Moving Powerfully into the Future
2004 National Conference
June 8 & 9, 2004
Doubletree Hotel San Jose, San Jose
Keynotes & Speakers
Shahla Aly is the General Manager for Cross Company Strategy and Initiatives for Microsoft, the world's leading software company. In this role, she is responsible for the alignment of key initiatives and strategies for Microsoft, including strategies for emerging markets. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Aly was the General Manager of Strategy and Enablement for Microsoft Services, Microsoft's consulting, technical support and customer service arm, where she had responsibility for all aspects of corporate strategic planning, professional development, and communications for Microsoft Services. This included overseeing the design, readiness and deployment of global services support and consulting offerings, as well as professions and readiness, service line management, marketing, Intellectual Capital Management, Global Learning Services, and the Services Global Partners program.
Prior to joining Microsoft in December 2002, Ms. Aly worked 18 years at International Business Machines in Canada and the United States. At IBM, she held a number of executive positions, including vice president of the Communications Sector for IBM Canada (Telco, Energy and Media industries), and vice president of e-Business Services Worldwide for IBM Global Services in New York. Ms. Aly received a Bachelor of Science and a MBA from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and two children.
Barbara Annis is an outstanding leading edge thinker who has designed breakthrough workshops and interventions since 1979. She has been studying transformational learning with many exceptional thinkers, including Dr. Flores, Ph.D. Program Director of Linguistics, University of Berkeley. Her programs include workshops for men and women, youth, and couples, as well as her highly acclaimed corporate initiatives. Barbara is recognized throughout Canada and the United States as the authority on Gender Awareness. Her recently published book on the subject titled "Same Words, Different Language" is certain to become required reading for both women and men striving to achieve excellence in the workplace of the future.
Agapi Stassinopoulos, born and raised in Athens, Greece, is an author and speaker who brings the Greek Goddesses into modern life and reveals what their myths can tell us about operating as a woman in the world today. She was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and received her master's degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in California.
Ms. Stassinopoulos's book Conversations With The Goddesses has received critical acclaim and was adopted in a one woman show that she performs around the country at such venues as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Soho Rep in New York City and many colleges and universities. It was also produced by PBS and has aired nationwide.
Ms. Stassinopoulos is a frequent lecturer at women's groups and business conferences. With passion she brings the freedom of the Gods and Goddesses down from Olympus into their everyday lives. Her new book Gods and Goddesses in Love: Making the Myth Reality for You is due to be published August 13 by Siple.
Lynne Twist, global activist, fundraiser, speaker, author, teacher, mentor and counselor, has devoted her life to service in support of global sustainability and security, human rights, economic integrity and spiritual authenticity. Lynne has raised millions of dollars, and trained other fundraisers to be more effective in their work, for organizations that serve the best instincts of all of us - to end world hunger, empower women, nurture children and youth, and preserve the natural heritage of our planet. She has traveled the world, developing a keen understanding of the relationship of people to money, the psychology of scarcity and the psychology of sufficiency. She shares compelling stories and insights from those experiences in The Soul of Money: Transforming your Relationship with Money and Life.
Lynne Twist was named a "Woman of Distinction" at the United Nations in 1994 by the International Health Awareness Network for her work to end world hunger. She received the Katalysis Foundation's "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" in 1996 for her work, and the "New Dimension Broadcaster Award: Casting Seeds in a Wide Arc" in 1998.
Curt Weeden is founder and president of the Contributions Academy (www.contributionsacademy.com), the principal management education resource for corporate philanthropy and community relations managers at the largest businesses in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Academy participants are responsible for over $3 billion in annual grants worldwide.
In 2004, Mr. Weeden's book, How Women Can Beat Terrorism, was released nationally. It is now on the required or recommended reading lists for students enrolled in women's studies programs at over 50 universities in the U.S. The book has won endorsements from some of the nation's most influential education, civic and health care leaders. Mr. Weeden is also author of the book Corporate Social Investing (Berrett-Koehler Publishers - with forewords by Paul Newman and Peter Lynch). Since its release in 1998, the book continues to be the #1 best-selling book in two categories: (a) general fund raising; (b) corporate social responsibility management.
Weeden writes and speaks extensively about corporate philanthropy. He is one of the nation's most sought-after speakers on general philanthropy trends. He has keynoted events sponsored by UNICEF, United Way of America, American Cancer Society and many other nonprofit and private-sector organizations.
Oprah Winfrey called Marcia Wieder America's Dream Coach®. She is a top rated presenter on visionary thinking, goal achievement and team building to companies such as Lucent, American Express, Wells Fargo Bank and teaches at the Stanford Business School. She has spoken to thousands of teenagers, the National Guard, at Girl Scout Camp, and even to prison inmates.
Marcia has written four books and is the founder of Dream Coach University®, where she trains coaches and leaders. She has often appeared on Oprah and The Today Show and is featured in her own national PBS television special entitled Making Your Dreams Come True. As a former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she has been in the White House often where she has met three U.S. presidents. And although she doesn't drink it, she is the winner of the Chivas Regal Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Hall of Fame Emcee
Hope Miller recently retired from Raytheon where she was the California Engineering Director for Raytheon Network Centric Systems. Her organization was comprised of up to 1000 engineers developing large-scale, software-intensive systems. She was in the aerospace business for 34 years at Rockwell International, Hughes Electronics and Raytheon Corporation. She has broad experience in software and systems development and management for missile, torpedo, radar, communications, and command and control systems. A key focus in her career has been quality excellence and process improvement. Her Engineering Organization at Raytheon, Fullerton was one of the top in the world in process maturity, having received the highest ratings ever awarded in three back to back assessments. Ms. Miller was a Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist and in 2003 received the Raytheon Distinguished Corporate Quality Award for her activities in process improvement. Her focus now is to help individuals and organizations use industry tools to develop and meet their goals.
