Speakers & Panelists

Sports, Entertainment and Technology Symposium and Reception

Symposium Keynotes

Jill Stelfox
Vice President & General Manager, Location Solutions, Zebra Technologies

Jill Stelfox is Vice President and General Manager of Location Solutions at Zebra Technologies Corporation. She joined Zebra in 2012, tasked with directing strategy to further enhance the company's innovative solutions, market-leading applications, and exceptional value. Her goal is to accelerate the development of exciting new technologies and generate new applications that will bring Zebra customers additional benefits, in terms of efficiency, bottom-line improvement, and rapid return on investment.

During her time at Zebra, Ms. Stelfox has:
- Led the company to be first in its industry to sell one million real-time locating systems (RTLS) tags for motion tracking;
- Led the development of next-generation active RFID for real-time player tracking, data-visualization and statistics;
- Introduced Zebra MotionWorks Sports Solution for player evaluation, coaching and game day operations.

Previously, Ms. Stelfox was Binary Group's Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development. Prior, she co-founded and became CEO and Chairman of Defywire, a highly successful wireless technology company. Earlier, Ms. Stelfox was an owner, CFO, and Director of Mobile & Wireless at Noblestar Systems, a leader in the global wireless consulting and integration market.

Ms. Stelfox holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State University. She is also a mom, a leader in her community, a philanthropist, and an avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist.

Claire Ortiz
CEO and Founder, Ortiz Industry, Inc.

Claire Ortiz is CEO and Founder of "intelligent fashion" company Ortiz Industry, Inc. For more than 25 years, she has built infrastructure and led teams in startup environments and global corporations, garnering a reputation for her entrepreneurial edge and ability to transform brands into major revenue generators.

With Ortiz Industry, her third startup, Ms. Ortiz is using her expertise in materials development to create an unmatched value to the brand through proprietary formulas for performance materials, literally creating an emerging market for performance fashion that looks and feels good from a skateboard to a boardroom.

Previously, as Global Creative Director at Nike, Ms. Ortiz was hired by basketball legend Michael Jordan to turn Brand Jordan Apparel into a success. She carved out global distribution channels and partnerships that took the business from $15 million in 2000 to $128 million in 2005. Earlier, she launched the entire apparel and footwear vertical as the Global Business Director for Wilson Sporting Goods. In just two years, revenues hit $18 million and 18 professional Tour players were signed. And as UnderArmour's Global Business and Creative Director, Ms. Ortiz led a design effort that increased apparel revenues across multiple product categories.

Ms. Ortiz's design background matches her entrepreneurial expertise. She is a self-taught designer who created and sold her own successful label, Smoke Street Couture, in her early 20s.

Juliana Paoli
CMO and Senior Vice President, Communications, San Jose Giants

Juliana Paoli brings nearly 15 years of extensive experience in event production, management, marketing, and public relations to the San Jose Giants executive team. Having coordinated special events for a number of nonprofit groups, she began her work on the team side with the Golden Baseball League, as the Inaugural Season General Manager, in the organizational development and launch of the San Diego Surf Dawgs. Prior, Ms. Paoli was Vice President at Jill Peterson Management, working with several high level national corporations coordinating events with marquee MLB, NFL, and NBA teams.

As Chief Marketing Officer of the San Jose Giants, Ms. Paoli has spent the last 10 seasons developing and implementing an integrated marketing campaign that resulted in revenue- breaking records in every budget category, while also serving as the leader of several departments. In 2010 she was voted the first-ever recipient of the California League Woman of Excellence Award. She is especially proud to have led the team to its first-ever Larry MacPhail Award, given annually to the organization with the top marketing and promotions effort. Ms. Paoli is currently a member of the BIRCO/MLBAM Advisory Committee. She holds a BA degree in Sociology and a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Washington.

This year will be her first season as the Senior Vice President of Communications, focusing on maintaining and expanding the San Jose Giants marketing and communications programs. She is extremely excited to continue to provide the best fun, affordable, family entertainment for fans and the community.

