Francine is a pioneer in the modern women’s movement. Her achievements demonstrate her strong commitment to supporting women’s success throughout her professional life.
Upon completion of her Ph.D. from Yale, Francine became one of the first two women on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. While there, she and her colleague, economist Myra Strober, organized the first conference for male executives on the importance of bringing women into the work environment.
After leaving Stanford, Francine became general manager of a professional non-profit repertory theatre, taking on responsibility for all aspects of its business operations. From there she moved into senior management roles at corporations such as Tandem Computers, Pac Bell and Ungermann–Bass.
Eventually, Francine decided to pursue the ambition that had originally motivated her to earn a Ph.D. – becoming a management consultant. She joined Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a Global Organization Manager, specializing in post-merger integration, globalization and corporate culture change. Her clients included Global 500 companies in high technology, finance, biotechnology, industrial goods, and pharmaceuticals.
In 2001, Francine left BCG to create F Gordon Group to realize her personal vision of integrated professional services – corporate coaching combined with organization consulting and training. Her mission: to improve companies’ effectiveness by improving interpersonal skills, leadership competency and organizational dynamics. Her special interests include enhancing creativity in individuals and organizations and fostering the development and advancement of women executives.
Francine has facilitated workshops in Japan on strategy and innovation. She also developed and facilitated seminars on innovation and entrepreneurship for Fulbright scholars from developing nations earning graduate degrees in the US. She teaches innovation at Infotech in Mexico (in conjunction with University of Texas – Dallas) as well as Stanford Continuing Studies [where she also offers workshops on confidence and risk-taking].
Combining her interests in women and innovation, Francine is currently writing a book on gender and innovation called Womennovation. She is the founder and chair of SVForum Tech Women and the organizer for TEDxBayAreaWomen. Francine is profiled in the book Innovation in a Reinvented World by Dee McCrorey (Wiley, 2011).