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.

Kapin is also the Founding Partner of the award-winning web agency Rad Campaign, which provides web development and online strategy to nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. In 2010 Fast Company named her one of the “Most Influential Women in Technology.” The Washingtonian named one of the "Top Tech Titans” for her leadership roles in Washington’s tech world and Forbes named her as one of the top entrepreneurial women to follow on Twitter.

Outside of running Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign, Kapin writes a blog column for Fast Company and serves as Blogger-In-Chief for Frogloop, the leading nonprofit communications focusing on technology, advocacy, and social media. She also blogs at Huffington Post covering women in technology and social media.

Kapin sits on the Advisory Boards for the Anita Borg Institute, Green IT Consortium and the New Organizing Institute. She is on the Planning Committee for the O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Expo as well as NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference.

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.

Prior to Google, Amy helped build the affiliate and paid search channels driving user acquisition at eBay. She also spent a number of years with McKinsey & Co as a consultant specializing in semiconductor, software, and services.   She began her career with hardware engineering positions at Intel, AMD, and Motorola.

Amy has a BS in Electrical Engineering with a Hardware sub-specialty from Stanford University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering with a Networking Systems focus also from Stanford.


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.

Most recently, Amy was the Senior Vice President, Programming for AT&T Operations. As AT&T entered the video market to compete with cable and satellite, Amy oversaw the interactive programming and convergence for Project Lightspeed, the initiative to expand the fiber-optics network deeper into neighborhoods to deliver AT&T U-verse TV, AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet, U-verse Enabled and voice over IP services.Amy was ultimately responsible for AT&T’s broadband programming, which included overseeing all online content negotiation and licensing, and execution of AT&T's broadband and three screen content plans for AT&T’s online services. Such services included Blue Room, Homezone, Broadband TV, and U-verse.

Amy was previously General Counsel and SVP of Business Development for Intertainer, the first VOD service delivered over both broadband and cable and helped the company raise over $100 Million from companies such as Microsoft, Comcast, Intel, Qwest, Sony, NBC and Thomson Consumer Electronics. She was responsible for negotiating content agreements with the major studios and programmers, distribution agreements with cable companies and telcos, and general technology ventures. In the Business Development role, Ms. Friedlander-Hoffman was responsible for international development and led her team to implement Intertainer’s strategy related to content distribution and software services.

Prior to her tenure with Intertainer, Amy practiced corporate law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Ms. Friedlander-Hoffman holds a JD from the University of Chicago and a BA with honors from the University of Michigan.

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.

In February 2008, Analisa launched Womensphere, a unique global leadership community and independent media network that inspires, connects, and unites women leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, scientists, artists, financiers, explorers, and pioneering women across all fields. Womensphere’s Summits convene women around the themes of leadership, innovation, ventures, economics, sustainability, and global impact. Since 2008, as America and the world underwent economic crises and upheaval, Analisa and the Womensphere Team brought together thousands of women leaders, and built an energized new platform, community, and brand through Womensphere.

Prior to Womensphere, Analisa was a Global Marketing Manager at Microsoft. She launched her career in the Goldman Sachs High Technology Investment Banking group, where she helped execute over $1.5 billion in IPOs, corporate financings, and mergers/acquisitions for companies like Nokia and open source software leader Red Hat. Analisa holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; a BA in Economics & Mathematics cum laude from Mount Holyoke College; and an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Lester Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Canada. While at HBS, Analisa founded the non- profit Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), served as a President of the HBS Entrepreneurship Club, and was Debate Coach/Team Co-Captain of the HBS Debate Team.

Analisa was recently selected as Fearless Woman of the Year 2011 by The Fearless Factor in New York City, and as one of 100 Most Influential Filipinas in America by the US Filipina Women’s Network. The New Leaders Council chose her as one of its 40 Under 40 New Leaders in America. She was also recognized by CBS Radio/1010 Wins as its Tomorrow’s Newsmaker Award Winner for Business.

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.

Angela has specialized in digital and social strategy for more than a decade. Prior to joining RIM, Angela was Global Social Media Strategist for HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. She also contributed to the successful launches of digital brands Netflix, where she was the Director of Editorial, and CNET, where Angela was the Executive Editor of Reviews.

