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February C-Sweet Business Roundtable

  • 2 Feb 2023
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Zoom


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Join us for a highly interactive, monthly Zoom event, facilitated by C-Sweet Members for the C-Sweet community. The C-Sweet Business Roundtable allows you to deepen relationships with other C-Sweet members.

C-Sweet Business Roundtable
We meet for 90 minutes once per month.

Thursday, February 2nd

7:30am PST/ 10:30 am EST

This event is open to ALL!

Session Format:
7:30 am Welcome & general catch up
7:45 am: Icebreaker and introductions
8:00 am Member presentation begins
8:45 am Needs, Deals and Wants

Program wraps by 9 am sharp!

Confidence Trumps Competence

Is competence or confidence more important? This question comes up repeatedly, both in the context of leadership and in the context of gender — and you likely have a clear opinion of which one you favor. 

Karen Clark will discuss the following: 

  • Our society is built to grow men’s confidence and marginalize women. This phenomenon begins to show up statistically in junior high school.
  • Girls begin to shrink back; and this shrinking carries into adulthood.
  • Confidence trumps competence in our society; confidence is the foundation for success and the key to shaking the imposter syndrome.
  • That’s why men for instance, are more comfortable applying for a job with 50% of the qualifications; but women feel they need 90-100%.
  • What is your confidence level and how do you increase it?

    Join us for this exciting event today!

    Meet the Speaker

    Karen  A. Clark

    SVP at City National Bank / CEO of TheKarenA

    Karen A. Clark serves as the Multicultural Strategy and Business Dev. Manager at City National Bank; and a member of CEO’s DEI task force.

    Karen develops marketing and business development strategies for diverse communities. She launched the bank’s first enterprise-wide mentoring program; first digital business influencer campaign; and unconscious bias training program. Karen manages the bank’s 10 ERGs; which produce an average of 60 programs annually to advance and enhance cultural education; inclusion and belonging.

    2005 – 2010, U.S. Bank - Karen launched the multicultural marketing department. 2000 – 2005, Operation HOPE, Inc. – Karen built a development department; raising $4 and 6 million per year with CEO. 1989 – 2000, Karen worked at Bank of America in commercial real estate construction lending; and four years in international corporate diversity.

    Karen is a coach on personal branding & confidence, inclusive leadership; and financial fitness. Additionally, Karen is a commercial actor, singer - songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. The 2nd album, the Karen A. Clark Project, is available on iTunes; the 3rd will be released in 2022. She is also co- owner of The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center.

    Education - Bachelor’s degree, economics, California State University, Sacramento; Columbia Business School, digital marketing 2019; Harvard Business School, strategic marketing management 2016.

    Awards – 2022 - Shirley Chisolm award - National Congress of Black Women; DEI Professional of the Year, finalist - LA Business Journal.

    2021 - Proven Achievers - KHLH radio.

    2020 - President’s Award - Forgiving for Living.

    2019 Champion of Leadership - Black Women Lawyers Association;

    Leadership - Association Corporate Council; Diversity Leadership - National Diversity Council; Corporate Board Leader - National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses.

    Under Ms. Clark’s leadership, City National ranked among Forbes’ “Best Employers for Diversity” from 2018 to 2020; and “Best Employers for Women” 2019 - 2020.

    Notable board service 

    President – Educating Young Minds  

    Financial Education Director – Bill Duke Media Foundation  Treasurer – PCR small business advisory 

    Member at Large – Streetlights PA training program  Secretary – L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival  

    Corporate Member:  

    Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Hills Chamber of CommerceAsian Business Association, Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, Korean American Chamber of Commerce, Korea Society

    *** Check your calendars carefully!  All event fees are non-refundable. Replays are available for C-Sweet Members only. ***

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