Joanne Moretti
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales Enablement, Jabil

Joanne Moretti has 30+ years of IT, Sales, and Marketing experience. She started her career as a systems programmer at CIBC bank in Toronto, then moved her IT experience to CA, Inc., as a software engineer. After five years she crossed the chasm from "techie" to sales person, and by fusing her passion for tech and customers she consistently exceeded her targets and rose to run Product & Solution Marketing for CA globally.

After a successful 23-year sales and marketing career at CA, Ms. Moretti helped Hewlett-Packard design, build, and deliver an Award Winning Sales Excellence platform, the HP Sales University. From HP she moved to Dell and played a pivotal role as Chief Marketing Officer of Dell Software, enabling the formation of the Dell Software sub-brand and enabling Michael Dell's vision of delivering E2E solutions to Dell's customers.

Most recently, Ms. Moretti has joined the executive leadership team as CMO/SVP for Jabil, an $18B product realization company that delivers design, manufacturing, and supply chain services to 250 of the world's biggest technology brands. She is focused on re-designing Jabil's go-to-market strategy by delivering a world class sales enablement program, the full implementation of Salesforce.com, integrated marketing programs, and as Forbes and MIT Tech Review called it, a World Class Innovation Center: Blue Sky.

Ms. Moretti was recognized as a top Business Executive in 2015, and named the Gold Winner in the Silicon Valley Communications Women World Awards. She has also been recognized for excellence in business, technology, and her work in supporting women in STEM-related industries by the Executive Women's Forum, the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and with a lifetime achievement award by CloudNOW. She spends part of her personal time mentoring and engaging with high school and college students, women's groups, and colleagues, both face to face and on social networks. Ms. Moretti creates awareness about careers in STEM-related industries, and seeks to inspire women in all industries to "Dream Big and Aim Higher" no matter what they do.

Symposium Panelists

Heather Andrus
Senior VP & GM/Product Innovation, Radius Product Development

Heather Andrus has 25 years of experience developing successful consumer offerings, supported by a broad range of experience in design thinking, consumer research, product strategy, engineering and product development. Prior to joining Radius, Ms. Andrus worked at Altitude from 2001 until 2013. During that time, she held the positions of engineering manager, director of engineering, general manager, and chief innovation officer. She previously worked at 3Com, Ideo, and Oracle. Ms. Andrus received her Master's in mechanical engineering with a focus on product design from Stanford University, and her bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside of work, Ms. Andrus enjoys renovating houses, raising two fantastic children, and supporting local hospices.

Hillary Barnhart
Senior Director of Business Operations and Program Management, Applied Materials

Hillary Barnhart is Senior Director of Business Operations and Program Management at Applied Materials, responsible for new order planning, fulfillment, revenue risk management, and new product development for a high technology business within a $10B+ corporation. She leads the design, development, and deployment of concept-to-market and quote-to-cash processes, optimizing customer experiences, on-time delivery, cycle times, and profitability.

Ms. Barnhart's background includes more than 20 years in pivotal roles within product management, operations, marketing, global services, and information technology. She combines her technical education, and professional experience into an entrepreneurial, collaborative and influential leadership style, managing accelerated business change, influencing and motivating multi-functional teams across cultures and countries.

Ms. Barnhart earned her MBA at Santa Clara University, and MSIE and BSEE from Stanford University. She is a Board Member for ACGSV, the Association for Corporate Growth Silicon Valley, an Advisory Board Member for Parle Innovations, and winner of the 2014 IoT Innovation Challenge at Applied. As well, Ms. Barnhart is a Silicon Valley 2012 Tribute to Women award winner, advises women-led startups, and serves as mentor at TechbridgeGirls.

Jennifer Brace
User Experience Research Supervisor, Ford Motor Company

Jennifer Brace has been working at Ford Motor Company for ten years, with the majority of her time in the Human Machine Interface (HMI) group as a user interface engineer. Since 2006, she has been on the HMI team defining, testing, and refining the user interface of the MyFord Touch system, allowing drivers to better interact with their infotainment systems. In order to do this, Ms. Brace defines the type of interface needed (touch screen, hard switches, voice rec, etc.), logic around performing a task (if a driver wants to save a radio preset, how do they do it?), layout of the controls (where do buttons belong?), and then works with graphic designers to create a visually interesting and user-friendly system. 