A frequent speaker on social media and digital marketing, Angela began her career as a journalist, including stints with the Los Angeles Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Arizona State University.

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.

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 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. After WSGR, Anna was hand-picked to manage Pixar Animation Studios’ investor relations program where her greatest achievement was establishing Pixar as a respected entertainment company among the investment, entertainment and journalist communities. Following Pixar, Anna held executive investor relations positions at, MarketWatch, SmartForce and SonicWALL. Her tenure as an investor relations officer has gained her a solid reputation among the buy and sell-sides of Wall Street and an expert in mergers and acquisitions, earnings and crisis management communications. Anna was co-founder and VP Marketing of Lasso Logic (sold to SonicWALL) and PacketTrap Networks.

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. Lured to the marketing side for Bing, she devised its social media strategies and recently launched the education reform 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.

She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Formerly Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2010 and one of the most influential women in technology 2009.

Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, USAToday, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She is a much-sought after public speaker and will be appearing at the World Business Forum in Radio City Music hall in October 2010. She has also presented frequently at top conferences such the American Society of Association Executives, SXSW, Web 2.0 Expo, and Search Engine Strategies.

Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. You can follow her blog at

Charlene is the mother of two kids and and the wife of Come Lague, a venture capitalist with Nueva Ventures. She is also an avid fan of reality TV shows, science fiction, and sudoku. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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.

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.

Crystal has spent nearly 17 years in all facets of communications including new business development, crisis, executive, government affairs, financial, legal, digital, media and internal for companies/organizations in diverse industries such as consumer products, energy, business-to-business, education, and community.

Crystal holds a master’s in public relations from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s in magazine journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She studied Japanese in graduate school and spent time working in Japan as a participant in the JET Programme. She is currently pursuing a certificate in investor relations from the University of California at Irvine.

She and her husband live in Atlanta, GA and strive daily to balance their careers, while pursing their passion – raising their one year-old son.

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.

Prior to ProFounder, Dana worked on the Corporate Product Innovations team at Estee Lauder, creating new product concepts and bringing them to market. Her unique skills in this role lied in developing deep customer understanding and using this empathy to drive product development.

Dana created a unique major at Stanford University, earning her BA in Product Development, and double-dipped to earn her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business a few years later.

She is a champion powerlifter, and die-hard New Yorker.

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). She has considerable expertise in the formation and financing of such businesses as well as in the structuring of complex licensing, commercial and strategic arrangements, within the United States and internationally.

As part of her practice, Ms. Savage routinely structures and prepares agreements for OEM and VAR arrangements, strategic technology development and marketing agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements and joint venture and commercial partnership agreements. Ms. Savage also takes an active role in private financing, public offering and mergers and acquisition transactions for her clients.

From 2000 through 2010, Ms. Savage was a member of the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she taught business law. She is a co-author of the 5th and 6th editions of Managers and the Legal Environment, a business law text book used in leading business schools across the country. She has published numerous articles focusing on current legal issues in the field, and is a frequent speaker at information technology industry and continuing education seminars.

From 1987 to 1989, Ms. Savage was General Counsel and Secretary at Adobe Systems Incorporated. Ms. Savage received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Emory University. Ms. Savage is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Emory University, and the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. She is also a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the State Bar of California.

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.

Prior to KPCB, Ellen held various operating roles at BEA Systems, including head of business development for products, site manager for new mobile products, and lead for new engineering efforts in India. She also served in corporate development, leading strategic projects for the CEO and M&A transactions. Prior to BEA, Ellen focused on business development and closed technology licensing deals for Tellme Networks as one of its first 20 employees and for Microsoft's WebTV division. She also served as a consultant at MyCFO and at Danger Research, where she headed the Sidekick's first marketing requirements efforts.

Before entering the tech field, Ellen was a corporate attorney for Cravath, Swaine & Moore in both its New York City and Hong Kong offices, working on deals across the Philippines, Singapore and Greater China. She provided guidance on high-yield debt offerings, M&A transactions, aircraft financings, and pro bono projects for Habitat for Humanity and Covenant House.

