BlogHer Entrepreneurs '13 Speakers


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Aileen Lee
Founder, Cowboy VC
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Aileen Lee
Founder, Cowboy VC
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Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a digital seed-stage focused fund founded in 2012. Cowboy is the backer of companies including Brit & Co, JoyRide, Kease, NuOrder, nWay, StyleSeat, and True & Co.

She has also been at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers since 1999, where she helped back companies such as Bloom Energy, Blue Nile (NASDAQ: Nile), Callaway Digital Arts, Friendster (acquired by MOL Global), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, ShopKick, Tellme (Acquired by MSFT), and Zazzle. She was also founding CEO of RMG Networks (formerly Danoo), the leading digital out-of-home media network backed by KPCB and DAG.

Prior to joining KPCB, Aileen worked at Gap Inc. in various operating roles. She has a Bachelor of Science from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She is also a mom of 3 plus a rowdy young dog, and the wife of a seed-stage entrepreneur/technologist.

Ali Wasti
Vice President, Azure Capital Partners
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Ali Wasti
Vice President, Azure Capital Partners
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Ali Wasti is a Vice President at Azure Capital Partners, specializing in cloud infrastructure, enterprise, communications, SaaS and mobile technologies. He serves as a Board Observer for Breaktime Studios, GetSatisfaction and Switchfly.

Prior to joining Azure, Ali was a successful technology executive and investor. He has over 10 years of operating experience in various leadership roles. He most recently worked as a business development executive at IBM with global responsibility to grow IBM’s Information Management and Analytics software businesses. In this capacity, he helped launch IBM’s OEM software business and led deals with companies of all sizes worldwide. In the past, he has held product management and senior development positions in enterprise software. Ali has also spent time at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he focused on enterprise and cloud infrastructure investments. Ali started his career at Belzberg Technologies, helping build the real-time financial software company's support infrastructure.

Ali holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he won the Venture Capital Investment Competition, was the CFO of the VC/PE club and was the Assistant Producer of the HBS Show. Ali received his B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude from McMaster University. Follow Ali on twitter at @awasti.

Alicia Navarro
CEO and Co-Founder of Skimlinks

Alicia Navarro became an entrepreneur at an early age, with several ventures under her belt before Skimlinks. She studied technology, earning the university medal for Computing Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She worked for over 10 years with a series of telcos, media companies and startups, designing and launching mobile and internet-based applications in Australia and the UK. She eventually launched Skimbit, a company offering social decision-making tools, in London in 2007. The following year, at the heart of the financial crisis, she pivoted Skimbit into Skimlinks, after users and investors showed interest in the automated affiliate marketing technology she’d developed to monetize her site. She now splits her time between London and San Francisco.

Since 2007, Alicia has grown the company to over 60 employees across offices in London, San Francisco and soon, Tokyo; has raised $10m in venture capital funding; and last year, drove annual retail sales of $500M.

Alicia's vision for Skimlinks is to see online publishers rewarded for the role they play in informing purchase decisions, by removing the technical and administrative complexities that hamper would-be affiliates. This, she believes, will help evolve affiliate marketing into a mainstream ubiquitous revenue model.

Amalia Miller
Marketing at Media Camp

Amalia Miller is Marketing Project Manager for Turner Broadcasting managing all initiatives related to the Media Camp accelerator program.

Before joining Turner, Amalia led N. America/APAC marketing for SaaS security start-up ScanSafe (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2009), driving digital marketing programs, lead generation, channel marketing with VARs and white label partners AT&T, Sprint and Google, and hundreds of events.

Previously, she managed multiple accounts at boutique PR/advertising agencies serving big brands such as Dolby and PerriconeMD as well as early-stage technology start-ups including SoonR, Appistry and Aster Data Systems. With nearly a decade of experience working in technology, her passion lies in helping early stage companies.

Amalia has a BS in Cognitive Science with Computing specialization and a BA in Musicology from UCLA.

Amanda Pouchot
Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer of Levo League

Amanda is co-founder and Chief Community Officer of Levo League, the first professional network designed to inspire and enable Gen Y women to build amazing careers. Pouchot graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with a BA in Sociology. Her interest in organizational psychology and understanding of academic business research on women’s issues led her to the pursuit of elevating women in the leadership pipeline. While at McKinsey, Amanda spearheaded a weekly Centered Leadership reader for the women of the company, for which she was thanked in Joanna Barsh's How Remarkable Women Lead. At Levo League, Pouchot drives community growth, user engagement, and research as well as company relationships. She launched the Ask For More workshop to over 1000 Gen Y women and she also led the creation of the #Ask4More campaign around Equal Pay Day 2012, which can be found at

Amy Banse
Managing Director and Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures; Senior Vice President, Comcast Corporation
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Amy Banse
Managing Director and Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures; Senior Vice President, Comcast Corporation
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Amy Banse serves as managing director and head of funds, Comcast Ventures and senior vice president, Comcast Corporation. Prior to this role, she was president of Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast responsible for developing Comcast’s online strategy and operating Comcast’s digital properties, including Fandango, and Banse joined Comcast in 1991 and spent the early part of her career overseeing the development of Comcast's cable network portfolio. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard and a juris doctor from Temple University School of Law.

Amy Gips
Founding Managing Partner
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Amy Gips
Founding Managing Partner
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Amy Gips is the Founding Managing Partner of Astia Angel, an angel investor network comprised of male and female angel investors that invests in women-led, high-growth businesses. In addition, Amy aids in the investment activity of all Astia companies, including deal flow management, due diligence and investor relations.

As an experienced investor, Amy has invested in debt and equity in companies at various stages across multiple industries. She has spent most of her career working at credit and private equity funds. Amy previously worked at PennantPark Investment Advisers and DLJ Investment Partners (Credit Suisse) focusing on providing debt and equity financing to middle market companies. In addition, Amy worked in investment banking at Jefferies.

Amy has focused on investing in women-led ventures as an angel investor with Investors’ Circle and a Fellow with Criterion Ventures.

Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad
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Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad
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Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.

Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. Ann received a BA in mathematics and in business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas.

Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, Karmasphere, MuleSoft, Sonatype, Star Analytics and Voltage Security. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas. Ann is an advisor to numerous entrepreneur groups, as well as Director and former Chairperson of SV Forum.

Anna Zornosa
Founder & CEO, Ruby Ribbon

Anna Zornosa’s career has included leadership positions at start-ups as well as large public companies. She founded Ruby Ribbon Inc., funded by Trinity Ventures and Mohr Davidow partners, in September 2011 as an apparel company whose unique products are available only through social commerce.

Ruby Ribbon, with a presence in 30+ states, grows by offering women an opportunity to build their own businesses using a scalable “pop-up” retail model. Zornosa’s experience prior to Ruby Ribbon includes: Executive Vice President of the Cobalt Group and General Manager of it’s Dealix Division (2008 – 2011); Vice President – Yahoo! (2005- 2008); Chief Marketing Officer, Knight Ridder Digital (2003 – 2005) and CEO, Topica, Inc. (2000 – 2003.) She currently serves on the Board of Ruby Ribbon and was formerly a Board member for the Online Publishers Association and Topica, Inc. She serves as an Advisor to several start-ups including; Bon Faire; Motista, Inc;; and Chloe and Isabel.