This role has allowed Ms. Brace the opportunity to collaborate with well-respected companies in the industry - Microsoft, Ideo, Razorfish, Team Detroit, Teleca, Latcha, B-Square, to name a few. She has also had the pleasure of being a spokesperson for the product at many tech and auto shows, as well as appearing in two national commercials.

Douglas Burnet
Founder and COO, Aerial Sports League

Douglas Burnet is pushing the needle on drone sports as Founder and COO of Aerial Sports League. He has a deep operations background as founder of several startups, as well as high-level positions in several mid-market companies.

Kelly Crowley
Founder/Director, The ParaSport Institute

Kelly Crowley is a two-sport Paralympic medalist and retired professional cyclist. She was the valedictorian of her class at Santa Clara University and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration. In addition to being the Founder and Director of The ParaSport Institute, Ms. Crowley works as a USA Swimming coach. She is the author of the Para-cycling chapter of the USA Cycling Level 3 Coaching Manual, and collaborates with numerous sport organizations in the Northern California Regional network of Paralympic Sport clubs. Ms. Crowley also serves on the Northern California Olympians Board of Directors.

Julie Desjardins
Head of Research, Athos

Julie Desjardins is Research Lead at Athos, a venture-backed startup developing a revolutionary product for the fitness and athletic market. "We are creating next-generation wearable technology that gives you real insight into how your body works as you move, and combining it with a beautiful user experience that will fit right into your existing routine. Our goal is to empower you to make more informed decisions while pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle."

Dr. Desjardins describes herself as having a passion for understanding how individuals make decisions. She has devoted all her postdoctoral research to this question and hopes to use this experience to better understand consumer and online social behavior. Her specialties include: Conducting research from conception to the presentation of results, managing multiple projects, overseeing employees, project budgeting, data analysis, experimental design, and communication of results both written and orally.

The author of numerous scientific and technical publications, Dr. Desjardins earned her Master's degree in Zoology from Western University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University.

Sally French
Founder, The Drone Girl

Sally French is a digital, social, mobile, and emerging media expert, currently heading up social media for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network's MarketWatch site.

She is a graduate and proud Mizzou Mafia member of the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a Bachelor of Journalism in Investigative Photojournalism and a Bachelor of Arts in German. Her work has been published in the BBC, the Economist, CNN, NBC, NPR, the Orange County Register, and the San Francisco Chronicle; she has also helped numerous media outlets through her work in data journalism at the non-profit organization Investigative Reporters and Editors.

In 2013, Ms. French created the site TheDroneGirl.com, where she was one of the first journalists to focus on reporting on drones. Fortune Magazine has named her one of the four women shaping the drone industry. An advocate for the arts, health, and fitness, she spends her free time drinking lots of coffee, doing burpees, playing piano, Irish dancing, and rock climbing.

Heather Furby
CEO and Co-Founder, Creative Age Leadership, Inc.

Heather Furby is CEO and Co-Founder of Creative Age Leadership, Inc., a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners learn to navigate the special needs of today's fast paced business environment so they can have a bigger impact and influence in life, both professionally and personally. As a business strategist and innovative leader, Ms. Furby has worked with business including Apple, IntelliTools, Institute of Noetic Sciences and other cutting- edge companies to develop products that break the mold and make a difference. Her newest program is a Business Leadership Summer Camp, where participants can explore and discover new levels of leadership without risking their reputation, business progress or trusted teams.

Lisa Giannone
Founder, Active Care Physical Therapy

Lisa Giannone is a nationally recognized Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapist and expert in Sport Performance and Training. She brings a highly mechanical, unique "engineering" approach to the field and is a master at defining the source of a problem and making mechanical diagnoses. She has working theories for some of the hardest problems in orthopedics, which has led her to craft training based treatments to these problems.

