Biographies

 

Image of Keynote speaker Shellye Archambeau Shellye Archambeau

 Ms. Archambeau is the CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-
 based Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality
 Management software company that helps companies around the
 world improve their business performance. Under Ms. Archambeau's  leadership, MetricStream has grown into a recognized global market  leader with nearly 2000 employees around the world. The company has  been recognized for growth and innovation, and has been consistently named a leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms. Ms. Archambeau has proven global business expertise combined with public policy passion. As a member of the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a nationally recognized organization focused on fostering a cooperative effort between business and government officials to address major public policy issues affecting Silicon Valley, Ms. Archambeau has led initiatives and Washington D.C. delegations to address regulatory compliance and improve governance. She served on the Board of Directors, and the Audit and Technology committees for media research company, Arbitron, [NYSE: ARB] from 2005 until acquired by Nielsen in 2013. She currently serves on the board of directors of Nordstrom, and Verizon Communications. Ms. Archambeau is a sought after speaker who has presented on GRC issues around the world to Fortune 500 corporations, members of Congress, and associations including IIA, ISACA, and NASDAQ. Ms. Archambeau is frequently quoted in top-tier media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Compliance Week, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and currently pens a column on leadership and entrepreneurship for Xconomy. In April 2013,
Ms. Archambeau was named the “#2 Most Influential African American in Technology” by Business Insider.

 

 Laura HaasImage of keynote speaker Laura Hass

 Laura Haas is an IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research’s
 Accelerated Discovery Lab. She was Director of Computer Science
 at IBM’s Almaden Research Center from 2005 to 2011, and had
 worldwide responsibility for IBM Research’s exploratory science
 program from 2009 through 2013. From 2001–2005, she led the
 Information Integration Solutions architecture and development
 teams in IBM's Software Group. Previously, Dr. Haas was a
research staff member and manager at Almaden. She is best known for her work on the Starburst query processor, from which DB2 LUW was developed, on Garlic, a system which allowed integration of heterogeneous data sources, and on Clio, the first semi-automatic tool for heterogeneous schema mapping. She has received several IBM awards for Outstanding Innovation and Technical Achievement, an IBM Corporate Award for information
integration technology, the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award, and the ACM SIGMOD Codd Innovation Award. Dr. Haas was Vice President of the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees from 2004-2009, and served on the board of the Computing Research Association from 2007–2016 (vice chair 2009–2015); she currently serves on the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (2013–2019). She is an ACM Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the IBM Academy of Technology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

 

Image of keynote speaker Tsu-Jae King Liu 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.

 

 

Image of Keynote speaker Selina Lo Selina Lo

 As CEO of the Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Selina Lo leads
 strategy and execution for Brocade’s wireless networking products and  solutions. She joined Brocade in May 2016 with the acquisition of  Ruckus Wireless, where she was president and CEO. Before starting  Ruckus, Selina built a number of successful computer networking  startups. As vice president of marketing and product management at  Alteon WebSystems (acquired by Nortel), she defined a completely new market for load–balancing Web switches. Her name has become synonymous with
innovation in the world of computer networking. Before Alteon, she co-founded Centillion Networks, which developed the first token ring/Ethernet/ATM switch and was quickly acquired by Bay Networks. Born in Hong Kong, Selina received her B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

 

Image of keynote speaker Joan WalkerJoan Walker

 Joan Walker is a Professor of Civil Environmental Engineering at UC  Berkeley where she currently serves as Co-Director of the Center for  Global Metropolitan Studies. Her research focus is behavioral modeling,  with an expertise in discrete choice analysis and travel behavior. She  works to improve the models that are used for transportation planning,  policy, and operations. She received her Bachelor's degree in Civil  Engineering from UC Berkeley and her Master's and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was Director of Demand Modeling at Caliper Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environment at Boston University. She is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. She is an Associate Editor of Transportation Science and the current Chair of the Committee on Transportation Demand Forecasting (ADB40) for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. She has worked with colleagues to launch the Zephyr Foundation for Advancing Travel Analysis Methods (zephyrtransport.org).

