Dvorit believes that business is the greatest engine for sustainable social change. She is proud to chair YWSE’s SF Board to bring together like-minded women who are creating social and environmental impact through their work and volunteerism.
Dvorit's career began in development for the University of Pennsylvania while she earned her Masters in philanthropy and social justice, and business certificate from the Wharton School. In 2012, Dvorit moved to San Francisco and pursued social enterprise work through strategy consulting for foundation and nonprofit clients. Then in 2014, she founded Temescal Brewing, experiencing firsthand the excitement of entrepreneurship. Today, Dvorit continues building connections between business and environmental impact as executive director of Manylabs, a collaborative community for climate change technology entrepreneurs.
Julie T. Pham
Julie is passionate about improving how we care for our aging loved ones, as well as their caretakers that come in many forms- family members, nurses, home aides, the list is endless. She has served as both a front-line Nurse and Assistant Nurse Manager at Stanford Health Care, specializing in the orthopaedics, transplant, and geriatric populations. She currently supports individuals and their families in the community as a Triage Nurse with Hospice By The Bay. She volunteers at the Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line, a crisis/companionship hotline for seniors and the disabled. Julie has been a board member of the Association of CA Nurse Leaders-SF and is currently Board Co-Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs-SF.
Julie received her first Bachelor's from UCDavis, her Bachelor’s in Nursing at UPenn and her Master’s in Healthcare Leadership at UCSF. She is working on collecting a pin/stamp/sticker from every U.S. National Park (6/59!) and training her mini-dachshund mix Frankie to quietly communicate her needs.
Sharon Jalysa Boose-Sheppard
Bred in New Jersey, Sharon is new to The Bay Area. She currently works in the healthcare field. Sharon graduated from Spelman College and is a returned US Peace Corps Volunteer where she lived and worked in West Africa for over 2 years. In her free time Sharon enjoys service, is an avid vegan/fit fanatic, and loves to travel. Sharon hopes to continue to be a strong and supporting voice for women of all ages.
Tracy began her career as a management consultant and moved to international development in 2002, joining the BBC World Service Trust, where she oversaw radio and TV programming for social change in Asia. From there, she spent 12 years working on inclusive business initiatives and directly with small businesses and associations in Southeast Asia and Africa. Tracy has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in International Development from the University of Reading. Tracy is now based in Alameda and is working to establish an impact investment fund and support services for impact businesses that benefit women and girls. Tracy sees support for gender impact businesses as a powerful tool for systemic change around the issues impacting women and girls around the world.
Leva Zand has made an over 10-year career and educational commitment to refugees, human rights, and social justice activism and advocacy. She has a BA in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento and a MA in Feminist and Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, focusing on religion, media and sexuality. She started her nonprofit career in 2005 in Sacramento by leading a program to serve refugees from South East Asia. Later she managed a team of reporters for The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), directed a publication for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), lead a gender awareness program for the Eurasia Foundation and before starting ARTogether, she directed an online school for the Nonviolence Initiative for Democracy (NID). She also used to write and produce “Narratives of Women,” a radio podcast. In 2017, Leva founded ARTogether: a resource center for the Bay Area refugee community.
Shireen’s first-ever entrepreneurial endeavor started at age 12, when she sold Airheads out of her backpack at the low price of 50¢ a piece in her middle school. If you desperately needed candy, Shireen was there. Thwarted by government regulation (a.k.a. her math teacher, who caught her one day), her first business failed. But the lessons she learned in need-finding, and failing forward, led her through work as a private Business English coach and gastronomic journalist in South Korea, in refugee resettlement in the San Francisco Bay Area, and through graduate school in International Studies at the University of San Francisco.
Shireen sees entrepreneurship as an avenue toward women’s economic empowerment. As a User Experience Researcher, she uses trained anthropological observation to derive insight from human behavior and inform product design, aiming to help social entrepreneurs make the best possible products for their users. When not people watching, she evaluates data transparency of world governments as a consultant for Open Data Watch, and runs a small illustration business.
Kamayani Gupta likes to say wandering nomad is her full-time job but her real job takes up a good chunk of her time. Her current passion lies in the healthcare world as a managing consultant at Slalom. She spends her off-work hours to be a food security adviser for start-ups around the world and lends a helping hand at her Alma Matter as an Associate Professor at IE Business School.
During the span of her career, Kamayani has effectively used communication and presentation skills to explore different areas ranging from Neuroscience to analyzing retail supply chains. Some of her highlights include conducting educational diplomacy in Malaysia for underprivileged youth to consulting at Pharmaceutical companies on AI Go-to-Market strategies. In addition, Kamayani writes for Huffington Post and Medium, speaks at global events, and rock climbs extensively.
Kamayani has a breadth of experiences that she is excited to bring to YWSE in 2018. By doing so, she hopes to share her passions with like-minded individuals to find simple, cost-effective solutions to global problems.