2018 Speakers

Thank you to all of our amazing 2018 speakers! Check out the Conference Center page for recaps and resources.

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2019 Speakers will be announced here starting in the Fall.


Amal Clooney

AMAL CLOONEY is a British human rights lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and human right... Read Full Bio

Jodi Kantor

JODI KANTOR is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, and a best-selling author. Kantor specializes in long-form, deeply repor... Read Full Bio

Kelly McEvers

KELLY McEVERS is co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine. She hosts the program from NPR West in Culver City, Cali... Read Full Bio

Elaine Welteroth

ELAINE WELTEROTH is an award-winning journalist, media personality, and the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. At the time of her hire, Welte... Read Full Bio

Reese Witherspoon

REESE WITHERSPOON has created the kind of unforgettable characters that connect with critics and audiences alike, making her one of Hollywood’s most so... Read Full Bio
Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid

MAYSOON ZAYID is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of, and a guest comedian in residence at, Arizona State Univers... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers

Jessica Aguirre

JESSICA AGUIRRE is the evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and an Emmy award winning journalist. She began her career while attending the University of ... Read Full Bio

Allison Allen

ALLISON ALLEN is VP of diversity, inclusion and talent management at Oath. In this role, she leads global efforts across Oath’s more than fifty media ... Read Full Bio

Karen Ashley

KAREN ASHLEY is vice president of corporate development integration in the chief strategy office with Cisco. In this role, she drives operational and st... Read Full Bio

Greg Becker

GREG BECKER is president and CEO of SVB Financial Group, and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank. Becker has been a champion of the innovation economy since he j... Read Full Bio

Falguni Desai

FALGUNI DESAI is a senior manager for Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office. She is a successful business operations leader with over twenty years of expe... Read Full Bio

Laura Garcia

LAURA GARCIA anchors weekday mornings, Today in the Bay and Midday In The Bay alongside Marcus Washington. This multiple Emmy Awar... Read Full Bio

Sam Liccardo

MAYOR SAM LICCARDO took office in January 2015, and at the age of forty-four became one of the youngest mayors in San José’s modern history. During h... Read Full Bio

Rami Rahim

RAMI RAHIM is chief executive officer of Juniper Networks,  and a member of the company’s board of directors. A rarity in the industry, he has risen ... Read Full Bio

Brian K. Reaves

BRIAN K. REAVES is chief diversity and inclusion officer with Dell. In this role, he’s responsible for Dell’s global equality and inclusion initiati... Read Full Bio

Robin Washington

ROBIN L. WASHINGTON is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gilead Sciences, Inc. Gilead is a thirty billion dollar, researc... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers

Tara Arvedson

TARA ARVEDSON is director of research with Amgen. She is a researcher and team leader in the Oncology research depar... Read Full Bio

Kim Azzarelli

KIM AZZARELLI is the co-founder of Seneca Women, and co-author of the book, Fast Forward. She is a business, philanthropic ... Read Full Bio

Diana Brainard

DIANA BRAINARD is vice president of clinical research, liver diseases at Gilead Sciences, Inc. Over the last seven years she has overseen the clinical d... Read Full Bio

Morra Aarons-Mele

MORRA AARONS-MELE is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and The Mission List, a social change influencer database. She is an... Read Full Bio

Komal Ahmad

KOMAL AHMAD is the founder and CEO of Copia. In this role, she is working to solve the world’s dumbest problem by eradicating hunger while reducing fo... Read Full Bio

Anna Akbari

ANNA AKBARI, PhD, is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and writer. She is the founder of Sociology of Style, an image and life coaching company, and a partne... Read Full Bio

Shannon Audino

SHANNON AUDINO works with Medallia's prospective clients, consulting on customer experience management program design and best practices.  She has help... Read Full Bio

Valerie Biberaj

VALERIE BIBERAJ is director of philanthropic programming for kate spade new york. In this role, she has overseen the reinvention of the kate spade new y... Read Full Bio

