BlogHer|bet '11 Speakers


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Allyson Kapin
Founder of WomenWhoTech and RadCampaign

Defying the stereotype that the tech world belongs to pocket-protector toting guys hooked on sci-fi and video games, Allyson Kapin founded Women Who Tech to champion talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. She is a vocal advocate on the importance of diversifying the tech sector and lobbying the conference circuit to have more gender balanced panels that represent diverse perspectives.

Amy Chang
Director of Google's Measurement and Reporting Initiatives

Amy Chang leads Google's Advertiser Measurement & Reporting efforts, which includes Google Analytics. Under her direction, Google Analytics is now on over 50% of Alexa’s Top 1 Million sites worldwide, and has completely changed the face of the web analytics and media measurement industries.

Amy Friedlander Hoffman
Founder of Priority Digital Media

Amy Friedlander Hoffman currently runs Priority Digital Media, a strategic consulting practice focused on content and distribution strategy across TV, broadband and mobile. Engagements include digital media strategy, entitlement of content across multiple platforms, broadband and cable content distribution, IPTV, VOD, rich media on-line advertising and software solutions for multiplatform content delivery and management.

Analisa Balares
CEO & Founder, Womensphere

For two decades, Analisa has been committed to women’s leadership development, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainable development, and education. She has produced, directed, and co-produced over 100 conferences, events, and media on these themes.

Angela LoSasso
Director of Social Media Marketing at Research in Motion

Angela oversees social media strategy and social engagement for Research In Motion, including BlackBerry’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter channels and the Official BlackBerry blog Inside BlackBerry.

Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad

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.

Anna Yen
VP of Investor Relations for Tesla Motors

Anna has extensive experience in investor and public relations, corporate governance matters and finance. Anna began her career at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a leading corporate law firm in Silicon Valley. There, Anna worked on more than 30 IPO’s and managed corporate governance matters for companies such as Solectron, Conner Peripherals and Autodesk.

Betsy Aoki
Social Media and Online Community Guru for Microsoft

Betsy Aoki is a 15-year veteran of Web technology and online community applications. Mary Jo Foley of CNET called her a “Microsoft Woman to Watch” for her work in launching Microsoft’s corporate blogging platforms, the Live QnA consumer question-and-answer site, and the Xbox Live Indie Games platform.

Charlene Li
Founder of Altimeter

Charlene Li is founder of the Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008.

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.

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.

Crystal Warwell Walker
Director of Communications for The Coca-Cola Company

Crystal works as a Director of Global Sustainability Communications at The Coca-Cola Company and is responsible for helping to communicate the Company’s sustainability agenda across the more than 200 countries where its beverages are consumed.    Coca-Cola’s sustainability agenda focuses on seven key areas: Beverage Benefits, Active Healthy Living, Community, Energy Management and Climate Protection, Sustainable Packaging, Global Water Stewardship and Workplace.

Dana Mauriello
Co-Founder and President of ProFounder

Dana is the Co-Founder & President of ProFounder, a crowdfunding platform that provides tools for entrepreneurs to raise investment capital from their communities. Her passion for entrepreneurship was born from helping start and run multiple family businesses in a wide range of industries and seeing first hand what an empowering force entrepreneurship can be.

Diane Savage
Counsel, Cooley, LLP

Diane Wilkins Savage is of counsel to Cooley's Business department and a member of the Technology Transactions Group. Ms. Savage's practice focuses on the legal and business needs of emerging growth companies with primary emphasis in electronics (software, multimedia, Internet, and computer hardware, peripheral equipment and semiconductors).

Ellen Pao
Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Ellen Pao joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005. Her primary areas of focus are consumer and enterprise application and services platforms. She believes cloud infrastructure, ad and application platforms, and iterative development are enabling new levels of innovation. She also worked closely with KPCB China as a founding member of its investment committee. She is a director on the boards of Lehigh Technologies and Flipboard, Inc.

