College of Business

Women in Business Summit

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Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 9:30am-2:30pm

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The Women in Business Summit is an event co-hosted by the American Marketing Association and the Association for Women in Business. These clubs are striving to advocate and bring opportunities to women and underrepresented minorities in the business world who face a wide range of obstacles and experiences. Because there were very few seminars, courses, or events that specifically discuss women in the business field, WIB Summit was born, and the need was fulfilled.  This will be the third annual Women in Business Summit. Over the past three years, hundreds of individuals including students, small business owners, stay-at-home mothers, and other community members have benefited from this event. 

The event will be held virtually this year and is comprised of amazing guest speakers and breakout sessions that touch on relevant topics for women in business. Some of these topics include: personal branding, marketing, human resources, finances, surviving to thriving, managing emotions, and raising a family while working.  The event will be interactive. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions directly to the impressive line of speakers.

The keynote speaker, Angie Howard, is the Vice President of Custom Animation with DreamWorks Animation.  You can grab your lunch and watch as she discusses “Playing the Game of Life with Creativity, Engagement and Joy.” You will not want to miss it!

At the end of the event, there will be a networking session. You can meet with the speakers and companies with proven track records for treating women with respect, dignity, and fairness.  This will provide great opportunities to network and even get internships or jobs!

To take advantage of this opportunity, buy your tickets now to reserve your spot!  Ticket prices are $15 and well worth the investment. The first 150 people will receive an awesome swag bag that includes an event t-shirt. Get ready to grow your network, career, and knowledge. Buy your ticket today!


2021 Guest Speakers 

Angie Howard | KeyNote: Playing the Game of Life with Creativity, Engagement and Joy

DreamWorks Animation, Vice President of Custom Animation

Angie Howard HeadshotAngie Howard is the Vice President of Custom Animation at DreamWorks Animation (DWA) in Glendale, CA. Her team works to implement marketing strategy by producing short-form animation content for DWA / NBCUniversal feature film releases.  Prior to joining DWA, Angie produced animation and VFX content for film, video games, TV, and advertising/marketing campaigns at companies such as Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks, Sony Playstation, and Rhythm and Hues. 

Angie earned an MBA from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising Management and Marketing from Portland State University.  She teaches part-time as a section instructor at Washington State University and runs a vacation rental company with her husband.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, reading, learning, and watching movies with her husband and daughter.


Cindy Halvorsen | The Amazing Race to Personal Branding

Google, Advertising Sales Manager

Cindy Halvorsen HeadshotCindy is a 16-year Marketing and Advertising executive with a background in Consumer Goods brand management and deep digital acumen. She has built and led high-growth teams by living a values-based leadership model. 

Cindy is currently an Advertising Sales Manager at Google. Prior to Google, Cindy honed her brand management skills at Kraft Foods with P&L ownership for a large portfolio of iconic grocery brands including Kraft Mac & Cheese and Jell-O. Cindy’s work has been recognized by 4 Cannes Lions, AdWeek Media Plan of the Year, & an Emmy Nomination. Her experience includes Innovation at Wrigley and Consumer Insights at Procter & Gamble. Her work is published in Kellogg on Branding in a Hyper-Connected World.

She holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Digital Marketing Certificate from Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati where she graduated #1 with a Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence.

Cindy and her husband Ernie raced around the world and Won in Season 19 of The Amazing Race, a reality TV competition show.

Cindy and Ernie and their three sons live in the Chicagoland area.


Kim Garby | From Surviving to Thriving

Asurion, Former Vice President and General Manager

Kim Garby HeadshotAfter a career spanning more than 25 years serving the telecommunications, technology and retail industries, Kim is taking retirement for a test drive.  During her 18 years with Asurion she was responsible for new business and program development with an emphasis on expanding the company’s business into new industries, channels, and geographies.  Prior to Asurion Kim held senior product management and marketing roles with Verizon, PrimeCo, InCode telecom and Nucentrix Broadband Networks.  

These days Kim is an amateur, want-to-be chef and interior decorator. She lives in Bluffton SC with her husband and 2 four-legged children.

About Asurion:  Leading global technology Solutions Company with more than 19,000 employees, in 55 locations, serving 300M customers worldwide.


