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Empowering Girls for Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Girls Innovate!

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

Empowering Girls for Entrepreneurship & Leadership

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Update: We have opened up a few extra slots, so sign up quickly!

Speaker Reception Tickets: We also have a very limited number of tickets (10 to be exact!) that include a special invitation to the Speaker Reception immediately following the event. These are $25/each and include admission to the event plus an intimate wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with speakers and core team members catered by Pamela Keith of CuisineStyle. Email Uyen at uyen@girlsinnovate.org to reserve these tickets. 

You are invited to join us on Saturday, June 1, 2013  for our next installment of Girls Innovate! Empowering Girls for Entrepreneurship & Leadership.

Key sponsors:

Kilpatrick Townsend


The event, to be held at tech incubator nestGSV's inspiring facilities in Redwood City, is a fun, informative gathering, free and open to everyone, including:

* Women and girls (ages 10-18) interested in making a mark in this world through entrepreneurial and innovative endeavors;

* Mothers and daughters interested in engaging in activities, workshops and discussions around creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership; and

* Anyone interested in experiencing how building community around innovation and leveraging our combined resources to cultivate an innovative mindset can help shape the future of our economy and society.


12:30-1pm Registration
1-2:00pm Welcome/Opening Keynote/Q&A
2:15-3:00pm Breakout Session A
3:00-3:30pm Dessert Break
3:30-4:15pm Breakout Session B
4:30-5:15pm Closing Remarks/Q&A

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Opening Keynote: "The Innovation Ecosystem" with Judy Estrin (CEO, JLabs; entrepreneur; corporate executive; corporate director; author of Closing the Innovation Gap)

Closing Remarks: "Why Your Network Matters...and How to Create One" with Heidi Roizen (Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson; entrepreneur; corporate executive; corporate director; educator)

Breakout Sessions

Following the Opening Keynote, there will be two breakout sessions with panel discussions/open discussions for the adults and workshops for the girls given by business and educational professionals. You may attend one per session and will be asked for your preferred choices during registration.

Panel Discussions/Open Discussions (for adults):

Session A

1. Women & Parenting: Laying the Foundation for Our Daughters' Futures | Pam Owens (Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, facilitator)
2. Women & Entrepreneurship: Journey of an Entrepreneur | Erika Stanzl, Laura Yecies, Donna J. H. Novitsky & Grace Yang (Carole Bellis, facilitator)

Session B

3. Women & Careers: Staying Connected & Engaged during the Parenting Years | Johanna Wise, Sudnya Shroff & Macy McGinness (Vidya Raman, facilitator)
4. Women & Leadership: Women Leaders Who Inspire Us | Linda Alepin & Vivian Wong (Nancy Lin, facilitator)
5. Mothers of Invention:  Women & Innovation | Nina Bhatti & Rahima Mohammed (Francine Gordon, facilitator)

Workshops (for girls):

(Workshops #1-8 recommended ages: 10-13 years)

Session A

1. Art Inspires: Using Art to Boost Creative Confidence | Sylvie Leotin
2. Building an App with Technovation | AnnaLise Hoopes
3. The Pamphlet Stitch: Learning about the Intersection of Craft & Technology | Macy McGinness
4. Creating Ecographs, a Pictorial Representation of What You Love About Nature | Christie Ma - Sessions A & B (double-session workshop)

5. Budgets 101: What a Girl Needs to Know about Money | Julie Won
6. Bringing Ideas to Life | Andrea Lo

Session B

7. Product Development 101: Innovating with Wooden Blocks | Julie Lutz
8. Budgets 101: What a Girl Needs to Know about Money | Julie Won
9. Bringing Ideas to Life | Andrea Lo
10. Creating Ecographs, a Pictorial Representation of What You Love About Nature | Christie Ma - Sessions A & B (double-session workshop)

11. Art Inspires: Using Art to Boost Creative Confidence | Sylvie Leotin

(Workshops #9-17 recommended ages: 13-18 years)

Session A

9. Entrepreneurship 101: What Exactly is an Entrepreneur & What Does it Take to Become One? | Linda Alepin
10. The Mindset of an Innovator | Nancy Lin
11. Business Model 101: From Manufacturing to Market | Julie Lutz
12. The power of YOU: Learn How to Define and Cultivate Your Online Personal Brand | Mia Dand

Session B

13. Making a Great First Impression: Advice for Girls Who Want to Make a Mark in this World | Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski
14. From Paper Napkin to Launch | Dhana Pawar
15. Finding Your Voice through Blogging | Angie Chang
16. So You Want to be a Venture Capitalist | Uyen Nguyen
17.Why Learning Intro Programming and the AP CS Exam Could Help You Create the Next Facebook (or something smaller but still fun and profitable) | David Epstein

Breakout sessions are subject to change as speakers are confirmed and finalized.