Zornosa has received many awards for her work, including being named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley Business Journal, May 2011); one of the Top 100 Influential women in the automotive industry (Automotive News, September, 2010) and the “Innovator Of the Year” award from TargusInfo (2009.) She has both a Masters and Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin and lives in Burlingame, CA with her family.

Barb Dybwad
Head of Creator Partnerships, Recurrency

Barb Dybwad champions the triumph of creativity over bureaucracy as the Head of Creator Partnerships at Recurrency, a crowdfunding startup dedicated to galvanizing ongoing financial support for creators and changemakers of all stripes. She’s enjoyed a multi-hat wearing decade and a half of what some might call a career on the internet, cutting her teeth first as a web developer and next as one of the first professional tech bloggers back when dinosaurs and RSS feeds still roamed the Earth.

She launched 2 national consumer technology event series as the Director of Business Development at Engadget as well as managing the brand’s takeover of the official Best of CES Awards, and has held editorial leadership and strategy roles as VP of Content at Tecca, Senior Tech Editor at Mashable, Senior Editor at Engadget, Director of Production at Crowd Fusion, Producer at Joystiq, founder of WoW Insider and Massively, and Editor-in-Chief of the Social Software Weblog. Her work has appeared in Forbes,, CNN, ABC News, USA Today, and Yahoo News among others.

Barb is a musician, traveler, and aspiring philosopher who recently fled the brogrammers of the Bay area for the daydreamers of Los Angeles, CA.

Carolyn Mo
Attorney, Cooley LLP

Carolyn is an Associate in Cooley LLP's Business Department and a member of the firm's Emerging Companies practice group. She is a resident in the San Francisco office. Carolyn's practice focuses on representing emerging technology and high growth companies, and the venture capital investors that support them. Carolyn regularly assists clients in general business and corporate matters, including formation and financing activities, mergers and acquisitions, spin-outs, corporate governance, SEC compliance, and general day-to-day business matters.

Prior to practicing law, Carolyn spent several years working in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York.

Carolyn received her JD, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2005. While in law school, she served as a lead articles editor for the San Diego Law Review. Carolyn received her BA, with honors, in economics and her BS Minor in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Carolyn is a member of the State Bar of California.

Catherine Berman
Senior Vice President, ASTIA

Catherine Berman is Senior Vice President of Astia. She currently oversees Astia’s portfolio of women-led ventures and drives the organization’s entrepreneurial offering. Catherine has worked with venture-backed companies since 2000 and has worked with over 150 woman-led startups.

Over the past decade Catherine co-founded several successful mission-driven ventures, including the Information Technology Consortium, Deloitte Center for Leadership & Community, and most recently Global Brigades – the world’s largest student development organization. Prior to joining Astia, Catherine maintained a host of management positions including CEO, GB Panama, Director of Marketing at Redefining Progress, Strategy and Operations Manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, and Vice President of Evins Communications, LLC. Her international work experience spans from India to Israel with extensive work in Central and South America.

Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and received her MBA from Oxford University, England, where she founded the Oxford Women in Business Network.

Christine Herron
Director of Intel Capital

Christine Herron is a Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur. She is currently a Director with Intel Capital, a Venture Advisor at 500 Startups, and an advisor to StartX. Her current Intel investments include 500 Friends, Ark, betaworks, Funders Club, Hangtime, Jelli, LikeIt, NewAer, SmartZip, Storenvy, and Yummly.

Previously, Christine was a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, where she worked with companies such as BillFloat, Double Verify, Get Satisfaction, Mint, and Xobni. As a Director at Omidyar Network, she developed the Media practice strategy and led deals such as Common Sense Media and Socialtext.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Christine was the VP of Marketing for Mission Research, which develops small business CRM solutions. Earlier, Christine was the founder and CEO of Mercury2, a SaaS developer of international e-commerce applications. She also managed developer and design tools at NetObjects, and internet servers at Microsoft.

Christine started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she focused on early Internet infrastructure and network management software. Her investments there included Netcom Online Communications, AXON Networks, D-Vision Systems, ViaGrafix, and FocusVision. In each case, Geocapital was the initial professional investor and helped to bring the company to a dominant market position.

Christine serves on the advisory boards for 500 Startups, Rebel Unit Media, Roominate, and StartX, and is a frequent speaker. Her angel investments include Roominate, Supply Hog, and Tokyo Otaku Mode. She has also served on the Nonprofit Technology Conference (N-TEN), Typepad, and Web 2.0 Expo advisory boards and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Board of Directors. Christine earned her MBA at Stanford University, and her BA in English at Columbia University, Columbia College.

Cindy Padnos
Founding Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures

Cindy Padnos is the founder and managing director of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B cloud computing. Current investments and board seats include BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla and Xactly Corporation. Honored as one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, and as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area in 2011, Cindy has been helping accelerate emerging technology companies for over 25 years. She has raised and deployed more than $100M in venture funding to launch dozens of innovative start-ups and bring them to successful outcomes. Cindy is an advisor to Astia and Project Olympus and is a member of the Business Board of Advisors for Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Deborah Jackson
Founder and CEO, Plum Alley

After graduating from Columbia Business School and joining Goldman Sachs, Deborah spent 21 years on Wall Street before founding Plum Alley, an e-commerce and crowdfunding site for women's innovation. Also a Founder of the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in women-founded mobile tech companies, Deborah's initiatives and properties all have a common goal: to champion women to become builders of technology, companies and their own wealth.

Deborah is a frequent speaker, and judge for many events around innovation, women, technology, crowdfunding and entrepreneurship. She was recently named a top influencer in the crowdfunding industry, and in the past year, has spoken for the Texas, Boston, and Philadelphia Conferences for Women; Blogher Entrepreneurs; Harvard Business School; Columbia Women in Business; Wharton Women in Business; Womensphere; We Festival; and 85 Broads. Her accolades include Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women in 2012, 40 Women to Watch in 2013 and Plum Alley being named by Forbes as a company to watch in 2014.

Deborah has served on numerous governmental, charitable and national non-profit boards during the last 20 years such as Legal Momentum, Heart and Soul Charitable Fund, and French American Aid for Children.

Her achievements have been recognized in publications and organizations including: Fast Company, League of Extraordinary Women, August 2012; Forbes, Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs, August 2012; Columbia Venture Community CVC 30 list, November 2011; Mashable 44 Female Founders to Know, August 2012. Additionally, Deborah has served as a judge for numerous competitions including Startup Weekend, Technovation, Columbia Social Entrepreneurs,, Columbia Business Odyssey and Women 2.0.

