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Women in Tech Festival 2015

Silicon Valley Forum

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PST)

Women in Tech Festival 2015

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Package Deal - Late Registration: Festival Pass and SVForum Membership   more info Ended $225.00 $6.62
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Event Details

Speakers and Panelists 

Dr. Telle Whitney Ingrid Jill Fishbein Melinda
Neeta Mahtre Emily Fallon Baum Mara Lewis Cyan Banister
Jana Trantow Faye Sahai Caroline Tsay Francine Gordon
Chris Yeh Joanna Weidenmiller gina Connie
Rebekah Iliff candace worley Alaina Susan Mason
Arezoo Eileen Carey Adiba Barney Sepi Nasiri
Heather Furby      


This March, we are celebrating the achievements and contributions of incredible tech women pioneers throughout history and today—and the communities and teachers who supported them.

SVForum's Women in Tech Festival is a one-day conference dedicated to celebrating unique organizations, companies, and startups who provide resources and education to women in the technology community. We will also be highlighting the achievements of women from all across the Silicon Valley landscape: founders, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, investors, and technologists. Get your festival pass today! #SVFWomenTechFest

This event is for women + men + students. Come join us in celebrating International Women's Day.




Subject to change 

8:00am      Registration & Networking                                                              
9:00am Opening remarks - Adiba Barney, CEO, SVForum


Opening Keynote: Dr. Telle Whitney, President & CEO, Anita Borg Institute 

10:00am Panel: Corporate Intrapreneurship 

Moderator: Melinda Briana Epler, Change Catalyst
Panelists: Neeta Mhatre, Siemens; Faye Sahai, Kaiser Permanente; Gina O'Reilly, Nitro; Candace Worley, McAfee 

10:35am Coffee Break
11:00am Panel: Women & the World: Leadership, Media, and Online/Offline Communities
  Moderator: Connie Guglielmo, CNET
Panelists: Francine Gordon, SVForum Techwomen & TEDxBayArea; Emily Fallon Baum, Girls in Tech SF/SV; Alaina Percival, Women Who Code; Eileen Carey, Glassbreakers, Arezoo Miot, Techwomen - IIE
11:45am Tech Talk: Beyond Ping Pong Tables: How to Influence and Lead Authentic Culture
Heather Furby, CEO, Creative Age Leadership Inc
12:00pm Lunch & Lunch Mentorship
2:00pm Panel: The Future of Your Career
  Moderator: Rebekah Iliff, AirPR
Panelists: Cyan Banister, Zivity; Caroline Tsay, HP; Mara Lewis Start. Co; Joanna Weidenmiller, 1-page 
2.45pm Coffee Break
3:00pm Workshop sessions
4:00pm Coffee Break 
4:15pm Panel: The Tech Funding Scene: What Funders Want and Founders Need to Know
  Moderator: Jill Fishbein, Carr & Ferrell LLP
Panelists: Jana Trantow, BlueRun Ventures; Chris Yeh, PBWorks; Susan Mason, Aligned Partners;  
5:00pm Closing Keynote: Ingrid Vanderveldt, Chairman & CEO, EBW2020
5:45pm Closing Remarks - Adiba Barney, CEO, SVForum 
6:00pm Cocktail Hour
7:00pm Festival concludes



 Lunch Mentorship Sessions

The Women in Tech Festival Lunch Mentorship Sessions are a fantastic chance for intimate networking and learning. In a roundtable format, 3-4 participants have the opportunity to form lasting connections with an entrepreneur, professional, or an investor mentor, as well as fellow participants.
Please note: this is not meant to be a pitch session--please be courteous and allow all participants a chance to chime in.

 Lunch Mentors

Felicia Shannon Jill Fishbein
Felicia Spahr Shannon Ong Jill Fishbein
Author of the book
Selling for Success 
Founder & CEO
The Catch 
Partner and Co-chair
Carr & Ferrell LLP 
Mentorship Topic:
How to Create 
An Irresistable Personal Brand

Mentorship Topic:
Bootstrapping a startup
Mentorship Topic:
Structuring Your Business Plan to Secure Financing
claudia Adiba Barney Soso
Claudia Galvan Adiba Barney Soso Sazesh
Sr. Director
Anita Borg Institute 
CEO and Founder
Growth Pilots 
Mentorship Topic:
Retaining Women in Tech 
Mentorship Topic:
Designing Your Perfect Pitch 
Mentorship Topic:
Growth Hacking : Paid Acquisition/ Online marketing
Rachel Proffitt shauna  Heather Furby
Rachel B. Proffitt Shauna Johnston Heather Furby
Founder and CEO
Creative Age Leadership Inc
Mentorship Topic:
Weighing Investment Options
Mentorship Topic:
Weighing Investment Options

 Mentorship Topic:
Building Your Trusted and Loyal Team

Joel Eriksson Enquist  Sepi Nasiri  
Joel Eriksson Enquist Sepideh Nasiri   
Investment manager
 Director of Program and Events
Mentorship Topic:
Successfull fundraising
Mentorship Topic:
The Art of Creating Meaningful Partnerships



Workshop Leader 

Rachel Proffitt
Rachel B. Proffitt

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Workshop Session:
Investment 101 - The fundamentals of raising early stage capital


Workshop Leader 

Anne Rickets
Anne Ricketts

Founder and Principal
Lighthouse Communications

Workshop Session:
Your Pursuit of Persuasion 


Exhibitor Hall 

AbbeyPost Black Girls Code Sandstone Thirsty Thread
 kanjoya       Vina


the catch



 Women's Startup Lab




Simple Circle 













Thank You to Our Sponsors 

Premier Sponsor



Hosting Sponsor Platinum Sponsor
HP Nitro

Gold Sponsor Silver Sponsor
creative funcform

Media Sponsor

blue sky

Gift Sponsors

Socola JOIA
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Thank You to Our Community Partners

Springboard Ent

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techwomen  Witi

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Have questions about Women in Tech Festival 2015? Contact Silicon Valley Forum

When & Where

Hewlett-Packard Software
Moffett Towers
1140 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PST)

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