Week, Chemical Specialties, and Chemical and Engineering News. She has also been included in numerous internationally- and nationally-based Who’s Who Publications, as well as books, studies and articles on topics including women and diversity, technology, and career development.
Dr. Giordan received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University (environmental science), her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (Chemistry), and was an Alexander von Humboldt Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. She is the recipient of the 2010 ACS Garvan Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society.
Judy Heyboer has spent the past 27 years in Human Resources (HR), retiring from full-time corporate life in 2000 as senior vice president at Genentech, Inc. in South San Francisco, California. At Genentech, she revamped and re-energized the HR function, and managed the introduction of the entire span of new programs following the company’s public offering in 1999. During her tenure, Genentech achieved its initial recognition by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s “100 Best Places to Work.”
Prior to Genentech, Ms. Heyboer spent thirteen years at Acuson Corporation, which she joined in the startup phase to create the HR function and develop the culture and “feel” of the company. She began her human resources career at Spectra-Physics, Inc. where she spent in-depth time in each of the classic HR functions.
In addition to her consulting work in human resources, she devotes a substantial portion of her time and energy to writing, mentoring, advisory work, and making a difference in the community. She continues to be actively engaged in the human resource community, serving as consultant, mentor, speaker, and executive coach. Ms. Heyboer has an MBA from Santa Clara University, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan.
In 2007, her accomplishments were recognized by induction into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame. She currently serves as a trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute, a graduate school providing advanced degrees in Applied Life Sciences. She also serves on the boards of The Health Trust, Friends for Youth, Resource Area for Teaching, and the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Manwai (Candy) Ku
Manwai C. Ku is research scientist and program officer in the Office of Diversity and Leadership at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Chemistry and Sociology from University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. Her research interests revolve around issues of gender, race, and diversity in work and occupations. In addition to her work on gender in entrepreneurship, she has published articles on gender and specialty choice in the medical students’ program choices. She is currently involved in National Institutes of Health-funded projects to study women’s career advancement in academic medicine, as well as team development and processes in collaborative science research.
Gail K. Naughton
Gail K. Naughton, Ph.D., has been the dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) since August 2002. Prior to that she spent more than 15 years at