Having been in house with the SF 49ers, Ms. Giannone continues to consult with collegiate and Olympic athletes, NFL, NBA and MLB players, referred by their teams, agents, and word of mouth. She also runs, arguably, the west coast's most well-known dance medicine and training practice. Serving as San Francisco Ballet's rehabilitation and conditioning specialist, Ms. Giannone has brought her "Hammer" performance conditioning regime in house at the SF Ballet School - crafting it especially for the physical demands and needs of professional dancers in that setting. She also specializes in the care and training of many professional boxers and serves as a regular part of Olympic and World Champion Andre Ward's "team," as well as Andre Berto, Robert Guerrero, and others. Because of her biomechanical sensibilities in rehab and training, Ms. Giannone routinely contracts as a consultant to major biomedical and surgical procedure companies, advising and creating treatment protocols, particularly in the areas of cartilage repair/regeneration and wearables. She founded The Garage-High Performance Center as a think tank for science and mechanics based performance analysis and training. It is there that she currently runs her Hammer Workouts, which she also created and founded, for professional athletes, dancers, and serious training enthusiasts.

Terri Givens, Ph.D.
Provost and Professor, Menlo College

In July 2015 Terri Givens moved to Menlo College as the new Provost. As a scholar, she focuses on the global politics of immigration, as well as European politics. Having joined The University of Texas at Austin as a government professor in 2003, she served there as director of the Center for European Studies, the France-UT Institute, the Robert S. Strauss Center's European Union Center for Excellence, the Texas Language Roadmap, and as co-director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. Dr. Givens also served as a vice provost, overseeing the university's undergraduate curriculum and spearheading global initiatives as the chief international officer.

Dr. Givens' international recognition includes an appointment as Public Policy Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universitäet in Berlin, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar Alumna from Stanford, and a German Marshall Fund Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation. She regularly attends the Brussels Forum.

In between earning her bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University and her doctoral degree in political science from UCLA, Dr. Givens worked in the fields of community service and nonprofit administration. She is the author of several publications and is a regular columnist for Inside Higher Ed. A lifelong athlete who believes fitness helps strengthen the foundation of families and communities, she founded Take Back the Trail (http://www.takebackthetrail.com) to empower women and encourage the development of healthy families.

Radhika Iyengar-Emens
CEO, Tanjah Partners

Radhika Iyengar-Emens is CEO of Tanjah Partners, a global boutique management consultancy. Multilingual in eight languages, Ms. Iyengar-Emens provides strategic counsel to high tech startups and SMEs from the US, Europe, India, Latin America/Brazil, Middle East/North Africa, and Japan on US market entry, expansion, and Silicon Valley fundraising. She has worked with digital health and wearables companies from Europe, Israel, and Latin America. A serial entrepreneur, she is also an advisor to international accelerators focused on helping companies scale globally.

Ms. Iyengar-Emens is an expert in digital health, an advisor to international government-led programs focused on entrepreneurship in digital health and wearables. A former lead organizer for Health 2.0 Silicon Valley Chapter, she has been a conference speaker at the annual Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara. She is also passionate about women in technology and diversity, serving as an Advisory Board Member at Women in Technology International (WITI) and an active speaker at global women's conferences. Ms. Iyengar-Emens holds an MBA from Chapman University, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.

Beatrice Leung
Head of Communications, LiveLikeVR

Beatrice Leung is Communications Manager at LiveLike, a Virtual Reality (VR) platform company that enables broadcasters and sports teams to deliver immersive, live sports viewing experiences. The sports viewing platform leverages the immersive nature of VR to bring the thrill of game-day stadium experiences into fans' living rooms. LiveLike is the first of its kind to offer a complete way to experience the live sports ecosystem in VR with social integrations; replay, stats and commentary capabilities; multiple camera views; and more.

Previously, Ms. Leung was a Communications Specialist at Nelson Laboratories, where she focused primarily on social media and digital marketing. Prior to that, she was a mobile sales consultant for BestBuy. Ms. Leung holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Chemistry from the University of Utah.

