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Keynotes
Colleen Arnold Cathleen Benko Melissa Dyrdahl Rebecca Rhoads
       
Speakers
Nibha Aggarwal Jody Fennell Jodi Sherman Jahic Sheryl Root
Linda Alepin Stephanie Fohn Elisabeth Marley Koontz Robin Rouse
LaFern Batie Diana Forbes Ellen Levy, Ph.D. Julie Shimer
Sheryle J. Bolton Patricia Franklin Paola Lubet Darlene Solomon
Donna Boyer Kirsten E. Garen JoAnne Miller Glenda Sparling
Claudia Brown Derinda Gaumond Alicia Morga Gaynelle Swann
Constance M. Beutel, Ed.D. Cathy S. Gawne Monica Morse Jessica Switzer
Tiffany Bass Bukow Patricia E. Glovsky Tama Olver Meredith R. Taylor
Teresa H. Carlson Kelly Goto Ann Peckenpaugh Samantha Thomas
Kelly Carnes Carolyn Grossman Anne Pedrero Marlene Tompkins
Gayle Crowell Gerry Hackett Kathryn Perkins Michele Turner
Mary Ann Davidson Lorraine Hariton Margarita Quihuis Margaret Wasserman
Denise De Carlo Cyndie Henrichs Anita Rao Nancie Williams
Anne DeGheest Karen Howe LaVonne Reimer Marilyn Wilson
Juanita Ellis Maha Ibrahim A-Lan Reynolds Gerry Zimmerman

KEYNOTES:

Colleen Arnold Colleen Arnold:
General Manager, Communications Sector, IBM Corporation
Board Member, School of Management, Syracuse University

Colleen Arnold is one of the driving forces behind IBM's philosophy of continuous reinvention, helping the company maintain its position as the world's information technology leader. Ms. Arnold has worldwide responsibility for revenue, profit and customer satisfaction in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and energy and utilities industries. She brings more than twenty years of global leadership expertise and IT customer knowledge to this position.

Ms. Arnold focuses on the expanding market for e-business on demand and leads IBM's efforts in emerging business areas of digital media, wireless computing, and intelligent infrastructure. Previously, as general manager of IBM Global Services Australia and New Zealand, Ms. Arnold led a team that delivered the integrated technology systems that supported the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Ms. Arnold holds a bachelor of science from Nazareth College and an MBA from Syracuse University.

Cathleen Benko Cathleen Benko:
Global e-Business Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Cathleen Benko is the Global e-Business Leader at Deloitte Consulting. For the past 14 years, Cathy has been partnering with business leaders to create and implement strategies that drive greater business-technology performance across a variety of industries.

A respected and accomplished adviser, Cathy has been named one of the industry's 25 Most Influential Consultants as well as a Frontline Leader by Consulting Magazine. She has also been recognized several times-including just recently-by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in the Bay Area. She is the subject of various articles and media productions on business transformation and women in the global business arena.

Cathy has recently co-authored a book entitled Connecting The Dots, along with Professor F. Warren McFarlan of the Harvard Business School. Earning her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (HBS) and Bachelor of Science degree from Ramapo College, Cathy is the past-president and Chairman-elect of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association/NC and is an incoming board member of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation.

Melissa Dyrdahl Melissa Dyrdahl:
Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications, Adobe Systems, Inc.
Board member, San Jose Museum of Art

As a member of Adobe's executive team, Melissa Dyrdahl is responsible for overall corporate positioning, branding and identity, and driving an integrated communication strategy worldwide. Ms. Dyrdahl oversees public relations, advertising, market research, marketing communications, customer and partner marketing, user education and training, and Adobe's community relations efforts.

Before joining the executive staff, Ms. Dyrdahl oversaw worldwide marketing for Adobe's consumer, and small and medium business products, managing product direction and strategy.

Ms. Dyrdahl joined Adobe in 1994 as a founding member of the Home and Office Product Division. Prior to joining Adobe, Dyrdahl was director of worldwide sales operations at Claris Corp., the software subsidiary of Apple Computer Inc., and held several marketing management positions at Hewlett-Packard Company.

Ms. Dyrdahl is an active mentor for WOMEN Unlimited and is a member of Women in Technology International. She attended San Jose State University where she majored in advertising.

Rebecca Rhoads Rebecca R. Rhoads:
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Raytheon Company
AIA e-Business Executive Steering Group
AT&T Executive Client Advisory Council
CIO Editorial Advisory Board.

Rebecca Rhoads is responsible for developing and implementing company-wide information systems and policies at Raytheon, as well as overseeing the technical direction the company is pursuing in the area of information technologies and systems.

Previously, Ms. Rhoads was the vice president of information technology for Raytheon's Electronics Systems business unit. She has also directed engineering organizations in test systems design, systems reliability, safety and product effectiveness engineering, and manufacturing engineering. In all, Ms. Rhoads has compiled more than 23 years of experience within the defense industry. She has also taught electrical engineering classes at the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.

Rhoads earned both her bachelor of arts and master of science in electrical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also earned a master's degree from the executive management program from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business Management.

SPEAKERS:

NIBHA AGGARWAL Nibha Aggarwal:
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, SkyFlow, Inc.

Nibha Aggarwal is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Strategy Officer of SkyFlow, Inc. At Skyflow, she has promoted the development of speech self service technology for enterprises and raised venture capital, developed its marketing strategy, and acquired anchor clients. Previously, she worked at Informix as a Senior Strategy Consultant, helping to define and implement an automated business process system for its sales force. At Wind River Systems, Nibha managed Tornado for DSP, a real-time operating system and tools for embedded DSP chips. As a project leader at Novell, she served as a software engineer to develop application software and graphical user interfaces. Nibha holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and a Bachelors of Electronics Engineering from the University of Jodhpur.

Linda Alepin:
CEO, Center for New Futures.

Linda Alepin is a partner in the leadership consulting firm Center for New Futures. She has more than thirty years experience in high technology. As a consultant, she is focused on her clients achieving breakthrough results through shifts in their thinking. She spent more than ten years as a Vice President and officer in a Fortune 300 IT company and was CEO and Founder of an early Internet start-up in the e-learning space.

Linda is a noted public speaker on leadership and change. She is currently head of the leadership initiative at Santa Clara University and an advisor to Across World, a Silicon Valley start-up focused on the underdeveloped world. She was interviewed in Maslow on Management by Stephens and Heil and has a chapter called “Rethinking Our Thinking” which will appear in a knowledge management book to be published this year.

She is a graduate of Stanford University, married, and mother of four children.

LaFern Batie LaFern Batie:
Human Resources Consultant
Raytheon Company
Network Centric Systems - St. Petersburg, FL

LaFern Batie provides human resources generalist support to the engineering function for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business unit in St. Petersburg, FL. She is responsible for management and individual development, regional diversity initiatives and employee relations.

In addition to her experience in human resources, Ms. Batie's background encompasses both operations and accounting in the financial services, semiconductor and environmental services industries. Prior to joining Raytheon in 2001, Ms. Batie was a compensation consultant for Raymond James & Associates.

An accounting graduate of Salisbury University, Ms. Batie also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. As a certified Professional in Human Resources, she has served in various leadership roles within local business and professional organizations.

Sheryle J. Bolton Sheryle J. Bolton:
President, The Indian Creek Group
National Board, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
California Board, Women's Leadership Exchange

Sheryle Bolton is a proven leader in devising and implementing successful paths to sustainable growth. Ms. Bolton recently formed The Indian Creek Group, based in Oakland, California, where she helps her clients develop and implement practical, goal-focused operating strategies. She works with entities ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups and not-for-profits to large international corporations in education, media, health care, and finance.

From 1996 through mid-2002, Ms. Bolton served as the Chairman, CEO and a Director of Scientific Learning Corporation in Oakland, California. She successfully led the neuroscience-based health care and educational technology company from an embryonic start-up with no sales and a product concept to sustainable double-digit sales growth through 2002. Scientific Learning became a public company in 1999, and in 2000, Ms. Bolton was named to the First All Women's IPO Class by the SpringBoard Women's Venture Capital Forum as one of only 11 women who successfully took their companies public in 1998 and 1999.

Ms. Bolton has also served as a consultant to the health care industry; president, COO, and a director of Physicians' Online, Inc.; vice president of investment banking, for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets; a member of the senior management team at Rockefeller & Co.; and director of strategy for Home Box Office/Time, Inc.

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts in English, Ms. Bolton has also earned her master of arts in linguistics and completed additional graduate work in education. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Donna Boyer Donna Boyer:
Vice President of Product Management, DigitalThink

As Vice President of Product Management of DigitalThink, Donna Boyer leads product management for DigitalThink's content and technology products. In this role, Donna is responsible for product design and market strategy for content development and the L5 Learning Delivery System.

Donna has 10 years product management experience focusing on enterprise applications. Prior to joining DigitalThink in 2001, Donna ran product management for both Personify, Inc. and Hyperion, where she managed budgeting, financial planning and enterprise application integration product lines. Previously, Donna worked for Harvard Business School, where she published research about the impact of technology on the global economy. Donna holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Claudia Brown Claudia Brown:
Senior Vice President, Integration Office
VERITAS Software

As senior vice president, integration office, Ms. Brown manages a team charged with the successful integration of recent Veritas acquisition, Precise Software, with all aspects of business, including sales, product operations, marketing, global operations, finance, and IT…. Before assuming this role, was vice president of advanced solutions team responsible for the introduction of new products and services…Prior to that, was vice president of sales for the western region, where she built a sales organization that doubled revenue contribution… Earlier in career, worked in sales and management positions at leading technology companies, including Open Vision, Oracle, Cullinet, and IBM… Earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Constance M. Beutel, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, School of Technology and Industry, Golden Gate University

Constance Beutel is an associate professor, chairwoman of the Digital Security Program and the associate dean of the School of Technology and Industry at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif. Her career includes more than 30 years experience Pacific Bell, where she held management positions in accounting, marketing, and education and training. More than 20 years of her career has been focused on distance learning.