At Raytheon, Ms. Miller founded the women's network, Winning Opportunities for Women (WOW!Net), was a champion for the Fullerton Diversity Council and sponsored the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Days. She is currently on the Leadership Council for Information and Computer Science at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and is on the new Outreach Board whose mission is to encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in computer science. She has been a Mentor for WITI, California State University Fullerton Compass Program, UCI and Orangethorpe Elementary School Leading Ladies. With her husband, Dr. Bruce Miller, Ms. Miller co-owns MILCOM Consulting which specializes in engineering and management services. Hope is active in community service in Orange County, California in many organizations that champion women, minorities, and children, and provide support for the arts and music.
As the executive editor of Optimize, Patty Brown is responsible for working with editor-in-chief Brian Gillooly and the Optimize team to establish editorial direction, manage editorial operations and develop content across the magazine, its online resources and executive programs. Previously editor-in-chief of aviationnow.com, Ms. Brown is a CMP veteran, writing and editing for such publications as CommunicationsWeek (later InternetWeek), as well as serving as the managing editor/news of tele.com magazine. Prior to joining CMP in 1994, she was an editor at Phillips Publishing and worked in broadcasting. Ms. Brown holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in non-fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Sharon Brindley is vice president for public sector and healthcare sales at Lexmark International, Inc., a progressive technology consulting company and the world's second largest developer and manufacturer of printers and printing-related software and solutions. Over the course of her 25-year career with Lexmark and its parent company, IBM, Ms. Brindley has held numerous management positions, and enjoyed an extraordinary degree of success and upward mobility in an industry dominated by men. She had become highly adept at navigating the intricacies of both Lexmark culture and the IT industry to further the interests of the business and her own professional aspirations.
Ms. Brindley is active in women's leadership and social issues, both within Lexmark and nationally. She is a member of Lexmark's multidivisional Council on Diversity and serves as a mentor and role model within the company, not just for women, but for any individual interested in learning what it takes to be successful in business while effectively balancing work, family and community life.
Nadia Boulos Campbell
Nadia Campbell is the Vice President of Extend Fertility. She leads Extend's sales and marketing effort, focusing on educating women about the options available to them in fertility preservation. In addition, she is responsible for building Extend's infrastructure, operations and client care systems to ensure that Extend's clients are provided a world-class fertility preservation experience.
Prior to joining Extend Fertility, Campbell spent six years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., a leading international investment bank. During her tenure in sales and marketing, Campbell was responsible for developing and managing relationships with some of the largest financial institutions in the world. Campbell also worked for two years on the management team of the Private Wealth groups in Zurich and London, where she helped to build and manage the rapidly growing international private client services business.
Ms. Campbell has an active interest in bringing business experience and skills to public organizations and has most recently received a Public Service Award for Distinguished Achievement from the City of Needham for her efforts to improve the public school district's communication and reporting capabilities. She received a BA in economics from Harvard University in 1996 and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2002.
Daphne Carmeli has over 16 years hi-tech product management, product marketing, business development, and channel marketing experience, most recently as Vice President of Marketing at Netscape/America Online (AOL). While at Netscape/AOL, Ms. Carmeli played a key role in repositioning and revitalizing Netscape from a browser company into an enterprise software company, driving efforts that grew the E-Commerce Application Division from $5M to over $70M in 18 months.
Prior to Netscape/AOL, Ms. Carmeli was Director of Marketing at Healtheon/WebMD where she pioneered the marketing and business model for the first true transaction-based B2B platform. In the process, she secured the first key customers and business alliances. She previously held marketing management positions at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Logica Data Architects. Ms. Carmeli received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with BS in Mathematics.
Niko Clifford is the Executive Director of Girls For A Change. In this position she has raised over $500K, secured over 20 corporate partners, over 50 political partners, cultivated 300 volunteers and expansive local and national media coverage. Under her leadership, Girls For A Change has served nearly 2,000 young women in the last two years. She has received honors for her work with GFC from The Women's High Tech Coalition and the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group. Ms. Clifford has been selected as a Draper Richards Foundation Fellow which comes with a $300,000 organizational grant.
Previously, Ms. Clifford was a director at Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. She founded the Silicon Valley Girls Coalition and was one of the authors of the Women and Girls 2000 & Beyond Strategies for Success report published in 2001 by the Office of Women's Advocacy. With several years of experience in media relations, Ms. Clifford has directed marketing campaigns for organizations such as Nokia. In January 1999, she co-founded Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, a national organization that promotes women with socially-conscious agendas to reach high positions of leadership in business, government, and not-for-profit work. She was selected to bring Girls For a Change into the Women's Technology Clusters' Social Entrepreneurs Incubator. She has spoken about social entrepreneurship and women's leadership at The Haas Business School, The Stanford Graduate School of Business, Simmons College, Tufts University, The Social Enterprise Alliance, The Commonwealth Club and The National Women's Leadership Coalition.
Angela Coluzzi is currently the Director of Systems Integration Services within the Education Technology Services Department of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), Florida. BCPS is the nation's fifth largest and the largest fully accredited school district. She has worked in the District for over 18 years in various technology training and managerial positions. She is responsible for supporting over 220 school sites in designing, installing, integrating and maintaining the communication infrastructure and all associated technologies supported by the District. BCPS has over 270,000 students of a diverse multicultural/multi-ethnic population with students from 159 countries.
Debra Condren, Ph.D.
Dr. Debra Condren is a psychologist and business coach who has worked with Fortune 500 companies and with mom-and-pop operations. She has counseled more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, and students on how to not only survive but thrive in the workplace. Dr. Condren's coaching advice has been featured on Fox News Live, Good Day New York, NPR's Morning Edition, Canadian CBC Television and in Working Mother, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Inc., Entrepreneur, Seventeen and Newsday, among others. Her consulting firm, Manhattan Business Coaching, serves clients in all 50 states. The U.S. Small Business Administration honored her with its 'Women in Business Advocate of the Year 2000' award in recognition of her work as founder of the Women's Business Alliance. Her forthcoming book, based on interviews with 500 high-achieving women, is entitled Naked Ambition: Overcoming Socially Sanctioned Self-Sabotage to Unleash Your Full Potential.
