Women's Leadership Council
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NCHRA Announces New Women's Leadership Advisory Council




Ellen Choi, Co-founder and CEO of CareerLark. Ellen’s background includes Google Operations (HR and data science), Stanford Engineering, and Harvard MBA. Having learned from excellent managers at Google how to create a high-performing culture of transparency and learning, Ellen is a huge advocate of continuous and real-time feedback.   CareerLark replaces the dreaded annual review with continuous feedback within the employees' daily workflow (i.e. Slack, email, SMS), resulting in increased employee engagement and productivity. Long-term, CareerLark is applying AI to this performance data to help companies run data-driven performance evaluations and gain insights into their workforce. CareerLark's investors include HR leaders from Cigna, Facebook, Hubspot, and Pinterest. Co-founded by two female entrepreneurs with careers in tech, the CareerLark team is particularly passionate about fostering inclusive cultures that translate to better business performance.


Mauri Schwartz is Founder and CEO/President of Career Insiders, a career management consultancy that provides recruitment, outplacement and job search services across industries and functions as well as personal branding for executives. She has delivered career management consulting to organizations such as HSBC, Bank of America, Chevron, West Marine, Singulex, Port of Oakland, and others as well as top talent to companies including Dolby, Wells Fargo Bank, Stubhub, Andersen, Charles Schwab, Blackhawk Network, etc. Mauri is currently Vice President of the San Francisco Alumni Board for the Haas School of Business where she has planned popular career events that have included Women in Technology and Women in Finance. As a member of JHTC’s Mentorship Task Force, she helped launch the organization’s pilot and follow-on mentorship programs. Previously, Mauri was appointed by mayors to serve in leadership positions for the City and County of San Francisco including Vice President of the Board of Appeals and Chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Community Development. She began her career as a technologist with IBM and McKesson, and in addition to her Haas MBA, earned a BS in Mathematics at Tulane University.


Shari Yocum is a Partner/Principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services Practice. With more than twenty years of experience, Shari has successfully advised global companies on complex mergers & acquisitions, large corporate change initiatives, and HR transformations. Shari is often cited in industry publications on Human Resources Strategy and Post-Merger Integration issues. She contributes to a number of well-known business publications, and has published a number of her own articles. Shari speaks regularly at industry conferences.