made 15 times their original investment. Stacey
proves that doing good and caring for your
employees is a winning business strategy.
Stacey credits her success to a passion formaking a difference for the planet along withan ambition to build mission-driven companies. When asked how corporations can bestsupport women leaders, Stacey points towardsa fair equity structure: in all the companiesshe’s founded, Stacey intentionally builds inpay equity, and ensures that every member ofthe company owns shares. That way, “everyonewants the business to succeed and everyone isinvolved with building the brand, how we participate in the community, how we donate funds...everybody has a hand in it.”
2Nancy Sheppard, Entrepreneur and Activist for Natural
Wellness Board, Journey Coach
Nancy Sheppard founded Women2Boardsin 2014 and is an early thought leader in themovement to bring gender parity to corporategovernance. Nancy is a core strategist and leaderat How Women Lead, where she leads the training programs that have propelled over 500 topexecutive women into the boardroom journeyin the past two years. Nancy was a key playerin driving the successful California legislationrequiring gender diversity on public boards. Sheis also the Chief Board Journey Advisor for TheAthena Alliance, a nonprofit with a similar leadership goal for women, where she has coachedmore than 125 board-bound women.
Her current passion to move the needle onboardroom diversity was born after she servedas CEO of Western Independent Bankers, thelargest regional banking association in the US,for 24 years. When she announced her decisionto “graduate” from her leadership position, shewas approached to serve on several boards.Although she elected not to pursue those positions, she recommended other women for thespots and voila! the idea of doing this kind ofmatchmaking for a new career emerged.
3Lisa Bougie, Retail Pacesetter, Measuring Success by Helping
Lisa drove a seismic shift in her work two years
ago. From the C-Suite at Stitch Fix, an online
personal styling service, to supporting found-
ers and businesses that dwell at the intersection
of her values and deep consumer experience,
Lisa now works exclusively in support of gender
equality, wellness and climate action. With this
choice, also came the realization that her mea-
sures of success needed to change too. “I’m a big
fan of aligned incentives.” From decades of cor-
porate driven metrics with dollar signs attached,
Lisa now measures her personal success by how
many women she supports achieving their goals.
"Throughout my career,” she says, “I’ve beenfortunate to have strong mentors who havefortified my sense of who I wanted to be as aleader. Now, it’s a privilege to pay that forwardto women as a mentor myself.” Lisa currentlyserves as a member of the Boards of Directorsof Eileen Fisher, Cora and Boon Supply; hasco-developed and launched a Corporate BoardReadiness program at Santa Clara University;and advises and invests in a number of founders and companies whose missions serve toprove that “Business can and should be abouta whole lot more than just making money. “
4Erika Cramer, Venture Capital Investor and Disruptor
Erika cites family inspiration for her success,saying, “My parents live by example – if oneworks hard, anything is possible.” Like manychildren of immigrants, Erika is fueled bythe work ethic, gratitude and commitment togive back.
She remembers graduating into a recession and Wall Street hiring freeze, but quicklyworked her way up from administrative assistant to analyst to the firm’s youngest partner byage 26. Erika created one of the country’s onlywomen owned investment management firmsduring the last recession and has the grit andvision to lead the How Women Invest VentureFund formation during this complex environment as a GP, General Partner.
Like many others, Erika’s career is markedby the importance of strong connections overtime. An early client who believed in her whenshe was a 25-year-old analyst recruited her anumber of years later to lead corporate development at another organization. Erika notes thatshe “always had mentors who gave me enoughrope to prove myself.”
5Wendi Norris, Art Gallery Maven, Bringing Art to Tech
For Wendi, the power of connection manifests
when people come in contact with creations by
artists she represents. “Art heals, creates space
TEN LOCAL LEADERS
STACE Y KELLY EGIDE NANCY SHEPPARDLISA BOUGIE ERIKA CRAMERWENDI NORRIS LATA SE T T YKATHRYN JOHNSON LINDA ABRAHAMLISA CARMEL KRISTIN HULL