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Managing Career and Life Transitions: Wisdom from Two High Heeled Warriors

Monday, June 21, 2010
5:30 - 7:30

Jackie Speier and Deborah Stephens will share the techniques, tools, lessons and wisdom they have learned from their personal experiences as well as from women all over the world for managing and transcending career and life transitions.

The audience will take away action steps and strategies that they can apply in their own lives.

About Our Speaker(s)

Jackie Speier was sworn into Congress on April 10, 2008 to fill the unexpired term of the late Congressman Tom Lantos.

Jackie was born in San Francisco's Sunset District and attended public schools in South San Francisco before entering Burlingame's Mercy High School. While studying at University of California Davis, she interned for State Assemblyman Leo J. Ryan in his Sacramento office. After graduating, she joined Ryan's Washington, DC staff upon his election to Congress. She returned to San Francisco for her JD degree from UC's Hastings College of the Law then rejoined Congressman Ryan as his legal advisor.

In November, 1978 Jackie and the congressman escorted a group to Jonestown, Guyana to investigate claims that constituents were being held against their will at the People's Temple by Reverend Jim Jones. While Speier and Ryan escorted defecting cult members to their plane, they were ambushed by gunmen. Congressman Ryan and four others were killed, including an NBC reporter and cameraman and a photographer for the San Francisco Examiner. Jackie was shot five times and left for dead.

Earlier this year she told the Washington Post, "I think the experience in Guyana just made me more fearless... Once you have looked death in the eye, you're just not nearly that afraid." In eighteen years in the California State Assembly and Senate, Jackie Speier authored more than 300 bills that were signed into law by both Democratic and Republican Governors. Her four-year crusade to protect consumers' financial privacy from the invasive practices of banking and insurance companies led to the California Financial Privacy Act, which was hailed by Consumers Union as "The strongest financial privacy legislation in the nation."

Unfortunately, her 2005 bill to regulate sub-prime loans did not succeed. Who's to say how California's real estate landscape would look today if it had?

Fortunately, Jackie sits on the two most crucial committees in Congress for reforming the banking, finance and insurance industries. Upon her election to Congress, Speaker Pelosi appointed her to The House Committee on Financial Services and The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

When asked for her philosophy of life, Jackie often quotes Winston Churchill: "Success is never final and failure is never fatal."

Deborah Collins Stephens is an expert on the human side of business. A best selling author of five books that have been translated into 8 different languages, with one (Maslow on Management) named among the top ten books of the decade by The Financial Times. Deborah is passionate about helping leader’s build inspired teams.

Known for sharing stories that move the hearts and minds, Deborah helps leaders build cultures that create extraordinary levels of employee engagement and customer satisfaction. Grounded in research and real world experience, she has held senior level positions in both the public and private sectors.

Deborah co-founded The Center For Innovative Leadership, a firm that has worked with many Fortune 100 companies and venture backed early stage firms, for over 20 years. She created one of the first e-learning and web cast programs, Leadership Lessons From The Fastlane in conjunction with Broadcast.com/Yahoo. She has been a guest lecturer in the Stanford University Entrepreneurial Thought Leader’s Forum, a faculty member in the Stanford Professional and Executive Development Program and a judge in the Stanford Entrepreneurs Business Challenge Competition. She has also lectured at the University of California San Francisco, California State University, and University of California Haas School of Business.

Deborah’s work and commentary has been covered by National Public Radio, ABC News (San Francisco and Chicago affiliates), United Press International, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Selling Power Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, Connections Magazine, Gentry Magazine, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Dallas Morning News, Contra Costa Times, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Epoch International Times, CBS Radio Boston and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Her client list includes Medtronic, Merrill Lynch, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Hewlett Packard, Accenture, Safelife Biotechnology, Storage Tech, Professional and Business Women’s Conference of California, NAWBO, State of California, National Organization of Women in Business, Commonwealth Clubs of California and Silicon Valley, Denver Women’s Forum, San Mateo County Government, and many others.

Deborah serves on the Advisory Board of Women Impacting Public Policy, and Invent Your Futures Inc

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 on Monday, June 21, 2010 at:

    2161 North First Street
    San Jose, California 95131

5:30 - 6:30 Networking and Hors d'Oeuvres
6:30 - 7:30 Speaker Presentations and Q&A


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact David Leighton ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.