branding. She was a partner with Regis McKenna Inc., the marketing firm that helped launch the Apple, Intel and Genentech brands. Karen, who has 20+ years of brand strategy experience, has consulted to more than 150 organizations in the US, Europe and Asia from Fortune 100 companies to non-profits and startups. Her broad experience has included such diverse clients as Ariba, AT&T, Axialent, Genentech, HP, iCharts, Synopsys, Maxtor (Seagate), NCR, Park Systems, UC Davis Health System, Webroot and VoyagePrive. Karen’s marketing and communications background gives her a 360-degree view of branding. A former newspaper journalist on both the East and West Coasts, she has held executive positions in marketing consulting, advertising and public relations firms. Karen is a frequent speaker at leading business schools and professional organizations. She has served on the boards of The Friends of the Palo Alto Library and the Women’s Technology Cluster (Astia). She has also donated her time to such worthy non-profit organizations as Girls for a Change, CORO, Asian Business League of San Francisco and Ascend. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she has a B.A. degree in English from Mills College and an M.S. degree in Journalism from Boston University.
Jana Katsuyama is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting with the KTVU Channel 2 News team since April 2007. She was promoted to a full time staff reporter and fill-in anchor in January 2008.
She began her reporting career at KBJR in Duluth, Minnesota. From there, she moved to Dayton, Ohio where she worked as an Anchor/Reporter at WDTN-TV. Jana says working as a journalist is her dream job. “I enjoy learning about issues, investigating problems, and meeting people every day from so many backgrounds.”
Jana has been honored with two Emmy Awards, Associated Press awards in California and in Ohio for Best Broadcast Writing and Best Enterprise Reporting. She has also received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, and was part of the KTVU Ten O’Clock News team that won a National Edward R. Murrow Award.
She is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
She graduated from Oberlin College with Honors, completing a double major in English Literature and East Asian Studies. She worked overseas in Japan on the Japanese government’s JET Program before pursuing her career in broadcast journalism.
Jana’s family roots are in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Jana’s other interests include jazz, classical music, dance, cooking, cycling, and tennis.
DENISE PECK, Former Cisco Executive, Advisor to Ascend & CARE After nearly 30 years, Denise recently retired from the corporate world to begin a new phase in her life, which includes nonprofit work and an entrepreneurial interest in the clean energy sector. She is currently an advisor to Ascend (ascendleadership.org) and to CARE (care.org). Denise was most recently at Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking and communications. During her 14 years at Cisco, Denise held a number of Vice President positions in marketing, operations, engineering services, and IT. She leveraged this broad functional experience while working in Cisco’s Shanghai, China office from 2008 to 2010 as head of business operations. At Cisco, Denise was a longtime executive sponsor and advocate of Cisco’s diversity initiatives, particularly on behalf of women leaders and Asian employee networks. Prior to Cisco, Denise held senior marketing management positions over 13 years at Sun Microsystems, spanning investor relations, software developer relations, and hardware and software marketing. Previously, she worked at Data Resources, Inc., an economic consulting firm. Denise has a BA degree in Economics from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from Stanford University. She was a past winner of the TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) award. She is married with two children in graduate school.
MARIA WEAVER, Vice President Strategic Accounts, Apollo Group Maria Weaver became Head of Strategic Accounts for Apollo Lightspeed, a new division of Apollo Group, in February 2013 to develop strategic relationships with leading companies in the IT Industry. Maria has held a number of positions at Apollo Group including the VP, of Technology Planning, Operations & Business Engagement for the Apollo Group Digital Marketing and Technology organizations and Head of Human Resources for the same organizations. During her tenure at Apollo she has been instrumental at organizational strategy, design, change management and leadership development. She also implemented a new technology governance model and drove significant operational and fiscal improvements within the organization. Prior to Apollo, Maria was a Sr. Business Leader at Visa Inc. At Visa, Maria held a number of Human Resources positions and also ran Visa’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. Maria began her career in professional services as a consultant for Andersen Consulting and PeopleSoft and also worked for a couple bay area startups. She is also a former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, was the 1993 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen, and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
BONNIE WENTWORTH, Executive Coach and Leadership Strategist; President, Wentworth Consulting Group Bonnie Wentworth has a proven 25 year track record of catalyzing strategic change and producing results for individuals, teams and organizations. She has coached, taught and consulted to leaders of successful organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, Charles Schwab, Gap, UCSF Medical Center, University of California at Berkeley, University of San Francisco Law School, Sutter Health, NetApp, and Genentech – as well as start-ups, and leading national non-profits, including KIPP, Rocketship Education and Kaufmann Foundation. Bonnie is frequently cited as a trusted advisor by her clients; her coaching style and broad experience fuels her success with senior leaders and deans in education, health care, technology, financial services, venture capital and legal. Bonnie founded Wentworth Consulting Group in 1998. WCG is WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise) certified. Prior to WCG, she led a nationwide team as a Director at Charles Schwab in San Francisco. Bonnie serves as adjunct staff at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business for several Organizational Behavior courses, including Paths to Power with Jeffrey Pfeffer. Additionally, Bonnie is adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco’s School of Law.