Wharton Women Catalysts: Christine Tao, Thu 9/29, 530pm PDT

Date and Time
Thursday, September 29, 2022
5:30pm— 6:30pm
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Virtual Event. Link will be provided after RSVP.
Sheila Bangalore


The Wharton Club of Southern California invites all members and non-members to this continuing series. Catalysts represent leaders across different industries that continually drive change to enhance their business and community. Wharton Women proudly sponsors this series designed to create and foster collisions through rich discussion and connection. 

This month, Catalysts spotlights Christine Tao, an award-winning CEO and Co-Founder of Sounding Board, the first leadership development platform designed to bridge the leadership gap.  Join us to hear her insights and advice about navigating the start-up ecosystem, surmounting challenges in being one of less than 3% of female-founded companies to raise venture capital, and the importance of a strong mission in building a successful business – it’s sure to be a terrific conversation!

When: Thu Sept 29, 5:30 - 6:30 PT

Where:  Online event (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants in advance of the event)

Cost:  Paid Members, Free; Non-Members, $10

The Catalyst:

Christine Tao is the co-founder and CEO for Sounding Board, the first Leader Development Platform designed to bridge the leadership gap. Before founding Sounding Board in 2016, she enjoyed several roles in Silicon Valley at Google, YouTube, TapJoy, and other startups.

She holds an MBA in Marketing and Operations from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of California-Berkeley. In addition to advising several startups, Christine is an angel investor and a fellow at the Tory Burch Foundation. She was named to the EY Winning Women Class of 2021 and won the 2021 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. An in-demand speaker, some of her recent engagements include the 2021 Haas Women in Leadership Summit, Xoogler Women’s Network, Leanin, Tory Burch Fellows #EmbraceAmbition and AllRaise. Sounding Board is backed by leading investors like Jazz Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, and Precursor, and is one of less than three percent of female-founded companies to raise venture capital. 

The Host:

Sheila Bangalore, WG21

As a board member, chief strategy officer and general counsel with a Wharton Finance MBA, Sheila Bangalore honed her legal/compliance, corporate strategy and governance experience over 20 years in senior roles across multinational, highly regulated, technology (B2B/C) and retail businesses, including Zappos, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat Gaming and MP Materials. Sheila’s results-oriented focus, collaborative style and ability to develop and lead high-performing, diverse teams enable growth and transformation.


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