Upcoming Programs

whenshespeaksFountainBlue’s When She Speaks events have been run and produced since May 2006. Below  is a list of past and upcoming When She Speaks programs with links to notes and photos of panelists and participants. 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. Notes from our 2020 and 2021 programs will be on this page. Notes from other events at https://fountainblue.wordpress.com/category/when-she-speaks/.

We hope to see you online at one of our upcoming When She Speaks events!

Register now for FountainBlue’s next When She Speaks Program: Men Who Open Doors

Third Annual: Men Who Open Doors Panel

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

Online, hosted by Coupa Software

The link to the Online program will be sent to registered attendees.

The *MeToo and other women’s movements before it have broken new ground for women at all levels of the workplace. Much progress will continue to be made with the groundswell of enthusiastic, passionate and powerful women now fully outraged and engaged.

But it’s the MEN-who-open-doors who will help accelerate the pace of change for the women’s movement. This month, we celebrate these types of men, and applaud their efforts to open doors to more women, and a merit-based workplace in general. This month’s discussion will feature a light roasting of the panelist by a nominating representative.

  • 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

Order your tickets online: $50 general admission

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

2021 When She Speaks

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

Friday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Samsung Research America, 665 Clyde Ave., Mountain View, CA

A Seat At the Table

See invitation with bios at https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/seat

Literally and figuratively, qualified corporate women are earning ‘a seat a the table’ – the opportunity to impact companies at the strategic and tactical level.

This month’s When She Speaks event will feature executives who have earned their seat at the table. Find out how they made this happen, what challenges they face, and how we can all support having more women leaders at the top. 

Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
Panelist Coco Brown, Founder and CEO, The Athena Alliance
Panelist Barbara Massa, Executive Vice President, People & Places, FireEye
Panelist Nivedita Ojha, Senior Director – Product Management, Edge Devices & Cloud, Mobile, SaaS, Citrix
Panelist Sonya Pelia, CMO, Cira Apps Ltd; Board Member, How Women Lead
Panelist Ronit Polak, VP Quality Assurance, Palo Alto Networks



FountainBlue’s When She Speaks, Women in Leadership Series

Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

One Plus One Makes Eleven

CITRIX, 4980 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara

To see bios and to register, https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/eleven

The best solutions are not always the most logical ones. Including and empowering a diverse workforce increases a team’s ability to solve a wider range of problems, and innovate in many more wide-ranging ways.

This month, we will cover best practices for team development and its impact on  creativity and innovation.

  • When you have the right new person, it adds many-X value to the team, product and company.
  • When you think in a different way, it adds a new dimension to the team, product and company.

This month’s panel will share their best practices on how to recruit, retain and develop a divergent workforce, while empowering them to think both inside and outside the box to deliver results.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Indira Joshi, Director of Technical Marketing, Emerging Memory Solutions, Micron Technology
  • Panelist Shikha Mittal, Director, Product Management & Strategy, VMware
  • Panelist Marissa Schmidt, Senior Director of Product Management, CITRIX



FountainBlue’s When She Speaks, Women in Leadership Series

Friday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Overcoming Imposter’s Syndrome

Online access details are available to confirmed attendees. E-mail us at info@whenshespeaks.com if you have registered but have not received the call details.

For bios visit https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/imposter

Many powerful and accomplished women have an internalized fear of being exposed as an imposter, a fraud. This ‘Imposter Syndrome’ makes even competent, successful women less confident about their outcomes, more likely to belittle their accomplishments.

This month, our panelists will talk about how imposter syndrome has affected their own development, and that of those around them. We will strategize on how to best support each other in overcoming imposter syndrome.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Jane Divinski, serial entrepreneur and engineering leader 
  • Panelist Joyce Eng, Senior Director, Strategy, Program Management, User Experience, Roche 
  • Panelist Krista Pavlakos, Senior Director, Marketing Communications & Demand Creation, Renesas Electronics
  • Panelist Lori Kate Smith, former Director, Marketing Programs, Machine Learning (ML), ARM


PeopleFirstFountainBlue’s When She Speaks, Women in Leadership Series

Friday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A People-First Mindset

Maxim Integrated as host, with event taking place online. A calendar invitation with link details will be sent when registration has been confirmed.

To see bios for more information, visit https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/people

Companies with a ‘People-First’ mindset focus not just on the engineers who are key to innovation, not just on the sales and marketing staff who bring in the money, not just the executives who set the direction, but on ALL key players from all departments. Growing a company and a culture takes focusing on growing the full ecosystem of people within and outside the organization.

Successful companies strategically and consistently put people first, and provide them with the support and resources to execute for the short term, and in the long run.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue

  • Panelist Sharawn Connors, VP, Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, Micron

  • Panelist Rita DeStaso, Services Account Executive, Strategic Enterprise, Microsoft

  • Panelist Monica Kaldani-Nasif, Chief People Officer, Kateeva

  • Panelist Tracy Laboy, Executive Director of Human Resources, Maxim


What He Said, What He Meant

Friday, May 8, noon – 1:00 p.m.
What He Said, What He Meant

Online with Oracle as host – link will be sent to registered attendees

For bios, visit https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/hesaid

The breakthrough book ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ describes how men and women communicate differently. For this month’s interactive panel discussion, our panelists will provide insights about how corporate men communicate, and translate for us what men say into what men mean.