Dr. Condren invites WITI participants to sign up to receive her free monthly 'Unleash Ambition on Your Own Terms' electronic newsletter which includes information on upcoming '60-Minute Expert Briefs' phone seminars. Sign up at: www.WomensBusinessAlliance.org or www.ManhattanBusinessCoaching.com.
Helen Leah Conroy
Helen Leah Conroy is a lawyer who specializes in structuring, negotiating and drafting contracts of all kinds for technology companies. Her client list includes companies with annual revenues of between $20 million and over $1 billion. She negotiates with companies of all sizes and bargaining strength, including Yahoo, American Express, Credit Suisse First Boston, HP, CNet, State Farm, SAP, Macromedia, JP Morgan Chase, Prudential, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, MapQuest and eBay.
Ms. Conroy graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law. After 18 years of practice within law firms, most recently as a partner with a large national firm, she started her own practice in 2001. In her early years as an attorney, she tried--and settled through negotiation--dozens of commercial cases. She is a regular speaker on the topics of contract negotiations and intellectual property to business and professional association meetings and conferences nationwide, and has recently published in California Business Law Practitioner an article on the dangers of using email in business negotiations. When not advising clients on contract law matters, Ms. Conroy is a Little League Umpire.
Maureen Conway is Vice President for HP's Emerging Market Solutions. In this role, she is responsible for leading HP's pioneering approach in applying business model and technology innovation to address social and economic development needs in emerging economies. This work has been recognized by RSA President Thabo Mbeki as valuable in "enabling South Africa to move forward faster with their development goals". Ms. Conway is also chartered with generating new, significant business growth and solution commercialization for HP in these economies.
Since joining HP in 1989, she has held various HP management positions. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Conway was Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsible for the strategic direction of HP's information-systems activities. She received a 2002 Solomon Smith Barney CIO of the Year Award. Prior to joining HP, Ms. Conway spent twenty years in technical management positions at Bell Laboratories, Computer Corporation of America and Apollo Computer. She is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, serves on the advisory board of the Center for Science, Technology & Society at Santa Clara University, and has been a featured speaker in the Michael Hammers Series on Innovation.
Kerry Cullen assumed the leadership for continuing to develop human resources technology tools and automating HR processes at Raytheon in September 2001. Her focus has been on the continued development of desktopHR, employee and manager self-service tools, and additional functionality of PeopleSoft and HRMS data warehouse technologies. She also leads the HRMS work for additional PeopleSoft conversions and streamlining our compliance processes.
Ms. Cullen has over twenty years of Raytheon IT technical and managerial experience. Her last assignment as eBusiness Director for C3I IT ensured that IT was addressing the businesses strategic issues to enable productivity and cost opportunities to foster growth in C3I. Previous to that she managed IT Services for Raytheon's Eastern region, serving over 20,000 customers with a staff of 256. Ms. Cullen had also worked with human resources in a previous role as corporate IT account manager for human resources, legal and ethics departments.
Cheryl Dahle is an author and freelance journalist who writes about social change. She joined the start-up Fast Company magazine as employee number 24 in 1997. She spent four years there as a senior writer covering women in business, innovation and social entrepreneurship. Recently, as a contributing writer to Fast Company, Ms. Dahle spearheaded the magazine's 2004 Social Capitalist project, leading the development of a process to select the top social entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Her first book No Horizon is So Far (Da Capo 2003), chronicles the story of the first two women in history to cross Antarctica on foot - a feat the former schoolteachers took on as a way to inspire children to follow their dreams. The two established on online education program around goal setting and achieving dreams that reached more than three million kids.
Colleen Edwards is vice president of marketing for Foundstone, a pioneer in enterprise vulnerability management software. Responsible for driving awareness and generating demand in the emerging security software market, Ms. Edwards and her team have helped Foundstone achieve record revenues and an enviable market leadership position. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Ms. Edwards has served in leadership roles at global companies including Fujitsu, FileNet, McKesson and Wickes. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University and bachelor's in business administration/marketing from San Diego State University. A dedicated wife, mother and executive, Ms. Edwards balances a successful career and family life and is passionate about helping other women achieve their goals.
Karen Foreman is Sr. Manager Systems Engineering for the Integrated Communication Systems (ICS) systems engineering department within the Florida Engineering Systems Engineering Center at Raytheon. Ms. Foreman has more than 22 years of contribution to the field of systems engineering in defense communications applications, including products, services, and systems. She joined Raytheon in 1982 as a components engineer, eventually transferring to systems engineering. Throughout her career she has supported multiple programs, including all aspects of the systems engineering life cycle from new business pursuit and capture to operations and support. Her current area of responsibility includes management of the ICS systems engineering department providing functional engineering leadership and senior staff support for the Florida Engineering Systems Engineering Center.
Ms. Foreman led the effort that successfully deployed a formal mentoring program at the St. Petersburg site. Additionally, she actively participates in the site Women's Initiative Network (WIN) as an alumni member of the leadership team. In January 2004 Raytheon Corporate submitted her as a candidate for the Society of Women Engineers 2004 Achievement Award.
After a couple of years as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles, Diana Forbes created the "Gadget Grrl" character in 1996. The advent of the new medium, the Internet allowed her to do two things she loved, be funny and talk about technology. Considered the Technoscout of gadgets, she presents technology to her audience in a fun and entertaining way. Covering everything from Hepa vacuum cleaners to MP3 players, she loves sharing the latest and greatest with consumers.
Her "Gadget Grrl" column runs both online and in print with a circulation of 3 million readers. She appears on national and local television shows featuring live demos of the latest trends in consumer products.
