Even though we were unable to spread OWN IT’s message with our annual in-person Summit, our virtual speaker series was just as impactful and inspiring. Our 2020 Virtual Summit is still available to watch on our YouTube channel — check it out!

Virtual Summit Speakers: Hannah GordonChief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for the San Francisco 49ers | Krystal Thomas – Executive Producer of Branded Content, Professional Faculty at Haas School of Business | Amanda Pouchot – President of the Cal Alumni Association | Reaa Puri – Filmmaker and Co-founder of Breaktide Productions | Connie Lim – Singer and Songwriter, Artist name MILCK

2020 Virtual Summit

Spring 2020

Our 2019 Summit was the first-annual Summit of OWN IT at Berkeley. The full-day Summit included three panels; Taking Care of Business, Join the Wave, and Investing in Women Leaders, and a breakout session where everyone who came had time to ask questions and have authentic interactions with our speakers. We finished the Summit with the Keynote Address from Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States.

Panel Speakers: Pam ScottFounder of The Curious CompanyLauren JohnstonHead of Brand Management at Google | Hilary DeCesare CEO of The ReLaunch Company | Ronit LaroneVP of Content and Marketing Integration of NFL | Veronique PowellVP of Operations, Third Love | Shirin BehzadiCEO of Home Franchise Concepts | Stephenie ShahSenior Director of State Gov. Relations at Diageo | June WilliamsPolicy Advisor in the Global Product Policy, Trust and Safety Team at Google 

2019 Summit

April 7th, 2019


We had the wonderful privilege of spending a night during Fall 2019 hearing about Diane Dwyer’s experiences in the field of journalism and the professional world in general. 

Diane grew up in San Francisco and the Peninsula with six brothers and sisters, and she credits the Irish gift of storytelling for her success in journalism and teaching. She’s a faculty member at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley (her alma mater) and has taught there for the past twelve years. Diane also worked at KTVU-Channel 2 and NBC Bay Area for 20+ years. She is a two-time Emmy award winner and has received awards from the New York Film Festival, Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and others. Diane also runs her own media consulting business with clients in industries ranging from pet retail to nano-technology.

Speaker Night with Diane Dwyer

December 3rd. 2019

Cecelia Wogan-Silva was OWN IT at Berkeley’s first-ever speaker and, since, has been incredibly helpful in making OWN IT what it is today! 

Cecelia is a Cal alumna and is currently the Global Director of Creative Development at Google. She pioneered a global movement, Women@Google, dedicated to empowering the female employees of Google, as well as advocating for gender equity.

We were thrilled to have Cecelia come speak with us and answer questions about her experiences as an esteemed businesswoman in a workplace with such a small percentage of women colleagues. 

OWN IT: A Conversation with Cecelia Wogan-Silva

October 23rd, 2018

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