Upcoming Programs

We would like to thank and acknowledge everyone involved in the production, management and execution for all 2016 When She Speaks programs, plus all programs progressed since our launch event in May 2006. Whether you spoke on the panel, took care of all the on-site logistics, participated in the audience, sponsored the event or just promoted it to your colleagues, YOU’RE the reason we are successful, and we are in debt to all who help make this happen. Below are program details for our upcoming 2017 events as well is pictures and notes from our very successful 2015 and 2016 When She Speaks events. We look forward to seeing you at our events in 2017!

FountainBlue’s 2017 Silicon Valley’s When She Speaks Events – (Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated)

  • Jan 20 @ Samsung, Negotiating for Win-for-All Results, 665 Clyde Avenue, Mountain View

Everyone says that women are bad negotiations, with a few exceptions. But some women have their own way and style to secure win-win results collaboratively and transparently. Come hear what some of those exceptional women leaders will share about negotiating best-practices and find out how to get more that’s due to you – at work, in relationships and in life.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Coach, Adviser and Consultant
  • Panelist Charlotte Falla, Vice President and General Counsel, Samsung Research America, Inc.,
  • Panelist Jennifer Morrill, VP, Commercial Legal (Americas/EMEA), LinkedIn
  • Panelist Lucia Soares, Vice President, Healthcare Technology Strategy, Johnson & Johnson
  • Panelist Yvonne Thomson, Vice President, Culture & Employee Experience, Symantec

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Feb 10 @ ASML, Expanding Your Circle of Influence, With or Without Direct Authority

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO FountainBlue, CMO SignKloud
  • Panelist Tonie Hansen, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, NVIDIA
  • Panelist Vijaya Kaza, SVP Engineering, FireEye
  • Panelist Ishita Majumdar, Senior Director of Products, eBay
  • Panelist Birte Schwarzenfeld, VP, Head of Corporate Strategy, Flex
  • Panelist Eileen Sullivan, Vice President Project Management Governance, UXC Eclipse

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March 10 @ Aruba, Agility – The Key to Building a Successful Career

Better. More. Faster. That seems to be the mantra as global technology and market mega trends are fostering fluidity within and across companies, across locations, and across roles and industries. Our panelists will share their personal career navigation stories and share insights on 1) how they proactive manage their careers through many shifts in roles, industries and companies, 2) how to embrace market and technology and political challenges and convert them into opportunities, and most importantly, 3) how to maintain a North Star focus on your values and the needs of a customer during a sea of change.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant 
  • Panelist Jennifer Miller, VP and Associate General Counsel, Gigamon
  • Panelist Maria Olson, Vice President Global & Strategic Alliances, NetApp
  • Panelist Ronit Polak, VP Quality Assurance, Palo Alto Networks  
  • Panelist from Aruba to be confirmed


April 14 @ Flex, Building and Reinforcing Your Executive Brand

  • May 12 @ Sandisk, Age of the Customer
  • Thursday, June 8 @ eBay, Navigating a Multi-Generational Workforce
  • July 14 @ NVIDIA, Resolving Conflict When the Stakes are High
  • August 11 @ Palo Alto Networks, Balancing Privacy, Security and Access
  • Sept 8 @ Texas Instruments, Make Your Own Rules
  • Thursday, Oct 12, @ PayPal, ISMAC is Where It’s At: Immersive, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud
  • Thursday, Nov 9, 4-6 p.m. @ Polycom, The Business Case for Diversity
  • Dec 8 @ Nutanix, Collaboration Best Practices

SquareUpOrder a Corporate Pass for One Event, or for All 12 Events in 2017

  • Corporate Passes for up to 5 people cost $150 for any individual event or $1500 for all 12 events in 2017. 
  • Companies ordering corporate passes for 2017 may nominate 2-3 senior director level speakers for any 2017 event.
  • Companies who order annual corporate passes may distribute the passes as they see fit for 2017, doubling up with 10 attendees for some months, for example.
  • Companies who order Silicon Valley corporate passes may also allocate some passes to attend San Francisco-based quarterly events.
  • Corporate hosts are charged a $1500 and are allocated 50% of the seats for the event they are hosting. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see more information about hosting.
  • For more information about corporate passes, or to evaluate whether these events are of interest to your company, please e-mail us at info@whenshespeaks.com.