As Vice President of Global Sales for Biz360, Amy Guarino manages the sales team; develops direct, alliance, and channel sales strategies; and helps evaluate future market opportunities. Before assuming this role, Ms. Guarino served as Vice President of Alliances. Prior to joining Biz360, she was Director of Worldwide Channel Sales at Latitude; Director of Corporate and Worldwide Channel Sales at iPass; and held executive positions at AlterEgo Networks and Silicon Graphics. Ms. Guarino also spent thirteen years at IBM in sales and channel management. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame. She is a board member for the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals - Silicon Valley Chapter; she founded the Notre Dame Technology Forum; was President of the Notre Dame Club of San Francisco Bay Area; and was recently elected to the Notre Dame National Alumni Association.
Dr. Joan Hangarter
Dr. Joan Hangarter, successful speaker, author, coach, and Doctor of Chiropractic, did everything right. She got the degree, moved and created a thriving and successful career as a Chiropractor in Berkeley, CA, and coached chiropractors throughout the country. Dr. Joan was a single working mother with two wonderful kids, a house with housekeeper, Range Rover, disability insurance, private schools, the works. Then the unthinkable happened, and an injury to her neck and shoulder prevented her from working at her chosen profession. After 2 years on disability, her insurance carrier wrongly terminated her benefits and she lost everything through no fault of her own (the jury agreed but more about that story later). Finding herself homeless, with 2 children to support, Dr. Joan needed a miracle. She found it in herself and her children when they created the Miracle Maker's Club and started the journey back to the life she loved. She shares the discovery of her power to recreate her life in her book Make Your Life A Miracle. She will inspire you to create a game plan to achieve your innermost dreams and create your most outrageous success.
Susan Harrow is a marketing strategist & media coach who works extensively with Fortune 500 CEOs, executives, coaches, Internet millionaires, elite e-businesses, successful entrepreneurs, and best-selling authors. She's author of Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul: A Woman's Guide to Promoting Herself, Her Business, or Her Cause with Integrity & Spirit (HarperCollins), The Ultimate Guide to Getting Booked on Oprah, (www.bookedonoprah.com) and the upcoming How You Can Get a 6-Figure Book Advance.
Ms. Harrow has media coached and created marketing campaigns for people who have appeared on Oprah, CBS's 60 Minutes, Dateline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Extra!, Donny & Marie, Larry King Live, Maury Povich, CNN, CSPAN and in TIME, Inc, Fortune, USA Today, Parade, People magazine, O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others. She has been featured, profiled or quoted in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Women's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, Entrepreneur, Salon Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today online, The Orlando Sentinel, and Investor's Business Daily, and on NPR, national/syndicated TV and radio. Get her complimentary monthly newsletter, 60 Second Secrets (a $197 value), at www.prsecrets.com.
Elizabeth Harz joined Yahoo! in July 2003 as the company's Category Development Officer for technology, responsible for driving sales of technology and telecommunications clients. She leads Yahoo!'s sales team, focusing on delivering essential advertising solutions for Fortune 500 technology companies. Additionally, she is responsible for Yahoo!'s investment in services for the technology and telecommunications industries, ranging from relevant industry research and insights to developing solutions and events for marketers within these industries.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Ms. Harz spent nearly ten years with CNET and ZDNet, most recently as CNET's senior vice president of sales. In this position, she managed a sales team focused on business-to-business technology accounts, selling the breadth of CNET's advertising products including online, email, print, radio, broadband and white papers both domestically and internationally. She was a member of CNET/ZDNet executive sales integration committee which architected a new sales structure to maximize the CNET-ZDNet merger. Ms. Harz also served as ZDNet's general manager for business-to-business offerings, and prior to her online work, held sales positions at Ziff Davis Publishing on PC Magazine.
Diana E. Hoffman
Diana Hoffman is the CEO, President and Founder of EnviroSystems, Inc. She founded EnviroSystems in 1996 to develop and commercialize technologies that reduce or prevent infectious disease without harming the environment. Ms. Hoffman established this dynamic company, attracting a first-rate management team and the financing necessary to launch its revolutionary new product, EcoTru®, the first hard-surface, hospital-grade disinfectant that brings infection control and safety together. EcoTru® is the first in a series of new products that are in different stages of development that meet the mission of EnviroSystems.
Ms. Hoffman has over twenty years of business experience advising and actively participating in both start-up and established high-tech and bio-medical companies on domestic and international policy and operational issues. She has been honored by President Bush to participate in the Corporate Responsibility Panel at the 2002 Economic Summit in Waco, Texas. In March of 2002, the White House recognized EnviroSystems' contribution to the disaster relief efforts at the World Trade Center and the bio-terrorism crisis. Ms. Hoffman was selected to be one of the 15 corporate executives for the trade mission to Mexico led by Secretary of Commerce, Donald L. Evans to promote NAFTA and trade relations between the United States and Mexico. She plays an active role in such organizations as Homeland Defense [CA Defense Advisory Committee chair], Univ. of Calif. Davis ERAB [External Research Advisory Board], National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, Alliance of CEO's, C200 Growing Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program, Council On Competitiveness, and US Women's Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Hoffman holds a J.D. from Lincoln University Law School and a BA from San Francisco State University.
Arlyn J. Imberman
Arlyn J. Imberman's career as a professional graphologist was inevitable, given her keen interest in human nature. Throughout her career, first as as a social worker serving the Inner London Education Authority, then as Research Project Coordinator at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center, and later as Vice President of Human Resources at Franklin Stores, she has pursued her interest in graphology. In 1990, after a rigorous three-year study of graphology with the distinguished gestalt graphologist Felix Klein, Ms. Imberman founded Emerging Image, Inc. to provide a breadth of graphology-based human resources services to U.S.-based corporations. In 1993, she was awarded a grant, in conjunction with New York University, for a two-year research study on entrepreneurship in handwriting. This research, which has been widely heralded as the definitive work on the subject, is featured in the business chapter of her book Signature for Success: How to Analyze Handwriting and Improve Your Career, Your Relationships and Your Life (Andrews McMeel, 2003).