Important Registration Info

* Advanced registration is required. Please be certain that you can attend before registering. If your plans change at the last minute, please let us know.
* The event is free; however, as this is an all-volunteer-based effort, all attendees (age 18+) will be asked to help out at the event either by donating 15 minutes of time or other form of equivalent support.
* Questions or comments? Interested in volunteering, collaborating with or speaking at Girls Innovate? Contact Uyen: uyen at girlsinnovate.org.

Additional Sponsors


CuistineStyle by Pamela Keith   Dia Delights  DODOcase


1. Andrea Lo | CEO & Founder, Piggybackr
Andrea has been fundraising since age 7 as a girl scout, club president, student council member, and fundraiser chair and wishes she had learned at an earlier age to a) think bigger and b) leverage technology to put her ideas into action. Prior to starting Piggybackr, Andrea ran operations at a tech startup, investigated fraud at large companies, and worked on Al Gore's $300 million dollar grassroots climate campaign. Andrea is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Angelpad startup accelerator program (ranked #4 in the world). She is a TEDx speaker, loves ice cream, and speaks on topics of entrepreneurship, fundraising, and youth empowerment. More info about Piggybackr can be found at www.piggybackr.com.

2. Angie Chang | Founder & Organizer, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner; Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy
Angie is Director of Growth at Hackbright. She co-founded Women 2.0, a media company promoting women in high-growth entrepreneurship. From leading the editorial and content at Women 2.0, Angie built Women 2.0's online presence (website, newsletter, social media marketing) from the ground up starting in 2005. She also founded the San Francisco chapter of Girl Geek Dinners in 2008, organizing frequent Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners with Sukrutha Bhadouria Raman. The sold-out dinners for technical women in the Silicon Valley are the hottest ticket in town. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design at various tech startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie. More info about Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner: www.bayareagirlgeekdinners.com and Hackbright: www.hackbrightacademy.com.

3. AnnaLise Hoopes | Director, SF Bay Area, Technovation
AnnaLise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a California teaching credential. AnnaLise taught elementary school before joining Iridescent in 2010. Over the past two years, she has worked to grow Iridescent’s Technovation program from 43 girls to 520 nationwide. Technovation inspires high school girls in technology and entrepreneurship through app development. Supported by women mentors from industry, teams work together to build mobile apps, write business plans, and pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000 in seed funding. The program now has girls participating from 22 US states and 17 countries. More info about Technovation can be found at www.technovationchallenge.org.

4. Carole Bellis | Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
Carole practices corporate and securities law and focuses on corporate formation, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. She represents a large portfolio of early to exit stage companies in the life sciences, clean technology and software sectors which she advises during the rapid growth period from inception through seed and venture financings, product research and development, to strategic partnerships and commercialization and eventual exit by way of an acquisition or initial public offering. Carole regularly advises boards of directors and senior management on matters of corporate governance, securities issuances, executive compensation and employment matters, intellectual property protection, joint ventures, commercial agreements and strategic transactions. She also represents founders and incubators engaged in technology spin-offs and investment funds with respect to fund formation, limited liability company administration and fund management. Her M&A experience includes domestic and cross border transactions, stock purchases, asset based transactions, spin-offs and going private transactions. More info about Kilpatrick Townsend can be found at www.kilpatricktownsend.com.

5. Christie Ma | Educator & Entrepreneur, Ecographs
Christie is an educator and entrepreneur. Over the years, she has worked with schools, universities, non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, and startups in Asia as well as the US. Most recently, she established and grew the Shanghai Office of a Hong-Kong based education company. She hopes that every girl will explore life without fear and dream big. Christie received her B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Studio Art from Dartmouth College. More info about Ecographs can be found at www.ecographs.org.

