SILICON VALLEY FORUM PRESENTS

WOMEN IN TECH FESTIVAL 2020

NO LIMITS

Friday, November 13 – Saturday, November 14, 2020

VIRTUAL

 #SVFWIT20  #SVFWomenTechFest 

 

Empowered Women, Empower Women!

About the Women in Tech Festival

Silicon Valley Forum’s annual Women in Tech Festival celebrates women in STEM, business, and leadership who work to inspire, engage, and empower other women. The Women in Tech Festival invites ALL women (as well as anyone who supports the advancement of women and believes in the importance of diversity) to join together for two full days of inspiring talks, startup pitches, thought-provoking discussions and educational workshops.

At the Women in Tech Festival, you’ll create lasting connections and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive and fun environment.

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2020 Speakers

Keynotes

more to be announced

Panelists & Power Talks

more to be announced

Aruna Ravichandran

Aruna Ravichandran is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Cisco Webex Collaboration, responsible for promoting Cisco’s $6B Collaboration Technology business. A passionate advocate for customers with 20+ years of technology industry experience, Aruna leads product marketing, brand management, digital marketing, demand generation, events, and solutions marketing. Prior to Cisco, Aruna was Vice President of Marketing for DevOps at CA Technologies (acquired by Broadcom). Earlier experience includes Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for the Software Solutions Division at Juniper Networks, and escalating leadership roles in both marketing and engineering at Hewlett-Packard. Aruna serves on the Advisory Board for Graphics Communications at California Polytechnic State University. Previously she was on the Advisory Board for Panzura, a leading provider of cloud file sharing solutions. She has published two books on DevOps and is a contributing blogger for the Forbes Technology Council. Aruna holds an MBA and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bangalore University. She completed the Northwestern University's Kellogg Executive CMO program in 2019.

2020 Workshops & Leaders

Pitch Judges

2020 Agenda

We can't wait!

Subject to change

Day 1 – November 13, 2020

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

8:00 – 8:30AM MORNING STRETCH: Live Yoga Workout w/Michelle Dickson, Yoga Instructor
8:30 – 9:00AM BRELLA NETWORKING
9:00 – 9:15AM Opening Remarks + Housekeeping:  Amanda Llerena, Digital Marketing Mgr, Silicon Valley Forum
Welcoming Remarks: Denyse Cardozo, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum
9:15 – 9:45AM OPENING KEYNOTE: Sarah Kunst, Managing Director, Cleo Capital
9:45 – 10:25AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding Balance: Parenthood & Entrepreneurship (Includes Audience Q&A)
Lessons and advice from 4 Entrepreneurs & Super-moms achieving work/life success
Speaker: Serafina Palandech, Co-Founder & CEO, A Boring Life
Speaker: Kristina Bingham Jones, Founder & CEO, Guardianlane
Speaker: Zoe Share, Founder & CEO, Schmooz Media
Speaker: Maria Oliveira Tamellini, CoFounder & COO, GamerSafer
Moderator: TBA
10:30 – 11:15AM POWER TALKS (Speakers + Topics announced soon!)
11:15 – 12:15PM BRELLA NETWORKING
12:30 – 1:30PM DEEP DIVE WORKSHOPS
Workshop #1: From Failure to Prosperity
                            Workshop Leader: Holly Jean Jackson, CEO & Business Coach
Workshop #2: Don’t be Caught Pitchless!
                           Workshop Leader: Donna Griffit, Corporate Storyteller
More workshops TBA soon!
1:35 – 1:55PM AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Goldie Chan, Global Speaker, Founder, Warm Robots
1:55 – 2:05PM Q&A w/Goldie Chan
PITCH COMPETITION
2:10 – 2:20PM EMCEE INTRO + HOW THIS SESSION GOES DOWN!
2:20 – 2:30PM OUR ESTEEMED JUDGES:
Judge #1: TBA
Judge #2: Chris Yeh, Managing Partner, Wasabi Global Ventures
Judge #3: Maria Salamanca, Investor, Unshackled Ventures
MEET THE FAB SIX!
2:30 – 2:40PM Startup #1: Apis Project: Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO & CoFounder
2:40 – 2:50PM Startup #2: You’re Welcome: Caitlin Folawn, CEO & CoFounder
2:50 – 3:00PM Startup #3: SpenDebt: Ty’Lisha Summers, CoFounder
3:00 – 3:10PM Startup #4: Upwork, Shivani Gopal, CEO & CoFounder
3:10 – 3:20PM Startup #5: EIQ Mobility: Sila Kiliccote, CEO & CoFounder
3:20 – 3:30PM Startup #6: Aunt Flow: Claire Coder, CEO & Founder
3:30 – 4:00PM CLOSING KEYNOTE: Riana Lynn, Founder,  Journey Foods
4:00 – 4:10PM ANNOUNCE PITCH COMPETITION WINNER (WHOOP!)
4:10 – 5:00PM BRELLA NETWORKING
5:00 PM That’s a wrap, see you tomorrow!