Dr. Beutel's biding passions are the future and the power of knowledge to transform. During the past 15 years, she has concentrated on trends in technology and industry and ways to facilitate learning for technical and business professionals. She is deeply interested in how technology can enhance learning in both the virtual and traditional classroom. As a futurist, she's committed to the advancement of women and the availability of education to all.

Her futurist point-of-view has led her to serve as a board member of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and an advisor to the National Technology University's Foundation, Institute for Workforce Learning.

Dr. Beutel earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota in social work and political science; a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco; a certificate in telecommunications management from Golden Gate University, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. She is a decorated Vietnam veteran, earning a bronze star during her tenure in the U.S. Air Force.

Tiffany Bass Bukow Tiffany Bass Bukow:
Founder and CEO, MsMoney Inc.

Tiffany Bass Bukow founded MsMoney Inc. in 1999 and has served as CEO for four years. MsMoney is a marketing-focused technology company that helps financial institutions educate their consumers through MsMoney's proprietary software products that include interactive seminars, CRM tools, calculators and content. MsMoney's clients include Wells Fargo, Peoples Bank, Guardian Insurance and others.

Ms. Bukow raised several million dollars from investors and used this capital to propel MsMoney into the limelight. MsMoney has attracted the notice of the press including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, CNN, PBS, ABC News, MSNBC, CBS Marketwatch, Fortune, Forbes and Business Week, in addition to receiving awards from Yahoo! and USA Today for MsMoney's consumer focused educational products.

From 1995 to 1998, Ms. Bukow served as President of a 20-person Internet technology consulting company. Her company completed a wide variety of technology projects for dozens of clients including America Online, Sun Microsystems, Lucent, Xerox, Microsoft and Bechtel.

Ms. Bukow is an acclaimed international speaker and has been the weekly host for Sony's Redband Radio and a recurring guest on TechTV. She has appeared on ABC News with Peter Jennings, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Digital West on PBS, and on CBS News, which covered First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's participation in the launch of MsMoney's product line on the consumer site MsMoney.com. She has also written a monthly column that has been read by more than 200,000 newsletter subscribers each month and has been published by ABC News Online.

Ms. Bukow serves on the Advisory Board of the Women's Technology Cluster, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-led technology companies succeed in building and growing their enterprises.

Teresa H. Carlson Teresa H. Carlson:
Federal Business Productivity Manager
Microsoft Corporation

As Microsoft’s federal business productivity manager, Ms. Carlson directs teams of experts dedicated to developing and delivering optimum business intelligence solutions for government agencies and organizations. With five years of innovative and visionary senior executive management experience, she has a solid track record as a top-producing business development and marketing executive who has successfully launched new companies, and built sales and marketing teams.

As vice president of business development, marketing services, and product marketing at Lexign, Inc., a software provider of end-to-end trusted transaction management, Ms. Carlson provided key direction in creating and implementing the corporate vision, and had primary responsibility for strategic and tactical product planning. In one quarter, she successfully named, branded and launched a new company formed from three acquisitions.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Carlson held several positions on increasing executive responsibility at Polaris Group (Novocare/Integrated Health Services), where she was recognized with several awards, including Novocare Chairman’s Award; Top Sales Person, Non-traditional Sales; and Employee of the Year 1998 for consistently exceeding targeted corporate objectives.

Ms. Carlson began her career in the Department of the Army as director of speech language pathology, where she developed a standing operating procedure for speech and language services; dramatically reduced a waiting list backlog; and developed and presented a continuing education program for physicians.

Ms. Carlson holds a bachelor of science and master of science in speech language pathology from Western Kentucky University, and holds a certificate of clinical competency in speech language pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Teresa is a member of the Women in Technology Association, and the Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS). Her executive experience makes her a popular speaker at industry conferences, most recently the TEPR Conference and the HIPAA Forum.

Kelly Carnes Kelly Carnes:
President and Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21

Kelly Carnes is an entrepreneur, and nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader. She has served the high tech industry for over 16 years, holding leadership positions in technology business, law and government.

Before founding Tech Vision 21, Ms. Carnes served eight years at the highest levels of the federal government, first as an aide to the First Lady, and later, as a trusted technology policy advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce. Most recently, Ms. Carnes served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, a position requiring nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. In this role, Ms. Carnes served as chief executive of the Office of Technology Policy, the federal government’s principal advocate for technological innovation. She frequently represented the Administration before Congress, and served as a liaison to and advocate for the technology business community.

Ms. Carnes served as a key point person on numerous high profile issues affecting technology businesses, including regulation of E-commerce, H-1(b) visas, the R&D tax credit, securities litigation reform, financial accounting standards, and the high tech work force shortage. She also helped lead the Administration's efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the nation's technology work force.

Ms. Carnes directed several Presidential-level technology programs and initiatives, including the National Medal of Technology, America's highest award for technological innovation. She also created GetTech, an award-winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers. GetTech features celebrity endorsements, radio and television public service announcements, and an interactive web site. GetTech ads have been broadcast more than 45,000 times, and have reached students in 14,000 public middle schools.

Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career. As an attorney at a top national law firm, Ms. Carnes structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions. These included joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital transactions, technology development, licensing and marketing agreements, systems integration projects, and large-scale computer outsourcing transactions.

Ms. Carnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

Angela M. Champness:
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Proxim LAN Division

Angela Champness is Senior Vice President & General Manager of Proxim's LAN Division. The division is responsible for the design, development and marketing of wireless LAN products for enterprises, small business and public areas. The division produces the award-winning ORiNOCO wireless LAN products, currently used in thousands of enterprises world-wide. The division produces Access Points, Broadband Gateways, Network Management systems and client products in 3 development locations across the world.

Prior to becoming part of Proxim, Angela was General Manager of Agere's Wireless LAN infrastructure division at Agere Systems, which was acquired by Proxim in Aug 2002. Before that, Angela was Director of Product and Business Management for the complete Wireless Communications and Networking Division responsible for all Agere Systems wireless LAN products. Angela was also a founding member of the Wi-Fi Alliance and served as Secretary prior to assuming her General Management role. She has been involved in the wireless LAN industry since 1990.

She began her career with Agere Systems (then NCR) in 1987 in Canada. She joined the Wireless Communications and Networking Division in 1990 as a Product Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management Information Systems and International Business from McGill University in Montreal.

Gayle Crowell Gayle Crowell:
Information Technology Group, Warburg Pincus LLC
Chairwoman of Board, Evolve
Board Member, Indus International
Board Member, Yodlee
Board Member, New World IQ
National Board, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
Advisory Board Member, Women in Technology International

From first grade teacher to enterprise software company CEO to venture capitalist, Gayle Crowell is an expert in successful reinvention and innovation. Crowell serves as one of the industry's leading role models helping technology professionals and their companies drive business strategy, evaluate market opportunities and build world-class management teams. At Warburg Pincus, one of the world's leading private equity firms, Ms. Crowell focuses on investments in enterprise software and services. She joined the firm in 2001 and serves as an integral part of Warburg Pincus' professional team in Menlo Park, CA.

An active leader in the Silicon Valley, Ms. Crowell honed her management and operational skills with executive roles at leading software companies, including Oracle Corporation, E.piphany, RightPoint Software, View Star, Mosaix, Recognition International, DSC, and Cubix Corporation. Before joining Warburg Pincus, Ms. Crowell was President of E.piphany.net and served as a member of E.piphany's Board of Directors following the company's acquisition of RightPoint in January 2000, where she served as president, CEO and chairwoman of the Board. At RightPoint, Ms. Crowell successfully repositioned the company and transformed a data mining technology vendor into the leader in real-time personalization for the Internet and call center markets.

Mary Ann Davidson Mary Ann Davidson:
Chief Security Officer, Oracle Corporation
Industry Expert on Information Security

Mary Ann Davidson, the chief security officer (CSO) at Oracle Corporation, stands behind Oracle's commitment to develop the industry's most secure database, application server and enterprise software products for its customers. Davidson, who has been at Oracle for more than 14 years, believes that security must be a design and development priority not an afterthought, because "it's impossible to bolt on security that is not built into the a product." She sees Oracle's security 'culture' as a key corporate strategy and competitive advantage in software industry.

As Oracle's CSO, Davidson is responsible for Oracle product security corporate infrastructure security and security policies, as well as security evaluations, assessments and incident handling.

Davidson also represents Oracle on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Information Security Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) and is on the editorial review board of the Secure Business Quarterly.

Prior to joining Oracle in 1988, Davidson served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, during which she was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. Davidson has a BSME from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

As a recognized authority on Internet and software security issues, Davidson has testified before Congress on information security, and has spoken at numerous industry forums. Davidson advocates the adoption of security evaluation standards by the software industry similar to the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS0-140, requiring security evaluations of all U.S. government IT systems involved in national security, or the International Common Criteria (ISO-15408), the de facto worldwide evaluation standard.

In her spare time, Davidson is an enthusiastic outdoors person and participates in several sports, including downhill and cross-country skiing, surfing and hiking.

Denise De Carlo Denise De Carlo, PMP:
Specialist, IT Project Management
Mindavation, Inc.

Denise is a specialist in Information Technology project management, technology outsourcing, delivery measurement and software quality. She has spent 19 years in the I/T and project management field, seven of those years with the IBM Corporation. She has managed project teams from 6 to over 100 people, primarily in the utilities, retail, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries. Denise is a certified project manager professional (PMP) with PMI® and obtained executive project manager certification with IBM. Denise left IBM in May of 2001 to pursue her project management passion in her own way. She left her “secure” successful corporate job to find more purpose in her work life and to pursue a “more secure” work environment running her own project management training and consulting business!

Denise’s company, Mindavation, provides project management services to companies worldwide and has grown every year since it started in 2000 (during a huge downturn in the IT economy none-the-less!). Denise believes if you do what you love – and you exploit the gifts you’ve been naturally given – success and fulfillment will be yours!