6. David Epstein | Consultant, Technical Trainer, Educator
David Epstein is a father and student of an amazing 6 yr old daughter.  David has a CS degree from UC Berkeley and has been a technical trainer for three IPO software companies dating back to the dotCom days (with a most recent IPO 7 months ago). David taught a programming class of over 200+ students at Caltech, championed part of the ANSI and ISO Fortran language standard, invented two programming languages, and lead the JJ Dream Team virtual team of dozens of high school and college students developing software and materials for students and teachers of the AP CS course.  David's latest contribution is WorkingXMLToday.com, a place to learn XML in preparation for employment with real-world "cloud" companies and others using XML technologies. More info about David can be found at www.WorkingXMLToday.com.

7. Dhana Pawar | VP of Mobile, Coupons.com
Dhana is vice president of mobile at Coupons.com Incorporated and oversees the company’s mobile strategy, including product and partnerships. She is an industry veteran with over 12 years of experience leading mobile strategy for startups & Fortune 500 companies. She has worked extensively with wireless carriers as well as leading brands like P&G, COVERGIRL, Walmart, NBC and Disney. Dhana is a regular speaker at tech events and has been quoted in a wide variety of leading media outlets, including CNN, ABC News, and All Things Digital. She is also the managing director for the Silicon Valley of Girls in Tech, and sits on the advisory board of MobiQpons and Zazum. More info about Coupons.com can be found at www.coupons.com.

8. Donna Novitsky | CEO & Founder, Yiftee
As co-founder and CEO of Yiftee, Local Gifts, On-the-Go, Donna leverages her leadership and marketing background to build a global mobile commerce company for local businesses and consumers. Yiftee strengthens communities through random acts of kindness.  Donna is a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator at Stanford in the School of Engineering. She co-teaches Global Entrepreneurial Marketing to graduate students and entrepreneurial executives worldwide. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of women, entrepreneurship and investment, with recent engagements at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Apple Store in Soho, NYC. She is also a former partner of a leading venture capital firm, teaches marketing to engineers and entrepreneurs at Stanford University, is a frequent public speaker, and is mother of two teenage kids. Donna holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with Distinction from Stanford University and a Harvard MBA. More info about Yiftee can be found at www.yiftee.com.

9. Erika Geihe Stanzl | President & CEO, Innov8r Therapeutics
Erika Geihe Stanzl is currently President of Innov8r Therapeutics, a startup biopharmaceutical company that is developing new oncology therapeutics. Before Innov8r, Erika pursued her PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University, where she worked with the technology that became the foundation for Innov8r Therapeutics. As a PhD student, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a Stanford Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Evelyn Liang McBain award. Before her PhD studies, Erika received a BA summa cum laude in Chemistry from Harvard. Outside of her work, Erika is an avid runner who competed on the varsity track and field team at Harvard. She is also a competitive figure skater.

10. Francine Gordon | Founder & CEO, F Gordon Group
Francine Gordon is Chair of SVForum Tech Women and co-Organizer of the TEDxBayArea Women program. A pioneer in the modern women’s movement, upon completion of her PhD from Yale she began her professional life as one of the first two women on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She’s held senior management roles at several high tech firms, spent 5+ years with Boston Consulting Group as a Global Organization Manager, and co-founded a professional repertory theatre. Francine works with global companies addressing innovation, teamwork, leadership, and the advancement of women. She’s also organized several conferences for Fulbright scholars and teaches at Stanford Continuing Studies and at Infotec (in Mexico).  She is currently writing a book on gender and innovation (Womenovation). More information on Francine can be found at www.fgordon.com.

11. Grace Yang | Managing Director, Prevail Capital
Prior to co-founding Prevail Capital, Grace held a number of positions with Advent International. She originally joined Advent in 1997 and was responsible for Advent’s IT venture fundraising programs and corporate partnerships. Grace was recently involved with successfully raising $3bn of LP committments for Advent’s fifth mid-market buyout program. Before Advent, she was a founding member of ArrowPath Venture Capital. At ArrowPath, Grace completed over a dozen technology investments and played a key role in successfully raising $320m from corporate and institutional investors. Previously, she was the Director of Corporate Development at E*TRADE Group. Grace has also worked as an investment banker with Volpe, Welty & Co. and was a financial analyst with Jones Lang LaSalle. Grace holds a BSc in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

