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.




Los Angeles WLN Regional Event2-22-18_WLN_ShellyC

Thursday, February 22, 2018
3:00-6:00 Registration, Program, Networking Reception
The Intercontinental Hotel, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Shelly Kapoor Collins, Founding Partner of Shatter Fund

“Why I invest in the Emerging Market of Female Entrepreneurs and My Journey into Venture”

Shelly Kapoor Collins is Founding Partner of the Shatter Fund, a returns driven fund investing in technology companies led and started by women. Shatter is the culmination of Shelly’s entire career of working in the Tech industry as a founder, investor and advisor, and extensive experience in mentoring and empowering women in the US and abroad. Shelly will share her journey developing an unparalled network of female operators built over 20 years, providing investments in some of the most exciting female companies including GlamSquad, UrbanSiter, Hello Alice, On Second Thought, Talk Media News, Kraus Aerospace and more. The fireside chat with Shelly will be moderated by PLUS Member Chelsea Laing, Area Vice President of Arthur Gallagher & Co.

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Boston WLN Regional Event

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:00-8:00 Registration, Panel Discussion, Networking Reception
Boston College Club, 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA

Lori Bailey, Global Head of Cyber Risk, Zurich Insurance Group

Panel Speakers:
Rhonda Kallman, Founder and CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery
Robert Rivers, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Bank
Jennifer Sharkey, Executive Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

“Moving Women into Positions of Leadership and How to Bring Men into the Conversation”

In this panel discussion, top executives from Boston’s business community will discuss the challenges facing women as they climb the corporate ladder, share first-hand experiences as to how individuals and companies can overcome a preference for the status quo, and offer expert advice regarding how to engage men in the conversation and foster gender partnership.  Attendees will leave armed with knowledge, actionable tips, and the motivation to clear roadblocks and strengthen their organization’s ability to change the conversation on gender parity and provide women the experiences needed to rise to senior leadership and beyond.

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2017 EVENTS – Past


Seattle WLN Regional EventShahid_Shiza


Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Shiza Shahid - Entrepreneur, Technologist, Investor, Impact Leader

“Catalyzing Social Impact Through Entrepreneurship & Innovation”

PLUS Foundation Women’s Leadership Network presents Shiza Shahid.  Shiza is the Co-Founder and Founding C.E.O. of the Malala Fund, focusing on creating high quality education for children all around the world. Shiza will share her personal story of working with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and how she recently launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley where she invests in mission-driven technology startups that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges.


Chicago WLN Regional Eventsingh_alpana

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Alpana Singh - Proprietor, Master Sommelier & Author

“Motivation & Determination in Life: How the Daughter of Fiji Immigrants Became the Youngest Women to Ever Pass the Master Sommelier Exam”

PLUS Foundation Women’s Leadership Network presents Alpana Singh, Proprietor, Master Sommelier & Author.  Alpana will share her story of growing up as the daughter of Fiji Immigrants and how her career blossomed from waiting tables to Restaurateur. Alpana holds the distinguished accomplishment of being the youngest person to pass the final level of the Master Sommelier exam. For ten seasons she hosted the Emmy Award Winning restaurant review television show, Check Please! on Chicago’s PBS station. Since 2012, Singh has opened The Boarding House, Seven Lions, and her third restaurant Terra & Vine.


New York WLN Regional EventRobin_Wright

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Robin Wright - Contributing Writer for The New Yorker, Joint Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

“The World & Its Wars: From the Frontlines”

PLUS Foundation Women’s Leadership Network presents Robin Wright.  Robin Wright has covered wars, revolutions and uprisings on five continents since the 1970s. She’s most recently been on the frontline with ISIS. She’ll explore the challenges of being a female war correspondent and survey the wars of the 21st Century.



Denver WLN Regional Event


September 28, 2017
Leslie K. Lambert - Chief Security and Strategy Officer

“Leslie K. Lambert: Rise of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)”

PLUS Foundation Women’s Leadership Network presents a fireside chat with Leslie K. Lambert, Chief Security and Strategy Officer at GuruCul Solutions. LLC. Leslie will share her personal story of building a successful career in technology, data analytics and information security, including stories of the changes she saw in technology and how influential people helped to shape her career.

Leslie is responsible for GuruCul Solution’s company and product strategy, executive relations, strategic partnerships, as well as chairing the GuruCul Executive Advisory Council. Most recently, Leslie was the CISO for Juniper Networks, and prior to that she was an IT executive at Sun Microsystems for 18 years and served as Sun’s CISO.


Hartford WLN Regional Event

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Distinguished Panel

Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney - President Trinity College and Professor of Neuroscience
Carolyn Kuan - Conductor, Hartford Symphony
Gail Lavielle - Representative in the Connecticut House of Representatives

“A Women’s View from the Top – Three Stories of Success”

Get inspired by the stories of three exceptional women; a college president, a symphony conductor and a legislator. Discover how they rose to the top and found success in traditionally male professions.



San Francisco WLN Regional EventJacquellineFuller

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Jacquelline Fuller – Vice President of Google and President of Google.org

“Giving with Gates and Google”

Join us for a fireside chat with Google President, Google.org VP and former Gates Foundation executive, Jacquelline Fuller, on the art and science of living with meaning and giving with gusto.


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
•    Michelle Coleman Mayes – Vice President, General Counsel, New York Public Library
•    Jennifer Siebel Newsom – Founder, CEO, President of the Representation Project
•    Linda Kaplan Thaler – Advertising Hall of Fame luminary, lecturer, best selling author and television personality from series such as “Making it Big” and “The Apprentice.”

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.