Stephanie Martin
Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Stephanie Martin is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the Host Committee was responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. Ms. Martin's role included marketing, communications, development of visual identity, brand management, creative services, website development, content marketing, social media, media partnerships, advertising, media relations, public affairs, app development, and talent acquisition for concert series.

The company she founded, Martin Communications LLC, has an established reputation of delivering brand building strategies and impactful multi-media campaigns in sports, global events, and retail. Ms. Martin is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches an elective on Communications as part of the USF Sports Management Master's Program and Executive MBA program. She currently serves as President of the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, the leading source and resource for professional women in the sports and events industry.

Ramona Najmi
Video Solution Architect and Solution Manager, Cisco

Ramona Najmi has been with Cisco over 10 years, and is currently the Video Solution Architect and Solution Manager of Cisco's Sports & Entertainment Solutions Group (SESG). Cisco's SESG is the leader in offering Cisco's end-to-end personalized advertising solutions integrated with industry leading video streaming solutions. With IP-based solutions, Cisco has led the way to digitize the Sports & Entertainment industry.

With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Najmi started her engineering career in the Digital Media industry focusing on video animation and graphic applications used for Hollywood movies while working at Intergraph Computer Systems (now Silicon Graphics). Her passion for tech has kept her in this field where she has led and implemented video streaming solutions offered to both Service Providers and Content Providers. Prior to joining Cisco in 2005, Ms. Najmi worked at Scientific Atlanta as a technical lead working on one of the first cutting-edge technologies developed for broadband communications. Her passion for next generation video streaming solutions pushed her into taking an opportunity with Cisco in 2005 (before Cisco's acquisition of Scientific Atlanta). In her first role at Cisco, she led the integration of Scientific Atlanta's Video components and Cisco's IP Network systems providing Cisco the capability to offer the first truly end-to-end IPTV video streaming solution in the industry.

Ms. Najmi has a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of TN in Knoxville with a focus in Communications Theory. She is active in supporting women in technology and currently a member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), WIT, and Connected Women.

Angela Pan
Founder and CEO, Ashley Chloe

Angela Pan is the founder and chief executive officer of Ashley Chloe, a wearable tech accessories brand headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Integrating a passion for functional aesthetic design with her aptitude for business strategy, Ms. Pan has a wealth of experience gained from her dual roles as startup entrepreneur and as early-stage tech investor. Prior to Ashley Chloe, she worked for a technology investment firm and incubator specializing in early stage investment of IoT wearables and hardware related companies.  

Ms. Pan has many years of experience in product, marketing, partnership, and corporate development. She found success launching an Internet startup and a lifestyle firm by developing impressive growth, creating a new brand from scratch, strategic branding, and executing marketing strategies.

Ms. Pan has been featured on Bloomberg, Mashable, FastCompany, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She is a self-taught designer; her passion for design has given her a broad vision and deep understanding of style and allure.

Angela Pan
Founder and CEO, Ashley Chloe

Angela Pan is the founder and chief executive officer of Ashley Chloe, a wearable tech accessories brand headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Integrating a passion for functional aesthetic design with her aptitude for business strategy, Ms. Pan has a wealth of experience gained from her dual roles as startup entrepreneur and as early-stage tech investor. Prior to Ashley Chloe, she worked for a technology investment firm and incubator specializing in early stage investment of IoT wearables and hardware related companies.  

Ms. Pan has many years of experience in product, marketing, partnership, and corporate development. She found success launching an Internet startup and a lifestyle firm by developing impressive growth, creating a new brand from scratch, strategic branding, and executing marketing strategies.

Ms. Pan has been featured on Bloomberg, Mashable, FastCompany, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She is a self-taught designer; her passion for design has given her a broad vision and deep understanding of style and allure.

Leslie Pirritano
Co-Founder, Elevate Charity

Leslie Pirritano has been in various game-related roles since starting at NVIDIA in 2004. Her title is "Your Best Friend," which is her life philosophy (how people should be treated) and which she's taken into the workplace. She's had a blast working with game developers and publishers, managing NVIDIA's games promotions on franchises such as "Borderlands," "Batman Arkham," "Assassin's Creed," "Far Cry," and countless other games over the years. In her spare time, she builds her own gaming rigs.

