Women's Emerging Leadership Forum (WELF)

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WELF 2022 Information

The 8th Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum is hosted in collaboration with the San Francisco office of KPMG. We're looking forward to seeing you!

  • Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2022
  • Time:  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:  KPMG LLP, 55 Second Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Reasonable accommodations: This event welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please send an email to welf@sfsu.edu at least 5 days before the event to request reasonable accommodations.

The Lam Family College of Business (LFCoB) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is hosting our Eighth Annual (2022) Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum as an in-person event. 

This annual event is a lively, engaging forum designed to help you achieve your full potential in the workplace by bringing together a diverse group of successful and aspiring leaders to exchange stories and hard-earned insights, share knowledge and learn how to avoid common pitfalls on the path to career advancement, and identify ways to enhance your leadership skills while making meaningful connections and expanding your professional network.

This year's theme is 'Blazing Your Path' and will feature stories and hard-earned reflections from women who have achieved the pinnacle of their profession.

The event includes complimentary continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea.

Tickets to this event are sold out!


    Keynote Speakers

    Carine Schneider

    Carine Schneider, FGE

    AST Private Company Solutions, Inc.


    Keynote Address:  How Ownership Works and Why Most Women Don’t Negotiate Effectively

    Research continues to show that women are earning less and participating in ownership at a lower level than their male peers. Learn from Carine Schneider, a senior executive who has worked in compensation her entire career, about why these challenges occur and how you can ensure that you are compensated at an equal and appropriate level.

    Gulnur Tumbat

    Gulnur Tumbat, Ph.D.

    Professor of Marketing and Lam-Larsen Community Engagement Initiative Director
    Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University


    Topic:  What it Takes to Carve a Path to the Top

    Big and challenging goals don’t need to be intimidating, even in times of uncertainty. Gulnur Tumbat will share her stories and research from her big mountain expeditions – including climbing to the top of Mount Everest – on how to focus on what you can control and stay resilient till you reach your goal.

    Panel Speakers

    WELF 2022-Speaker Panel, 3 women, Rosey Alvero, Lucy Chen, Cathy Peng

    Panelists (photos left to right):


    Panel Topic:  Create Your Path:  Thrive During Change and Uncertainty


    9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    • Registration, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Coffee/Tea (informal network building)

    10:00 - 11:10 a.m.

    11:10 - 11:25 a.m.

    • Coffee/Tea Break, informal network building

    11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    12:30 - 12:40 p.m.

    • Brief Break (stretch, refresh, hydrate); informal network building

    12:40 - 2:00 p.m.

    2:00 - 2:10 p.m.

    • Short Break:  Stretch, Refresh, Hydrate

    2:10 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Wrap-up

      • Reflections, Insights, Feedback
      • Closing Remarks by Forum Chair Jingmei Li

    2:30 p.m.

    • Adjourn



    This event is hosted in collaboration with the San Francisco office of KPMG. We thank them for their support.

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    Contact Us

    If you have any questions or are interested in partnering with us or becoming a speaker at a future WELF event, please email us at welf@sfsu.edu. 

    Meet the WELF 2022 planning team and learn more about the Lam-Larsen Community Engagement Initiative.


    Event Photos and News Story