2015 Speakers


Featuring


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton After nearly four decades of public service as an advocate for children and families, First Lady, Senato... Read Full Bio

Keynotes


Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to ... Read Full Bio

Candy Chang

CANDY CHANG is the creator of the Before I Die project, which started when she stenciled the words "Before I die I want to _______." on a chalkboard wall... Read Full Bio

Diane von Furstenberg

DIANE von FURSTENBERG first entered the fashion world in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses. Two years later, she created the wrap dress, which ... Read Full Bio

Kara Swisher

KARA SWISHER is currently the co-CEO and co-owner of Revere Digital, with Walt Mossberg. It is a tech and media news company that publishes the Re/code s... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Lynne Born

LYNNE BORN is a partner and chief operating officer of Seiler LLP. The firm specializes in the ultra-high net worth space and provides tax, advisory an... Read Full Bio

Bina Chaurasia

BINA CHAURASIA is Ericsson's chief human resources officer, responsible for maintaining the company¹s culture of collaboration, engagement and innovatio... Read Full Bio

Ana Corrales

ANA CORRALES is senior vice president of product operations at Cisco Systems. Corrales’ organization has responsibility for end-to-end life cycle manag... Read Full Bio

Renée J. James

RENÉE J. JAMES is president of Intel Corporation and is part of the company's executive office. James has broad knowledge of the computing industry, spa... Read Full Bio

M L Krakauer

M L KRAKAUER is executive vice president of human resources at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012 and 60,000 people worldwide, EMC i... Read Full Bio

Jami McKeon

JAMI McKEON is the global chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Morgan Lewis is the largest law firm in the U.S. and one of the preeminent legal service prov... Read Full Bio

Marlene Williamson

MARLENE WILLIAMSON is the chief executive officer of Watermark and serves on its board. Previously, she was chief marketing officer of a number of techn... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to ... Read Full Bio

Katrina Alcorn

KATRINA ALCORN is an author, consultant and expert on why women burn out at work. Her first book, “MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink,” (Seal Pres... Read Full Bio

Darla K. Anderson

DARLA K. ANDERSON is a senior producer at Pixar Animation Studios, where she joined in 1993. Her prodigious producing talents have contributed to some of... Read Full Bio

Barbara Annis

BARBARA ANNIS began her career as the first woman in sales at Sony and became the first woman sales manager with 14 Outstanding Sales Achievement awards ... Read Full Bio

Erna Arnesen

ERNA ARNESEN is vice president of global channel and partner marketing for Plantronics. She is responsible for developing Plantronics’ global channel a... Read Full Bio

Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks

DR. GLORIA MAYFIELD BANKS is an internationally renowned motivational success strategist and trainer, who has consistently beaten the odds to achieve ext... Read Full Bio

Ann Barlow

ANN BARLOW is partner and president of Peppercomm West Coast and managing director of the agency’s creative and digital group. For more than 25 years, ... Read Full Bio

Meg Bear

MEG BEAR is the general manager of the Social Cloud for Oracle. Bear lives and works at the intersection of people, business and technology. With over 10... Read Full Bio

Mary Ann Bianco

MARY ANN BIANCO is vice president, customer success, for Oracle. She is responsible for the delivery of support services to Oracle’s largest and most s... Read Full Bio

Jaleh Bisharat

JALEH BISHARAT is senior vice president of marketing at Elance-oDesk speaks and writes frequently on various topics of concern to working women, includin... Read Full Bio

Marcy Blair

MARCY BLAIR is vice president of Cisco Services, leading the Americas Partner Sales organization. She is responsible for the Americas Services Partner P... Read Full Bio

Julie Bornstein

JULIE BORNSTEIN is a pioneer in e-commerce and marketing. She has built and led e-commerce for three leading Omni-channel retailers: Sephora, Urban Outf... Read Full Bio

Jeanne Bradford

JEANNE BRADFORD is the co-author of “Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Accelerating Product Development.” She has led global organization... Read Full Bio

Kimberly Bryant

KIMBERLY BRYANT is the founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” b... Read Full Bio

Dr. Richard Carmona

DR. RICHARD CARMONA, MD, MPH, FACS, is the 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, CEO of Canyon Ranch heal... Read Full Bio

Patrice D'Eramo

PATRICE D’ERAMO is vice president of the Americas Field Marketing Organization with Cisco. She leads field marketing for Cisco’s largest geographic ... Read Full Bio