Having earned a BA in psychology from San Diego State University, she entered into the technology world while simultaneously working as an American Sign Language interpreter. As a Trekkie, her favorite interpreting gigs were at Star Trek conventions. She is a wife and a mom to three teenagers, two dogs, four cats, five chickens, and a turtle. She loves to play 8-ball and 9-ball on the local APA league.

Currently, Ms. Pirritano is starting a nonprofit to support and promote female gamers. The nonprofit's goal is to help change the tide of the gaming community so that women can be perceived and treated appropriately, as well as feel safe being gamers.

Vicky Selway-Swift
Senior Director, Partnership Services, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Vicky Selway-Swift is Senior Director of Partnership Services for the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the Host Committee was responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through its 50 Fund.

Ms. Selway-Swift has over 10 years of experience in sports sponsorship and client services positions, including a recent position as Head of Client Services for the America's Cup. As well, she has a strong background in national and international properties; her experience/exposure includes the US and Europe. Ms. Selway-Swift holds an MA with honors form the University of Edinburgh.

Jennifer Smith
CEO, Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative

Jennifer Smith brings 24 years of professional experience to the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI) in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and human resource management. As CEO of BAWSI, Ms. Smith is responsible for overseeing all facets of the organization. BAWSI's mission to awaken the power of female athletes as change-makers resonates deeply with Ms. Smith's own life experiences as an athlete, as an executive, and with her aspirations for her three daughters, all of whom are active in youth sports.

In addition to her corporate experience, Ms. Smith brings with her eight years of professional coaching in girls' youth soccer, working with the full spectrum of recreational to high-level players. In addition to teaching technical and tactical fundamentals of the game, Ms. Smith seized the opportunities to use soccer as a metaphor for life lessons and a laboratory for human development.

Jennifer Smith grew up playing nearly every sport she could find, from springboard diving to tackle football with the boys after school. Thanks to the tenacity of Title IX pioneers, she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing field hockey, track, and soccer, as well as a Division 1 college soccer player at Cornell University. Her soccer career includes captaining one of the earliest U.S. Youth National Teams, being named a three-time Division 1 All-American, winning national championships with club and semi-professional teams and being inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Rosie Spaulding
Vice President, Event Planning & Operations, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Rosie Spaulding has an established reputation for developing and delivering world-class events, venues, and programs for global audiences. A strategic thought leader, her expertize is in the planning, marketing and operating of major events and creating unique and meaningful consumer experiences. For the past two years, Ms. Spaulding has led event strategy, planning and operations for the organization responsible for the planning and execution of Super Bowl 50 in the San Francisco Bay Area. This included creating the vision for and leading the development and delivery of Super Bowl City - the free public fan village that saw nearly 1 million visitors during its nine days of operation - as well as numerous VIP, community and media events and promotional activations in the lead up to Super Bowl 50.

Prior to that, Ms. Spaulding was responsible for the venue planning, development and delivery of the 2013 America's Cup and 2012 America’s Cup World Series events in San Francisco. She has led teams around the globe to deliver successful events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, Modern Pentathlon World Cup and London 2012 Olympic sailing venue. Ms. Spaulding is a graduate of Portsmouth University, England with a B.Sc in Biology specializing in Marine and Environmental Science. A sports enthusiast who enjoys being outdoors hiking, mountain biking and surfing in the Bay Area, Ms. Spaulding is married and lives with her family in San Francisco.

Zoe Stumbaugh
Professional Drone Racer

Zoe Stumbaugh is a pioneer in the nascent new sport of drone racing, one of the few (but rapidly growing) population of female drone pilots who love to feel that need for speed. It also has to do with the freedom the sport offers. Having been bedridden in her early 20s, Ms. Stumbaugh discovered the ability to suddenly be free of the tyranny of gravity and fly with the birds in her own neighborhood to be tremendous.

