2017 Northern California Most Powerful & Influential Women Award Winners

Gunjan Aggarwal
Gunjan Aggarwal
Vice President of Human Resources & Global Head of Talent Acquisition and M&A, HR

Gunjan Aggarwal is an accomplished HR leader with several years of experience as Head of HR in various roles across US, Switzerland, UK and India. Currently, Gunjan heads up the Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity Recruitment and M&A HR function at Ericsson. She is also the HR Head of the Media Business of Ericsson, headquartered in Santa Clara, US.

Gunjan is a passionate advocate of driving innovation and believes firmly that authentic leadership, a diverse culture and digital enablement are the three influential drivers for success in organizations. As a woman of ethnic diversity, she looks to help other women and promote the Women in Leadership program at Ericsson.

These passions drove her to contribute her time as an advisory board member CanGrade, a Harvard based start-up in analytics-based recruiting and Rubia, a non-profit that supports Afghan women. Aggarwal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from JMI University in India and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur. She has also completed post-graduate executive programs from Stanford University, MIT and Harvard University.

Beena Ammanath
Beena Ammanath
Vice President of Innovation
GE Digital

Beena Ammanath is Board Director at ChickTech, an organization focused on increasing and retaining diversity in tech. She is also an award-winning technology executive and thought leader whose work has shaped the usage of data, analytics and artificial intelligence at several corporations. She is a seasoned leader with over 25 years proven track record of building and leading high performance teams from the ground-up scaling 0 to 250+ geographically distributed global teams with a sharp focus on strategy and successful execution of industrial scale products and services.

Beena has worked at several recognized international organizations British Telecom, E*trade, Thomson Reuters, Bank of America and also, Silicon Valley startups, in engineering and management positions. She is currently the Vice President of Innovation at General Electric, where she is responsible for shaping GE’s digital industrial transformation leveraging the latest technological advances. She is also shaping the future of Computer Scientists via her role on the Industrial Advisory Board at Cal Poly College of Engineering.

Beena has been a featured speaker on the topics of women in leadership, women in STEM, artificial intelligence, data science, big data, and digital transformation, at numerous industry conferences.Beena has been recently honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 2017 Most Influential Women in Bay Area. Previously, she won the 2016 CIO-Drexel Analytics 50 award for being one of the top 50 global innovators in data science and was named as one of the 2017 top 8 female analytics experts by Forbes.

She is also the winner of the 2016 Super Achiever Woman Leader of the year from World Women’s Leadership Congress for her dedication to supporting diversity in tech and being a role model to several young women in tech

Aubrey Blanche
Aubrey Blanche
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Aubrey Blanche is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to provide greater opportunities for underrepresented minorities. Aubrey focuses on areas including: access to technical education, recruiting, retention and career mobility.

She relies on social science research and methodologies to understand the psychological and structural barriers to achieving full representation and inclusion. This research allows her to design effective interventions and programs that create equal opportunities for all Atlassian employees.

She also works with partners across the tech industry to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams

Lisa Lee
Lisa Lee
Director of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies

In Lisa’s current role as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies at Pandora, she oversees three areas of work: Diversity and Inclusion, Pandora Gives, and EDU Programs.Overcoming self doubt and saying YES to opportunities have been a theme in some of the milestones in Lisa’s life. When she was 23, Lisa was given the opportunity to be the publisher of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning Asian American publication based in San Francisco that had global influence.

She knew very little about the publishing world at that age, and while Lisa had some leadership experience, mainly with her peer group, she never led a nonprofit and/or revenue-generating venture before. But Lisa said yes to the opportunity, not only because she was passionate about what the magazine stood for but also because she knew that she would be able to learn, grow, all while giving to a cause that truly spoke to her.

Similarly, when Lisa was asked whether or not she would be interested in exploring a role in diversity and inclusion at Facebook after being involved with the ERG community, while she had no background in HR, Lisa said yes, which then led her down a very different career path. In both instances Lisa doesn’t recall self-doubt about all the qualifications that she didn’t have; Lisa instead focused on all the unique things that would set her apart as a unique candidate. Another theme is accepting and embracing that not every opportunity is going to be a “dream job” scenario, but they can open doors to what could become a dream job.