Ellen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a certificate from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She also serves on the board of the Apollo Alliance and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

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. Shmoop’s test prep and teacher products are licensed to high schools, libraries and school districts.

She was President and CEO of Efficient Frontier, a pioneer of dynamic Search Engine Marketing (SEM) management services. Ms. Siminoff joined near the company’s founding and built Efficient Frontier to $1 billion in spend under management.

Prior to Efficient Frontier, Ms. Siminoff had six adventurous years as a founding executive at Yahoo!. During her tenure, she led Business Development (VP, Business Development and Planning), Corporate Development (SVP, Corporate Development) and eventually ran the Small Business and Entertainment Business units, representing approximately 25% of Yahoo's revenue (SVP, Entertainment and Small Business).

Among other boards and advisory relationships, Ms. Siminoff serves on the board of directors for US Auto Parts, an Internet retailer with more than 550,000 top-rated discount car parts; Solarwinds, a leading provider of downloadable, enterprise-class network management software; Mozilla, the makers of the Firefox browser; and Journal Communications, a diversified media and communications company operating businesses in newspaper publishing, radio and television broadcasting. In 2005 she was one of eight industry professionals named "Masters of Information" by Forbes magazine.

Ms. Siminoff graduated Stanford's Graduate School of Business with an MBA and Princeton University with a B.A. in economics.

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.

Garrubbo has worked with companies such as Discovery Communications and Oxygen Media, managing advertising sales divisions and helping launch new brands such as The Learning Channel. Most recently Garrubbo was one of the founders and CEO of Terralina, a unique line of natural, luxury skincare, where she continues to remain on the Board of Directors. She was also one of the builders of, was an early board member of the Internet Advertising Bureau and pioneered new ways in which marketers could communicate with consumers on the Internet.

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 is known as an early and passionate pioneer in digital, mobile and social marketing and continues to drive thought leadership and innovation within the industry.

Most recently, Heidi served as EVP, Global Digital Officer at Universal McCann and President of Rally@UM.  During her tenure she focused on global clients and the evolution of the agency’s media practice. Heidi launched Rally@UM, the agency’s dedicated social media unit.  She developed the social media products and services, social marketing strategy, listening, measurement, community engagement, and enterprise consulting.

Prior to UM, Heidi was Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for Fox Interactive Media where her team provided centralized marketing services to MySpace, IGN, Fox,, Photobucket and Fox Sports. Browning built a nimble cross-functional team of Consumer Insights, Sales Development, Ad Solutions, Creative Services, Marketing Communications and Trade Marketing professionals. Heidi’s team developed and evolved MySpace’s ad products, social media best practices, custom research and advertising effectiveness measurement. Through the integration of research, strategy, creative and technology, Heidi and her team developed immersive and measurable marketing experiences for Fortune 500 clients.

Before joining FIM, Heidi was an interactive agency veteran having served as Executive Director of Media at Omnicom’s Organic, Inc. and Media Director at MDC’s Nine Dots. Inspired by the convergence of media, creative, data and technology, Browning was an early advocate for innovation and shared learnings within the industry. 

Browning is a respected thought leader in the industry, and her expertise in social media marketing is frequently sought by internet marketing professionals around the country.  She served as President of the San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Group (SFBIG), is a current board member of Social Media Advertising Consortium (SMAC), and has chaired the User-Generated Content Committee for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) since 2008. In 2007, she led the first in-depth consumer segmentation and ROI study for social media - Never Ending Friending, A Journey Into Social Networking, which quantifies the impact of The Momentum Effect, or consumer to consumer pass along in social media.  She is frequently quoted in the press, including leading trade publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age and Adweek.

Heidi holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in International Relations. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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. 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 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.

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.

Prior to founding SVFG, Jan served as CFO to Dealix Corporation where she provided financial guidance to the company during their highly successful acquisition by the Cobalt Group. Prior to Dealix, Jan served as VP Finance for Vividence Corporation where she successfully managed new equity and debt financings, renegotiated various debt and rent obligations and helped oversee the successful sale of the company to Keynote Systems. Prior to Vividence, she held several financial management positions at Oracle Corporation and also at Computer Curriculum Corporation. Jan spent the first four years of her career at Ernst & Young where she audited both emerging and public companies.

