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Women Leaders Roundtable

June 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

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Even though the number of women in leadership has grown in the past five years, women are still very much underrepresented at every level in key roles in the workplace and in every industry. Many organizations often advocate the criticality of advancing women to higher level roles, but little is usually done within these organizations to remove structural barriers and gender bias that contribute to the lack of women in leadership roles, nor to implement effective support for women to help them be prepared to pursue, and to tackle, these higher-level roles. To stem the loss of additional female talent from their dwindling labor pool, there is a clear urgency for companies to invest in their women employees and in addition to fairly compensating them for their hard work, provide their women employees with ample opportunities to grow, lead and feel valued.

Companies have the responsibility to look at how they evaluate and promote female employees and ensure that women are being given a fair shot. Many are now more proactive in finding new ways to address the gender imbalances within their organization, but clearly there is still a lot of work that can be done to reduce, and eventually erase, institutional bias.

There are also other challenges that may hold back women from gaining satisfaction in their jobs. achieving coveted leadership positions or leading effectively:

  • Lacking confidence to ask for what they need, whether it’s for a raise, a more flexible schedule or additional team support
  • Experiencing imposter syndrome or other limiting beliefs
  • Not realizing that doing good work is only part of the puzzle to getting a seat at the table.
  • Not knowing how to find allies and sponsors to champion them
  • Not getting the support they need to be successful for the long term

This roundtable discussion will consist of an interactive panel discussion spotlighting women leaders from different industries to share their stories and lessons learned on their journey to leadership.


Karina (Guadiz) Mounivong, Vice President, Human Resources, Lumen Bioscience 

Karina has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources. Karina is currently the Vice President, HR for Lumen Bioscience. Lumen is clinical-stage, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that engineers spirulina – a photosynthetic, edible algae – for manufacturing and delivering biologic drugs. Prior to joining Lumen, Karina was the VP, Global HR for Nintex, a software company that specializes in process management and automation workflow. While at Nintex, Karina was a part of scaling the company through organic and inorganic growth, completed five acquisitions and integrations in her time there and was part of building a great company culture.

Kara E. Gerhart, Partner, Director of Client Relations, KKRA LLC

Kara is a Partner and Director of Client Relations with Kunath Karren Rinne & Atkin, LLC (KKRA LLC), a private advisory firm in Seattle, WA. With over 20 years of experience within the client services sector of the financial industry, Kara combines her industry knowledge with her passion for helping others to deliver exceptional client experiences while building and nurturing relationships. Prior to joining KKRA in 2010, Kara worked with independent, international, and boutique firms across the country. She is grateful for these experiences and opportunities which have been a part of her journey of growth and success within the industry. Originally from the East Coast, she has called Seattle home since 2010, enjoying all the beauty of the PNW. When she’s not in the office, you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and animals, hiking, exploring, and supporting animal welfare organizations.


Stephanie Simmons, Director of Trust and Risk Management, Microsoft

Stephanie is an attorney and strategic advisor to technology companies and executives in partnership strategy, risk management, compliance, and ethics. She has over 20 years of experience in private law practice, as in-house counsel, and as a business leader, guiding research and incubation teams through complex legal and regulatory issues in emerging technology areas. Stephanie currently advises interdisciplinary teams working at the intersection of healthcare, life sciences, and AI/ML at Microsoft Research, with a mission of empowering every person on the planet to live a healthier future. Steph’s free time is spent with her husband and three teenage boys, enjoying music and the arts, practicing yoga, hiking, and traveling.

Yu-Sun Hwang, Vice President, People, CelLink Corporation

Yu Sun Hwang is a talent acquisition and HR leader with over 20 years of experience in international talent acquisition and management, coaching, and multi-disciplines in HR. Yu Sun has worked for the world’s most recognizable and valuable companies, such as Apple, NetApp, eBay, and Google.

Yu Sun has experience supporting talent acquisition across all business functions, partnering with C-level staff members and business leaders on their talent acquisition strategies, and building and guiding organizations through transformations while acting as a confidante and coach to the leaders. Her fortes are in relationship turnaround, people development, process re-engineering, focusing on creating efficiencies, innovating, and identifying and implementing HR processes, systems, and tools.

Yu Sun’s inspiration and driver are her family and fur baby, Skye.


Christine Pompa, Customer Success Coach, Arena, a PTC Business; formerly Vice President of Quality, Wonder

With over 30 years of experience in Industrial, Medical, Aerospace, Food Service and Start-up environments responsible for both Manufacturing and Quality, building processes from scratch has always been my passion, along with making things better, faster and more controlled. I’m based in New York, have a wonderful husband, and two sons. When not working, you can find me “working” as the vice-president for our local food pantry that provides monthly groceries to over 180 local families.

Who Can Attend & Fee

Public Event – Open to everyone

Location/ Date & Time

Online via Zoom only – see below for Zoom link. Zoom link will also be provided in the RSVP confirmation email.

Date:  Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

Time: 12pm – 1:30pmPT/1pm-2:30pmMT/2pm-3:30pmCT/3pm-4:30pmET


June 20, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
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Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States