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Women in Business Summit

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Women in Business Summit
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9–4:30 p.m.
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union (see schedule)

Join us for the first annual Women in Business Summit in the Bell Memorial Union at CSU, Chico. This event is designed to provide networking opportunities and educational breakout sessions led by successful business women from across the country. 

Speakers will touch on relevant subjects for women in today’s business world, including Work-Life Balance, Salary Negotiation, Imposter Syndrome, Women in Leadership, Financial Management, and more.  Experience the powerhouse keynote speaker from Google, Michelle Landers, as she teaches a Google training called "#IamRemarkable." 

A career fair at the end of the day will provide opportunities to network with companies who have proven they support the growth of women in the business world.

Bring your resume and you could land an internship or career! Breakfast and lunch is included.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here.

Tickets are limited so register today!

 2019 Guest Speakers


Michelle Landers

Michelle Landers ('09) | Keynote, #IamRemarkable

Michelle Landers (BS, Business, '09) is originally from Exeter, CA, she transferred to Chico State in 2007 and graduated in 2009 with her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Human Resources. Michelle went on to join Google in 2011.

Currently, Michelle manages Google’s engineers outreach programs at Universities Across North America. In that role, she works to connect computer science students, faculty, and on-campus groups with Google in order to share education resources, promote opportunities, and help students prepare for future careers as engineers.

Michelle is a driven professional who is passionate about making Google accessible to students everywhere.

Stacey Axtell

Stacey Axtell | Financial Planning for Women

Stacey Axtell is a Financial Advisor, Vice President-Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors, committed to offering financial management to individuals, families, and businesses through long term client relationships, ongoing investment advice, and trust. Stacey’s passion is helping clients gain confidence in their financial future by attempting to make the seemingly complex simple and improving their current situation by partnering with them each step of the way.

Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2015, Stacey was a Private Client Advisor for JPMorgan Securities. Stacey has over 12 years of experience in the finance industry, along with 10 years prior experience in insurance. Stacey grew up in the Silicon Valley under the mentorship of her father, in which he spent 36 years running the family business in insurance and financial services.

Stacey went on to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and moved to Chico in 2010. Stacey has a son and a daughter both in college and spends her free time with family, friends, hiking, participating in running events such as the Tough Mudder and 10k races. Stacey is a member of The National Exchange Club in Chico focusing on community service and youth programs.

Jenna Childers

Jenna Childers ('11) | Women in Business Panel

Jenna Childers (BA, Psychology, '11) is from Salinas, California. She attended Chico State in Winter 2007 and graduated in 2011 with her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Relations. She was employed by Crush in downtown Chico for five years and also taught indoor cycling at the WREC from the time it opened until graduation.

Jenna started working for Jackson Family Wines and their distributor Regal Wine Company in 2012. She began in the entry level outside sales position and was promoted to Restaurant Sales. She now recruits and educates the entry level sales team in California. Her role is to hire talent and retain talent for long career growth in the wine industry.

Jenna has a positive and outgoing personality that is beneficial for long-term relationships.

Sara Lautenbach

Sara Lautenbach | Salary Negotiation

Sara Lautenbach is here on behalf of AAUW, the American Association of University Women. AAUW is a national organization dedicated to empowering women including in the areas of education and equal pay. 

Sara has a bachelor of science degree in commerce and engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and has worked at Hewlett-Packard, Sutter Health, and as an independent consultant. She has held technical, business, and HR roles. She has facilitated workshops for clients around the world on a variety of business and leadership development topics. She has also been a hiring manager and has held positions in compensation and recruiting/staffing functions and has successfully negotiated her own salary.


Amber Lawrence

Amber Lawrence | Women in Business Panel

At The Select Group, Amber Lawrence supports the Talent Acquisition Team by collaborating with a variety of universities and their student organizations, career services, and professors to implement campus-level recruiting. Amber joined TSG after graduating from NC State University and quickly became a fundamental part of the internal hiring team. In this role, she discovered her passion for helping others identify their professional purpose in a high performance company.

Amber was recently promoted to Campus Relations Associate, a role developed to create innovative recruiting initiatives as well as promote recruiting events at colleges and universities nationwide. As a member of TSG’s Women in Business program, Amber is excited to grow both personally and professionally through coaching, mentorship, and leadership development.

Anne Sena

Anne Sena ('97) | Leaning In... Losing Balance... Discovering a new way to Live and Work & Women in Business Panel

Over her eighteen-year tenure at Cisco Systems, Anne Sena (BS, Business, '97) oversaw global manufacturing operations,  delivered an enterprise-wide data foundation for customer reporting; led university relations, recruiting and hiring; and led various IT teams aligned to Treasury, Global Risk & Compliance, Asset Management, Workplace Resources, and Safety, Security & Business Resiliency.

Anne transitioned from the private sector to the public sector to lead the technology team at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Currently in this role, Anne oversees daily operations of technology architecture encompassing campus network, infrastructure services, IT equipment, end user devices, classroom technologies, core application services, and security systems.

Amy Young

Amy Young | Women in Leadership

Amy Young is currently the head of operations for Bravado, an early stage startup focused on building a professional community specifically for salespeople. In her role, she oversees strategic growth initiatives and manages day-to-day operations of the company.

Prior to Bravado, she was the head of finance at Clara Lending, a fintech start-up, and was instrumental in facilitating its acquisition by SoFi in Feb 2018. She came to Clara from Alibaba, where she was a founding member of the five-person US Investment team for the Chinese mega-conglomerate, and oversaw international expansion through various venture and strategic investments.

After graduating from UC Berkeley with an Economics degree, Amy started her career as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group in New York.

Amy is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Women in Network (WIN), whose mission is to promote and encourage female professionals and students by fostering mentorships, expanding networks, and building a community. Currently in its fifth year, WIN has expanded its reach to over 400 people in the San Francisco area. She also is a certified yoga instructor, and teaches yoga and hosts yoga retreats in her spare time.