Anne DeGheest Anne DeGheest:
Founder & Principal, MedStars

Anne De Gheest founded MedStars, an investment and executive management firm, in 1986 and specializes in Medical Devices, Services and Healthcare Information Systems. She has held leadership positions in starting or building new Life Science companies with a cumulative market cap today over $4 Billion, including Aspect Medical (IPO in 2000), ProDuct (acquired in 2001), VISX (IPO in 1988).

De Gheest was the CEO of medpool that she founded while an entrepreneur in residence with IVP. The company was sold in 2002. She was also involved in the success and startup of three well-known medical companies. De Gheest was the founding Vice President of Marketing at Omnicell Technologies, a market leader in automated point-of-use management systems for medical supplies. In 1998, OmniCell was named the fastest growing high tech company in Silicon Valley and the third fastest in the US by Deloitte & Touch. OmniCell went public in 2001.

De Gheest was instrumental in the turnaround of Pyxis, which created and then dominated a new market segment in automated hospital drug dispensing. Cardinal Healthcare purchased Pyxis in 1996 for one billion dollars.

As a marketing director for Nellcor, De Gheest started the pulse oximetry revolution. Nellcor was sold to Malinckrodt for 1.9 billion dollars in 1996. She held sales and marketing management positions at Raychem where she was instrumental in starting a new division in the computer and telecommunication industry.

De Gheest was an entrepreneur in residence with IVP and has a Master’s in Commercial Engineering from the University of Brussels and an MBA from Harvard.

Juanita Ellis Juanita Ellis:
Author and IT Strategist

Juanita Ellis brings over 12 years of experience as both an industry leader and University Lecturer.

Since 1990, she has been at the forefront in working with corporations in the areas of Convergence, Computer Security and E-business. Some of these companies include Sony, Douglas, SWBell, Boeing, Xerox, Bell Atlantic, MCI, Citibank and Toyota.

She has also been a keynote speaker for Women in Technology and companies such as Cisco and SWBell. Her University experience includes lecturing for the University of Maryland European Division, Southern Methodist University, National Technology University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and Engineering Extension Programs.

In the last few years, Juanita Ellis co-authored several published books. Some of these books include the best seller “The E-Commerce Book, Building the E-Empire”, “The Internet Security Guidebook, From Planning to Deployment” and “Convergence of Voice, Video and Data Networks”.

She has also appeared on both local and nationwide radio shows, including CNN, Daybreak USA, Computer Daze, and Business Day, as well as interviewed by magazines such Entrepreneur Magazine and E-Commerce UK.

Juanita Ellis holds a B.S. Degree in Business and Management and a M.S. Degree in Information Systems.

Christina Ellwood Christina Ellwood:
Founder and Principal of Moreland Associates

Christina is the founder and principal of Moreland Associates, a business development and marketing consulting firm specializing in helping technology companies build market traction. Moreland is comprised of seasoned executive entrepreneurs who consult to start-ups when not building companies of their own. With over 20 years experience in the technology industry Christina has worked with emerging technology companies offering hardware and software products to enterprise clients and telecommunications carriers.

Prior to Moreland, Christina founded and served as President and CEO of OfficePlease Inc., an intranet software company and ASP and currently serves as the Chairman for the OfficePlease Foundation. Prior to OfficePlease, she was the VP of Marketing for Sentient Networks until their acquisition by Cisco Systems. Previously, she was director of carrier development and marketing at Premisys (later acquired by Zhone Technologies), and held business development and marketing positions with N.E.T. and Kevex Instruments.

Christina is a passionate entrepreneur and thrives in the fast-paced and competitive world of emerging technologies. A pragmatic business person, Christina enjoys working with fellow entrepreneurs to successfully grow their businesses.

Jody Fennell Jody Fennell:
Vice-President of Mobile and Broadband Business Development for Weather.com

Jody Fennell is vice-president of mobile and broadband business development for weather.com. In this role, she has overall responsibility for all related products and services.

Fennell first joined The Weather Channel in 1990, working in affiliate relations. She has also served as director, new business development and vice-president and executive producer for weather.com.

She has worked with a number of other cable programming companies, including Request Television and Financial News Network, and has also worked for Comcast Metrophone, a regional wireless service provider, holding a variety of sales and marketing positions.

Fennell has held a variety of posts with various industry trade organizations, including board positions with the New York Chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Cable Television Administration and Marketing (CTAM) organization. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University.

Stephanie Fohn:
Chief Operating Officer, BigFix

Ms. Fohn has a broad base of management and entrepreneurial experience, with particular expertise in information security. Currently, she is chief operating officer at BigFix, a leader in security patch management. Prior to joining BigFix, Ms. Fohn served as president and chief operating officer of SecurityFocus, a provider of enterprise security threat management systems. She led the company to a dominant industry position, resulting in its acquisition by Symantec in August 2002. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing and business development for Tripwire, Inc. and director of distribution partnerships for Infoseek/Go Network. She also co-founded and led two start-ups - Lucidian Technologies, a developer of network-based intrusion detection software, and The WWWorks, a web development firm focused on e-commerce and database integration. Ms. Fohn began her career in the security industry as director of business development for Pilot Network Services, Inc., one of the industry's first managed security service providers. Prior to joining Pilot, she spent six years in venture capital and investment banking in the technology arena. Ms. Fohn holds an M.S. degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelor's degrees in business and psychology from University of Washington.

Diana Forbes Diana Forbes:
Comedian, creator of Gadget Grrl

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 a new medium, the Internet, allowed her to do two things she loved: be funny and talk about technology. Considered the Martha Stewart of gadgets - with wit - Ms. Forbes presents technology to her audience in a fun and entertaining way. Covering everything from HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaners to MP3 players, she loves sharing the latest and greatest with consumers.

Ms. Forbes' "Gadget Grrl" column runs both online and in print with a circulation of three million readers. She appears on national and local television shows demonstrating the latest trends in consumer products.

See a clip of Ms. Forbes in character at www.gadgetgrrl.com/video1.htm

Patricia Franklin Patricia Franklin:
Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Atlas Island Media, Inc.

Patricia Franklin is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Island Media, Inc., which has developed a new way of learning on the Web that integrates simulation and multi-tiered mentoring with collaborative environments. Ms. Franklin leads a team of Fortune 500 instructional designers and award-winning game developers who have had tenure at Sega, DreamWorks and Lucasarts. Her leadership of Atlas Island is based on over 20 years of success in the corporate-based training, multimedia, television and publishing industries.

In her initial career, Ms. Franklin wrote for Newsweek, Los Angeles Times and The Economist. Her commissioned book Profits of Deceit charts her undercover work with detectives investigating fraud around the globe. Following its international publication, she founded Intrepid Film and Television (London) where, for six years, she led teams in the development and production of drama, documentary and music programming for the BBC, Channel Four Network Television (UK) and International Video Network (IVN) where her work captured 100 million-viewer audiences. Ms. Franklin has produced pioneering and profitable corporate-based training and consumer multimedia titles since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Rotary International Foundation Scholar of The London School of Economics.

Ms. Franklin contributes to The Networker, published by the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI). She is a conference speaker for the Association of Test Publishers and the American Society of Training and Development, delivering sessions on innovative technologies in online training and assessment.

Pamela FuscoPamela Fusco, CISSP:
Chief Security Officer, Digex Inc.

Pamela Fusco is the Chief Security Officer, Senior Director of Systems Security Operations at Digex Inc. She has accumulated over 17 years of substantial experience within the Security Industry.

Her extensive background and expertise expand globally encompassing all facets of security inclusive of logical, physical, personal, facilities, systems, networks, wireless, and forensic investigations. Presently she leads a talented team of Systems Security Engineers operating a 24-7-365 SIRT (security incident response team).

Since joining Digex in 1998, Fusco has developed the company's security platform with key methodologies and technologies and further designed, implemented and executed the Systems Security Operations department and security strategies. Technically astute, Pamela and the Security team have developed the robust and cost effective Intrusion Detection Devices, real-time analysis tools, automated systems and application security patch configuration processes and most recently launched the security collaboration inspection engine. This combined with the responsibility of authoring policy and ensuring the vast business requirements of her customers in the healthcare, finance, retail, government, education and manufacturing arenas are met 24-7-365 have moved Pamela and the SSO team to the top levels within the industry.

Prior to joining Digex, Pamela was the security lead for EDS where she initiated firewall operations for a DoD network operations center. Previous to EDS, she was a Cryptologist with the United States Navy where her focus was supporting security events for government intelligence operations and SPECOPS (special operations). Fusco is CISSP accredited and has a BS from New York Regents. She is an active member of ISSA, Council of Advisors, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as well as several security consortiums, which include major technology vendors. Her technical and immense security experience identifies her as an internationally known speaker at industry symposiums and conferences, most recently the LA Electronic Crimes Task Force and RSA conferences.

Kirsten Garen Kirsten E. Garen:
Senior Vice President, Charles Schwab

Senior Vice President Kirsten Garen oversees Corporate and Operations Technology at Charles Schwab. Three distinct technology groups fall under her management: Core Brokerage Services, Corporate Services, and Finance and Corporate Administration Technology.

Core Brokerage Solutions provides broad-ranging technology support for firm-wide utilities and core broker-dealer applications. In partnership with Schwab Operations, this team offers its technology expertise to various client-servicing groups. The technology group aligned with Corporate Services is responsible for production support and development of web, voice and desktop across the employee retirement and option plans, and trust and recordkeeping businesses. Kirsten also partners with Finance and all Corporate Administration groups to support and develop innovative tools for internal employee use, and is responsible for the firm's ever-evolving intranet that provides news, information and a cultural link to Schwab's 16,000 employees.

