2021 San Diego Women in Leadership Symposium
With the turn of events in the year 2020, women of all backgrounds have experienced what it means to be resilient, adaptable, and forward-thinking. We observed women taking on challenging situations that affect their personal and professional lives with innovation, flexibility, and strength. This year’s symposium will explore the ways women can empower themselves and one another to conquer new norms throughout the journey of life.
The focus of this annual event is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today's issues will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status.
Adriana Cabré is a dynamic executive with over 25 years of Human Resources experience across diverse industries, including biotech, medical device, higher education and high-tech. Adriana joined Crinetics Pharmaceuticals in May 2020 as the first Vice President of Human Resources, an exciting endocrine San Diego based biotech company. As the leader of the Human Resources function, she is responsible for the people related areas including organizational effectiveness, talent acquisition, employee relations, HR operations, HR compliance and total rewards among others. During her professional career, Adriana acquired progressive hands-on HR, managerial and executive experience in various roles at Motorola, Inc., CooperVision, Inc. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals. She developed a solid base of HR knowledge in the US, Latin America, and other international markets in areas such as leadership development, strategic sourcing, project management, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures. Adriana is a recognized trusted strategic partner. She has a reputation of being driven operationally with practical solutions for attracting, developing, and retaining an engaged, inclusive, diverse and high performing workforce. She drives people related strategies to align with current and future business needs. She received a B.A. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a MBA from Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Adriana currently serves as a board member for the Center for Community Solutions and is a past Board Member for the California Diversity Council and Father Joe’s Villages. Adriana lives in Solana Beach and enjoys staying active and volunteering in various non-profit organizations.
Marcia has broken barriers as the first ever Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for San Ysidro Health in San Diego, California. In this inaugural role, she is responsible for leading the diversity, equity, and inclusion work for the organization. Specifically, she is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing comprehensive and innovative DEI programs and policies. She has worked nationally as the Director of Workforce Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) developing programs, initiatives, and events increasing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the architecture profession. She also led the charge to increase representation of women architects of color in crucial leadership positions. Marcia consulted with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to examine elements of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in trade and professional associations. In her previous role with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater Houston, she served as Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity. She oversaw and delivered strategic diversity, inclusion, and supplier organizational objectives. She also served as Chair for the first Houston YMCA Diversity and Inclusion Council and participated as a D&I thought leader for the National YMCA of the USA Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience (EMLE) conferences. Driven by her passion, Marcia addresses systemic racism in organizational business practices, policies, and processes. She advocates for the voiceless and marginalized who have historically been denied access to equitable salaries, employment, mentors, education, and senior leadership positions. She considers Equity as having access to the table; Diversity is about acquiring a seat at the table; Inclusion is having a voice there; and Belonging is having that voice acknowledged and heard. Marcia holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College.
Tracy Ting is an award-winning CHRO with background in finance who enhances shareholder value through strategic business growth and cultural transformation at multi-national companies. She is currently the SVP & CHRO at Encore Capital Group, bringing almost three decades of combined finance and HR expertise. At Encore, Tracy provides global enterprise leadership, strategic vision and functional expertise, including spearheading the company’s D&I and ESG efforts. Prior to Encore, Tracy was the Chief People Officer at Avanir Pharmaceuticals from 2017 to 2019. As a high-performing leader with an influential mindset and a creative strategist, she drove key business objectives and set strategic direction for people and overall culture towards innovation, growth and accountability. From 2014 to 2016, Tracy served as the SVP & CHRO at Affymetrix, a public global life science tools company, up until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to Affymetrix, Tracy worked at Varian Medical Systems, the global market leader in radiation oncology, for 15 years and held various leadership roles in HR and Finance and contributed toward its quadrupled worldwide growth in headcount and revenue. Earlier in her career, Tracy worked as a financial auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Los Angeles. Tracy was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the U.S. over 35 years ago. She is married to an African-American high-tech executive, and together they are parents of two bi-racial teenagers living in California.
Sarah Hassaine is the Global Director of Diversity at ResMed, a global leader in digital health and connected medical devices. She has over five years of experience in the D&I space, starting at Amazon where she helped with recruiting and retaining women in applied science roles, and at Qualcomm where she led its conference engagement, affinity group expansion, and inclusion-building programs and initiatives for over four years. At ResMed, Sarah is focused on building a global strategy, expanding its affinity groups, and working closely with leaders and stakeholders across the company. Prior to finding her niche in D&I, Sarah worked in international development and government consulting around the world. Sarah is very devoted to community empowerment and has worked in San Diego with refugees and across the border in Mexico with orphanages through Corazon de Vida. She is part of the San Diego Tech Women Coalition and the San Diego Diversity Council, and is on the boards of the North San Diego Business Chamber, the Southwest chapter of Planned Parenthood, the Kim Center of Social Balance at UCSD, and the Annual Women Symposium at the Our Lady of Peace High School. She just completed her Executive MBA from the Wharton Business School at UPenn and has an MA in Policy from George Washington University and a BA in International Affairs from UCSD. She is trilingual, fluent in both French and Arabic.
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