Diana L. Williams
Co-founder & VP of Product, JOYUS

Diana L. Williams is the Co-founder and Vice President of Product at JOYUS, where she oversees our end-to-end customer experience. She is responsible for the company’s product strategy, user experience, and site design. Prior to joining JOYUS, Williams was Director of Product Management at eBay, Inc. During her tenure at eBay, she created the first vertical experience on and led product strategy and feature execution for eBay’s $7+ billion fashion vertical. Diana also led the Merchandising product team, which created eBay’s first merchandising algorithm platform and personalization service. Diana holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Eileen Gittins
Founder and CEO of Blurb
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Eileen Gittins
Founder and CEO of Blurb
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Eileen Gittins has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, imaging systems, search, and digital photography throughout her 20+ year career. A passionate advocate for enabling technologies that offer new ways to do valuable things, Eileen is now disrupting the publishing industry as the founder and CEO of Blurb, a creative platform that enables anyone to design, share, and sell beautiful print and digital books.

Since launching in 2006, Eileen has led Blurb from a start-up to a high-growth company, reaching profitability in two and a half years of product availability. With over 2 million registered users, nearly 1 million unique book titles, and a global footprint that extends to more than 70 countries, Blurb continues to grow even amidst challenging economic times. At its peak volume in 2009, Blurb produced more book titles in two minutes than a mid-sized publisher would produce in a year.

In 2010, Eileen won Best CEO in the under $100MM revenue category in the Tech Innovations Awards (sponsored by the San Francisco Business Times) and was a semi-finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2011.

Ekaterina Walter
Social Media Innovator at Intel and bestselling author of "Think Like Zuck"
Ekaterina Walter
Social Media Innovator at Intel and bestselling author of "Think Like Zuck"

Ekaterina Walter is a social media strategist and innovator at Intel. She is an author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg”.

A recognized business and marketing thought leader, she is a sought-after speaker and a regular contributor to leading-edge print and online publications. She has been featured in a number of prestigious publications and in 2012 was named among 25 Women Who Rock Social Media. She sits on a Board of Directors of Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and is an active member of the Thunderbird Global Council at Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research for the company and with her leadership, the BlogHer conference business has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to five diverse events that will host over 4,000 attendees in 2011. With more than 3,000 attendees expected at this year’s annual conference alone, the flagship event is the largest conference for women social media leaders in the world and has been described as “ComicCon for women who blog” by Variety magazine.

Elisa’s other major focus is to bring the story of BlogHer and the influence of the women in its community, to life via research, helping BlogHer’s customers glean critical insights about how women connect, share and behave online and off.  Elisa’s work leading BlogHer’s consumer insights team, as well as marketing and public relations, has resulted in coverage and profiles from many of the leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life in recent keynotes at Marketing to Women, MediaBistro Circus, Fem 2.0, New Communications Forum, BlogPaws and WOMMA Marketing Summit and sessions at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Before bringing her marketing expertise to the Internet industry, Elisa was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Her last corporate position was as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed a team of product managers and five product lines.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has been honored as an NCWIT Hero.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute. A native of the Bay Area, she lives in San Jose with her software developer husband.

Elisa Steele
Chief Marketing Officer at Skype and Corporate Vice President, Skype Division at Microsoft
Elisa Steele
Chief Marketing Officer at Skype and Corporate Vice President, Skype Division at Microsoft

Elisa Steele has shaped brands; run integrated marketing campaigns; and been a powerful champion for customers and their needs over more than two decades in Silicon Valley. She has distinguished herself with creative ideas that grab attention and a focus on optimizing systems and teams to deliver business results in reputation, reach, engagement, and revenue. Elisa’s experience runs the gamut from the enterprise to the consumer and from systems and infrastructure to online services for the home and office.

As Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Skype, a division of Microsoft, Elisa leads marketing for Skype. In this role, she oversees Skype’s global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities. She reports to Skype President Tony Bates and is based at Skype’s office in Palo Alto. Elisa is tasked with promoting, protecting and growing one of the best loved brands in the world.

Elisa joined Skype after serving as EVP and chief marketing officer at Yahoo!. During her time at Yahoo!, she was responsible for the company’s global marketing strategy and functions including brand, consumer, business-to-business, research and insights, communications, policy, privacy, and regional marketing.

Prior to Yahoo!, she was senior vice president of corporate marketing at NetApp. Before NetApp, Elisa led Sun’s integrated marketing and merchandising organization. Her experience includes marketing management positions at iPlanet eCommerce Solutions and JavaSoft. She was also a sales leader at AT&T for several years, producing revenue growth nationally and managing diverse sales organizations.

In addition to her role at Skype, Elisa currently serves on the Board of Directors of RMG Networks and the Advisory Boards to the consumer Internet companies CareZone and Eyeona. In 2009, Advertising Age named her a “Woman to Watch”. Elisa’s global marketing teams have been recognized in the industry for excellence in branding, innovation, convergence and experiences. She is also a strong advocate of Women in Technology programs and is on the Forbes Executive Women advisory board. Elisa is passionate about education and participates in various community and school programs in her local community.

Elisa holds a master’s of business administration degree from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Ellen Pack
VP/General Manager, Common Sense Media

Ellen Pack is Vice President/General Manager of Common Sense Media, the largest, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. She has more than 20 years’ experience launching and growing online products and services. In the early 1990’s, Ellen founded and grew it into the largest Internet destination for women. After a successful IPO, merged with iVillage (now owned by NBC). After, Ellen bought Town & Country Resources, a regional home staffing agency in the Bay Area, which she helped expand and then sold successfully five years later in 2008. She went on to lead Marketing at Elance, where she helped businesses grow by hiring online talent. Ellen holds a BA in Economics from Columbia College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Emily Della Maggiora
Vice President, comScore

Emily Della Maggiora leads business development and strategic partnerships for comScore’s Digital Analytix practice within Media, Entertainment, Gaming and Technology sectors. Previously, as President of Treehouse Strategies, she conducted market research and developed business strategies for European and Fortune 500 businesses. During her tenure at The Nielsen Company, Emily was SVP, Nielsen Interactive Entertainment and delivered media measurement solutions for the interactive entertainment industry and emerging digital markets. Currently, Emily advises a number of tech startups, participates as a voting member of the Television Academy, serves as a program development Board Member for Digital Hollywood and in the non-profit space is on the Board of Directors and an Advisor to multiple non-profit organizations which support individuals lacking access to educational resources in the U.S. and abroad.

Erin Hunter
Global Head of CPG Marketing, Facebook

As Global Head of CPG Marketing for Facebook, Erin sets strategy for how the world’s largest global advertisers best leverage the world’s largest social marketing platform. She is a seasoned industry analyst, with a background in consumer packaged goods marketing, marketing research, statistical modeling, and media consulting.

Previously, Erin managed Custom Solutions for comScore, overseeing the Media, Technology, Retail, Travel and CPG businesses for the company. Before joining comScore in 1999, Erin spent eight years at MMA, a media consultancy where she used the company’s proprietary regression-based methodology to quantify the return on clients on investment in traditional marketing vehicles. Erin began her career at Procter & Gamble where she was responsible for the marketing research of many established brands in the Soap and Household Cleaning sectors, and then at Coors Brewing Company where she contributed to the growth of the Coors and Keystone brands.

