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About the Women in Tech Festival

The Women in Tech Festival is an annual event celebrates women in STEM, business, and leadership who work to inspire, engage, and empower other women. The Women in Tech Festival invites all women and female-identifying individuals (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.



Silicon Valley Forum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization

Rachel Reinitz
IBM Fellow and CTO,
IBM Cloud Garage

Krystel Leal
Nomadismo Digital Portugal

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Making Diversity and Inclusion Real
Blog Post by IBM Cloud Garage CTO Rachel Reinitz

Read more about IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion – and why we’re proud partners on the 2019 Women in Tech Festival! Rachel will also be leading a lunchtime workshop during Day 2 of the Festival – stop by registration Friday morning to sign up.

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Blog Post by Founder of Nomadismo Digital Portugal, Krystel Leal

Read more about Krystel’s experience as an attendee at this year’s Women in Tech Festival: 5th Anniversary.










2019 Keynote Speakers

Kara Goldin

Kara Goldin Founder and CEO, hint

Alaina Percival

Alaina Percival CEO, Women Who Code

Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie NYT Best Selling Author, Alpha Girls

Heidi Zak

Heidi Zak CoFounder and Co-CEO, ThirdLove

2019 Speakers

Bá Minuzzi

Bá Minuzzi CoFounder & GP, Babel Ventures

Deborah Magid

Deborah Magid Dir. Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

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.

Kristi Bradford

Kristi Bradford Field Technology Architect, In-Q-Tel

Iyore N. Olaye

Iyore N. Olaye Product Manager and Engineer, Bird

Tracy Young

Tracy Young CoFounder and CEO, PlanGrid

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

Denyse drives the goals and strategy for Silicon Valley Forum, with continued growth into international markets and innovation. She has coached hundreds of startups through the SVF pitch nights and programs.

Cack Wilhelm

Cack Wilhelm Partner, Accomplice

Shauntel Garvey

Shauntel Garvey General Partner, Reach Capital

Mauria Finley

Mauria Finley Founder and CEO, Allume

Debbie Brackeen

Debbie Brackeen Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, CSAA Insurance Group

Kira Noodleman

Kira Noodleman Senior Associate and Investor, Bee Partners

Hayley Leibson

Hayley Leibson CoFounder and COO, LunchClub

Ashie Bhandiwad

Ashie Bhandiwad Founder and CEO, StemChef

Micki Krimmel

Micki Krimmel Founder and CEO, Superfit Hero

Maria Soloveychik

Maria Soloveychik CoFounder and CEO, SyntheX

Y-Vonne Hutchinson

Y-Vonne Hutchinson CoFounder, Project Include; CEO, ReadySet

Tara Chklovksi

Tara Chklovksi Founder and CEO, Iridescent

Kai Morton

Kai Morton Student and Computer Programmer

Nina Achadajian

Nina Achadajian Principal, Index Ventures / Founder, HIVE Ventures

Diane Wu

Diane Wu CoFounder and CEO, Trace Genomics

Olya Irzak

Olya Irzak CoFounder and CEO, Frost Methane Labs

Inhi Cho Suh

Inhi Cho Suh General Manager, IBM Watson Customer Engagement

Pree Walia

Pree Walia Founder and CEO, Preemadonna

Preetha Parthasarathy

Preetha Parthasarathy Partner, SAP.iO Fund

Claire Lee

Claire Lee Head of Early Stage Client Acquisition, Silicon Valley Bank

Chandra Mitchell

Chandra Mitchell General Counsel, Yamaha Motor Ventures Laboratory Silicon Valley

