Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Lakecia Gunter
Chief of Staff & Technical Assistant to CEO
Intel

Lakecia Gunter is the Chief of Staff & Technical assistant to Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. Prior to her current role, she was the General Manager of Consumer Desktop Segment Marketing team, in the Client Computing Group, where she was responsible for maximizing desktop profitability through form factor innovation and first time buyer programs, driving growth in new market segments, and driving disruption in adjacent markets to grow the desktop P&L.

Lakecia earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from University of South Florida. Lakecia also earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Maggie Johnson
Director of Education
Google

Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training and content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science. She also manages the University Relations area, building strategic research partnerships with faculty and labs globally.

Prior to Google, Maggie was a faculty member and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Darlene Solomon
Chief Technology Officer
Agilent Technologies

Darlene Solomon is SVP and Chief Technology Officer for Agilent Technologies. She received her BS from Stanford University, her PhD in chemistry from MIT, and she completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program. In recognition of her career accomplishments, Solomon was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017. She was also inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame in 2001, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award in 2004, and was named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2007 and Corporate Board Member’s 50 Top Women in Technology in 2008. Solomon serves on the Board of Directors for Materion Corporation, in addition to roles on multiple academic and government advisory and review boards.

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Donya Q. Amiri
Associate Transportation/Civil Engineer
City of Fremont

Her dream is to break through the barriers and misconceptions of Afghan women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to use her education to make a difference in her community. Donya Amiri attended SJSU where she earned two degrees in Civil Engineering and one degree in Business. She holds two engineering licenses from the State of California Board for Professional Engineers. As an Associate Engineer for the City of Fremont, the city she has called home for over 25 years, Ms. Amiri has been in charge of the traffic signal infrastructure and operations. She's leading signal communication and modernization projects. She is also a busy mom of three children--Monisa (3), Imran (5), and Arsalan (7). She and her husband Waheed love to travel and play with their kids.

Shubhi Asthana
Research Software Engineer
IBM

Shubhi Asthana is a Research Software Engineer working at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California. She leads research and development of end-to-end solutions and analytical tools in the areas of Cloud Services, Machine Learning, Energy Management & IoT, for which she has been also awarded 8+ patents. Her work has appeared at top-tier venues including SCC 2017, AI & MS 2017, ICSOC, and NIPS ML4HC 2016 among others. She has completed her Masters in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, USA.

Michelle Bockman
Global Head of 3D Printing
HP

Michelle Bockman is the Global Head of 3D Printing Commercial Expansion & Development at HP Inc. In this role she focuses on growing the market through key customer engagements, global alliances, materials partner programs, applications development, creating new software solutions, and ensuring the best customer experience and outcomes.

Previously, Michelle had a long career at GE, most recently as executive vice president at GE Digital where she led the company’s ambitious strategy to build a software-driven digital future for large industrial customers and establish GE Digital as a $15 billion stand-alone P&L.

With more than 20 years of digital industrial experience she has led a variety of functions in the healthcare, industrial cybersecurity, pharmaceutical, and automotive sectors spanning commercial, engineering, service, and supply chain roles.

Michelle holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Carol Carpenter
VP of Product Marketing
Google

Carol is a geek with a passion for technology and solving customer problems. She's been in tech marketing for most of her career, starting as a product marketing manager at Apple. She loves building and scaling new products and has done that at both small and large companies in varying roles as CMO, GM and most recently as CEO before joining Google Cloud.

She is particularly proud of the high-performance teams she's developed and the fact that many of her prior marketing mavens are all doing impactful work across tech companies.

Soniya Chopada
Engineering Manager
Therma

Soniya, P. E., LEED (AP) is a HVAC enthusiast, who enjoys the diverse variety of facilities this High-Tech capitol of the world offers. In her 20-year career, she’s worked on- Educational, Semi-conductor, Bio-Tech, Data-Center, and Mixed-Use Commercial- projects, to meet its unique goals driven by- budget/ schedule/ energy efficiency/ or sustainability. She is Alumni of College of Engineering Pune and University of Iowa from where she received Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and currently is the Engineering Manager at Therma.

On the personal note, her message to you- “If you enjoy problem solving and teamwork, give the careers in construction a thought. Good luck and may the force be with you!”

