Women in Leadership

The Ageno School of Business hosted the 5th Annual Women in Leadership event on October 25, 2017.

If you were unable to attend the event, you can view a recording of the event at the link below.


Hazel Blackhart

Hazel Blackhart (JD '08)

Group Product Manager, Hematology Franchise Communications, Operations and Alliance Strategy
Genentech, Inc.

Hazel has been a biotechnology professional for over 14 years, and is currently a Group Product Manager for Genentech, Inc., a leading biotech company. Her experience includes strategic partnerships, operations, patient advocacy, communications and people engagement. Hazel's strengths are anchored in the areas of teamwork & collaboration, leading & influencing, and drive for results. Hazel has led the planning and execution of cross-departmental communications, operations, business planning (3 year business plan and tactical plan), budgeting, employee engagement, and metrics reporting. As a member of the leadership team, Hazel also served as the "Chief of Staff" to the Senior Director.

Hazel has held various legal positions, including the Head of Global Product Strategy and Global Medical Affairs, Contracts. In that role, she built the global contracts process and managed key internal and external stakeholders. Prior to her global role, Hazel was a member of the Intellectual Property law group and held a project management role for several Product Operations teams, while simultaneously pursuing her legal degree in the GGU Law program. 

A Bay Area native, Hazel lives in the East Bay with her husband and two sons. When not attending her sons’ sports activities and piano lessons, she enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

helen fanucci

Helen Fanucci

Global Windows Sales Leader
Microsoft Corporation

Helen leads Windows Enterprise Sales for Microsoft.  In this role she engages customers, partners and sellers to ensure organizations around the world are taking full advantage of Windows 10 to securely accelerate their digital transformation.  Core to Helen’s role is to ensure customers are leveraging the latest innovations from Microsoft to create a strong defense against the proliferation of cyber-security attacks.

Prior roles during Helen’s 9-year tenure at Microsoft include leading the IoT Device and Azure sales team in the Americas and General Manager of the Solutions Sales and Compete team.  In the IoT role, Helen worked with partners to transform their business and create new revenue streams through building innovative devices coupled with new cloud-based offerings. These solutions were sold to customers spanning many industries, including financial services, retail, manufacturing and oil/gas.   

Prior to Microsoft, Helen held numerous sales and marketing roles at IBM, Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley and London, England.

Helen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Nicole Middleton

Nicole Middleton (MSFP '17)

Chief Executive Officer
Strategy Squad Insurance Services

Nicole is co-owner and CEO of Strategy Squad Insurance Services, a family-owned wealth management firm based in Oakland, CA. She specializes in creating strategies for women and their families to protect and grow their wealth through holistic financial planning, insurance, and investment management.

Nicole recently earned a Master's Degree in Financial Planning at Golden Gate University, and will sit for the CFP ® exam this fall. She is a strong supporter of women's empowerment issues, and is an active member of the FPA of SF NexGen leadership committee, and the Urban Financial Services Coalition.


Honorable Ruth Astle

Marianne koch

Associate Dean
Ageno School of Business

Dr. Marianne Koch is an educator, human resources manager and consultant with experience in designing and delivering educational programs, and managing and consulting in the fields of human resource management and labor relations. She has worked in a variety of venues to: help managers improve how they manage people at work, help organizations understand, clarify and improve practices for the management of people at work, and research and write about such issues as collaboration, work / family practices, and the relationship of human resource management practices to productivity. Dr. Koch is the Associate Dean of the Ageno School of Business, HR Program Director and also a Professor of Management.

Dr. Koch earned a Phd in Business Administration and a Master's in Philosophy at Columbia University as well as a bachelor's in history from the University of Michigan. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband with whom she loves to talk and walk. They have two children who are their pride and joy.

2017 Event Recap