Erin is also an avid motorcycle racer, having broken ten World and National Landspeed motorcycle records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and currently holding two Guinness Book World Records for her high-speed motorcycle racing accomplishments.

Heather Hiles
CEO & Founder, Pathbrite

Heather Hiles is the Founder and CEO of Pathbrite, a learning and career portfolio platform.

Heather has committed her life to closing education and employment achievement gaps for youth and adults. Her leadership experience spans more than 20 years, during which she has founded and led several private and public sector organizations, including: Commissioner, San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); Co-Founder, EARN (Individual Development Accounts program); CEO, SFWorks (NGO to place women from welfare into careers); and COO, Break the Cycle (K-3rd grade tutorial program). Heather received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her MBA from Yale University.

Heidi Roizen
Venture Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Heidi Roizen has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem – as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, and educator.

After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford, Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Heidi joined Apple as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. Heidi then entered the venture capital world, serving as Managing Director for Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007.

Today, Heidi is a Venture Partner at leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. She is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

Jacqueline Jones
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Kaplan Higher Education Group
Jacqueline Jones
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Kaplan Higher Education Group

Jacqueline Jones is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Kaplan University. She currently leads the development of new content and products which focus on enhancing career and educational skills. She is also responsible for creating strategic partnerships with key content and media partners, including Gallup, Harvard Publishing, Black Enterprise, BlogHer, and Forbes/Techonomy.

In her prior role as Executive Director of New Product Development, Ms. Jones led a process for the evaluation and launch of over 20 new degree programs and 16 certificates in rapidly growing fields such as healthcare, information technology, and education.

Prior to Kaplan University, Ms. Jones was Vice President of Strategic Business Planning/Market Research for Cable & Wireless. She has also worked at other premier Fortune 500 companies, including Clear Channel Communications, Prudential, IBM, and Accenture.

She has been a guest speaker at the ANA Multicultural Conference, Harvard Business School , Wharton School of Business, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and National Black MBA Conference. Her articles have appeared in several publications, including Black Enterprise and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ms. Jones is a former Fulbright Scholar. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wellesley College.

Jacqueline Linder
Founder and CEO, LunchBots

An entrepreneur with a passion for healthy living, Jacqueline Linder is the Founder and CEO of LunchBots, a line of stainless steel, eco-friendly food containers designed to reduce the use of plastic and inspire people to pack healthier meals. Her products are sold worldwide in retailers such as Whole Foods and Amazon, and have become the leading brand in a new category of healthy food containers.

Jacqueline worked at Apple developing product strategies and designing superb user experiences before following her passion for good eats on-the-go to launch LunchBots. In just four years, the LunchBots brand has grown to represent a community of people of all ages who share a love of healthy eating and eco-responsibility.

Jacqueline has a B.S. degree in Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her two boys have taught her a thing or two about how to encourage picky eaters to actually enjoy healthy foods!

Joanna Drake Earl
Former COO of DeNA

Joanna has been creating next-generation consumer content experiences at the intersection of media and technology for almost twenty years.

The common thread across her experiences – big companies and start-ups both – are her passionate belief that innovation and an underlying social mission can not only create companies people love to work for, but products and services that can actually change the way we think and engage with the world.

She is currently serving on advisory boards for entrepreneurial organizations, consulting on business models, market strategies and operational scaling.

Mostly recently,Joanna was COO for the Western operations of DeNA, Japan’s leading mobile entertainment company. She spearheaded the post-merger integration of acquired domestic mobile gaming phenomenon ngmoco, developed a new global planning process, and managed functions including Strategy, Data Analytics, Finance, HR, IT, and European territories.

Prior to DeNA, Joanna was a founding executive with Joel Hyatt and Al Gore of Current TV, the independent Emmy-award winning cable TV network. As an early pioneer of Social TV, the Network has been acknowledged by the media industry for many firsts; including the integration of Google, Yahoo, and Twitter feeds into live television broadcasts; viewer-created advertising campaigns (VCAM) for Fortune 100 companies such as Sony, L’Oreal, Pepsi and Samsung; and the first community-driven episodic television series (“Bar Karma”) co-produced with Sims creator Will Wright.

As the head of Current TV’s New Media, and eventual COO and Chief Strategy Officer,Joanna managed revenue and product divisions including Afffilate Relations, Advertising Sales, Marketing, Research, Public Relations, HR, Technology and Current TV’s European operations.

Before Current TV, she was involved with several Silicon Valley media technology ventures, including Moxi Digital (“Apple TV” a decade early), and ReacTV (the world’s first personalized video newscast service).

Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer

Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances and lead evangelist to top revenue partners. With Jory’s leadership, BlogHer has developed its own distinctive, brand of strategic partnership, helping to facilitate constructive dialogue between some of the world’s major brands and women who are social media leaders and their readers.

Jory frequently gives private presentations and training sessions to Fortune 500 companies and their internal and external strategy teams, bringing community insights and case studies directly to companies and agencies that are navigating the social media space. Leveraging her prior experience in both print and online media, Jory works within brand teams to deconstruct media models and to develop messaging and campaigns that resonate with bloggers, blog readers and brands.

BlogHer’s integrated sponsorship model, which combines live events and media channels, has grown to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site,, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

Jory is BlogHer’s representative on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Board of Directors, and serves on the advisory board of start-ups FeedBlitz and Juno Baby.   Jory also represents BlogHer at public speaking engagements, having keynoted such events as ad:tech Chicago and the Marketing to Moms Conference, and spoken on panels at events for the IAB, ANA, AMA and WOMMA and at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, BlogWorld Expo, the Monaco Media Forum, Girls in Tech and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Jory helped high-technology start-ups Pluck and Rojo develop the models to launch successful blog syndication initiatives and served as producer as Third Age transitioned from traditional web destination to a network of bloggers.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Jory lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jesse and their young daughters.

Kerryn Gerety

Kerryn has over nine years of experience in branding, public relations, media buying, and five-star event planning. She grew a small but established public relations agency a little over 400% in 2 years before opening her own boutique shop in 2007. Combining an abundance of luxury-lifestyle West Coast know-how with an East Coast upbringing and an athletic mindset, Kerryn’s secured-media stats tally in the multi-millions. She is stoked to be a part of the team for the dramatic changes it will bring to the areas of fund-raising and philanthropy.

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Kim Polese
Former CEO of SpikeSource and Co-Founder of Marimba

Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. Kim was the founding product manager for Java at Sun Microsystems and led its launch in 1995. She then co-founded Marimba Inc., which forged the first generation of systems management software for the Internet. Kim served as President, CEO and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering and acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004. She then served as CEO of SpikeSource Inc., a pioneer in automating open source software management which was acquired by Black Duck in November 2010. Earlier in her career, Kim worked on expert systems at IntelliCorp, helping Fortune 500 companies apply AI to solving complex business challenges. Ms. Polese earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle and holds an honorary doctorate from California State University. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on several boards including TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Public Policy Institute of California, University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, 415UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Long Now Foundation, and the Global Security Institute.