Bridget Bisnette

BRIDGET BISNETTE has contributed to the IT Industry for more than thirty years. Her employers include global companies such as Riverbed, Cisco Systems, S... Read Full Bio

Madonna Bolano

MADONNA BOLANO is group vice president and head of human resources for Applied Materials. Bolano and her team support the business to attract, develop, ... Read Full Bio

Mark Brillhart

MARK BRILLHART brings over twenty years of high-performance network infrastructure equipment supply chain, manufacturing operations, supplier management... Read Full Bio

Kelly Brown

KELLY WILLIAMS BROWN is the New York Times-bestselling author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, which ad... Read Full Bio

Mary Bui-Pham

MARY BUI-PHAM is vice president of global operations for media brands and products at Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon. She is responsible for the day-t... Read Full Bio

Karen Cahn

KAREN CAHN is founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a company on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering women to start a... Read Full Bio

Courtney Carver

COURTNEY CARVER changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of bemorewithless.com and minimalist fas... Read Full Bio

John China

JOHN CHINA is the head of technology banking with Silicon Valley Bank. In this role, he is focused on delivering best-fit solutions, i... Read Full Bio

Kathy Chou

KATHY CHOU is VP of research and development operations and central services for VMware. She has more than twenty five years of operations and managemen... Read Full Bio

Amy Cooper Hakim

AMY COOPER HAKIM, Ph.D. is an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and workplace expert. She is a speaker, author, and the executive consult... Read Full Bio

Sophie Couteaux

SOPHIE COUTEAUX is a vice president with Mastercard working on the digital partnerships team. In this role, she is focused on creating connections and d... Read Full Bio

Paula Delaney

Paula Delaney is vice president of finance for VMware, one of the top five software companies in the world.  She leads a global team of more than tw... Read Full Bio

Deary Paul Duffie

DEARY PAUL DUFFIE leads diversity and inclusion, and learning and organization development functions at Genentech, a biotechnology affiliate of Roche Ph... Read Full Bio

Kirstin Early

KIRSTIN EARLY is a research scientist at Oath, where she works on dialog management for an intelligent personal assistant to plan conversations so the sy... Read Full Bio

Anne Elkin

ANNE ELKIN is a vice president and a human resources business partner in HR for Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, CA.  She has been with Qualcomm since 1995,... Read Full Bio

Luna Federici

LUNA FEDERICI is vice president of funding strategy with Lending Club. Lending Club is a marketplace lender focused on empowering borrowers that strive ... Read Full Bio

Amy Flood

AMY FLOOD is vice president of public affairs with Gilead Sciences, Inc. She joined Gilead’s corporate communications department in January 2000 to ma... Read Full Bio

Molly Ford

MOLLY Q. FORD is the senior director of global equality programs at Salesforce. Salesforce has been called the World’s Most Innovative Company by Read Full Bio

Paul Francisco

PAUL FRANCISCO is the chief diversity officer, and head of workforce development programs at State Street Corporation. He leads the implementation of St... Read Full Bio

Nely Galán

NELY GALÁN is a Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine. She i... Read Full Bio

Meg Galistinos

MEG GALISTINOS leads Mercer’s Career business in the New York Metro area, overseeing a team of talent consultants and industry experts that collabora... Read Full Bio

Adriana Gascoigne

ADRIANA GASCOIGNE is the founder and CEO of Girls in Tech (GIT), the world’s first group focusing on millennial women in technology and entrepreneurs... Read Full Bio

Teresa Ghilarducci

TERESA GHILARDUCCI is an expert on retirement, pensions and personal savings. She is the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz chair in economic policy analysis ... Read Full Bio

Jackie Glenn

JACKIE GLENN is vice president, global diversity and inclusion at Dell Technologies / Dell EMC, the newly merged technology industry leader with a workf... Read Full Bio

