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Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership: Changing the World

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Located in the Hospitality Management Building 
Free Parking in Lot C

Sponsored by the Office of Equity and the History Department

Agenda | Download Program

  • 12:30 p.m. Welcome by President Seher Awan
  • 12:40 p.m. The WLCW by Dr. RaeAnn Ramsey
  • 12:45 p.m. Award Segment Broadcast
  • 1:15 p.m. Refreshments

Award Recipients

Kim Scardino

Senior Partnership Manager, Trust & Safety at Apple 

Kim manages external engagement for Apple’s Trust & Safety team. Prior to joining Apple, Kim was Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division at the Federal Communications Commission where she managed the $9 billion Universal Service Fund, comprised of programs designed to ensure access to affordable communications for schools, libraries and low-income consumers.

Passionate about digital safety issues, Kim has coordinated policy initiatives for the Family Online Safety Institute and The Internet Keep Safe Coalition. She started her career at MCI Communications as a telecommunications attorney and later worked at Comcast handling external affairs & public policy.

Kim received her law degree from Georgetown Law Center and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from American University. Kim is on the DC Regional Leadership Council for Brady United Against Gun Violence and was a Girl Scout Leader for over 12 years.

Josefina Alvarado

Chief Executive Officer of Safe Passages

Josefina Alvarado Mena, J.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Passages, a nonprofit agency dedicated to disrupting cycles of poverty throughout Alameda County and the greater Bay Area. Over the past 20 years, she has grown the organization from a foundation funded initiative with a staff of five, to a multi-service nonprofit organization serving over 4000 children, youth, and families.

Josefina also serves as the Chairperson of the statewide CRDP Cross Population Sustainability Steering Committee. She was selected to sit on the Evidence Based Interventions/Community-Defined Evidence Practices Think Tank for California’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, a $4.7 billion investment in mental health. 

She also served as vice-chair of San Jose’s Redevelopment Committee, as chair of the Community Services Committee, and as city council liaison for the city’s Fine Arts Commission. She has also been on several committees such as the Children and Families’ Committee and Public Safety and Justice Committee. Josefina continues to collaborate with many area school systems, partner with local, county, and statewide agencies, and participates in a variety of advisory and other technical assistance capacities. 

Rosa White headshot.

Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of DRFortress

Rosa White is the Co-founder and serves as Chief Financial Officer of DRFortress, Hawaii’s largest data center and cloud services provider. Rosa helped launch DRFortress in 2006 by raising an initial $16M to purchase and build the expansion and power upgrade of the original Equinix data center facility in Honolulu.

 In addition, Rosa serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for DRFortress and provides strategic oversight of the Company goals and initiatives. Under her leadership, DRFortress has successfully completed multiple expansions and has grown DRFortress almost 10 times from the original amount of critical backup power capacity to meet customer’s ever-growing demand in Hawaii.

Rosa previously served at Equinix as the Asia Pacific Solution Development Manager where she managed all cross-regional sales efforts, new business and service offering opportunities, and assisted with financial system implementations in Asia Pacific.

Previous positions include Senior Consultant for systems and process integration at KPMG Consulting, Hawaii (currently BearingPoint Consulting) and Revenue Reporting Manager at Adobe Systems in San Jose, California. Today, Rosa uses her skills to mentor and support women in the telecommunication industry, making a difference in her industry and community.