Anne Devereux-Mills

ANNE DEVEREUX-MILLS is the of chief strategy officer of Lantern, a San Francisco-based start-up that is using technology to bring mental wellness program... Read Full Bio

Janine Driver

JANINE DRIVER is the founder, president and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute, an elite certification program that offers award-winning adv... Read Full Bio

Gloria Feldt

GLORIA FELDT is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, leadership expert and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a multi-faceted initiative to pr... Read Full Bio

Kathy Woeber Gardner

KATHY WOEBER GARDNER is partner in corporate law boutique, Montgomery Pacific Law Group LLP (MPLG), based in San Francisco. She advises technology and li... Read Full Bio

Libby Gill

LIBBY GILL understands change. In her mid-forties after nearly 20 years in senior leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and ... Read Full Bio

Jackie Glenn

JACKIE GLENN is a seasoned executive in strategic planning, human resources, talent development and diversity and inclusion. She is currently the global ... Read Full Bio

John Gray

JOHN GRAY is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” Gray’s books have s... Read Full Bio

Carla A. Harris

CARLA A. HARRIS is the author of “Strategize to Win,” and managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. The chair of the board of th... Read Full Bio

Heather Healy

HEATHER HEALY leads the information experience organization and serves as the transformation lead for the engineering operations services and solutions (... Read Full Bio

Jessica Herrin

JESSICA HERRIN is CEO and founder of Stella & Dot. As the brains behind Stella & Dot, Herrin has proven just how one woman can go about styling her life ... Read Full Bio

Rosalind L. Hudnell

ROSALIND L. HUDNELL is vice president, human resources and chief diversity officer for Intel Corporation. She leads the team responsible for building In... Read Full Bio

Karineh Khachatourian

KARINEH KHACHATOURIAN is managing partner of the Duane Morris Silicon Valley office, practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and couns... Read Full Bio

Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger is the host of Food Network’s & Cooking Channel’s popular “Healthy Appetite” and author of the New York Times best-sel... Read Full Bio

Susan LaPointe

SUSAN LaPOINTE has honed her HR acumen in some of the world’s largest and well-known companies. She has a proven record of accomplishment supporting or... Read Full Bio

Vanessa Loder

VANESSA LODER is an entrepreneur and former private equity investor and the co-founder of Mindfulness Based Achievement, the New MBA, a company that prov... Read Full Bio

Yoky Matsuoka

YOKY MATSUOKA grew up assuming she would become a professional tennis player. After obtaining her degrees, she became a professor at Carnegie Mellon Uni... Read Full Bio

Joyce Maynard

JOYCE MAYNARD has been a writer of both fiction and nonfiction for over 40 years. She has published two best-selling memoirs— “Looking Back,” and ... Read Full Bio

Jami McKeon

JAMI McKEON is the global chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Morgan Lewis is the largest law firm in the U.S. and one of the preeminent legal service prov... Read Full Bio

Erin L. McSweeney

ERIN L. McSWEENEY is currently the senior vice president of human resources overseeing EMC’s Product and Marketing Divisions, supporting over 10,000 em... Read Full Bio

Kristi Mitchem

KRISTI MITCHEM is an executive vice president at State Street Global Advisors. As head of the Americas Institutional Client Group, Mitchem leads the stra... Read Full Bio

Verná Myers

VERNÁ MYERS, Esq. is principal of Verná Myers Consulting Group, LLC (VMCG). She is a nationally recognized expert on diversity and inclusion within law... Read Full Bio

Peggy Northrop

PEGGY NORTHROP is the editor in chief of Sunset Publishing, the leading lifestyle brand in the West reaching 5.3 million consumers via its magazine, webs... Read Full Bio

Lisa Orrell

LISA ORRELL, CPC, is globally recognized as the “generations relations and leadership expert.” As such, she’s the award-winning author of four book... Read Full Bio

Joanne Pasternack

JOANNE PASTERNACK is entering her eighth season as the director of 49ers Foundation and community relations for the San Francisco 49ers, overseeing all c... Read Full Bio

Ramona Pierson

RAMONA PIERSON was 22 when she was hit by a drunk driver, putting her in a coma for 18 months and leaving her blind for 11 years. During her recovery, sh... Read Full Bio

Rima Qureshi

RIMA QURESHI senior vice president, chief strategy officer and head of M&A for Ericsson. She is responsible for the company’s overall strategy, for dri... Read Full Bio

