Silicon Valley WiE Advisory Board

    Michelle Bockman       Image of advisory board member Carol Carpenter.     Judy Chou
Michelle Bockman
GM & Global Head 
Carol Carpenter
VP of Product 
Judy Chou
Global Head of Biotech


Image of Advisory board member Lilly Chung.  gayle Image of advisory board member Janet George.
Lilly Chung
Lead Partner
Gayle Dilley
Mark and Carolyn Guidry Foundation
Janet George
Fellow & Chief Data
Western Digital


yangbin li Image Advisory Board member Erica Lockheimer.   Image of Advisory Board member Lena Nicolaides.
Yanbing Li
Senior VP,GeneralManager
Erica Lockheimer
VP Software Engineering LinkedIn Learning

Lena Nicolaides
VP & General Manager


    Meagan-Pi         Image of Advisory Board member Patti Robb.        Image of Advisory Board member King 
Meagan Pi
Vice President
Patti Robb
Head and Founder of Silicon Valley Innovation Center
Tsu-Jae King Liu
Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering
UC Berkeley
Image of Advisory Board member Darlene Solomon. Sonar  Image of Advisory Board member Ellie Yieh. 
Darlene Solomon
CTO & Senior Vice President
Agilent Technologies 

Sonar Thekdi
Vice President
Business Operations

Ellie Yieh
Corporate VP
Applied Materials 






Michelle Bockman

Michelle Bockman is the General Manager and Global Head, Automotive & High Value Applications, 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing  at HP Inc. In this role she focuses on growing the market through key customer engagements, global alliances, materials partner programs, applications development, creating new software solutions, and ensuring the best customer experience and outcomes.

Previously, Michelle had a long career at GE, most recently as executive vice president at GE Digital where she led the company’s ambitious strategy to build a software-driven digital future for large industrial customers and establish GE Digital as a $15 billion stand-alone P&L.

With more than 20 years of digital industrial experience she has led a variety of functions in the healthcare, industrial cybersecurity, pharmaceutical, and automotive sectors spanning commercial, engineering, service, and supply chain roles.

Michelle holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and is based in Palo Alto, California.


Carol Carpenter

Carol Carpenter is an experienced technology executive who is passionate about building high-performance teams that create new market categories. She’s currently the VP of Product Marketing for Google Cloud, one of the fastest growing parts of Google’s business. Prior to joining Google Cloud, Carol served as the CEO of ElasticBox, a multi-cloud management platform which she sold to CenturyLink in June 2016.

Carol also served as GM of the Consumer and Small Business Units for Trend Micro, a global security company and grew revenue by 4x over a 6-year period. She has led marketing at both large and small companies, including Keynote Systems/Enviz, Tumbleweed and Apple. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Stanford University and her MBA from HBS. Additionally, Carol serves as a mentor for the HBS Women in Technology group, for Monte Jade, and is a Board Director for DHI.


Judy Chou

With more than 20 years of industry experience in biomanufacturing and drug development, Dr. Judy Chou currently heads the Global Pharmaceutical Product Supply Biotech organization overseeing the manufacturing and distribution of Bayer’s $3 billion biotechnology product portfolio. In addition, she serves as the site head for Bayer’s facility in Berkeley, CA, USA.

Before Bayer, she held the role of Vice President of Pharmaceutical/Technical Operations at Pfizer, Inc., formerly Medivation, where she led the Development and Manufacturing organizations for both biologics and small molecule products. She was also Vice President of R&D at Tanvex Biopharma, Inc., where Dr. Chou led the development of rich pipeline projects and provided leadership in R&D, manufacturing, preclinical and clinical functions to enable the success of the company’s IPO. Throughout Dr. Chou’s career, she has achieved significant milestones in protein therapeutic development and multiple filings of BLAs and INDs of novel products. She is recognized for her work at Genentech, Wyeth Biopharma/Pfizer and Abbott Bioresearch/AbbVie, and has contributed to the development of breakthrough technologies in analytical characterization and the accelerated process and formulation development.

Before joining the industry, Dr. Chou was also a research faculty member at Harvard University Medical School, focused on cell biology and neuroscience research. Dr. Chou obtained her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed her post-doctoral training at Max-Planck Institute in Germany.


Lilly Chung

Lilly is the lead partner for many of Deloitte’s strategic global clients. She held many leadership roles at Deloitte, including Chinese Services Group, Women’s Initiative, Semiconductor Affinity Group, Deloitte University advisory group, nominating committee, etc. Her expertise includes business process optimization, organizational effectiveness, merger integration and strategic alliances. She also has extensive experience in helping US and Chinese companies to do business globally.