 

 

Image of keynote speaker Lisa Alvarez-Corhen Lisa Alvarez‐Cohen

 Lisa Alvarez‐Cohen is the Fred and Claire Sauer Professor in the  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She  is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of  the National Academy of Engineering. She is on the Editorial Advisory  Board of Environmental Science and Technology and is an Associate  Editor of Environmental Engineering Science.Professor Alvarez‐Cohen  co‐authored a textbook entitled Environmental Engineering Science, available from John Wiley and Sons. Alvarez‐Cohen, along with Professor William Nazaroff, developed this text using experience teaching CE 111, a junior‐level undergraduate environmental engineering class at UC Berkeley.

 

 

Image of Keynote speaker Isabel Mahe Isabel Mahe

 Isabel Mahe serves as Vice President of Wireless Technologies at Apple,  and has done so since 2008. At Apple, Isabel built and leads a world‐  class wireless engineering organization, responsible for wireless  technologies for Apple’s products. Isabel has been in the Wireless  Engineering industry since 1997; prior to joining Apple, she spent 6  years at Palm, building that wireless technology group from ground up  and became the Vice President of Wireless Software Engineering. Prior to Palm, Isabel held key technical and managerial positions at other wireless companies such as AirPrime (Sierra Wireless) and Philips Semiconductor. Isabel holds an MBA from HAAS School of Business at UC Berkeley, and MSEE and BSEE from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Isabel currently serves on the STEM Advisory Committee for NAF, is an industrial advisor for UC Berkeley and is an advisor for Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association. Isabel immigrated from China when she was sixteen years old; she is married with four young children.

 

Image of keynote speaker Safra A. Catz Safra A. Catz

 Safra A. Catz is Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation and a  member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as   President of Oracle and  has also served as the company’s Chief   Financial Officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s Chief Financial Officer
 from  2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004,   and as  Senior Vice President from April to October 1999. She served   on the  board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 to 2015.

 

 

Image of keynote speaker Leyla_Seka Leyla Seka

 Leyla Seka leads Desk.com, Salesforce's all‐in‐one customer service  app for fast‐growing companies. Attracting some of the leading  customer‐oriented brands, Desk.com has become known as the savvy  customer support app that empowers small businesses to deliver  amazing customer experiences. Prior to leading Desk.com, Leyla was  responsible for building and growing the Salesforce AppExchange, the  world’s leading business apps marketplace. In her six years managing the AppExchange team, she helped grow Salesforce's robust and innovative partner ecosystem of startups and ISVs who are building and selling the next‐generation of enterprise apps. In her eight years at Salesforce, Leyla has held a variety of positions across product management, product marketing and business operations helping to build a scalable infrastructure to support the company’s business. Prior to Salesforce, Leyla worked in product management and marketing organizations at Primavera Systems (acquired by Oracle), Evolve Software, Vivant and Eutron SPA. Leyla also spent two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps officer in Mali. Leyla holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the Masagung School of Management at the University of San Francisco.

 

 

Image of panelist divya ashok Divya Ashok

 Divya is Director, Product Management for Salesforce's global strategic  customers. She manages product readiness for key accounts that result  in product enhancements and net new functionality to help all  customers. Her team works on scaling existing features to enterprise  heights. Divya's passion for diversity and inclusion is what led her to  join the board for Salesforce Women's Network (SWN) that empowers,  supports and invests in women across the company. She actively participates in diversity initiatives to help move the needle across the industry. She has lived in and traveled to 30 countries, cooking for friends and family. You can reach out to her on Twitter @diviAshok.

