Tech Women SIG: Global Women's Journey



  • Topic: Global Women's Journey (Co-Hosted with Bay Brazil and GABA)

    Location: Adobe Systems, San Jose

    We launched the Global Women's Journey series last year to discuss women's path to leadership. We are happy to continue the conversation and kick-off the 2012 series on International Women’s Day! Come celebrate with us!

    Across the world, highly educated and ambitious women are pouring into the labor market. In the next ten years, more than one billion women are expected to enter the workforce or start their own businesses. Analysts predict that Gen Y women will outnumber men in the professional workforce. In emerging markets, women are expected to be the dominant force taking on increased leadership and expanding their roles in upper management. According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, 10.1 million firms in the U.S. are owned by women and one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned. Despite this progress, women share a familiar feeling: it’s lonely for fellow female leaders at the top across all industries and geographies.

    How women are shaping the world’s new workforce?
    What will be the leadership models in a workplace dominated by women?
    What are the current challenges and opportunities facing women regardless of race and ethnicity?


    Rebecca Fannin, Journalist, Author of Silicon Dragon (speaking about women in China)
    Rebecca Fannin is author of Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia and a contributor toForbes. A former international editor at Red Herring, International Business, & Asian Venture Capital Journal in Hong Kong, Ms. Fannin has also written for Inc., Fast Company, Huffington Post, & Harvard Business Review. A commentator on Fox Business News, Sky TV, & Channel News Asia, Rebecca has also lectured at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and National University of Singapore. Her news and events group, Silicon Asia, publishes e-newsletters and research for venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and investors.

    Jen Shelby, VP Client Services, Astia (speaking about women in Europe)
    Jen Shelby is an executive leadership and management professional with over 18 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations with high-tech Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Her expertise and experience in creating and implementing new business models gives her first hand knowledge understanding of her clients challenges.

    Katy Dickinson, Director, Huawei Technologies (speaking about women in MENA)
    Katy Dickinson is the Chief Analyst, Software Development Trends, at Huawei Technologies, in Corporate R&D.She is also the Mentoring Process Architect for the TechWomen 2011 mentoring program. TechWomen paired women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies that started in June 2011. Prior to joining Huawei Technologies Katy Dickinson was the Director, Business Process Architecture: CTO & Sun Labs organizations.

    Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager at Google
    Bridgette is a Global Entrepreneurship Manager working to further Google's efforts to empower entrepreneurs around the world. Prior to her current role, Bridgette led Google's outreach efforts in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), based out of Ghana. In this role, she built programs that enable software developers, startups and businesses to utilize Google's tools to drive innovation and content generation on the web. Before moving to Africa, Bridgette was a on the scalable 3rd party sales team focused on non-traditional agencies, based in San Francisco, California.Prior to joining Google, Bridgette's diverse background spanned jumpstarting a micro-finance organization in Peru, attracting foreign direct investment in the investment promotion Nicaragua, working at Alcoa in the marketing strategy unit and studying in Thailand. Bridgette is an avid runner, a culinary experimenter and a jazz singer.

    Linda Alepin, Director, Global Women's Leadership Network and Dean’s Professor of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.
    After graduating from Stanford, she spent 30+ years in the information technology industry, rising to officer of a F200 company and CEO of an early Internet startup. She has spent the last decade immersed in developing leaders around the globe. Through GWLN she has trained more than 80 women NGO leaders from around the world.Linda started the Leavey School of Business Global Fellows program. She teaches the spring and fall practica that prepare undergraduates for their service experiences in developing countries. She is a recipient of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women’s award for contributions to the equality of women and the YWCA’s Tribute to Women in International Industry.

    Deborah Petersen, SJ Mercury News

    Deborah Petersen is a columnist and Senior Editor for Mobile and Social Media at the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News . Her Facebook page, which has more than 50,000 subscribers is used by Facebook as a model for journalists throughout the world, and her blog "Unraveling Social Media One Tool at a Time" dissects the often confusing world of social media. She conducts social media training for journalists and her column What I Do often focuses on Social Media and women's issues. She oversaw the award-winning coverage of the 2007 Spinach crisis and she was recognized for her writing project on the rural working poor and after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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    6:00 - 7:00 p.m Registration, Nibbles & Networking

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Program / Q &; A

    COST: Early birds $20 Members, $25 Non-Member until February 29rd

    From March 1: Members $25, Non-M $35. At the door is $40.