Jan earned her Bachelor’s of Business in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with honors. She is also a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Program for Growing Companies. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs as well as various local financial networking groups. Jan also sits on the Board of Directors of the CarbonTree Conservation Fund which is engaged in conserving endangered tropical forests through the sale of carbon offsets.

In her spare time, Jan enjoys running, cycling and equestrian activities. Jan lives in Menlo Park with her husband and their two teenagers.

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.

J-Lab rewards novel ideas through the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. It funds citizen media start-ups through its New Voices project and the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneur initiative. It produces Web tutorials at and it tracks community news startups and foundation funding of journalism through its Knight Citizen News Network (

She is a former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she helped write a series that won freedom for a man wrongly convicted of five murders. The stories led to the civil rights convictions of six Philadelphia homicide detectives and won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. Also while covering federal courts, she broke the Philadelphia Abscam story about the FBI sting operation that used agents posing as Arab sheiks. She was sentenced to jail for six months for refusing to reveal her sources; the sentence was stayed on appeal.

She previously directed the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a $14 million initiative that funded more than 120 pilot news projects.

Currently, she serves as a speaker, trainer, author, consultant and web publisher on digital storytelling models and the future of journalism. J-Lab is a center of American University’s School of Communication.

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.

Joining Omnicom Group, Inc. in 2004 as Executive Vice President, Janet has been responsible for the oversight of many of Omnicom’s most important clients. Janet fosters and facilitates integrated solutions through multi-agency collaboration, intercedes on behalf of both agencies and clients to develop solutions to any ongoing partnership issues and taps into Omnicom’s vast network of specialist agencies to bring ideas unique to their discipline to the clients. Additionally, in 2008, Janet founded and became CEO of G23, a fully-owned Omnicom subsidiary, whose sole focus is on the discovery of insights into the female economy on behalf of its clients.

Janet is very active on the speaking and panelist circuit. She has spoken at the Brand 50 annual meeting, keynoted at The International Alliance of Women global conference and the Economic Club of Toronto, been a panelist at both the Harvard Business School conference and Kellogg Graduate School of Business conference and moderated a panel at the annual conference of the Women’s World Banking Association. This year, Janet was invited to participate in the Fortune “Most Important Women in Business” conference and lectured at Oxford University’s Said Business School. Janet and G23 have been featured in articles in the New York Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail Business Magazine and the Oxford University Said Business School Magazine.

As passionate as Janet is about her role at Omnicom, she is equally as passionate about her philanthropic pursuits. Janet is a member of the Executive Committee on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Funding Network, an organization comprised of 140+ organizations that fund women’s solutions across the globe. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of its Board Operations Committee of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

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. Janisys is currently developing the technology in partnership with a major pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Nickel is presently leading the Memristor productization effort at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Memristors are the fourth fundamental circuit element, lately reduced to practice. She is directing HP’s participation in the recently announced joint development with Hynix, as well as creating internal CMOS compatible memristor fabrication processes.

Dr. Nickel has 42 U.S. Patents awarded, over 40 scientific papers published, and numerous invited presentations. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, gourmet cooking, and making fine wine.

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. Previously, Janice was Managing Director and President of BICC Data Networks.

Janice serves on the boards of ARM Holdings plc, RealNetworks, and is an advisor to Illuminate Ventures, which primarily invests in companies that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs.

Janice holds an honors degree in commerce from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

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. Zeszut holds a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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 -

I am the Founder and Executive Director of The Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium - it is catalyzing a network of emerging startups and standards around giving people control over their own data and digital identities.

I co-founded, co-produce and co-facilitate the Internet Identity Workshop - the leading forum developing user-centric identity on the web

My work in this field was originally inspired by my involvement with (where I am also the network director) and their publishing of the Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust into the Next Generation Internet -

I founded She's Geeky - a women's only technology unconference to do my part to address the challenge women face in geeky fields. (this is a project of Planetwork - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization). 

I have been designing and facilitating unconferences for 6 years focusing on supporting the real conversations needed to move industries forward. I believe that our events - how we meet and gather need to be action oriented and tap the wisdom present - not just be talking heads.

