UC Berkeley Women's Initiative Speakers


Rebecca Shambaugh

Rebecca Shambaugh

Leadership expert, highly sought after speaker, and author on 21st Century Leadership. Rebecca is President of SHAMBAUGH Leadership, a global leadership development organization recognized for their pioneering thought leadership regarding inclusive leadership that supports gender balance. Known for their bold vision that is presented to hundreds of today’s leaders. 


Rebecca personally challenges today’s leaders current narrative regarding gender equality to align with the new leadership thinking and the latest Inclusive Leadership model for the 21st century. Rebecca and her organization, SHAMBAUGH, are recognized for their integrated model that is known for disrupting and resetting outdated cultures, mindsets, and practices to align with an Inclusive Leadership model that supports gender equity.

Founder of Women in Leadership and Learning, WILL. WILL has had an over 18 year successful track record providing researched based, innovative, and targeted development solutions for organization’s female talent. This nationally recognized program has drawn such premier organizations as IBM, Marriott International, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Capital One, Microsoft and Equifax.

Rebecca has presented to over 100,000 leaders within organizations, major conferences, and executive forums regarding the 21st Century Leadership. She has been showcased on CNBC, TED Talks, Fox News (New York), NPR, Washington Business, ABC, and numerous syndicated radio talk shows and featured in publications such as: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Leader to Leader, Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Pink Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

A known thought leader in the industry and author of two best seller books titled, “It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor,” “Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton”, and her new book, “Make Room for Her,” all published by McGraw-Hill.

Courtney Young-Law

Courtney Young-Law, Ed.D., is Vice President of Programs and Leadership Training at CORO. As an educator and coach, her goal is to empower social change agents so they can advocate for themselves and the causes they champion.

Courtney has worked as an administrator, a professor, and an entrepreneur. While at Mills College, Courtney directed the Office of Student Activities, served as Chair for the Student Experience Committee of the Mills Strategic Plan, and advised student government. As a visiting professor at Mills, she taught courses for pre-service teachers in the School of Education focused on increasing educational equity. During her career, she has facilitated numerous leadership development programs for both students and colleagues at Mills, the University of San Francisco, and Tufts University. She has also provided leadership development consulting for institutions like Minerva and Dominican University.

Courtney’s experience as an educator led her to found Fundamentum, a company blending technology and coaching to support people in their career development. At Fundamentum, Courtney’s clients ranged from executives at Fortune 500 companies to recent college graduates.

Courtney received her doctorate in Education from Mills College in Educational Leadership. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Mills College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, she has called San Francisco home for more than 15 years.

Masharika Prejean Maddison

Masharika Prejean Maddison is Senior Director of Training for Coro Northern California. She is facilitating the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development and Coro’s Women in Leadership program. Before Coro, she founded LightWell Coaching + Consulting, focusing her practice on coaching and supporting mission-driven leaders. Previously, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked with Secretary Condoleezza Rice in the U.S. State Department and as Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco. Masharika has deep professional roots in the public and non-profit sectors, and experience with facilitation and coaching with organizations such as YMCA, OneGoal, and EarthJustice. She is also on the Board of Directors of SPUR.

Parisa Naseralavi

Vice President, Global Customer Operations

Global operations executive with over 18 years of experience in transforming operations and optimizing business performance. Visionary and results-driven leader who is known for defining and delivering digital opportunities towards business turnaround, scale, and superior customer experience.

Parisa is known for building high performing cross-functional teams that consistently deliver measurable ROI for the company. Her track record boasts consecutive successes re-imagining global Service Supply Chain, Global Customer Service Operations, and most recently, rearchitecting the Finance capabilities to enable scale of new monetization models and routes to market. Parisa brings deep expertise with companywide transformations that include operational and organizational improvements, as well as mergers, acquisitions and integration.

She has implemented 120+ new process and system enhancements, providing significant improvements in ease of doing business for customers and partners in addition to savings in operating costs, all while strengthening global BI, QTC, cash management, forecasting and pricing systems.  

While known for her commitment to achieving exceptional results, Parisa’s success is ultimately driven by her higher purpose and passion – creating cultures where people love their work and do the best work of their lives and building organizations that make the world a better place.