Prior to joining Schwab in 1998, Kirsten spent nine years in business management positions at Bankers Trust Company, where she was a vice president of Retirement Plan Services Project Management, and vice president of Client Services Operations, and five years at Aetna Life & Casualty. Her extensive experience ranged from operations, client services and project management. She received a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Kirsten lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

Derinda Gaumond:
Founder and CEO, WorkIt, Inc

Derinda Gaumond founded WorkIt.com in 1999 to help facilitate networking amongst people working in high tech in the Silicon Valley. Since then, WorkIt has become the Bay Area's most comprehensive calendar of startup events and has become a valued source of networking opportunities for more than 5,000 subscribers.

In 2001, Derinda created a Networking Skills Clinic to show people how to improve and refine their networking skills. The class is taught at San Jose State University and at corporations around the Bay Area. More than 400 people have participated in sessions led by Derinda to improve and refine their networking skills.

Prior to starting WorkIt, Derinda worked at three other startups in the Silicon Valley, including Acteva.com. She also has an extensive background In marketing, advertising sales, and publishing.

Cathy S. Gawne Cathryn S. Gawne:
Attorney, Silicon Valley Law Group

Cathryn S. Gawne, a shareholder of Silicon Valley Law Group, specializes in securities and corporate law. Her practice emphasizes the representation of entrepreneurs and middle market growth companies (both public and private) in connection with financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, partnership and joint venture organization and governance, and general business counseling. Her clients include entrepreneurs, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, investors and non-profit associations.

An active advocate for women in technology, Ms. Gawne currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Women in Technology (WITI) Foundation, where she chairs the Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (AWSEM) Project in collaboration with The Junior League of San Jose, Inc., a project designed to increase the interest of girls in science and technology. She is also a member of the WITI Advisory Board and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Ms. Gawne is the 2002 / 2003 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She has given numerous presentations at WITI Summits in Santa Clara, California, Dallas, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts and before groups such as the WITI Silicon Valley Chapter, the USC School of Business and California AWED.

Ms. Gawne has practiced securities and corporate law since her admission to the California Bar in 1982. She received her B.A. degree in International Relations from Stanford University in 1979, and her J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law in 1982, where she served as a Comment Editor on the UCLA Law Review in 1981-82. She is a Wisconsin native (Go Packers!) and an enthusiastic, though unskilled, golfer.

Patricia E. Glovsky Patricia E. Glovsky:
Founder and Managing Director of Polygon Capital, LLC

Patricia E. Glovsky is the Founder and Managing Director of Polygon Capital, LLC, an investment bank providing financial and strategic advisory services primarily to technology companies. Ms. Glovsky has over twenty years experience in technology and seventeen years experience in investment banking. Ms. Glovsky was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the West Coast office of MILCOM Technologies, Inc., which commercializes military technology. Ms. Glovsky also has been an investment banker with Kidder, Peabody and Oppenheimer & Co., and an equity research analyst following multimedia and software companies at Bear, Stearns and Kaufman Bros., LP. In addition, Ms. Glovsky worked as a consultant to IBM developing their strategic plan for their consumer multimedia division. Earlier in her career, Ms. Glovsky worked for six years in strategic account management and new business development in the technology and software industry, working for Wang Laboratories and others. She has written articles and been interviewed for a number of publications and is a speaker at trade shows and conferences.

Ms. Glovsky has her BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.

Kelly Goto Kelly Goto:
Principal at Gotomedia, Inc.

Kelly Goto is currently a principal at gotomedia, inc. (www.gotomedia.com), an online consultancy for user experience and interaction design, Kelly continues to focus on developing new techniques for collaborative development in digital media. With over 15 years of experience in the advertising, design and interactive industry, Kelly bridges the gap between utility and aesthetics.

Formerly an award-winning Creative Director at Idea Integration (www.idea.com) Kelly successfully managed the redesigns of many sites ranging from independent to corporate levels. In advertising and commercial design since the late 1980s, Kelly has acted as creative director, designer, and producer for many high-profile clients including KPMG Consulting, Compaq, IBM, Warner Bros., National Geographic, Adobe Corporation, Paramount Television, Macromedia Corp., and Sony Pictures. Kelly is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book "Web Redesign: Workflow that Works."

Carolyn Grossman Carolyn Grossman:
Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Women in Technology International

Carolyn Grossman has spent more than 25 years on the cutting edge of personal computing, but she has always been more interested in solving business problems than in pursuing technology for its own sake. At IBM, she helped design and manage a college recruitment application that allowed General Motors to establish significant marketplace advantage. At Xerox, she introduced Ventura Publisher, the foremost desktop publishing product for the PC and later worked with PARC scientists to take a PC software product from concept to launch in one year.

Ms. Grossman served as chief marketing officer at several small companies before becoming president and CEO of an Internet start-up. She is an expert team-builder, has managed large organizations, both in times of expansion and downsizing, and has worked with cross-functional teams in matrix structures. She earned her bachelor of arts and MBA at the University of Michigan.

CGerry Hackett Gerry Hackett:
Vice President, Engineering Foundation Products
VERITAS Software

As vice president of engineering, Gerry is responsible for all aspects of development for VERITAS’ core storage products. Prior to joining VERITAS last fall, Gerry spent 20 years at IBM in a variety of software development positions, including Vice President of AIX development.

Despite growing up in New York City, Gerry and her husband have lived in Austin for 9 years and now consider themselves Texans. Her volunteer activity was largely shaped by her experiences as chair of the Austin Women’s Networking Group, where she became involved in projects aimed at encouraging young girls to stay in school and study math and science. Recent speaking engagements include the Round Rock Texas Girl Scouts career fair, as well as talks at Cutting Edge and Vision, major VERITAS conferences.

When not working or walking her dog, Gerry will usually be found in her kitchen, somewhere near her prized Viking range, cooking for family and friends.

Lorraine Hariton Lorraine Hariton:
Chairman, Beatnik, Inc.

During her 25 years in the high-tech industry Lorraine has been involved with companies whose products reflect key points in the timeline of technology itself, from IBM's mainframes to Network Computing Devices' thin-client technology to Verifone's e-commerce financial infrastructure to Beatnik’s Internet audio solutions.

She has served in a range of positions at these companies spanning sales, marketing, business development and strategy. At NCD she was responsible for closing major OEM deals with IBM, Sun, AT&T and Novell.

Most recently Lorraine was CEO of Beatnik, Inc where she is currently Chairman. She raised over $40 million in venture capital from Mayfield and others and repositioned the company for profitability from a web based audio content company to the leading audio technology provider for wireless devices.

Lorraine is a Triathlon competitor and on the board of several non-profit’s including; The Entrepreneurs Foundation; The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs; The Women’s High Technology Coalition and The Computer History Museum. Lorraine holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University.

Robin Harper Robin Harper:
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Linden Labs

Robin Harper joined Linden Lab as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development in 2002. Ms. Harper previously held several senior level marketing positions in companies with technology-based products at the intersection of entertainment and education. Most recently she was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mondo Media, an entertainment network syndicating animated content across the Internet. She also served as Vice President of Marketing at Ninth House, Inc., an early-stage eLearning company targeting Fortune 1000 companies, where she oversaw all aspects of product marketing and marketing communications.

Before joining Ninth House, Ms. Harper was the Vice President of Marketing at Maxis, a division of Electronic Arts. At Maxis she played a prominent role in their emergence as the leader in PC simulation games and was a core member of the senior executive team that guided the company through their IPO and subsequent sale to Electronic Arts. Also while at Maxis Harper established SimCity as one of the most recognized brand names in entertainment software, and was named one of the marketing 100 by Advertising Age/Newsweek.

Ms. Harper began her career in advertising, managing the Novell, Nintendo, and Pacific Telesis accounts, among others, at Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco. She holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago.

Cyndie Henrichs Cyndie M. Henrichs:
President of the Henrichs Group.

Cyndie Henrichs is Principal and Founder of The Henrichs Group, LLC, a consulting firm that provides end-to-end sales expertise to emerging technology companies that are committed to building or expanding their Public Sector Marketshare. Ms. Henrichs established the company in July 2002, after completing over 20 years of sales, marketing and sales operations assignments in various staff and management positions.

Prior to founding The Henrichs Group, Ms. Henrichs was Vice-President, Marketing and Sales Operations, for Global Crossing Government Markets. She was recruited by the division president to build the government sales channel in April 2000. In this capacity, she was responsible for the sales operations and activities of the government sales teams for North America, Latin America and U.K, as well as the coordination of corporate initiatives and strategies.

Ms. Henrichs joined Global Crossing after 18 years of sales and sales management positions with IBM. She joined IBM in 1982 in Houston, Texas as an account manager responsible for the order entry and accounts receivables of commercial new business accounts. In short time she was asked to take a headquarters staff assignment for IBM Information Systems Group, which at the time was headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Upon successful completion of the project in 1987, she was promoted to a client sales position in the National Federal Marketing Group.

In 1989 Ms. Henrichs assumed the role of Opportunity Manager for the largest distributed UNIX workstation project that IBM had pursued to date, and after award in 1993 she transitioned into a Program Management role to ensure the successful implementation. Ms. Henrichs was asked to join the newly formed business development organization in 1995 and in 1997, as Business Unit Executive, was responsible for the management of all major federal government programs for IBM in the departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Interior and Energy.

Ms. Henrichs holds numerous outstanding performance awards from IBM. During her tenure she completed over 2000 hours of technical and professional training and is a graduate of IBM sales and management training schools. She holds a BS degree from Penn State

She is a member of Women in Technology International, AFCEA, and Montgomery Women.

Katie Ho Katie Ho:
Director of Marketing, TiVo

As Director of Marketing for TiVo, Katie is responsible for the company's overall subscriber acquisition and upgrade marketing efforts. Her responsibilities include promotions, direct and online marketing, partner marketing and management of the company's Web site.

Prior to joining TiVo, Katie was responsible for marketing at Real Sports Magazine, and was Director of Marketing and Sales for the San Jose Lasers, one of 12 teams in the American Basketball League. Prior to that, she spent five years at The Walt Disney Company, holding marketing positions within the domestic home video division, where she was responsible for brand management of Disney's animated classic films and various Disney cartoon brands.