Brittiney Jones

Brittiney Jones Principal Diversity Program Manager, Oracle North America

Kim Polese

Kim Polese Chairman and CoFounder, CrowdSmart

Connie Guglielmo

Connie Guglielmo VP and Editor in Chief, CNET

Liv Erickson

Liv Erickson Social VR, Mozilla

Fiona Brophy

Fiona Brophy Partner, Perkins Coie

Karina Cabrera Bell

Karina Cabrera Bell Founding Partner, OpenAccess

Nikita Sudan

Nikita Sudan Data Scientist, Walmart Labs

Alicia Marie Phillips

Alicia Marie Phillips Ecommerce Manager, Ghirardelli Chocolate

Chloe Rogers

Chloe Rogers Founder and CEO, CommunityX

Claire Tomkins

Claire Tomkins Founder and CEO, Future Family

Andrea Barrica

Andrea Barrica Founder and CEO,

Vy Tran

Vy Tran Founder and CEO, Wonder Hoodie

Maria Alegre

Maria Alegre Co-Founder, Chartboost

Iba Masood

Iba Masood CoFounder and CEO, TARA.AI

Lili Gangas

Lili Gangas Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

Charu Sharma

Charu Sharma CoFounder and CEO,

Purnima Kochikar

Purnima Kochikar Director, Google Play, Apps and Games

Purnima has over 20 years of experience leading application development, marketing and technical-engineering management for startups and leading mobile companies.

2019 Startup Judges

Natalie Dillon

Natalie Dillon Senior Associate, Maveron

Alyson DeNardo

Alyson DeNardo Partner, M Ventures

Xi-Er Dang: Pitch Session Moderator

Xi-Er Dang: Pitch Session Moderator Product Marketing Manager, Chartboost

Xi-Er is passionate about creating educative content for our online Startupedia initiative. She is a tech wizard who possesses the talent and passion for targeted messaging and nurturing a growing community with the goal of driving new business to the organization. Xi-Er has a deep fondness for food, photography, and salsa dancing. Yes, we all think she should be the next contestant on Dancing with the Stars!

Jomayra Herrera

Jomayra Herrera Manager and Venture Investing, Emerson Collective

2019 Pitching Female Founders

Sumi Shan

Sumi Shan The Dunya Project

Karina Vidal

Karina Vidal Citiskopes

Susie Kim

Susie Kim Pluto Money, Inc.

Alina Adams

Alina Adams Artveoli

Shakeia Kegler

Shakeia Kegler GovLia

Valentina Morigi

Valentina Morigi Tensive

Riana Lynn

Riana Lynn Journey Foods, Inc.

Elsie Amoako

Elsie Amoako Mommy Monitor

Ikram Mansori

Ikram Mansori Curah, Inc.

So-Young Kang

So-Young Kang Gnowbe

Workshop Leaders

Pasha Cook – Workshop: Brand Yourself Like a Champion

Pasha Cook – Workshop: Brand Yourself Like a Champion Founder and CEO, Pasha Cook and Associates

Workshop: Brand Yourself Like A Champion

Rachel Reinitz – Workshop: VCs Are People Too: Strengthening Your Pitch With User Stories

Rachel Reinitz – Workshop: VCs Are People Too: Strengthening Your Pitch With User Stories CTO and Founder, IBM Cloud Garage

Domitilla Caputo – Workshop: How To Survive & Thrive As The Only Woman On Your Team

Domitilla Caputo – Workshop: How To Survive & Thrive As The Only Woman On Your Team Program Manager, SAP.iO Foundry

Catherine Gacad – Workshop:  Productivity Tactics and How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Catherine Gacad – Workshop: Productivity Tactics and How to Set Yourself Up for Success SVP Partnerships, Wells Fargo

2019 Agenda

subject to change

Day One – May 23rd, 2019

12:15 – 1:00 pm
Registration and networking


1:00 – 1:05 pm
Welcoming Remarks – Denyse Cardozo, CEO, Silicon Valley Forum


1:05 – 1:10 pm
Opening Remarks – Rachel Reinitz, CTO and Founder, IBM Cloud Garage


1:10 – 1:30 pm
Opening Keynote – Julian Guthrie, Best Selling Author, Alpha Girls


1:30 – 2:00 pm
Fireside Chat with Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint Water
Interviewed by: Connie Guglielmo, Editor in Chief, CNET


2:00 – 2:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Capital Gains – The Female Funders
Meet five fierce investors who are committed to changing the ratio and setting the example for the rest of the industry.


