BayBrazil, SVForum & Adobe Systems Inc present:
Global Women’s Journey – a series on female business leaders around the world
Sponsored by Adobe Systems Inc
BayBrazil, SVForum & Adobe launched the series last March in celebration of the International Women’s Day. We hosted an inspiring panel discussion with five female executives moderated by BBC’s Maggie Shiels.
The second event in the series will feature foreign-born young women entrepreneurs who are sparking innovation, launching companies and carving space in the Silicon Valley & the world!
Join us to hear their stories, their experience as woman immigrant in business and learn how they are succeeding in industries that once were taboo for young women.
Moderator: Laura Sydell, NPR
Aihui Ong, CEO, CTO & Founder of Love With Food
Beatrice Tarka, CEO & Co-Founder of Mobissimo
Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder, Head of User Experience of CloudFlare, Inc
Poormina Vijayashanker, CEO & Founder of BizeeBee
Yin L. Yin, Intl. Bus Dev. Manager at Silver Spring Networks
Cocktails starts at 6:00pm, followed by the panel discussion. Q&A and networking.
A complimentary cocktail with appetizers, soft drink and wine will be served.
Laura Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for the NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and NPR.org. Incredibly excited to be reporting on one of the great stories of our time, Sydell focuses on the ways in which technology is transforming our culture. Sydell traveled India and China to look at the impact of technology on developing nations. In China, she reported how American television programs like Lost broke past China's censors and found a devoted following among the emerging Chinese middle class. She found in India that cell phones are the computer of the masses.
Before joining NPR in 2003, Sydell served as a senior technology reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace, Sydell looked at the human impact of new technologies and the personalities behind the Silicon Valley boom and bust.
Before coming to San Francisco, Sydell worked as a reporter for NPR Member Station WNYC in New York. Her reporting on race relations, city politics, and arts was honored with numerous awards from organizations such as The Newswomen's Club of New York, The New York Press Club, and The Society of Professional Journalists.
The American Women in Radio and Television, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and Women in Communications have all honored Sydell for her long-form radio documentary work focused on individuals whose life experiences turned them into activists.
After finishing a one-year fellowship with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, Sydell came to San Francisco as a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley. Sydell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree from William Smith College in Geneva, New York, and earned a J.D. from Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law.
Aihui Ong is the founder, CEO/CTO of Love With Food, the easiest way to find tasty deals and free samples, curated by foodies for foodies. For every offer sold, Love With Food donates a meal to the food bank. She's a Rails developer who began her love of technology at the National University of Singapore as a CS student. After being offered 7 jobs in the U.S., without hesitation, she began her new journey on the American shores. She now resides in Silicon Valley - 'disneyland' for geeks.
Beatrice Tarka is CEO and co-founder of Mobissimo, the travel search engine that helps travelers make travel decisions and find the best travel options across the Web.
Beatrice founded Mobissimo to simplify how people research airfares. After experiencing the pain of booking multiple trips between the U.S. and Europe, she decided to build the ultimate travel search engine. The name Mobissimo means 'the ultimate in mobility' in homage to Beatrice's Italian heritage. A serial entrepreneur, Beatrice brings a blend of Internet, leisure travel industry and consumer products experience to Mobissimo.
Prior to Mobissimo, Beatrice was co-founder and CEO of Axall Media, an entertainment software company. She engineered the acquisition of two companies, negotiated licensing deals with Hearst and MGM/UA, and completed distribution deals in 20 countries. Previously she co-founded France Portage, a press distribution database provider acquired by France Telecom. Beatrice holds a BA from the American University of Paris and an MBA from Boston University. Beatrice was born in Poland, and is part Italian. She studied in France, has French nationality and makes her home in San Francisco.
Michelle Zatlyn creates products people love. Growing up in Canada, she earned a degree in Chemistry and now applies the scientific method to improving businesses as the Head of User Experience of CloudFlare.
Prior to CloudFlare, she worked at Google and Toshiba, and launched two successful startups. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction from McGill University.
She also holds her MBA from Harvard Business School and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship.
Poornima Vijayashanker was born in India and moved to the U.S. as a child. She graduated from Duke University with a double degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. After graduating she headed out to Silicon Valley, where she first worked for Synopsys as an R&D Engineer, and started working towards a Masters in CS at Stanford. She left her Masters to join Mint.com in 2006 as the third employee, and stayed until its Intuit Acquisition in late 2009 for $170 Million. In January 2010 she left Mint.com to start BizeeBee.com, and is currently its CEO and Founder. Aside from being a coder, entrepreneur, speaker, and mentor to junior engineers, Poornima blogs on Femgineer.com, is an avid traveler, foodie, and a competitive Bikram yogini.
Being a Beijing-born, Germany-raised, US-educated Canadian citizen, Yin L. Yin has lived and breathed things “cross-border” as long as she can remember. Nowadays, as Asia Business Development Manager at Silver Spring Networks, she’s instrumental in the firm’s expansion into new markets. The venture-backed company, which filed its S1 last month, is a pioneer in Smart Grid networking solutions that enable utilities and consumers deliver and use energy more efficiently.
Prior to her switch into cleantech, she was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, based in Berlin and Beijing. During her four years, Yin helped multinational companies across diverse industries devise emerging market growth strategies. After accumulating hundreds of thousands of airline miles, she is now intent on undoing her egregious personal carbon footprint and contributing to an industry that will one day allow her to return to her birthplace without fearing negative consequences to her health.
While at BCG, Yin founded the Greater China Social Impact team, which organizes local community service events that include a mentorship program between BCG consultants and members of Yanxing, a non-profit that provides scholarships and personal development to low-income freshmen at the top four universities in Beijing. Yin has set up a separate scholarship that will fund sophomore-to-senior year tuition for female students in a science or engineering major. This scholarship is in honor of Yin’s mother who received her engineering PhD in Germany and lost her battle with cancer in 1999.
Yin is an alumna of Penn/Wharton’s MBA Program and Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. She completed all three degrees in five years and co-founded PennYo, the first collegiate Chinese a cappella group, which has released three albums and completed two international tours. Besides (unsuccessfully) trying to keep her concert ticket budget under control, her free time is now spent with taekwon-do, beach volleyball, singing and speaking publicly, cooking, Rosetta Stone Spanish and planning her upcoming trip to the Brazilian Amazon over Thanksgiving.