I have founded several other unconferences on a range of topics including Digital Death, Open Government and Big Data.  Unconference design and facilitation clients include Read Write Web, Gates Foundation, The One Club for Art and Copy, Mass. Technology Leadership Council and Engineering, Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE.

Laura "Pistachio" Fitton
CEO and Founder of

Once upon a time known as "Queen" of Twitter, Twitter's own mom-at-home to tech CEO Cinderella Story is CEO/Founder of and co-author of Twitter for Dummies. You can read her story in the Boston Globe, on or watch her Mixergy interview.

Credited with explaining Twitter's business value to @GuyKawasaki, in a Google TechTalk, at top business schools and to thousands of others tech leaders, she's been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since October 2007.

She launched the first Twitter for Business consultancy in 2008 and began work on oneforty while writing Twitter for Dummies. Consulting clients included IBM, Ford and Johnson & Johnson and she's been quoted in more than 100 national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, and BusinessWeek. She also raised $25,000 for Charity: Water in December 2008 in the first major "donate by tweeting" charity campaign, @Wellwishes.

Laura believes that everyone can benefit - dramatically - from Twitter because of its power to overcome isolation. Watch her "Twitter: A Love Story" talk from #140Conf NYC.

"The people you meet on Twitter remove the obstacles that hold us back in our everyday lives."

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.

As Managing Director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Ms. Yoler helps 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, user interface design, 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 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 (WSURF), the Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Board, and the advisory boards of DNA Direct (recently acquired by Medco), Silicon Valley Comes to UK, Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge University, the USC Ambassadors, TiE and SDForum. 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) and the technical advisory board of Index Ventures.

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.

Liz also co-created Satellite Sisters, a radio show/podcast that she hosts with her four real-life sisters in three different cities. Satellite Sisters has been syndicated by ABC Radio and Public Radio International. It is now available on iTunes.

Satellite Sisters has won 9 Gracie Allen Awards for excellence from American Women in Radio and Television in categories such as Best Show, Best Comedy, Best Public Service Campaign, Best Website and Best Podcast.

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.

A sought-after speaker and writer on nonprofit technology, Ms. Webb understands both challenges and technological possibilities facing the sector. She is one of the founding members of the Nonprofit Emerging Technology Exchange and an organizer of the NPTech tagging experiment. In 2008, Ms Webb won the prestigious NTEN “Person of the Year” award, and she was included in to the Nonprofit Times’ list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector.

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 has been named one of the "Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women" by Next Generation and "Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade" by Gaming Angels. She also received the 2010 Microsoft Women in Games award.

Prior to Her Interactive in 1997, Ms. Gaiser spent 11 years producing award-winning film documentaries, winning many awards, including 15 Cine Golden Eagle awards, three New York festival awards, and the International Documentary Milano Award. She also spent time on the Microsoft team as a Producer.

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. Previously, Megan was the CEO and, earlier, COO of PlanetOut, the leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender online community. Under her leadership, PlanetOut grew tenfold in reach and revenue. Prior to that, Megan was at General Magic for six years working on handheld communications products and partnerships. She also worked in multimedia at Apple Japan in Tokyo.

Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, such as designing an award-winning bicycle lock; working on a space station construction research project that eventually flew on the U.S. space shuttle; and running a field-research study on solar cookstoves in South America. She was also a member of the MIT-Solectria student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car in the first cross-continental solar car race, covering 2000 miles of the Australian outback. She was selected as one of the 100 World Economic Forum technology pioneers for 2001 and 2002.

Megan holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

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. Michelle creates "seed bombs" for her urban guerilla gardening campaign in the Piedmont Triad area. Her favorite fruit is the tomato, in all its glorious variations.

Michelle has been developing and running online communities for several years before she started her own hyperlocal niche. She holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida, a master's degree in journalism and is an associate professor in the School of Communications at Elon University. She is a former columnist, current journalist and part-time community activist working to install community gardens and raise awareness about eating locally.

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.