Ms. Imberman is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and the American committee for the Weitzmann Institute of Science. She is Vice President Emeritus of the National Society of Graphology and was the first graphologist to address students of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and New York University alumni.
Diana Kapp is a San Francisco-based freelance writer focusing on cultural trends. She has published recent stories on the marriage delay, fertility panic and cyber-dating. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Kapp worked as a legislative correspondent for Senator Donald Riegle, in press and investor relations for a Bay Area biotechnolgy start-up, and as a strategist for San Francisco ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners working primarily for Nike and Pottery Barn. She received her MBA from Stanford, after which she decided that Stanford's moniker "poet" for her and other non-quantitative students was more than appropriate and began writing full-time. She is a regular contributor to San Francisco Magazine and has written features for Elle Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. She published a piece on Christy Jones and her egg freezing business Extend Fertility in Elle this April.
Liz Kerton is Founder and Managing Director of The Kerton Group, an internationally recognized consulting firm in the wireless telecommunications industry. She provides insightful, expert analysis and consulting to carriers and related companies - such as SKTelecom, British Telecom, Bouygues Telecom, IP Wireless and others. Her expertise is distinguished in widely distributed industry reports, articles, lectures across North America and Europe, and frequent quotes in international press and trade publications.
After several years in the telecom industry, where she had been responsible for marketing many new businesses - from venture-funded startups and new high-tech products to new corporate divisions, Ms. Kerton began to specialize in wireless telecom and started her own consulting business. In over five years in the wireless space, she has launched dozens of products and companies. She also manages the Service Provider Investment Forum, a monthly forum for the investment arms of wireless and wired carriers worldwide; the Global UMTS TDD Alliance, a worldwide organization that supports the adoption of TDD for broadband wireless access; and she sits on the board of WiFinder, the world's premier independent registry of WiFi hotspots.
Amy Jo 'AJ' Kim
Amy Jo 'AJ' Kim is an internationally-known designer of networked social environments. She's founder and principal of SocialDesigner.Net (formerly NAIMA), a design studio specializing in networked products and services for clients like Electronic Arts, eBay, NetFlix, and the BBC.
Formerly, she was the VP Social Architecture for There Inc, a virtual worlds platform and services company and Producer/Designer for Paramount's Advanced Product Design lab, where she developed online service prototypes for MTV, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Studios. Prior to that she was a software geek -- she developed multimedia database interfaces for Sun Microsystems and NASA Ames Research Center and designed signal-processing software for neurophysiology experiments. Ms. Kim is best-known as the author of Community Building on the Web, a strategic design handbook for growing networked communities that's available in 7 languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) and has become required reading in game design studios and univerity classes.
Kimberly King-Burns is the senior and founding partner of convergenz/solutions, with expertise spanning marketing, communications, journalism, and electronic media in the entertainment, digital media, e-government, community development and technology industries. The scope of Ms. King-Burns' background in communications includes expertise in corporate and crisis counseling, issues management, multicultural diversity campaigns, marketing communications, and media relations, with a specific focus on electronic commerce, multimedia, film, cable, and telecommunications.
In addition to developing the convergenz/solutions pedigree as a noted guerrilla positioning shop, Ms. King-Burns is frequently invited to speak at new media conferences around the country to underscore the development and use of the Internet around the world as a social, educational and cultural tool, based on her continuing work with multinational programs in general and local schools, "safe" houses and computer workshops in empowerment zones around the United States and overseas in particular.
Ms. King-Burns has founded several community portals online, including the popular Bahamas-specific Briland Modem located at www.briland.com, and is presently developing NetworkBahamas and CaribeNetwork.com, business development, information and education B2B resources for the countries of the Bahamas and Caribbean region. The Briland Modem, and its not-for-profit foundation The Briland Modem Fund, currently manages and develops public/private sector community technology centers for children, youth and adults in tandem with local government on Harbour Island; Bluff-Hatchet Bay-Rock Sound-Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera; with plans to continue the rollout of such centers in the southernmost Out Islands of the Bahamas.
Alison Lingane has extensive experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, with a focus on using the tools of business to address social needs. Highlights from her background include: developing and launching Benetech's Bookshare.org service, the world's largest library of downloadable ebooks for people with disabilities; co-founding the Global Social Venture Competition, a world-class competition for businesses with a social or environmental mission at their core; and teaching young people about business management by operating small businesses. She currently manages Bookshare.org, one of Benetech's leading products. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Lisa MacKenzie, publisher of CMP Media's CRN, is considered a visionary in the channel market. With more than 20 years of sales and marketing expertise, Ms. MacKenzie is the guiding force behind the number one publication for VARS and technology integrators. CRN is also considered one of the top two publications in the information technology industry, and thanks to Ms. MacKenzie's leadership, the CRN brand saw 15% growth in 2003 in a market that grew roughly 1%. Through her extensive knowledge and experience, Ms. MacKenzie works with information technology companies to develop successful channel strategies and grow their business.
Previously, Ms. MacKenzie held various channel sales and marketing positions, most notably as a senior manager in the technical products marketing division at Ingram Micro, the largest ($15.2 billion) worldwide distributor of technology products and services. In this role, MacKenzie worked closely with networking and UNIX vendors to create customized go-to-market strategies.
