Men Who Open Doors

Men Who Open Doors

Men Who Open Doors

Men Who Open Doors are our heroes – leaders who believe in the power of women and people with diverse backgrounds, and invested in empowering them as leaders and innovators through thoughts, words and actions.

For the past three years, we have honored these men in a monthly panel discussion, as part of the FountainBlue When She Speaks series.

We have also created an alumni group for these stellar male leaders, and welcome the opportunity to share their wisdom, their insights, their influence. For our first annual Men-Who-Open-Doors reunion meeting in December 2020, we’ve asked the following questions:

  • Why do you open doors for others?
  • What are the benefits for doing so?
  • What are your plans for doing so better next year?
  • What resource and support do you need to amplify the impact?

Notes from the meeting were uploaded to our blog and included in the January 2021 newsletter.

We provide ongoing support of our community of men opening doors by:

  • running an annual program to honor selected sponsors;
  • hosting an reunion for current and alumni nominees, as well as their nominating women leaders;
  • sharing notes, articles and best practices from our sponsoring executives;
  • coaching selected sponsored professionals and their teams on selected milestones and projects;
  • providing advisory services for established or new mentorship programs;
  • profiling male and female executives throughout the year in our Front Line Managers, When She Speaks and VIP Roundtable programs; and
  • facilitating strategic discussions on how to support and align business, process and people objectives.

For more information about the program or to nominate your sponsoring executive, e-mail us at

Men Who Open Doors 2020

Men Who Open Doors 2020

Men Who Open Doors 2020

December 11, 2020: Men Who Open Doors Panelists

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Chris Allexandre, Senior Vice President & Executive, Renesas
  • Panelist Ronald Goossens, Senior Director of Marketing, ASML
  • Panelist Gabe Perez, VP Coupa West Sales, Coupa Software
  • Panelist Sajid Sadi, Vice President of Research, Head – Think Tank Team, Samsung
  • Panelist Nathan Sheranian, Senior Director Human Resources, Freshworks
  • with opening remarks provided by Sheryl Chamberlain, Director Alliances, Coupa Software, Board Chair Coupa Empower
Men Who Open Doors, 2019 Panel

Men Who Open Doors, 2019 Panel

December 13, 2019: Men Who Open Doors Panelists

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue; Director, Vonzos Partners
  • Panelist Dr. Benjamin Cook, Sr. Director, Nanotechnology – Kilby Labs, CTO Organization, Texas Instruments
  • Panelist JD Dillon, Vice President of Marketing, Enphase Energy
  • Panelist Martin Jessen, VP Learning Solutions North America, Schneider Electric
  • Panelist Mike Snell, Vice President of Operations, Global Operations, Lam Research
  • Panelist Jon Woolvine, Distinguished Engineer, Director Information Technology, Cisco
  • with opening remarks provided by Rajni Dharmarajan, Product line General Manager, Texas Instruments
Men Who Open Doors 2018 Panel

Men Who Open Doors 2018 Panel

May 11, 2018: Men Who Open Doors Panelists

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Ash Chowdappa, VP & GM, Aruba Wireless LAN at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
  • Panelist Michael Dickman, VP, Product Line Management, Aruba HPE
  • Panelist Gopal Kumarappan, VP Software Engineering, AppDynamics
  • Panelist Jatinder Narang, Senior Director – Finance, Western Digital
  • Panelist Ganesh Srinivasan, General Manager, Power Management, Texas Instruments
  • with an introduction by Janice Le, Chief Marketing Officer, Aruba HPE

For more information about nominations for our December 10, 2021 program, e-mail us at