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Audrey Blackmon

Senior Vice President – Business Development, Verrency

With 25+ years in the payments industry, Audrey is a seasoned veteran. As the SVP Business Development, Audrey leads Sales Strategy at Verrency for North & South America. She serves as an advisor to the Executive Board of Wnet, an advisor to startups at Plug & Play and other Fintech startups on go-to-market strategy.

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Sue Bunnell

Sr. Vice President and Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo

Sue is the President and Co-Chair of the Board of Leading Women in Technology. She enjoys speaking and facilitating workshops in the Bay Area on effective self-advocacy skills, personal change management, career and salary negotiation, and talent development. Sue is an active cheerleader for career evolution, and has a side business as a resume therapist to help candidates present their skills and experiences as persuasively as possible.

As Managing Counsel and SVP at Wells Fargo, Sue handles the technology, intellectual property, cloud computing, third party program, privacy, and dispute resolution for various internal groups such as renewable energy, sustainability, physical corporate security, and facilities operations for over 7600 locations in 33 countries. Sue delights in crafting workable solutions to legal and regulatory issues in collaboration with Wells Fargo business owners and senior leaders. AI, blockchain, DLT, fintech and other payments issues have also formed part of her domain at one point or another in her 18 years at Wells Fargo.


Maggy Carlyle

Associate General Counsel, Pac-128 Ringleader


Maggy Carlyle is the Associate General Counsel for the Pac-12 where she oversees business and legal affairs of all of the internal business units under the Pac-12 Conference, including Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 MMR, and Pac-12 Global. Ms. Carlyle joined the Pac-12 from the San Jose Sharks where she served as Counsel & Corporate Secretary, working closely with the executive management team in the development and execution of business strategies, key transactions, NHL compliance, government relations, risk management, and all other legal matters. Previously, Ms. Carlyle worked with the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Management Council, and Kansas City Chiefs. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri before finishing at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

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Katie Conklin

Director of Affiliate, Fox Corporation


Katie Conklin, has been working in the sports and entertainment space for the last nine years. Katie currently works for Fox Corporation, as Director of Affiliate, Network Partnerships, and Live Operations. Her team directly operates all digital Live Sports and Entertainment. She has vast experience and knowledge within the digital media arena, spanning from VOD, Live Content, and Streaming. Additionally, Katie manages a team of over 70 people, which spans the ongoing operation enhancements with ad and media technology partners. Furthermore, Katie has extensive relationships with Fox Corporation’s key partners: Amazon, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Youtube.

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Laura Fontana

Vice President, Innovation Group, Wells Fargo 

Laura Fontana is a product strategy lead for the Wells Fargo Innovation Research & Development team.  She is responsible for the Distributed Ledger Technology Program, investigating distributed ledger based solutions and identifying opportunities across the enterprise to define a framework and strategy for adoption.

With over 20 years of product development experience, Laura joined Wells Fargo in 2008. As part of Digital Payments, she supported the online and mobile transfers & payments services, working on many digital transformational enhancements such as the universal transfers module, the Wachovia integration for money movement, and the technical transitions required to adopt online collections and the modern user experience across digital devices. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Laura led the marketing and product development of alternative merchant payment solutions at Blackhawk Network, and online public sector procurement services at Epylon. She also has extensive product development and marketing experience with software development tools, methodologies and best practices.

Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a secondary focus in Economics from Stanford University. She resides in San Francisco with her two boys and two cats.

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Lianne Kennedy-Boudali

Vice President for Strategy and Intelligence, Concentric

Lianne is a recognized expert on international security and terrorism. She is Vice President for Strategy and Intelligence at Concentric, a boutique consultancy serving private clients and corporations. She leads client engagements on threat assessment and strategic planning. Prior to joining Concentric, Lianne led an international research team working for a U.S. cybersecurity company in Abu Dhabi. Lianne also served as a Policy Analyst in the National Security Research Division of RAND Corporation, where she conducted classified and unclassified research. During this time, she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Sub-Committee on African Affairs.

Lianne taught in the Social Sciences department of the United States Military Academy at West Point and conducted research for the Combating Terrorism Center, including one of the first studies of terrorist propaganda using primary sources.

Lianne also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger.  She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California Santa Cruz. She is married and has one daughter.

