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.


Theresa Garcia, PCC, MSOD, SPHR, Strategic Change & Executive NeuroLeadership Coach, leads Trust Leadership & Growth LLC, a woman and minority owned executive coaching and strategic change consultancy based in Arizona. She is an expert in applying the neuroscience of leadership, evidence-based coaching, and organization transformation strategy for new business launch, mergers and joint ventures, and organization restructure. She partners with leaders to design the right strategy, structure and culture to win in their market and transform their business and society. In addition to more than 20 years’ experience leading organization design and change strategy in global F50 companies, Ms. Garcia is a graduate of the Georgetown University Transformational Leadership Coaching program and earned a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation. She holds a MS in Organization Development, an Executive Certificate in Applied Neuroleadership from Pepperdine University, a BS in Business from the University of Arizona, and multiple certifications in organization change management.


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.


Julia Talysheva is an HR expert with more than ten years of experience in a range of companies from start-ups to large organizations in High Tech, Retail, Construction and Development, Finance industries.

Julia focuses on contributing to company business strategies in such areas of HR Management as Strategy development, Organization design, Training & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion and Performance management to build true Employee Experience. It is important to learn and create the best environment for employees to thrive. HR may not only drive organizational changes but create transformative cultures through talent development. Julia’s professional experience is a unique combination of international expertise in business consulting, compensation and rewards, talent and performance management, diversity and inclusion, employee experience and employee relations.

Julia is a Senior Certified HR Professional (SHRM-SCP, USA), member of NCHRA and SHRM, actively supporting HR communities and passionate about Women in Leadership Projects / Cross-Cultural Communication Projects. Currently Julia is taking a role of HRBP at EPAM Systems, a public US company with 25K employees in 30 countries across the globe. Company is a product development and service provider in IT, 1+ billion revenue.


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.