FountainBlue’s When She Speaks


Facilitating innovation and leadership for tech leaders one conversation, one leader, one organization at a time is my passion, my mission, my cause through my work at FountainBlue. We take pride in bringing together innovators and leaders in the online events we conduct, including our When She Speaks series, the executive coaching we provide, the leadership consulting we practice, and the strategic advising we conduct.  – Linda Holroyd, Founder and CEO, FountainBlue

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Launched 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.

Although we don’t record any of our online meetings (so that all can feel more comfortable speaking freely), we do take notes and distribute them to our attendees and partners. Notes from our prior When She Speaks meetings are freely available at

Thursday, July 11, 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Ways to Lead

Online – Calendar Invitation and Event Link will be sent to Registered Attendees

Much has changed since Daniel Goleman presented his iconic description of six leadership styles for Harvard Business Review in 2000. 

Braden Becker captured the leadership shifts well in his 2023 article for HubSpot about leadership styles.

This month’s panelists will speak to how they leverage each of these styles in their day-to-day leadership and management duties, and how we can all be more self-aware and other-centric while we lead, wherever we are sitting in the organization. 

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Amber Barber, Senior Director, Program Management, Jade Global
  • Panelist Sanchita Gupta, Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partner, Samsung Research America
  • Panelist Regina Hancher, Director, Customer Success, Gigamon
  • Panelist to be confirmed

Join FountainBlue’s ‘When We Speak’, In-Person Programs for 2025

Draft topics and dates for FountainBlue’s gender-neutral, gender-inclusive, ‘When We Speak’ series are listed below. All programs are held at a Silicon Valley-based host location on Thursdays from 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST.  

  • February 13, 2025 – Bring Your Full Selves to Work
  • March 13, 2025 – Lead with Passion, Agility and Resilience
  • April 10, 2025 – Manage Your Mindset
  • May 8, 2025 – Make Employee Experience the X Factor
  • June 12, 2025 – Expand Your Circle of Influence
  • July 10, 2025 – Pushing the Innovation Envelope
  • August 14, 2025 – Local Input, Global Impact
  • September 18, 2025 – Seventh Annual Mentorship Best Practices
  • October 9, 2025 – 8th Annual Men Who Open Doors Awards

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.

Benefits and Testimonials for Joining FountainBlue's Online Programs
Benefits and Testimonials for Joining FountainBlue’s Online Programs


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.

I LOVE these panel discussions because they are so thought provoking and there is always something tangible I can take away.

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 almost two decades, and look forward to the next lesson, the next conversation each month.

I’m grateful to be exposed to people who are not-like-me, as they help me become a better version of myself.

If you ever need to think outside your own box, join one of FountainBlue’s programs. I always learn something unexpected in a good way.

I attend a LOT of trainings and programs, but I consistently participate in these programs because the discussions are so well facilitated and the panelists are so diverse, passionate, and knowledgeable. 

I appreciate the practical advice, tools, and learnings shared at each program.

I’m a busy person, but I’m always glad I make the time to join these informative, thought-provoking sessions.

It’s easy to make the business case for joining FountainBlue as a corporate partner. My staff remains productive, committed, inspired and engaged.

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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