2011 Executive Forum

2011 Executive Forum: Biographies

Lead Facilitator

Christie Hardwick

Christie Hardwick has more than 25 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and grass root-organizing efforts. She holds a master's degree in organizational development, is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and an executive member of the Women's Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Christie is the immediate past president of the National Board of Directors for the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network. Christie has held executive positions in change management, human resources and organizational efficiency for technology companies. She is a speaker in a variety of forums, and provides strategic thinking and personal guidance services to several clients across the United States.


Rayona Sharpnack

In 1991, Rayona founded the Institute for Women’s Leadership, an organization known for its groundbreaking work throughout the United States, Australia and Canada.  Drawing from her successful careers in education, professional sports and business, Rayona’s masterful approach as a coach and educator helps her take very complex theoretical concepts and distill them down to poignant, relevant and easily accessible learning distinctions. Widely considered a pioneer in this field, Rayona has become an inspirational teacher, coach and mentor for executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging businesses and non-profit organizations. Her book, Trade Up: 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership & Life from the Inside Out, has enjoyed great success with individuals and organizations across the U.S. She is also one of several featured authors of the ground-breaking book, Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. More than 20,000 professionals from Fortune 500 companies have relied on Rayona and the Institute for Women’s Leadership to produce breakthrough results both at work and in their personal lives.


Julie Hogan

Julie A. Hogan is vice president of Xerox for the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is responsible for Xerox sales, technical services delivery, and professional services. During her 22 years at Xerox, Hogan’s roles have spanned the services business as well as the country. She joined Xerox as a customer services engineer, held various services operations management positions, and general management assignments to include strategy, planning, and technology infrastructure. Most recently, she served as vice president, Xerox Services for the Pacific Region. Prior to joining Xerox in 1987, Hogan served in the United States Navy providing technical support for classified defense computer systems and intelligence projects. Hogan was awarded her master’s degrees in business administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2001. She attended the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2004. Additionally, she is a Xerox Lean Six Sigma certified green belt. Hogan is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She currently resides in San Ramon, California with her partner Allison. Hogan is a jazz & blues musician and when not playing the drums, she enjoys wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valley.

Scott Beth

Scott Beth joined Intuit in March of 2003 and is the Vice President of Finance Operations.  In this role, Scott is responsible for company-wide sourcing and purchasing including strategic supplier relationship management, cost and quality management, negotiations and contracting.  Scott is also responsible for Intuit’s Supply Chain and Quote-to-Cash procesess which include order management, physical and digital fulfillment, accounts receivable and credit/collections. Prior to joining Intuit, Scott held leadership positions at Agilent Technologies where he formed the procurement organization for the Hewlett-Packard spin-off as the Vice President of Procurement.  Prior to Agilent, Scott held a number of leadership positions in Hewlett-Packard over 23 years spanning engineering, information technology, supply chain management, procurement, quality and finance. Scott earned his BA in economics from Stanford University and serves on a number of boards and advisory committees including the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute.  Scott is also the Chair of Intuit’s Diversity Council.