  • Shauntel Garvey, Founder, Reach Capital
  • Ba Minuzzi, Founder, Babel Ventures
  • Cack Wilhelm, Partner, Accomplice VC
  • Nina Archadjian, Principal, Index Ventures
  • Preetha Parthasarathy, Partner, fund
  • Moderator: Fiona Brophy, Partner, Perkins Coie 

2:40 – 2:45 pm
Introduction of Startup Judges

  • Alyson DeNardo, Partner, M Ventures
  • Megan Holston Alexander, Principal Unusual Ventures
  • Natalie Dillon, Principal, Maveron
  • Moderator: Xi-Er Dang, Product Marketing Manager, Chartboost

2:50 – 3:40 pm
Pitch Session #1

  • Startup 1: Valentina Morigi – Tensive
  • Startup 2: Elsie Amoako – Mommy Monitor
  • Startup 3: So-Young Kang – Gnowbe 
  • Startup 4: Sumi Shan – The Dunya Project
  • Startup 5: Alina Adams – ArtVeoli 

3:40 – 4:05 pm

Short Break


4:05 – 4:55 pm
Pitch Session #2

  • Startup 6: Riana Lynn – Journey Foods
  • Startup 7: Susie Kim – Pluto Money
  • Startup 8: Shakeia Kegler –  GovLia
  • Startup 9: Ikram Mansori- Curah App
  • Startup 10: Karina Vidal – CitiSkopes 

4:55 – 5:35 pm
Panel Discussion: She Started It – The Female Founders
Hear the stories of four women-led companies whose innovative products are shaking up the tech world!


  • Vy Tran, Founder and CEO, Wonder Hoodie
  • Iba Masood, CoFounder and CEO, TARA.AI
  • Tracy Young, CoFounder and CEO, PlanGrid
  • Maria Alegre, CoFounder, Chartboost
  • Moderator: Deborah Magid, Director of Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group 

5:35 – 5:50 pm
Power Talk: The Power of Persistence

Pree Walia, Cofounder and CEO, Preemadonna
2018 Women in Tech Festival Winner


5:50 – 6:00 pm
Winners announced – trophy and prize presentation


6:00 – 7:30 pm
Champagne Networking Hour and conclusion – see you tomorrow!

Day Two – May 24th, 2019

8:30 – 9:30 am
Registration and Networking

9:30 – 9:40 am
Opening Remarks:  Denyse Cardozo, CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

9:40 – 10:00 am
Opening Keynote – Alaina Percival, CEO, Women Who Code

10:00 – 10:35 am
Panel Discussion:  Breaking Bad: The Bro-conomy and taking our seat at the table
Despite positive gains in the conversation around equality, the reality is still pretty grim: tech companies are still struggling to meet diversity initiatives, and the pay gap is stuck; California recently signed into law a requirement for public Boards to have at least one (yes, just one!) woman representative–proof-positive that high-level female representation is falling short. Our expert panelists will discuss the current state of women’s seat at the table, and the work still to be done to bring us even closer to a truly equal future.


  • Claire Lee, Head of Early Stage Group, SVB
  • Y-vonne Hutchinson, CoFounder, Project Include and CEO, ReadySet
  • Chandra Mitchell, General Counsel, Yamaha Motor Ventures
  • Kim Polese, Chairman and CoFounder, Crowdsmart
  • Moderator: Debra Brackeen, CSO, CSAA Insurance

10:35 – 10:50 am
Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Iridescent Learning
The Importance of Motivating Girls as Technology Leaders

10:50 – 11:05 am
Purnima Kochikar, Director, Google Apps & Play
Amplify: Simple Tips to Win by Supporting Others

11:05 – 11:20 am
Nikita Sudan, Data Scientist, Walmart Labs
How to Listen BETTER!

