Women Leaning Into Leadership

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Virtual through Zoom


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In honor of Women’s History Month, AMA Austin invites you to attend the upcoming event, Women Leaning into Leadership.

In the panel, we'll discuss how to be influential women and advocates for women in the workplace by pursuing goals and facing challenges.

You'll hear from powerhouse leaders that have navigated the waters of being a woman in leadership. 

Here are some of the topics we'll dig into:

  • Best practices for negotiating (role, pay, strategies, and more)
  • Navigating bias in the workplace
  • Elevating your confidence
  • How to be a manager that empowers and advocates for women
  • Work/life balance

Join your peers and the Austin community to discuss topics that help women become better leaders and better individuals by achieving their full potential.

Meet Our Event Sponsor:

Pierpont Communications is the largest independent public relations, marketing, digital and public affairs firm in Texas. Since their founding in 1987, they have partnered with clients in energy, technology, healthcare and more to help control their narrative by telling compelling stories, building strong relationships, and generating tangible results.

Meet Our Panelists:

Allison Murray is an experienced strategic communications professional specializing in issues management who has guided leading organizations through reputational challenges. She has held account leadership positions at top global communications firms including Edelman and FleishmanHillard, and currently serves on the management team of Pierpont Communications.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonmurray/

Lani Dame has successfully helped leaders and teams find clarity as they struggle to prioritize how to create the greatest impact for their clients and business. At IBM, this means supporting the transformation of culture and innovating on ways of working. In her company, Embrave, she uses her expertise to coach leaders to create success their way - all while having more ease and enjoyment in their life. With over 15 years in marketing and communications, Lani has worked across all areas of the business and with entrepreneurs, start-ups, medium-sized enterprises, as well as Fortune 50 companies. When not empowering leaders, you can find her painting, building LEGO with her husband, or cuddling with 1 of her 5 animals (2 dogs, 3 cats).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lanidame/

Christine Mei is the CEO of Gathered Foods, makers of the Good Catch® brand. Good Catch is a culinary-focused, innovation-driven, 100% plant-based seafood brand that delivers the taste, texture, and comparable nutrition of conventional options. She is a global leader with extensive consumer goods experience – having been based in the US, China, and Hong Kong – with roles in general management, marketing, strategy, sales and operations. Christine has held various leadership positions at the global, regional, and local levels across Beiersdorf, Royal Philips, The Coca-Cola Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Nike and Procter & Gamble. She has managed teams around the world in developed, developing, and emerging countries – creating business strategies and operational processes to catalyze accelerated growth, even under volatile conditions. Christine enjoys being part of the entrepreneurial community as an investor and mentor for SKU, a CPG accelerator based in Austin, Texas, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Naturally Austin. She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas and an MBA from Rice University.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-mei/

Ali Smith focuses on recruiting Go-to-Market leaders across late-stage venture and high-growth private equity clients in her role as Partner at True Search. By applying an analytical mind to every human capital situation, Ali views a company's workforce as their best asset and market advantage. Prior to True, Ali served as the general manager of Hunt Club, a technology services start-up in Chicago, where she helped build and scale operations and the company’s go-to-market strategy. Ali began her search career at Russell Reynolds Associates focused functionally on financial officers, global asset wealth management leaders, and investment banking professionals. Ali started her career in public accounting at Crowe Horwath as a risk and compliance consultant for financial institutions. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-smith-truesearch/

Deirdre Walsh is an award-winning marketer with 20 years of experience building innovative, global campaigns for a wide range of technologies – from semiconductors to SaaS. Her strategic marketing work has been featured in various publications, including HBR and WSJ. Deirdre is passionate about equity and education, serving as a White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Fellow and a board member of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Texas Impact. Deirdre’s superpower is finding the perfect .gif for any situation.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deirdrewalsh/

Jenny Mays joined Sabre’s Hospitality Solutions division in 2017 as VP, Product Management focusing on optimizing distribution for hotel clients across indirect channels, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and wholesalers. With over 17 years of travel industry experience and a passion for data and analytics, she has the ability to develop product and business strategies that drive customer success. Her deep understanding of hospitality distribution, digital commerce and technology has been gained through her pivotal roles with DHISCO, Travelocity and Sabre as well as AT&T and Nortel Networks. Prior roles include senior leadership roles in product management, business operations, product strategy, account management and financial and strategic analysis. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifermays/

Cindy Lo started RED VELVET 18 years ago with the mission to Outplan, Outplay and Outparty! RED VELVET is a boutique creative events and experiences agency helping global brands ideate, design and execute their vision since 2002. During this pandemic, she has pivoted their team to own the virtual and hybrid world. Cindy is a recent author of Behind the Red Velvet Curtain. Connect with RED VELVET on all the major social media channels (@RedVelvetEvents) to see behind the scenes of what event life is like at RED VELVET. Cindy calls Austin, Texas home with her husband of 16 years, their 2 children and Darwin their French Bull Dog (www.Instagram.com/DarwinTheTXFrenchie).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/redvelvetevents/

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