 

 

Image of panelist Christin Bastian Christine Bastian

 Christine Bastian is a Human Resources Vice-President with Cisco  Systems headquartered in San Jose, California. With more than twenty  years of HR experience, Christine is the HR Leader for the 28,000-  person Engineering Organization, supporting the Senior Vice President,  David Goeckeler. Christine is responsible for all HR business consulting,  partnering and service delivery for the function. Christine is a visionary  leader who brings strong thought leadership and experience to transformational business engagements across numerous technologies. She is known for her expertise in organizational design, leadership development, consulting and for driving high performance teaming across large organizations. In her addition to her role Christine is the Executive Sponsor for the Connected Women, Employee Resource Organization and Co-Executive, Cisco Sponsor for the Grace Hopper Conference.

 

 

Image of panelist Charlotte Belsick

 Charlotte Belsick has worked for Lockheed Martin for over 25 years.  Since 1991 she has worked for Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale.  Charlotte has served in a number of positions of increasing  responsibility on a diverse set of programs covering the entire life cycle  phases including the Chief Engineer for NASA space programs and the  Chief Systems Engineer for the International Space Station. Prior to  transferring to Space Systems, she worked at Lockheed Aircraft Company at the Kelly Johnson Research and Development Center. Charlotte's first job out of college was with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach. She had engineering internships in the nuclear and printer industries throughout college. Charlotte graduated with a BSME from San Diego State University and a MSAE-Systems Engineering from Cal Poly -San Luis Obispo.

 

 

Image of panelist Mina Cappuccio

 Mina Cappuccio is currently the Deputy Chief of the Engineering  Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. She administers,  manages, provides direction and resources for the development of  experimental research facilities, instruments, and equipment for  spaceflight, airborne, and ground-based applications in support of the  Center and Agency programs. She coordinates development activities  within the division and maintains oversight of current projects. The Engineering Systems Division includes mechanical systems, electronic systems, systems engineering, instrument technologies, and project management for small spaceflight projects. She has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and has 30+ years of experience.

 

 

Image of panelist Daphne Ewing

 Daphne Ewing is Director, Statistical Programming managing  Standards, Training and Process Development for the Biometrics team  at Gilead Sciences, Inc. She has a degree in Computer Science  Engineering from the University of Virginia. Immediately out of school,   Daphne worked for a defense contracting firm providing software to   test  electrical circuit boards for the Aegis Ship. She then began her   career in the Pharmaceutical industry in 1987 primarily doing and managing programming activities, but developed a data management team as well. She taught a beginning and intermediate level SAS programming course at Arcadia University from 1989 through 2013 and has been presenting papers on a variety of topics for many years.

 

 

Image of panelist 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  holds a bachelor's and advanced master's degree with distinction in computer science and mathematics, with a thesis focus on artificial intelligence.

 

 

Image of panelist Maria Kazandjieva

 Maria is a software engineer at Netflix where she focuses on improving  the video quality of the titles we all love to watch. In her daily routine,  Maria switches between data analysis, algorithm design and  implementation, and AB testing in the field. If you've used Netflix,  you've ran her code! Before Netflix, Maria worked at a server hardware  startup, designing an energy-efficiency benchmark. Maria has her  undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, a women's college in MA, and her PhD in Computer Science from Stanford. Maria's fun time often involves kickboxing, cats, food, and being a bookworm.

 

  

Image of panelist  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 Lynda.com. 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

 

 

Image of panelist Heather Manders Torres

 Heather Manders Torres is a Civil Engineer working in the structural  design section of the Engineering Management Bureau at the San  Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She has worked as a  designer and project engineer for large water infrastructure projects  under the WSIP Program (Water Infrastructure Improvement Program),  mainly on projects related to the seismic upgrade of water transmission  pipelines. Heather is currently acting as project engineer, managing the design of the seismic upgrade of primary wastewater treatment facilities at the Southeast Waste Water Treatment Plant in San Francisco under the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). Heather received her B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering, with a concentration on Structural Engineering from U.C. Davis. Heather lives on the SF Peninsula with her husband and two young sons.

