Time & Date Topic
Monday, August 22
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Networking Reception
Tuesday, August 23
8:00 am – 8:45 am Buffet Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Remarks

Speaker: Marcie Frost, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Keynote Speaker: Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

Moderator: Betty Yee, California State Controller

10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Firsts: Women Who Pioneered New Pathways

The glass ceiling doesn’t just break one time. Women around the world break through every day, becoming the first to achieve a new goal, reach a new level, or invent something for the first time. These panelists discuss what it takes to make history, as the first women to accomplish something outstanding in their fields, and the significance of forging a new path for others.

Moderator: Lisa Middleton, Mayor of Palm Springs, CA


  • Lasha Boyden, U.S. Marshal, U.S. Marshals Service
  • Jennifer Barrera, President & Chief Executive Officer, California Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator, U.S Fire Administration

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Reframing Health Care Leadership to Include Women’s Perspectives

Women leaders in health care discuss lessons learned, confronting the pandemic, and their strategic vision for the future of health care. While women comprise a majority of the health and social care workforce, they make up less than 30% of leaders in the public health and health care sectors. Hear how COVID-19 may have opened opportunities to reframe leadership and take on new approaches to innovation in health care and public health.

Moderator: Dr. Julia Logan, Chief Clinical Director, CalPERS


  • Jessica Altman, Executive Director, Covered California
  • Dr. Megan Jones Bell, Clinical Director of Consumer and Mental Health, Google
  • Janet Liang, Executive Vice President, Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Care Delivery at Kaiser Permanente

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Plated Lunch
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Afternoon Keynote - Step Into Your Highest Potential
Speaker: Kate Purmal, CEO, Elevate Group

Whether it’s seeking a promotion, making a career move, or pursuing a big dream, it’s often our own internal limitations that hold us back. In her keynote, Kate breaks down limiting behaviors and beliefs that may be in your way and gives you game-changing insights and tools to elevate your confidence, increase your agency, and unlock what’s standing between you and your best self.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

MENtoring: Helping to Close the Gender Gap Through “Allyship” & Sponsorship

Women accomplish incredible feats every day, often going unrecognized for the hurdles they must overcome. How can we create environments that lower these hurdles and provide more opportunities? Panelists will examine how male sponsors and allies can be an important part of the equation, and tips for ways women can engage allies to amplify their success and impact. You’ll also hear about equally important efforts percolating behind the scenes of our collective workplaces to establish and foster equity initiatives, especially those unique to the experiences of women.

Moderator: Marlene Timberlake D'Adamo, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, CalPERS


  • Ray Arata, Founder and CEO, Better Man Conference
  • Cyrus Taraporevala, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors
  • Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer, Workday

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Achieving a Woman-Led Organization

For the first time in its history, three top positions at CalPERS are simultaneously held by women. Join Chief Executive Officer Marcie Frost, Chief Investment Officer Nicole Musicco, and Board of Administration President Theresa Taylor for a discussion on their journeys, their vision for a new era of leadership, and how they’re clearing the path for more women in top roles.

Moderator: Julie Tatge, Executive Editor, Pensions & Investments


  • Marcie Frost, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS
  • Nicole Musicco, Chief Investment Officer, CalPERS
  • Theresa Taylor, Board President, CalPERS

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Marcie Frost, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS

Pathways for Women Conference