Jenny Hood | Financial Panel

St. Clair Financial, Financial Planner

Jenny Hood HeadshotJenny Hood is a Financial Planner for the wealth management firm, St, Clair Financial located in Roseville. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSU, Sacramento and later pursued her Certified Financial PlannerTM designation. With over a decade of experience in helping clients reach their financial goals, Jenny continues to find joy in helping people feel comfortable and confident in making financial decisions. It is Jenny’s passion for financial literacy and education that brought her into the finance world. She continues her involvement by being an active volunteer for Junior Achievement of Sacramento, and served as the past Pro Bono Director and President of the Financial Planning Association of Northern California. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys working out, spending time outdoors and trying to sneak financial lessons into the everyday lives of her two young sons.


Amber Berry | Financial Panel

Certified Money Coach

Amber Berry HeadshotAmber Berry is a graduate of UC Davis (BS, Anthropology, '14) but grew up in sunny San Diego, CA. Her journey to financial services actually began with her initial career in biotechnology as a junior researcher studying DNA repair mechanisms in yeast. The pivot to this industry started with a general interest that eventually lead her to train as a coach and now she is enrolled at The American College for Financial Services pursuing the Certified Financial Planner designation. Her long-term career goals include studying Thanatology and financial therapy to create more heart-centered and inclusive financial education programs. In her spare time (and where COVID-19 modifications allow), she enjoys giving back to her community as a crisis counselor, hospice companion, and volunteer income tax preparer.


Trisha Zulic | How To Manage Your Emotions And Build Resilience in Today's World

Director, Human Resource Consultant Services

Trish Zulic HeadshotTrisha Zulic is a resourceful and goal-oriented senior business leader with extensive human resource and operations experience. Her experience includes serving as an HR Director, COO, Director of Operations and as a HR Department of One. Trisha is a subject matter expert in centralized HR, multi-location HR functions, business metrics and strategy. She has authored and taught such courses as Keys to Success, a leadership training-moving from a manager to a leader, and Think like a COO, walking participants through leaderships, thought process of decision making, short and long-term expectations and deliverables for most businesses. Trisha is SHRM-SCP certified and holds her SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential, California HR Employment Law Credential, Inclusive Workplace Culture Credential, HR Department of One Credential. Trisha is an inaugural member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity for SHRM. Through her company, Trisha provides human resource, business and training services to multiple companies with emphasis and expertise in leadership development, harassment avoidance, HR in California, anti-bullying and diversity.


Shelley Wise | Taking on the World: Raising a Family & Leading a Marketing Team

Princess Cruises, Vice President of Integrated Marketing

Shelley Wise HeadshotAs vice president of integrated marketing, Shelley Wise leads the North American marketing campaigns, in-house creative team and consumer insights & analytics for Princess Cruises, the third largest premium cruise line in the world. Under her leadership, her team of more than 30 members plans, implements & analyzes marketing programs that effectively and creatively communicate and support the brand strategy and commercial objectives. Ultimately, these integrated programs stimulate and support prospective customer acquisition, engagement with the brand, leading to conversion. 

With over 20 years of marketing experience, Wise has a diverse background in traditional and digital advertising, direct marketing, public relations, media buying, graphic design and cross-promotions.

Wise joined Princess Cruises in 2007 and quickly rose through the ranks in the marketing department before being promoted to her current position in 2017. She was named director of brand marketing and promotions in 2015, and in her prior position as brand initiatives manager, facilitated the $18 million brand repositioning campaign, “Come Back New,” bringing Princess back to TV after a decade.

Prior to joining Princess Cruises, Wise worked at various advertising agencies, including Centric, Phelps, and RGA on a number of well-known brands like City of Hope, Sunkist, Tahiti Tourisme, Air Tahiti Nui, Crystal Cruises, HP and The Recording Industry. 

Named Future CMO Club’s “marketer to watch,” Wise has also been recognized in 2016 as part of Santa Clarita Valley’s “Forty under 40,” Princess Cruises “Employee of the Month” in 2009 and co-chair of the cruise line’s “We Innovate Committee.”

Wise graduated from the University of Southern California with two degrees, a BA in Print Journalism and a BS in Business. She currently resides in Santa Clarita, Calif., with her husband, two sons and two mini longhaired dachshunds.