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Join a community of women, men and companies committed to elevating women into leadership.

There's a time and a place for change. It's here. And now.

We Can Rise offers extraordinary advantages to individual and corporate members. Better yet, you'll be a part of a growing movement that's actively working to change the world. Join Us.

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For Individuals
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Begin a journey that aligns your passions and goals with your career aspirations.
Discover and connect with companies that truly strive for diverse, inclusive cultures.
Collaborate with like-minded, goal-oriented executives and find powerful mentor relationships within the We Can Rise community.
Enjoy on-demand inspiration through videos, podcasts, books and more.

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For Companies
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Give your employees instant access to every benefit, including the We Can model of success and the We Can Board Program.
Get connected to talented executive women.
Prominently display your logo on our website, demonstrating your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Link to your company’s open positions and leverage the We Can Rise network for hiring.

Our Guiding Principles

We are an interactive and supportive community guided by the following principles:

Journey

We are with you throughout your career progression and aspirations.

Collaboration

We freely share information with a belief that what’s good for one of us is good for all of us….the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Availability

A member of We Can Rise is always available to talk to you.

Connection

We draw on the collective wisdom of all of us to reach our goals.

Competition

We compete with ourselves to challenge and grow. We do not compete with one another as each one of us is on our own journey.
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Events

We’re constantly planning events to help women become the leaders they deserve to be. We hope to see you there.

Leadership —

Robin Toft

Chairwoman and Co-Founder

My Work

To date, my career can be divided into four exciting 10-year chapters: (1) A decade leading medical laboratories, (2) 10 years as the chart-topping sales gal in commercial biotech roles, (3) 10 years building an executive search firm to change the way cancer is treated in my lifetime, and (4) YAY, I AM HERE!! I plan to spend the next chapter using my experience to help women elevate their careers while working with men to build stronger companies. Together, We Can Rise!

My Life

Growing up as a proud Michigander, (go Green!) I developed a strong Midwestern work ethic, thanks to many positive role models in my family. Today, I’m an adventurous dog-mom, a joyful exercise and yoga enthusiast, and a passionate global citizen honed by my love for international travel. I’ve lived all across the beautiful USA, from Michigan to San Francisco, from North Carolina to Oahu and Kauai, but I proudly call San Diego my home.

Why I Co-founded We Can Rise

I know from firsthand experience that the most competitive companies really want to employ women for a number of reasons. And there’s a talent shortage. I believe that helping women fast-track their careers is the answer. My goal is to build a movement that helps women - and men who care about women – to change the world.

My Favorite Quote

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

Ron Gianotti

CEO and Co-founder

My Work

I’ve worked in the life sciences segment all of my adult life. Nearly half that time was spent in executive leadership positions, from CEO to Chairman and Founder. Through it all I had the good fortune of working with exceptionally talented and diverse teams in the US and internationally.

My Life

I was born in the San Francisco area and raised, along with my three siblings, by an incredible single mother. Now I’m the proud father of a son and two daughters, each starting their adult career journey. In my spare time, I enjoy sprint triathlons because I love the culture of the sport and the sense of personal accomplishment it brings. I’m driven to learn and I enjoy reading novels whenever I can. Oh, and I have a sweet tooth for caramels.

Why I Co-founded We Can Rise

Simply put, I want the business world to be a better place for you and for my son and daughters. While I have benefited from male and female mentors, I see this as a huge opportunity to give back. Please take advantage of the rare combination of experience and wisdom we’ve assembled in this WCR team.

My Favorite Quote

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pam Gleason

Vice President, Community

My Work

I’ve spent the majority of my career in consulting and leadership HR roles in the life sciences industry focused on organizational development, talent acquisition and advancement, and employee relations. I’m naturally drawn to organizations and causes that aim to remove systemic structures that are unintentionally biased and am always a strong advocate for the under-represented.

My Life

A mother, wife, and executive, I’ve been married for over 25 years and I’m blessed to be raising two compassionate sons. As an avid yogi, reader, baker, cook, and international traveler, I’ve explored Tibet, Nepal, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, France, England, Italy, and Amsterdam, to name a few. I love people, experiencing different cultures, and living in the moment.

Why I Joined We Can Rise

I personally understand the struggles of being a working mom trying to have, be, and do it all. When a friend connected me to Robin and Ron, I was immediately drawn to their positive energy and their unique philosophical approaches to help women. This, combined with my innate desire to help people create a life they love, makes We Can Rise the perfect place for me.

My Favorite Quote

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

La Mer Walker

Advisor

My Work

My career path is quite branched. I’ve been an architect, a creative director in advertising and television, a digital innovation principal at Boston Consulting Group, a feature-film producer, and a co-founder of a professional community. Along the way, both female and male mentors have shown me what true collaboration can do. This all led me here, to help We Can Rise build a brighter future for all.

My Life

Hailing from Louisiana, I’m a college and Olympic sports fanatic. I’m passionate about design and visual innovation and I love to travel. My favorite city in the world is London – it’s a creative crossroads and a constant inspiration for me. I call Southern California home, and now with remote video adoption, I maintain relationships with friends around the world who enrich my perspective every day.

Why I Joined We Can Rise

I have four sisters, each with their own daughters. When I think of their futures, as well as all the female colleagues and employees I’ve been fortunate enough to work with, I can’t help but feel committed to ensuring they enjoy the same opportunities I’ve had. We Can Rise is a platform to do just that. Count me in.

My Favorite Quote

“Less, but better.” – Dieter Rams