Jess Eker, Senior Vice President, Global Life Sciences Practice at TransPerfect

 Jess Eker, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Jess Eker, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Jess is an achievement-obsessed senior executive and unwavering optimist who channels her passion, grit, and discipline into her two favorite roles: expanding her clients’ business globally and developing her team members into productive leaders. She is known among her colleagues as someone who consistently delivers excellence and exceeds goals. In 2010, she was awarded, National VP of Sales of the Year, for the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service for producing record sales numbers in TransPerfect’s 25-year history.

Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Business from Georgetown University and began her career at TransPerfect in 2003. Currently, she is Senior Vice President, Global Life Sciences Practice. In her role, she oversees a $200 million book of business and runs a global team of approximately 160 salespeople. She has helped the company establish worldwide partnerships with an array of pharmaceutical leaders including: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Daiichi Sankyo, and Merck, and is responsible for the development of TransPerfect's Linguistic Validation practice.

Outside of work, Jess is deeply engaged in her community. She is currently the Co-Chair of Go Red for Women - a movement within the American Heart Association that raises awareness around women and heart disease. She is also deeply passionate about empowering women to accelerate their professional advancement and does so through her involvement with Advancing Women Executives (AWE). Her work with AWE has provided her the foundation and principles to create and serve as Executive Sponsor for TransPerfect Working Women, a group dedicated to helping the company’s women learn, grow, and achieve professional success.

This quadrilingual loves to see the world - she has traveled to 107 countries and aspires to see them all. A food and drink enthusiast, Jess can be found tasting and drinking her way through New York’s hottest new restaurants and wine bars. She is also an advocate for self-care and commits to making time for the gym 360 days a year.

Her greatest joy is raising her baby and two twin toddlers. She regularly volunteers in her twins’ Pre-K classes and has found that by giving back to the school and community she is able to interweave her professional and personal life in a way that gives her much balance.

Christina Lai, Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials

 Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai is a transformative executive with over 20 years of experience sharing her legal wisdom. Her commitment to connection and collaboration drives her approach to problem-solving and creates an environment in which business partners, cross-functional team members, and stakeholders feel comfortable and empowered to seek key legal advice. Christina is passionate about continuous learning, coaching and mentoring others, and building best-in-class teams.

Currently, she is Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials, which she joined in 2014. In her role, she’s a trusted advisor to the company’s Board of Directors and the executive leadership team with respect to securities, corporate governance, and executive compensation matters. She and her team also support the company’s corporate communications, investor relations, corporate finance transactions, executive compensation, and equity and benefit programs. In March of 2018, she was appointed Corporate Secretary.

Prior to joining Applied, Christina was at Yahoo, where she built the corporate and securities legal function as the company matured and scaled from 3,000 to over 14,000 employees. She held a variety of corporate governance and securities roles in her 11 years at the company, most recently serving as the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary. Prior to starting her in-house legal career, she was a Senior Associate with Latham and Watkins in Menlo Park, where she handled securities, governance, M&A, capital markets, and emerging and public company matters.

Christina’s impact reaches beyond the walls of her office. She serves on the Governance Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital, a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. Additionally, she teaches classes about social media and cyber-bullying to junior high and high school students as part of a local pro bono program and is an active member of Advancing Women Executives -- an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy. Christina was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the California Diversity Council in 2017 and 2018.

Christina received her bachelor’s degree in international relations, with honors, from Stanford University and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

When she is not in the office, she can be found practicing tai chi, enjoying outdoor activities with her family, and training their Bernedoodle puppy. Christina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Catrice Monson, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at CBS Corporation

 Catrice Monson, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Catrice Monson, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Catrice Monson is a people-first leader and lifelong advocate. Her creative spirit inspires her to experiment with roles, projects, and challenges to reach innovative solutions and ways of working. Marrying traditional D&I initiatives and change-management strategies, Catrice is an expert at imagining, designing, and building fresh work environments where employees are empowered and encouraged to share their unique and broad perspectives.

Currently she is a Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at CBS Corporation where she facilitates engagement - internally and externally - on company wide diversity and inclusion programs, spearheads the west coast based components of the Corporation’s multi-cultural and women’s employee resource groups, and oversees the CBS Corporation Diversity Council and is expanding its impact through activities and outreach. A trusted thought-leader, she is often asked to speak and train individuals and teams on unconscious bias and D&I best practices across CBS and beyond.

Prior to her current role, she worked in the CBS Labor Relations Department from 2000-2016, most recently as Senior Vice President, Labor Relations. In that role Catrice represented CBS in negotiations with various entertainment unions and guilds as well as the labor relations department in meetings with the guilds and unions on issues related to diversity and increasing access. When she was presented with the opportunity to pivot towards a career focussed on amplifying diverse perspectives, she jumped at the role.

Her commitment to creating a more equitable world extends far beyond her role at CBS. Catrice is the Executive Director of CAM (Community Academics Mentoring) - a foundation that provides financial assistance for underserved students and she served on the Board of Trustees for the Archer School for Girls for 8 years. In addition, she currently partners with Advancing Women Executives to accelerate the careers of women to improve the global economy and in the spring of 2019, she will be starting as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law.

When she is not in the office, Catrice can be found traveling, going to the movies, spending time with her friends and family, or growing her passion project, Sweetness and Delight - a business centered on event styling, sweet tables, and party favors.

Catrice completed her BA in American Studies from Stanford University before going on to graduate from the UCLA School of Law.