Jan McDaniel is Director of Marketing Services for the SMB target across all product/services categories for HP, and in this role she manages the overall brand experience, advertising, web marketing, sales tools and collateral. Ms. MsDaniel joined HP fifteen years ago to build HP Services' first worldwide communications team driving positioning, PR, analyst relations and advertising. After joining HP's Personal Systems Group, she ran the communication, business development and training function for this $3Billion organization. When Carly Fiorina joined HP and asked for a sharper focus on the customer, HP formed the Business Customer Organization (BCO) and Consumer Business Organization (CBO). Ms. McDaniel lead the new BCO worldwide communication function focusing on brand and advertising activities for all of HP's B2B products. After the merger of Compaq and HP, she was appointed Director for the Personal System's Group brand and advertising function for HP and Compaq brands across both business and consumer targets.
Ms. McDaniel is an IT veteran having worked in high tech for over 25 years. Prior to joining HP, Jan was World Wide Marketing manager for a management consulting company whose clients included Oracle, HP, Apple, and IBM. She is a graduate of the University of California and attended the University of Pacific law school.
Dr. Pat Tinsley McGill
Dr. Pat Tinsley McGill has earned international recognition as an expert and innovator in the use of technology to increase access to education resources. The focus of her distinguished career has been on the good that technology can do - good for children, families, communities, schools, and more. As founder of Mousetime Media LLC, she is continuing her career-long quest to support technology-smart living and learning across all economic and demographic profiles.
Dr. Tinsley McGill founded the first private satellite network in the U.S. to serve public schools, founded and served as Executive Editor of the first print and online guide to nationally distributed distance learning resources, and established some of the earliest rural community technology centers in the nation. She has worked as a consultant to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), public and private corporations, the World Bank, and numerous other nonprofit organizations. Her work with the World Bank focused on establishing a satellite- and Internet-based university to serve villages in Sub-Saharan African countries. She has been a featured speaker at conferences across the United States and in China, Europe, and Africa. She is also a university lecturer and a published author who has contributed to numerous articles, books, and research reports.
Randy Methven is a senior facilitator and executive coach, whose talents beautifully mesh with On Your Mark's reason for being. She has a superb track record in helping executives produce breakthroughs in the productivity and effectiveness of their people. For more than 25 years, Randy has served as an educator, consultant, senior executive, and curriculum and program leader for global businesses and educational institutions. She has designed and led training and development programs for over 100,000 people worldwide.
S. Joy Mountford
S. Joy Mountford has been designing and managing interface design efforts for over 25 years. Her experience encompasses a range of innovative and pioneering interface developments on different user systems from airplanes to PCs to consumer electronics. In 2000, she started her own interaction design company, idbias, which provides clients with UI design, prototyping expertise, as well as user evaluation. Her clients range from banks, libraries, museums to other service based industries. Between 1994-2000, she was a senior manager at Interval Research Corporation, leading application teams to develop new consumer based musical products. Previous to this, she was the manager of the highly acclaimed Human Interface Group at Apple Computer. Joy initiated the international Interface Design Project in 1992 and has continued to run it successfully for 14 years. This effort enables her to work closely in shaping the research directions of many international graduate schools in innovating interaction designs within physical or ubiquitous computing. She runs this project currently for Microsoft and Mattel.
Susan Pohl has been a consultant specializing in the Human Resources areas of organizational assessment, training and coaching for over twenty years. She specializes in consulting with leaders and teams to develop and communicate clear and relevant business objectives. Ms. Pohl has worked with executives from a variety of companies and cultures on all aspects of leadership training and coaching on interpersonal skills. Her current consulting practice focuses on individuals who are facing life transitions and helping them discern new paths and create alternative choices.
Prior to her work as a consultant, Ms. Pohl worked as a Director of Human Resources at Taligent, a software development joint venture sponsored by Apple, IBM and Hewlett Packard. In this position she focused on the development and implementation human resources strategies for successful cultural assimilation in mergers and acquisitions.
Caterina Rando helps entrepreneurs and businesswomen attract clients with ease and become recognized as experts. She is a busy, professional success speaker, a master certified coach and author of the award winning best-seller "Learn to Power Think," published by Chronicle books. She is also featured as a success expert in four other leading business books: Get Clients Now, The 11 Habits of Wildly Successful Women, Get Slightly Famous and The NAFE Guide to Starting Your Own Business.
Ms. Rando has recently been selected as a business expert for Staples.com. She is a longtime columnist for the Bay Area Businesswoman's newspaper and writes monthly for more websites, magazines and newspapers than she can keep track of. Her media appearances include NBC News, Romanian radio and Moscow television.
Amanda Reed joined Palomar Ventures in 2001 after building a successful career in early stage technology companies. She is one of four partners currently investing Palomar II, a $220M early stage venture fund focused on the information technology market. Her operating career has included leadership roles in companies spanning 15 years of technology trends. She began her career in sales during the desktop computing revolution of the mid-80's while at Businessland. In 1995, she participated in the early development of e-commerce and the internet as a VP of Marketing and Business Development at Connect, Inc. In 1999, she joined the founding team in the web services and operations business at LogicTier, where she held the position of SVP of Strategy & Development. Currently, Ms. Reed invests in entrepreneurs building software and related technology companies in California and other western states. She serves on the boards of Attensity, Silver Creek Systems, and Voxify.
Betsy Rosenberg is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked with the CBS Radio News network for the past 18 years, working as a reporter and anchor on KCBS, Northern California's top-rated news station, as well as a national anchor for CBS Radio News in New York. In 1997 she launched Trash Talk, sixty-second segments focusing on what consumers can do in their daily lives to live lighter on the planet. On the fifth anniversary of the program, and after winning a half dozen awards for this innovative feature at the local, regional, and national levels, Ms. Rosenberg changed the name to EcoTalk to better reflect the broadened scope of her story coverage. While the program began with tips on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle solid waste, it has evolved into a program that chronicles the entire spectrum of "green" living. Ms. Rosenberg was reporting on trends in energy conservation, green building, renewables, electronic waste, fuel efficiency, sustainable agriculture and much more, long before it was covered by the mainstream media.