Ginna Raahuage

GINNA RAAHUAGE is senior vice president and chief information officer of Riverbed Technology. She is responsible for achieving business value and growth ... Read Full Bio

Susan Rancourt

SUSAN RANCOURT brings over 25 years of experience in progressively complex business roles in the high tech industry. Spanning nearly every functional are... Read Full Bio

Danae Ringelmann

DANAE RINGELMANN co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s lar... Read Full Bio

Bridget Ross

BRIDGET ROSS has a long and distinguished career with Johnson & Johnson and is currently the worldwide president of Acclarent, Inc., a medical device com... Read Full Bio

Michele Ruiz

MICHELE RUIZ is a bi-lingual entrepreneur and public speaker whose passions are entrepreneurship, empowerment and technology. Her motto is: “empowering... Read Full Bio

Renee Compton Ryan

RENEE COMPTON RYAN became vice president, venture investments for Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) in 2011. She is based in Silicon Valle... Read Full Bio

Faye Sahai

FAYE SAHAI has more than 20 years of experience in leading innovation, catalyst for change and strategic initiatives across multiple companies such as B... Read Full Bio

Merline Saintil

MERLINE SAINTIL is the head of operations for the executive vice president and chief technology officer at Intuit. She is an international technology ex... Read Full Bio

Pooja Sankar

POOJA SANKAR is the founder and CEO of Piazza, which is changing the way technical students learn and find jobs. She has worked at Oracle, Kosmix and Fac... Read Full Bio

Dan Schawbel

DAN SCHAWBEL is the managing partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wall Street ... Read Full Bio

Katie Hamilton Shaffer

KATIE HAMILTON SHAFFER is a vintner and celebrity host in Napa Valley. Shaffer merged her passions for food, wine and philanthropy to create "Feast it Fo... Read Full Bio

Gail Sheehy

GAIL SHEEHY is the author of 16 books, including the classic New York Times best-seller “Passages,” named by the Library of Congress as one... Read Full Bio

Christie Simons

CHRISTIE SIMONS is a partner at Deloitte & Touche’s Bay Area technology practice and has 25 years of experience serving global technology clients w... Read Full Bio

Christina Smedley

CHRISTINA SMEDLEY brings more than 20 years’ experience developing, planning and implementing programs around the world for leading brands and companie... Read Full Bio

Cindy Solomon

CINDY SOLOMON is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, author and entrepreneur who helps organizations, teams and individuals find their cou... Read Full Bio

Maya Strelar-Migotti

MAYA STRELAR-MIGOTTI is senior vice president of Marvell Semiconductor. She is a highly accomplished executive with a history of maximizing revenue and p... Read Full Bio

Lisa Sugar

LISA SUGAR is co-founder and editor-in-chief for POPSUGAR. An insatiable appetite for celebrities and the world of entertainment led Sugar to join with ... Read Full Bio

Celia Tejada

CELIA TEJADA is a lifestyle visionary whose creativity and strategic high-level thinking, along with her passion, inspires and transforms all she touches... Read Full Bio

Manisha Thakor

MANISHA THAKOR, CFA, is the director of wealth strategies for Women at Buckingham and The BAM Alliance. Thakor and her colleagues provide both evidence-b... Read Full Bio

Christine Tsai

CHRISTINE TSAI is a managing partner at 500 Startups where she oversees the accelerator program and distribution/growth team. Prior to 500, she was in pr... Read Full Bio

Nicole Ward

NICOLE WARD is Western regional director of BDO USA, the fifth-largest global public accounting and professional services firm, providing assurance, tax,... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Gunjan Aggarwal

GUNJAN AGGARWAL is head of human resources for Ericsson’s North American region. She is responsible for driving human resources strategy for the U.S. ... Read Full Bio

Wendy Beecham

WENDY BEECHAM is managing principal with the leadership and talent consulting practice of Korn Ferry in San Francisco, where she works with world class o... Read Full Bio

Marcy Blair

MARCY BLAIR is vice president of Cisco Services, leading the Americas Partner Sales organization. She is responsible for the Americas Services Partner P... Read Full Bio

Lynne Born

LYNNE BORN is a partner and chief operating officer of Seiler LLP. The firm specializes in the ultra-high net worth space and provides tax, advisory an... Read Full Bio

