BayBrazil, Adobe Systems, GABA & SVForum present:
Global Women’s Journey – a series on female business leaders around the world
When: THU, March 8th, 2012, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Adobe corporate headquarters at 345 Park Avenue, San Jose
Free parking at Adobe visitor’s garage. Entrance at Park Ave. West Tower
We launched the Global Women's Journey series last year to discuss women's path to leadership. We are happy to continue the conversation and kick-off the 2012 series on the International Women’s Day! Come celebrate with us!
Across the world, highly educated and ambitious women are pouring into the labor market.
In the next ten years, more than one billion women are expected to enter the workforce or start their own businesses.
Analysts predict that Gen Y women will outnumber men in the professional workforce.
In emerging markets, women are expected to be the dominant force taking on increased leadership and expanding their roles in upper management.
According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, 10.1 million firms in the U.S. are owned by women and one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.
Despite this progress, women share a familiar feeling: it’s lonely for fellow female leaders at the top across all industries.
- How women are shaping the world’s new workforce?
- What will be the leadership models in a workplace dominated by women?
- What are the current challenges and opportunities facing women regardless of race and ethnicity?
A recent UC-Davis study found that in California women hold only 9.5 percent of board seats and the highest-paid executive positions at the 400 largest publicly held corporations.
This reality gets more complex when race is taken into account.
In the diverse Silicon Valley though, women are playing an increasingly important role in promoting economic growth. Many corporations have been making efforts to accelerate women’s advancement and some women have reached prominent positions both in public and private sectors. Among them, foreign-born professional women who are rising to the top as entrepreneurs, middle or upper level managers.
Join us on March 8th to meet some of the women who are promoting growth, development & making a difference here and around the world.
Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google
Jen Shelby, VP Client Services, Astia
Katy Dickinson, Director, Huawei Technologies
Linda Alepin, Director, Global Women's Leadership Network
Rebecca Fannin, Journalist, Author of Startup Asia and Silicon Dragon
Moderator: Deborah Petersen, SJ Mercury News
6:00pm - 7:00pm Registration & Cocktail reception
7:00pm – 8:30pm Panel discussion and Q&A
8:30pm – 9:00pm Networking
A complimentary cocktail with appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served.
Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google Bridgette Sexton is a Global Entrepreneurship Manager working to further Google's efforts to empower entrepreneurs around the world. She brings with her a truly global background and a passion for making the impossible happen. Prior to her current role, Bridgette led Google's outreach efforts in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), based out of Ghana. In this role, she built programs that enable software developers, startups and businesses to utilize Google's tools to drive innovation and content generation on the web. Her efforts expanded Google's reach to over 19 countries, training thousands of people while creating sustainable local tech communities. Before moving to Africa, Bridgette was a on the scalable 3rd party sales team focused on non-traditional agencies, based in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining Google, Bridgette's diverse background spanned jumpstarting a micro-finance organization in Peru, attracting foreign direct investment in the investment promotion Nicaragua, working at Alcoa in the marketing strategy unit and studying in Thailand. Bridgette is an avid runner, a culinary experimenter and a jazz singer.
Jen Shelby, VP Client Services, Astia (speaking about women in Europe)
Jen Shelby is an executive leadership and management professional with over 18 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations with high-tech Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Her expertise and experience in creating and implementing new business models gives her first hand knowledge understanding of her clients challenges.
Katy Dickinson, Director, Huawei Technologies (speaking about women in Middle East and North Africa)
Katy Dickinson is the Chief Analyst, Software Development Trends, at Huawei Technologies, in Corporate R&D.She is also the Mentoring Process Architect for the TechWomen 2011 mentoring program. TechWomen paired women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies that started in June 2011. Prior to joining Huawei Technologies Katy Dickinson was the Director, Business Process Architecture: CTO & Sun Labs organizations.
Linda Alepin, Director, Global Women's Leadership Network
Linda Alepin is a senior executive with both turnaround and growth experience. She is currently a professor of entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University and Founding Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Network. Ms. Alepin is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Economics. She spent 16 years at Amdahl Corporation (1978-1996) as it rose from a startup to a major force in the computer industry, battling IBM for 20% market share in its lucrative mainframe segment. She started her career with IBM with its new business division. She held individual contributor and management positions of both a technical and sales nature.
Ms. Alepin was CEO or Director of three startups in the technology, consulting, and not for profit fields. She hold various board positions including the Global Women’s Leadership Network, a leadership capacity building organization sponsored by Santa Clara University. It has 80 graduates of its Women Leaders for the World program from 27 developing nations.
Rebecca Fannin, Journalist, Author of Startup Asia and Silicon Dragon, founder of Silicon Asia, and contributor to Forbes (speaking about women in China and other Asian countries)
Rebecca Fannin is author of Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia and a contributor to Forbes. Since 1992, Rebecca has been reporting on innovation, technology and emerging economies. Her books have been highly acclaimed by leading media and industry figures worldwide, and translated in several languages. A former international editor at Red Herring, International Business, & Asian Venture Capital Journal in Hong Kong, Ms. Fannin has also written for Inc., Fast Company, Huffington Post, & Harvard Business Review. A commentator on Fox Business News, Sky TV, & Channel News Asia, Rebecca has also lectured at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and National University of Singapore. Her news and events group, Silicon Asia, publishes e-newsletters and research for venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and investors.
Deborah Petersen is a columnist and Senior Editor for Mobile and Social Media at the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News www.mercurynews.com . A longtime writer and editor, her award-winning work has appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, Riverteeth, Northeast magazine and The Hartford Courant, where she was a staff writer for many years. A recovering New Englander, Deborah moved to the Bay Area in 2006 with her husband after falling in love with Northern California. Her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/deb which has more than 50,000 subscribers is used by Facebook as a model for journalists throughout the world, and her blog www.deborahpetersen.wordpress.com: "Unraveling Social Media One Tool at a Time" dissects the often confusing world of social media. She conducts social media training for journalists and her column What I Do http://www.mercurynews.com/deborah-petersen often focuses on Social Media and women's issues. She oversaw the award-winning coverage of the 2007 Spinach crisis, was recognized for her writing project on the rural working poor and after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, she wrote a series of magazine stories, following a 9-11 widow for a year. She has tackled deep personal issues such as her mother's decision to die, both in a magazine piece and a play read on Cape Cod in 2007. During her first year of marriage, she bicycled across America and lived to write about it for The Courant and created a lecture series about the American community inspired by the 4,697-mile journey. She is a hiker, birder, and gardener.