Vallejo Chamber of Commerce hosts women in business conference on Nov. 12

Vallejo Times-Herald

The non-profit Equality Can’t Wait estimates it will take 208 years to achieve gender equality in the United States.

The Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Touro University California, and Medic Ambulance will host the Chamber’s third annual Women in Business Conference, focusing on Equality in the Workplace on Nov. 12 to help strategize on how to close that gap, according to a chamber news release.

Cheryl Hurd, a reporter with NBC Bay Area, will be the keynote speaker and she will kick off the discussion during the lunch provided by Touro.

Additional speakers include Shana Daum, vice president of Public Affairs and Community Relations for the San Francisco Giants; Shiyama Clunie, public affairs director for Kaiser Permanente; Ophelia B. Basgal, visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley-Turner Center for Housing Innovation; Paola Garcia, investment manager at Goldman Sachs; Krishna Abrams, district attorney of Solano County; Dr. Judy Castro, assistant vice president of Student Experience at John F. Kennedy University’s Hispanic Serving Institution; and Gina Synder, retired school board commissioner, Vallejo City Unified School District.

“The chamber is proud to facility a conference focusing on issues that face today’s business woman,” said James Cooper, president and CEO, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, in the same release. “By highlighting issues such as gender equality in the workplace, we hope to be a catalyst for necessary change.”

A wine reception hosted by Touro University California with CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley will complete the day.

Register online at or call (707) 644-5551.

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