12. Heidi Roizen | Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Heidi co-founded software company T/Maker and served as its CEO until its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation. After a year as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations for Apple, Heidi became a venture capitalist, first with Mobius and now with DFJ.  She is also currently a corporate director for TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO), DMGT (LSE:DMGT), Eventful, TrustedID, ShareThis and XTime.  She also currently teaches the class “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” in the engineering department at Stanford University.  She has undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University. More information on Heidi can be found at www.HeidiRoizen.com

13. Johanna Wise | President, Keep Me Tax Free, LLC
Johanna founded Keep Me Tax Free, which secures tax-exempt status for nonprofits and Wise Consulting, a boutique firm providing strategic planning, operations, marketing, and financial consulting expertise. She received her initial management consulting experience at Bain and Company in Boston, MA and Strategic Decisions Group in Menlo Park, CA, her financial expertise at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Bros. in New York City, and her marketing training at Frito-Lay in Dallas, TX. Johanna earned a BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, a Certificate in Small Business Management from NYU's Stern School of Business, and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Johanna is presently organizing a return-to-work conference in the Bay Area, scheduled for the fall of 2013. Johanna and her husband, Andrew, are the proud parents of two children, both undergraduate students at Yale.

14. Judy Estrin | CEO, JLabs, LLC
Judy Estrin is a networking technology pioneer and Silicon Valley leader. Since 1981, she has co-founded seven technology companies and served as the CTO of Cisco Systems. Currently as CEO of JLabs, LLC, she is an advisor and speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. She is Chairman of EvntLive, Inc., and sits on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company as well as privately held Packet Design, Inc. She also served as member of the board of FedEx Corporation from 1989 until 2010, Sun Microsystems from 1995 through 2003 and Rockwell Corporation from 1994 through 1998. In addition, she sits on the advisory councils of Stanford's School of Engineering and Stanford's Bio-X initiative.

Most recently, Judy is the author of a new book titled "Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy" (McGraw-Hill; September, 2008). The book explores key concepts of innovation and challenges business, education and national leaders to work together to reignite the sustainable innovation essential for future growth. More info about Judy can be found at www.jlabsllc.com.

15. Julie Lutz | Director of Operations, Tegu
Julie recently received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, interning at Tegu over the summer prior to joining full-time.  Prior to business school, Julie worked for Bain & Company on a variety of projects across aerospace & defense, telecommunications, electronics and healthcare.  Passionate about social impact in Latin America, Julie took a six-month leave of absence during her third year at Bain to consult for TechnoServe, a non-profit international development consultancy, in Nicaragua.  She also volunteered at the microfinance institution, Hope International, in the Dominican Republic for three-months prior to Bain.  Julie holds degrees in Economics, Mathematics and Spanish from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. More info about Tegu can be found at www.tegu.com.

16. Julie Won | Principal & Founder, Thistle Finch Investments
Julie Won is founder and principal at Thistle Finch Investments, a Palo Alto-based investment firm which manages customized investment portfolios for individuals and small organizations.  Julie has a decade and a half of experience working with institutional and individual investors, and she focuses on hands-on research and asset valuation.  Julie received an MBA from Stanford, a Masters in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard.  She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. More info about Julie can be found at www.tfinch.com.

17. Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski | President & Founder, Energizing Enterprises
Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, leadership mentor, conflict resolution expert and work team productivity specialist since 2000, brings decades of international corporate training, speaking and coaching experience to her clients. Consistently receiving rave reviews for her popular workshops and dynamic keynote speeches, Kimi is passionate about competency-based, strongly executed leadership and is an expert in redirecting the untapped potential that is wasted in unproductive conflict. Before starting Energizing Enterprises, Kimi earned a BS in IT Management and had very successful careers working for Fortune 500 companies in both telecommunications and project management. She is the author of When Opposites Collide, Leadership Beyond Gender. More info about Kimi can be found at www.energizingenterprises.com.

18. Laura Yecies | Software and Internet Services Industry Leader
Laura is a software and Internet services industry veteran with two decades of experience leading top brands such as SugarSync, ZoneAlarm, Yahoo and Netscape. Yecies joined SugarSync in Q4 2008 to expand the company and initiate an aggressive business and product growth phase. Most recently, Yecies was General Manager of the ZoneAlarm consumer and small business division at Check Point Software, responsible for all facets of business development, marketing, sales, and product.  Previously, at Yahoo, Yecies served as Global General Manager of the Yahoo Mail division. Earlier, Yecies was Vice President of the Netscape browser division at AOL where she was responsible for the development of Netscape 7.0 and the launch of the Netscape browser in 23 languages. Prior to Netscape, she led Marketing Programs and Latin American sales at Informix Software Corp. Additionally, Yecies served as Director of Marketing Programs for the Asia Pacific Latin America region at Gupta Corporation.

