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WiE Connect Brings Together Students and Women Leaders

WiE Connect Career Talk connects students with women leaders for insights and mentoring for career success.


Session #1  - Sold out!

Topic: Want to land your dream job? What’s the formula? Learn from women leaders and alumni.  

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Place: San Jose State University, Engineering Building, Room 285/287


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Erica Lockheimer

 Head of Engineering - LinkedIn Learning,

Aida Rivas

Senior Open Source Manager

Patti Robb

Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center 


Mentoring Resources    


Erica Lockheimer

Erica Lockheimer has been at LinkedIn for over 8 years and is a Senior Director of Engineering where she leads the Engineering team focused on increasing growth in new members and deepening engagement with members across LinkedIn's products. She is also responsible for LinkedIn's Women in Tech (WIT) initiative that is focused on empowering women in technical roles at the company. Prior to LinkedIn, she worked at Good Technology as Director of Server Engineering to securely manage and synchronize email 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 the top 22 women engineers in the world by Business Insider. Erica is a San Francisco Bay Area native and is a graduate from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.


Aida Rivas

Aida Rivas is a Senior Open Source Program Manager in VMware's Office of the CTO. She is passionate about building collaborative environments and creating a culture of continuous improvement. Her experience spans working in the energy, financial services and computer industries developing client and server side applications, and driving partnerships. She has changed the trajectory of failing projects, build an engineering team from scratch, and evolved open source within a large company. In Augusth 2018, Aida co-presented,  “Open Source Compliance: Reworking internal processes” at the Open Source Summit North America, Vancouver, Canada. Open Source Summit North  America  https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-source-summit-north-america-2018/


Patti Robb

Patti Robb is the Head of Intel’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center leading and advancing the industry in autonomous driving. She works on amazing projects and uses technology to improve people's lives every day. She is a visionary, high energy executive passionate about developing and shipping innovative products while understanding the technology trends that will shape the future.

Previously, Patti was a Product Development Executive with Intel’s Internet of Things Group. She was part of the team creating Intel’s market leading 5G Strategy, and was also responsible for Intel’s IOT Connectivity Strategy and Platform development across business verticals.

Patti is leading to close the Technology Industry gender gap and a champion of the Pay it Forward program at Intel to help develop and advance more women at the company.

Patti has 8 patents issued or pending.


Session #2 – scheduled for November 8, 2018.  More information to come.