The Carlson Funds Enterprise at the Carlson School will host the 2nd annual Conversation on Gender Balance in Finance where attendees will examine the evolving role women play in the workplace, how organizations can achieve gender balance, and what men can do to be part of the solution. Sharon McCollam, chief administrative and chief financial officer of Best Buy, will deliver the keynote address at the event, to be held on October 7 at 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Carlson School. Tickets are available at a discounted rate for attendees who register in advance and is free for students.

Register now to join the conversation, network with fellow professionals, hear from a dynamic national keynote speaker, and learn from Catalyst, a leading authority on creating inclusive workplaces through research, creative tools and events. According to Catalyst, "We invite women, men, and organizations to join with us in building the inclusion that will make business, society, and lives change for the better." After the Catalyst presentation, attendees will be able to participate in an engaging Q&A session with a panel of local finance professionals.

The Carlson School of Management is committed to providing women with opportunities and resources to enrich their professional careers and help them to thrive in leadership roles in finance. The purpose of this event is to continue the conversation about opportunities for the finance industry through a higher level of gender balance. Men are encouraged to attend this event as well.

About the keynote

Sharon McCollam joined Best Buy in December 2012 and was previously executive vice president, chief operating and chief financial officer of Williams-Sonoma Inc. She received the Bay Area CFO of the year Life time Achievement Award in 2012. She has navigated through some challenging times for Best Buy and has wowed Wall Street with her track record of successful business transformations.