Katie holds an M.A. in Educational Policy Analysis, a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an A.B. in History from Stanford University.

Karen Howe Karen Nelson Howe:
CEO and General Manager, Singingfish, Inc.

Karen Howe spearheads partnerships and alliances, oversees sales functions, supervises all marketing and corporate branding activities and provides strategic direction at Singingfish, an audio and visual multimedia search company and division of Thomson Multimedia. Singingfish allows users to quickly and easily locate popular streaming media content including entertainment, news and sports via any Internet-accessible PC or CE device.

Ms. Howe has 20 years marketing, sales and management experience ranging from start-ups to very large corporations such as Motorola. At Motorola, Ms. Howe helped create Windows CE market development and was promoted to director of marketing within the semiconductor group. She also spent 11 years with Adobe and Aldus Corporation.

Ms. Howe earned a bachelor of arts from Whitman College. She has published columns, articles, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, and technical trade publications.

Her honors include Upside Magazine's Hot 100, Smithsonian Innovation Award, and WSA Product of the Year.

Maha Ibrahim:
Principal, Canaan Partners

Maha joined Canaan's Menlo Park office in March 2000 and currently focuses on infrastructure, software and data-communications investments. Prior to joining Canaan, Maha held numerous roles at Qwest Communications including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of eBusiness and Internet Operations. Earlier in her career, Maha was a management consultant with both the Boston Consulting Group and Price Waterhouse. Maha received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Maha currently sits on the boards of Apriva and Tacit Networks and is a board observer with ID Analytics, Proficient Networks, Aperto Networks. She was also involved in the initial investments and follow-on financings of Recourse Technologies and Iteration Software.

Jodi Sherman Jahic Jodi Sherman Jahic:
Senior Associate, Voyager Capital

Jodi Sherman Jahic joined Voyager Capital's Silicon Valley office in 2001. Voyager is Seattle’s leading information technology venture firm with $265 million under management. Jodi focuses on early-stage investments in wireless and network infrastructure companies. She represents Voyager’s investments in FHP Wireless, Arkivio, Contivo, and @TheMoment. Jodi came to Voyager from Battery Ventures, where she invested in early-stage companies in wireless data, semiconductor process control, and communications software. In 1999 she was awarded a Kauffman Fellowship by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Jodi has been on the founding team of several successful startups including Prague-based executive search firm Personnel Select (now a division of TMP Worldwide). Her roles there included expanding the company's base of operations from the Czech Republic to Poland and Romania. She also worked in the technology industry group at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture),where she led projects for clients such as Motorola, Pacific Bell, and Sun Microsystems.

Jodi graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College with a major in Science, Technology, and Society and a concentration in Physics and holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has been a speaker and panelist on the topics of wireless communications and venture investment at a number of industry conferences. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Springboard Silicon Valley. She is also a mentor for the Toigo Fellows Program. Jodi is an avid traveler and has visited over 40 countries around the globe.

Cindy JohnsonCindy Johnson:
WITI Worldwide Program Executive -- Global Executive Network

Cindy Johnson is a senior executive with more than fifteen years of experience developing and implementing winning business and technology strategies across various industries from oil and gas to semi-conductors and leading edge manufacturing companies. She has held positions including Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Professional Services and Outsourcing executive (HP), and Executive Vice President with companies ranging from Fortune 1000s to Silicon Valley startups and dot-coms. For more than fifteen years, Johnson has managed global technology delivery staffs of more than 240, and budgets in excess of $60 million.

Johnson worked for major technology vendors including IBM, Amdahl, Apple and Hewlett Packard. In addition, she was one of five "guys" who ran Husky Oil (current revenues of $6 billion). Cindy Johnson holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of Arkansas. She has recently completed (2002) a 300 hour Certificate in Internet Business and Technology, with a specialty in Web development, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Elisabeth Marley Koontz Elisabeth Marley Koontz, Ph.D:
Research and Development Manager at Texas Instruments Inc.

Elisabeth Marley Koontz is a Research and Development Manager at Texas Instruments Inc., in Dallas. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for TI with regard to photonic technology. Elisabeth is also a technical consultant to the TI Ventures organization and manages multiple university research programs. Previously, Elisabeth was with the TI Digital Light Processing organization, and developed microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) solutions for the optical networking market.

Elisabeth holds a B.S. from Southern Methodist University, a M.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Electrical Engineering. Elisabeth also sits on the Southern Methodist University Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board.

Carolyn Leighton Carolyn Leighton:
CEO/Founder/Chairwoman WITI

Carolyn Leighton founded WITI in 1989 as an e-mail network for women in all technology sectors worldwide. At the time WITI was established, Leighton was President of Criterion Research, a research consulting firm for the high tech industry which she founded in 1984, as well as chair of the Core Competency Database Project at Stanford University.

Due to Leighton's leadership and vision, WITI has grown to be first and only worldwide organization completely dedicated to women working in and pursuing careers in technology with an advisory board comprised of highly esteemed leaders in the technology industry.

Leighton has 20 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur. In addition to WITI, she founded three start-ups in the high tech and legal sectors. Leighton attended the University of Michigan and has a bachelor of science degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College. Leighton was named one of the "Top 100 Women in Computing" in 1997 and 2000.

Carolyn currently lives on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County, where, in addition to her WITI work, she runs Love Dogs Camp.

Tara Lemmey Tara Lemmey:
Founder, LENS Ventures

Over the last decade, Tara Lemmey has worked at the innovative boundary where technology and society meet. She is one of a handful of pioneers exploring this constantly evolving interface, where developments in either technology or society can create novel situations that lie outside of the domain covered by traditional business or policy thinking. She applies an entrepreneur's mind to these situations and envisions the new solutions required.

Tara Lemmey is the founder of LENS Ventures, a network of leading thinkers focused on innovation in technology, science, law, and economics. She advises large technology companies such as Nokia and Intel on their next-generation strategies and products. She also serves as Chairman of Project LENS, a worldwide non-governmental organization. She is a member of the Markle Task Force for National Security in the Information Age, where she chairs the Connecting for Security Working Group. In addition, she is on the board of the AIGA Center for Brand Experience, a division of the preeminent design organization.

In the past, Ms. Lemmey served as President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, working on global initiatives in the areas of intellectual property, encryption, and privacy. As a board member she helped found TRUSTe, which is creating an alternative approach to data privacy concerns. Ms. Lemmey is a regular commentator in The New York Times, NPR and CNN on technology, innovation and the public as well a speaker on these issues to audiences such as Future Trends, the Working Women CEOs forum and the Forbes Top 500 CEO Summit. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Harvard Business Review, Business 2.0, Internationale Politik, and Wired Digital, and she is a frequent lecturer at universities, including Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard. She was the founder of three technology startups, and has served on numerous boards.

Ms. Lemmey lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and San Francisco, California. She is currently writing a book on Resilience, or how to surf the circumstance of our complex times.

Ellen Levy, Ph.D.:
Managing Director & VP Corporate Development at NeoCarta Ventures

Ellen is currently a Managing Director & VP Corporate Development at NeoCarta Ventures, focusing on investments in early- and mid- stage technology companies and subsequently assisting those companies with ongoing strategic business development initiatives. While her prior experience in venture capital includes a time at Softbank Venture Capital, Ellen has also held several executive level positions at early stage startups including VP of Corporate Development at SoftBook Press (acquired by Gemstar International in 1999) and VP of Corporate Development at WhoWhere? (acquired by Lycos in 1998). Prior to joining WhoWhere?, Ellen worked at Apple Computer in the Office of the CEO, at Paul Allen's Interval Research, and at Price Waterhouse in the Technology Core Consulting Practice. Additionally, Ellen was a co-founder of the media firm The Dr. Spock Company.

She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, and completed both her M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford University in Cognitive Psychology, specializing in Human Computer Interaction and Information Management. She now serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford's MediaX program which unifies the technology design initiatives across the university and ties them to industry and corporate partners.

Paola Lubet Paola Lubet:
Vice President of Marketing, PeopleSoft AppConnect

Paola Lubet oversees the global marketing strategy for PeopleSoft AppConnect including the Enterprise Portal, Enterprise Warehouse and Integration Broker. Lubet brings to PeopleSoft more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech industry.

Before joining PeopleSoft in January 2002, Lubet served as senior vice president of Marketing and Products at SoftwareMarkets, where she was responsible for marketing, business development and product strategy. She also gained invaluable experience at Blue Pumpkin Software as vice president of Corporate Development and Worldwide Marketing, and held several executive positions during her six-year tenure at Oracle Corp. As senior director of Database Product Marketing, Lubet led the positioning and launch of Oracle8i. Prior to joining Oracle, Lubet held several engineering management positions at Apple Computer.

Lubet holds a master's in computer science from Italy's Universita' degli Studi di Torino.

JoAnne Miller Jo Anne Heywood Miller:
CEO, RNM Engineering

Jo Anne Heywood Miller served as the president and CEO of Gluon Networks, Inc. in Petaluma, California, from May 2001 to February 2003. Gluon Networks designs and manufactures next-generation converged voice and data switching and management systems for telephone service providers. Her accomplishments include successfully raising $61.2 million in a C round of funding, re-structuring the development team and moving the product and company from early prototype to production, to customer trials and first purchase orders.

Ms. Miller has more than 26 years of telecommunications and computer industry experience in general management, software and hardware systems development, as well as software engineering and product management for wireless, wire line and data communications products. Since 1994, Ms. Miller has been involved in the engineering and general management of start-up telecommunications infrastructure equipment manufacturers.

Ms. Miller earned her bachelor of science in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1967, a master of science in computer science at the University of Colorado in 1976, and her MBA at the University of Chicago in 1987.

