UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders
Amanda Kimball is a Research Specialist at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. She authors the School’s annual “UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders,” and serves as a collaborator on other faculty research projects. Kimball is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Economics at UC Davis, where she earned her masters degree in 2003, with concentrations in Microeconomic Theory and Industrial Organization. She has a background in business and economics including having worked for Capital One, the Investment Company Institute, and the Corporate Executive Board.
Christie Smith, Ph.D.
Christie Smith has a track record of breaking boundaries – including her past career as a professional golfer, her leadership in fostering growth of the San Francisco biotech sector, and her experience as one of Deloitte’s most senior diversity partners.
Christie has spent the last 24 years consulting, focusing on aligning business strategy with the requirements of organizational structure, talent, leadership development and global workforce planning. She is Deloitte’s West Region Industry and Life Sciences leader, and is responsible for growth of Deloitte’s industry practice. She recently drove the formation of Deloitte’s collaboration with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) to spur bioscience innovation and convert that innovation into a catalyst for jobs, companies, and better health in California.
In addition to her client work, Christie is Deloitte’s West region Women’s Initiative (WIN) leader and West region Diversity and Inclusion leader. She is responsible for helping to ensure Deloitte supports and advances its diverse talent and making Deloitte an employer of choice for the best and brightest talent. In this capacity, she is spearheading Deloitte’s relationship and activities with MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting media labels in order to realize their potential.
Christie has a master of social work from Rutgers, and a Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology from New York University. She is a former national board member of Out & Equal.
2012 Recipient of Most Influential Women in Business in San Francisco Award
Partner, Employment Law, Orrick
Patricia Gillette, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Employment Law Group. Ms. Gillette's practice focuses on all aspects of employment law, including wrongful discharge and discrimination litigation of class actions and individual/multi-plaintiff cases in both state and federal court, representation of employers before administrative agencies, and counseling and training employers on preventive personnel practices.
Ms. Gillette is a frequent lecturer to management and professional groups on employment issues. She has spoken for such nationally recognized groups as the American Bar Association, California State Bar Association, National Employment Law Institute, Practising Law Institute, and many other state bar associations and management employment groups.
Before joining Orrick, Ms. Gillette was head of Heller Ehrman LLP's Labor and Employment Practice Group for 10 years and she was at the firm for 17 years. She was also on the Policy Committee of the firm for five years. Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Ms. Gillette was in private practice for several years and was in-house counsel for Bank of America, where she was in charge of the Personnel Advice Section of the Legal Department.
Ms. Gillette is the founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women in the workplace. Ms. Gillette speaks frequently on these issues at conferences across the nation including conferences sponsored by the ABA Commission on Women, NAWL, and NALP.
Ms. Gillette is a Commissioner on the ABA Commission for Women in the Profession. She is the co-chair of the San Francisco Bar Association's No Glass Ceiling Initiative. She is also on the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers. She is a member of the Austin Consortium, a national group of thought leaders on women's issues in the legal profession. At Orrick, Ms. Gillette is co-head of the Women's Affinity Group. Ms. Gillette's articles on issues relating to women in the legal industry have been widely published in state and national publications.
Steven C. Currall
Dean and Professor of Management
Graduate School of Management
University of California, Davis
Steven Currall is Dean and Professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. He has conducted research and taught for over 20 years on organizational psychology topics such as innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation, and corporate governance.
At the invitation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Currall was a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group. He has been a grantee on nearly $18 million in external funding of which more than 80 percent came from refereed research grants from the National Science Foundation. Currall's research has been published in management, psychology, and science/engineering academic journals. He has served on numerous editorial review boards.
He has served as a member of the boards of the University of California Global Health Institute, BioHouston, and Leadership in Medicine, Inc. He has been quoted more than 400 times in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine, British Broadcasting Corporation television and the Nightly Business Report.
Currall was formerly Vice Dean of Enterprise and Professor of Management Science and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL). He was Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship and Faculty Co-Director of the Institute of Technology at London Business School, the top ranked business school in the world by The Financial Times. At UCL, he was founding Chair of the Department of Management Science and Innovation. Currall was the William and Stephanie Sick Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Brown School of Engineering at Rice University and tenured Associate Professor of Management, Psychology, and Statistics in the Jones Graduate School of Management. In 2003, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.