Diana Chung
Senior Director of Clinical Operations
Gilead Sciences

Diana Chung is a Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Gilead Sciences. She received her BS in Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University and a MS in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Maryland. She provides leadership in the Inflammation/Respiratory therapeutic area to execute global clinical trials in areas including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases. Previously, she led the Early Development team that manages Phase 1 studies across all therapeutic areas. She has supported NDA/MAA submissions for several of the currently marketed therapeutics including Stribild®, Sovaldi® Zydelig®, Harvoni®, Genvoya®, Odefsey® and Descovy®. She is an active member of Women@Gilead and the Running community.

Antonella Corno
Senior Manager of Product Strategy
Cisco

Antonella Corno is the Senior Manager of Product Strategy at Learning@Cisco. She actively manages the development of the learning portfolio, overseeing a team that translates information from hardware and software developers to architects of technology training and certification. After spending more than two decades across two continents working in technology research and development for leading Information Technology (IT) firms, Antonella understands the challenges that individuals face when entering, training and updating skills in the IT industry. Antonella works tirelessly to build frameworks for these individuals to enable the learning process.

Antonella is a CCIE Emeritus, has spoken at several international conferences, and holds multiple international patents.

Jessica Decker
Visualization Specialist
Fulcrum Community

Jessica Decker is a visualization specialist with a wide background in public interface design. Her previous clients include MIT, Cornell University, and the California Academy of Sciences. Jessica is a self-taught developer, and is active in many civic data projects such as Code for America, EmpowerSF, and Google's Geo for Good program. In September 2017, Jessica initiated a crowdsourced relief platform during Hurricane Harvey that provided aid to over 28,000 people, and was the 2017 recipient of the Churchill Club Community Benefactor award. Jessica is currently a project consultant for a select list of clients in the humanitarian and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on resilience equity and community-based platform development.

Gini Deshpande
CEO
NuMedii

Gini is founder & CEO of NuMedii, an AI driven biopharma company focused on discovery of new precision therapeutics. As CEO, she structured critical partnerships with several large pharma companies and raised Series A from VCs. Previously, she helped Affymetrix and other companies with market development strategies for their ground breaking technologies. She led innovation at Children's Hospital Boston for the creation of new devices for the tiniest of patients. Gini helped commercialize early stage technologies in research tools, diagnostics & therapeutics and has closed licensing deals worth several million. Gini received her MS from the University of Pune (India), her PhD in Biological Sciences from Purdue University, and did post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Isaura S Gaeta
VP and General Manager
Intel

Isaura S. Gaeta is vice president and general manager of systems engineering in the Platform Engineering Group (PEG) at Intel Corporation. She leads the team responsible for optimizing overall workflow to improve engineering efficiency and effectiveness, with a focus on improvements in execution capacity, quality management systems, and operational excellence for a global engineering organization of 18k people. Gaeta also manages PEG’s people systems and serves as chief of staff for the group’s senior vice president of engineering.

A 30-year veteran of Intel, Gaeta has managed engineering and operations teams in PEG since 2013. Gaeta spent the first two decades of her Intel career managing the development of various semiconductor processing technologies. Her work during that period led to two patents and five Intel Achievement Awards, the company’s highest recognition.

Gaeta holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She founded Intel’s Network of Executive Women for the Latin America region and was the chair of Intel’s Hispanic Leadership Council. Outside of Intel, she serves on the board of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and previously served on the board of Women in Engineering Proactive Network and the advisory board for El Centro Chicano at Stanford. The Hispanic IT Executive Council has recognized her four times on its annual list of the top 100 Hispanic professionals in the IT industry.

Aga M. Goodsell
Deputy Director of Exploration Technology
NASA

Dr. Aga Goodsell is the Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center. She has held this Senior Executive Service position since September 2016. She joined NASA in 1987 as an aerospace engineer, moved into line management as Chief of the Aerothermodynamics Branch in 2008, and became Associate Director for Exploration Technology in 2012. She served as Acting Deputy Director for Exploration Technology in August 2015 until her permanent appointment. Dr. Goodsell received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame; her M.S. in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and her Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics from Stanford University. She holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.

Katherine Han
Reliability Engineer
SunPower

Katherine is a solar module reliability engineer at SunPower, a solar-electric vehicle enthusiast, and an amateur gymnast. She enjoys construction work and playing with Roombas.

Mahvash Harms
Structural Engineer / Principal
Biggs Cardosa Assoc.

I was born in Tehran, Iran and was the only female student accepted to the Civil Engineering School of Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran. After about 3.5 years at Pahlavi University, we migrated to the Bay Area. I continued my education at SJSU where I finished my BS and MS in Structural Engineering.