 

 

Image of panelist Ada Poon

 Ada was born and raised in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor's of   Engineering degree from the EEE department at the University of
 Hong Kong and her Ph.D. degree from the EECS department at the   University of California at Berkeley in 2004. Upon graduation, she   spent one year at Intel as a senior research scientist. She then joined   her advisor’s startup company, Si-Beam Inc., architecting Gigabit   wireless transceivers leveraging millimeter-wave and MIMO technologies. After two years in industries, she returned to academic and joined the faculty of the ECE department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has changed her research direction from wireless communications to integrated biomedical systems. In 2008, she moved back to California and joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She is a Terman Fellow at Stanford University. She received the Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2010 and NSF CAREER Award in 2013. She is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator.

 

 

Image of panelist 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.

 

 

Image of panelist Deborah Russell

 Deborah Russell is a civil/environmental engineer with over 17 years of  experience in the planning, design and construction of water treatment  facilities and distribution systems. She is currently a senior associate  engineer at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. Ms. Russell has a B.S. in civil  engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in  environmental science and engineering from the University of North  Carolina at Chapel Hill. Deborah is registered as a Professional Engineer in both New York and California.

 

 

Image of panelist 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.

 

 

Image of panelist Raylene Yung

 Raylene leads Stripe's Applications Engineering team, which builds API  and dashboard products that enable people to successfully run their  businesses end-to-end on Stripe. Prior to Stripe, she was an  Engineering Director at Facebook. There she led product initiatives  around privacy and content creation, as well as earlier projects on the  Facebook News Feed and Timeline. Raylene holds a BS and MS in  Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

 

Image of panelist Sandra L. Rivera

 Rivera is responsible for the Intel business group charged with  providing innovative technology and solutions to the networking  industry. She is also Intel’s 5G executive sponsor and is responsible for  guiding Intel's strategy, commitments, and deliverables for 5G. Rivera  leads a global organization of over 2500 employees to drive the  transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions. This is  one of the Data Center Group’s fastest growing businesses, enabling Intel to become a market leader for network logic silicon, an annual $20B market segment. Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom. Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She sits on the governing board of the Linux Foundation Networking project, and is a member of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council.

 

 

Image of panelist 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.

 

 

Image of panelistDr. Whendee Silver

Dr. Whendee Silver is the Rudy Grah Chair and Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at U.C. Berkeley. Her work seeks to determine the biogeochemical effects of climate change and human impacts on the environment, and the potential for mitigating these effects. The Silver Lab is currently working on climate change mitigation potential of working lands, drought and hurricane impacts on tropical forests, and greenhouse gas dynamics of peatlands and wetlands. Professor Silver is the lead scientist of the Marin Carbon Project, which is determining the potential for land-based climate change mitigation, particularly by composting high-emission organic waste for soil amendments to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. The Silver Lab was awarded the Innovation Prize by the American Carbon Registry. Professor Silver is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. In 2016, she was named a University of California Climate Champion for outstanding teaching, research and public service in the areas of climate change solutions, action and broad engagement. She has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. She received her PhD in Ecosystem Ecology from Yale University.

 

 

Image of panelistHelen Holder

Distinguished Technologist and leader of the Nanolab in HP Labs, responsible for printed electronics, IOT tracking, display technologies, voice interfaces, and materials research.

 

 

 

 

Image of panelistNarae Kim

Narae Kim have been with Salesforce for almost 5 years now. She works both as a data scientist and as a software engineer in various Salesforce Einstein products like lead scoring, forecasting, and engagement scoring, all designed to help improve sales reps' efficiency and better execute on sales quota on predictive revenue forecasting. She have made gradual transition into a data scientist from a regular software engineer role little over 3 years ago. In those years, she had gain experiences ranging from building the data pipeline, managing data product life cycle and designing and implementing scalable predictive models. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, TX with B.S. in Computer Science and Master's degree with specialization in Machine Learning.

