Five Things: Women in Leadership (WIL) Conference


Keynote speaker Heidi Roizen Keynote speaker Heidi Roizen

1. Leadership: Co-chairs Ruth Duggan and Jane Wong, both MBA 13.

2. The mix: Among the more than 400 attendees was a nine-year-old, who asked speaker Heidi Roizen, venture partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, "How do you get better at your job?"

3. Themes: What paths are you driven to bend? Is dreaming big and being a leader selfish?

4. Inspiration: Amanda Pouchot, founder of Levo League, an online community of professional women, challenged the audience to "ask for more" on Equal Pay Day (which was April 9), and Roizen shared war stories from the male-dominated VC world of the 1980's, then inspired the audience by sharing how she negotiated a four-fold increase in compensation.

5. Perspective: "Today gave me a lot to think about."--comment from male attendee.

About The Author

From 2011-2013, Valerie Gilbert focused on sharing stories of Berkeley MBA student achievements and connection to the Haas Defining Principles. At Haas since 2004 and now Associate Director of Content Marketing, she still enjoys revealing the different facets of life at Berkeley-Haas to a variety of audiences.