Lifting While
Climbing Summit

OCTOBER 26, 2022 | 4:30-7:30pm PT





Hosted LIVE at Qualcomm’s San Diego Campus & Virtually via MS Teams


2nd Annual Lifting While Climbing Summit

The modern corporate movement to embrace DEI as central elements of business success is fast becoming institutionalized across the American business landscape and beyond. And at the forefront of every historic journey are leaders with a shared vision and clear time horizons.


We invite you to join Athena’s Annual LWC Summit for an exceptional showcase of those STEM leaders who are goal-setters and goal-getters willing to broadly share their approach to diversity and treat it the way they treat any other business problem. Historically, that's something most companies have never done in the diversity arena.



Expect this STEM EVENT of the YEAR to educate and empower through these trailblazing examples on paving the road of DEI through challenge, change, and collaboration.

As employees, investors, and customers demand values-based transparency on the way businesses treat their employees; society is looking to purpose-driven corporate leaders for the way forward.  


These leaders will also share how a strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) profile is key to a company’s financial health and corporate identity as employees, shareholders, and investors are asking for greater visibility on a wide range of non-financial metrics to assess a company’s appeal and future success.


We can’t do this alone, and collaboration is a must. Learn from those companies that are putting the pieces of the puzzle together and closing the gap between THE WALK AND THE TALK and discover:

  • How leading companies are building their DEI programs to drive ESG outcomes

  • Why ESG is becoming a priority for companies managing their talent and assessing their financial risks

  • Why a culture of purpose is key to a strong ESG profile

  • Strategies to help design, execute, and promote DEI programs while measuring impact.

The future belongs to those that can tackle this systematically, and you won’t want to miss the visionaries @ aTyr, Encore Capital, Mitchell, PWC, Qualcomm, SDG&E, and Tandem Diabetes Care.


On October 26, our 500+ STEM community will celebrate, connect and advance our vision to become a destination for diversity.

For event sponsorship opportunities, contact Holly Smithson



Meet the visionaries who will take the stage on October 26 and click the company logos to learn about the commitment and efforts of these companies who are truly #LiftingWhileClimbing.

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Tracey-Lee Brown CA(SA) (CPA)
Director, Governance Insights Center


Tracey-Lee Brown is a Director in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams, and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.

With more than 10 years of experience at PwC, Tracey brings experience in technical accounting, SEC and financial reporting.

She advises boards and committee members on a variety of governance related issues, and contributes to thought leadership focused on topics including environmental, social, and governance (ESG), audit committee oversight, and risk oversight.


Tracey initially started with our PwC South Africa firm in 2007 and transferred to the PwC New York office in 2012. She is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New York), as well as a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of South Africa. Tracey also serves as a board member at a non-profit organization called Women Creating Change. Tracey lives in New York with her husband and son.

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Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D., M.S.
President and CEO


Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D., M.S. has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a board member since November 2017. Dr. Shukla served as our Chief Medical Officer from March 2016 to November 2017. From April 2015 to March 2016, Dr. Shukla worked in an advisory capacity for a number of companies, including as a consultant to aTyr from January 2016 to March 2016. Prior to that, from October 2012 to April 2015, Dr. Shukla served as Vice President and Global Head of Integrated Medical Services for Novartis, a biopharmaceutical company, where he led global medical affairs operations, with oversight for all pharma general medicines therapies, both inline and in development. Dr. Shukla served as Chief Executive Officer of RXMD, a clinical development consultancy that assisted in advancing proof of concept for early stage drug candidates, from April 2009 to September 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Shukla served in a variety of clinical development, data analytics and drug safety roles at Vifor Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company, and Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Vifor Pharma). Dr. Shukla received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine and his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Maryland.


Tracy Ting


Tracy Ting joined Encore Capital Group in 2019 and serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, bringing more than two decades of combined finance and HR expertise. In this role, Ms. Ting provides global enterprise leadership, strategic vision and functional expertise to Encore’s Human Resources and Corporate Communications functions.

Ms. Ting comes to Encore from Avanir Pharmaceuticals where she was their Chief People Officer. As a high-performing leader with an influential mindset and a creative strategist, she drove key business objectives and set strategic direction for people and overall culture towards innovation, growth and accountability. Prior to Avanir, Ms. Ting served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Affymetrix, a public global life science tools company, up until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2016.


Ms. Ting was pivotal as part of the executive team that led the company’s successful turnaround and cultural transformation. Prior to Affymetrix, Ms. Ting worked at Varian Medical Systems, the global market leader in radiation oncology, for 15 years and held various leadership roles in HR and Finance and contributed toward its worldwide growth from 1,900 to 8,000 employees. Prior to Varian, Tracy worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand LLP) in Los Angeles.

Tracy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies with an emphasis in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Glenn Williams
VP Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer 


Glenn Williams is Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer at Qualcomm. In this role, Glenn brings nearly 15 years of strategic HR and D&I experience to Qualcomm. Prior to this role, Glenn held management positions for companies including Amazon and ExxonMobil. Prior to that he worked for the global law firm Clifford Chance. He is also a combat veteran who served in the Judge Advocate General Corps, in the US Army. 

Additionally, Glenn is highly active in the community. He is on the Board of Directors for the Midway Museum and the San Diego County Big Brothers Big Sisters. A native of Chicago, IL, Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Glenn also has a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. He resides in San Diego, Ca, with his wife and two daughters.

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Deborah Martin
Vice President, Talent Management | Sempra


Deborah Martin is vice president, talent management for Sempra. In this role she is responsible for employee acquisition and retention, benefits, succession planning strategies, and ethics and investigations functions, all to advance Sempra’s high-performance culture as an employer of choice. Prior to joining Sempra’s legal department in 2010 where she most recently served as chief employment counsel, Martin was a partner at the Sheppard Mullin law firm.

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Tom Fox
Senior Vice President Human Resources

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Tom Fox was appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development in August 2020. From August 2017 to July 2020, he served as Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to this, he served as Senior Director of our Human Resources Department. Mr. Fox has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources management. Prior to joining Tandem, Mr. Fox served as Director of Human Resources for the Oncology-Genoptix Division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Before that, he held various HR leadership positions including Director of Human Resources for the West Division of BDO, USA LLP; Director of HR Client Services for Option One Mortgage Company (a subsidiary of H&R Block Corp.) and Director of Labor and Employee Relations at The Walt Disney Company, Disneyland Resort. Mr. Fox began his career at Chevron Corporation and holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and a MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources Management from Michigan State University.