ForbesWoman is a multi-media platform serving successful women in business and leadership. This effort, launched by Forbes Media in 2008, includes a robust website, a digital community and a variety of content-rich live forums and events. Across these diverse media, ForbesWoman examines the unique experiences of professionally successful women, affirms their ambitions and achievements, and sets the agenda for purposeful discourse on topics that matter most to them.

Moira joined Forbes in 2001 in its London office, overseeing research and marketing for the former Forbes Global magazine, as well as developing business opportunities on behalf of all company divisions. She came to the New York office in 2003 as an Account Executive and was named Associate Publisher of Forbes’ dedicated lifestyle magazine, ForbesLife, in February of 2004, and Vice President and Publisher, ForbesWoman, in 2008. In 2010, Moira founded the Forbes Executive Women’s Board, an organization dedicated to harnessing the collective power of women in business to drive sustainable change. She serves on the board of Key4Women and is also an active member of such organizations as The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and 85 Broads.

Moira graduated cum laude with a BA in Art History from Princeton University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School program for Leadership Development. She is married to an orthopedic surgeon and lives in NYC.

Natalia Oberti Noguera
Founder & CEO/Pipeline Fellowship

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company's Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as's "25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech." Women's eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider included her on its 2013 list "The 30 Most Important Women in Tech under 30." You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

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. Her clients include: Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Sega, PlayFirst, The Cartoon Network, Disney, Lucas Arts, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog, Mattel, Monolith, Xfire, D.I.C.E, Leap Frog, Ugobe, The Learning Company, Broderbund, Roxio, Cisco, Sierra Online, and Maxis.

Since founding XEODesign in 1992, Nicole's design and research has improved over 40 million player experiences, including several popular franchises for casual audiences. Tilt World, an iPhone game striving for social good, is her latest endeavor.

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.

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).

Prior to Trinity Ventures, Patricia worked at McKinsey & Company,
helping enterprises in technology, financial services and retailing identify and address their strategic and operational issues. Previously, she also contributed to FORTUNE magazine and other publications on management best practices in technology companies.

Patricia is a member of the Stanford Business School Trust Investment Committee. Patricia received her M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her A.B. in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard University.

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.

She has been involved in small business for 33 years in Australia, Ireland and UK. She is a certificated business coach with the International Coach Federation, founding President of the Ireland chapter of the ICF and was trained by Corporate Coachu.

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.

Prior to founding Spoondate, Raissa pursued a career in Investment Banking and Private Equity where she worked on a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions including Chevron’s $19 billion acquisition of Unocal Corp. She also ran and restructured the Book for Kids Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by building libraries in low-income communities.

Having lived in several countries across three continents, Raissa is passionate about exploring the many ways in which food can be used to encourage social interaction and cultural exchange between people from different backgrounds.

Raissa graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Finance from Howard University and received a certificate of French Culinary Techniques from the French Culinary Institute.

Raissa is an avid traveler and bread-baking enthusiast. When she’s not sending hungry singles out on spoondates or keeping up with the latest in food culture, she’s usually checking out live music events or watching foreign films.

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).

In 1985, she founded Parenting magazine, the most successful magazine launch of the decade and later sold to Time Inc. Her founding of Parenting is documented in one of the most popular case studies by Harvard Business School, taught to all first-year students of the school. She started her career at Penthouse magazine, where she created the magazine's one-liner: "More than just a pretty face."

Her career encompasses heading magazine development for Time Inc.; president/CEO of Sunset Publishing; executive vice president helping the founders of CNET guide the company’s explosive growth (1997-2002) and profitability, before founding TeeBeeDee in 2006, a social network for people over 40. TeeBeeDee failed in 2009. Robin is currently managing director of Skout, a mobile apps company, where she is advising the founders in much the same role as she played at CNET – mobile today being very similar to the internet in 1997.

A New York native, Robin graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. Robin has been director of a range of public, private and non-profit companies and remains on the board of Credo Mobile (formerly known as Working Assets). She is based in San Francisco with her two children.

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.

Previously, she was VP, Software Business Partners and Midmarket, responsible for IBM’s software ecosystem initiatives, and VP, SOA, BPM and WebSphere Strategy, Channels and Marketing. Fast Company named her one of the most influential women in technology, and Everything Channels CRN magazine named her one of the most powerful 100 women in channels in 2010 and 2009.