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Clare Lee

Product Manager

Clare Lee is a product manager currently consulting for an early-stage startup to launch their AI-driven acne skincare mobile app. She likes to ask people "What is your dream job?" but acknowledges that it can be difficult to answer.

Previously, she has led product and engineering at Tamecco, a startup in Tokyo, been a senior consultant at Murex, and has held multiple software engineering roles in the US and Japan. She holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Computer Science from MIT and serves on the Board of LWT: Advancing Women in Leadership.

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Leslie Lukesh

Senior Vice President, Program Manager, Wealth and Investment Management, Wells Fargo

Sheila Mackay is the Managing Director of eDiscovery at H5 and member of the senior leadership team. She brings over 25 years of experience in operations; product development and marketing; sales, and professional services. She has advocated for the use of technology to drive efficiency in several large global law firms.  Sheila also used her passion for a healthy lifestyle, skills at building from the ground up and entrepreneurial focus to start a thriving tennis store in San Francisco.


Sheila Mackay

Managing Director of eDiscovery, H5


Sheila Mackay is the Managing Director of eDiscovery at H5 and member of the senior leadership team. She brings over 25 years of experience in operations; product development and marketing; sales, and professional services. She has advocated for the use of technology to drive efficiency in several large global law firms.  Sheila also used her passion for a healthy lifestyle, skills at building from the ground up and entrepreneurial focus to start a thriving tennis store in San Francisco.

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Kimbir Tate

Senior Manager of Litigation Support, McKesson Corporation


Kimbir Tate is the senior Manager in litigation support with more than 25 years of experience managing litigation and developing key corporate strategy.  Ms. Tate is currently the Senior Manager of Litigation Support for McKesson Corporation, a fortune 5 Company, at the corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California. 

As a Senior Litigation Support Manager, Ms. Tate assists with the handling of lawsuits, government investigations, internal investigations, attends depositions, hearings, mediations, trials and coordinates discovery for a diverse range of matters including intellectual property, anti-trust, insurance coverage, securities, RICO, anti-kick back and fraud and abuse, employment and mass tort product liability actions.  In addition, Ms. Tate is responsible for managing the Risk Management claims process from the litigation side, reporting out to brokers and insurers on E&O, D&O, EPLI and CGL matters that affect coverage.  Ms. Tate is also on the governing board of several corporate wide initiatives dealing with setting policy and internal strategies for GDPR, e-discovery, internal investigations, cyber-security, data breaches, records retention and compliance, and law department operations.


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Cathy Weihl

Senior Vice President - Human Resources, Wells Fargo 

Cathy Weihl is a Senior Vice President in the Human Resources organization of Wells Fargo & Company.  Specifically, Cathy’s focus is on the continuous investment in people, skills and infrastructure in the Wholesale businesses that support Middle Market owned businesses and Government & Institutional Banking businesses.

In her current capacity, Cathy is responsible for human capital strategy for the Businesses she supports and she serves on many Corporate HR committees inclusive of Women’s Initiatives throughout the company.

In 2007 she joined Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC where she helped to design the Diversity & Inclusion and Career Development strategies for the newly merged Wachovia and Wells Fargo as well as supported other groups in broader Wells Fargo & Company. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she worked on Human Capital strategies for Gap Inc., Bristol Myers-Squibb, HotJobs.com and several HR consulting companies such as Hewitt Associates, Hay Group and Deloitte & Touche. After graduating from Truman State University, she obtained her Master of Science from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.  

She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Karla Wehbe 

As Director, Legal and Compliance Business Solutions, H5

Karla Wehbe has over 20 years of experience in legal technology.  As Director, Legal and Compliance Business Solutions at H5, she works with companies to identify and manage the myriad issues stemming from the accumulation of electronic data.  Her prior assignments included the design and implementation of a global corporate cross-functional eDiscovery program to provide a defensible process throughout the litigation lifecycle, from data preservation and collection to document review and analysis, through data disposition.  She frequently collaborates with legal teams on case strategy and the efficient utilization of litigation tools and methodologies.   Karla holds a law degree from the Sorbonne University.  Prior work history includes positions at Bechtel and major US law firms.


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Shelley Perry 

CEO, Bynder, an Insight Partners Portfolio Company

Shelley Perry is currently the CEO of Bynder, an Insight Partners Portfolio Company, and has been an Operating Partner with Insight Partners for the last 3 Years. Prior to working with Insight Partners, focusing on scale-up SaaS Companies, Shelley was a Chief Product Officer with NTT Group, a CTO of Hewlett-Packart Packard and Ticketmaster.