In addition to offering "sound solutions for a healthier planet", Ms. Rosenberg is active in a number of organizations, including her synagogue where she was instrumental in the hiring of a "green" architect to renovate, rather than rebuild, a new sanctuary. She is leading a national gasroots campaign to educate Americans about the unsafe aspects of driving gas-guzzling and rollover-prone "family" vehicles and as of Spring 2004, she is also a nationally syndicated talk show host for Air America Radio.
JoAnne Saunders is currently the Director of Engineering for Raytheon's Information Technology Systems business located in Landover, Maryland. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Saunders has held various positions within Raytheon, including Managing Director of the Raytheon Consulting Group based in Troy, Michigan and Director of Engineering for Commercial Simulation and Training Operations based in Arlington, Texas. Ms. Saunders hold a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Biola University, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Patricia Schnaidt is a founder and principle at BaySide Media. With specialized expertise in IT for enterprise, small business and service provider markets, BaySide Media creates customized content that connects communities, builds markets and sells products. Ms. Schnaidt's unique expertise in editorial and publishing helps her maximize the connection between IT buyers and IT marketers.
Ms. Schnaidt's has more than 15 years experience in IT media. As VP/Publisher of CMP Media's InternetWeek, she built a media platform of print, online, events and research for corporate and IT managers deploying Internet technologies in their enterprises. She has held top publishing and editorial positions at Network Computing, Windows Magazine and LAN Magazine. Under her leadership, Network Computing redefined the industry standard for enterprise IT product testing. As founding editorial director of Miller Freeman's Network Group, Schnaidt launched and directed several technology publications and was the editor-in-chief of LAN Magazine. She has written hundreds of articles, lectured extensively, and authored "Enterprise-wide Networking" (Prentice-Hall).
As Founder and President of the Institute for Women's Leadership, Rayona Sharpnack is accountable for the vision and integrity of both the Institute and its programs. She is committed to IWL "walking its talk" in the areas of generosity, empowerment, relationship-building, thriving on diversity and being customer-focused. Currently, she leads all of the Institute's programs and is busy training others to deliver courses full of value and impact.
Ms. Sharpnack frequently gives keynote speeches and has presented the Institute's groundbreaking work on women's leadership throughout the United States and in Australia, Brazil, and Canada. She has also worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies and with non-profits in the advancement of women's leadership. She is committed to encouraging her audiences toward new ways of thinking, enabling them to powerfully fulfill commitments and to reliably produce breakthrough results.
Heidi Sinclair is a highly respected 20-year technology industry veteran who is in her second stint with Burson_Marsteller. As Global Chairman, Technology, she spearheads the work of over 350 people working on technology clients such as Hewlett-Packard, SAP, Qualcomm, iflex Solutions, and Alcatel, in over fifty countries. She also is a member of the Executive Board.
Ms. Sinclair initially joined B-M in 1994 as a Senior Vice President in the Los Angeles office. She brought with her through a public relations background, having already served as Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Borland and Lotus Development Corporation, on the corporate side, and as head of the technology groups at Hill & Knowlton, Ketchum Communications and Regis McKenna, on the agency side. She left B-M in 1996 to serve as Managing Director for International Creative Management, where she built and managed the agency's New Media and Corporate Divisions. In 2001, Ms. Sinclair returned to Burson_Marsteller to lead the technology practice through the tough economic storm. She successfully transitioned the company through this time, and built a powerful technology team and client base.
Ms. Sinclair is a four-time Young Entrepreneur award winner and a former member of the Software Publisher's Association Business Board of Directors. Having been profiled in dozens of media stories, including Newsweek, Fortune and PBS, she has been the recipient of various communications and marketing honors.
Amy Sklar is the online publishing director for CMP Media, where she works with all of CMP's online business units to develop successful marketing programs. Ms. Sklar brings to this position more than twelve years of experience in online and offline media sales, product development, and product positioning. Ms. Sklar was recently promoted to this position after serving as managing director for three years to the TechWeb Network, the leading online information source for business technology managers. Working closely with TechWeb's award-winning editorial teams, Ms. Sklar shaped the Network to be the leading provider in the business to business enterprise market. She delivered complementary products, research, and services to enable business technology professionals to make informed decisions about technology purchases and implementation.
Ms. Sklar spoke at the DoubleClick Insight 2002 Worldwide Conference and the b2b eMedia Expo and Conference in September 2001. She was also one of three honored with the 2002 United Business Media's (CMP Media's parent company) Innovation Award.
Marilyn Tam has had an extraordinarily diverse life, from her beginnings in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong to her meteoric rise through the executive ranks of the international business world to become an influential corporate leader, speaker, consultant, author, and highly respected philanthropist. Her long, distinguished background includes prominent executive roles at numerous of world-class companies, including Aveda, Reebok, Nike, May Department Stores, Britannia Sportswear, Miller's Outpost and in founding internet and software companies. Marilyn's wisdom and skills are drawn from managing branded consumer goods companies and also include the successful management and launch of internet based consumer and business software companies.
In 1994, Marilyn was awarded The Reebok Human Rights Award for her humanitarian work. A founding member of the World Peace 2000 Network, she is committed to the belief that philanthropy is integral to and provides an essential balance and relevance to her work. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Us Foundation (www.usfoundation.org), whose mission is to facilitate global action plans and dialogue to address social, economic and environmental issues. Us Foundation is one of the partners for United Nations' Habitat-II. She was also nominated as a candidate for the "Best Practice Award" from the United Nations' Habitat-II. She served for five years on the international board of The Reebok Human Rights Awards with former President Jimmy Carter; renowned musicians Peter Gabriel and Sting; Chairman of the Special Olympics, Rafer Johnson; along with many other distinguished members.
In her latest achievement, How to Use What You've Got to Get What You Want (April 2003, Jodere Group), Marilyn joins her business acumen with her goal of giving back to light the way for others who may think they do not have what they need to succeed. In this powerful book, Marilyn shares the insights and four simple principles that have made her an international success story, and, most importantly, a person at peace with herself.
