Women in Leadership

Golden Gate University's Ageno School of Business proudly presents the 3rd Annual Women in Leadership event.

(Originally held on Thursday, October 22, 2015)

PANELISTS

Melinda Dunn

MELINDA DUNN

Melinda Eisenhut-Dunn is the Global CFO & CCO of Sequoia Capital Operations LLC, where she has worked for 23 years. Melinda oversees all legal, compliance and financial operations of Sequoia globally, and is the Chief Compliance Officer of Sequoia's hedge fund. Prior to joining Sequoia, she spent 5 years at ComputerLand Corporation as the Director of Worldwide Accounting. Melinda began her career auditing emerging businesses at Deloitte.

Melinda holds an MBA in Finance ('81) from Golden Gate University and a BA with a focus on biological sciences and health from San Francisco State University.



Agness Mnena Gaadi

AGNESS MNENA GAADI

Agness Mnena Gaadi is a Senior Database Marketing Analyst at AAA, where she manages integrated direct marketing campaigns for a membership base of more than four million AAA members in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Prior to joining AAA, she was a Business Systems Analyst at Genentech Inc., where she was responsible for guiding the deployment of enterprise marketing management applications to support commercial business operations.

Gaadi also served as Marketing Operations Manager at Autodesk Inc., where she led the initiative to automate integrated marketing processes and marketing spend tracking and reporting for Autodesk Americas, Canada and Mexico.

Originally from Nigeria, Gaadi holds an MBA ('05) from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. She is a mother of three and enjoys spending time with her family.



Rebecca Prozan

REBECCA PROZAN

Rebecca Prozan is Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google in San Francisco, serving as a senior liaison to all local government and community entities. Prior to joining Google, Rebecca spent seven years prosecuting hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases as an Assistant District Attorney. From there, she spearheaded the Neighborhood Prosecution program, where she garnered public support that allowed offenders to serve the community instead of going to the courtroom.

Her prolific career also includes serving as Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown, managing Attorney General Kamala Harris' campaign for District Attorney, co-chairing Bevan Dufty's first supervisorial campaign and serving as a strategic advisor to numerous local, state, and national campaigns.

Rebecca holds a JD ('03) from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree in Politics from The University of California, Santa Cruz.



Karen M. Roye

KAREN M. ROYE

Karen M. Roye was appointed Director of the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services (SF DCSS) by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, where she has been a pioneer in introducing innovative programs and collaborations that revolutionized child support service delivery to custodial and non-custodial parents. Roye's goal is to create service delivery models that keep pace with the needs of families. She has held a seat on the San Francisco Reentry Council since 2006, the Family Violence Council since 2007, and the Sentencing Commission since 2012. Additionally, she has served on the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) San Francisco Chapter NAACP Board.

Prior to her current position, Roye served as a Budget Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Budget and Legislative Affairs assisting in the development of the City’s 2001-2002 fiscal year budgets Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. Her career with the City and County of San Francisco began in 1998 with a position as a Budget Analyst with the Bureau of Finance for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Before joining the City and County of San Francisco, she was Assistant Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

Roye holds a bachelor's degree from The California State University, Hayward, and an executive master's degree in public administration ('15) from Golden Gate University.

MODERATOR

Fiona Ma

FIONA MA

Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Emeritus Fiona Ma (CPA) was elected to the State Board of Equalization (SBOE) on November 5, 2014 and represents nearly 10 million Californians. The SBOE is a tax agency with broad regulatory and adjudicatory powers and the only elected tax board in the US. Prior to her current position, she represented the 12th Assembly District from 2006 to 2012 in the California Legislature and was the first Asian woman to serve as Speaker pro Tempore since the first legislature in 1850.

Ma first became interested in politics as a small business owner advocating on behalf of other small businesses. She was an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business under President Bill Clinton and later was elected a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2002 to 2006.

In the Assembly, Ma authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, and increase access to quality healthcare. As a joint author of Proposition 1-A (Nov 2008), she was the legislature’s leading advocate to bring high-speed trains to California. Additionally, Ms. Ma has been and continues to be a leader in promoting trade and fostering relationships between California and Asia.

Ma holds a bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), a master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University ('93), and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992.