Ms. Stumbaugh won the first-ever sanctioned FPV (First Person View) race in America, with the winning racing drone on display at the Academy for Model Aeronautics Museum. Having gone on to compete in the first-ever international drone race against the world's best drone pilots cemented her status as one of them. Since then she has dedicated her time to a new “mysterious” type of flying: 3D Freestyle. She founded Santa Cruz FPV, a local group to help organize local flyers.

Recently, Ms. Stumbaugh helped develop a passion project with Unique FPV: the Zat 109 - the world's smallest competition-level FPV Racing Drone, capable of hitting 60+MPH. Also included among Ms. Stumbaugh's active sponsors and collaborators are FatShark, Parrot, Team BlackSheep, Flyduino, RCTimer, EMAX, Hovership, Atomic Aviation, and Bullit Drones.

Ali Towle
Vice President, Marketing, San Francisco 49ers

In her position as Vice President of Marketing for the San Francisco 49ers, Ali Towle manages the team's brands, supervising all trademark, licensing, and sponsor activation. She also directs advertising and promotion for the club's various business initiatives, and oversees the team's public fan events and gameday performance teams.

Ms. Towle was instrumental in the development of the 49ers new home, Levi's® Stadium. She specifically oversaw the development of the stadium's brand identity and partner integration. She was also the project executive responsible for the creation of the 49ers Museum presented by Sony, as well as the Levi's® Stadium Art Collection. Ms. Towle continues to manage the Levi's® Stadium brands on behalf of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.

Under Ms. Towle's leadership, the organization's successful marketing campaigns helped Levi's® Stadium achieve its record-setting sales goals. She conceived of the stadium's “Normal Doesn't Play Here” campaign, which won two CLIO Sports awards for excellence in sports advertising. Meanwhile, the team's Farewell Candlestick campaign won the National Sports Forum ADchievement Award for creative excellence. Recently, Ms. Towle was honored by the Sports Business Journal when the publication selected her to the 2014 class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports.”

Prior to the 49ers, Ms. Towle had a successful career in technology marketing, helping to position three start-up organizations for acquisition. Earlier, she worked at the National Basketball Association, ABC Sports, and Good Morning America. A native of Durham, NH, Ms. Towle played collegiate soccer while earning her bachelor's degree from Columbia University in New York City. She also holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Mary Vincent
Founder, Green Star Labs

Mary Vincent is an experienced Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of a health tech Company. She presented the 2015 Annual Keynote at the ITRI SIPO Semiconductor Taiwan Conference on the topic: “IoT Wearable mHealth Technology Impacts on Smart Cities, Homes, Data and Security.” Ms. Vincent serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at SK Telecom Americas Innopartners. She was Co-Founder and Head of Product Engineering for a smart fabric wearable computing company, leading global wearable computing architecture innovation, integration, testing, quality and technical engagement, and her startup was accepted into the Intel Make It Wearable Semifinals. Her background includes work in Sun Microsystems Java Engineering, Data Center Energy Efficiency, and Mobile Health Application development with Stanford and Government Projects in Bhutan and Guatemala.

Gretchen West
Senior Advisor, Silicon Valley, Hogan Lovells

Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor focusing on Innovation and Technology at Hogan Lovells, and is a member of the firm's Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. She is also a leading policy advocate in the firm's Government Regulatory practice group, with a focus on drone technology, automated driving, and other global initiatives and innovative technologies.

Ms. West has served the unmanned systems and drone industry over a decade and is an industry-leading advocate for commercial drones, innovation, entrepreneurship, and robotics. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, she was Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at San Francisco start-up DroneDeploy. Previously, for over a decade, she served as Executive Vice President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); her team was at the forefront of advocating for the safe, timely, responsible integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System.

She is currently National Advisory Board Chairperson for the US Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (uavus.org) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Drone World Expo. Previously, she served on the advisory boards for Skyward, Nightingale Intelligent Systems, and Aerobo. She was formerly a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA) and the Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (AWE). Ms. West holds an MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in leadership studies from the University of Richmond.