Lilly was trained as an electrical engineer with experience with TRW, Fairchild Semiconductor and Xerox. She was on the teams that designed the first 32-bit microprocessor and memory/display controller. Lilly was also the founder and CEO of Pictron, a video search software company with major Fortune 500 customers.

Lilly earned her B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She also has an M.S. degree in Engineering Management Industrial & Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Janet George

At Western Digital, Janet is shaping, driving, and implementing the Big Data platform, products, and technologies, using advanced analytics and pattern matching with semiconductor manufacturing data. Prior to this role, she was the Managing Director at Accenture Technology Labs; the Head of Research Engineering at Yahoo; VP of Andale Research Products for eBay; and a lead engineer and architect at Apple. Janet hold a bachelor's and advanced master's degree with distinction in computer science and mathematics, with a thesis focus on artificial intelligence.


Yanbing Li

Dr. Yanbing Li is a globally minded high tech executive with extensive leadership experience in the US and in China. She is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Storage and Availability Business Unit (SABU) at VMware and led the BU to become the fast growing business at VMware and a market leader in the past 2 years.

Yanbing holds a Ph.D. degree from Princeton University, a Master's degree from Cornell University, and a BS degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing), in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. She was inducted to the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2018.


Erica Lockheimer

Erica Lockheimer has been at LinkedIn for over 8 years and is the Vice President of Engineering heading the Growth Engineering team, where her focus was on increasing growth in new members and deepening engagement with members across LinkedIn's products.  She started the Growth Team from the ground up to now a high performing 120-person team.  In January 2018, she moved on to her next play at LinkedIn and is now the head of Engineering for the LinkedIn Learning team, formerly known as She is also responsible for LinkedIn's Women In Tech (WIT) initiative that is focused on empowering women in technical roles within the company.  Prior to LinkedIn, she worked at Good Technology as Director of Server Engineering to securely manage and synchronize e-mail and calendar data between Exchange and mobile devices.  

She loves the challenge of starting with something nascent and carving out the right strategy, hiring the best people, and plotting a course to drive results.  In 2014 and 2015, Erica was also voted amongst the top 22 women engineers in the world by Business Insider.  Erica is a San Francisco Bay Area native, has 2 kids, loves to run and is a graduate from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering


Lena Nicolaides

Dr. Lena Nicolaides, is the vice president and general manager of Laser Scanning and Swift products at KLA. She is responsible for product profitability, product development, customer relationships and international collaborations on semiconductor equipment. Lena has held various technology and business leadership positions at KLA-Tencor, including general manager of the Implant Metrology Division and chief technology supply executive where she was responsible for supplier business development. Prior to assuming her current role, Lena was vice president and general manager for macro inspection and SensArray products where she led high-performing teams to achieve profitable growth. Before joining KLA-Tencor, Lena held senior marketing and engineering roles at Therma-Wave Inc. and PTD Inc. Lena is the author of more than 50 technical articles and holds 30 US patents. She is an active mentor for young professionals. Lena received her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.


Meagan Pi

Identifying as a “modern geek,” Meagan Pi leads gTech Velocity, an organization that is working to activate, accelerate, and scale Google’s biggest bets by being trusted advisors to internal and external partners. Meagan started her career at Google in 2002 as an engineer before becoming a manager and leader in Google’s technical account management teams. As a strong advocate for her team and their customers, Meagan believes investing in trust-based relationships and diverse team leads to the greatest success.

Outside of Google, Meagan enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with her two kids. Fun fact: Prior to University, Meagan had a childish and fun stint as a flight attendant!


Patti Robb

Patti Robb is the Founder and Head of Intel’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center leading and advancing the industry in autonomous driving.   She articulates a clear vision and identifies disruptive technologies to deliver game changing, billion-dollar products and solutions to market. Patti is known for building the best execution teams and commercializing new technologies to grow successful companies and products. 

Patti is the proud founder and creator of Intel’s Autonomous Driving Innovation Center and Vehicle Labs and built the AV team at Intel.  She is leading development on engineering our next generation AV Platform, Building out our AV Car Fleet, Mapping and Data Collection.  This requires working across Car, Cloud and Connectivity. Within one year she built the team, the center and had AV Cars out driving autonomously in California. The platform and cars will also be foundation for Intel’s Mobility as a Service trial in Israel. Previously, Patti was a Product Development Executive with Intel’s Internet of Things Group. She was the IOT Lead creating Intel’s market leading 5G Strategy, and she is a recognized thought leader in 5G, IOT, Autonomous Driving and Edge Cloud.   

Patti is passionate about diversity and inclusion and was a co-creator of the Pay it Forward program at Intel to advance more women in the company.