11:20 – 11:35 am
Alicia Phillips, eCommerce Mgr, Ghirardelli
Sorry, Not Sorry: Tips for Being Assertive at the Office

11:35 AM – 12:15 pm
Panel Discussion: The Next-Factor: Millennial Women in Tech
Millennial women are leading the charge into the next generation of female tech representation, with a sharp eye on inclusivity, social good, and the inherent value of creativity–while eschewing traditional roles and expectations. Our panelists will disclose the ups and downs and in-betweens of life as a new leader in tech, and their predictions for the years to come.


  • Chloe Rogers, Founder and CEO, CommuntyX
  • Kristi Bradford, Field Technology Architect, In-Q-Tel
  • Brittiney Jones, Principal Diversity Manager, Oracle and Founder, Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Iyore Olaye, Product Manager and Engineer, Bird
  • Moderator: Lili Gangas, CTCO, Kapor Center

12:15 – 2:00 pm
Lunch, Workshops, Demo Hall, Brella Networking

Lunch workshops are first-come, first-serve; signups will be available on Friday at registration. 


  • How to Brand Yourself Like a Champion
    Led by: Pasha Cook, Founder and CEO, Pasha Cook and Associates
  • VCs Are People Too: Strengthening Your Pitch With User Stories
    Led by: Rachel Reitnitz, CTO and Founder, IBM Cloud Garage
  • How To Survive & Thrive As The Only Woman On Your Team
    Led by: Domitilla Caputo, Program Manager, Foundry
  • Productivity Tactics and How to Set Yourself Up for Success
    Led by: Catherine Gacad, SVP Partnerships, Wells Fargo

2:00 – 2:15 pm
Kai Morton, Student & Computer Programmer
How Girls are Shaping a Better Tomorrow

2:15 – 2:30 pm
Charu Sharma, CoFounder and CEO,
Accelerate Your Career With Mentors & Sponsors

2:30 – 2:45 pm
Micki Krimmel, Founder & CEO, Superfit Hero
From Roller Derby to (Mini) Fashion Mogul: Finding Success in Niche Communities

2:45 – 3:00 pm
Inhi Cho Suh, GM, IBM Watson
Foster a Culture of Inclusion by Example

3:00 – 3:40 pm
Panel Discussion: The Big Bang: Women Changing the World
Huge breakthroughs in science, tech, and business development are on the crest of wide-scale implementation–during this panel, you’ll meet the four incredible women who are building the powerful engines that are already changing our world.


  • Diane Wu, CoFounder and CEO, Trace Genomics
  • Maria Soloveychik, Founder and CEO, SyntheX
  • Olya Irzak, Founder and CEO, Frost Methane Labs
  • Claire Tomkins, Founder and CEO, Future Families
  • Moderator: Catherine Gacad, SVP Partnerships, Wells Fargo

3:40 – 3:55 pm
Short Break

3:55 – 4:10 pm
Kira Noodleman, Sr. Associate, Bee Partners
Opportunities in Blockchain to make Businesses More Inclusive

4:10 – 4:25 pm
Liv Erickson, Sr. Product Manager, Mozilla
My Virtual Self: Building a Career in an Emerging Industry

4:25 – 4:40 pm          
Ashie Bhandiwad, Founder, StemChef
Changing the Landscape of STEM Education

4:40 – 4:55 pm
Karina Cabrera Bell, Founding Partner, Open Access
Changing the Narrative of Moms & Women in the Workplace

4:55 – 5:10 pm          
Andrea Barrica, Founder & CEO, O.School
The Emergence of Sexual Wellness

5:10 – 5:30 pm
Closing Keynote – Heidi Zak, Cofounder and Co-CEO, ThirdLove

5:30 pm
That’s a Wrap!


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