Stem-up

Monthly Networking

Join the Monthly Networking session. A guest facilitator will speak on a hot topic in the first half and the second half will be a guided networking opportunity. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to contribute to the conversation. You’ll spend an hour making new connections and building relationships in a fun setting with like-minded Women in STEM. 

Monthly Networking

February Speaker Fara Francis

February 8, 2023 from 11am-Noon

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Fara Francis is the Chief Information Officer for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) – a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. CCL’s human-centered approach to leadership creates a fertile space for executing on forward-looking frameworks to make the right decisions in selecting and deploying value-add tools, systems, and platforms to advance the mission. Prior to CCL, she served as Chief Information Officer for ASCD, where she contributed thought leadership and spearheaded the strategic implementation of technology solutions to effectively service over 100,000 global association members. Prior roles include CIO for AGC of America, and Senior Technology Consultant and Manager for both Grant Thornton, LLP and BroadPoint Technologies. Fara is PMP Certified and holds an Executive Leadership Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Marymount University.  She serves on the Board of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Capital Area (DC) Chapter and as an Advisory Member for the SIM National Chapter Advisory Board.  Fara enjoys encouraging and inspiring uplifting others to pursue their dreams and goals.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 11am-Noon

Art and Science of Networking Presented by Sola Adesida

Sola Adesida, Executive Director, Enterprise IT Resiliency, Kaiser Permanente

Sola Adesida is the Executive Director of Enterprise IT Resiliency. She oversees resiliency initiatives (Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Crisis Management) for Kaiser Permanente’s IT organization.

Before the Resiliency and Recovery Services team, she worked for Kaiser Permanente Program Offices, serving as a managing director. Before that, she held several other internal roles across the enterprise in strategic execution, executive engagement, portfolio management, regulatory compliance, technology management, and process optimization.

Before her time at KP, Sola worked for several consulting companies, where she built her leadership skills and workforce development. She holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and another master’s degree in Technology Management from Georgetown University.