Laura Pincus Hartman
Professor (DePaul U.) and Board Chair, School of Choice (Haiti)
Laura Pincus Hartman
Professor (DePaul U.) and Board Chair, School of Choice (Haiti)

Laura Pincus Hartman is Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s College of Commerce. She is notable in her work in the field as well as scholarship for her unwavering commitment to the power of profitable partnerships between non-profits and traditional corporations in global poverty alleviation. Her work consistently demonstrates that effective and creative collaboration can generate fiscal value to multiple stakeholders and rise tides for all.

For her efforts, Hartman has received her university’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Spirit of DePaul Award, the Woman of Spirit Award in honor of St. Louise de Marillac, the University Public Service Award, the College Outstanding Service Award, and numerous university competitive research grants.

Previously, Hartman was Director of External Partnerships for Zynga.Org, through which Zynga players have contributed more than $14 million toward the both domestic and international social causes.

She currently serves as Board Chair of the School of Choice Education Organization, which established and now oversees L’Ecole de Choix, a truly unique tri-lingual elementary school in Haiti that offers a high quality education for children living in the most extreme conditions of poverty in Haiti with a focus on leadership development. (

From 2009 - 2011, she represented DePaul University on the Worldwide Vincentian Family’s Vincentian Board for Haiti, a committee responsible for hands-on design and implementation of a micro-development, finance and education system for people living in poverty in Haiti (including its online project,

Hartman has published over 80 cases, articles and books, with her most recent books by Cambridge University Press, "Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making: Mental Models, Milgram and the Problem of Obedience," just out in March. Her research and consulting efforts have also garnered national media attention by publications such as Fast Company, where she was named to its 2012 “League of Extraordinary Women,” and Fortune Small Business where she was named one of the “Top 10 Minds for Small Business,” as well as the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times. Other texts (authored or co-authored) include "Alleviating Poverty through Profitable Partnerships: Globalization, Markets & Economic Well-Being," and "Rising Above Sweatshops: Innovative Management Approaches to Global Labor Challenges."

Lauren Gelman
Founder, BlurryEdge Strategies

Lauren is an experienced attorney, frequent speaker and start-up advisor who has worked in the field of Internet law and policy since 1995. She is the founder of BlurryEdge Strategies, a legal and strategy consulting firm located in San Francisco that advises technology companies and investors on cutting-edge legal issues. Her clients include: Lookout Mobile Security, Nest Labs, Krux Digital, Trulia, Reddit, Github, Euclid Elements,, Wickr, as well as private and institutional angels and investors, researchers, non-profits, etc. She regularly participates on behalf of clients or as an expert in policy debates including NTIA mobile Notices, W3C Do Not Track, Smart Grid, identity management.

Lauren previously led the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and taught at the Law School and the Department of Engineering. Prior to that she worked in Washington DC on policy issues for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACM Public Policy Committee.

At Stanford Law School, Lauren taught Internet Privacy, Governance in Virtual Worlds, Advanced Cyberlaw and Fair Use, and Privacy and Free Speech Online. She helped found State of Play Academy (SOPA), a virtual world law and technology community, sat on the Board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) and served on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight Working Group at the Department of Homeland Security.

Lauren is the co-editor of Securing Privacy in the Internet Age, the author of Privacy, Free Speech and Blurry-Edged Social Networks published by the Boston College Law Review as well as dozens of other articles on Internet issues. Lauren received a B.S. in Biology and Society from Cornell University, an M.S. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The Elliott School George Washington University, and aw degree from Georgetown University. She is a member of the California Bar.

Lauren Maillian Bias
Founder and CEO, Luxury Market Branding

Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing and branding company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies.

Lauren is the founder of an award-winning and nationally recognized wine brand that she created at 19 years old, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer from inception until the company was acquired in 2011.

Lauren often speaks about entrepreneurship, female leadership, marketing, branding, business development and early stage venture at various conferences. She has spoken at prestigious institutions including Harvard, Columbia University, Cornell and the University of Virginia. She is a large supporter of entrepreneurship and judges the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) business plan competition and the incoming classes of Start Up Chile, an incubator program in support of entrepreneurship sponsored by the Chilean Government. Lauren is actively involved in several startups as an advisor and is a mentor to the Pipeline Fellowship and the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator.

Lauren’s work has been featured in national media outlets including Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, UPTOWN Magazine, Business Insider, Fast Company and Black Enterprise. In 2011, Lauren was recognized at The White House by the Kauffman Foundation and received an Empact100 Award, which lists the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30.

Lauren is very involved in various philanthropic organizations that affect youth, poverty, education, and the arts and is a Lifetime Member of the Children’s Aid Society.

Lauren has a Bachelors of Science, Magnum Cum Laude, in International Trade and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lauren has lived in 3 countries and speaks three languages. She currently resides in Manhattan, New York with her two children, Jayden Christopher, and Chloe Giselle.

Laurie Yoler
SVP Business Development, Qualcomm
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Laurie Yoler
SVP Business Development, Qualcomm
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Laurie Yoler has been helping innovative technology companies grow for over twenty five years as an executive, advisor, investor and board member. She has served on the boards of public companies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.

She currently serves as SVP Business Development for Qualcomm. She was previously a founding Managing Director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, helping entrepreneurs to build strategic alliances, complete M&A transactions and raise capital. Prior to that, Yoler was chief development officer at Intellectual Ventures, exploring invention and investment opportunities in a wide variety of technology areas ranging from software, semiconductors, electronic devices, consumer products, lasers, biotechnology and medical devices.

Yoler has been an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products, both from within large companies like Visa, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture, and as one of a small group of founders/investors of a new entrepreneurial venture with a radical idea like Tesla Motors, DNA Direct, and Packet Design.

Yoler currently serves on the board of advisors of Tesla Motors, the board of directors of the Washington State University Research Foundation, and the advisory boards of Scripted, Curious, and Silicon Valley Comes to UK. She previously served on the board of directors of Tesla Motors since its founding, the public company Interactive Investor (until it was acquired by AMP), the advisory board of DNA Direct (acquired by Medco), and the technical advisory board of Index Ventures.

Lila Ibrahim
Investment Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Lila Ibrahim joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2010, working across the firm's digital and greentech portfolios. Lila currently leads KPCB's business development efforts, key partnerships and strategic initiatives for the firm and KPCB's portfolio companies while serving as the chief of staff for John Doerr.

Outside of KPCB, Lila is the co-founder of Team4Tech, a non-profit organization established in 2012 to improve education in developing countries through innovative technology solutions. The Team4Tech project is an outgrowth of Lila's Henry Crown Fellowship, an entrepreneurial leadership program at the Aspen Institute.

