SAVE THE DATE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023
CHASE CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO
VP GTM STRATEGY OPERATIONS AND SMB SALES | GOOGLE CLOUD
Kelly Ducourty is currently Google Cloud’s Vice President of GTM Strategy and Operations and SMB Sales. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the go-to-market strategy, transforming the sales force with a focus on client outcomes, and running day-to-day operations that enable the hyper growth of the Google Cloud business.
Co - Chair
GLOBAL ENTERPRISE MANAGER | NETAPP
Joan Genn is a growth-oriented Sales Leader with a career-long record of leading high-performance teams, multi-million-dollar sales operations, and business development for large organizations including NetApp, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Unisys. Joan is currently the global sales leader responsible for some of NetApp’s largest customers and partners, including Apple, Cisco, Meta and NVIDIA.
Co - Chair
2022 BOARD OF
JERRY WONDA $ DJ PHILLY
From residencies at superclubs like Chinawhite, Fabric, Pacha, and Ministry of Sound to The Animal Ball at Lancaster House for HRH Prince Charles, DJ Philly owns the decks around world. High profile clients like George Clooney, P Diddy, Prince, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton and Johnny Depp hire her for her trademark blend of R’n’B, Hip-Hop, House and Old School guilty pleasures.
Philly is handpicked to DJ at some of the most exclusive events around the world from the ELLE Style Awards, the renowned Miramax Cannes Film Festival parties, Hugo Boss’s end-of-season parties, to London Fashion Week celebrations for Gucci and Ferragamo. She’s performed alongside many of the industry’s biggest names – Prince, Pete Tong, Clean Bandit, Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande, Martin Solveig, Danny Rampling, Estelle and Jazzy Jeff, to name but a few.
DJ Philly prides herself on a professional, creative and bespoke approach to her work, adapting her talents to suit each individual venue and crowd – no matter how diverse. She counts among her clients the likes of MTV, Dom Perignon, BMW, Puma, Omega, ELLE Magazine, Nintendo, Moet & Chandon, Levi Strauss, Tatler magazine, Remy Martin, Fred Perry, Sotheby’s, Estee Lauder, Samsung, Pernod Ricard, Maserati, Swatch, Boucheron, Oakley, Diageo, Martini, NBC, and the W Hotel Group.
LONDON'S VIP PARTY DJ
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis is a Haitian Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum music producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and musically adept producers to emerge from the hip-hop era of the early 1990s, earning 3 Grammy Awards, over 16 Grammy nominations, a publishing catalog of 300+ titles, and 300+ million single and album copies sold. He has written, produced, performed, and directed for artists such as The Fugees, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Shakira, Carlos Santana, Melissa Etheridge, and Justin Bieber, among many others. He has scored and produced songs for films and documentaries such as the Golden-Globe nominated “Million Voices” for Hotel Rwanda, and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Grammy Producers & Engineers wing.
In addition to his work in music, Duplessis has developed a large portfolio of business ventures and investments, including founding one of New York City’s most iconic and long-standing music recording studios, Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and his own production company, Wonda Music. An avid
philanthropist, he has also founded organizations such as the One World Project, WeThePlanet, and the nonprofit Yéle Haiti, which provides assistance to Haiti in education, health, environment, and community development. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Newark Symphony Hall and is currently working in conjunction with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on “The Other Side of Newark,” a music program that provides educational and collaborative opportunities for underprivileged youth throughout the city.
OUR 2022 EMCEES
The Lady & The Voice
ARMAND CARR & EILEEN GAZAWAY
EVENT HONOREES & SPEAKERS
Dr. Hani Goodarzi, PhD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF
BIOPHYSICS & BIOCHEMISTRY, UCSF
Dr. Hani Goodarzi is an Associate Professor and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. With a dual background in computational and experimental genomics, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to studying complex human diseases.
Dr. Christine Miaskowski
RN, PhD, FAAN
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENTS OF
PHYSIOLOGICAL NURSING & ANESTHESIA & PERIOPERATIVE CARE, UCSF
Dr. Christine Miaskowski is a Professor in the Departments of Physiological Nursing and Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition, she is the first nurse to be awarded an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship and holds the Sharon Lamb Endowed Chair in Symptom Management Research.
Mission Keynote Speaker
With more than 20 years of experience in radio, Armand is affectionately known as “The Voice” and is regarded as the most recognized voice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Former host of the Quiet Storm on KBLX 102.9FM in San Francisco and The Night Beat at 100.3FM The Beat in Los Angeles, he was inspired to be more than just a voice on the radio and made a commitment to be a voice to the voiceless in the community. In 2016 Armand founded All Tied Up, a non-profit that prepares young men of color for success. Armand is a 2017 Jefferson Award recipient, named 2017 Black Enterprise 100 Men of Distinction, received the 2017 Certificate of Special Recognition by Congresswoman Barbara Lee for his work in combatting human trafficking, 2018 Chabot College “Striving Black Brothers Coalition Man of The Year”, 2019 Steph Curry/Under Armour Community All-Star Award, 2020 Certificate of Recognition for Community Service by the University of California Office of the President, 2021 American Cancer Society Emcee of The Year, and most recently, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf proclaimed May 16th “Armand Carr Day” in the city of Oakland.
Eileen is the Executive Director of All Tied Up, an award-winning nonprofit that works to promote self-confidence in young men of color. Additionally, Eileen is a US patented inventor, former producer of Northern California’s largest independent beauty industry show, and entertainment project manager. Eileen has been featured in People Magazine, Tyra Banks’ Fashionhouse, national and local newspapers, television segments, and the focus of several collegiate reports. Clients include the late Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Gladys Knight, Ashanti, Ja Rule, and The Jacksons, to name a few. Eileen is a lifetime member of BWOPA (Black Women Organized For Political Action), and former Director of Marketing for the California Black Chamber of Commerce and KDEE 97.5FM.
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