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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 www.mercurynews.com . Her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/deb which has more than 50,000 subscribers is used by Facebook as a model for journalists throughout the world, and her blog www.deborahpetersen.wordpress.com: "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 http://www.mercurynews.com/deborah-petersen 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.