Topics, themes, dates and hosts for 2016

  • January 15 @ EMC –  A Work-Life Balance That Works – for Life! 

Women tech leaders are challenged by the corporate and business pressures of high-stress, high-impact positions, while still juggling the personal demands of life and family, and squeezing in time for themselves. Leadership roles in tech companies actually make it *more* difficult for women leaders, as the pace of progress and development typically take more time, resources and energy to manage. We can’t say that anybody has that magic formula, but we invite you to commiserate with our speakers and other attendees, to learn how technology and strategies can help lighten the load, and to re-frame our perspective about the balance and to redefine our own expectations for ourselves and others and our definition for success.

  • Panelist Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Angelique Egorerua, Sr. Manager, ECD Renewal Sales, Americas, EMC
  • Panelist Sara Hepner, Vice President of Worldwide Services Sales, BMC Software
  • Panelist Namrata Mummaneni, Director Quality, Core Product & Technology, eBay
  • Panelist Karen Pieper, Director of Software Operations, Microsemi
  • Panelist Sridevi Koneru Rao, Senior Director, Business Development, Cisco
  • Panelist Lisa Violet, Vice President, Internal Audit and Business Continuity, Hitachi
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A Work-Life Balance That Works, for Life!


February 12 @ Dell, 5450 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara – Expanding Your Circle of Influence, no matter where you sit at the table

Leadership happens from any and every chair. This month, we are profiling influential leaders who look forward to sharing their stories and advice on HOW to better influence others, WHO helps them better influence others, WHY they influence others, WHAT they need to know in order to better influence others and HOW TO engage larger networks of stakeholders so that all WIN, and how to make more impact, no matter what your position is.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Megan Bozio, Sr. Director, Global Key Accounts Program Office, Oracle
  • Panelist Karen Randig, Director of Finance, Dell
  • Panelist Nithya Ruff, Head of Open Source Strategy Office, SanDisk, President for Women’s Innovation Network (WIN) at SanDisk
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Expanding Your Circle of Influence


March 11 @ eBay – Embracing Agility in a Sea of Change

Better. More. Faster. That seems to be the mantra as global technology and market mega trends are fostering fluidity within and across companies, across locations, and across roles and industries. Our panelists will share their personal career navigation stories and share insights on 1) how they proactive manage their careers through many shifts in roles, industries and companies, 2) how to embrace market and technology and political challenges and convert them into opportunities, and most importantly, 3) how to maintain a North Star focus on your values and the needs of a customer during a sea of change.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Serpil Bayraktar, Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems
  • Panelist Sondra Bollar, Senior Director of Software Development and Release Management in the Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle
  • Panelist Sarah Brubacher MacDonald, Senior Director B2C Engagement
  • Panelist Laura DeBacker, Senior Director, Leadership and Talent Development, Synaptics
  • Panelist SK Lau, Product Line Engineering Operations, Texas Instruments
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Agility in a Sea of Change


April 8 @ Sandisk – Building and Reinforcing Your Executive Brand

The way you think, the way you communicate, the way you act, tells others a lot about you. You don’t have to be an executive to own a brand, but no matter where you are personally and professionally, you do have to think about how you’re coming across, how you can show up to be a better YOU, especially at a time when brand so matters and word so quickly spreads! Our panelists will share their stories on what their brand is, how their came to envision and create their brand, how social media and other technologies and trends today make it more important for everyone to own and manage their brand, how your brand impacts the way you are perceived and what to do about it, as well as how to integrate personal and professional brand.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Deepika Bajaj, Head of Marketing and Growth, Redlink Inc.
  • Panelist Hillary Barnhart, Senior Director, Business Operations, Applied Materials
  • Panelist Amy Rubin Friel, Head of Marketing and Product Management, Exciting New Stealth Business, Nokia Technologies
  • Panelist Michelle Ravn Appelqvist, Senior Director – Sales, Marketing, Product & Technology Legal, SanDisk Corporation
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Creating and Managing Your Executive Brand


