Cal Maritime hosting women leadership conference
California State University Maritime Academy’s annual Women in Maritime Leadership Conference returns this month with several notable women presenting in various topics, according to a university news release.
The ninth annual conference is set for Feb. 2829 on the university’s campus, 200 Maritime Academy Drive in Vallejo.
Open to all, the event will feature programming for college students, recent graduates, and professionals. Women in Maritime Leadership offers opportunities for leadership development and productive networking for women in maritime and related fields and those who support them, university officials said. The conference offers a robust program on maritime culture and trends, the many facets of leadership, and developing self and others on a team.
Pati Navalta Poblete, a longtime Bay Area journalist, who previously served as editorial writer and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, where she was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Poblete later worked as Asia regional director for Global Footprint Network, an international organization that works with governments and agencies to shape sustainability policies.
She is currently the founder and executive director of the Robby Poblete Foundation, a nonprofit organization named for her son who was killed in 2014. The foundation’s mission is to reduce gun violence through buyback programs, transforming the weapons into instruments of hope and opportunity through art and vocational programming.
Ally Cedeno is the founder and president of the Women Offshore Foundation, an online organization and resource center for a diverse workforce on the water — providing resources to foster long-term careers and sharing the latest on gender diversity and inclusion in the offshore and maritime industries.
Piya Kishore, a senior human resources business partner for LinkedIn, will also speak at the conference.
Other presenters include Gladys Diva Brown, airport director at Yuma International and a graduate of Cal Maritime, and Betsy Strines, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Strines is a leadership development consultant with the Leadership Foundry.
For registration fees or more information, visit www.csum.edu/wml.