Ellen Siminoff
CEO of Shmoop

Ellen Siminoff is founder, President, and CEO of Shmoop University, an educational publishing company which aims to reduce the friction in learning. Shmoop’s mission is to distribute its learning guides and other test preparation materials across all platforms in all corners of the world. The company communicates with a distinctive edgy voice which has been roundly lauded by educators, students, and parents alike. Shmoop is entirely self-funded and grew from a singular personal vision to now encompass millions of unique visitors and dozens of awards.

Emma Nothmann
Principal at Booz & Company

Emma Nothmann, a Principal in Booz & Company's San Francisco office, leads the firm's North American Education Practice. Her work focuses primarily on strategic planning  and capabilities development for clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors of K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining Booz, Emma was with Katzenbach Partners, a boutique consulting firm, and Let's Go Travel Guides, a global publishing company. Originally from Boston, she studied East Asian Studies at Harvard.

Gina Garrubbo
EVP of BlogHer

Gina Garrubbo draws from her more than 20 years of experience in media leadership and sales innovation to help further BlogHer’s development as one of the top community and media networks for women who blog. Garrubo works closely with co-founder and President of Strategic Alliances Jory Des Jardins to build momentum in the advertising community and set the standard for how brands and bloggers work together.

Heidi Browning
SVP Sales and Marketing at Pandora

Heidi Browning serves as SVP, Sales Marketing at Pandora. With over 22 years of marketing and advertising experience, Browning brings a valuable mix of client, agency and media owner perspective to Pandora. A seasoned veteran of both the interactive and traditional advertising business, she has worked with leading companies and clients across a variety of industries including entertainment, telecom, financial services, consumer packaged goods, automotive, technology, quick serve restaurants, retail and educational services.

Heidi Roizen
Venture Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson
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.

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.

Jan Reed
Principle of Silicon Valley Finance Group

Jan Reed is a seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of financial management experience in both private and public companies. Jan is the founder of Silicon Valley Finance Group which provides strategic and day-to-day financial, accounting and human resources consulting to venture funded start-ups in the San Francisco Bay area. She has extensive experience guiding start ups through venture backed equity fund raisings, debt negotiations and acquisitions.

Jan Schaffer
Executive Director of J-Lab

Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, has led pioneering initiatives in journalism innovations, new media entrepreneurship, interactive and participatory journalism, civic journalism, and citizen media ventures.

Janet Riccio
EVP of Omnicom and founder of their G23 subsidiary

Over the course of Janet’s 25+ years in advertising, her collaborative business style has taken her to more than 30 countries on five continents on behalf of her clients and forged a deep appreciation of how relationships with consumers build brands all over the world.

Janice Nickel
Senior Scientist of HP Labs

Dr. Janice Nickel is a Research Manager at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. She invented a unique programmable drug delivery platform – “Smart Drug Delivery” – which repurposes HP’s mature ink jet technology to address new markets. She catalyzed multiple business units in disparate geographic locations to develop component modules which she integrated into a proof-of-concept demonstrator. She created a full business plan, attracted investors, and transferred the technology and business plan to the startup Janisys, Ltd.

Janice Roberts
Managing Director at Mayfield Fund

Janice Roberts is Managing Director at Mayfield Fund and invests in mobile, wireless, communications, and consumer technology companies.  She currently serves on the board of directors of PlayFirst and Quickoffice. Prior to joining Mayfield, Janice built a successful early-stage investment portfolio as president of 3Com Ventures. She also held various executive positions at 3Com where she led global marketing and business development operations including Palm Computing subsidiary.

Jennifer Zeszut
Chief Social Strategist of Lithium Technologies

Jennifer Zeszut is the founder and former CEO of Scout Labs, a SAAS platform for real-time social media visibility and customer analytics. Scout Labs was acquired by Lithium Technologies in May 2010. Previously, Jennifer was the VP of Marketing at Leverage Software, acting Director of Marketing at eBay, and Director of Strategy and Analytics at Avenue A / Razorfish. Her early career was spent learning the fundamentals of marketing at Procter & Gamble and Cost Plus World Market. Ms.