May 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Polycom – Standing on the Shoulders of Mentors

Sir Isaac Newton’s view is that ‘if I could see further than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants’. This month, we will feature the stories of great women leaders who had great mentors, and are now great mentors for those around them. Our panelists will share the ways that their mentors have impacted their thinking and development, how the mentor-mentee relationship has opened up new opportunities, thinking and energy, how companies can better foster mentorship relationships, and how mentoring others benefit all parties.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Erna Arnesen, former VP, Global Channel and Field Marketing, Plantronics
  • Panelist Jocelyn King, Sr Director, Programmable Solutions Group Marketing, Intel Corporation
  • Panelist Laura Owen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Polycom
  • Panelist Gail Rahn Frederick, Senior Director, Developer Ecosystem and Services, eBay
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Standing on the Shoulders of Mentors


June 10 @ NVIDIA – Embracing Our Multi-Generational Workforce

As more boomers (Gen X) work past retirement age, bringing their decades of leadership, technical and management experience, and tech-savvy millennials (Gen Y) continue to graduate and enter the workforce, the stark differences in the values, communication styles and work habits of each generation are becoming increasingly more pronounced.
Our panel will share their in-the-trenches knowledge about understanding about 1) how differing communication styles can lead to miscommunications and misunderstandings 2) how the myths and stereotypes we have of others in other generations may hamper our assessment of others and how we are perceived by others, as well as well as 3) how the inclinations and leanings of each generation impact the way they think and communicate and act.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Serpil Bayraktar, Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems
  • Panelist Charu Madan, Head of Business Development and Partnerships, DataTorrent, Inc. 
  • Panelist Yezhisai Murugesan, Architecture Engineer, NVIDIA
  • Panelist Lucia Turpin, Senior Director for IT Governance and Strategy, Polycom

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    Embracing Our Multi-Generational Workforce


July 1 @ Synaptics – Communicating in an Age of Social Media 

FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn; Blogs, Web, E-mail . . . They are all tools for communicating your brand and your message; they are empowering the customer revolution. Done well, these customers can credibly tout your company’s offerings, integrity expertise, value-add, and help to expand your network, clarify your position, advance your cause. But they can also deter from your message, distract from your objectives, and –yikes- taint your corporate and personal brand. Come hear our panel of experts share their advice on their social media strategy for themselves personally, as well as for their company, product and team.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Stefana Hunyady, Sr. Director of Program Management, PayPal CTO office
  • Panelist Ann Minooka, Senior Director, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations, Synaptics 
  • Panelist Laura Padilla, Senior Director Technology Alliances, Nutanix 
  • Panelist Heather Sullivan, Vice President & Head of HR – Global Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics
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Social Media at Work and Play


August 12 @ Samsung- Politics in the Workplace: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Office politics is a reality for everyone, regardless of the size of your organization or your position and role. You can choose to engage or not, but either way, you’re part of the game. This month, our panel of high tech leaders will share how they have achieved their leadership positions by successfully navigating office politics while remaining in alignment with their values and principles, amplifying the contributions of others (men  and women), and generously supporting high potentials on the leadership track.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Shubha Govil, Head of Products, Cisco DevNet, Cisco
  • Panelist Sylvie Kadivar – Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing, Samsung
  • Panelist Maricela Monge, Human Resources Director, Johnson & Johnson, Diabetes Care Companies 
  • Panelist Eileen Sullivan, Vice President Project Management Governance, UXC Eclipse
  • Panelist Michele Taylor-Smith, Sr. Director Channel Marketing, Nutanix
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Politics in the Workplace: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


 

