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SF Chapter Membership Development Programs & Opportunities / Networking
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM PDT
Category: San Francisco

05:00 PM - 06:30 PM (Pacific)
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Mountain)
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM (Central)
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM (Eastern)


Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


You may have joined PDA because you are on a journey to your first board seat, because you are a new Board member looking to hone your skills, because you are recruiting Board members, or simply because you want to connect with other top-notch professionals like yourself.  This session, presented by the Membership and Engagement Committee, will focus on how to advance your personal objectives leveraging the full range of PDA opportunities.  

Following the formal session, we hope you will stay on after the official program to make connections with each other in informal breakout conversations. After all, networking opportunities are a key element of PDA’s value proposition. 

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!



Tamara Gracon
TBG Consulting

Tamara Gracon is the CEO/Founder of TBG Consulting, a strategic change management consultancy.  Tamara is a tech savvy executive with experience in strategy, process improvement, technology selection and deployment, and global project management.  She has in-depth executive experience identifying and resolving complex (strategy, operations, tax, supply chain and valuation) issues facing firms in technology, media and other industries. Using Lean Six Sigma principles, she provides strategic change management guidance to streamline inefficient processes, harmonize diverse points of view, and provide meaningful ROI to clients. She is a Founding LP with How Women Invest, a venture capital fund committed to funded female entrepreneurs and training more female VCs. She is the Private Director’s Association SF Chapter Chair of the Membership and Engagement Committee. She serves on the How Women Lead Silicon Valley Advisory Board to elevate women's leadership success and gender diversity on corporate boards.  She is a board member of a seed stage cybersecurity firm.  She is dedicated youth coach in soccer, baseball and basketball, serving as an AYSO Region 26 (Palo Alto) Board Member and a member of the National Leadership Council for the Positive Coaching Alliance.


Donald Duggan

Experienced senior executive with over 25 years with financial institutions and publicly held technology corporations. Worked his way to the C-Suite level through consistent delivery on key initiatives and development of strong relationships with internal and external partners. Technology and operational expertise enabled successful enterprise-wide transformational change and innovative solutions for complex business and technology challenges. Communication style led to positive relationships with federal regulatory entities and officials, industry and economic analysts, boards, and business coalitions. Designed and implemented culture changing and award-winning Diversity & Inclusion program. Since retiring in 2018, has worked on giving back to the community through involvement in multiple non-profit organizations.


Jonathan Krause
Founder, President & CEO
Synclarity Consulting

Jonathan Krause is the Founder, President & CEO of Synclarity Consulting, a strategic management consulting firm. He has a background in workforce and economic development, healthcare, vocational and sales training. Focusing on business advisory and executive coaching in education, healthcare, and the life sciences.  


Samina Bari

Samina Bari is formerly Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Aimmune Therapeutics, the global pharmaceutical arm of Nestle Health Science, which acquired Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIMT) for $2.6B. With decades of experience and her deep understanding of how to articulate business value to deliver outcome-driven results, Bari has a proven track record of creating compelling company narratives that have reframed investment theses and resulted in high-value acquisitions of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies.

Her extensive experience in corporate communications, change management and public affairs at Fortune 500, public and private companies, and blue chip agencies has led to career highlights including: overseeing 10 pharmaceutical product launches: developing the national Go Red for Women” campaign with the American Heart Association while at Pfizer: managing LIPITOR, the worlds best-selling medication in history: helping to launch IMRUVICA, one of the most successful oral oncology drug launches in history: and playing a leading role in the FDA approval of PALFORZIA, the world's first approved treatment for peanut allergy.


Tracy Edkins

Tracy Edkins is a global C-level HR executive and leader who brings 20+ years of deep experience as a business-oriented HR partner for pioneers and industry leaders including eBay, Starbucks and Splunk. She is data-driven and innovative, with expertise in product, engineering, sales and marketing across commerce, service and technology sectors. She supports organizations through times of significant growth, business turnarounds and re-invention, delivering improvements to business performance through strong partnerships and a deep understanding of the company, industry and culture. Tracy is known for repeated success scaling for growth while maintaining a strong, healthy culture and the ability to coach and mentor leaders to secure organizational effectiveness. 

Interactive Host


Aneta Key
Strategic Growth Advisor / Founder & CEM
Aedea Partners LLC

Trained as a systems science engineer, Aneta Key started off as a banker and then spent a decade with McKinsey & Co where she was a leader of the strategy, risk management, and organization practices of the firm. In 2009 Aneta established Aedea Partners LLC to help innovative companies navigate growth, change, risk, and uncertainty.  Aneta partners with leaders to develop strategies, align around a plan of action, and execute on priorities. She has served established global leaders and hyper-growth contenders in financial services, health care, and technology and has been involved in complex merger transactions, digital transformation efforts, and the scaling of organizations.  Known for her holistic, yet pragmatic approach, Aneta is an authority on strategic decision-making, performance/cultural transformation, and enabling growth.  Aneta shares her experience and playbook through original GrowthKey learning programs, speaking engagements, and publications. She is on the advisory board of several AI/Data Science startups and mentors others. **

** Aneta is the incoming chair for the Programs Committee of the San Francisco chapter of PDA and is actively recruiting for co-conspirators.