Before joining KPCB, Lila had a diverse 18-year career with Intel Corp. Most recently, she led the start-up business of Intel's Emerging Markets Product Group. Based in China, she was responsible for the ethnographic research, engineering development and marketing of products focused on global education. Under Lila's leadership, more than 50 countries deployed the education solutions, creating hundreds of local jobs and improving the lives and potential of millions of students. Lila joined Intel in 1990 as a design engineer for the Pentium® processor. During her tenure, she held a variety of technical, marketing and management positions, including assignments in Japan to enable DVD standards for the PC industry and in the Asia Pacific region to pioneer the global expansion of Intel's premier developer program. Lila also served as chief of staff to former Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, a position in which she facilitated the technical, program and public aspects of his role with Intel and the United Nations. During this time, Lila led the Digital Village Initiative to deliver technology projects that advanced entrepreneurship, health, education and e-governance from the Amazon to Africa.

Based on her business and community service leadership, Lila was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Lila has received national recognition from the Anita Borg Institute (Women of Vision, 2010); VARBusiness (Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the Channel, 2008); and Purdue University (Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer, 2010). She was also featured on the cover of ForbesWoman for her role promoting women in technology (2009). Over the past decade, Lila has established and sustained three computer labs at the orphanage in Lebanon where her father was raised. Lila earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, where she continues to guest lecture.

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at As principal architect of BlogHer’s distributed, cross-platform media business, Lisa developed innovative models for profitable, premium online media, and for recognizing and compensating a new wave of content creators.

Lisa has shepherded the company to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site,, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa began developing new social media business models during her tenure as the first Internet journalist awarded a coveted Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2002. Lisa first blogged as part of her 2004 election coverage for the Los Angeles Times, the same year she developed and launched the first sponsored blog network for Lisa’s expertise and vision has led to numerous innovations in the social media space.

Prior to the Nieman Fellowship, Lisa was among the early drivers of some of the most successful online communities and interactive programming for women. As the executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for, Lisa grew the 18-channel network to a Top 30 site and oversaw all original programming and the development and integration of content community initiatives with Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO’s Sex and the City, Bloomberg, and Gallup and Knight Ridder. 

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award.

Lisa has been honored among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2010), the Most Powerful Moms in Media by Working Mother Magazine (2010), AlwaysOn Top 25 Women in Tech (2009) and the Influencers of Silicon Valley by the San Jose Mercury (2009). She is a frequent speaker at leading industry events, including the Montgomery Technology Conference, Online News Association Annual Conference, EconWomen Summit, Fairchild|WWD Summit, Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, Supernova and the AlwaysOn Summit.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Lisa is a member of the Advisory Boards for both the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communications. She lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Liz Kaplow
CEO, President, and Founder, Kaplow

Liz Kaplow founded Kaplow Communications in 1991 after an extensive career in beauty, fashion, consumer health and lifestyle public relations. Under Liz’s leadership, Kaplow has developed a national reputation for implementing original strategies that go beyond traditional public relations for category-leading clients including Unilever, the Avon Foundation, CVS/pharmacy, Target and Timex.

Liz partners with clients to shepherd public relations campaigns that meet and exceed client objectives while capturing the attention of the media and consumers. Liz’s outstanding rapport with top journalists and producers has helped the firm earn unprecedented national coverage for its clients.

Liz’s trademark approach to the client-agency relationship and her hands-on involvement in every campaign had earned Kaplow many awards and honors, including the prestigious Consumer Agency of The Year award as well as a place on the list of Best Agencies to Work for from the Holmes Report in 2011.

Liz serves on the Board of Directors of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and is President Elect of New York Women in Communications, the leading professional organization for women in communications.

Lorena Flores Chatterjee
Co-Founder of Leap Commerce

Lorena Flores Chatterjee is a co-founder and VP of Marketing at Leap Commerce. Leap Commerce is a leading social mobile commerce platform driving deeper consumer engagement and increasing conversions for retailers and brands.

Prior to founding Leap Commerce, Lorena spent over 15 years leading and managing staffing and operations as an executive at global and early stage companies including Hara, Sitesmith (acquired by MFN Abovenet),  Agile (acquired by Oracle), Adobe, and other high technology companies . Most recently, Lorena served as VP of Talent at Hara, funded by KPCB and JAFCO, a leading energy and environmental SAAS company. Lorena currently serves on the board of Latino Startup Alliance. Lorena is a graduate of the UC Berkeley.

Mary Dent
General Counsel
Mary Dent is SVB Financial Group's general counsel. In addition to her responsibilities for leading the company's legal and compliance departments, Mary spearheads the company's public policy efforts, where she focuses on issues that affect the ability of emerging and high-growth innovative companies to succeed.

Mary has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She joined SVB Financial Group from New Skies Satellites, a global satellite communications service provider based in the Netherlands. Mary has also worked as an attorney with Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, a Washington, DC-based law firm that specializes in legal and policy matters for technology companies; served on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy; served as a fellow with the Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program; and served as a law clerk to Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Mary is a member of the board and the finance committee of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.

Mary earned a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA and a Juris Doctor degree with Distinction from Stanford Law School.
Mary Trigiani
Consultant, Spada Inc

Mary Trigiani is a writer, blogger and branding specialist who works with tech startups and professional services firms. She helps them tell their stories through their brand strategies and messages. Mary founded her consulting practice in 1990. Her current obsession is ensuring that she represents the voices and needs of users and customers when engineers and designers develop products. Mary's favorite things are art, dark chocolate, light workouts, classic film, TV, fashion, ballads, well adjusted friends, delightful nieces and nephews, laughs. Not necessarily in that order.

Mike Del Ponte
Co-Founder/CEO of Soma

Mike is the co-founder and CEO of Soma. Soma makes the world’s most innovative water filters and beautiful glass carafes to provide healthy and delicious drinking water.

Previously, Mike led marketing at BranchOut, the largest professional network on Facebook. As an early employee, Mike helped grow BranchOut from 0 to 25 million users in 16 months.

Mike is the founder and former CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike’s leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and CNN.

In 2010, Mike and the Sparkseed team hosted Dangerously Ambitious, the highly praised, invite-only summit for social innovators, investors, designers, and thought leaders.

Before founding Sparkseed, Mike served as a Christian Peacemaker in the West Bank, an orphanage volunteer in Jamaica, a microfinance consultant in Nepal, and a part of the team that created a child health care program for 355,000 kids in Kutch, India. Mike has degrees from Boston College and Yale University.

He also serves on the boards of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship and He is a prolific speaker and advises social entrepreneurs.

If you’d like to learn more about Mike, follow him on Twitter.

Mirjana Spasojevic
Co-founder, Kindoma

Mirjana Spasojevic is a Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Kindoma, a startup focused on connecting distant families and improving early childhood literacy. Kindoma’s products integrate mobile, web and video technologies into a platform that helps grandparents read ebooks to grandchildren over internet.

Previously, Mirjana served as Director of Exploratory Research at the Nokia Research Center, Silicon Valley and led research activities and technical teams at HP, Yahoo and Transarc. She has over 20 years of experience in mobile, web, file and distributed systems and is passionate about integrating technology and design to create innovative user experiences.