Lori Mirek:
Board Director, United Nations Association/USA
Board Director, Harvard Business School Club of Northern California

Lori Mirek has made a career of harnessing to technology to drive business opportunity. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association/USA and the Harvard Business School Club of Northern California. Previous board positions included TechNet and Currenex, the leading commercial foreign currency company she co-founded and ran as CEO & President for three years. Prior to that she was SVP & General Manager spearheading AOL's business-to-business division, SVP Marketing leading Netscape's worldwide marketing organization, and President of Ameritech's six E-commerce businesses. She also held a variety of senior marketing and product development positions at Oracle and Sun Microsystems. She is currently retired and loving every nanosecond of it!

Alicia Morga:
Senior Associate, Carlyle

Alicia Morga is a Senior Associate focused on U.S. venture opportunities in the technology sector. She is based in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Morga was an Associate with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners where she covered early-stage software investments. While at Hummer Winblad, Ms. Morga was CEO of Zero Gravity Internet Group, Inc., a venture fund, and was a Director of Applied Semantics, Menerva Technologies, Inc. and Discovercast, Inc. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Ms. Morga worked as a corporate attorney for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to that, Ms. Morga worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Ms. Morga received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She received a B.A. from Stanford University.

Monica Morse Monica Morse:
Managing Director, Cargill Ventures

Monica Morse works as a Managing Director for Cargill Ventures, the corporate venture capital business unit of Cargill, Inc., a privately held company with global agricultural, food and financial operations, and revenues of over $50 billion. She serves on the Board of Cardonet, a portfolio company of Cargill Ventures. Prior to joining Cargill Ventures, she worked at two start-ups in Portland, Oregon, and worked in the Strategy & Business Development Group for Cargill. Prior to joining Cargill, Monica worked as a financial analyst at Alex Brown & Sons and as an investment associate for the World Bank. Monica holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Development Economics from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard. She has two daughters.

Tama Olver Tama H. Olver:
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Applera Corporation.

Tama Olver joined Applera Corporation in 2001 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. She is responsible for molding the company's information systems for the future including its infrastructure and application development.

Prior to joining Applera Corporation, Ms. Olver served at Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Quantum Corporation since 2000, where she was responsible for global information architecture and standards, applications delivery, operations and eBusiness strategy. From 1998-2000, Ms. Olver served as Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Informix Corporation. Ms. Olver held a number of positions at Amdahl Corporation from 1978-1998, most recently serving as Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Prior to Amdahl Corporation, Ms. Olver worked as a Manager and Project Manager at Remote Computing Corporation and Control Data Corporation.

Ms. Olver received her BS in mathematics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI in 1968.

Ann Peckenpaugh Ann Peckenpaugh:
President
Board Search Partners LLC

Ann has been an executive search consultant at the senior level since 1982. She founded Board Search Partners to pioneer a new approach to recruiting at the corporate board level. Today's CEOs are asking for more from their boards. The "old boys" networks and the traditional search firms no longer meet their needs. Enter Board Search Partners. By combining Ann's proprietary methods of mapping board strengths and weaknesses, an extensive candidate database developed over twenty one years of recruiting in high technology, and a mastery of the science and the art of identifying, evaluating and closing candidates, Board Search Partners delivers exactly the right directors for today's public and private high-tech company boards. The result: a skills-based board which becomes a CEO's number one strategic weapon.

Prior to founding Board Search Partners, Ann was Senior Vice President, Recruiting, aka "Human Capital Partner," at Highland Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm. Previously, Ann was a Vice President and Partner with Schweichler Associates, a leading boutique search firm serving Silicon Valley.

Ann holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor's degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California, and the Corporate Advisory Council of the University of Michigan. Ann is married to a Cognitive Neuroscientist, has two sons, and resides in Kentfield, California.

Anne Pedrero Anne Pedrero:
Principal, Cargill Ventures

Anne Pedrero is a principal at Cargill Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Cargill Inc, an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services with 97,000 employees in 59 countries. She focuses on enterprise software applications and technology infrastructure investments. Areas of interest center around the convergence of the information world and the physical world and technologies that significantly improve enterprise business processes and/or lower I/T costs.

Prior to joining Cargill Ventures, Anne was co-founder of Daylight Design, a print and online media development company in San Francisco that served enterprise clients including SBC, HP, National Semiconductor and Logitech. She also worked in partner marketing for Electronics for Imaging. Prior to that, she held positions with the Brookings Institution and the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, an M.A. in International Relations from American University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Anne lives in San Francisco with her husband, Robert and 1 year old twins, Paige and Bobby.

Kathryn Perkins Kathryn Perkins:
Senior Consultant, Click2Learn

Kathryn Perkins works with Click2Learn clients to determine how e-learning fits into their overall business and performance strategies. She brings in-the-trenches experience to design and implementation of large-scale learning projects and uses her focus on strategic planning to help clients blend current training programs with new e-learning initiatives. Her work was featured in the September 1999 issue of Training Magazine and February 2001 issue of Online Learning Magazine.

Prior to joining Click2Learn, Ms. Perkins served as director of business development and program manager for a web design firm where her responsibilities included assessing the needs of clients who were creating or re-designing their online strategic marketing presence. She also helped clients upgrade their intranets to incorporate media applications, digital collaboration, and online training modules. Previously she was director of education for a financial trade association where she managed multiple project teams and directed education projects including an annual convention, conferences, international satellite training, statewide videoconferencing, remote-access training projects, self-study certification programs, seminars, workshops, educational networking events, and live seminars on the Web.

Ms. Perkins holds a master of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington. Recent speaking engagements include: Training 2001, Women in Communication 2001, Washington Bankers' Association Field Conference 2001, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce 2001, Online Learning Conference 2000, and eHR World 2000.

Margarita QuihuisMargarita Quihuis:
Co-founder of Open Capital Network

Margarita Quihuis is co-founder of Open Capital Network, a foundation and venture fund aimed at developing technologies for emerging global markets. Prior to OCN, Ms. Quihuis was a venture partner for NewVista Capital; Executive Director of the Women's Technology Cluster; head of New Media Development, IDEO; Director of IT, Horsley Bridge Partners, a multi-billion venture fund-of-funds. She has held technical positions with Getty Oil, Raychem Corporation, and Stanford's Office of Technology Licensing.

Ms Quihuis has served as a consultant to the US State Department on entrepreneurship. She has been widely quoted in the Asian Venture Capital Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, US News & World Report, Forbes ASAP, Red Herring, CNN and CBS MarketWatch.

Ms. Quihuis is the founder of 1st Wednesdays, the network for women in venture capital. She is a past board member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and was a member of the screening and coaching committees for Springboard 2000, the venture capital conference for women. Ms. Quihuis is on the executive committee of Hispanic-Net. Ms. Quihuis is a past board member of NanoSig, a Northern California based organization dedicated to the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Ms. Quihuis holds B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.

Anita Rao Anita Rao:
VP, Enterprise Software
Garage Technology Ventures

Anita Rao brings extensive experience to Garage Technology Ventures as the Software Sector Leader with software engineering expertise in the financial services, CPG, CRM, and Web services industries. Prior to joining Garage, Anita was the Vice President of Engineering at Jamcracker, where she led a team in architecting and building a flexible, reliable, scalable Web services platform to deliver IT services by aggregating best-of-breed applications and ASPs. Before Jamcracker, she served as Senior Director of Oracle's Customer Relationships Management Products Division, where she started a new group to build Business Intelligence Systems for e-commerce, sales, marketing, call center, and service applications. Prior to Oracle, Anita was a Vice President in the Private Client Information Management and Technology Group at Merrill Lynch. She has also worked as a Vice President in IT operations at Bear Stearns, as a consultant at AT&T, and at Elan Technology. Anita sits on the Advisory Board of Kalat Software, Virtua , Biztune and INSTAR (India Singapore Technpreneurs Association). She is the author of technical articles and is affiliated with a number of trade organizations. Anita earned a M.B.A. in Finance and a M.I.S. from Rutgers University and a B.A. from Calcutta University.

LaVonne Reimer LaVonne Reimer:
J.D., Founder/ CEO/President, Cenquest

LaVonne Reimer founded Cenquest on the strength of almost 20 years' legal counsel to senior executives in many companies, from start-up through IPO to Fortune 500. Her concept for Cenquest arose out of her focus on corporate strategies and legal issues involving benefits and compensation programs, with an emphasis on employee retention and tuition reimbursement. Reimer's additional experience includes teaching as an adjunct professor at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology and Northwestern School of Law and leading executive seminars on corporate laws and strategies. As in-house corporate counsel at Tektronix, Reimer managed business litigation and internal strategic initiatives including spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to her years at Tek, she was a trial and appellate lawyer with the law firm of Ater, Wynne, a firm specializing in corporate, venture law, and labor and employment matters. Reimer is a graduate of Hastings College of Law and of Willamette University.

A-Lan ReynoldsA-Lan Reynolds:
Homeland Security Manager for Raytheon

A-Lan Reynolds currently serves as the Homeland Security Manager for Raytheon Company's Directed Energy Product Line. Her 24-year career has spanned three high tech industries (oil exploration, telecommunications, and aerospace/defense). She has enjoyed the opportunity to lead technology innovation, strategy development for high tech products, and business development for advanced technologies. She has co-founded a start-up telecommunications company, served as director of systems architecture for SpectraPoint Wireless LLC, was the strategy and business development manager for Texas Instruments' Systems Technology Center, and was a senior staff geophysicist for Mobil Oil Company.

A San Francisco native, Ms. Reynolds graduated from Stanford University in 1980 with bachelor's and master's degrees in Geophysics. In 1991, she earned a maste'rs degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin. She holds a patent in non-uniformity compensation for infrared detectors, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies.