September 9 @ PayPal – Make Your Own Rules

Successful women and men create their own rules, their own brand – their own personal way of making things happen. Most of the time, they learn to play within the rules first, and then make their own rules. Whether they play within the rules, or make up their own rules, but the results speak for themselves. Hear how and why they broke the rules and learn how breaking the rules and even changing the system has made a difference for these leaders and all they touch.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Deepa Bajaj, Senior Director, Business Intelligence & Data Management, Finance Technology, PayPal
  • Panelist Mary Emerton, Senior Director of Fulfillment Operations, Nutanix
  • Panelist Tonie Hansen, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, NVIDIA
  • Panelist Kaaren Hanson, VP Design, Medallia
  • Panelist Nithya A. Ruff, Director, SanDisk Open Source Strategy, CTO Office, WIN Board Member, SanDisk
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Make Your Own Rules


October 14 @ FireEye – Collaborative Innovation Secrets

In an age when technology and market innovations shift at the speed of light, companies will pivot or perish on the innovation fulcrum. Tech leaders are challenged to innovate differently, a little more collaboratively, with more agility, while integrating diversity in the team and a laser-sharp focus on the needs-of-the-customer. Innovation is what will continue to separate those who succeed and those who have become obsolete. Come hear secrets from this month’s panel of innovation leaders.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Vijaya Kaza, Senior Vice President of the Cloud Business Unit, FireEye
  • Panelist Indira Joshi – Director, R&D Engineering – Memory, Samsung
  • Panelist Sunitha Kumar, Technical Leader, Software, Security & Trust Office, Cisco Systems
  • Panelist Sangeeta Relan, Sr Director, Engineering – QA, Nutanix
  • Panelist Lucia Turpin, Sr. Director of IT Governance and Strategy, Polycom
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Women Leading Innovation in Silicon Valley and Beyond


November 11 @ Symantec – The Business Case for Diversity

In our fast-paced, global world, both men and women leaders are faced with the need to communicate clearly and rapidly to teams in all corners of the globe, driving aligned, tangible and measurable results. Gender, cultural, generational and other factors affect how well any exec can perform. Our panel will discuss best practices on cross-cultural communication, suggest tips for enlarging your view-of-the-world, and strengthen your capacity to embrace with people extremely unlike you to maximize business results.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant
  • Panelist Weiping Cai, Sales Director, ASML, Chairwoman of ASML Women at Silicon Valley, and Board member of Services for Brain Injury, a Non-Profit
  • Panelist Andria Jones, Senior Corporate Counsel, Office of Ethics and Compliance, Symantec
  • Panelist Nolwenn Godard, Director of Pricing Product and President of Unity, Women@ PayPal 
  • Panelist Chhavi Upadhya, Head of Engineering, Strategy and Operations, Nutanix

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December 9 @ Nutanix – Power to the Team

With a more diverse and distributed workforce, it has become increasingly more difficult to create bonding experiences for teams, to help teams collaborate on goals, and to celebrate achievements. This month, you will hear inspirational stories of how teams have overcome all odds and succeeded under extreme circumstances, best practices on how to engage tools and processes to serve a diverse team’s needs, as well as advice on how to build and retain a stellar team, and give them the resources and the fortitude to persevere and succeed.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue – Executive Coach, Tech Adviser and Leadership Consultant 
  • Panelist Neela Deshpande, R&D Programs Director, Chief of Staff, VMware
  • Panelist Lakshimi Duraivenkatesh, Sr Director of Engineering, Shopping Experience, eBay Inc
  • Panelist Natasha Hoady, Senior Director of HR,  Nutanix 
  • Panelist Cheri Leonard, Senior Technical Program Manager, Samsung Research America
  • Panelist Martina Sourada, Senior Director, SWQA, ISV Certification, NVIDIA

Please join us in thanking and acknowledging our panelists and hosts for FountainBlue’s When She Speaks 2015 events!

Jan 2015 Work-Life Balance Panel

Jan 2015: Panel A Work-Life Balance for Life!