At Nokia Mirjana founded IDEA (Innovate Design Experience Animate), an entrepreneurial team of engineers, designers, and researchers, addressing all phases of the development cycle, from user research to design, hardware-software prototyping, pilot deployments and delivery of final products. In collaboration with Sesame Workshop and Pearson Foundation, IDEA team created family communication and connected reading products.

Mirjana is a recognized expert in HCI and Ubicomp fields with work cited over 2000 times. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Penn State University and has served as the General Chair of the HotMobile 2008 conference and the program co-chair of the Pervasive 2010 conference.

Monica Mehta

Monica Mehta is a sought after small business and finance expert with 15 years of hands-on experience as an investor, operator of multi-million dollar consumer businesses and advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs. Monica is currently a Managing Principal at Seventh Capital, a New York based investment firm. She is also a columnist for INC Magazine and Bloomberg BusinessWeek and frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg Television, ABC News and MSNBC. Her advice for small business owners has been covered by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times and recommended by The Small Business Administration and National Federation of Independent Business.

Monica’s first book The Entrepreneurial Instinct (McGraw-Hill | Sept 2012) explores the connection between behavior, brain science and entrepreneurial success. The book has received praise from the CEO Mastercard, former CEO Comp USA, former CEO Borders, The Wharton School, Dartmouth Tuck, INC Magazine, BloombergTV, MSNBC Your Business, among others.

Prior to her career as a principal investor, Monica worked closely with start up businesses as a portfolio manager at a seed-stage fund backed by the Texas Pacific Group, managed a $150MM cosmetics business unit for L’Oreal and advised Fortune 1000 companies, including Bank of America and Nordstrom, as a strategy consultant. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Nelly Yusupova
Webgrrls International

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of, Founder of, and creator of

Just recently included in Fast Company's, "League of Extraordinary Women", Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’s movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”. She is a technical strategist, an Internet, social media, and marketing expert and consultant. Nelly works with entrepreneurs and teaches them how to use and leverage technology in their business.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay, O’Reilly, SmartMoney SmallBiz, TechRepublic’s Women’s Radio.

Nina Bhatti
Formerly Principal Scientist of HP Labs

Nina Bhatti is currently the founder of a mobile technology start-up in stealth mode. She has held a number of positions at HP, both on the research side of innovation as well as the product side of innovation. She was recently the program manager for a new HP cloud product, responsible for the planning, engineering and launch. She is a technologist who is as interested in “what to build” as “how to build it.” Her unique talent is being able to engage with customers, users, and designers to build new products and technologies.

While at HP Labs, she led efforts to directly engage with some of HP’s largest customers to collaborate on new products and services. She has led research on imaging applications, network application performance, web servers, streaming media servers, video conferencing systems, and multimedia interaction tools. At Nokia Ventures Organization, Nina was a senior investigator for next-generation mobile devices.

Nina holds a PhD and MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Arizona and a BA in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, she has published more than 40 different papers and has filed 35 technology patents. She is an active speaker in the area of innovation and women in technology.

Pattie Sellers
Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.
Pattie Sellers
Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.

Fortune senior editor at large Pattie Sellers has written some of Fortune's most talked-about cover stories, including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," "Oprah's Next Act," "Can Meg Whitman Save California?" "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and "Remodeling Martha" (Martha Stewart). She has helped oversee Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" package every year since its launch in 1998. Pattie is Executive Director of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond. She oversees MPW programs that enable women leaders to extend their influence and empower the next generation—such as Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs and the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Beyond her Fortune duties, she is also developing Live Content across Time Inc.

Pattie grew up in Allentown, PA, graduated from the University of Virginia, and started at Fortune in 1984. Her blog, Postcards, is about how power players lead, manage others, and navigate their careers.

Prachi Gupta
Enginner Manager, LinkedIn

Prachi is an Engineering Manager for the Identity Engagement product suite at LinkedIn.

She is a hackday master, a founding member of the LinkedIn [in]Cubator program, has mentored for the State Department's TechWomen program and is also a founding member of LinkedIn's Women in Technology initiative. She travels around the US and world to organize the LinkedIn hackathons and meet with local entrepreneurs.

An entrepreneurial software engineer at heart, she loves to conceptualize, design and deliver impactful software. She is seasoned at technology exploration and creating innovative solutions to real world problems; from socially driven consumer websites to enterprise business intelligence & analytics software.

Most recently, she led the LinkedIn endorsements effort, which has been the fastest growing product in LinkedIn’s history with over 1B endorsements made by members in just 6 months.

Rachel Masters
Co-Founder & Partner

Rachel Masters is a partner and co-founder of Red Magnet Media, a boutique social marketing agency that works with consumer brands such as Linkin Park, Hearst Corporation, Chef Michael Mina Mina, Skaist Taylor and Duran Duran. Previously, she held the role of Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Ning, managing over 300 branded social networks with partners like 50 Cent, Warner Brother’s Telepictures, The Collective, Ford Models and The Twilight Saga.

Prior to Ning, Rachel was the Associate Director of Strategic Relationships and Business Development at Warner Music Group, where she launched new relationships with innovative digital media companies like YouTube and Facebook. Rachel has also worked at StarVest Partners, L.P., a New York-based venture capital fund, and as a television producer at Cablevision, Fox and MTV Networks. She holds a B.A. from Brandies University, where she was named a University Scholar and graduated cum laude and with High Honors. Rachel received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Sana Choudary
CEO of YetiZen
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Sana Choudary
CEO of YetiZen
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Over the last 2 years Sana has been the CEO and co-founder of YetiZen, a cornerstone of the game developer ecosystem. This includes the YetiZen accelerator, the wildly popular games-focused accelerator, and the YetiZen Innovation Lab, the only game developer community space of its kind for game developer business education and synergy in the new and ever evolving world of social mobile. YetiZen has served 6,500 game developers in the last 12 months.

Sana Choudary has a reputation for being a powerful force in creating successful entrepreneurs. She has been highly active in the entrepreneurial and gaming communities throughout her career as a leading member of Women 2.0, StartupWeekend, and as a co-founder of NYC’s largest entrepreneurial group, Ultralight start-ups. Currently in addition to YetiZen, Sana chairs TiE SF and TiEcon the world's largest entrepreneurship conference. Through YetiZen, Sana is intimately involved with hundreds of start-ups, gaming veterans, investors, and gaming giants giving her a unique and unparalleled perspective on the game space. Sana often shares her thoughts and ideas on the business of games at @SanaOnGames and

Sandra Miley
VP Corporate Marketing

Sandra Miley, vice president of corporate marketing at Vocera, has an accomplished track record of developing compelling brands and driving sales growth for numerous successful high-tech companies. Over the course of 20 years, Sandra has demonstrated her ability to recognize early market trends and latent customer needs, as well as make complex technologies easy to understand. As a result Sandra has fueled global expansion and accelerated growth of recognized brands, including Juniper Networks, Adobe, Brocade, Cisco, and Nokia.