Alison Green

ALISON GREEN writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers' questions daily on workplace and management issues. From what to say wh... Read Full Bio

Michelle Hare

MICHELLE D. HARE works with the State Farm® marketing department managing national sponsorships pertaining to the life stages of getting married, start... Read Full Bio

Celeste Headlee

CELESTE HEADLEE is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author of the book We Need To Talk - How To Have Conversations That Matter (Harper ... Read Full Bio

Kristen Hedstrom

KRISTEN HEDSTROM is the director of health economics and market access for the Neuromodulation business of Boston Scientific, where she develops and di... Read Full Bio

Carolyn Herzog

CAROLYN HERZOG is the executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer at Arm, the world’s leading semicond... Read Full Bio

Kelly Hoey

KELLY HOEY is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes as “1 of ... Read Full Bio

Dena House

DENA A. HOUSE is the senior director of HR, organizational development and learning at Counsyl, Inc. She has been a global leader in this space for over... Read Full Bio

Gail Hunter

GAIL HUNTER is in her sixth season as vice president of public affairs, community relations and event management for the Golden State Warriors. Hunter j... Read Full Bio

Therese Huston

THERESE HUSTON, PhD, is a cognitive psychologist at Seattle University who is changing how we talk about women at work. Her book How Women Decide(2016)... Read Full Bio

Rachel Kassabian

RACHEL HERRICK KASSABIAN is an intellectual property litigator at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a leading AmLaw 100 litigation-only law firm wi... Read Full Bio

Meredith Kraus

MEREDITH A. KRAUS is the director of human resources for Merck Research Laboratories in South San Francisco. In this role she has primary responsibility... Read Full Bio

Jessica Lahey

JESSICA LAHEY is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, ... Read Full Bio

Bonnie Marcus

BONNIE MARCUS has extensive business background, including serving as CEO of a ServiceMaster company, VP of sales at Medical Staffing Network, and two o... Read Full Bio

Becky Margiotta

BECKY MARGIOTTA is the managing director of The Billions Institute. In this role, she inspires leaders in the social sector to step all the way into wha... Read Full Bio

Clare Markovits

CLARE MARKOVITS serves as chief of staff in the Cisco's chief digital office. In this role, she supports the organization’s overall operations, planni... Read Full Bio

Felicia Mayo

FELICIA MAYO is currently serving as the head of diversity and inclusion and G&A HR at Tesla.  This position gives Mayo the unique opportunity to w... Read Full Bio

Patty McCord

PATTY McCORD served as chief talent officer of Netflix for fourteen years and helped create the Netflix Culture Deck. Since it was posted on the web, th... Read Full Bio

Vicki Mealer-Burke

VICKI MEALER-BURKE was appointed as Qualcomm’s first chief diversity officer in November 2016. In this role, she brings nearly twenty years of busines... Read Full Bio

Nikki Medoro

NIKKI MEDORO is an award-winning journalist, with nearly two decades of experience in news as a reporter, anchor and talk show co-host.  Born and ra... Read Full Bio

Pat Milligan

PAT MILLIGAN is a senior partner and global leader in the multinational client group with Mercer. Previously, she served as president of Mercer's North ... Read Full Bio

Vivienne Ming

DR. VIVIENNE MING Named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 10 Women to Watch in Tech,” Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist, and entrepreneu... Read Full Bio

Rajat Mishra

RAJAT MISHRA has been named to Wharton’s #40under40 2017 list. As Cisco’s vice president of worldwide services strategy and innovation, Mishra is re... Read Full Bio

Jennifer Mueller

JENNIFER MUELLER earned her PhD in social and developmental psychology at Brandeis University, and has been on the faculty of many top business schools ... Read Full Bio

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

LORI NISHIURA MACKENZIE is executive director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, home to eminent scholars and activists for... Read Full Bio

Stacey Ohara

STACEY CLARK OHARA is global head of diversity and inclusion and the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund with Juniper Networks. She is committed t... Read Full Bio

