How Women in Charge Claim their Authority

Thursday, October 28th 2021

During Ellen Snee’s eighteen years as a Catholic nun, she gained essential and transferable skills: how to discern a call or deep desire, work collaboratively with other women, and be a savvy operator within male hierarchies.

Join us for a fireside chat to discuss her new book Lead, where she draws on that knowledge—as well as insights gained from her Harvard dissertation on psychological dimensions of authority for women, two decades of work with executive women as CEO of Fine Line Consulting, and five years as VP of Leadership Development at VMware, a global technology leader.

In Lead,  Snee urges women to find and speak with their unique voice and claim their personal power. The session will provide you with a road map to finding external success—by drawing on the strengths you’ve carried inside you all along.

Ellen Snee EdD

Ellen Snee has been at the forefront of women’s leadership for more than 25 years. Dr. Snee brings strategy, research and executive experience to global companies and their top female talent. Her original research at Harvard University on women’s experience in roles of authority formed the foundation of her consulting and coaching work with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Goodyear, Marriott, Pfizer and Schwab.

Later, as the Global VP of Leadership Development at VMware, she launched its business initiative, VMwomen, to attract, develop, advance and retain talented women. Her new book Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority makes accessible her wisdom and experience to all women seeking to accelerate their careers.

Dr. Snee lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she continues to coach and advise women leaders and executives worldwide. She speaks frequently at company events and conferences.

Denise Brosseau

Denise is a huge fan and former coaching client of Ellen Snee and she is very excited to be in conversation with Ellen on this important topic of women's leadership.

Denise is the co-founder and was the founding CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE–now known as Watermark) and she was the co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, the women's start-up launchpad that has led to over $10 billion in funding for women-founded and led companies. Today, Denise is the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, where she consults with executives and their teams on their journey from leader to thought leader. Her best-selling book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader? is the how-to guide to becoming a go-to expert.

Denise is a frequent keynote and workshop speaker. She received her MBA from Stanford University where she has also been an instructor, co-teaching a popular thought leadership course for several years. Learn more about Denise at