Earlier in her career Yecies worked as an international risk analyst at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation – and as a lecturer in International Marketing at Santa Clara University.
Yecies received her M.B.A. from Harvard, plus an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She received her A.B. Magna Cum Laude in Government from Dartmouth and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Yecies serves on the Board of several community non-profit organizations and has worked as a volunteer medical translator in Guatemala. She has lived in Brazil, France and England, is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French and loves travelling the world as much as possible with her husband and four children.

19. Linda Alepin | Board Chair & Founder, Global Women's Leadership Network; Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership, Santa Clara School of Business
Linda has more than thirty years of experience in the high-tech industry and has spent ten years teaching leadership in the corporate arena. Linda spent more than ten years as a Vice President and officer of a Fortune 300 IT company and was CEO and Founder of Pebblesoft, an early Internet start-up. She is a noted public speaker on leadership and management and is the recipient of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status on Women’s Award for Contributions to the Equality of Women.Linda was also selected as a recipient of the “Forever Green Award” by the Girl Scouts of NorCal. She was recognized with 99 other women leaders for their significant impact in sustaining the environment, economy or community. More info about Linda can be found at http://www.scu.edu/business/gwln/who-we-are/governance-board/linda-alepin.cfm.

20. Macy McGinness | Director of Marketing, Dodocase
Macy is the Director of Marketing for DODOcase, a San Francisco company that makes handcrafted cases for digital technology using traditional bookbinding and sewing techniques. Having spent more than a decade working for companies in the outdoor, technology, and lifestyle industries, she's been integral in the growth of several emerging San Francisco companies as they've become internationally recognized brands, among them, Timbuk2 Designs, Picaboo Corporation, and Rickshaw Bagworks. Macy has an entrepreneurial spirit who enjoys the challenge and energy of start-up business. She sits on the board for an at-risk youth organization, volunteers for homeless youth, and has been a big sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area. Macy is now the mother of two young boys and resides in San Francisco. More info about DODOcase can be found at www.dodocase.com.

21. Mia Dand | Digital & Social Media Leader
Mia Dand is a digital & social media leader with extensive experience in building world-class marketing programs for many global brands including eBay, HP, and Symantec. She is a successful career mom who is very passionate about causes related to women & technology. When she's not at work or working out, you can find Mia doing fun projects with her 9yr old daughter, Rhea.

22. Nancy Lin | Executive Coach, Business Consultant & Radio Show Host, Change Agent SF
Nancy Lin is an explorer; a person who looks at the world with an intense curiosity. In her years of experience she has demonstrated an ability to discern the essence of an issue and find the common ground among a wide range of viewpoints. Through her business radio show and her consulting practice, she offers her clients and her listening audience innovative thinking about future trends, in addition to practical solutions to the challenges all of us face on an everyday basis. In addition to the Business Reinvention show, Nancy works as an executive coach and a business consultant at Change Agent SF, which helps leaders to transform the way they look at their business and leadership. Nancy brings to her practice a strong understanding of business, having worked in marketing for Yahoo, DHL and Johnson & Johnson, and driven strong growth with innovative business strategies. She has an MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management. Previously, Nancy had worked in rural Tanzania with impoverished farmers and created training programs to help improve food sufficiency. Later on, she helped to fundraise in Mexico and expand a professional midwifery school dedicated to young indigenous women. Nancy helped bring on the first corporate sponsor and the first Mexican foundation to decrease the school’s dependency on international funding.

23. Nina Bhatti| Startup Founder, Former Research scientist at HP Labs
Nina Bhatti is currently the founder of a mobile technology startup in stealth mode. She has held a number of positions at HP, both on the research side of innovation as well as the product side of innovation.  She was recently the program manager for a new HP cloud product, responsible for the planning, engineering and launch.  She is a technologist who is as interested in “what to build” as “how to build it”. Her unique talent is being able to engage with customers, users, and designers to build new products and technologies. While at HP Labs, she led efforts to directly engage with some of HP’s largest customers to collaborate on new products and services. She has led research on imaging applications, network application performance, web servers, streaming media servers, video conferencing systems, and multimedia interaction tools. At Nokia Ventures Organization, Nina was a senior investigator for next-generation mobile devices. Nina holds a PhD and MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Arizona and a BA in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, she has published more than 40 different papers and has filed 35 technology patents. She is active speaker in the area of innovation and women in technology.