Trudy Bourgeois

TRUDY BOURGEOIS is a renowned and respected authority on leadership development and diversity in today’s corporate America. After a successful career a... Read Full Bio

Sharon Brogdon

SHARON BROGDON is the diversity director at Intel Corporation. In this role she oversees the company’s strategic approach to the retention and develop... Read Full Bio

Bina Chaurasia

BINA CHAURASIA is Ericsson's chief human resources officer, responsible for maintaining the company¹s culture of collaboration, engagement and innovatio... Read Full Bio

Mary B. Cranston

MARY B. CRANSTON is the immediate past chair and CEO of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm with 18 offices in the United Stat... Read Full Bio

Patrice D'Eramo

PATRICE D’ERAMO is vice president of the Americas Field Marketing Organization with Cisco. She leads field marketing for Cisco’s largest geographic ... Read Full Bio

Nadia Damouni

NADIA DAMOUNI is the corporate board correspondent at Thomson Reuters, covering all facets of publicly traded boards, shareholder activism and executive ... Read Full Bio

Gerri Elliott

GERRI ELLIOTT serves on the boards of Whirlpool, Bed Bath & Beyond and Charlotte Russe. Formerly, executive vice president, chief customer officer for Ju... Read Full Bio

Rasika Janartha

RASIKA JANARTHA is an account manager with Ericsson, managing sales engagements for End-2-End solutions in network technology. She is also part of Ericss... Read Full Bio

Francine Katsoudas

FRANCINE KATSOUDAS is senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, l... Read Full Bio

Lisa M. Lambert

LISA M. LAMBERT is vice president of Intel Capital and managing director of the software and services sector at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of se... Read Full Bio

Heather Lawley

HEATHER LAWLEY is lead, thought leadership for the office of inclusion and collaboration at Cisco Systems. Within thought leadership, Lawley identifies b... Read Full Bio

Amy McCune

AMY McCUNE has been part of the rapidly transforming communications technology space for the past 7 years. She has recently joined Ericsson as head of ch... Read Full Bio

Patricia McDonald

PATRICIA McDONALD is vice president of human resources and director of the Intel talent organization at Intel Corporation. She leads a global organizatio... Read Full Bio

Jami McKeon

JAMI McKEON is the global chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Morgan Lewis is the largest law firm in the U.S. and one of the preeminent legal service prov... Read Full Bio

Marilyn Nagel

MARILYN NAGEL joined Watermark as CEO in 2011, leading strategic initiatives designed to help exceptional women in the Bay Area enhance their personal an... Read Full Bio

Margaret A. Neale

MARGARET A. NEALE is the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford University. She was honored with the Robert T. Davis award for Lifetime ... Read Full Bio

Rima Qureshi

RIMA QURESHI senior vice president, chief strategy officer and head of M&A for Ericsson. She is responsible for the company’s overall strategy, for dri... Read Full Bio

Sridevi Koneru Rao

SRIDEVI KONERU RAO leads Cisco’s core data and analytics team that drives thought leadership and execution of the digitization strategy. She is respons... Read Full Bio

Kim Rivera

KIM RIVERA is chief legal officer for DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE DVA), a Global Fortune 500 healthcare services company with 65,000 teammates and o... Read Full Bio

Karyn Smith

KARYN SMITH is the first ever general counsel of Twilio, a cloud communications company based in San Francisco. Smith brings more than 20 years of exper... Read Full Bio

Laura Stein

LAURA STEIN is SVP, general counsel for the Clorox Company. She is responsible for global legal, compliance, corporate communications, corporate responsi... Read Full Bio

Jane Edison Stevenson

JANE EDISON STEVENSON is vice chairman, board & CEO services at Korn Ferry, with offices in Atlanta and New York. She leads the firm's global CEO success... Read Full Bio

Lisa Welker-Finney

LISA WELKER-FINNEY is the HR VP for the Americas for Boston Scientific Corporation, a leader in medical device manufacturing and sales. In her role she ... Read Full Bio

Karen Willem

KAREN WILLEM is the chief financial officer of Lilee Systems, a leader in Industrial IoT. She is a veteran of the technology industry, with more than 25 ... Read Full Bio

Mary L. Willner

MARY L. WILLNER is vice president in the client computing group and general manager of client software and systems at Intel Corporation. She is responsib... Read Full Bio

Kristi Yamaguchi

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI captured the gold medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France in figure skating. She is also a two-time World champion and ... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Almudena Bernabeau