 

 

Image of panelistLakecia Gunter

Lakecia Gunter is the Chief of Staff & Technical assistant to Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. Prior to her current role, she was the General Manager of Consumer Desktop Segment Marketing team, in the Client Computing Group, where she was responsible for maximizing desktop profitability through form factor innovation and first time buyer programs, driving growth in new market segments, and driving disruption in adjacent markets to grow the desktop P&L. Lakecia earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from University of South Florida. Lakecia also earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

 

 

Image of panelistMaggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training and content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science. She also manages the University Relations area, building strategic research partnerships with faculty and labs globally. Prior to Google, Maggie was a faculty member and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

 

 

Image of panelistDarlene 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.

 

 

Image of panelistMeagan 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!

 

 

Image of panelistAlexandria McBride

Alexandria McBride is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City Of Oakland. In her role, she joins a network of CRO’s in the 100 Resilient Cities initiative tackling local urban resilience challenges. Prior to this role, Alexandria was the Director of Environment & Sustainability at ITI, a Washington, DC-based trade association where she advocated energy and sustainability policy for tech companies. Alexandria has also held leadership roles at the Tishman Environment and Design Center, The Engine Room, Groundswell and ExxonMobil Environmental Services. Alexandria has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Howard University and an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

 

 

Image of panelistSonar 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.

 

 

Image of panelistRose Castanares

Rose is proud to lead a team of engineers (50% women!!) who are Sales Business Managers and Technical Managers. She joined TSMC in 1998 and is presently responsible for account management and sales for several system and fabless customers. Before her promotion to TSMC Vice President in 2015, she served as Senior Director in TSMC North Americas San Jose office responsible for an account team and major, mid-size and emerging customers; in Austin as Central Region Director for Texas where she managed regional sales and support; and as Deputy Director in San Diego responsible for several customers in the region. Prior to TSMC she was in account management with Chartered Semiconductor and National Semiconductor. She began her technology career as a manufacturing engineer with GTE and Siliconix. Rose holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

 

 

Image of panelistEllen Greenberg

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ellen Greenberg in 2016 as the Caltrans Deputy Director for Sustainability, a position created to lead the department's efforts in developing and implementing initiatives to align with California's goals on sustainability. Prior to joining Caltrans, Ellen was a Principal at Arup, working in San Francisco and London on major planning and infrastructure projects. Her career includes over three decades of work in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Ellen holds degrees in Geography, City and Regional Planning, and Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley.

 

 

Image of panelistMary Hoang

Mary Hoang is a Principal and Vice President with HydroScience Engineers, a civil and environmental engineering firm specializing in water related projects. Mary has a BS in civil engineering and Master’s in Public Administration from SJSU. Mary was the Operations Manager for potable and recycled water for the City of San Jose and Director of Water Quality for San Jose Water Company, one of the largest urban water retailers in the US. She has over 28 years of experience, primarily in water utility management and water resources. She has worked for both public and private water utilities, and her experience ranges from engineering capital and development projects to operating and maintaining both potable and recycled water systems.

 

 

Image of panelistYanbing 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.

 

 

Image of panelistRahima Mohammed

Rahima is a Senior Principal Engineer and leads the Customer Delight Office of Performance, Power and Competitive Analysis team of Intel Architecture Graphics Software team. Prior to this, she served as a Data Center Customer Solutions Technologist in the Manufacturing Validation Performance (MVP) team. Rahima led the data mining efforts on customer returned parts. She has been with Intel over 20 years after attending Graduate school at Yale. She also chairs various technical steering committees and serves on Industry advisory boards. She demonstrates consistent leadership in IP creation, and has published 100+ papers in Intel internal and external conferences and filed 5 patents. She is a diversity champion, and winner of the 2015 SWE PRISM award.

 

 

Image of panelistHoang Nhan

Hoang received her bachelor’s degrees in Neurobiology and English Literature from University of Washington. Fascinated by the brain, she went on to get a PhD in Neurosciences from University of California, San Diego, where she spent a lot of time searching for new types of brain cells (and she found one!). After her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, researching the genetic basis of that devastating neurodegenerative condition. Prior to joining 23andMe, Hoang was a curation scientist at Illumina and an NGS scientist at Thermo Fisher. Currently, she is a Product Scientist at 23andMe, responsible for developing genetic health reports. She has made a switch from studying the brain to studying genetics because DNA is both intriguing and powerful. Our genes control everything, including our brain!