Julie Ruvolo
Co-founder and COO of Solvate
Julie Ruvolo is an entrepreneur and writer. She co-founded Solvate, a freelance talent network, in 2008.
Kaliya Hamlin
Founder of She's Geeky

I have two independent but related careers. 

I am the Identity Woman - “Saving the world with user-centric (digital) identity”  My personal blog (and handle) in this area is @identitywoman on twitter.

AND an Unconference designer and facilitator -

Laurie Yoler
Managing Partner of Growth Point Technology Partners

Laurie Yoler has been helping emerging 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.

Liz Dolan
Co-creator of Satellite Sisters

Liz Dolan is a builder of brands big and small. She is currently EVP/Chief Marketing Officer of Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels, responsible for marketing everything from The Simpsons and Glee to The Walking Dead and Big Cat Week on more than 200 cable networks outside the U.S. Earlier in her career, Liz served as Chief Marketing Officer of NIKE, Inc., as well as OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Channel.

Marnie Webb
Co-CEO at TechSoup Global

As Co-C.E.O. at TechSoup Global, Ms. Webb is the driving force behind the organization’s efforts to continuously innovate its services to help social benefit organizations around the globe better fulfill their missions. Under her leadership, TechSoup Global’s NetSquared initiative is in its fourth year of helping nonprofits worldwide use innovative Web tools to increase their reach and impact. Having been with the organization since 2001, Ms. Webb most recently held the position of Vice President of Knowledge Services.

Megan Gaiser
CEO/CSCO of Her Interactive

As president and CEO of Her Interactive, the pioneer in popular mystery gaming, designed for girls and women, Megan Gaiser sets corporate and product strategy and ensures smooth company operations. Under her stewardship, Her Interactive (HI) has grown from a boutique company to an emerging competitor with the globally-loved Nancy Drew franchise games sales topping eight million units world wide. The Nancy Drew PC franchise has been #1 in the U.S.six years running. Her Interactive has garnered 20 consecutive Parents' Choice Awards.

Megan Smith
VP of New Business Development and GM of of Google

Megan oversees teams that manage early-stage partnerships, explorations and technology licensing. She also leads the team, guiding strategy and developing new partnerships and internal projects with Google's engineering and product teams. She joined Google in 2003 and has led several of the company's acquisitions, including Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps), and Picasa. She also co-led the company's early work with publishers for Google Book Search.

Michelle Ferrier

Michelle Ferrier is founder and publisher of, an online community focused on local food and food policy. She is a farmers' market fanatic and is passionate about growing local communities through good food. She's affectionately called "The Plant Whisperer" by friends and neighbors who seek her guidance on gardening and cooking with seasonal foods. She started her kids off on "The Ferrier Smell Garden", an extravaganza of culinary herbs and has moved to full-scale backyard urban agriculture in Greensboro, NC.

Moira Forbes
Publisher of ForbesWoman

Moira Forbes is Vice President and Publisher, ForbesWoman. She is also the host of Success with Moira Forbes, a weekly video series on the Forbes Video Network featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today’s top women leaders.

Founder and CEO, Pipeline Angels

"Dubbed 'The Coach' by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale and she serves on the boards of Walker's Legacy, Women 2.0, and iRelaunch. Inc.

Nicole Lazzaro
Founder and President of XEODesign, Inc.

Nicole Lazzaro, founder and President of XEODesign, Inc., has twenty years of expertise in Player Experience Design (PXD) for mass-market entertainment products. She was voted by Gamasutra as one of the Top 20 women working in video games, and cited by Wired, Fast Company, CNET, ABC News, The Hollywood Reporter, and Red Herring.

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.

