Women In Leadership

Thank you to Bay Club for sponsoring our 3rd annual Women in Leadership Forum! This year’s event welcomed 600 women and men in the hospitality and business community to learn about “The Evolution of Leadership”.

To join the Women in Leadership planning committee, please email Kelly Powers at kpowers@hotelcouncilsf.org.

Watch highlights from the event:

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“What a wonderful event! The room was overwhelming and I was so excited to be a part of it! Looking forward to next year already!”
Kate Bradesca I Assistant Front Office Manager, San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Welcome Keynote: London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Panel 1: Young Professionals

  • Moderator: Annie Appel, Executive Vice President, Bay Club
  • Brittney Beck, Owner and General Manager, Beck’s Motor Lodge
  • Jennifer Hardy, Sales Manager, Fairmont San Francisco
  • Cicely Nash, Event Planner, San Francisco 49ers
  • Mara Saldana-Jones, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Bay Club
  • Sally Smith, Director of Market Management, Expedia, Inc.
We asked our women leaders about their inspirations, motivations, and career-defining moments. Here are a few stories:
View more stories from our women leaders on our YouTube channel

Presentation:Employer 411: What You Need to Know About New Workplace Policies in San Francisco

  • Emily Murase, Executive Director, Department on the Status of Women
  • Sharon Terman, Director of the Work & Family Program, Legal Aid at Work

Panel 2: The Power of Mentoring

  • Moderator: Cindy Hill, Director of Sales and Marketing, W San Francisco
  • Mentor:Roger Huldi, General Manager, W San Francisco
  • Mentee: Nicole Gorman, Director of Style and Sustainability, W San Francisco
  • Mentor: James Lim, General Manager, Omni San Francisco Hotel
  • Mentee: Isabelle Matter, General Manager, Yotel San Francisco
  • Mentor: Lynda Clemmons, Vice President, NRG Energy
  • Mentee: Greg Kandankulam, Senior Sustainability Manager, NRG Energy

Panel 3: Established Leaders

  • Moderator: Melinda Franklin, Managing Director of Corporate and Government Affairs, United Airlines
  • Holly Egan Arnold, Vice President, HKS Architects
  • Shelley Doran, Senior Vice President, Webcor Builders
  • Caroline Shaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Jackson Family Wines
  • Dee Dee Workman, Vice President of Public Policy, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Closing Keynote: US Senator Barbara Boxer

“Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the event this year. As a millennial. we really appreciate hearing from one another, as well as those successful and beautiful ladies ahead of us.”
Cicely Nash, Event Planner, Forty Niners Stadium Management Company

As a smaller hotel, I appreciate the network of information the Hotel Council provides. Not only are the seminars filled with relevant topics, but the members are always willing to share ideas and experiences.

Brittney Beck Owner and Operater / Beck’s Motor Lodge May 12, 2017