Birds of a Feather Bios
Sara E. Cassidy is currently a Operations Manager for the Apple Pay team at Apple. She is also a senior member of the leadership group Women@Apple, the largest of the internal diversity network associations at Apple.
Previously, Sara works for Major League Baseball where she managed game notes and web updates. She traded in her time at the ballpark for the golf course and managed the international expansion and day-to-day operations of the eCommerce at TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Sara has an undergraduate degree in English from Colorado College.
Esther E. Hare is currently Senior Director of Worldwide Developer Marketing at Apple. She is also executive sponsor of Women@Apple, the largest of the internal diversity network associations. She has been at Apple over 12 years. Previously, Esther was Senior Manager, Marketing Communications at Applied Materials where she worked for 10 years. She began her career as a programmer, then market analyst before finding her calling in high tech marketing.
Esther has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury in England, and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing Management from San Jose State University. She is also an accomplished athlete, winning a bronze medal in the 2002 World Masters Games, and competing in the 2013 USAT National Triathlon Championships. She has run multiple marathons, Ironman 70.3 races, and 400+ mile bike rides. She is passionate about life, love and especially her husband and two young children.
Priya Sumal is currently a Software Quality Assurance Manager for the Accessories QA team at Apple, where she’s worked for over ten years. She is also a member of the leadership group - Women@Apple. Priya has been an engineer for over fifteen years and has background in Mathematics from University of California, Davis.
Presently, I work in the industrial design organization. I work with the most talented and wonderful people in the universe. During my time at Apple I have been on the leadership team for women@apple. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. The group is over four times bigger than when I started. We have created an environment for women to grow.
Bing Han grew up in Ottawa, Canada where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a French minor from Carleton University. In 2010, Adobe relocated her to the Bay Area where she continues to work for one of the world’s most innovative companies, as ranked by Forbes.
Bing is passionate about giving back to the community and volunteers with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Second Harvest, and HomeFirst. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Fit Kids, a national non-profit dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles among children in underserved communities.
Bing is also a strong advocate for girls and women in STEM, and served as a professional mentor for TechWomen, a U.S. Department of State sponsored initiative actualized by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
I am a software engineer from a liberal arts background. Combining my love for art and technology, I focused mostly on using technology to revolutionize museum experiences, developing programs for web, mobile, and wearable devices during my college year. Currently, I work at Adobe, specifically on adobe platforms using Adobe Experience Manager.
Usha Andra is a marketing manager with Cisco’s SP thought leadership team that is responsible for developing leading global research and market intelligence initiatives. She has been a lead contributor to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) and Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI)—the company's ongoing thought leadership effort to forecast and analyze the growth and use of the Internet, IP networks and cloud based networks worldwide. Usha has been with the company for 11 years. She started her career with Cisco’s Strategic Marketing Organization focusing on the consumer and home networking segment and then joined the Service Provider marketing organization. Usha has had prior experience in Internet advertising and digital marketing, in creating solutions for full service campaign management. She has earned an M.B.A. degree from San Jose State University (SJSU) and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, India. Usha has served as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Business at SJSU, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
Emily Holland is an IT Analyst at Cisco in their IT University Program. She works in the Case Management team where she is responsible for sustaining and improving the platforms that run Cisco’s support for its WebEx and Spark customers. She works on projects involving Customer Identification, Customer Data Protection and User Experience. Her passion for cybersecurity and business solutions analysis allows her enjoy the work she does everyday.
She graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Management Information Systems in May 2016. Emily was heavily involved during her time at San Jose State University. She was President of the Latino Business Student Association and Vice President of the Management Information Systems Association. She attended a week-long seminar in the internationally recognized Salzburg Scholar’s Program and later became President of the Salzburg Scholar’s Association. Prior to Cisco, she worked at LinkedIn as a LinkedIn [In]bassador where she taught LinkedIn profile best practices to over 500 SJSU students. She also interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Marketing and Sales, and Learning and Development teams in her freshman and sophomore years. Emily’s passion for driving change in her community are currently represented by her involvement with professional development events at SJSU, San Jose’s Connected Women, Conexion, and Early in Career groups.
