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Women As Leaders
Thursday, November 09, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
Category: Special Events

Women As Leaders

Almost everyone will agree there is a lack of women's leadership in this Country. Women continue to encounter challenges when it comes to advancing in the workplace - and in many facets of society. In companies, Congress, Hollywood, technology and healthcare, there are relatively few women who have made it to the top. So what is the number one thing women leaders feel is holding them back from real success? How can men empower and advocate for the superstar women who are their colleagues? How can women prepare for career success in a male-dominated world?

Find out the answers to these questions and more at our Women As Leaders panel discussion, led by accomplished women executives who have run the gauntlet and risen through the ranks to achieve their own brand of success. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks* will be available (*mocktails only, as no adult beverages will be served due to our permit!) 


When: Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Where: Cal State San Marcos, Markstein Hall #125 

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096


Members: $40 (option to add $5 to subsidize a CSUSM student)

Non-Members: $50 (option to add $5 to subsidize a CSUSM student)

CSUSM Students: $5 (Email confirmation required for discounted rate)

CSM Faculty/Staff: $20 (Email confirmation required for discounted rate)

Other CSUSM Faculty/Staff: $40 (Email confirmation required for discounted rate)

Directions: Specific directions will be provided in your confirmation email prior to the program. 

Register for the event 

 To receive a name badge at the event please register by 10:00 AM on November 9th

Meet our moderator

Cheryl K. Goodman

Head of Corporate Communications, Sony Electronics, Inc. 

Cheryl is currently the head of corporate communications at Sony Electronics, Inc. and co-founder of SoGloMo, a 360 degree marketing firm focused on the power of marketing, mobile and social. Cheryl was previously Athena's executive director before switching to Sony Electronics, Inc. 

Cheryl served as an executive in business development/ marketing at Qualcomm, Inc., where she oversaw brands such as Gimbal™, LTE Broadcast, mirasol and MediaFLO. She also established the Qualcomm Publisher Relations program where she developed mobile content revenue strategies with national and global publishers.

Over the course of her career, Goodman has launched eight products in five countries, and garnered numerous awards, including the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award and EDN’s Innovation Award. She also received finalist recognition in the CES Innovation Awards and GSMA Global Mobile Awards. As a former broadcast journalist for CBS and ABC affiliates, Goodman is a frequent commentator to press on mobile technologies, mobile marketing strategies and women in STEM leadership. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, emcee, moderator and panel participant.


 Karen Haynes

President, California State University San Marcos

Dr. Karen Haynes began her tenure as the third and now longest-serving president of California State University San Marcos in 2004. In the summer of 2016, she became the senior president in the 23-campus CSU system — the first woman to ever serve in that role. She has served for over 30 years as an academic administrator.

Dr. Haynes’ commitment to women’s issues began during her undergraduate years at Goucher, an all-women’s college in Maryland. In the more than four decades of her professional career, she has been committed to developing women leaders through her research, publishing and mentoring.

Focused on raising the educational attainment rates of underserved student populations, she has transformed CSUSM into a model environment for women, promoting and hiring women to prominent leadership positions.

Dr. Haynes has long history with the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network. She helped renew and reinvigorate the Texas State Network and did the same for the Southern California State Network, for which she has been the Presidential Sponsor since 2007. A first-generation college student, she holds both a doctorate in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin and a master’s in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal.


Kristi Jaska

Vice President, Engineering, ViaSat Inc.

Kristi started her career at Linkabit, the fountainhead of San Diego’s telecom industry, where she worked with the three founders of ViaSat.  She then joined ViaSat as the 6th employee about a year after the company was founded. During her time at ViaSat she has worked to grow the company in many areas including hardware, software, and system design; project and business management; and strategy and marketing.  She co-founded ViaSat’s innovation center and holds numerous patents in digital communications. Kristi has B.S. and M.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.


MG Kristian

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Mitchell International

MG Kristian is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Mitchell International. MG joined Mitchell in 2010, leading the Talent Management and Change Management processes and initiatives. She later assumed responsibility for the Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Payroll functions.

Prior to joining Mitchell, MG was Vice President of Human Resources at Life Technologies serving in HR Business Partner, Talent Acquisition and M&A Integration leadership roles. Before that, MG held Human Resource leadership positions at Dell, Inc., and PepsiCo. MG’s passion is creating environments where employees can do their best work on behalf of customers and building the leadership capability to make that happen. To that end, her leadership contributed to Mitchell winning the grand prize for Workplace Excellence among San Diego companies in 2012. She also was recognized as an award winner in the prestigious San Diego Women Who Mean Business Competition in 2011.


Judy Thompson

President and Founder, Thompson Financial Search

Thompson Financial Search is an executive search firm specializing in recruiting and placing mid- and senior-level accounting and financial professionals in San Diego County for over 25 years. Thompson's career began in the 1970's in the top producing office of a 325-office national search firm. In 1981, she founded Thompson Financial Search companies in San Diego. Today, it is one of three affiliated Thompson Search Companies: Thompson Financial Search, specialists in recruiting mid-level accounting and financial professionals; Thompson Interim Professionals, co-founded with Linda Rose of Rose Business Solutions. 

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