Topics for discussion include different communication styles, different modes of behavior, different emotional needs, and even different conflict management styles.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Marilyn Becker, Senior Director, People Analytics, Western Digital
  • Panelist Carina Fang, Director, Program Management IoT Division, Synaptics
  • Panelist Regina Lawless, Global Director, Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, Micron Technology
  • Panelist David Ortiz, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Oracle
  • Panelist Stacey Porter, VP of People Operations and Strategy, Outset Medical Inc.


Startups Changing the World

Friday, June 12, noon – 1:00 p.m.

Start-Ups Changing the World

Hosted by Cisco Online, Webex link will be sent to confirmed attendees

Invitation details at https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/startups

Start-ups changing the world aren’t just in it for the financial returns. They want to do well while doing good. In other words, the objectives go far beyond financial returns for key founders only.

There must also be social impact, personal impact, environment impact. This month, we will profile a panel of entrepreneurs who are making a difference that’s both financially viable and also provides sustainable, social and environmental impact.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Heather Callender-Potters, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Business Officer, PharmaJet
  • Panelist Karthi Gopalan, Product Line Director, Mobile Power BU, Maxim
  • Panelist Lata Hariharan, President and Founder, SVAST
  • Panelist Gayathri Radhakrishnan, Director of Venture Capital, Micron
  • Panelist Julia Zhu, Senior Manager, Cisco


 SayWhatYouMeanFriday, July 10, 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

Online, with hosts @ Samsung

Invitation details at https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/saywhatyoumean and notes are available at http://fountainblue.blog/2020/07/10/saywhatyoumean

This month, our panel of expert communicators will share their secrets on how to directly and authentically ‘say what you mean’, even when it’s awkward to do so, while also ‘mean what you say’ – being clear about intentions and reasons and following through with words and actions.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue
  • Panelist Cara Bilinski, Executive Director, IT PMO, Maxim
  • Panelist Tracy Meersman, Director Sales Enablement, Skybox Security
  • Panelist Suchitra Narayen, VP Commercial Legal, Informatica
  • Panelist Priya Poolavari, Director of Engineering, Core Data Platform / Data Intelligence, Samsung

OneOfTheOnlysAugust 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

One of the Onlys

Conducted Online with our hosts at Lam Research

Invitation details including bios are available at https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/theonlys

Meeting Notes are Available at http://fountainblue.blog/2020/08/14/onlys

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, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Lam Research
  • Panelist Indira Joshi, Head of Technical Marketing, Emerging Memory Solutions, Micron
  • Panelist Monika Thakur, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle
  • Panelist Lisa Violet, Chief Auditor, Varo Money
Embracing Creativity in a Techphilic World

Embracing Creativity in a Techphilic World

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

Embracing the Creative in a Tech-philic World

Online, hosted by Texas Instruments

Link will be sent to registered attendees

For more information including bios, visit https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/techphilic

Notes from the meeting are available at https://fountainblue.blog/2020/09/11/creative-2/

Most people think that innovation is for the nerds, the geeks. But consider the fact that the most transformational ideas are about extending existing solutions and technologies into new areas, into new solutions. That takes a creative mind, a creative process.

You need both the technologists who can implement a solution and the creatives who can imagine and deliver that solution. This month’s panelists describe how the creatives collaborate with the techies to create solutions which address the needs of their customers in a world rich with tech.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue 
  • Panelist Hope Bovenzi, Sector General Manager for Automotive Infotainment, Texas Instruments
  • Panelist Revathi Narayanan, Chief Of Staff, Compute and Networking BU, Micron
  • Panelist Preethy Padmanabhan, Head of Platform Product Marketing, Freshworks
  • Panelist Charu Roy, Senior Director, Product Management Fusion PLM, Oracle
  • Panelist Urvashi Sheth, Senior Vice President Client Services, Intermedia


Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?

Friday, Oct 9, 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Online, hosted by Aruba HPE, link to be sent to confirmed guests

Who Moved My Cheese?

To see a detailed invitation with bios, visit https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/cheese

For notes from this conversation, visit https://fountainblue.blog/2020/10/09/cheese2020/

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 
  • Panelist Win Chang, Western Region Public Sector State and Local Sales Consulting Director, Oracle
  • Panelist Sona Mahavni, Director – SW Engineering, Aruba HPE
  • Panelist Nicole Sharratt, VP of User Experience, FICO
  • Panelist Kim Willetts, Senior Director, Global Brion Division, ASML
  • with opening remarks by Partha Narasimhan, CTO, Aruba HPE


 Empower Inspire ChangeWhen She Speaks: Ways to Lead

Friday, November 13, 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Online – Link will be sent to registered attendee

For more information including bios, visit https://www.tikkl.com/fountainblue/c/lead

There is no ONE right way to lead, as different things work for different people. Everyone brings a unique blend of experience, training, instincts, and personality into their own leadership style. And all ‘good’ leaders bring good results for the product, for the team, for the customers, for the company.

Find out how this month’s leaders created and defined their unique style, how they are expanding and growing their impact leveraging this style, and what they recommend for others as they define a style fo their own.

  • Facilitator Linda Holroyd, CEO, FountainBlue 
  • Panelist Niki Armstrong, Vice President, Global Employment, Compliance & Litigation, Pure Storage
  • Panelist Sheryl Chamberlain, Board Chair Empower (Coupa Woman’s Program) and Global and Regional System Integrator Alliances, Coupa Software 
  • Panelist Karthi Gopalan, Product Line Director, Mobile Power BU, Maxim
  • with opening remarks by Ellen Lail, Pure Storage

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