Amy Lau is a Program Manager and Communications Consultant at Cisco's Chief Digitization Office. She has over 20 years of enterprise consulting, project management and sales experience with global clients like LinkedIn, Raytheon, and Allianz Global. With her experience at IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft, she has honed her skills to drive results. She has a passion for building strong relationships, which allow her to navigate successfully in quickly changing environments. She also loves mentoring young people to find and contribute the best in themselves.
Lindsay Sierra is an SJSU alumna who studied Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. She is an enthusiastic woman who enjoys identifying opportunities for improvement, solving complex problems and using data to drive business decisions. Lindsay joined Cisco about three and a half years ago. She spent the first three years of her career in IT supporting the Customer Strategy and Success organization as well as the Global Infrastructure Organization through her project management skills. Recently, Lindsay has left IT to join Cisco's Operations Architecture Organization as a Business Analyst, where she is working cross functionally to operationalize offers across Cisco's Services Portfolio.
Laurie Conner, President & CEO
Laurie has a 30-year career in business development and marketing for a number of high technology companies, including New Focus, Silicon Valley Group, and Raychem. At Raychem (now Pentair), she helped establish the water leak detection market 20 years ago and has a proven record of successfully bringing new products and technologies to market.
Laurie graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in General Management, Stanford University with an MSE in Environmental Engineering, Duke University with a BSE in Civil & Environmental Engineering and French.
Angel Vossouff is an accomplished technology leader and social entrepreneur. Growing up, Angel always had a fascination with science and technology, and fulfilled this passion by earning two bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering in Iran, and then moving back to the United States to earn her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She leveraged her academic focus on computer networking and security by taking a position at Cisco Systems, where she has worked for over 10 years, and now serves as the team leader and an expert in the IOS architecture.
Along the way, Angel helped start two philanthropic startups; 7rooz.com and Sarkat. Founded in 2005, 7rooz.com is the number one Persian events website, that includes a popular Persian calendar service featured as a prominent Facebook app. Today, over 20,000 people use 7rooz to access events and news
around the world. Sarkhat is a Persian news aggregator which leverages machine learning to crawl thousands of websites every day and cluster news pages into various categories for the benefit of its readers.
More recently, Angel co-founded DiverseUp, a benefit corporation that serves professional women seeking to expand their careers and achieve a proper life-work balance. DiverseUp provides women an inside look into which companies are female-friendly and also matches them with the kind of opportunities they are seeking. DiverseUp's ultimate goal is to bring transparency to work practices, measure policy effectiveness, and help the technology sector more judiciously retain female talent.
For the past four years, Iram Jamil has been the head of the University Relations program for Ericsson Silicon Valley. She is also the President of the Ericsson Women in Leader (WIL) organization. Her areas of focus are diversity hiring and being an advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
Gina Amos was born and raised in the Bay Area. She grew up 15 minutes away from SJSU and in 2008, graduated with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Gina has always had a strong passion for teaching and business. While attending SJSU, she was an active member of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan).
After graduating, she continued her work in consulting and begin working directly with a number of prominent enterprise organizations in the Bay Area. Over the past 5 years, Gina has been working at Google in both Field and Product Marketing roles. Over the past 2 years, she has led Field Marketing efforts for Devices globally.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending times with her kids, baking, cooking, and playing/watching sports. Gina is currently in the early stages of launching her nonprofit, Stilettos Unite, an organization geared towards empowering the lives of young woman personally and professionally. She also volunteers in Oakland, where she currently lives.
As an SJSU Business School graduate, Kristin is especially passionate about technology, management, and recruitment. Currently, Kristin is a Technical Recruiter at Google focused on hiring UI/UX Designers, UX Researchers, Doodlers and Visual Artists across all product areas.
Kristin graduated from San Jose State University in 2012 with a BS in Business Management and a Minor in Communications. After graduating, she started her career working at in Human Resources as an HR Generalist for a startup. After two years and one IPO, she decided to take the leap and joined Google as a Technical Recruiter. There she has partnered with countless hiring managers and teams to hire over 120+ Nooglers! Outside of work, she spends her time kickboxing, seeing movies, eating out, reading a good murder/mystery and hanging with friends!
Melissa Daniels has been working in the tech space for more than 10 years, spending time at companies
of all sizes, and more than half her career at Google and Alphabet companies.