She has over 20 years of experience growing software organizations across both start-up and public companies and holds a BS in Accounting and Masters in Computer Science.   She serves on the Boards of Central Reach, Campaign Monitor, Jama, and Chargebee.   Shelley’s passion is helping non-financial leaders grasp complex financial concepts to advance their career.   Fincial Accmen is a key aspect of C-level and Board Roles.


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Elizabeth Wiecha

Director of Operations, The Allen Groupr

Elizabeth (Liz) Wiecha brings over 30 years of transportation engineering and project/program management experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, including senior leadership positions in private consulting firms as well as public agencies. Liz’ management approach focuses on supportive leadership that builds collaborative, empowered teams to deliver creative solutions to complex challenges. She has lead numerous multi-disciplinary teams in matrix organizations for both private consulting firms and public agencies. Liz has successfully managed and delivered major capital programs and projects (totaling in excess of $7 Billion in construction value over the last 15 years), and over $100 Million in engineering/architecture professional services contracts. She brings a unique combination of experience in project delivery, including program management, design management and construction management. Liz has managed projects through all lifecycle phases, including planning and environmental clearance; development of program implementation plans; design and contract preparation; construction management and program/project closeout. She has held senior management positions at several public agencies, including Transbay Joint Powers Authority, Caltrain and Caltrans, where she was directly responsible for delivery of major capital programs on highway and rail transit systems

Liz graduated from Rutgers University College of Engineering with a BS in Civil Engineering (cum laude). She has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Construction Institute, Chi Epsilon – Civil Engineering Honor Society, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and The Club Silicon Valley.  Liz enjoys spending time with and riding her horse, as well as skiing, hiking, diving and relaxing with her husband. 


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Palo Alto

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Cara Ching-Senaha

 Employment Counsel, Americas and India, NetApp

Cara is inspired by working with, learning from, and giving back to other high-achieving women.  She has donated thousands of hours of her own time on a wide range of passion projects, including most recently as a founding member of the California Lawyers Association’s (fka State Bar of California) Diversity Equity and Inclusion executive committee, member of the Advisory Board for The Koa Club, and former member of the Board of LWT – Leading Women in Technology, an organization that epitomizes the joy of giving back.   For more information about Cara, see her Linked-In Profile.

Proudest Achievement:  After years of working as a partner at one of the largest and well-known national firms, Cara took the leap and silenced the skeptics who said law firm partners can’t make the transition to in-house.  To do this, Cara believed in herself and followed her passion, with great support and encouragement from family and friends.

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Joanna Bloor


CEO and Founder, the Amplify Lab

Introduction expert and LADYBADASS founder, Joanna Bloor’s on a mission to get people to talk about themselves in a new way. She asks if you have a great answer to the question “What do you do?” 

A self-described “startup junkie” Joanna started her career by scaling the revenue strategies of brands such as Ticketmaster, Cars.com, OpenTable, and Pandora. A conversation in line at TED 2016 led to a realization that what we are known for has far-reaching impact as an individual and a leader.

Companies such as GE, EY, 21st Century Fox, and Salesforce have brought Joanna in to work employees from recent grads to the executive teams. A TED speaker and “TED experience” coach. Learn more at www.joannabloor.com

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Elizabeth Daggert

VP, Engineering, Guidespark

Elizabeth Daggert serves as Vice President of Engineering at GuideSpark, a startup in the Enterprise Internal Communications space. She works with the other executive department heads to decide and execute on business direction, and in particular she oversees Software Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Operations. She has been pivotal in transforming GuideSpark’s business and culture from a content-creation focus towards one of software technology development, by leading a team that has delivered a 1.0 SaaS product: GuideSpark Communicate Cloud. In the 24 months Communicate Cloud has been in-market, it has grown from 0% to over 60% of the company’s revenue, and is on trajectory to be the source of 95% of GuideSpark’s revenue within a year. 

Elizabeth brings over 20 years of software development, technical, and leadership experience to the table. Her passions include creating compelling software, delivering at scale, and building teams, all while embracing the challenge of ever-changing cutting-edge technologies. Her roles have spanned the gamut from the games industry to creating her own startup to directing development teams at Microsoft and Ericsson. In her career, she has brought nine new software products from inception to market, as well as seven additional releases of new versions in existing product lines. Elizabeth received her B.S. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington.

