“This is a crucial time for women in business. While there have been several notable advances for women in the boardroom, issues such as equality, leadership, inclusivity and femininity are all still on the table for discussion,” said Debbie Gisonni.
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) May 24, 2016
Former Tech Executive Debbie Gisonni Named CEO of Professional BusinessWomen of California
Strategic Hire Accelerates Growth of Organization’s Crusade for Gender Equality
The Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) today announced the appointment of Debbie Gisonni as Chief Executive Officer to dramatically improve the standing of women in corporate America. Gisonni brings over 20 years combined experience in corporate executive roles, nonprofit leadership and independent consulting across diverse industries. At the height of the Internet revolution, Gisonni was the publishing director for InternetWeek and Network Computing magazines. Most recently, she served as President and CEO at Stillheart Institute, an overnight, educational retreat center for public and corporate groups. At PBWC, Gisonni will oversee business strategy, operations, programming, sponsor relations and member engagement.
“This is a crucial time for women in business. While there have been several notable advances for women in the boardroom, issues such as equality, leadership, inclusivity and femininity are all still on the table for discussion,” said Debbie Gisonni. “There are four generations of women in the workplace, along with other essential voices such as people of color and the LBGTQA community, who all want to change the game, improve access to opportunity and connect on a global level.”
Nicole Soluri, PBWC Board Chair and Chief Counsel for the California Lottery said, “We are now at the tipping point of equality. Debbie’s experience leading successful strategy, operations and teams will be will be vital in making the case to corporate America that giving women full access makes companies more competitive and profitable. Debbie’s diverse roles across industries—from high tech to health and wellness—are a perfect model of what a professional woman’s career path might look like today.”
Gisonni holds a B.S. in Business Administration and certifications in Integrative Health Coaching and Hypnotherapy. She is the author of three books, a featured blog contributor to the Huffington Post and a sought-after motivational speaker.
The Professional BusinessWomen of California was founded in 1989 by U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier to provide skill development, networking opportunities and inspiration to women at all levels to achieve their own ambitions and collectively advance gender equity in professional settings. Community events, monthly webinars and an annual conference provide forums for women’s professional and personal growth and development through tools, training workshops, resources, mentoring and motivation. The organization also presents an annual academic scholarship to a minimum of three California women who are high school seniors. PBWC is headquartered in Northern California, and is one of the largest women’s organizations, boasting a diverse community of over 35,000 professionals worldwide, corporate sponsors and media partners.