She earned her undergraduate degree from UCSB (BA in English, History, Art History and Public Policy) and a Master’s Degree from USC (MA: Communication Management). Throughout her career, Melissa has followed what inspires her, and as a result, has moved in and out of an assortment of roles, both technical and nontechnical (PR > Community Manager > Program Manager > Product Manager).
Outside of work, Melissa enjoys working on her house, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog and two cats.
Garima Goyal is a Program Manager in the Google Cloud Technology & Services group. She has over 8 years of experience in the tech industry, spanning across technology consulting, software testing and project management.
Currently, she works on the partner experience and systems team to build delightfully excellent products that enable Google Cloud's partner ecosystem. She earned her MS degree in Telecommunications and Project Management from University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of work, she spends time hiking, playing tennis and everything bollywood!
Lehla Kisor grew up in Cincinnati as one of 5 children in humble circumstances. She found her
way to Brigham Young University and graduated with a BA in Linguistics and minors
in Business Strategy, Linguistic Computing, and Music. While in college she developed
a passion for Social Innovation and has traveled to Uganda and Haiti to help with
After graduation she was lucky enough to join Google as an account strategist working with small businesses who use AdWords. She recently moved over to BizOps (Google’s internal consulting team) as an ABP. Lehla loves helping people, solving complex problems, parsing qualitative data and finding the most efficient way to get things done. When she’s not working she loves to travel, bake (especially cakes), play outside, and hang out with her husband, baby, and cute dog.
Shivam Khullar came to the United States on a student visa to pursue a Master’s in Telecommunications. She has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India. She is also pursuing a Advanced Program Management certificate at Stanford.
Shivam kicked off her career as an Analyst in Technology Consulting and matured into a Project Manager role in a few years, where she managed small to medium scale projects for Disney, VMWare, Comcast, HP and Polycom. She then followed her passion for Customer Relationship Management solutions and became a Product Manager at Salesforce Inc. She is currently employed at Google, where she is responsible for developing and scaling systems that enable Google Cloud Support experience for small to large scale business.
She is a passionate advocate for civil rights and an avid blogger
As an SJSU Marketing graduate, Danielle is especially passionate about brand marketing strategy, and uncovering creative ways to bring a brand to life. Currently, Danielle is a Brand Marketing Manager for Google Cloud, where she gets to do just that, working on Google Cloud’s brand awareness campaigns.
Danielle graduated from San Jose State University in 2011 with a BS in Business Marketing. After graduating, she started her career working at a digital creative agency under the Publicis Group. After two years at a marketing agency, she decided to make the leap to client side, and joined Google as a Strategic Partner Manager on the Global BrandLab team. There she partnered with some of the biggest brands in the world through workshops designed to improve their brands on digital with creative use of content and media.
Outside of work, she spends her time staying active by fitting in and teaching as many fitness classes as she can, planning her next travel adventure and spending time with her husband and puppy in the suburbs of San Jose.
Lauren Turek is a member of Google's leadership staffing team, where she finds talented people to join Google in senior-level roles. She has worked on VP and Director-level searches across Google's sales, marketing, YouTube, policy, people operations, real estate, and technical infrastructure teams. In addition to her core role, Lauren serves as Chief of Staff for Google's Women@ employee resource group for the Bay Area. She assists with coordination and communications for the 3000+ member ERG. She previously served as a Program Manager for Google's Local Leadership program, a week of service where Googlers volunteer with Bay Area nonprofits. Prior to joining Google, Lauren was a Research Associate at Korn Ferry, the world's largest executive search firm. She worked on CEO/C-suite searches across the Nonprofit and Global Education practices, finding leaders for some of the world's most innovative organizations. Lauren earned her B.A. in Political Communication from George Washington University, where she was a member of the University Honors Program. She is passionate about all things related to career development and philanthropy, with a particular focus on women's leadership.
After graduating from Philadelphia’s Temple University with a BA in Communications and Business, Stephanie moved to the Bay Area and has been working in the Tech arena for over 10 years, from Sales and Partnerships to Project and Program Management. With particular interest in interviewing and creating efficiency, Stephanie has most recently been innovating in the hiring space as a Project Manager for Google’s People Operations. In her free time, Stephanie can be found trying desperately to train (more like, tame) her puppy, staying active through yoga and HIIT, and generally enjoying her downtime.