Susan Reid

SUSAN REID is a managing director and global head of diversity and Inclusion at Morgan Stanley.  She works closely with the firm’s leaders in the des... Read Full Bio

Marilee Rhodes

MARILEE RHODES is AVP of sales with Akamai Technologies. With over twenty years of experience as a sales leader, Rhodes oversees a team of sales execu... Read Full Bio

Wendy Sachs

WENDY SACHS is a master of the career pivot. She is the author of Fearless and Free—How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers, a book O Magaz... Read Full Bio

Tina Sandford

TINA SANDFORD is the managing director of HR operations, policy and projects and a member of Silicon Valley Bank’s human resources leadership team. Ti... Read Full Bio

Shireen Santosham

SHIREEN SANTOSHAM is the chief innovation officer for Mayor Sam Liccardo where she leads efforts to make San Jose the most innovative city in America by ... Read Full Bio

Missy Schnurstein

MISSY SCHNURSTEIN has worked in ad tech for most of her career, primarily in sales, client services and ad operations, at both start-ups and Fortune 500... Read Full Bio

Laura Sherbin

LAURA SHERBIN is co-president at the Center for Talent Innovation and a managing partner at Hewlett Consulting Partners. She is an economist who special... Read Full Bio

Pamela Sherman

PAMELA SHERMAN is the HR business partner for the HR organization at Applied Materials. She was recently named as the leader for diversity and inclusion... Read Full Bio

Lisa Skeete Tatum

LISA SKEETE TATUM is founder and CEO of Landit, a technology platform created to increase the success and engagement of women in the workplace, and to e... Read Full Bio

Amanda Slavin

AMANDA SLAVIN is a Millennill, Millennial Minded*, and Generation Z expert as well as the CEO and founder of CatalystCreativ. CatalysCreativ is an exper... Read Full Bio

Jessamyn Stanley

JESSAMYN STANLEY is the author of Every Body Yoga, as well as an internationally recognized yoga teacher, award-winning Instagram star, @mynamei... Read Full Bio

Cynthia Stoddard

CYNTHIA STODDARD is senior vice president and chief information officer with Adobe Systems Incorporated. In this role, she oversees Adobe’s global inf... Read Full Bio

Lesley Stolz

LESLEY STOLZ, PhD, fosters Johnson & Johnson’s external R&D engine and supports the innovation community by leading the Johnson & Johnson I... Read Full Bio

Hayley Tabor

HAYLEY TABOR is vice president, global industry solutions at Dell EMC. A twenty five-year veteran of the IT industry, Tabor leads a dedicated and highly... Read Full Bio

Amy Trask

AMY TRASK has had many titles during her career: chief executive, analyst, and author. The former CEO of the Oakland Raiders, and current football analyst for CBS Sports... Read Full Bio

Laura Vanderkam

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does ItWhat the Most Successf... Read Full Bio

Cy Wakeman

CY WAKEMAN is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times best-selling author, and global thought leader wit... Read Full Bio

Caroline Webb

CAROLINE WEBB is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life. Her book on that ... Read Full Bio

Jen Welter

DR. JEN WELTER became the first female to coach in the NFL when she joined the Arizona Cardinals as a linebackers coach in the summer of 2015. That expe... Read Full Bio

Robin Wolaner

ROBIN WOLANER is an executive with broad experience in startups and managing companies. Prior to joining We Care Solar as COO in 2015, she was CEO of Vi... Read Full Bio

Sonya Zilka

SONYA ZILKA is vice president of human resources and communications for Actelion, U.S. Prior to joining Actelion, she was an independent consultant assi... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable

Adam Granoff

ADAM GRANOFF is a senior vice president with Mastercard, working on the digital partnerships team responsible for the account management of North Americ... Read Full Bio

Sarah Heck

SARAH HECK leads external affairs and new markets for Stripe Atlas, Stripe’s platform that enables entrepreneurs around the world to start and grow in... Read Full Bio

