FountainBlue’s When She Speaks

whenshespeaksLaunched in Silicon Valley in May 2006, FountainBlue’s monthly When She Speaks panel discussions feature senior women leaders from partner tech companies speaking on leadership and innovation topics. Our interactive conversations are known for being inspiring, educational, practical and fun. Our monthly programs have shifted to an online format in response to the pandemic, so we can better manage content and to provide broader access to a more distributed customer base.


Friday, Oct 8, 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Online, hosted by Cisco, link to be sent to confirmed guests

Local Input, Global Impact

To register for this and other programs, visit 

Leadership comes from the top down, with the executive vision for delivering a comprehensive and compelling product or service which meets the needs of the market. When executive leaders also have an inspiring vision to contribute to the local community, and for a far-reaching cause, it inspires all employees to give back, to make a difference, while also delivering bottom-line results for the company.

Join this month’s panel of senior executives who will share the corporate community vision, and stories of ‘bottoms-up’ leadership, showcasing how local input is leading to global impact.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue 
  • Panelist Sheryl Chamberlain, Senior Director Global Alliances, Board Chair of Empower, Coupa Software; Chair, Hult Prize Council, Hult Prize Foundation
  • Panelist Julie Cullivan, Serial People and Operations Leader, Cybersecurity Adviser, and Member, Board of Directors, Heartflow
  • Panelist Diana Pohle, Senior Director, Commercial Analytics & Insights, Myovant
  • Panelist Maulie Dass, Senior Director, Cisco Innovation Labs, Cisco
  • with opening remarks by Cisco Executive to be confirmed

Order your tickets online: $50 each for general admission

E-mail us at if you’re interested in becoming a corporate partner for the series.

Having these sessions go virtual is one of my Covid silver linings. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to fit all of them into my schedule to make the trip in person.

See notes from past events at Past and upcoming events are listed on our programs page. You can also see a list of upcoming events on our side bar and visit and sign up for our weekly invitations and monthly newsletters by visiting

Based on the input of the dozens of participating hosts, speakers and attendees, below are the top ten reasons for joining us for this month’s event, and for all programs.

      1. Education – Learn innovation and leadership best practices from experienced senior women leaders sharing a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and ideas.

      2. Inspiration – Hear heart-warming stories that stir your passion for making a difference.

      3. Connection – Connect with fellow attendees, panelists, hosts, and partners – people at all levels from all backgrounds.

      4. Innovation – Learn about technology and market trends which affect your company’s innovation potential.

      5. Creativity – Think differently about what you do day-to-day, in a good way!

      6. Empowerment – Challenge yourself to step up, reach out, think and act differently and better.

      7. Community – Join our monthly events and connect with a community of like-minded, open-minded leaders from different companies and roles, at all levels.

      8. Perspective – Think about your own challenges and opportunities with a slightly broader and wider lens, with a lighter outlook.

      9. Brand – Proudly represent your company as a corporate host and sponsor for this year’s When She Speaks events. Proudly make a stand for your own leadership, and that of other participating attendees through your attendance.

      10. Support – Feel a connection with others who are sharing similar challenges, balancing life and work.

Some Testimonials:

FountainBlue does all of the above and more – every time, all the time.

Linda Holroyd and the panelists each month speak to me directly. They are humble and powerful at the same time.

The When She Speaks panelists have walked my path, fallen on their faces, showed how they meant to do that, and inspired me to keep trying and failing forward.

The breadth of perspectives gathered is inspiring – it makes me feel like ‘I Can Too!’ or at least ‘I Can DARE to TRY!’

I’m proud to have been a member for more than a decade, and look forward to the next lesson, the next conversation each month.

I’ve grown my career, leveraging these nuggets of wisdom every month, feeling like I belong to a community of principled, impactful women and the men who support them.

As Linda says every month, the vector is not gender. The vectors are LEADERSHIP and INNOVATION. And she proves that every month.

Join this month’s session, and experience the series for yourself.


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