Leading Today, Building Tomorrow

Saturday, March 12, 2016


This year, we are thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the WIL Conference.  

How can we empower each other to get further, faster by 2036?

The 2016 WIL conference, themed Leading Today, Building Tomorrow, will celebrate how far we, as women in business, have come in the past two decades, and empower our community to achieve its greatest potential.




8:00 -  9:00 AM               Breakfast and Registration

    *A breakfast for Haas alumni will also be held during this time, with special guests in attendance

9:00 - 10:00 AM              Morning Keynote

                                          Staci Slaughter, Executive VP of Communications and Senior Advisor to the CEO, San Francisco Giants 

10:00 - 10:30 AM             Networking Break

10:30 - 12:00 PM              Story Salon

12:00 -   1:00 PM              "Continuing the Conversation" Lunch

                                           Sponsored by Sungevity

1:00 -  2:00 PM                 Afternoon Keynote

                                           Robin Wolaner, COO, We Care Solar; Founder of Parenting Magazine

2:00 -  2:30 PM                 Networking Break

2:30 -  4:00 PM                 Deep Dive Breakout Sessions

4:00 -  4:30 PM                 Networking Break

4:30 -  5:30 PM                 Evening Keynote

                                           Freada Kapor Klein, PhD, Partner at the Kapor Center; Founder of the Level Playing Field Institute

5:30 -  7:00 PM                 Wine Reception

Keynote Speakers


Staci Slaughter

Executive Vice President, Communications & Senior Advisor to the CEO,   San Francisco Giants

Staci Slaughter oversees media relations, public affairs, marketing communications programs, crisis communications and community outreach activities on behalf of the organization. In addition to day-­to­-day responsibilities overseeing the Club's communications activities, Slaughter helps manage the organization's major public events, including the media operations for the 2007 All­Star Game, the public relations efforts surrounding the development and opening of AT&T Park and the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series games and parades. Slaughter is also responsible for the Giants' charitable endeavors including its partnership with the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunter's Point, the 100% Player Participation program and the Giants Community Fund.

In 2012, Slaughter received the Robert O. Fishel Award, which is given annually to the active, non-uniformed representative of Major League Baseball for ethics, professionalism and humanitarianism. 

Prior to joining the Giants in 1996, Slaughter was press secretary to former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan, where she served as his primary spokesperson, media liaison and speechwriter. Slaughter has lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years and serves on the boards of trustees of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the San Francisco Friends School and the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.).

A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Slaughter lives in San Francisco with her husband, Jamie, and their two sons, Jake and Ben.

Robin Wolaner

Chief Operating Officer, We Care Solar; Founder of Parenting Magazine

Robin Wolaner is an executive with broad experience in startups and managing companies. She has joined the founders of We Care Solar as Chief Operating Officer to help the award-­winning nonprofit rapidly scale its Solar Suitcases for maternal and child health.  

Previously, she was the CEO of Vittana, a nonprofit which pioneered higher education loans in the developing world.  She is the author of Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career (Simon & Schuster 2005).

In 1985, she founded Parenting magazine, the most successful magazine launch of the decade and later sold to Time Inc.

Her career encompasses publisher of Mother Jones Magazine; heading magazine development for Time Inc.; CEO of Sunset Publishing; executive vice president of CNET; founding TeeBeeDee, a social network for people over 40; and advising early­-stage tech startups.

Robin holds a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.


Freada Kapor Klein, PhD

Partner at the Kapor Center; Founder of the Level Playing Field Institute

Freada Kapor Klein, PhD is Partner at the Kapor Center. She is an entrepreneur, activist and leader in the field of organizational culture and diversity. Freada is a pioneer in developing models for revenue and sustainability of non-profits, and is an active advisor and mentor to social entrepreneurs. She is also an advocate for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, especially people of color and women. Dr. Klein was the first Director of Organizational Development, Training and Employee Relations for Lotus Development Corporation.

Her consulting firm, Klein Associates, specializes in employee surveys, training, and consulting on all forms of bias, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace. Klein’s client base ranges from Harvard Business School to the World Bank to top tier international professional services firms, and tech start-ups.

In 2001 she founded the Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces by removing barriers to full participation; it houses the SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academy for low income high school students of color. Klein is the author of “Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay”. 

Check back soon for more conference updates!



The Women in Leadership conference is held annually at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Haas is accessible via public transportation and car, and parking is available on the street or in private facilities.

University of California, Berkeley
Haas School of Business

2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720


Parking Lots Near the Venue

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Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership

The Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership organization's mission is to serve the entire Haas community through a series of professional, educational, and social events designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women's roles in business while equipping WIL members to achieve success.

Beyond hosting the annual WIL conference, WIL is actively involved in leading the Women's Workshop and Diversity Conference, and offers regular social events and an annual retreat for Haas students and partners.

Visit the Women in Leadership website

Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

For over 100 years, the Haas School of Business has offered exceptional management education to outstanding women and men from around the world. The school is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge for all areas of business, and a launching point for many new businesses. The Haas School is widely known for its diverse and talented faculty, staff, students and alumni. Its programs benefit significantly from the university's practice of interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the school's strong connections to nearby Silicon Valley.

Visit the Haas School of Business website 

Conference CORE Team

2016 Co-Chairs

WIL Presidents


Morgana Davids & Sydney Thomas
Stacey Chin & Sarah Tomec
Claire Xu
Connie Dea
Alexis Kastrenakes
Libbey Davis & Lexi Sturdy