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, and will continue to be held online for the foreseeable future, to better manage content and to provide broader access to a more distributed customer base.

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    

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August 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

One of the Onlys

Conducted Online with our hosts at Lam Research

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It’s not easy to be ‘one of the onlys’ – the Only woman on a team, in a meeting, on a board. Yet many women did just that, which forged new ground for the rest of us. Hear stories from this month’s panel of heroes and learn what we can do together so that ‘the onlys’ continue to succeed, and so that ‘the onlys’ will be joined by others.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Antoinette Hamilton, Learning and Development Leader, Lam Research
  • Panelist Indira Joshi, Head of Technical Marketing, Emerging Memory Solutions, Micron
  • Panelist Nithya Ruff, Executive Director, Open Source Program Office, Comcast
  • Panelist Monika Thakur, Vice President, SaaS Engineering, Oracle
  • Panelist Lisa Violet, Chief Auditor, Varo Money

Order your tickets online: $40 for partners, $50 general admission, $250 for corporate passes for up to 10 people for one event, plus processing fees.

E-mail us at if you’re interested in becoming a corporate partner for this year, for a fee of $2500, plus processing fee.


COVID-19 UPDATE, July 2020

Between March 2020 and the end of the year, all FountainBlue programs will be held online, even after the shelter in place mandate is lifted.  

We will continue to meet with people one-on-one and in small groups over the phone or over video conferencing. We will also meet in person and in small groups of ten or less after a vaccine and a cure become readily available.

If you can stay home, please do. If you must go out, wear a mask.

Be kind, clean and cautious, but also be calm and resilient. 

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 2018 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.



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Please join us in thanking our hosts, corporate partners and sponsors for our When She Speaks series, and our Front Line Managers Online series.



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Hear Linda speak about the When She Speaks series, Technology, Innovation and Career Agility in a March 2017 interview for Game Changers KMTV show with Jim Connor.

Hear Linda speak about the When She Speaks series, Technology, Innovation and Career Agility in a March 2017 interview for Game Changers KMTV show with Jim Connor.

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