women’s leadership council

The Women’s Leadership Council was founded to establish a deeper support system for Renaissance women entrepreneurs that goes beyond training. It is a growing group of exceptional Bay Area business and corporate women providing much needed financial support through their own contributions and fundraising efforts, and offering vision and guidance to help evolve this program further. We are dedicated to guiding and ensuring the success of our inspiring women entrepreneurs by offering targeted programs to address the needs of these underserved communities, but we want to do even more.

Our Clients and Impact


In 2019, Renaissance served over 1,500 Bay Area individuals who launched and grew over 500 sustainable businesses and created and retained over 750. We are proud to report that one year after receiving 10 or more hours of Renaissance services:

  • 54% who came to Renaissance in the pre-launch stage launched their businesses;
  • 50% of businesses employ 2.8 individuals, including the business owners themselves;
  • Clients experienced a 28% average increase in household income;
  • Earn average annual revenues of $109,137.

Women Leadership Council

Individual Members

Theresa Noriega-Lum (Co-Chair) / Matthews Asia
Lena Robinson (Co-Chair) / First Republic Bank
Royze Adolfo / Okta
Bodil Arlander / Portfolia
Alison Davis / Fifth Era
Charmaine Detweiler
Evelyn Dilsaver
Stephanie Hill / Mellon
Barbara Morrison / TMC Financing
Ann Marie Lynch / Wells Fargo Bank

Kellee Marlow/ Spark Conversations
Sue Monroe / Wells Fargo Bank
Stacey Paynter/ Strategic Connections, LLC
Beth Pride / BPE Global
Nancy Sheppard / Women2Boards
Felicia Vallera / SFCBLC

Melissa Wang / Matthews Asia

Susan Wang / BlackRock

Corporate Members


Salesforce for Small Business

Council Member Annual Giving Levels

$1,000 – $10,000 and above

Get Involved

We are actively seeking other like-minded women to join our Women’s Leadership Council and help us expand our services and programs to serve more women in the Bay Area. We all have experiences and knowledge to share with these talented and inspiring women. As part of the Women’s Leadership council you will also enjoy engaging with the Renaissance clients at our Popup Advisors sessions, and networking and mentoring events, while networking with your Council peers as we help the higher motivated women achieve new heights in our communities. We need you, and your community needs you. Please join us in this vision.


Lucero De Leon, Women’s Business Center Director

415-348-6217, ldeleon@rencenter.org