What Does it Take to be a Successful CEO

AFWA (formally ASWA) is excited to have Karin Hollerbach, Ph.D. discuss what it takes to be your own boss. This months meeting will be all about the american dream of starting and making a success of your own company. 

What are the obstacles?

What to avoid?

Come learn from Karin how she succeeded in creating an international company in a traditional male heavy world of science and technology.

Karin founded and serves as CEO of Taku Group. She has been working in science and technology- related fields for over 20 years. Karin holds SB degrees in Molecular Biology and in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering jointly awarded by UC Berkeley and UCSF. She is an alumna of the Haas School of Business’ Global Bio-Executive Program.

Karin has served as CEO, President, Executive Vice President, VP of Technology, VP of Products, and in other management roles. She has served on multiple non-profit and for-profit boards of directors. In 2011, she joined the Association for Corporate Growth, San Francisco Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Prior to her work in the commercial sector, Karin worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of California, the Whitehead Institute, SRI International, and the C.S. Draper Laboratory. She has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Karin was a Principal in Pacific Bio-Health Consulting, facilitating the formation of long-term partnerships originating in and/or entering into the Pacific-Asia region.  She is the founder of the Global Ideas Exchange and is a founding member of SYLK Global. Karin currently is a member of the Management Board of Sutter global, a US-European joint venture.

Karin speaks multiple languages and has lived in Europe and in North America. In her personal life, she flies airplanes, enjoys climbing mountains, and rescues/trains Siberian huskies.



Location: Union Bank 

      400 California, 11 Floor Assembly Hall A&B, San Francisco, CA

When: Wednesday, Sept 18th[masked]:30pm - 8pm

Cost:  RSVP via Eventbrite by Friday Sept 13th Members: $20.  Non-members: $25. Students $15. Monday Sept 16th price changes to Members: $25. Non-members: $30. Students $15

Includes Dinner; 1 unit CPE credit: Specialized Knowledge and Applications.

Our meetings are open to everyone, women and men.

Need additional information?  Contact:  [masked] or vista our website at www.aswa-sf.org.

AFWA and ASWA 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. State Boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses of CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors: 150 Fourth Avenue, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org

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