Linda Calhoun is Founder and Executive Producer of Careergirls.org, a free, noncommercial, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures.
Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 400 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles - everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges.
She began her professional life as a public relations assistant, and went on to plan fine-art events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; develop public databases and policies for the state government of Connecticut; and work as a consultant in foreign affairs for The World Bank.
The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years experience leading teams in the design of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.
Linda has traveled around the world, visiting all seven continents by her fortieth birthday and has lived in the Kyrgyz Republic and France. In 1994, she had the honor of being a member of the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) as an election monitor in the KwaZulu Natal Province.
In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University, she also received a certificate in International Marketing from the American University of Paris.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California’s International Relations Member Led Forum. She and her husband Ed live in San Francisco, are co-founders of EL Films production company and established, independent artists.
Patricia M. Bovan Campbell
Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney Salesforce.com
(Secretary) Patricia’s career has focused on negotiating and closing pivotal technology contracts, revenue generating deals and strategic corporate transactions for HDS, Sun, Symantec, Kellogg and Atomic Tangerine, an SRI technology start-up.
She is active in women’s and community issues. Recognizing the importance of gender equity (both from a business success and simple fairness perspective), she collaborated with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women to implement the Gender Equality Principles initiative (GEP), and is a member of the GEP Advisory Council.
Patricia was selected as a Mentor to women in technology from the Middle East and Africa as part of the TechWomen program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and joined the State Department delegation to Morocco and Jordan. She is a member of the Board of Pocket Opera, which performs classical opera re-imagined in the English language. She is a member of the Leadership California Class of 2011, and a past Co-Chair of the Women for Women International San Francisco Circle.
Patricia received the Queen’s Bench Bar Association Annual Merit Award. She was appointed Queen’s Bench Officer and Director in 2007 and also served as Director of the Queen's Bench Foundation in 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations granted an Annual Public Service Award to a Mentoring Program she led at Juvenile Hall for five years.
Patricia received her B.A. from Cornell University, and J.D. from Case Western Reserve.
Senior Vice President
Lee Hecht Harrison
(Nominating Committee Chair)
Peg McAllister is Senior Vice President in the San Francisco office of Lee Hecht Harrison. In this position, Peg consults with corporate clients for Career Transition and Outplacement, Career Development and Leadership and Change Consulting and Executive Coaching, providing customized solutions.
Peg has more than 25 years of experience in the Northern California market in leading and creating human capital solutions. Peg served as Vice President of Adecco Employment Services, where she successfully integrated the Western Division of Olsten Staffing Services ($770 MM). She has extensive experience in building national strategic business relationships with Fortune 500 companies and developing strong, high performance service teams.
Peg holds an MBA from California Lutheran University. Her professional development includes coursework in leadership development, teamwork and change management. She was awarded Olsten’s highest honor, The William Olsten Line Leadership Award for exceeding goals by 52%, building customer relationships that foster loyalty and her achievements in human capital development. She has received multiple Lee Hecht Harrison Presidents’ Awards for Outstanding Performance and Team Excellence.
Peg is an Executive Board Member of the Bay Area Council and is active with the Strategic Development Committee. She also serves on the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on Status of Women, as a mentor for Bay Area Girl Scouts, and a ChristCare Leader at Trinity Lutheran Church. She is often called upon by media and the community to comment on employment, workforce regeneration, retention and leadership trends.
Valerie Ashford Hal
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
Valerie Ashford Hal is a business focused HR leader. In her role as a client facing Senior Human Resources Business Partner with ADP, she works with business leaders in a variety of organizations and industries such as Professional & Financial Services, Venture Capital, Retail, Healthcare, High Tech, Construction, Nonprofit, Restaurant, Education, and Public Sector agencies.
Valerie partners and coaches executives, management teams and employees to drive engagement and organization-wide performance. Her expertise is in assessing business models to increase organizational performance, strategy alignment, leader coaching, strategic rewards, HR and labor.
She develops and directs activities designed to meet organizational development needs, develops and facilitates training for her client companies, implements compliance & inclusion programs to mitigate risk, and other workforce activities. She has navigated companies through numerous employee issues affecting business performance during business turnarounds and in tough business environments. Valerie is comfortable leading projects of any size, including transformation initiatives.
With over 20+ years of experience, Valerie’s work experience has included the opportunity to work in and with small and large global organizations. She is a professional who puts her finance background and consulting skills to work on building and driving innovative solutions to complex issues affecting leader, team or organizational performance.
Prior to joining ADP Valerie managed the Executive Human Resources function for Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Hospitals; career centers for DBM/LHH as a Senior Consultant, Domestic and International Payroll Operations for Hambrecht & Quist, LLC & JP Morgan Chase H&Q; as well as other senior roles.
Valerie holds a bachelor of science in business administration and is seeking her MBA in Global Innovation. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) by the HR Certification Institute, carries the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®, and has been a member of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) since 1990. She was also an invited speaker to the Global Diversity Tour.
As a Bay Area native, Valerie has a long track record of community service as a former member of the SF Junior League and volunteering with West Coast Green and Clean Tech.
Dr. Emily Moto Murase
San Francisco Department
on the Status of Women
After serving on the Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Emily Moto Murase was appointed Executive Director by Mayor Gavin Newsom in July 2004. Dr. Murase previously served as a director in the first Clinton White House.
A Founding Sister of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, she currently co-chairs the Parent Teacher Community Council of her daughter's public elementary school, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program West. She holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, a master's from the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, and a PhD in communication from Stanford.
Emily resides in San Francisco with her husband Neal Taniguchi, Chief Fiscal Officer at the San Francisco Trial Court, and her two daughters Junko Taniguchi (5), Chief Negotiator, and Erin Murase (2 1/2), Chief Curiosity Officer of the Murase/Taniguchi household.
San Francisco Commission
on the Status of Women
Andrea Shorter has served on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2001. A longtime advocate in the women's community, she has served as President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women, Founding Board Member of the International Museum of Women, and Board President for both La Casa De Las Madres, and Standing Against Global Exploitation. The former Deputy Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Andrea is the co-author of a groundbreaking report on the status of girls in San Francisco's juvenile justice system that is still widely referenced as a catalyst for reform.