Lisa worked in many roles that she didn’t feel a true passion for. And while it was easy to clock in and clock out, Lisa realized that work ethics is what set employees apart, and she made it a goal to find joy in everything that she does, and deliver excellence in everything that she does.

Dr. Sara L. Terheggen
Dr. Sara L. Terheggen
Corporate Partner
Morrison & Foerster

Dr. Sara L. Terheggen is a leading corporate attorney specializing in securities transactions and private equity fund formation. To date, she has advised on transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $100 billion. Sara is currently a Corporate Partner at Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, and was previously with Skadden, Arps and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Her expertise in securities transactions includes advising companies and investment banks in connection with public and private offerings of equity and debt, and initial public offerings, as well as acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures.

Her private equity fund formation expertise focuses primarily on representing sponsors in the structuring, formation and offering of private equity funds. Sara’s experience spans several industry segments, including technology, healthcare, life sciences, consumer products, financial, media and retail.

Dr. Terheggen is a frequent speaker on topics such as innovation, fund formation, IPOs and leadership. She is also the author of a monthly column in The Daily Journal called “Dr. T. on Securities”. In addition to her legal career, Sara has over 15 years of experience in strategic development, implementation and assessment of initiatives in technology. Serving in various roles, she has worked with top academic institutions, such as UCLA and University of California, Berkeley.

Numerous organizations, including The San Francisco Business Times, The Recorder, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Public Counsel and the University of Oregon have honored her on numerous occasions with awards for professional and community leadership. Sara has also been invited to the White House on two occasions to participate in leadership discussions.

Maggie Yuen
Maggie Yuen
Vice President of Finance
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Maggie Yuen is a senior executive with 20 years of progressive leadership experience driving scalable financial organizations, processes, and infrastructures utilizing broad-based experience in FP&A, cost accounting, external audit management, treasury, post M&A integration, IPO S-1 processes, global consolidation, general accounting, and FX hedging in Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Life Science, Software, and Mobile industries.

Maggie is an incisive and highly analytical leader with an innate ability to build exceptional teams and accomplish challenging financial operations objectives meeting critical deadlines in high growth and diverse environments.

As Vice President Finance for a $2B Genetic Science Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific Division, Maggie directs finance operations, investments, business development and operations. She was a appointed in her current role since March 2016.Prior to Thermo Fisher Scientific, Maggie served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Mirion Technologies, She directs accounting, tax, treasury, investor / lender relations, annual audits, financial operations, financial planning, global liquidity and cash management operations.

While launching her career, Maggie progressed within several Finance roles, including Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Thermo Fisher Scientific, Finance Director and Operations Controller for Boston Scientific, Director of Financial Planning and Operations with Glu Mobile.

Rosemary Turner
Rosemary Turner
UPS Northern California

Rosemary Turner has 38 years of experience in the logistics industry all with UPS. She has exceptional leadership skills that have been honed by her expertise in analyzing market strategies to increase profitability, to manage business operations, implement organizational and cultural change and to over deliver on superior business execution. She is responsible for directing a cross-functional team and overseeing account-based revenue of more than $2 billion. She manages over 17,000 employees thought out Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada, including the metropolitan cities of Bakersfield, Oakland, Reno, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Barbara.

Rosemary advances positive people relationships that fosters corporate and community involvement. She serves as a Bay Area Council Executive Committee Member and Co-Chairs the Transportation Committee to guide the regional vision for the state and local legislatures and local businesses to enhance economic growth for Bay Area communities. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Club Pacific Region and founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles. She currently serves as a Board of Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a past Board of Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Additionally, Rosemary serves as the Vice-Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee for Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity & Inclusion Council and the President of Loyola Marymount’s African American Alumni Association.

Rosemary is an inspiration; her energy and tenacity are unparalleled. With a true enthusiasm for giving, her passion includes improving educational initiatives and programs for young people and mentoring young females for professional development and growth. Dedicated to enhancing personal growth and influence for women in the workplace and community, she is a shining example for women across the country.