Sheryl Root Sheryl Root:
Member, Stanford's Sloan Business School advisory board
President and CEO, RootAnalysis Former Director of Business Strategy Services, Hewlett Packard
Partner in a Napa Valley Winery
Member, Women in Technology International advisory board

One of Silicon Valley's most dynamic executive women, Sheryl Root understands the art of reinventing career and self because she's done it. She is a leader of Stanford University's Executive MBA Program, Director of Hewlett Packard's Executive Account Management for Business Strategy, Director of the Strategic Change office at Hewlett Packard, and owns a winery in Napa Valley.

Robin RouseRobin Rouse:
Globalization Program Manager
Lotus Software -- IBM Software Group

Robin Rouse exemplifies career reinvention and successful work/life balance. While a stay-at-home mom of two, Robin returned to school and completed her college education, graduating from Harvard University with a liberal arts degree. She went on to complete a master of science degree in early childhood education and child development at Wheelock College.

Shortly after receiving her undergraduate degree, Robin started at Lotus/IBM in 1994 as a preschool teacher in the corporate child care center. Robin is now on her third career at IBM. With the help of a mentor, Robin used her writing talent and her networking skills to pursue a position as a technical writer with the Lotus Software Group at IBM. Then, looking for greater challenges, Robin took on the responsibilities of a project manager in global development, a role that has taken her around the world.

In addition to her job responsibilities, Robin ran a working mothers' support group at Lotus/IBM for three years, and has written and spoken widely on work/family balance issues. She is also a freelance writer and an occasional contributor to NPR. Robin welcomes trips to the West Coast so she can visit her son, a film student at the University of California Santa Cruz. Robin lives and works outside of Boston. These days, she spends her spare time accompanying her daughter on college tours, turning flea-market finds into art, restoring her vintage house, and thinking about her next reinvention.

 Paulien Ruijssenaars Pauline Ruijssenaars:
Director of Public Relations, Pinnacle Systems

As Director of Public Relations, Paulien Ruijssenaars brings over 10 years of public relations experience to Pinnacle. She started the PR program for the newly formed Business & Consumer division at Pinnacle when she joined and successfully launched its award-winning flagship product, Studio. Her role at Pinnacle quickly expanded from product PR to corporate communications and today, Paulien manages the worldwide PR effort for the company.

Prior to joining Pinnacle in January 1997, Paulien was PR Manager of ELSA, Inc., a manufactures of graphics acceleration hardware in San Jose, CA. While at ELSA, Paulien developed the public relations program for the Americas and played a key role in helping ELSA gain market share and name recognition in this market.

Before joining ELSA, Paulien held a variety of public relations positions at Fractal Design and FAST Multimedia, both in the United States and in Germany. Paulien has a Bachelor of Art in German and International Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters of Business Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Paulien was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, lived and worked in Germany for 15 years and is fluent in Dutch, German and English. She is also a professional ski instructor and recently completed a 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Julie Shimer Julie Shimer, Ph.D:
CEO, Vocera Communications

Julie Shimer has more than 20 years of leadership experience with a successful track record of P&L management, product development, and engineering. Most recently she was vice president and general manager of 3Com's Residential Connectivity Group, which was responsible for DSL and cable modems, home networking products, and Internet appliances. Prior to 3Com Dr. Shimer spent three years as vice president and general manager of Notorola's Paging Division where she was responsible for product development, sales, and marketing of their paging and programmable cell phone products. She also spent three years as vice president of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. Dr. Shimer worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Company prior to joining Motorola.

Dr. Shimer was recently elected to the board of directors of Welch Allyn, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of medical diagnostic equipment and patient monitoring systems. She is a senior member of the Society of Women Engineers and is actively involved in programs that encourage women to enter engineering fields. Dr. Shimer also is a senior member of the IEEE and was on the board of directors of the Consumer Electronics Association. She earned a bachelor of science in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.

Greg SmithGreg Smith:
Senior Vice President for Marketing and Product Development, Gyration

Greg Smith, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Product Development Mr. Smith joined Gyration in 1990, and has held a variety of positions in Engineering, Product Management, Sales and Marketing. Mr. Smith attended Stanford University and obtained the following degrees: BS Engineering, Product Design Focus; BA Studio Art, Design; BA English, Creative Writing.

Darlene Solomon Darlene Solomon:
R&D/Technology Manager for the Life Science and Chemical Analysis Group (LSCA)
Director of the Life Science Technologies Laboratory (LSTL) in Agilent Technologies

Darlene Solomon is director of the Life Science Technologies Laboratory (LSTL) in Agilent Technologies, which provides solutions to address rapidly growing customer needs in drug discovery, genomics, research proteomics and molecular diagnostics markets.

Dr. Solomon's business expertise spans the life science, biopharmaceutical and chemical industries. She advises executive management on fundamental implications of new technology to current and new business directions for Agilent, identifies and helps negotiate strategic investments and research collaborations with internal and external research partners (academic, national laboratory and biotech industry), and works closely with the company’s legal advisors in overseeing Agilent's intellectual property portfolio.

A top priority for Dr. Solomon is creating a technical community environment and culture that enables trust, respect across the organization, teamwork and people development.

Prior to her promotion to laboratory director, Dr. Solomon was R&D manager for the Chemical and Biological Systems Department, and senior lab scientist. She joined the Medical Department of HP Labs in 1984, designing indwelling fiber optic pH and PO2 sensors for calibrated, continuous patient monitoring and clinical diagnosis. In 1988, she transferred to the Chemical Systems Department to contribute to the development of surface acoustic wave sensors. In 1991, she became project manager for Direct Chemical Measurements, heading the research and development of high frequency acoustic devices that enable rapid, low-cost, quantitative measurements of targeted chemicals and biomacromolecules. In 1993, she became R&D manager for the Chemical Systems Department, which was expanded to include Agilent's growing research in Bioscience and DNA Microarray technology.

Dr. Solomon holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Stanford University (1980), a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), and completed Stanford's Executive Development Program (1995).

She serves on the advisory boards for the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at UC Davis and the Nanobiotechnology Center at Cornell University, and served on the scientific advisory board for the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and the California Analytical Separation Science Society. Within HP, she founded and co-chaired HP's Technical Women's Conference and initiated the HP Labs Community Forum. She serves on the executive advisory committee for these organizations, now in their Agilent incarnations.

Glenda Sparling:
Founder & President of Ranita Corporation

Glenda Sparling, founder and President of Ranita Corporation, an international publishing and marketing firm, with two wholly-owned subsidiaries, has made guest appearances, presented lectures at trade shows and conducted seminars globally, including the USA, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Glenda will be conducting sessions on practical methods to achieve business success by demonstrating how to easily build an online presence and construct a web site using the new WITI eStore software. Having refined her business skills of 31 years, Glenda’s ‘matter-of-fact’ style of communications, stimulating classes and seminars have assisted participants in realizing the value of well-presented, organized information. The scope of Glenda’s narrative and educational style will become evident to her audience, as this author of a best-selling book, star of two major ‘how-to’ videos, and a half-hour TV show demonstrates techniques and skills that bring you the practical steps to web site and internet success.

Gaynelle Swann Gaynelle Swann:
Principal Systems Engineer, Raytheon Company
United Kingdom ISD Manager, Raytheon/Lockheed Martin JAVELIN Joint Venture

At Raytheon, Gaynelle Swann fulfills multiple roles as Section Manager responsible for the training and development of personnel in the Land Combat and Air-to-Air Systems Engineering Department, and Project Manager responsible for ensuring the successful execution of system demonstration, training, and in-service requirements for the Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon System for the United Kingdom.

Ms. Swann joined Raytheon in 1999 as a senior systems engineer, where she led multi-disciplined teams in the analysis of Sparrow missile system performance, failure analysis, risk management, and quality improvements. She was selected to participate in an Engineering-Contracts Rotation, where she managed the Advanced Gun System Long Range Land Attack Projectile Demonstration Program commercial contract as a contract administrator.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Ms. Swann worked at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, where she held a number of diverse and interesting engineering assignments. As a research scientist with Honeywell Technology Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, she worked on advanced communications and control systems development for the company's home and building control divisions.

In 2001, Ms. Swann received the Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology Award for educational leadership, and the YWCA-Tucson Woman on the Move Award. She serves as President of the Raytheon Black Employees Network - Tucson, is on the executive board of the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and is a member of the Tuskegee University Business and Industry Cluster. Ms. Swann will be featured as the keynote speaker for the 2003 YWCA-Tucson's TechGYRLs Kickoff.

Ms. Swann graduated from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. She was awarded the National Consortium for Graduate Education for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences Fellowship in 1991 and received her MS degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993.

Jessica SwitzerJessica Switzer:
Managing Director, Ruder Finn/Switzer

At Ruder Finn/Switzer, Jessica oversees the San Francisco/Bay Area office for the 50-year old, independently-owned PR firm, Ruder Finn. Before joining Ruder Finn, Jessica successfully grew Switzer Communications from a consulting practice in 1995 to a mid-sized PR firm servicing global and local clients. Her company was acquired by Ruder Finn in February of 2003.

Before founding her own company, she spent five years running the PR department at Broderbund Software. While at Broderbund, Jessica spearheaded corporate and product PR and established lifetime friendships with technology media. She also managed the announcement of Broderbund's IPO as well as numerous joint ventures and acquisitions. Since founding Switzer, Jessica has helped launch numerous technology companies and overseen the launch of hundreds of products, helping many client partners become leaders in both the consumer and business-to-business marketplaces.

MEREDITH R. TAYLORMeredith R. Taylor:
COO, The Tech Museum of Innovation

As Chief Operating Officer of the Tech Museum of innovation in San Jose, California, Meredith R. Taylor is responsible for leading all aspects of the institution and its educational outreach initiatives in achieving the mission to inspire the innovator in everyone. In 2000, Ms. Taylor's commitment to enriching people's lives through technology education led to the launch of SeniorSurfers, Inc., a venture capital-funded company providing computer and Internet training to older adults.

