2017 Breaking Glass Forum
for Women Executives
Innovation, Influence & Intersectionality
March 16, 2017
San Francisco, CA
2017 Breaking Glass Forum for Women Executives
Innovation, Influence & Intersectionality
March 16, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Amazing women from all different walks of life
with one thing in common:
Success on their Own Terms
Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience. Toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult is being published in over two dozen countries, and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018. In the meantime, her memoir on race, Real American, will be out in Fall 2017. Julie is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and California College of the Arts. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty five years, their two teenagers, and her mother.
Christy is Chief Executive Officer of Dtex Systems and serves as a member of the board. Most recently, Christy was Chairman, CEO and President of Good Technology, which was the global leader in mobile security across the Global 2000. Prior to Good, Christy has held leadership positions across both consumer and enterprise at Citigroup, Motorola, Apple, Palm and Sun. In 2015 Christy was named one of Inc. Magazines Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in America. Also in 2015, Christy was named CEO of the Year by the Information Security Global Excellence Awards. Christy serves as a member of the board for Centrify, a leader in Identify and Access Management, as well as Abilities United, non-profit organization focused on enriching the lives of individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Originally a software engineer, Christy has lived in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years. She is married and has three children.
Holly Liu founded the mobile gaming company Kabam in 2006. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam from $0 to $400MM annually, that led Kabam into the unicorn club in 2014. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning "Kingdoms of Camelot" franchise, which has grossed over $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. Today, she is Chief Development Officer in charge of developing Kabam internationally through key relationships - starting with China. Among other things, she continues to develop global cultural initiatives within Kabam. Prior to that she was Kabam's Chief of Staff and oversaw HR, leading corporate culture and talent experience for over 800 employees at Kabam globally. Holly oversaw the team responsible for recruiting and retaining top talent, and has grown the Kabam staff 500% in three years. Holly is a consummate entrepreneur, executive, and startup mentor. She is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, and has named in Fortune and Forbes as a leading woman in gaming and entrepreneurship.
Michelle Fisher is founder/CEO of Blaze Mobile. She is the company's key innovator, responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing the company's rapid growth and leadership in mobile payments and health care. Prior to Blaze Mobile, Michelle spent nearly 10 years at Microsoft where she led the development of over a dozen new commercial ecommerce products. Michelle also worked at AT&T where after receiving $2M in funding for her business plan, she led the product development of Media Park, a forward reaching broadband service she conceived of which connected creative professionals in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and New York to digital content libraries. Michelle has received several notable awards including recently named one of the Powerful Woman of the Bay Area, Women Of Influence, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Operations Research Society of America just to name a few. She has a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s of Science from U.C. Berkeley.
As Chief Product Officer, Anneka oversees the execution and strategy of LiveRamp’s roadmap.
While she joined LiveRamp as an engineer, she's taken on multiple roles at the company, including marketing, recruiting, product management and software development.
Anneka received a Bachelor’s degree in Math & Computational Sciences from Stanford University.
Leslie Morgan Nakajima
With over 25 years of experience positioning new products and new technology landscapes, Leslie Nakajima is a strategic communications Advisor at Sentient. Prior to joining Sentient as CMO, Leslie was VP of Communications at Mozilla where she managed PR and communications for the company and its Firefox products around the globe. Prior to her work at Mozilla, Leslie served in several key leadership roles at Nokia, managing global marketing programs for Nokia’s Windows Phone, as well as driving communications programs and teams for Nokia’s software & services, developer and ecosystem groups. Leslie is also a visiting teacher at the CELSA school at Sorbonne University in Paris.
Leslie holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and continued her graduate studies in Political Communications at New York University.
Aubrey Blanche is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to enhance access to technical education, recruiting, retention, and career mobility for underrepresented minorities. She relies on social science research and methodologies to understand the psychological and structural barriers to achieving full representation and inclusion. This research allows her to design effective interventions and programs that create equal opportunities for all Atlassian employees. She works with partners across the tech industry to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams.
Paula R. Collins is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of WDG Ventures Inc., a real estate development and consulting firm formed in 1988. In 2004, Ms. Collins founded Portfolio Real Estate Consulting, (PRC) a firm which provides development management services to, for profit and non-profit corporations seeking to plan and develop commercial and residential real estate. Ms. Collins is outgoing Chair of the Board of the Holding Company for the California State Automobile Association and Inter-Insurance Bureau, an organization whose territory includes Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, and Oklahoma. She is a Founder and Director of Presidio Bank headquartered in San Francisco. Ms. Collins is a Presidential Appointee to the M.I.T. Corporation's Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She is also on the Board of Special Olympics for Northern California.
Ching Valdezco coaches and trains groups of professionals, helping them become better communicators, presenters, influencers and leaders. She works with senior leaders and high achievers to help them communicate clearly and confidently when stakes are high. Prior to joining Exec|Comm, Ching led global teams for over 15 years at Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, she served as Director of Strategy and Planning at HP. She is a Watermark ambassador and contributes her expertise to several Silicon Valley community organizations. Ching lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband; they enjoy hiking in nearby state parks and traveling around the world.