24. Pam Owens | Director of Learning & Organizational Development, Clorox
Pam has been developing executives, leaders and managers as part of her corporate roles for over 10 years. She is currently Director of Learning and Organizational Development of Clorox, leading the initiative to embed more innovation capability into the organization. Prior to that role, she was the Global Director of Training and Organizational Development at Leapfrog, where she created and executed a number of initiatives to create a more performance-based, innovative culture, including leadership development, manager training, and an all employee workshop which earned her the CEO’s leader award of the month. She was a management consultant with Right Management Consultants for 6 years helping HR organizations transition to being more strategic. Pam was in the Industrial/ Organizational Doctoral Program at UC Berkeley, where she conducted her master’s thesis on innovation, leadership and team dynamics in corporations. Pam just recently graduated from New Ventures West’s coaching program, and especially enjoys coaching executives who want to lead for more innovation and HR leaders who are looking to become more systemic and strategic in their thinking. She is the mother of an incredible 6-year old, and enjoys learning about how to be a better mom, and raise healthy daughters.

25. Rahima Mohammed | Principal Engineer, Intel
Rahima has been with Intel for 14 years and is a platform thermal architect and pathfinding czar for strategic emerging technologies in Platforms Validation Engineering team. In PVE, she delivered 10 validation platform designs and pioneered innovative temperature margining thermal tools for over 25 silicon products. Rahima has published 80 papers and filed 5 patents. She serves as a reviewer for various conferences and a program committee member of IEEE Semi-therm conference. She is the senior advisor for Women at Intel Network, Mexico and a TechWomen technical mentor of 2011. 

26. Sudnya Shroff | Artist, Writer
Sudnya graduated from University of Pune, India with a BS in Electronics and Telecommunication (1995) before immigrating to the United States on a research assistantship to Iowa State University for an MS in Electrical Engineering (1997). After a decade in the sciences, a major chunk of which was spent designing the Itanium microprocessor at Intel, Santa Clara (1997-2002), Sudnya directed her focus to her passion in the arts. Her creations – paintings, mosaics, sculptures and installations, writing, graphic design, textile design and fashion – come to life at the intersection of her two favorite disciplines, art and science.

27. Sylvie Leotin | CEO & Founder, Artswell
Sylvie is an award-winning artist, technologist, and entrepreneur. A former professional ballerina and robotics researcher, she found a happy middle ground in entrepreneurial ventures. A 20-year Silicon Valley veteran, Sylvie started her tech career at Oracle and Sun Microsystems, before directing marketing for a number of startup companies. Sylvie is Founder/CEO of Tech Atelier, and Artswell (a new fine art startup). She writes a popular blog on connecting the dots between art, science and technology, and has been published in numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, Creativity Post, TED Weekends, Venture Beat, and Vator News. Sylvie holds a Masters degree in management science from Stanford University, a Masters degree in computer science, and a gold medal in ballet. More info about Sylvie can be found at www.techatelier.com.

28. Uyen Nguyen | Attorney, Kilpatrick Townsend
Uyen specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law, including general corporate representations, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. He advises technology and life sciences companies through all stages of their growth, from start-up through initial public offering or acquisition. In addition, he has considerable experience in counseling public companies on governance, disclosure matters and other securities law issues. Uyen received his B.A. in Economics from Yale University and his J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School. More info about Kilpatrick Townsend can be found at www.kilpatricktownsend.com.

29. Vidya Raman | Software Business Leader
Vidya's passion lies in building software businesses that solve real-world problems. She has helped both venture-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies launch world-class products from ideas that started on napkins. When she is not busy building software businesses, she mentors young college and high school students find meaningful careers.

30. Vivian Wong | Senior Vice President, Ellie Mae
Energetic, customer-focused and results-oriented, Vivian is highly versatile and has worked at small start-ups as well as large corporations. Vivian received her BSc in Computing Science from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Starting out as a software developer, Vivian has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry developing SaaS products and leading global engineering and QA teams. Vivian enjoys leading her teams to volunteering events to give back to the community. She is an animal lover who enjoys everything life has to offer. More info about Ellie Mae can be found at www.elliemae.com.