Wendy Wallbridge, a pioneer in the coaching field, has worked with thousands of individuals to help them gain clarity of purpose, and unlock their power and creativity to make their mark in the world. Her talent in guiding others to reinvent themselves emerged from her fourteen-year struggle with lupus, a life-threatening blood disease, and subsequent kidney transplant. She is a sought after motivational speaker who has presented for the National Kidney Foundation and the Commonwealth Club. She is frequently interviewed by members of the print media including Fortune Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times.
Ms. Wallbridge founded On Your Mark Corporate Coaching in 1993 when she saw the need for individuals to create careers that were both meaningful to them and met the changing needs in the marketplace. Today, On Your Mark works with Fortune 100 leaders and teams to rise above challenges and create breakthrough outcomes. Her clients have included: Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo and SBC. Ms. Wallbridge is also an enthusiastic supporter of non-profits and volunteers her time with the Women's Donors Network, Rachel's Network, and the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts.
Beth Williams is Founder and President of TechTrans International, Inc., a leading language services firm and the exclusive provider of language services for the International Space Station program. TechTrans offers premium interpretation, translation, logistics and language training services to government and private-sector clients. Before founding TechTrans in 1993, Beth worked for the Lunar and Planetary Institute as Director of New Initiatives, where she headed up the project to locate, design and build the Institute's new Center for Information and Research Services. She has also worked as a technology editor in the medical publications industry and a residential and commercial real estate broker.
Beth is currently one of ten Houston-area women honored as "Women on the Move" by Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle. She is a member of the Board of Directors for American Pacific Corporation.
Marilyn Wilson is President of Wilson-Victor Associates. Her global firm focuses on helping clients dramatically increase profitability by launching new businesses, new divisions and new products. She is a seasoned executive with proven strengths in marketing, sales, product development and general management.
Previously, Ms. Wilson served as the Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Product Development for Fisher-Price toys, where she contributed to the top-line and bottom-line growth of one of the top four brands in the world today. After leaving Fisher-Price, Ms. Wilson became CEO of Surveyor Corporation, a leading provider of web camera software and services before accepting her current position. Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Cornell University. She frequently lectures at universities and conferences, and she is a contributor to Reuters and the highly successful management book At The Helm. She serves on The Central Coast Venture Forum.
Pamela Yanchik is currently Senior Director of Business and Scientific Solutions in Genentech's Corporate Information Technology department, where she is responsible for application implementation and development for the entire enterprise. She works extensively with her internal customer group and partners to develop applications that support the strategy and operations of Genentech's high growth organization. She has more than 20 years experience in various Finance, IT and Operations roles within various industries including biotechnology, chemical, financial services and consulting.
Ms. Yanchik is committed to demonstrating leadership, mentoring and strategic thinking both within Genentech and throughout the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. She is on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Healthcare Business Women's Association (HBA). In 2003, she was named HBA's Rising Star by Genentech. Yanchik is an impressive leader who is recognized throughout the organization as great collaborator and strategic planner. Her insights into the business have helped propel the organization forward, and her inclusive management style has been instrumental in gaining the support and endorsement of everyone with whom she works.
Kyle Zimmer and two colleagues founded First Book in 1992, distributing 12,000 books in three communities. Three years later, Ms. Zimmer began serving full time as President of First Book. During the intervening years, she has steered First Book's rapid growth to its current level of activity. Over the past three years alone, First Book has provided over 20 million new books to children in hundreds of communities. In addition, First Book has successfully launched several new subsidiaries, including The First Book National Book Bank and First Artists, and is developing plans for international expansion. In 2003, Forbes Magazine named First Book one of ten "Gold Star" Charities and Fast Company and Monitor Group chose First Book as an inaugural winner of their Social Capitalist Award for using entrepreneurial genius to solve global issues. In 2004, First Book received a Gold Reggie Award from the Promotional Marketing Association of America for its innovative cause-based marketing campaigns.
Throughout her career, Ms. Zimmer has worked at the intersection of policy, business and social issues. Early in her career, she served in the federal liaison office for Ohio Governor Richard Celeste with a special focus on transportation and natural resources. Ms. Zimmer later became an advisor in the Presidential campaign of Walter Mondale with a particular emphasis on state and local issues in the central region of the country. After graduating from The George Washington University National Law Center, she entered legal practice where she represented a wide spectrum of clients including corporations, state and local governmental entities, and the Navajo Nation in a range of issue areas, including contract negotiations, anti-trust issues, and federal legislative matters. Ms. Zimmer later became the Director of State Affairs for an innovative alliance between major consumer organizations and property and casualty insurance companies. In this capacity, she designed and implemented legislative campaigns in more than twenty states annually.
Gerry Zimmerman is vice president of Quality for Raytheon Company. She is responsible for ISO 9001 and AS 9100 implementation and is the Raytheon ISO Management Representative. She is responsible for Product Assurance across Raytheon Company. Her customer base includes DoD, NASA, commercial, FAA and special government program offices. She is also the primary liaison with DCMA for Quality. She is an active participant in the Aerospace Industry Association's Quality Steering Group and Technical Operations Council. Ms. Zimmerman is a member of the Executive Diversity Council and has been asked to speak on several Society of Women Engineers and Women In Technology International panels.
She has been in the aerospace industry for over 25 years and has held key positions in Software Engineering, Program Management, Quality, Systems Engineering, Proposal Development and Human Resources. Although her undergraduate degree was in accounting and marketing, she was hired at the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in 1977 to work on the Hubble Space Telescope Program as a Systems / Software Engineer. Ms. Zimmerman has an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Senior Professional Certificate in Computer Science. She is a certified Quality Analyst at the Quality Assurance Institute and is a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, where she plays an active role in the Software Engineering Standards Subcommittee.