Marily Mondejar Chief Executive Officer
Filipina Women’s Network (President)
Marily Mondejar is a senior business leader with wide-ranging global experience as an entrepreneur, strategist and advisor to leading organizations.
She advises executives on leadership and career derailment issues, and consults on corporate image strategies, merger implications, scenario planning, and how to maximize performance, through work with executive teams, alliance-building, and inter-cultural communications. Select clients included Cemex, Siebel, and Webex.
Marily, the Founder & CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), has dedicated the last decade to transforming how global Filipina women view themselves and how others perceive them. The transformed image is of women initiating influential activities. Her initiatives to bring about this transformation have included producing alternative and more positive search results on the Internet for the term “Filipina,” embracing Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues
to launch a campaign to end domestic violence, and facilitating the creation of a pipeline of Filipina leaders with the skills to compete at all levels in all economic sectors. As the sixth of 13 children, Marily learned early how to get her voice heard by her family and carried this over throughout her career in roles as a community and business leader, as a board member for organizations working on improving the status of women, and as commissioner on various commissions and task forces appointed by San Francisco Mayors Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee.
Marily also draws from her experience as a survivor of an abusive relationship, a single mother, and a U.S. immigrant who started from scratch to promote networks for advancing the status of Filipina women globally. Marily has helped shift the language of mentorship to “femtorship,” and the mindset of Filipina women from being a silent force in society to a catalyst in changing the face of power in America and worldwide. Her impact can be measured by the countless number of women she brought along with her and those they will in turn bring along with them to positions of leadership.
Marily serves (and has served) on nonprofit boards and commissions including Leadership California, the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group, the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, Image Industry Council International, the American Society for Training and Development, to name a few.
In 2010, she was honored by the California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus (nominated by Speaker Pro Tem Fiona Ma) with the Award for Excellence in Civil Rights; in 2012, she was selected by KQED as Local (S)Hero to celebrate Women's History Month; in 2013, California Woman of the Year; for Kapit-Bisig Women's Human Rights Award by Westbay; for Community Service by Asian Pacific Labor Alliance (APALA); in 2014, the Circle of Courage Award by the Women's Intercultural Network.
Marily was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure (CCII), the successor agency for the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission. CCII exercises land use, development and design approval authority for development projects which include Mission Bay, Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point and Transbay Terminal and manages the former Redevelopment Agency assets in Yerba Buena Center. These projects represent $20 billion in assets and will create jobs, affordable housing, commercial space, parks and open space areas.
In 2011, she served on the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force convened every 10 years after the Census results are released, that redrew the boundaries of San Francisco's 11 districts, laying the groundwork for the city's political future for the next decade.
Lisa M. Adukia
Enterprise Change Leader
Lisa Adukia is an Enterprise Change Leader focused on organizational effectiveness at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Lisa joined PG&E in 2008 and has held various leadership roles focused on implementing internal controls and business process improvements, and overseeing operating risks, regulatory compliance, and records management practices. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the Accounting, Finance and Compliance related fields. She has worked in various industries including utility, hospitality, insurance, banking, and public accounting.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a Certified Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance. Her professional development accomplishments include UC Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business Women's Executive Leadership Program, Resources Global Professionals’ Sarbanes-Oxley Platinum Certification, Open Compliance & Ethics Group’s GRC Strategy, Process, & Technology, and additional coursework focused on risk, compliance, ethics, and change management.
Lisa is an outdoor enthusiast, marathon runner and avid volunteer in her personal and professional community. Lisa has served on the Board of Directors for the PG&E Women’s Network for the past five years, most recently as the Vice President of Scholarships & Grants. The mission of PG&E Women’s Network is to promote, develop, and celebrate the community of women working at the company, by: providing programs and creating opportunities that develop and enhance members’ professional skills, providing service to the community focused on women’s issues, awarding scholarships to high school seniors and facilitating grants to non-profit organizations that align with the values and purpose of PG&E’s Women’s Network.
Lisa has been awarded the Jefferson award for outstanding public service, and received a Frederick W. Mielke Jr. Award, the highest honor a PG&E employee can receive for outstanding community service.
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.
Director and Senior HR Business
MUFG Union Bank
Laurie has spent most of her career in Human Resources supporting executives in achieving their goals through human capital programs, initiatives and projects. Extremely passionate about causes that support women and children she volunteers her time to organizations that make a difference. A native Chicagoan, she’s made the Bay Area her home with her two daughters and 90-something father.
J. Louise McGinnis Barber
Associate Vice President
J. Louise McGinnis Barber, Associate Vice President, currently serves as the Western region director and principal of science and technology for HDR, Inc., a global architecture and engineering firm specializing in the planning and design of technologically advanced facilities focused on science and healthcare. Louise has worked in the A/E/C industry for a variety of firms for over 30 years.
A graduate of CSU Sacramento, she has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career including president of Northern Kidney Foundation; corporate president of California State Association of Counties; trustee for the Los Rios District Community College District Foundation; president of the American River College Foundation; board of directors, Sacramento Opera Association, Sacramento Theatre Company, Junior Achievement, Girls Inc. and Walden House; Sacramento Leadership Program; and executive director for California Institute for Economic Diversity. She currently serves on the board of the bay area chapter for RECON, an organization focused on the commercial real estate and construction industries.
Louise recently worked with the Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology to create efficiencies and initiatives to keep biotech companies within the state of California by partnering strategically with the legislature, the academic community and vocational training agencies to create a future science and technology workforce. She worked with FTC & DMEA to create programs and support for mobile STEM labs.
A longtime resident of Sacramento, Louise moved to the Bay Area about three years ago and lives in Pacifica. She has a daughter and three beautiful grandchildren.
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.