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CFO Network of Women™ (CFO NOW™): Diversity & Inclusion by The Seattle CFO Leadership Council
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CFO Network of Women™ (CFO NOW™): Diversity & Inclusion by The Seattle CFO Leadership Council

CFO Network of Women™ (CFO NOW™): Diversity & Inclusion hosted by The Seattle CFO Leadership Council Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Networking & Drinks 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM | Program 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

When: Thursday October 24th, 2019
5:00-7:30 PM
Where: Hughes Marino
1301 Second Avenue
Suite 2500
Seattle, WA  98101
United States
Contact: Yuliya Popova
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Program Description:


Since 2000, companies have made progress promoting women into leadership positions across financial services. However, for every female CFO in the US, there are at least 7 male CFOs. Structural challenges still remain and increased dialogue around women in leadership can foster progress and build a pipeline to help women rise up into executive roles. 

Join CFO Leadership Council's Network of Women™ (CFO NOW™) for an evening of interactive sessions specific to women in financial leadership positions including. Men are welcome and encouraged to attend! You'll be invited to pick two of the following topics and participate in discussions led by one of our distinguished speakers. Come prepared with questions!
  • Equal Pay
  • Gender, Ethnic & Generational Diversity
  • Diversity on Boards
  • Mentorship & Sponsorship Opportunities for Women in Finance
  • Work/Life Balance

CFO NOW™ is a female movement of the Council formed to support women in finance including CFOs, VPs of Finance and Controllers. Men are welcome and encouraged to attend! Seats are limited. 


Our Speakers:

Sharelle Klaus, CEO & Founder, Dry Soda

When I had four children, I wasn’t going to let a lack of wine or cocktails stop me from having a great beverage. Working with some of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs, I discovered how to use unique flavor notes to create sparkling beverages that are simple and unexpectedly palate pleasing. In 2005, I launched DRY Soda Company. We now have two lines of soda – lightly sweet, culinary-inspired DRY Sparkling sodas, and bold, fun DRY Zero Sugar sodas. I’m thrilled to have turned a personal passion into a product that so many other people are now able to enjoy.

Janice Jackson-Haley, VP HR and Equity, Planned Parenthood

Janice is a skilled HR and Equity leader with over 25 years of strategic and progressive human resources and workforce management experience. She specializes in human resources operations, employee and labor relations, workforce planning, talent management, leadership development, and operationalizing DEI strategies.


In addition to Planned Parenthood, she has had the pleasure of working with and/or serving as a Board member in a variety of organizations throughout the Puget Sound area:  University of Puget Sound, Bartell Drugs, Cascadia College, Seattle Goodwill Industries and Navos Mental Health Solutions.

Janice envisions workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion as the ultimate competitive advantage in healthcare.


Erin Vagley, VP of Administration, Seattle Sounders

Erin Vagley enters her sixth season with Sounders FC in 2019. As VP of Administration, Vagley oversees Human Resources, Administration and Information Technology for the club. She leads HR strategy and is responsible for development and implementation of all HR programs, including talent management, compensation, organizational design and HR infrastructure. Vagley is also a member of the executive team in matters related to business strategy and execution.  


Previously, she was a Senior HR Generalist with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Vagley currently serves as a member of the Board for the Seattle Sports Commission and she is also an attorney who, prior to working for NRECA, spent 10 years representing clients with the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington D.C. and New York. Born and raised in McLean, Virginia, she is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law.  


Karla Horwitz, Founder and Managing Director, Board Member and Mentor

Karla Horwitz is an Independent Corporate Director, and Board Advisor. She currently sits on the Board of Yesler Inc. and Projectline. She is an advisor to a number of technology companies where she is a trusted advisor and mentor to the leadership team.  

Ms. Horwitz has spent much of her career providing guidance to companies in transition through growth stage to IPO/Sale. She has completed several private equity, bank debt, mergers and sales transactions with the largest dollar value at $24B.  She is the founder of The Horwitz Group, a CFO advisory and transaction readiness firm, and WMP Capital, an investment banking firm.

She helps her clients at value creation and at the strategic financial level, assisting them in securing financing, positioning for future transactions and aiding in international expansion. Ms. Horwitz has worked with companies in the casual games, telecom, mobile, enterprise software, social media, consumer packaged goods, real estate, hospitality, B2B professional services and entertainment industries. She has served as Advisor and/or CFO to high growth companies such as Playfab, PopCap Games, Click Wine Group and Armco leading all to successful exits. She also led the CFO advisory practice at Arthur Andersen with clients such as Real Networks, VoiceStream, (now T-Mobile), Monet Mobile, Getty Images, WRQ/Attachmate and large family offices. 

Ms. Horwitz graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Ms. Horwitz holds FINRA Series 63 and 79 licenses and is a registered representative of an independent broker/dealer, FNEX Capital, Member of FINRA/SIPC. She is also a WA state CPA, (inactive). 

Kim Vu, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Remitly, Inc.

Kim is the global head of diversity, equity and inclusion at Remitly, a fintech company serving immigrants throughout the world to conveniently send money safely and securely to their families across global borders. She has been in, out, up, down and all around the nooks and crannies of banking for nearly 20 years - from x-small to large credit unions in the Bay Area and Northwest to x-large banks like her last role as regional market executive at Bank of America.

The first half of Kim's career was spent building and growing new lines of business and the latter half has been dedicated to scaling the impact financial institutions have beyond the bottom line through corporate social responsibility and ESG, including how companies build trust and rapport with customers and communities and empower and engage employees. Outside of work, Kim leads The Respect Institute as national founding board chair and is a member of the cofounding team which has been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, Ashoka Changemakers and Packard Foundation for reaching over 80,000 youth and influencers in K-12 schools and juvenile justice systems with their Respect 360 program focused on ending the school to prison pipeline.

Kim earned a B.A. in business management from San Jose State and master’s degree in leadership from St. Mary’s College of CA. She is an alum of the Council for US + Italy Relations Global Young Leaders, which brings together cross-sector leaders from across the globe to study and exchange ideas about the impacts of AI and the future of work. Kim was ranked #4 in the Top 50 EMpower 2019 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list on Yahoo! Finance and was listed at #5 in the Top 50 EMpower 2018 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list in the Financial Times. She has been acknowledged as a 100 Women of Influence, 40 Under 40, and Woman of Distinction in Banking & Finance by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for her contributions to community and championing diversity in business.



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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program at a one-time cost of $75.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


CPE Information

 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 2.4 CPE credits in
Personnel/Human Resources
 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:


More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Yuliya Popova, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.


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