Patricia Nakache
General Partner of Trinity Ventures

Since joining Trinity Ventures in 1999, Patricia Nakache, General Partner, has focused on funding companies launching innovative Internet services around fundamental business or consumer needs. Her passion is partnering with entrepreneurs to nail their value proposition and develop a scalable business model.

Patricia has active investments in BeachMint,, Casual Collective, MyNewPlace, PayScale, ThredUp, Triangulate, and Uptake and was previously involved with Affinity Labs (acquired by Monster Worldwide), LoopNet (LOOP) and Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters, TRI).

Pemo Theodore
Founder of EZebis and Start-up Coach

Pemo Theodore is founder of EZebis: Winning the Venture Game for Women and is a Startup Coach. She video interviews venture capitalists and women founders on the shortfall in funding for women to raise awareness of the challenges that women sometimes face in obtaining investment in startups. She was an Australian origin entrepreneur in online business for over five years in London whilst developing her other site AstraMatch.

Raissa Nebie
Co-founder and CEO of Spoondate

Born in Paris of West African parents, Raissa Nebie is the co-founder and CEO of Spoondate, a social dating startup funded by Dave McClure and 500 Startups. Spoondate allows food enthusiasts to meet and go on food dates with like-minded eaters.

Robin Wolaner
Managing Partner of Skout, Inc.

Robin Wolaner is a business executive with broad experience in startups, managing companies and leading executive teams. She is a frequent speaker on business topics and is the author of Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career (Simon & Schuster, 2005).

Sandy Carter
Vice President of IBM

Sandy Carter is responsible for setting the direction for IBM’s Social Business initiative, working with companies who are becoming Social Businesses, and being the evangelist for the concept and best practices around Social Business.

Sandy Jen
CTO and Co-Founder of Meebo

Sandy Jen is CTO and co-founder of Meebo, a company that strives to connect people to what is important to them.  Meebo provides an embeddable JavaScript bar that leverages its wide distribution of half the US Internet population to provide a great way for publishers and advertisers to engage with their users.  Jen, along with friends Seth Sternberg and Elaine Wherry, started Meebo in 2005.  Jen runs the Engineering team, and considers her team her greatest accomplishment at Meebo.

Shaherose Charania
CEO of Women 2.0

Shaherose is passionate about open innovation in mobile and telephony startups.

She is currently an advisor at Opinno, an open innovation network for growth stage startups across web, mobile, cleantech and biotech. She is also a mentor with 500Startups.

Recently she consulted Ribbit (acquired by British Telecom) on various consumer products and market launches.

Sharon Vosmek
CEO of Astia

Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia since 2007, previously joining as COO in 2004. As CEO of Astia, Sharon has an unwavering passion and a uniquely well-suited background to drive forward the organization’s mission of propelling women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic. Under her leadership, the Astia community of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders has grown ten-fold and now spans North America, Europe and India.

Susan Mernit
Founder of OaklandLocal and former "Intrapreneur" at AOL and Yahoo!

Susan Mernit is editor & published of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA focused on social justice issues that combines reported stories with community media & diverse voices and training to bridge the digital divide.

Tracy Randall
Founder and CEO of

Tracy Randall has been the CEO of since 2008. She co-founded the company, acting as the COO and President prior to 2008. During her tenure as CEO, Tracy has brought in new investment and management to transform the business from a single destination domain to a platform business.’s mission is to transform online shopping in the food and cooking space by going to the customer, building innovative and entertaining experiences with trusted brands.

Tracy Sedlock
CFO at Accel Partners

As CFO, Tracy Sedlock is responsible for Accel’s finance, investor relations, information technology, facilities, and human resources functions and has oversight on Accel global fund operations. Tracy started with Accel in 1995 and is in her 14th year with the firm. Prior to joining Accel, Tracy was a Manager of Investment Administration at Princeton University, where she worked with Princeton’s alternative assets, including venture capital, private equity, real estate, and oil and gas partnerships.

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.