(Workshops #1-8 recommended ages: 10-13 years)

1. Art Inspires: Using Art to Boost Creative Confidence | Sylvie Leotin - Session A
A workshop on art appreciation taught by award-winning artist and technologist, Sylvie Leotin. This workshop offers a creative and engaging approach to discovering and appreciating fine art. Girls will be invited to mine their own feelings to contribute meaning and interpretation to famous artworks.

2. Building an App with Technovation | AnnaLise Hoopes - Session B
Have you ever thought about studying computer science? Or learning to code? Does it sound too boring, difficult or uncool? What if you were to build an app that could help solve a problem, such as teaching how to dissect a frog without actuallly using a frog; or keeping track of things people lend and borrow; or saving the planet by explaining what it means to be “green”? Technovation’s girls have been learning to do these very things. Not only that, they also learn important business skills to take their ideas and apps off the ground – and into the market. Join AnnaLise & Emilie as they share about their work with Technovation Challenge and how you can be part of one.

3. The Pamphlet Stitch: Learning about the Intersection of Craft & Technology | Macy McGinness - Session A
Learn a simple bookbinding technique called the "pamphlet stitch" with DODOcase, a company that tries to serve the need of the technology frontier while preserving traditional handcrafting techniques.

4. Creating Ecographs, a Pictorial Representation of What You Love About Nature | Christie Ma - Sessions A & B (double-session workshop)
An ecograph is an original symbol that expresses a unique perspective on how we are communicating with nature. In this breakout session, each participant will create an ecograph, beginning with a few simple drawing exercises and then experimenting with Chinese brush and ink.  Our goal will be to break through stereotypes, conventions, and even our own assumptions about ourselves, written language, and how we relate to nature.  Beyond an art workshop, this is an exploration of creativity using art as a guide. Ecographs is a collaborative artwork originating in Shanghai, China, and is based on the evolution and history of Chinese characters.  Final symbols will be published on the Ecographs website (www.ecographs.org) that is maintained by ARTSpring, a curatorial hub for visual art based in Shanghai.  We are very excited to be conducting our first Ecographs workshop in the U.S. with Girls Innovate!

5. Product Development 101: Innovating with Wooden Blocks | Julie Lutz - Session B
Description: Do you have a cool idea for a new product?  Do you know what to do next with your ideas?  Come learn about the process of product development for Tegu’s magnetic wooden blocks.  Then let’s take your new ideas and go through the process real time together.  Be ready to play with blocks and use lots of post-it notes! Exercises: overview of process of product development, then running through the steps with new ideas for Tegu with post-its

6. Budgets 101: What a Girl Needs to Know about Money | Julie Won - Session A
Do you know how to get ahead with money?  Have you thought about what it takes if you hope to be able to support your family, buy a home, or give back to your community someday?  There is no magic to managing money – just good planning and basic financial smarts.  At this workshop, we will get girls to start thinking about budgeting, saving, responsible borrowing, and investing for growth.  We also will talk about smart and creative things girls can do with the allowance and gift money they receive today.

7. Bringing Ideas to Life | Andrea Lo - Session B
Have you ever had an idea that you thought was pretty neat, but when you share with others they don’t really get it or can’t help you? Kids’ minds are often brimming with ideas and yet parents may not always have the time nor capacity to help do something about them. Join Andrea if you are a girl with an idea you’d like to share, or if you are a grown-up who’d like to observe how to encourage kids when the light bulb goes off in their heads.

8. Creating Ecographs, a Pictorial Representation of What You Love About Nature | Christie Ma - Sessions A & B (double-session workshop)
An ecograph is an original symbol that expresses a unique perspective on how we are communicating with nature. In this breakout session, each participant will create an ecograph, beginning with a few simple drawing exercises and then experimenting with Chinese brush and ink.  Our goal will be to break through stereotypes, conventions, and even our own assumptions about ourselves, written language, and how we relate to nature.  Beyond an art workshop, this is an exploration of creativity using art as a guide. Ecographs is a collaborative artwork originating in Shanghai, China, and is based on the evolution and history of Chinese characters.  Final symbols will be published on the Ecographs website (www.ecographs.org) that is maintained by ARTSpring, a curatorial hub for visual art based in Shanghai.  We are very excited to be conducting our first Ecographs workshop in the U.S. with Girls Innovate!

