Connecting the world to Silicon Valley - since 1983.
We connect people and organizations to the knowledge, networks, and companies in Silicon Valley. We leverage our 37 years of experience and our proven impact on a global scale – as well as our vast network in local ecosystem, to provide resources for both U.S. and global entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to help build and scale your company and innovation.
Our customized programs for entrepreneurs, corporate executives, university students, and strategic partnerships with top Silicon Valley technology companies provide the necessary tools to drive impact and thrive in today’s fast-paced digital economy.
Denyse CardozoExecutive Director
Our Chief Almighty drives the organization’s vision, strategy, and innovating future growth opportunities through strategic partnerships and programs. When she’s not thinking of new strategies or creative ways of making things better (she can’t help it!), you'll find her driving the coast listening to Bob Dylan, or snuggling on the couch with her sweet terrier Quincy and eating Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Amanda LlerenaDigital Marketing & Special Projects Manager
Amanda manages the digital marketing strategy and implementation. As the "voice" of Silicon Valley Forum, she leads our marketing efforts and helps plan and implement our social media strategy for our 40+ yearly events and initiatives. She also runs our webinars, Startupedia interviews, and special projects. Amanda played softball for 14 years and was pitcher of the year twice in college, and in her free time you can catch her planning her next adventure to a national park!
Nick SramekDirector of International Relations
Nick focuses on building and cultivating valuable and sustainable partnerships with international organizations that are looking to strengthen their ties to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. He oversees a key area of the business that’s slated to drive future growth, focusing on expansion into global markets. When he's not on email, he's enjoying the great outdoors in the Bay Area and beyond.
Our Global Ambassadors
Leaders of change in communities around the world
Mariana StegagniniPresident, Fundación CEDEF
Rafael OdremanBusiness Development and Growth for Ventures, Cel México
Bengt EliassonExecutive in Residence, SRI International
Gökçen ŞahinIndependent Board Member
Shubham SinglaUniversity Programs Manager, Silicon Valley Forum
SPAIN & PORTUGAL
Natalia Olson-UrtechoCoFounder & Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, The Disruptive Factory
Mike Torosian, Partner at Pillsbury, acts as general outside counsel to companies across all phases of their life cycle, particularly in the technology, renewable energy and life sciences industries. He represents emerging companies and investors in financings at all stages.
Lauren is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where she practices corporate and securities law, representing companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start-ups to mature public companies, as well as venture capital firms and other institutional investors.
Kevin Surace is an American technology innovator, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Appvance, creator of an AI-based software QA platform. He was Inc. Magazine’s 2009 entrepreneur of the Year.
Debra has more than 25 years of leadership at innovative high-tech companies, including Apple, Sun, and eBay. Her experience in business development and strategy is enhanced by connections to the VC and startup communities in Silicon Valley.
Chris is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time. As a writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scaleups since 1995.
Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries, and she brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.
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