Gail Hunter

GAIL HUNTER is in her sixth season as vice president of public affairs, community relations and event management for the Golden State Warriors. Hunter j... Read Full Bio

Somie Park

SOMIE PARK is a client advisor on the small business team at LendingClub. LendingClub is the world’s largest online credit marketpla... Read Full Bio

Dorit Perry

DORIT PERRY is an adjunct Professor of Law at Santa Clara University Law School. An international attorney, Perry has over twenty five years of experien... Read Full Bio

Susan Repo

SUSAN REPO serves as corporate treasurer and vice president of finance for Tesla, Inc. Since joining the company in March 2013, she has guided Tesla thr... Read Full Bio

Singari Seshadri

SINGARI SESHADRI runs the Stanford Venture Studio, a program for graduate students exploring new venture ideas.  Her previous work experience includes ... Read Full Bio

Shilpi Sharma

SHILPI SHARMA is the co-founder and CEO of Kvantum, a marketing performance analytics company. Previously, she spent more than fifteen years in strategi... Read Full Bio

Mana Sopheak

MANA SOPHEAK is currently a senior client advisor with Lending Club, where she has been instrumental in providing millions of dollars to small busine... Read Full Bio

Hope Timberlake

HOPE TIMBERLAKE is a workshop facilitator, executive coach and keynote speaker who works with leaders and teams to improve their effectiveness and perfo... Read Full Bio

Anarghya Vardhana

ANARGHYA VARDHANA is a senior associate at consumer VC firm Maveron, where she invests in cutting-edge consumer startups. She published a math theorem a... Read Full Bio

Norma Watenpaugh

NORMA WATENPAUGH is the founding principal and CEO of Phoenix Consulting Group, which provides education and consulting services with expertise in marke... Read Full Bio

Tech Roundtables

Andrea Corson

ANDREA CORSON is an Emmy-nominated television producer, digital strategist, and consultant. Most recently she has created awesome video for a wide range... Read Full Bio

Nicola Peill-Moelter

NICOLA PEILL-MOELTER is senior director of environmental sustainability with Akamai. In this role, she leads Akamai’s global sustainability program, c... Read Full Bio

Bonnie Grant Petrich

BONNIE GRANT PETRICH is a senior director of sales development at EMC. For the last seven years she has been passionately educating the DELL EMC salesfo... Read Full Bio

Lisa Poon

LISA POON is a versatile HR professional in the areas of recruitment, HR shared services, program management, and benefits design and administration.  ... Read Full Bio

Mimi Schiffman

MIMI SCHIFFMAN has worked as a filmmaker and producer for nine years, creating content for CNN, Huffington PostThe New York Times,... Read Full Bio

Suzanne Shade

SUZANNE SHADE is a creative director and curator, and has spent the last twenty five years imagining brand experience for startups, advertising agencies... Read Full Bio

Kathy Strahs

KATHY STRAHS is the award-winning author of The Lemonade Stand CookbookThe 8x8 Cookbook, and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbo... Read Full Bio

QVC & Zulily Product Search

Anna Baker

ANNA BAKER is the director of global merchandising strategy and category development with QVC, a position she took on in February 2017. In this role, ... Read Full Bio

Lorraine Beltran

LORRAINE BELTRAN is the merchandising manager with zulily. Prior to joining zulily in 2010, shortly after the site launched, she was at Nordstrom for o... Read Full Bio

Rachel Boesing

RACHEL BOESING is a program host with QVC. Her true passion for storytelling has defined her professional life. She left a successful advertising career... Read Full Bio

Bridget Love

BRIDGET LOVE is the director of apparel merchandising with QVC. In this role, she is responsible for leading product selection and strategy, as well as... Read Full Bio

Lori Twomey

LORI TWOMEY is chief merchant with zulily. Before joining zulily in November 2009, prior to the site launching in January 2010, she was the president o... Read Full Bio