Feb 2015 Panel: Expanding Your Circle of Influence

Feb 2015 Panel: Expanding Your Circle of Influence

March 2015 Panel: Agility – The Key to Building a Successful Career

March 2015 Panel: Agility – The Key to Building a Successful Career

April 2015 Panel: Building and Reinforcing Your Executive Brand

April 2015 Panel: Building and Reinforcing Your Executive Brand

May 2015 Panel: Standing on the Shoulders of Mentors

May 2015 Panel: Standing on the Shoulders of Mentors

June 2015 Panel: Millennials In Our Midst

June 2015 Panel: Millennials In Our Midst

July 2015 Panel: Leveraging Social Media for Work and Play

July 2015 Panel: Leveraging Social Media for Work and Play

August 2015: Politics In The Workplace: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

August 2015: Politics In The Workplace: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

September 2015: Make Your Own Rules

September 2015 Panel: Make Your Own Rules

October 2015: Women Leading Innovation

October 2015 Event: Women Leading Innovation

November 2015: The Business Case for Diversity

November 2015 Panel: The Business Case for Diversity

December 2015: Power to the Team

December 2015 Event: Power to the Team


What to Expect as a Panelist

FountainBlue recruits senior leaders (senior-director-level-plus) from partner tech companies within Silicon Valley to participate in our monthly panel discussions. In general, the speakers are nominated by women’s group leaders from our partner companies because of their exceptional leadership skills and execution results. Our host companies and corporate partners (those who purchase a corporate pass for the year) have the first option for nominating 2-4 speakers for the year, but we also include other companies actively participating in the series. We know that our panelists are very busy executives and request some simple requirements for participating:

  • Please calendar the full 2 hours for participating in the event, plus 15 minutes following the end of the event.
  • This panel is conversational-style with no need for PowerPoint presentations. We will coordinate a half-hour prep call so that we can brainstorm themes and questions.
  • Please send a 100-word bio and photo for inclusion on the web site and on the invitations.
  • Our panelists will each receive two guest passes. Please let us know the names and contacts of your two guests at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • Additional passes are available for $4- each or $150 for up to five people to attend.
  • The typical audience is 40-100+ tech professionals at varying stages of seniority/experience, representing all business functions. We will send our panelists and hosts a list of pre-registered attendees with details in preparation for the prep call.
  • At the event, please join us for the first half hour of the meeting and actively participate in the ‘movers and shakers speed networking’ portion of the event, to help break the ice and increase the energy and networking experience for all.
  • Feel free to promote the event to your network, and send out follow-up notes following the event, with credit to FountainBlue, the other speakers and the When She Speaks series.

We take pride in highlighting the crisp and inspiring stories of our panelists, and the insightful and practical advice and recruit panelists who will perpetuate our tradition and our brand. For more information about our past speakers and notes from past events, please refer to our blog at https://fountainblue.wordpress.com/category/when-she-speaks/.

If you are a female senior executive at a tech company in Silicon Valley, please nominate yourself to speak at an upcoming event, or request that your women’s group do so on your behalf.

Hosting an Upcoming When She Speaks Event

The cost is $1500 to host a FountainBlue When She Speaks event. We ask our tech company partners to:

  • Provide space and food for 40-100 people in the audience;
    • We recommend serving food buffet style and offering many vegetarian and healthy options.
    • We recommend water rather than sodas.
  • Promote the event to your internal staff and collect the names and e-mails of attendees. We ​are happy to provide you a no-cost registration link for your staff​ if you’re interested​;
  • Provide on-site signage, security, audio visual and other logistical support for the event;
  • Provide a flip chart or white board for notes from the session;
  • Provide two registration tables and two food tables;
  • Provide reserved parking and parking signage for our guests;
  • Provide a video or audio recording of the event, for access to internal and external staff during and following the event (optional).

We ask our host company to purchase a corporate pass $1500. Hosting benefits include:

  • Opportunity to profile your women in leadership program;
  • Speaking opportunity for leader from host organization;
  • Option of filming and broadcasting event to a remote audience;
  • Reserved seating for up to 50% of the audience;
  • Optional information desk with job or product descriptions;
  • Two complementary follow-up half-hour coaching sessions with selected event attendees;
  • One half-hour consultation with women’s leadership group regarding programs, outreach and goals;
  • Other benefits to be confirmed.