Location: JFK University, Pleasant Hill
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The Women in Leadership program is a series of panel and roundtable discussions presented by the Contra Costa Commission for Women

aimed at supporting gender equality and opportunities for women in the workplace. Our goal is to raise awareness in Contra Costa County, provide a call to action to organizations and businesses to close the leadership gap, and to encourage and empower women.

This program was inspired by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women’s

Gender Equality Principles Initiative, a groundbreaking project undertaken to help businesses achieve greater gender equality and build more productive workplaces. *(For more information about the San Francisco’s GEP, please visit http://www.genderprinciples.org/.)
Future panel discussions will focus on: • Employment and compensation• Work-life balance and career development • Health, safety, and freedom from violence • Management and governance • Business, supply chain, and marketing practices • Civic and community engagement • Leadership, transparency and accountability

• Entrepreneurship for women

Our Past Events:

On June 7, 2014 the Contra Costa Commission for Women hosted its second Women in Leadership panel discussion: Women in Leadership: Non-Traditional Careers for Women. Our panel of professionals from different non-traditional careers discussed the importance of women in those roles, how to enter those fields, and that the field was wide open to women today.

(L to R front row). Darlene Gayler, VP Gayler Construction, Camille Finan, Carpenter / Owner Divine Kitchens, Chuck Carpenter, Richmond Build.
(L to R back row). Julianna King Hynes, PhD, Chair of the Commission, Utuma Belfrey, IBEW Electrician, Joey D. Smith, Vice Chair of the Commission, Rae Jones, Mariner Longshoreman,
Donna Rayon-Terrell, retired Fire Captain.

On October 24, 2013 the Contra Costa Commission for Women hosted its first Women in Leadership panel discussion: Why Women in Leadership. Our panel of leaders from top employers in Contra Costa County discussed the importance of women in leadership roles and what employees and employers can do to support emerging women leaders.


(From L to R) Joey Smith, CCCW Commissioner, Diana Baughman – Manager, California Public Affairs at Chevron,
Kathy Fifer – HR Manager at Dow Chemical, Donald Duggan – Senior Exec VP & Head of Banking Services at Bank of the West, Delores Turner – Manager of HR at East Bay MUD, Loretta Walker – VP, External Affairs at AT&T, and Julianna Hynes, PhD, Chair of CCCW.