"Conversation" events are held in an elegant, intimate, living-room setting and are limited in attendance, in order to encourage an open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas and information. Each event provides multiple opportunities for the participants to interact and concludes with a hosted reception. Past "Conversation" guests include: The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.); Shirley Weis, Chief Administrative Officer of Mayo Clinic worldwide; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young; Deb Henretta, Group President, Global Beauty, Procter & Gamble; Dr. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano, first female Commander of the White House Medical Unit and Physician to three sitting U.S. Presidents; and a host of outstanding senior executives from Arizona.




An Evening of Conversation

"Women at the Helm"


CEO, True Food Kitchen
As CEO, Christine leads the business operations and growth strategy to support the company's rapid expansion as it transitions to a stand-alone company. Prior to joining True Food, Christine served as Starbucks' Senior Vice President of Food, Evenings and Licensed Stores and led the roll-out and launch of La Boulange bakery offerings to over 12,000 Starbucks stores. Christine was previously a management consultant with Bain & Company and began her career as an investment banker. Christine graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in applied mathematics and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. True Food, founded in Phoenix in 2008 by Sam Fox and Dr. Andrew Weil, has grown to 22 locations nationwide with many more in the development pipeline.   
President, Carlisle Fluid Technologies 
Shelley was appointed in October 2017 as President of Carlisle Fluid Technologies to lead the company's growth and evolution. Shelley joins Carlisle from PPG Industries where she served as Global Vice President.  Prior to joining PPG, she served in a variety of leadership roles at Dow Corning Corporation, including an assignment in Shanghai, China and most recently as Dow Corning's Business Vice President. Shelley serves on the Board of Directors of Kraton Corporation (NYSE-KRA). Carlisle Companies Incorporated is a diversified, global portfolio of niche brands and businesses that generated $4.1 billion in net sales in 2017.
Managing Partner, Perkins Coie's Phoenix Office
Prior to being named Managing Partner, Jessica served in several other management positions, including roles on the Partner Compensation Committee, the Associate & Counsel Evaluation Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Strategic Diversity Committee.  She also served as a leader of Perkins Coie's Women's Forum for six years, including three years as firmwide Co-Chair. As a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation practice, Jessica has over 20 years of experience representing a wide variety of clients in business litigation matters. Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia.


Our Conversation events are special experiences. The warm living-room setting, the wine and hors d'oeuvres and the comfortable conversational approach create an environment where the "speaker" remarks are thoughtful and candid, the attendees are able to participate in an open dialogue with the speakers and there are ample opportunities for real interaction and relationship-building with fellow participants.

At the upcoming event, our roundtable of leaders will share:

  • Their Paths to Leadership and their Perspectives on Leadership, including what has proven most effective in achieving personal and organizational success.
  • Defining Moments in their Careers -- obstacles faced, risks taken, successes and failures, sacrifices and compromises made.
  • Leaving A Legacy -- how they empower others to break through their fears, pursue their passion and become extraordinary leaders in their own right.

Please join us for an evening of information, inspiration and camaraderie.

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort
5700 East McDonald Drive; Paradise Valley, Arizona

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktails
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Conversation Program
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception & Casual Conversation

$75 Registration
Seating is Limited. Reservations accepted on a first-received basis.
Please click here for a Registration Form.

If you have questions, please contact us online or by phone at 602-861-9350.


Evening of Conversation
"Women at the Helm"

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