Author of “The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0”, and “The New Language of Marketing 2.0”, she is an avid social media evangelist, a top Blogger and Twitter-er in IBM, and led an award winning team to 27 awards. She received MarCom awards for her blogger and Twitter communities and the 2010 Business Partner Virtual Event. She was recognized by World Brand Congress as 2009 Brand Leader of the Year, and by Altimeter Group as one of the top 10 women in social media.

She is on the board of WITI (Women in Technology International) Executive Advisory Council, WITI GEN (Global Executive Network), Forrester CMO Council, and is a member of the Marketing Focus Advisory Council; Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Inner Circle, and American Management Association (AMA). She received the AIT United Nations Member of the Year award twice. In 2010, AlwaysOn named her to the “Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch” list, and she was inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame.

A graduate of Duke University and Harvard, and fluent in eight programming languages, she received a patent for developing a methodology and tool to create a technology deployment path to automate IT processes.

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.  Jen, a rock climber and Ultimate Frisbee player, graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science, and is a recipient of the Founders Fund TechFellows Award in Engineering Leadership.

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. Previously, she was Director of Product Management at Talenthouse where she lead the company’s product from concept to initial alpha launch.

Before that she was at JAJAH (acquired by Telefonica/O2) as the Director of Product Management and Marketing. She began her career in Silicon Valley at TiE Global overseeing governance and operations of 40+ entrepreneurship centers.

In parallel Shaherose is perhaps best known as the CoFounder and CEO of Women 2.0, a network and pre-incubator for woman-led startups in Silicon Valley. She has led its growth to include tens of thousands of participants, hosting monthly educational and networking workshops and engaging entrepreneurs and investors from top Venture Capital firms and Angel circles. Over the years she has seen over 300 early stage startups through Women 2.0 and has a strong interest in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Shaherose holds a B.A. in Business Admin from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business and completed an international exchange program at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

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. Under her leadership, this fall the organization received a half a million dollar investment from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation for entrepreneurship globally.

Previously, Sharon founded SJ Vosmek & Associates and held management positions at American Express and in the office of U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini. Ms. Vosmek co-chairs the Entrepreneurial Alliance for the National Center for Women & Information Technology and was also invited to participate in The White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference and The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sharon has a master’s in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University.

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.

A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09, as well as a consultant to organizations including & TechSoup Global, where she led the re-design of their portal. She is also a circuit rider for The Knight Community Information Challenge and a frequent facilitator for The Knight Digital Media Center at The Annenberg School of Journalism, USC.

A popular trainer and speaker, Mernit was the Keynote program chair for the October 2009 Online News Association conference in San Francisco. She spent the summer 2008 at TechStars, incubating a company that died; that experience has super-fueled her energy. She is a CE at BlogHer, an avid blogger, and a recovering journalist. She is also a consultant focused on local media, community engagement & the future of news at

Telle Whitney
President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute

Dr. Telle Whitney is the President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. She held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel Corporation, and co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

She serves on the advisory boards of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Illuminate Ventures.

She has received numerous awards including:  ACM Distinguished Service, the Marie Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement, Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf, and San Jose Business Journal Top100 Women of Influence.

Dr. Whitney received her PhD from Caltech, and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah, both in Computer Science.

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. currently operates e-commerce storefronts for leading brands such as, Food Network, Starbucks, Calphalon, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen and Marley Coffee.

Prior to, Tracy was with the Walt Disney Corporation from 1994-1998. During her tenure with Disney, Tracy was part of a New Business Development team that launched the Disney Store Online as well as led Disney’s retail expansion into Singapore and Australia. Prior to Disney, Tracy spent four years with Anderson Consulting. Tracy has a BS in Engineering from University of Illinois. And, she is an avid mountain biker in her spare time.

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. In addition, Tracy worked on the University’s Planned Giving program, where she helped manage the creation and maintenance of individual charitable trusts. Prior to her time at Princeton, Tracy worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, where she focused on clients in the financial services sector, including the Merrill Lynch mutual funds and Princeton University. Tracy graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Spanish.

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.