Lulu Zhang is a software engineer at Google. She earned a BS degree in Applied Maths in Tongji University, China and a MS degree in Computer Science in UC Irvine. After graduating, Lulu joined Google as a software engineer. She worked on Project Fi and Google Play. Outside of work, she spends her time reading and singing.
I am a mechanical engineer from The Ohio State University and I work at Intel. I am on a mechanical and thermal team in Client Computing Group and a radio frequency (RF) team working on virtual reality. As a hobby, I work on AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) with my university friends. I love meeting new people so please do not hesitate to reach out to me to talk about my engineering experiences. Outside of work, I love being outdoors to rock climb, snowboard, and hike.
Ken Deng is currently a program manager within Intel’s supply chain network. As the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, Intel also has one of the most sophisticated network of manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing. From silicon to chips process can take up to 6 months, and Intel supply chain’s whole purpose is to maximize revenue, and minimize inventory to maintain our generational leadership in semiconductor. In addition being a program manager, Ken also volunteers as the president of the Asian ERG (Employee Resource Group). Externally, Ken works closely with some of local well-known non-profit organizations like CAAEN (Corporate Asian American Employee Network), Ascend, MJAA (Monte Jade West for Asian Americans), and CASPA (Chinese American of Semiconductor Professional Association).
Ivannia Martinez. I have been at Intel almost 20 years. Most of my time at Costa Rica Site in different positions. My strongest professional background is in product engineering, data analysis and yield engineering. I have been a people manager more than 18 years of my Intel's career. I am an Electronic Engineer with a MS in Computer Science, both from Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica.
My passion is to work with people and help them develop their skills. I work very hard in forming efficient teams. Throughout my career, I have a lot of examples on how I enjoyed working in developing employee's career and their growth at Intel. I am very results oriented and have high discipline in everything I do. Also, I believe you work hard but celebrate harder!!
I love reading, dancing and watching TV/movies. I am a fan in Marvel Comics, my favorite super hero is Spiderman, which make my favorite quote: "With great power comes great responsibility". I also enjoy crafts (knit, cross stitch and sew). I love dogs. I been married 20 years with Juan Jose, (my college sweet heart) and we have 15 years old twins, Juan Diego e Irene. We relocated to Santa Clara 2 years ago with Canela our chocolate Labrador.
Joyce Tang works in the Visual and Parallel Computing Group at Intel to deliver Intel 3D Graphics and Media. In her current role, she is in charge of delivering graphics software drivers for Intel on Apple platforms. Prior to that, she has worked extensively on the Windows/Android/Linux Media IP delivery. Joyce holds a Masters in Computer Science with an emphasis in Computer Architecture and serves as the Women at Intel Network Santa Clara Conference Program Manager. She is deeply committed to empowering local community initiatives. Prior to Intel in 2009, Joyce co-founded Arizona’s first makerspace, HeatSync Labs 501c3 Nonprofit.
Cristina Garcia is the first ELLA alumni to join the LCSV board and become chair of the ELLA program. She is a former LCSV intern / coordinator and has been involved with Latina Coalition since 2013.
In her day job, Cristina is on the business development team at Gigamon, a network visibility company. Previous to Gigamon, she managed Channel and Partner Marketing at SugarCRM and Plantronics.
Cristina was recently awarded a 2016 Latina of Influence and serves as Secretary for local Chicano theater non-profit, Teatro Vision. She is a 2015 APALI Civic Leadership Program fellow and a 2015 Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) fellow through the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
Her passion is helping Latinas thrive in their communities and serve as inspiration to others. She hopes to serve as a resource and mentor to aspiring leaders because with hard work, dedication and passion, she believes everyone can work to achieve their dreams.
Michelle Chen is currently the Associate Director of Quality Assurance at Sutro Biopharma. She brings 15 years of experience from Genentech where she held manufacturing support and leadership roles within various technical and quality organizations. Her expertise spans drug substance and drug product, clinical and commercial operations. Prior to Genentech, she developed proteomic and genomic microarray platforms at Zyomyx. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Biotechnology from San José State University.