(Workshops #9-17 recommended ages: 13-18 years)

9. Entrepreneurship 101: What is an Entrepreneur & What Does it Take to Become One? | Linda Alepin - Session A
Curious about entrepreneurship? Interested in exploring what entrepreneurship means including how you can be entrepreneurial in your life? Come learn from Linda Alepin, an honored professor of entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.

10. The Mindset of an Innovator | Nancy Lin - Session A
An IBM study showed that CEOs now consider “thinking creatively” the most important leadership quality, given the increasingly complex and unpredictable nature of business.  Innovative thinking is more than just a technique. It’s a mindset and a way of life. A great mindset will help you develop your capacity to discover new insights and possibilities to drive innovation and overcome challenges. Nancy Lin is the host and producer of the Business Reinvention show, which features companies and thought leaders that are transforming industries and business models. She will share lessons from the innovators, and her own experiences at Fortunate 500 companies and as a social innovator.  The workshop is designed to give you a new perspective about what it takes to be innovative and get you to start thinking about what you can do differently to expand beyond your limitation and bring about change.

11. Business Model 101: From Manufacturing to Market | Julie Lutz - Session A
Description: What exactly does a business do?  There’s lots of different pieces, like finance, marketing, operations, but how do they fit together?  Let’s think through it together in this interactive discussion.  We’ll use Tegu magnetic wooden blocks to think through the steps and fill in a business model canvas to see the whole picture! Exercises: examining the blocks to think about supply chain, manufacturing, logistics, marketing, sales; filling in business model canvas example

12. The power of YOU: Learn How to Define and Cultivate Your Online Personal Brand | Mia Dand - Session A
Nike, Coca cola, Apple - what do these companies have in common? These are all examples of successful brands.  Whether you are a student or a professional, you too have a personal brand and your success depends on how your brand is perceived by others. Learn how to define and cultivate your online brand for personal and professional success.

13. Making a Great First Impression: Advice for Girls Who Want to Make a Mark in this World | Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski - Session B
According to a recent USA Today article, there has been a huge rise in young men and women torpedoing their chances of success the minute they enter a social or professional situation. Don't be your own worst enemy. Learn practical techniques to present your best case, your best face, for successful first impressions.

14. From Paper Napkin to Launch | Dhana Pawar - Session B
Have a great idea? This session will walk you through best practices, real world examples and a mini workshop to help you create that winning pitch and launch.

15. Finding Your Voice through Blogging | Angie Chang - Session B
As former editor-in-chief of Women 2.0, Angie did her fair share of blogging and managing a blog with many, many contributors. In this workshop, she will show you the power of blogging to help elevate a young woman's voice and uncover your true interests and talents. Angie will share tips and tricks for creating your own inpsiring blog!

16. So You Want to be a Venture Capitalist | Uyen Nguyen - Session B
When you’re starting a business, one of the major considerations is how to fund it. You can start with your own money or borrow from family and friends, but for some businesses that is not enough. Bring in the venture capitalists (VCs)! In this breakout session, that would be you. Play a game that puts you in their shoes. Participants are divided into teams and provided information regarding the initial ideas and founders of four startups (Companies A-D).  Each team is given an amount of “$1,000,000” in pretend cash and must decide how much to invest in each of these startups or not at all.  The objective is to maximize the return on investment.  Once these investment decisions are made and written down, each team will announce their investment allocations in Companies A-D.  The facilitator will then reveal the identity of these startups and assign a return on investment for each team.

17. Why Learning Intro Programming and the AP CS Exam Could Help You Create the Next Facebook (or something smaller but still fun and profitable) | David Epstein - Session B
The percentages of females taking the AP CS Exam and those graduating college with a CS degree have been steadily decreasing the past few decades. Not everyone needs to become a CS major, but basic knowledge about computers and programming may serve you well in allowing you to be more creative in a business venture one day and more prepared generally in any environment given the technology-driven world that we live in. In this workshop, through puzzles and discussion of curious topics, you will get a small taste of computer programming – without even touching a keyboard. Then, as a team, you may turn an ordinary 2-dimensional grid activity into an open-ended business opportunity or an innovative idea to collaborate on post-conference.

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425 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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