Innovation Tri-Valley Women Leaders in the News

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is proud to shine a spotlight on nine of the honorees of the 2021 San Francisco Business Times’ 100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business being honored on October 7th at 1PM. Nine of the 100 women being heralded are leaders in organizations with a major business presence in the Tri-Valley, and represent companies that have invested in the region as a long-term business partners to the ITV organization.

2021 SFBT Most Influential Honorees from ITV Partner companies:

  • Janice Whaley, President & CEO, Donor Network West
    Whaley is the President and CEO of Donor Network West. She is an accomplished national leader with 26 years of experience in organ donation and transplantation.
  • Kimberly Budil, Laboratory Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Budil is the 13th director of the Laboratory since it was established in 1952 and its first woman director.
  • Jennifer Cantero, Director of Marketing & Sustainability, Sensiba San Filippo LLP
    With Cantero’s leadership Sensiba San Filippo became the first B Corp accounting firm in California and 1 in 8 in the Unites States. She continues to facilitate conversations on becoming a purpose-driven, sustainable business and embracing diversity and inclusion within a company.
  • Tracy Green, Partner, Wendel Rosen LLP
    As Chair and Partner of Wendel Rosen’s Bankruptcy practice, Tracy represents clients in all aspects of their dealings with financially troubled companies.
  • Dr. Cathy Sandeen, President, California State University, East Bay
    Sandeen is an educational leader who is committed to continuing Cal State East Bay’s momentum in students’ social mobility, social justice and sustainability. As a two-time alumna of the California State University, she feels fortunate to work in a system that emphasizes access and opportunity.
  • Josetta Jones, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Chevron
    Jones leads the company’s strategic D&I initiatives to recruit, retain, and develop diverse talent and to foster an inclusive workplace culture that works for all people.
  • Margaret Mak, Chief Strategist, First Republic Bank
    Mak believes “Young and old, experienced and inexperienced, we all need to step forward together; no one is left behind. The more we are woven into a fabric, the more we are going to win.”
  • Carrie Owen Plietz, President, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Kaiser Permanente
    Owen Plietz oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Northern California.
  • Lynn Wallace Naylor, CEO, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group
    Naylor is dedicated to positioning the Tri-Valley region as The Heart of California Innovation. Creating awareness of the Tri-Valley as a thriving innovation hub with an excellent quality of life, Naylor notes the region’s success is grounded in a long-standing dedication to collaboration, inclusion and economic opportunity.

“Each woman being honored is uniquely dedicated to improving and investing in their communities,” said Rick Shumway, Chair of Innovation Tri-Valley Executive Board of Directors. “We’re delighted that ITV’s CEO, Lynn Naylor, is among this group of champions who lead and inspire with equity and inclusion as true core values.”

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group congratulates all of the women recognized for this honor from Tri-Valley organizations, and from all across the Bay Area.

Join the 2021 San Francisco Business Times virtual celebration on Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.


ABOUT Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is a collective of leaders and influencers committed to connecting the businesses, educational institutions, research labs, and civic leaders in the region. The Tri-Valley is a technology and innovation powerhouse, outpacing the Bay Area mega-region in both job creation and economic growth.

Media Contact:

Traci Anderson, Director of Community, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group
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