Keynote Speakers

Smita Hashim, Director Product Management - Google

Smita is a long time Googler. She is currently Director of Product Management at Google Cloud where she leads product development and strategy for Google Voice - Google’s cloud voice solution. Prior to Voice, she led the expansion of Google’s Chrome OS device and Android apps portfolio and market growth. Before Chrome OS and Android  Smita led AdWords expansion into location based advertising solutions and managed monetization strategies for Google Finance, Blogger, and Google News.

Prior to Google, Smita led the product management team for delivery of television over IP networks at Microsoft.  She started her career as a research scientist focused on Video Compression technologies at CLI, Inc. - pioneer in digital video technologies. Smita received her bachelor's in engineering from IIT Kanpur, masters from Princeton and has a PhD in information sciences from the University of California.

 

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Executive Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University

Co-Founder Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab

Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the co-founder of the new Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. She advises the diversity and inclusion efforts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches executive education. Lori speaks globally at organizations such as the European Central Bank, the Watermark Conference for Women and the World Banking Group.  Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, and brand eins. Lori was one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2017 and was interviewed for the 2018 documentary, bias . Lori brings 20 years of business management experience from companies including Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay and PayPal and is on the board of the Alliance for Girls. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tina Sandford,  Managing Director – HR Operations, Policy and Projects, Silicon Valley Bank

Tina Sandford is the Head of HR Operations, Policy and Projects and a member of Silicon Valley Bank’s human resources leadership team. Tina leads a team of HR professionals to develop and execute people strategies that support business objectives and optimize the talent and culture at SVB.  Over the past 14 years, she has led project teams related to SVB’s employee engagement survey, global expansion, and employment policy and practices. Tina is also the Project Lead role for SVB’s inclusion and diversity efforts, partnering with the executive  Inclusion and Diversity Steering Committee to create our I&D strategy.

Prior to joining SVB, Tina held numerous management positions in human resources leading teams in the area of recruitment and selection, benefits administration, and talent development. She has worked in the software and semiconductor industries such as PeopleSoft, KLA-Tencor and Cadence Design Systems. Tina earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from California State University, East Bay, and a master’s degree in human resources management from Golden Gate University.

Chenxi Wang, PhD, Managing General Partner, Rain Capital