Optimizing Your Career Path in a Remote Workplace

Wednesday, November 3rd 2021
This event is sponsored by Women Business Collaborative

Remote and hybrid work is here to stay. For many women that’s been an upside of the pandemic--we’ve won the argument that flexible work arrangements don’t hurt productivity. But many women worry that less time in the office means less visibility, and thus fewer opportunities to advance. Plus, an ‘always on’ workplace can magnify the threat of burnout.

Drawing on the latest research on women’s career paths and insights from expert coaches and business leaders, this panel will address the skills and practices you need to thrive in an ongoing virtual/hybrid workplace, from creating connections with mentors to articulating your goals and needs clearly.

This panel is a project of the Women’s Business Collaborative: Women in Technology Action Initiative and is free to all.

Melissa V. Abad

Melissa V. Abad, PhD is a research scholar at the Stanford VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and leads the intersectional leadership research agenda. Her research examines the occupational trajectories of women of color in elite organizations and the resources that help their leadership development. Dr. Abad’s scholarly research lies at the intersection of organizational sociology and intersectionality. Current projects include identifying the strategies women of color employ to advance their careers, how these differ by racial/ ethnic group, and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of diversity programming. She’s given talks and workshops on intersectionality, diversity management and women of color leadership. www.melissaabad.com

Syamla Bandla

Syamla is currently the Director of Production Engineering for the Monetization space at Facebook, which includes Facebook Ads, Marketplace, Business Integrity and Business Platform. Prior to Facebook she held leadership roles at Dell, Qualys, Risk Management Solutions and Fidelity Investments. She was recently named one of the top 100 Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal (2019), Finalist as Ally of the Year Awards (2020), Leadership Excellence in Technology Award by National Diversity Council (2020), and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by National Diversity Council (2018). She was also a winner of Top Women in Cloud (2016) by CloudNow, as well as a finalist of Women of Influence (2017) by EWF. She is a member of Forbes Technology Council, 2020 SheLeadsTech Ambassador, EWF (Executive Women Forum) Ambassador and is on the Advisory Boards for various startups and a nonprofit. She is deeply passionate about driving diversity initiatives, both within the company as well as in the industry. Syamla pursued her Masters in Information Technology (thesis pending) at Harvard University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She is also recipient of the Gold Medal from Nagarjuna University, India.

Peggy Northrop
Peggy Northrop

Peggy joined Watermark in February 2020. A media consultant, communications expert, advisor and entrepreneur, Peggy spent the first two decades of her career as an award-winning editor in New York City, where she held senior editorial positions at some of the most iconic names in women’s media, including Vogue, Glamour and Real Simple, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of More and Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest. She returned to the Bay Area in 2013 to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Sunset Publishing, and in the same year co-founded Shebooks, an e-book company devoted to publishing stories by and for women.

As a consultant, Peggy has coached communications teams at nonprofits and startups, built new digital communities for brands including AARP, and helped tech companies connect to their audiences with engaging multi-platform content, most recently as launch editor of the Airbnb magazine. Peggy is a mentor with SHE-CAN, the educational organization that trains the next generation of female leaders in post-genocide countries and serves on the board of directors of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Sharon Wamble-King

Sharon Wamble-King is a Berkeley native who has served in senior leadership roles at several management consulting firms, health care insurance companies, and more. She provided leadership development and coaching solutions in addition to developing strategic communications, marketing, and change leadership processes.

As President of The WambleKing Group, Sharon has brought her keen insights and knowledge about organizational effectiveness and cultural transformation to establish her clients as thought and industry leaders, develop and implement change management strategies, and execute multicultural communication solutions.

Sharon is passionate about equity and inclusion and is currently pursuing a doctorate in the Leadership and Change program at Antioch University. Her research is focused on African American women’s unique leadership enactment shaped by the traditional African ethos and contemporary socialization processes. She is the author of “The Journey of Faith in the Impossible” in Women in Leadership and “The Outcomes of Influence” in The ABCs of Influence.