I am a principal at Biggs Cardosa Assoc. and am PIC of our SF and Oakland offices, and also manage a design team in our SJ office.

I have over 35 years of experience including many multi-disciplinary bridge and building projects such as 152 /156 and structures along Hwy 101 and 680 as well as a unique single arch pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks at Bay Street in Emeryville.

On a personal note; I am an avid walker and Hiker and try to walk at least 20 miles a week!

Nina Hawk
Chief Operating Officer
Santa Clara Valley Water District

Nina Hawk is the Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Utility Enterprise. She is responsible for leading Santa Clara County’s water supply program consisting of: water importation, surface reservoir operations and storage, groundwater management, raw and treated water delivery, drinking water treatment, water recycling and purification, and water conservation programs. She holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Public Administration both from San Jose State University, and is a recipient of the “Rising Star Award” by Municipal Management Association of Northern California.

Kaijen Hsiao
Chief Technology Officer
Mayfield Robotics

As the CTO of a game-changing, consumer robotics company, I strive to open-up the new capabilities of robotics technology, with particular attention on shared autonomous teleoperation, imitation learning, tactile grasp adjustment, human-aware navigation, and robot mapping and localization.

Across my career at MIT, Bosch, and Willow Garage, I have assembled, accelerated, and led robotics teams producing marketable breakthroughs that have sparked startup businesses in the US and Europe.

A few more accolades: Robohub honored me as one of the “25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know about,” and I've also been honored as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's "Women of Influence."

Richard Liu
Co-Founder & CEO
Leap.ai

As a long time tech exec at Google, Richard was a key leader of a number of Google businesses, including Enterprise Search, Shopping, Offers and Project Fi. It was here that he became deeply aware of how hard it is to both attract and develop talented young people. As an investing partner with TEEC Angel Fund, he regularly puts his money where his heart is - supporting early stage companies solving the world’s most intractable problems.

Richard holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s in automation from Tsinghua University in Beijing and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Hilary Lackritz
Senior Program Manager
SRI International

Hilary Lackritz, Ph.D., is a Senior Program Manager at SRI, with over 25 years of experience in research areas including nanotechnology materials/devices for government and commercial applications. She has worked in flexible electronics, and the development of lightweight and durable materials for space and aviation applications and the creation of associated manufacturing processes. Dr. Lackritz was a tenured professor at Purdue University, and has started three companies. She is the author of over one hundred and fifty technical presentations and sixty article publications and has over a dozen patents. Dr. Lackritz received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and her BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Lin Li
Senior Machine Learning Scientist
Apple

Lin Li is a manager in Apple Siri team where she is leading the Natural Language Understanding (NLU) modeling and machine learning effort. Prior to Apple Inc, she was with Baidu USA and Philips Research North America leading various innovation projects using machine learning techniques. Lin Li received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida majoring in kernel-based neural networks and their real world applications such as brain machine interface.

Erica Lockheimer
Senior Director of Engineering
LinkedIn/Microsoft

Erica Lockheimer has been at LinkedIn for over 6 years and is a Senior Director of Engineering where she leads the Engineering team focused on increasing growth in new members and deepening engagement with members across LinkedIn's products. She is also responsible for LinkedIn's Women in Tech (WIT) initiative that is focused on empowering women in technical roles at the company. Prior to LinkedIn, she worked at Good Technology as Director of Server Engineering to securely manage and synchronize email and calendar data between Exchange and mobile devices. She loves the challenge of starting with something nascent and carving out the right strategy, hiring the best people, and plotting a course to drive results in 2014 and 2015, Erica was also voted the top 22 women engineers in the world by Business Insider. Erica is a San Francisco Bay Area native and is a graduate from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Daphne Luong
Engineering Director, Research & Machine Intelligence
Google

At Google, Daphne Luong leads efforts in natural language understanding and human computation. Her expertise is in building technologies from the ground up, with experience across a range of startups and established companies. Prior to Google, Daphne worked at Alphabet/Nest where she was responsible for non-device software functions, including IoT device and camera cloud platforms, data services, Work with Nest developer program, security, eCommerce platform and enterprise energy services. At Microsoft, she led the spin-out of the Tellme IVR business into [24]7 where she managed a global team responsible for building and delivering enterprise-grade predictive consumer experience platforms and products.

Daphne is an active community volunteer who advises social entrepreneurs across the globe through Santa Clara University’s GSBI program and mentors local high school students. She is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Microsoft Silicon Valley Women's Inspiration Award and currently a board member of World Pulse.