Olga V. Mack is the founder of the WomenServeOnBoards.com movement making a fiscal and social case for gender equality on corporate boards. To spearhead her efforts, Mack launched petitions and social media campaigns to Fortune 500 companies requesting the addition of at least one woman to their board of directors. Her petition to Discovery Communications declared a victory after they recruited a woman for its board of directors. She plans to continue her efforts until every Fortune 500 company has a woman on its board. To stay deeply connected to her mission, Mack dedicates her time as an advisory board member for ChannelMeter and TimeJoy. As a startup enthusiast, she currently brings her passion for seeing her clients succeed and grow as general counsel at ClearSlide. Previously she held positions at Zoosk, Visa Inc., Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, California, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Susan Burnett is the founder and CEO of Susan Burnett Consulting. She has dedicated the last 35 years of her career to developing great leaders and healthy organizations where the business and its people thrive and grow. Her career began at HP where she held global marketing services and talent and organization development roles. She left HP to lead Gap Inc. talent management, where she built a strong leadership pipeline for the future. From there she joined Deloitte to lead the design and development of Deloitte University (DU). From Deloitte Burnett became the SVP of talent at Yahoo!. Today she focuses on developing leaders at every level, especially women leaders. She is on the faculty at Antioch University Santa Barbara where she teaches Values-Based Leadership for the women and leadership ten-month certificate program targeted at mid-career women leaders. Burnett is also a leader in Stanford’s Designing Your Life Lab.
Olga Braylovskiy is a senior business and technology executive with over 19 years track record of helping global organizations transform themselves through technology, process and data insights. Olga spent over six years at Yahoo in senior roles in Finance, HR and IT; her last role was a Vice President of Corporate Applications with accountability for all enterprise systems. Currently, Olga is a Vice President of Workforce Technology at Intuit, responsible for the infrastructure, applications and security solutions, enabling and support the company’s workforce. In 2016, Olga was recognized as one of the SF Bay Area Most Influential Women in Business. Olga earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, enjoying good food in the company of great friends and reading.
Renessa Boley Layne
Renessa is the creator of the Success and Happiness Test and author of the book Fast Lane, Wrong Direction: Insider Secrets to Redesign Your Success. Renessa holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University and brings 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial success to her training. Renessa consults to Lee Hecht Harrison and has also advised federal government and non-profit clients with a focus on process reengineering, change management, leadership and talent development. Renessa served as Senior Director for the Corporate Executive Board, and has worked as a strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman, Procter & Gamble and Intel.
Lori Mazan has coached hundreds of executives to become better leaders - from improving team effectiveness and interpersonal skills to teaching how to navigate the political agendas and power issues that confront any Senior Leader. Her client companies include Fortune 100’s such as Chevron and Sprint as well as venture backed growth companies like Intellikine and Tapjoy. A founding member of the Genentech Preferred Network of Coaches, Lori has guided senior leaders, Executives and CEO’s in environments of rapid change, growth and innovation for two decades.
Currently, Lori is Co-Founder of Sounding Board, an early stage startup changing the face of leadership development by bringing the deep learning and growth of 1:1 Executive Coaching to emerging leaders through an innovative technology driven platform. Lori has advanced degrees in Psychology - as well as a decade of teaching college level social psychology and group dynamics courses. She is certified through the Coaches Training Institute, the industry gold standard.
Rajkumari Neogy works with individuals and organizations to make transformative and sustainable shifts. Over the last 20 years, she has worked with Shuddle, Cisco Systems, Facebook, Sony, Adobe, JVC and Amazon among others. In 2013 she founded iRestart, providing expertise in leadership development, diversity & inclusion and mentorship. As a Certified Master Trainer and Neuro-Linguistic Programmer holding a Master's Degree in Transformative Leadership Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies, Rajkumari sits quite comfortably at the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), technology and culture and empathic language for business.
Stacy Parson is a Partner at The Dignitas Agency, where she asks the question – “What’s possible? – then crafts experiences to invite that. She coaches and consults with VPs, EVPs and Presidents in Fortune 50 companies, start up and emerging teams with big aspirations, and techsters who are determined to change the world. She created and implemented the “Career Development at Yahoo!” workshop – Delivered to 2,000 people in 15 countries, generating a 7% increase in employee engagement in 6 months. She’s known for facilitating compelling visions, inspiring others to action , and strengthening platforms for delivering results. Stacy was part of the Stanford Women’s Basketball 1990 NCAA Champion Team, is a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and is an essential oil enthusiast – a student of how aroma cultivates emotions and mindsets that inspire action.
Sumayyah Emeh Edu
Sumayyah Emeh-Edu has over 15 years professional experience leading various initiatives within the higher education and corporate sectors focused primarily on diversity and professional development. She has successfully organized Tech Inclusion SF 15 and Ability in Tech as well as managed learning programs with clients such as Kaiser Permanente, PG&E, Asana and Aetna. Hailing from organizations such as Change Catalyst, Keller Center for Corporate Learning and Laureate Education, Sumayyah understands systemic inequities throughout the education-workforce pipeline. This insight was an impetus to commit her career to challenging the status quo for inclusion.
Sumayyah founded The Ally Movement in November 2016 to provide a tools for those with privilege to take action. She is also a member or has actively supported the ATD Golden Gate Chapter, National Diversity Council, and Women’s Global Leadership Council. She also has volunteered with various community organizations that widen
access for disadvantaged youth for education and career development.