 

 

Image of panelistLena Nicolaides

Dr. Lena Nicolaides, is the Vice President and General Manager of Laser Scanning and Swift products at KLA. She is responsible for P&L management, product development, customer relationships and international collaborations on semiconductor equipment. Lena has held various technology and business leadership positions at KLA, 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 papers, and holds more than 30 US patents. She is an active mentor for young professionals. Lena received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, in the field of photothermal science, from the University of Toronto.

 

 

Image of panelistMarily Nika

Based in San Francisco, Marily Nika works for Google as a Product Manager. Marily holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Imperial College London and is also a part-time Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School. Marily has delivered three TEDx talks and has received international recognition — including the Woman of the Year in tech 2018 Award as well as the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Influence Award in 2015, for empowering and mentoring the Women in tech community by having founded 3 women in tech groups, and for launching a mentorship app. You can find Marily on Twitter @marilynika.

 

 

Image of panelistLily Lim-Tsao, PE

Lily Lim-Tsao is a professional civil engineer and a 26-year transportation industry expert focused on moving people and traffic efficiently and safely for the City of San Jose. Lily leads San Jose’s Traffic Management Division and is credited for many of the City’s innovative traffic technology deployments that include a state-of-the-art-traffic management center, real time traffic monitoring capability and sensor rich technologies that enable deep data utilizations. Lily’s progressive traffic management strategies has made San Jose the innovation incubator for traffic sensor and management technologies. Lily is actively engaged in the City’s Autonomous Vehicle Pilot, Smart City solutions, and emerging technologies. She is a graduate of San Jose State University and a long-time supporter and mentor of SJSU’s engineering students. She has a deep passion for developing staff and has served as a mentor for the City of San Jose’s Department of Transportation for over 15 years.

 

 

Image of panelistDenise Robello

Denise Robello grew up in Redwood City, CA. She graduated from SJSU in 1994 with a Chemical Engineering B.S. Degree. She first worked as environmental engineer for a few years during which time she passed the EIT. When the recession hit, she switched to contracting in different pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, worked as an electrical engineer at UL, and eventually came to work at Bayer in Berkeley. She’s been laid off more than once, and switched industries multiple times. Denise says: My career can be characterized as adapting to change, taking opportunities to learn, working hard, and not being afraid to take risks. Life isn’t just career, it’s also about balance. I have two teenagers, and a cat. I love being a mom, and I love to travel, to run, to run when travelling, and textiles.

 

 

Image of panelistCarol Schembri

Carol Schembri manages an outstanding research team of engineers at Agilent Research Laboratories and leads many multi-disciplined projects involving engineers and scientists. Over her career, she has held a variety of research and development roles including individual contributor, manager, director and vice president. She has created innovative products and led teams at large companies and start-ups including Varian, LifeScan (Johnson & Johnson), Abaxis, eNeura, Applied BioSystems, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. She holds a MS in Engineering Management from Stanford and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell.

 

 

Image of panelistAllison Schulkins

Allison serves as COO at Single Cell Technology, where she has worked for 6 years. As a research associate, she made several breakthroughs and optimized critical processes to bring SCT's process to the marketplace. As a business development manager, she secured and managed projects for large pharmaceutical customers. Allison has presented materials at conferences and advises in marketing strategy for SCT's biopharma customers. She specializes in project management, business development, and contract negotiation. She has her B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, Santa Barbara and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State.

 

 

Image of panelistBelen Verduzco

Belen Verduzco joined Turner in 2003 after graduating from Santa Clara University with a BS in Civil Engineering. During her 15 years with Turner, she has worked on numerous exciting projects including Stanford Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Safeway Corporate Headquarters, and various projects for Intel. Belen played a key role in delivering the Levi’s® Stadium ahead of schedule and also served as superintendent at Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center. Belen is currently working on a Bio Med campus in south San Francisco.