As an Innovator in Tech, Patti Robb currently has 10 patents issued or pending spanning IOT, Cloud, Mobile, Virtual Networks and Autonomous Driving.   

Tsu‐Jae King Liu

Tsu-Jae King Liu earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984, 1986 and 1994, respectively.  She joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Member of Research Staff in 1992, to research and develop polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistor technologies for high-performance flat-panel display and imaging applications. During her tenure with Xerox PARC, she served as a Consulting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. In August 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where she now holds the TSMC Distinguished Professorship in Microelectronics in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS).  From 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008, she served as the Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory.  From 2003 to 2004, she also served as Vice Chair for Graduate Matters in the EECS Department. In 2004-2006 she was Senior Director of Engineering in the Advanced Technology Group of Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, CA).  From July 2008 through June 2012 she was Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering.  From July 2012 through June 2016 she was Chair of the Electrical Engineering Division, and from July 2014 through June 2016 she was Chair of the EECS Department. From July 2016 through September 2016 she served as Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Development in the College of Engineering. From October 2016 through June 2018 she served as Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning. On July 1, 2018 she began her tenure as Dean of the College of Engineering.


Darlene Solomon

Darlene Solomon is SVP and chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies. She received her BS from Stanford University, her PhD in chemistry from MIT, and she completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program. In recognition of her career accomplishments, Solomon was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017. She was also inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame in 2001, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award in 2004, and was named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2007 and Corporate Board Member’s 50 Top Women in Technology in 2008. Solomon serves on the Board of Directors for Materion Corporation, in addition to roles on multiple academic and government advisory and review boards. 


Sonar Thekdi 

Sonar Thekdi is the Vice President of Business Operations for Cisco’s Internet of Things Business Group. Sonar leads the business intelligence and analytics, strategic planning, program and release management, and technical documentation teams and is responsible for driving the organization’s business planning and strategic direction setting, operational framework and governance, quality and execution excellence to scale the business with speed and deliver aggressive growth. Sonar is also chartered to drive an inclusive, fun and innovative culture across the organization.

Prior to her current role, Sonar led Operations for the multi-billion dollar Data Center business for Cisco. Sonar has also held a variety of engineering and operations roles in the switching and wireless business groups during her seventeen years at Cisco and has been instrumental in bringing industry-leading products to the market. From 2010- 2011, Sonar was Cisco’s global engineering talent strategy director where she was responsible for establishing an inclusive culture for recruiting, retaining, and developing the best talent.

Sonar is passionate about mentoring and sponsoring women in tech. She actively engages in various mentoring activities across Cisco and her broader community.

Sonar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University.


Ellie Yieh

Ellie Yieh is corporate vice president for Advanced Product Technology Development at Applied Materials, Inc. She is responsible for the technical excellence of the company’s state-of-the-art Maydan Technology Center R&D lab and works closely with customers and business units to drive advanced product development and technology roadmaps. She is also a board member for Applied Ventures, LLC, the company’s venture capital fund. Yieh joined Applied in 1989 as a process engineer in the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) group and has headed several successful product developments over her 20-plus years with the company. She has held a variety of positions including product unit head of the
Low k Dielectric Division and general manager of the Gap Fill, Etch, and Dielectric System and Modules business units. She has led her teams to deliver significant profitability and market share growth, build strong customer relationships, and develop industry standard technologies. Yieh received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and holds more than 95 semiconductor engineering patents. In 2016, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to scientific and technological communities that improve society and business, and for her commitment to supporting and mentoring women and girls worldwide. She was also named one of the 2015 “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the National Diversity Council, and a 2010 “Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine.




Gayle Dilley

Gayle Dilley is president of the Mark and Carolyn Guidry Foundation. The foundation was created by her mother, Carolyn, in 1993 to support education and the arts. To date, they have given over 8 million dollars to organizations that support students, teachers and learning. Gayle and Carolyn both enjoyed studying and working in engineering fields. As women they experienced the challenges of being a minority in their field. Supporting Women in Engineering at San Jose State is a great way to give forward to solutions to these challenges. Their support started with the purchase of pizzas and has been built into an amazing community and conference. Gayle is proud to support San Jose State and Belle Wei to “inspire the next generation of women innovators”. Gayle has a B.S. in Computer Science from Chico State. She worked for Hewlett Packard as a software engineer in California and Colorado, where she met her husband. She left HP to be a full-time mom of 2. She has continued to take leadership roles in her community and holds board positions for non-profit and for-profit organizations. Most recently, she led a team supplying low-cost housing for medical patients. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she likes to travel, ski and hike. She is honored to be included in this talented and generous team.