As president & CEO, Ms. Taylor raised more than $4 million in venture capital and developed SeniorSurfers from a blank piece of paper to an organization operating 19 Computer Labs. Prior to founding SeniorSurfers, she served as President and CEO of CookExpress.com, an e-commerce start-up producing and delivering gourmet meals. Ms. Taylor joined the CookExpress team when the product was in beta test and raised more than $3 million in venture capital.

Previously, Ms. Taylor spent 11 years at Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Restaurants, last serving as Senior Vice President and COO for this $260 million company. She has served as Vice President, Finance and Administration for the $50 million Spectrum Foods, where she was also responsible for product development and new concept development. She previously held Vice President positions at Marriott Corporation, and Saga FoodService.

Between permanent assignments, Ms. Taylor founded two independent consulting firms: Catalyst Consulting and MRT Strategic Consulting. Both firms served small to mid-sized enterprises by providing strategic and operating direction, as well as interim senior management.

Ms. Taylor holds an MBA from the University of Santa Clara where she has been a guest lecturer in the MBA Entrepreneurship program. She is a member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and was a Springboard 2001 presenter.

Samantha ThomasSamantha Thomas:
Chief Information Security Officer
California State Teachers' Retirement System

Samantha Thomas, Chief Information Security Officer at the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), is responsible for the strategic planning, development and oversight of the Systems' enterprise wide information security initiatives. CalSTRS is the third largest public pension system in the nation with $100 billion plus in assets providing benefits to 715,000 members and beneficiaries.

For the past 10 years Samantha has worked in the information security field, recently for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and in the Executive Branch of the California Department of Motor Vehicles HQ (CaDMV). Both agencies are the largest systems of their kind in the U.S.

Ms. Thomas is previous Board Member elect on the Information System's Security Association's (ISSA) International Board of Directors. Ms. Thomas is also a founding Advisory Board Member of the University of California at Davis' Network Security Certificate Program. Samantha travels worldwide providing Keynote presentations to EU Directors and Parliamentary members, Ministry posts, at international Summits, conferences, and leads Think Tanks on information security initiatives.

In her spare time Samantha is a fervent naturalist, enjoying her Northern California community with her husband Dr. Juan Cruz.

Marlene Tompkins Marlene Tompkins:
Director of the Engineering, Test Systems Design Center
Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona

At Raytheon, Marlene Tompkins is the Director of the Engineering Test Systems Design Center at the company’s Tucson, Arizona facility, whose 620 people generate $120 million in sales. The facility designs and builds test equipment for Raytheon missile systems and subsystems.

Ms. Tompkins joined General Electric in 1975 and worked in both the defense and medical divisions. In 1979, she began work for the Hughes Aircraft Company in Canoga Park, California, and subsequently in Tucson, Arizona as a test engineer. During the next nine years, she held positions of increasing responsibility, starting as a design engineer and rising to section head and microelectronics manager.

From 1989 to 1991, she served as Test Development Department Manager, and then shifted to assume the role of Prototype Development Department Manager from 1991 to 1993. She spent the next four years, heading the Advanced Packaging and Product Design Department. In 1997, she became a member of the directorate's technology development staff. From 1998 to Oct. of 1999 she was Deputy Product Development/Process Management Center Manager.

As a result of corporate mergers and acquisitions, during the years from 1989 to 1999, Marlene served on 3 separate transition teams that were responsible for moving people, programs and equipment to Tucson from locations across the United States.

Ms. Tompkins earned her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and mechanical engineering in 1975 from Widener University. She earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1992.

Michele Turner:
SVP, Product Marketing, AOL

Michele Turner has a broad background in business management which includes product management, product development, marketing and finance. Her specialty is working with newly formed or re-formed organizations, getting them focused, turning them into a team and producing results.

Michele is currently SVP of Product Marketing for America Online, where she is responsible for delivery of some of AOL's newest products. Prior to AOL, Michele was SVP/GM of Product at [email protected], where she was primarily responsible for the Excite portal. Michele has also held senior positions at SGI, Sun Microsystems and AMD.

Michele Turner is a proven leader who has led organizations through periods of extremely fast growth, as well as rapidly declining marketing conditions. She has experience managing teams of over 400 as well as working in start-ups. Her broad background in business management includes product management, product development, marketing and finance. Her specialty is working with newly formed or re-formed organizations, getting them focused, turning them into a team and producing results. She is also well known for her personal and organizational mentoring.

Margaret Wasserman Margaret Wasserman:
Principal Technologist
Wind River

As principal technologist at Wind River, Ms. Wasserman is the architect for the company’s core network products… She is also co-chair of the IETF IPv6 and IPv6 operations working group… Served as director of device management prior to current position… Was Director of Internet Development at Epilogue Technology, which was acquired by ISI; then was director of networking R&D at ISI…. Earlier was director of professional services at FTP Software, Inc…. Has written several white papers and articles on IPv6 and network configurations for standards organizations, including the IETF, and publications such as IPv6 Magazine.

Recent speaking engagements:
Keynote address at “Deploying IPv6 Conference,” Paris, France, 2002
SAINT 2003
ATIS Security Summit 2003
Network+Interop 2002

Barbara Waugh Barbara Waugh, Ph.D.:
Co-founder, eInclusion Hewlett-Packard Company

A longtime radical activist, Barabara Waugh joined Hewlett-Packard 20 years ago, and used her successive positions as company recruiting manager, and personnel director and worldwide change manager for the renowned HP Labs to transform HP's corporate culture. Along the way she invented and discovered a set of "radical tools" for introducing practical change and energizing altruism at all levels of the organization. The book has received enthusiastic reviews from Dow-Jones to Fast Company to the San Francisco Chronicle; and has been the subject of dozens of talk shows and interviews. Barbara's work has been featured in many publications on organizational change, including The Dance of Change; The Rebel Rules; The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, Surfing the Edge of Chaos; Fast Company, Business 2.0 and Strategy & Business.

Determined from the beginning to put teeth into the idea of "doing well by doing good," Barbara developed HP's breakthrough programs for women and minority recruiting, mentored outstanding people throughout HP, and received Management Legacy awards from both the HP Technical Women's Conference and the HP Deaf and Hard of Hearing Forum. She co-founded HP's Sustainability Network, as well as e-Inclusion, a business initiative and program to provide the four billion people at the bottom of the global economic pyramid access to the social and economic opportunities of technology. Barbara is currently a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and an hp internal consultant and coach. HP Lab's function is to deliver breakthrough new and advanced technologies and strategies that provide a competitive advantage for HP, and contribute to the world.

Barbara has a PhD in Psychology and Organizational Behavior from the Wright Institute in Berkeley (with honors), an MA in Theology and Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago (as a Danforth/Kent Fellow), and an MA in German Literature from Florida State University (Phi Beta Kappa). She has served on the Board of Directors for the State of the World Forum, the Board of Directors for the Pacific Cultural Conservancy International, and the Board of Advisers for the Global Fund for Women.

She lives in Northern California with her partner and their two children

Nancie Williams:
Business Productivity Advisor, Industry Solutions Group
Microsoft Corporation

As a Microsoft business productivity advisor, Ms. Williams directs five national teams dedicated to developing and delivering optimum business intelligence solutions to six vertical industry markets, including the financial services; federal, state and local government agency; healthcare, and retail sectors.

Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Williams had a ten-year career at Documentum, her most recent role being vice president of business development and technology alliances, after holding a succession of management positions with increasing executive responsibility. She was fully responsible for directing the OEM and VAR programs and for forging deeper reselling relationships with technology partners. During her tenure, she consistently achieved or exceeded corporate objectives to sell tens of millions of software licenses.

At Verity, a full text search engine provider, Ms. Williams was district sales manager, who met or exceeded quota expectations, and was voted as number one rep in 1992 and number two rep in 1991. She developed a customer service application which became the company’s top selling solution to high-tech customers.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Williams was in VAR sales with Oracle, where she was responsible for setting up distribution channels for PC and networking products. Her last year there, she achieved double her expected quota.

Ms. Williams began her career at Revelation Technologies as a district sales manager responsible for all VAR and systems integrator sales of the company’s database technology.

Ms. Williams holds a bachelor of arts in business with a minor in computer science from the University of Idaho, where she was member of the ski team.

Marilyn Wilson Marilyn Wilson:
Former vice president, Global Product Development and Marketing, Fisher-Price
Former CEO of Surveyor Corporation
Member, Women in Technology International advisory board

From toy marketer to software company CEO to entrepreneur, Marilyn Wilson has proven skills in reinvention and innovation.

Ms. Wilson is president of Wilson Victor Associates, a business development-consulting firm. Through all of her years of experience, Wilson has learned that every business is under constant pressure to make things better, cheaper and faster. Her firm works with companies to quickly engage customers and prove the relevance of their technology.

Ms. Wilson lends her expertise in strategic planning, product development, marketing, sales and business development to help companies, launch new products, find strategic partners, get on a path to success quickly. One example, NanoMuscle, is a well-funded start-up client that uses nanotechnology to create a revolutionary type of motor.

Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Wilson was vice president of Global Product Development and Marketing at Fisher-Price and CEO of Surveyor Corporation, a leading provider of Web camera software and services.

Ms. Wilson serves on the Women in Technology International advisory board and the Softec board. She is a graduate of Cornell University. She has been contributor to several books including "At The Helm".

Gerry Zimmerman Gerry Zimmerman:
Vice president of Quality for Raytheon Company.

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.

At Raytheon, Ms. Zimmerman is responsible for ISO 9001 and AS 9100 implementation and is the Raytheon ISO Management Representative. Other areas of responsibility include product quality and process improvement initiatives; hardware and software quality engineering; quality control; metrology/ calibration; internal audits; statistical process control and supplier surveillance. She is an active participant in the Aerospace Industry Association's Advanced Quality Working Group and the American Society for Quality's Aerospace and Defense Board. At Raytheon, she is challenged by geographics, as there are over 30 major sites across many time zones that need her support.

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.

She and her husband, Richard reside in Brookfield, Connecticut. They have a son in high school and a daughter in middle school.

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