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Women of Impact

October 14

11:30 am - 1:30 pm




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For the past 13 years, Notre Dame San Jose has been celebrating the contributions of women in Silicon Valley at our annual Women of Impact event. Honoring women for their vision, commitment and leadership, the event highlights their important role in our community and provides resources to transform the future through education that prepares young women for engagement and leadership in careers and fields where they are underrepresented. 

The Women of Impact event will be in-person at the Hotel Signia by Hilton on October 14, 2022 where we will honor community member Dr. Mary J. Lomax-Ghirarduzzi and alum Lori Castillo '92 Martinez.




Dr. Mary J. Lomax-Ghirarduzzi is an academic and thought leader on race, leadership, and faith-informed social justice with almost three decades of higher education experience. She is also the author of Twice as Good: Leadership & Power for Women of Color and the inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and full professor of communication at University of the Pacific. She served as dean of students and vice provost of diversity and community engagement at University of San Francisco (USF) and is also an affiliate faculty member at the Race and Equity Center at University of Southern California. She serves on the executive board of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.




Growing up in San Jose, Lori Castillo '92 Martinez watched the rise of Silicon Valley right in front of her eyes, and was fortunate to attend a diverse girls school  - Notre Dame. These two things set her on a path to a career in technology from an early age. "I was at an all-girls high school, and it starts in places like that. For me, technology wasn't something to shy away from, it was something to lean into," shared Lori. "I joined the workforce thinking women ruled the world."  What followed was a global career with some of the biggest names in technology including Intel, McKesson, Verisign and VMware. Currently, she serves as executive vice president and chief equality officer at Salesforce where she leads global equality efforts, including equality strategy and programs. Previously, Lori served as the head of global employee relations and equality at Salesforce — a role uniquely designed as a way to accelerate and integrate people and equality initiatives at Salesforce.

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