ALMUDENA BERNABEAU is an international attorney for CJA. Since early 2002, she’s lead CJA’s Latin America program, serving on U.S.-based civil Alien ... Read Full Bio

Julie Bornstein

JULIE BORNSTEIN is a pioneer in e-commerce and marketing. She has built and led e-commerce for three leading Omni-channel retailers: Sephora, Urban Outf... Read Full Bio

Melissa Davis

MELISSA DAVIS lives in Oakland, C.A. with her husband and son, and runs the Oakland-based public relations agency Ruby Press. Before moving west and brea... Read Full Bio

Linda Harrison

LINDA HARRISON was appointed as the executive director of MoAD in December 2013. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the for-profit and non... Read Full Bio

Aisha Ibrahim

AISHA IBRAHIM received her formal culinary degree while attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Born in the Philippines, and an East ... Read Full Bio

Peggy Northrop

PEGGY NORTHROP is the editor in chief of Sunset Publishing, the leading lifestyle brand in the West reaching 5.3 million consumers via its magazine, webs... Read Full Bio

Kristine Shine

KRISTINE SHINE is the president of the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com, the Bay Area’s most-read sources of local and national news, reaching 29... Read Full Bio

Lauren Bonar Swezey

LAUREN BONAR SWEZEY leads sustainability for Facebook global real estate and facilities in Menlo Park where she directs sustainability initiatives, inclu... Read Full Bio

Michelle Garcia Winner

MICHELLE GARCIA WINNER, MA, CCC-SLP is the founder of Social Thinking®, a unique philosophy and related teaching frameworks that encourage development o... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Erika Brookes

ERIKA BROOKES is a veteran technology and marketing executive. As vice president of product strategy for Oracle, she works on the Oracle Social Cloud bus... Read Full Bio

Susan Chang

SUSAN CHANG is social media manager for Dropbox. Chang realized during graduate school at the London School of Economics that she could actually turn her... Read Full Bio

Audrey Cooper

AUDREY COOPER is the editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first woman to fill the role in the company’s 150-year history. At 37, she is ... Read Full Bio

Megan Rose Dickey

MEGAN ROSE DICKEY is a former tech journalist turned startup enthusiast, now a producer at KITE. She spent over two years covering startups focused on th... Read Full Bio

Lauren Diehl

LAUREN DIEHL is senior director of global customer management for Oracle Corporation. Diehl joined Oracle in 1990, moving from Boston to California and h... Read Full Bio

Amanda Fakhreddine

AMANDA FAKHREDDINE is a former reporter turned social media specialist at Akamai Technologies. This Bay-Area native has also successfully developed socia... Read Full Bio

Sarah Granger

SARAH GRANGER is an award-winning digital media innovator and bestselling author of “The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower ... Read Full Bio

Nancy Davis Kho

NANCY DAVIS KHO is a digital content marketing professional turned freelance writer and editor. Her writing appears regularly in the San Francisco Chroni... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Stephanie Brendel

STEPHANIE BRENDEL is co-founder and president of Freeli Inc., an innovative food company that aims to improve the way kids eat on the go. Brendel has de... Read Full Bio

Debra Chrapaty

DEBRA CHRAPATY brings decades of experience in growing and scaling companies in the enterprise and consumer sectors. Before joining Declara, Chrapaty was... Read Full Bio

Alisa Cordesisu

ALISA CORDESISU is an international development practitioner turned manager of social innovation at Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the... Read Full Bio

Heather Franzese

HEATHER FRANZESE is a Purpose Economy 100 (PE100) global changemaker. She has been working for 15 years to improve the lives of vulnerable workers in gl... Read Full Bio

Sarah Milstein

SARAH MILSTEIN is CEO of Lean Startup Productions, which hosts the popular Lean Startup Conference. She is also co-author, with Tim O'Reilly, of “The T... Read Full Bio

Morgan Remmers

MORGAN REMMERS is Yelp's manager of business outreach for Canada and the western half of the United State. Remmers educates the SMB community on how to u... Read Full Bio

Margret Schmidt

MARGRET SCHMIDT is TiVo's chief design officer, and vice president of design and engineering. She is responsible for the design and development of all d... Read Full Bio

Jin Zhou

JIN ZHOU is the global programs manager for Women 2.0, where she is connecting, building, and inspiring the next generation of women leaders. She is deep... Read Full Bio