Four Exemplars from the Pivate and Public Sectors Discuss the Road to Leadership
4:00 - 5:30 pm
The Women in Leadership Across Disciplines reading group will be sponsoring a panel discussion featuring Vice Presidents from Boeing and Kaiser Permanente, the Director of Philanthropy from Southern California Edison, and the Superintendant of a California school district.
Tammy Tumbling, Director of Philanthropy and Community Involvement, Southern California Edison
As SCE's Director of Philanthropy and Community Involvement, Tammy Tumbling manages the company's philanthropic budget and providing strategic direction on funding programs and priorities. She also oversees the company's grantmaking focused on community building activities, employee giving, in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations, volunteer outreach and scholarship programs. In January 2010, Tumbling was responsible for the planning and launch of the company's innovative Green Jobs Education Initiative, which provided 10 California community colleges with funding to support students enrolled in "green jobs" training programs. Prior to joining SCE, Tumbling served as Director of Corporate Development for the Music Center of Los Angeles and worked on funding development and distribution for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Tumbling earned a master's degree in Public Administration and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a board member of the National College Resource Foundation, which produced the Black College Expo, a member of the Conference Board Contributions Council and serves on the advisory board of Research Policies Institute of California. She also is active with the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute and Leadership California.
Dr. Claire Leon, Vice President of National Programs, Space and Intelligence Systems, Boeing
Before being appointed as VP of National Programs in 2008, Dr. Leon was vice president for Navigation and Communications Systems and responsible for the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system, Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) and Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite systems, as well as a number of classified programs. She also served as the TSAT Program Manager, responsible for developing new applications for satellite technology and program director of the WGS satellite system, responsible for profit and loss, technical, schedule, and mission success. Claire Leon has 31 years of system engineering, program management, and line management experience in space and ground systems. She has served as the director of Ground Systems on an S&IS proprietary program, PanAmSat program manager and director of System Software and Operations, as part of a new organization responsible for all elements of satellite operations. In this position she was responsible for developing and overseeing the strategies to create common processes for commercial and government programs for systems engineering and operations, including systems test, launch operations, mission operations, ground systems, and flight software. Claire also served as the executive sponsor of Boeing’s Women in Leadership (BWIL) organization. Claire Leon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University, and Master of Arts degree in management from the University of Redlands, a Master of Science degree in business administration from UCLA, as well as a doctorate in executive management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
Laura Johnson, Vice President, Southern California Delivery System Strategy & Consulting, Kaiser Permanente
Laura Johnson is responsible for the strategic planning and capital investment efforts for Kaiser's Southern California Region. In addition, she also oversees the regional internal consulting function, which includes projects focused on health plan and hospital strategy development, operations improvement, implementation and change management efforts. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in October of 2003, Laura worked nine years as a healthcare consultant at Deloitte Consulting with an emphasis in health plan strategy and operations. Laura received her MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1994 and her undergraduate business degree in Finance & Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently serves on the Anderson Alumni Executive Board of Directors and is actively involved in school and other charitable organizations. Laura loves living in Hermosa Beach - she enjoys all outdoor activities (especially biking, skiing, hiking), traveling, and playing piano.
Dr. Lynne B. Kennedy, Superintendent, Banning Unified School District
The professional career of Lynne B. Kennedy, Ph.D., spans 34 years in education. She began her teaching career in Rialto Unified School District as a secondary mathematics teacher. She moved through the educational ranks holding positions of junior high and high school assistant principal, middle school principal, Assistant Superintendent, Associate Superintendent and is currently in her third year as Superintendent of Banning Unified School District. Dr. Kennedy is very proud to be a graduate of the Claremont Graduate Urban Leadership program. Her dissertation, “Policy as School Reform: Selection Criteria and Student Access to Algebra I”, received the Claremont Graduate University, Urban Leadership Achievement Award and the Phi Delta Kappa award for Dissertation of the Year. In addition to her professional life, Dr. Kennedy has a long history of being active and involved in community service. She is a charter member of the San Bernardino Valley chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to serving their communities. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. Locally, The Links, Incorporated maintains a strong leadership role in promoting post-secondary education for African American students.