Prior to joining Vocera, Sandra blended traditional and social marketing strategies at Juniper Networks, developed the overarching brand integration strategy to support the full spectrum of companies acquired by Cisco, and rebranded Redback prior to becoming one of the top 10 IPOs of 1998. In addition to her experience, Sandra brings to Vocera a long-standing interest in health and the convergence of technology and healthcare.

Sandra received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley where she was also pre-med.

Shana Pearlman
Social Media Manager at Skype

Shana Pearlman heads Skype's social media strategic initiatives and editorial content across blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. She is the global lead on social editorial and has led on social on numerous projects for the company.

Before joining Skype, Shana worked at Jam (part of the Engine Group) in London where she oversaw content and campaigns for a wide range of clients which included News International (home of The Times and The Sun) and BSkyB.

Shana is a recovering journalist having worked at both the BBC and Fox News, and has also written a book The Palin Effect: Money, Sex and Class in the New American Politics (2012).

Sonja Hoel Perkins
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
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Sonja Hoel Perkins
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
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Sonja Hoel Perkins is considered one of the best performing and most senior women in venture capital. Investing broadly in all stages and areas of information technology throughout her career, she has been able to move successfully with the times – from the PC to networking to the Internet to mobile and consumer. Her career “home runs” include AcmePacket (APKT), F5 Networks (FFIV), McAfee Associates (acquired by Intel) and Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM) where she was the start-up investor. Many of her investments have achieved multi billion dollar valuations.

Sonja began her career in venture capital in early 1989 when she joined TA Associates as an Investment Analyst. She then joined Symantec in Business Development and joined Menlo Ventures in 1994. In 1996, at the age of 29 years old, she became the youngest General Partner in the firm’s history. Sonja has won Menlo’s “Investor of the Year Award” six times in seventeen years. Sonja has invested in and served on the boards of over 40 companies throughout her career. Selected current investments include Flurry, 3VR, Ditto, HealthTap, Kitchit, Mee Genius,, nCircle, Prism Skylabs, Sky Channel, Strevus and UrbanSitter. Sonja graduated, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia and from the Harvard Business School.

Sonja deeply values family and the community. She is the founder of ProjectGlimmer, a non-profit organization that adds joy to the lives of at-risk teens and women by providing holiday gifts. She has served as a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC), the Foundation Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. She is also the past President of the WAVC. Her husband is an avid competitive sailor and the family can often be found on the water in San Francisco Bay.

Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.

Stacy Morrison is editor in chief and Director of Content Programming for BlogHer, as well as a writer, author, blogger, mother, and consultant in New York City. Before moving to BlogHer, Morrison was a magazine editor for 20 years, most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine (2004-2010), Executive Editor of Marie Claire, Founding Editor in Chief of ONE (a short-lived design magazine), Editor in Chief at Modern Bride, and more. During each of those positions, Morrison oversaw digital properties for each. Morrison is a sought-out expert on women in America, and has made numerous appearances on the Today Show, among other TV programs. She is author of Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, which Kirkus Reviews called “candid and inspiring.” She is at work on her second book.

Morrison is also a dedicated domestic violence awareness advocate and has received numerous awards and honors for her work in this field, including the Safe Horizon Champion Award and the National Domestic Violence Hotline Vital Link Award. She recently became a founding board member of the non-profit Violence UnSilenced, a safe online community where abuse survivors can share their stories and receive community support. Her personal blog is called Filling In The Blanks.

Teneshia Jackson-Warner
CEO/COO, Egami Consulting

Teneshia Jackson Warner’s life story has been one of perseverance, diligence, risk-taking and inspiration. Her motto “It’s not enough to follow your dreams, we must chase them”, is a theme that is weaved throughout the impressive career that Teneshia has built over a decade spanning multicultural marketing, project management and inspirational life coaching.

Teneshia’s career started in corporate America at IBM Global Services. After a few years at IBM, she embarked upon a dream journey led by passion, persistence and faith which resulted in an apprenticeship with globally successful innovator, entrepreneur and business mogul, Russell Simmons. Under Russell’s leadership, Teneshia gained valuable experience as the General Manager of Rush Communications. Inspired and encouraged by Russell, Teneshia began her own entrepreneurial path, and founded The EGAMI Group in 2007.

Now an award-winning multicultural marketing firm, The EGAMI Group helps brands to “INSPIRE”, “CONNECT” and “ACTIVATE” consumers through innovative, invigorated and best in class marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships, custom community programs, public relations and/or new product launches. As CEO, Teneshia has led the firm from a dream concept to a thriving multi-million dollar business, delivering award-winning client work for leading brands such as P&G’s Bounty and My Black is Beautiful, GAIN, Verizon Wireless, Dasani, General Motors, Target, KFC, Major League Baseball and more, The EGAMI Group was ranked among the Top 500 Diversity Businesses by

In fall 2012, Teneshia released Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Deliver Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences. Published by Paramount Marketing, with the foreword provided by Russell Simmons, her book received rave reviews as the first book to be written on multicultural purpose-driven marketing. In November 2012, Teneshia launched the Purpose Awards to salute brands, companies, organizations and individuals who are purpose-driven in their respective fields. In 2013, she also found The Dream Project Symposium, an annual symposium to support aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals to take their dreams, ideas and businesses to new heights.

A graduate of Alabama A&M University, Teneshia is the recipient of the coveted Black Enterprise Rising Star and 40 Under 40, AdColor MVP, The Network Journal Forty Under 40 Awards. She has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, ABC News and more.

Trish Costello
Co-Founder and CEO of Portfolia

Trish Costello is co-founder and CEO of Portfolia, creating social networks of engaged investors around entrepreneurial ventures. Portfolia’s digital platform lets individuals and affinity groups discover and invest in private entrepreneurial companies in their areas of expertise and interest. Companies access both money and markets as their investors engage their social networks and combined buying power for the company’s competitive advantage and their mutual long-term financial gain.

Costello is co-founder/CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, whose venture capitalists operate at 300+ venture firms in 41 countries and collectively deploying $188B in capital. Costello was the first President of CVE Capital Corp, a holding company of a $700million Fund of Funds.

At the Kauffman Foundation, Costello directed its efforts to enhance and expand equity investment in start-up companies and to build entrepreneurial ecosystems to support the development of fast-growth ventures. She created the Foundation’s Women’s Initiatives to develop high potential women entrepreneurs and to obtain greater equity investments in women’s businesses.

Costello holds advisory or board positions with Springboard Enterprises, National Venture Capital Association, Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, National Science Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and various universities and incubators. She serves on the Boards of EchoGen Biosciences, OsteoGenix and

Wendy Lea
CEO of Get Satisfaction

Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction. Wendy currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital ( and Corporate Visions. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley and was awarded the Watermak’s “Woman Who Made Her Mark” award.

Prior to Get Satisfaction Wendy was co-founder of On Target a sales consulting firm acquired by Siebel Systems in 1999. After the acquisition, Wendy served as Vice President of eBusiness Consulting at Siebel Systems.

Wendy holds a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from University of Mississippi.