Sara McBride
Mendenhall Fellow - Social Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Sara McBride is a Mendenhall Fellow at the USGS - Menlo Park. Sara is a social scientist, specializing in hazard and risk communication. She also has experience as a communication practitioner, working in the Canterbury (Christchurch) earthquake sequence, Kaikoura M7.8 (2016) earthquake, Samoa Tsunami (2009), and other disasters during her career.

Nikunj Mehta
Founder & CEO
Falconry

Nikunj founded Falkonry after realizing that very valuable operational data produced in industrial infrastructure goes mostly unutilized in the energy, manufacturing and transportation sectors. Nikunj believes hard business problems can be solved by combining machine learning, user-oriented design and partnerships.

Prior to Falkonry, Nikunj was Architect and VP Customer Success at C3 IoT. Earlier, he led innovation teams at Oracle focused on database technology and led the creation of the IndexedDB database standard for HTML5.

He holds both Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai. He has contributed to standards at both W3C and IETF, and is a member of the ACM.

Beth Miller
Postdoctoral Researcher
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Beth Miller is a postdoc at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource where she uses X-rays to look inside batteries. Beth grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Penn State. She earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University researching solid oxide fuel cells. Beth values scientific collaboration and has worked at institutions from Sandia National Laboratories to University College London to further research partnerships. At SLAC, she shares her enthusiasm for materials science by mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. In her free time, Beth enjoys baking and exploring California’s landscapes.

Aaraadhya Narra
Solutions Architect
NVIDIA

Aaraadhya Narra is a solutions architect in the Automotive team at NVIDIA, supporting customers working on self-driving cars. Aaraadhya has a master of science degree from Santa Clara University, focusing in machine learning and data science. Prior to NVIDIA, she worked as a software engineer at Cisco Systems.

Jesmin Ngo
Co-Founder
Tadschool

Jesmin is on a mission to transform STEM learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Before co-founding Tadschool, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science in May 2016. She worked as a software engineer at Dell EMC on cloud-native data protection, where she had a unique opportunity to hone not only her technical skills, but also UI design and product management. Then, her VR career changed when she was selected to participate in the Oculus Launch Pad Program – where she went through an intensive few months of developing a complete augmented conversation and storytelling virtual reality experience. Jesmin is currently continuing to contribute to the VR space through her work in Tadschool. https://tadschool.com/

Lena Nicolaides
VP & General Manager
KLA-Tencor

Dr. Lena Nicolaides, is the Vice President and General Manager of Laser Scanning and Swift products at KLA-Tencor. She is responsible for product profitability, product development, customer relationships and international collaborations on semi-conductor equipment.

Lena has held various technology and business leadership positions at KLA-Tencor, including general manager of the Implant Metrology Division and chief technology supply executive where she was responsible for supplier business development. Prior to assuming her current role, Lena was vice president and general manager for macro inspection and SensArray products where she led high-performing teams to achieve profitable growth. Before joining KLA-Tencor, Lena held senior marketing and engineering roles at Therma-Wave Inc and PTD Inc.

Lena is the author of more than 50 technical articles and holds 30 US patents. She is an active mentor for young professionals. She received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Jessie Mooberry
Head of Deployment
Airbus A^3

Jessie Mooberry is Head of Deployment at Altiscope, an A^3 by Airbus project dedicated to bringing policymakers, technologists, and NGOs together to modernize air traffic management. She is a technologist at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, and started her UAV career with Uplift Aeronautics, building fixed-wing aircraft out of a garage in Stanford with the world’s first humanitarian drone cargo nonprofit. Jessie was one of the first to obtain a commercial drone license in the U.S. She sits on the Board of People’s Light in Malvern, PA and is a Social Enterprise Fellow and Mentor for the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation.

Wendy Mueller
Joint Utility Manager
ExteNet Systems

Wendy Mueller has worked in the wireless telecom industry for 13 years. She started her career with Nextel as a sales office manager and trainer. Recognizing Wendy’s desire to learn more about wireless telecommunications, Nextel sent her to Schaumburg, Ill to attend Motorola Systems School in 2001 which lead to a job in technical operations troubleshooting network failures. Over the years, Wendy’s interest in the burgeoning technology industry grew and she took every opportunity to learn more and work in every aspect of the wireless telecom industry, including site acquisition and permitting, FCC environmental compliance, FAA compliance, site design and construction.

