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TaraTalks: Critical Conversations with Leaders Who Inspire



We launched our TARATALKS webinars so members (and non-members, for now!) can connect with inspiring women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Plus, women who excel in economics, social sciences and finances. (Now you know what STEM + means!) Register below for one of our FREE upcoming webinars. At Gotara we’re all about giving our members the best career advice they need to supercharge their STEM+ careers. 

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May 2023
What's stopping you from being heard?

What’s stopping you from being heard?

Dr. Chloe Lim was always interested in science and was fascinated with studying the human body. Ultimately, she wanted to make a difference in people's lives. But one thing tended to hold her back from living her whole self—speaking up. As a young child growing up in Malaysia, she was influenced by cultural norms... ...
18 May
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

How to influence others when you are the only woman in the room

Neela Paul discovered the field of food science during her collegiate years and has had a phenomenal career for over 25 years in global research & development at Fortune 500 companies like The Kraft Heinz Company, Mars, Wrigley, and the Panda Restaurant Group. And, yes, she was often the only one who looked like her on her teams. But, instead of 'humbling out' or overcompensating, Neela Paul learned how to excel and rise to the top levels in her field. Join us on Thursday, May 4, at 8:00 am PT, to learn how Neela builds trust and develops relationships in men-dominated industries. ...
04 May
8:00 am - 8:30 am
April 2023
March 2023
Michael Alicea CHRO Trellix Gotara

Soulful Work | How Trellix is fostering a culture where cyber talent wants to be

Global Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Alicea joined Trellix in 2021 and works closely with CEO Bryan Palma to bring purpose and soulfulness to work. Their vision, each team member can contribute to business performance while experiencing deep personal fulfillment each working day. Sound too esoteric? Well, not when you hear Michael talk about the specific actions Trellix is taking and the tangible results they are producing. Join us on March 23 at 11:00 am PT to learn how Michael combines stellar HR and business leadership and how you, too, can benefit. ...
23 Mar
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Marie Lalleman Gotara Advisor

Mom Guilt is a Real Thing! How to Get Out of the Trap

Marie Lalleman wanted an international career since she started working in her family’s restaurant at age nine. So she studied business and international management and began to pursue her dream career. She landed dream jobs and traveled the world working for various organizations, including Nielsen Market Research. ...
09 Mar
8:00 am - 8:30 am
February 2023

People Pleaser to a Senior Leader!

Charlotte Schriner has always loved mathematics. Earlier in her education, she loved the structure and the patterns and "geeked out" on how following an equation would always lead to results (we get it!). And Charlotte was a great student because she followed the structure. Then, in her early career, Charlotte followed the rules and focused on pleasing others until she had her epiphany while working at a startup company. As she describes it, "a new part of my brain switched on". ...
23 Feb
8:00 am - 8:30 am
Karen Leeker

Career Growth | You Just Have To Ask!

Karen is currently the co-Founder of E2B Coach. E2B Coach was born from her most recent teaching experience and the desire to help STEM and minority students build professional careers. Karen is an investor, board member, advisor, innovation expert, entrepreneur, and mentor. ...
09 Feb
8:00 am - 8:45 am
January 2023

Mentorship is a Two-Way Street

Natalie Steck was born and raised in Australia and, early in her career, found her passion for technical sales and problem-solving. She courageously continued to take on different roles, including the head of sales and marketing in tech companies, CEO of two startups, and now the Director of Silicon Valley Bank. ...
26 Jan
8:00 am - 8:30 am
November 2022
October 2022

What Courage and Leadership Look Like in Action

Dr. Oris Sanjur grew up in Panama under the tutelage of parents who were both teachers. Oris knew early on that she wanted to study biology and her parents encouraged her to do what she loved. She did face barriers to pursuing her education, including financial and social stigmas. She heard, for example, "Why would a smart woman like you choose biology? Why not be a banker or a doctor?" But Oris knew what she wanted and went for it! She obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and has participated in significant DNA sequencing research. And in the process, Oris uncovered the keys to being an authentic leader. Join us on October 27 at 8:00 am CDT to learn from Oris' keys to leadership. ...
27 Oct
8:00 am - 8:30 am
September 2022

Allyship. The Critical Partnership STEM+ Women Need

Scott Brown understood the importance of allyship for women in STEM+ while talking with his wife after work each day (BTW, his wife is in a senior finance role--the first female at this level in her organization). After several stories, he understood that his work experience and his wife's work experience differed dramatically. ...
29 Sep
8:00 am - 8:30 am
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