Women’s Leadership Network

The PLUS Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Network creates opportunities to network and learn from the experience of women who are leaders by virtue of their achievements.  The Foundation endeavors to raise corporate awareness of the value of developing and diversifying leadership.  Proactive companies that encourage employees to participate in these events will help realize the overall industry goal of increasing the percentage of women in leadership roles.


2016 EVENTS  —  Stay tuned for 2017 EVENTS coming soon!


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
3:00 Registration, Keynote 3:30-4:30, Reception 4:30-6:00
Merchants Exchange Club, 75 Leidesdorff, San Francisco

Jennifer Siebel Newsom – Founder, CEO, President of the Representation Project

“Redefining Leadership”

In her keynote presentation, Jennifer Siebel Newsom weaves together stories from her diverse experiences – an MBA from Stanford, entrepreneur in Africa and Latin America, CEO & Founder of The Representation Project, mother of four young children, wife of the Lieutenant Governor of California, and documentary filmmaker- to address the current climate of American values and how the media, pop culture, and gender stereotypes impact all aspects of our lives, including corporate culture. By presenting startling facts and anecdotes, Newsom makes the case that greater equality in the workplace is not only good for individuals, but also for the bottom line, encouraging companies to take a leadership role in reshaping the workforce. In the end, Newsom reminds us all that we – women and men – are in the driver’s seat to create a world free from gender stereotypes where everyone can reach their full human potential.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
12:00-3:00 Program and Luncheon
The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., NYC

Linda Kaplan Thaler –Advertising Hall of Fame luminary, lecturer, bestselling author (Power of Nice, Grit to Great) and television personality from series such as “Making it Big” and “The Apprentice

“Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary”

In her Grit to Great lecture, Linda Kaplan Thaler tackles a topic that she believes is the real secret to her own success and in the careers of so many. New research proves that the real secret to success isn’t some rarefied “it” factor, it’s the “grit” factor. And each and every one of us can possess it.  Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology and personal success, as well as a cornucopia of stories and practical “how to” tips and exercises, Thaler discusses why those who develop and possess the character traits of grit (Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity) outperform individuals with genius IQ’s, virtuoso talent, unlimited financial resources or a private school education.

The PLUS Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Network began in 2009 with a dedicated session at the PLUS Annual Conference.  The response to that session was overwhelming and is now a regular item on the annual conference schedule.  People continue to be drawn to the mission and value offered by the Network.

The WLN and its activities have continued to grow over the past seven years.  Our first regional event was held in New York City in 2010.  We have since hosted numerous regional events in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Seattle and San Francisco.  The quality of these events and a format that includes the opportunity to network with industry leaders and outstanding professional women has drawn hundreds to our sessions across the United States.  We have hosted many quality panels and speakers including:

•    Gail Collins – First female editor of the New York Times editorial page
•    Dana Perino – Former White House Press Secretary and current Fox News contributor
•    Rene Syler – Author and CNN contributor
•    Lisa Belkin – Author and Huffington Post blogger
•    Betsy Myers – Former Senior Advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University
•    Anna Maria Chavez – CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Going strong, we plan for many more events far into the future.

    Diversity Sidebar

    The PLUS Foundation holds multiple events in various cities across the United States each year, making these opportunities available to a broad segment of the PLUS membership.