Wendy is currently a Joint Utility Manager at ExteNet Systems, and her area of responsibilities encompasses joint use for California and acts in an advisory role for Safety and Compliance on a National level. As a testament to her utility industry knowledge and expertise, Wendy was unanimously voted 2018 President of the Northern California Joint Pole Association [NCJPA]. Wendy’s tireless work and dedication in the wireless industry and has enabled her to introduce more women to this fast-growing field.

Patti Robb
Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center
Intel

Patti Robb is the Head of Intel’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center leading and advancing the industry in autonomous driving. She works on amazing projects and uses technology to improve people's lives every day. She is a visionary, high energy executive passionate about developing and shipping innovative products while understanding the technology trends that will shape the future.

Previously, Patti was a Product Development Executive with Intel’s Internet of Things Group. She was part of the team creating Intel’s market leading 5G Strategy, and was also responsible for Intel’s IOT Connectivity Strategy and Platform development across business verticals.

Patti is leading to close the Technology Industry gender gap and a champion of the Pay it Forward program at Intel to help develop and advance more women at the company.

Patti has 8 patents issued or pending.

Tina Simms
Consultant
Tina Simms Consulting

Tina Simms is a retired Senior Network Process & Quality Manager for AT&T’s Network Operation Construction and Engineering West Region. Currently, she is an independent consultant for the Northern California Joint Pole Association. Tina’s AT&T background also includes Outside Plant Design Engineering (Project Pronto‐DSL, Project Lightspeed‐Uverse) as well as AT&T’s Fiber to the Building Project VIP.

Tina holds a Masters in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University. She is a highly sought‐after part‐time instructor for the University of Phoenix’s Bay Campus and is also a 2013 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Awardee, as voted by the students. Tina has been a California MESA AT&T industry volunteer since 1997. She has supported and guided MESA statewide and local funding efforts toward specific AT&T funding and hiring resources (AT&T Aspire, AT&T Technology Development Program). Tina is a sought after Leadership and Diversity presenter for Northern California and Bay Area STEM college and high school events. She is also the recipient of President Obama’s Service Award. Tina Simms truly lives for the opportunity to assist others with tapping into their full individual potential.

Marina Sirota
Assistant Professor
UCSF

Marina is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at UCSF. Prior to that she has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Pfizer. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University. Dr. Sirota’s research experience in translational bioinformatics spans over 10 years during which she has co-authored over 40 scientific publications. Her research interests lie in developing computational integrative methods and applying these approaches in the context of disease diagnostics and therapeutics with a special focus on studying the role of the immune system in disease. As a young leader in the field, she has been awarded the AMIA Young Investigator Award in 2017.

Stacey Wu
Senior Vice President
Fortinet

Stacey brings more than two decades of enterprise, networking, and security marketing expertise to Fortinet, with a strong track record in global demand generation, customer-centric digital marketing, and strategic sales enablement programs. Stacey is responsible for creating brand preference, generating demand, and accelerating customer acquisition and sales productivity for Fortinet's global market opportunity.

Prior to Fortinet, Stacey was vice president, marketing and demand generation at Avaya, and prior to that, she held a variety of marketing leadership roles at Symantec, most recently VP of strategic marketing and planning. Prior to Symantec, she led various product marketing teams at Check Point Software, NEC, and HP.

Stacey holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a B.S. in Computer Science from San Francisco State University. For more information on Fortinet, please visit our website: www.fortinet.com

Rosie Zepeda
Founder & CEO
Compelling Conversation, LLC & Latina Success Network

Rosie is currently running for San Jose City Council District 9.

Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda is a Professional Speaker and CEO of Compelling Conversations, an organizational development training and diversity marketing consulting company (www.compelling‐conversations.com). Using a signature “leadership through effective communication” system, the company fosters human potential and inclusion strategy in: STEM Education, Tech and with Conscious Organizations.

Rosie is also the Founder of Latina Success Network, the premier community for culturally relevant professional and self-development (www.latinasuccessnetwork.com). LSN has two signature annual academies: Communication and Start Up.

She is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she received a BA in Theater Arts/Spanish Literature and Communication. She was a Reader’s Digest Fellow at Herbert Lehman College for her Master’s in Education and a Teach for America/AmeriCorps Alumni. In 2016, Rosie was recognized with a Silicon Valley Business Journal “Woman of Influence Award.”

Rosie has been singing mariachi since the age of 4. She is a huge documentary movie buff, staunch environmentalist and animal lover.

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