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Day 2 – November 14, 2020

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

8:30 – 9:00AM MORNING STRETCH: Live Yoga Workout w/Michelle Dickson, Yoga Instructor
9:00 – 9:30AM BRELLA NETWORKING
9:30 – 9:40AM Opening Remarks:  Amanda Llerena, Digital Marketing Manager
Welcoming Remarks: Denyse Cardozo, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum
9:40 – 10:05AM OPENING KEYNOTE:  Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer, ServiceNow
10:05 – 10:50AM PANEL DISCUSSION: The Art of Inclusion: From Ageism to Equality in the Workplace (w/Q&A)
In a world that seems more divided than ever, creating an inclusive space at work has never been more imperative – or more challenging – for companies of every size. Our panelists will discuss why a cross-generational workforce is invaluable, and how diversity of ideas, skills, and experience can enhance each other, and how employers can do their part to ensure that ageist attitudes and practices no longer have a place in the workforce.
Speaker: Sheela Sukumaren, Partner, Technology Industry Leader, Mercer
Speaker: InaMarie Johnson, Chief People & Diversity Officer, Zendesk
Speaker: Lizanne Vaughn, Chief People Officer, Getty Images
Speaker: Lorraine Vargas Townsend, Chief People Officer, Mendix
Moderator: TBA
10:55 – 11:15AM MID-MORNING KEYNOTE: Adiba Barney, Author, Former CEO, Breast Cancer Patient Advocate
11:20 – 12:05PM PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Work: Built by Women (w/Q&A)
Our speakers will address how women are taking the lead on the future of work, and the solutions we need to adopt to thrive as things continue to shift and change at a rapid pace. They will also discuss the implications in Artificial Intelligence and other technologies, and how these changes will affect how we lead and work.
Speaker: Jomayra Herrera, Sr. Associate, Cowboy VC
Speaker: Priya Saiprasad, Venture Capitalist, Mayfield Fund
Speaker: Linda Pouliot, CEO & Founder, Dishcraft Robotics
Speaker: Aruna Ravichandran, VP/CMO, Webex Collaboration, Cisco
Moderator: Jen Cohen, VP of Operations, Toyota Research Institute
12:05 – 1:05PM BRELLA NETWORKING
1:00 – 2:00PM DEEP DIVE WORKSHOPS
Workshop #1: Design Sprint tools that take your team’s [virtual] collaboration to the next level
                            Workshop Leader: Aly Boncha, User Experience Designer, Google
Workshop #2: Why So-called Soft Skills Can Make or Break your Engineering Career–and How To Build Them!
                            Workshop Leader: Tracie Hlavka, VP of Engineering, Flyhomes
More workshops TBA soon!
2:05 – 2:50PM POWER TALKS (Speakers + Topics announced soon!)
2:50 – 3:10PM AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Martha Soledad Hernandez, Founder & CEO, MADEbos
3:10 -3:45PM BRELLA NETWORKING
3:45 – 4:30PM POWER TALKS (Speakers + Topics announced soon!)
4:30 – 5:15PM PANEL DISCUSSION: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure their Seat at the Table (w/Q&A)
Women of color face unique challenges to success in the workplace: managing continual microaggressions, navigating undeniable racism, leveraging career allies in positions of power, and more. All of these challenges are addressed in Minda Harts’ new book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. Minda Harts will moderate this panel of powerhouse women of color and dive into the themes and success tactics from The Memo. Learn how to invest in yourself and identify and develop the skills needed to help you get ahead to claim your seat at the table.
Speaker: Samara Mejia Hernandez, Founding Partner, Chingona Ventures
Speaker: Kathryn Ross, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures NA Lead
Speaker: Tina Eskridge, Sr Director of Marketing, Microsoft
Speaker: TBA
Moderator: Minda Harts, Author & CEO, The Memo
5:15 – 5:30PM CLOSING KEYNOTE: TBA
5:30PM That’s a wrap – see you next year!

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2020 VENUE

This is a 2-DAY Virtual Event!

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