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Kristen Guggeis

Business Development Executive

Kristen Guggeis is an enthusiastic business development executive.  She is currently creating a startup with her co-founders that will launch by year-end 2019.

Until August of this year,  Kristen was an Executive Vice President with Belle Haven Investments responsible for introducing the firm to large asset owners.  Prior to Belle Haven, Kristen was the creator of the 'Whales Initiative’ at Northern Trust in Chicago.  This bespoke program targeted aspirational clients with assets over $15 billion.  With endorsement from the C-Suite and International Business Leadership Council at Northern Trust, Kristen created a world class, data driven process for orchestrating a global prospecting efforts on the worlds largest asset owners.  Under her leadership, Northern Trust was awarded significant new business and was nominated for “Deal of the Year” by Global Custodian magazine.

Kristen has also worked at BMO and Citibank.  She is a graduate of DePauw University with a major in Economics.  Kristen is actively involved with LWT, The Club, and Watermark.  She holds SIE and Series 7 licences. 


Emma Johnson

Chief Marketing Officer, Joveo

Currently Chief Marketing Officer at Joveo where she is responsible for all things marketing, Emma has over 20 years’ marketing, strategy and team-building experience with B2B software and SaaS companies. Prior to Joveo, she co-founded Transeo Partners, a strategic consulting firm. Before Transeo, Emma was Vice President of Marketing at Endicia, the leading SaaS solution provider helping ecommerce retailers manage their shipping and logistics. At Endicia, Emma oversaw product management & marketing, sales enablement, demand generation, marketing communications, digital marketing and partner marketing. Earlier, Emma honed her passion for B2B marketing and strategy through leadership positions at Nuance Communications, Sun Microsystems and Remedy Corporation. Emma holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and is an ongoing Everwise mentor to women looking to grow their careers in tech management.

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Judy Little 

Senior Executive

Judy Little is a senior executive with more than 25 years of global leadership experience in a multinational corporation working in Sweden, US and New Zealand. With a combination of general management, business development and sales skills she has consistently delivered innovative and profitable solutions to customers in complex high technology environments. Her systems thinking approach effectively balances corporate strategy and execution with demonstrable revenue growth and improved margin record.

Judy is a driver of business growth with Web scale and IT Companies in Mobile, by taking Companies long-term vision and developing a strategy to maximize partnership growth potential and drive business value creation for your customers. While in NZ she was with a start up in communications, where she contributed in all areas of business with a focus on research, manufacturing and operations.

Judy has a Bachelor of. Technology (Hons) – Presidential Honor Society from Massey University NZ and has completed a postgraduate executive program at Columbia University. She has participated on the fundraising committee for the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, and supports the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. For the past 17 years, she has mentored two people each year as part of the Mentium Organization.She is a former member of the Ericsson Global Diversity Council.

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Laura Marino

SVP of Product at Lever; Lecturer; Board Member, Leading Women in Technology

A senior product executive with extensive experience in product management, M&A analysis, and definition of corporate strategies, Laura is passionate about scaling product organizations.

Laura is currently SVP of Product at Lever, a 200-person VC-backed company that is modernizing the way organizations nurture and recruit talent.  In her role, she is responsible for product management, design, and product operations. Previously, Laura has built and led product teams in small and large organizations including SAP Labs, Nuance (speech recognition), Tellme Networks - Microsoft subsidiary (speech automation), Intapp (software for the legal industry) and more recently Topia (global mobility).

In addition to being a regular guest speaker at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Laura is a member of the extended teaching team in the Stanford Management Science and Engineering Department, lecturing on entrepreneurship and product management.  She has also been a guest lecturer at UC Santa Barbara, and Los Andes University, in Bogota, and a speaker at the Stage-Gate Innovation conference.

A supporter of women and diversity, Laura serves on the board of Leading Women in Technology a non-profit dedicated to promoting women leadership.

Laura earned two Master of Science degrees from Stanford University where she was the recipient of the "Outstanding Academic Performance at the Graduate Level" award.

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Nancy Lynch

Senior Legal Counsel, Adobe Inc.

Nancy is Senior Legal Counsel at Adobe Inc.  Nancy handles all legal aspects of Adobe’s worldwide resale program, worldwide licensing programs though the channel, and emerging markets eCommerce, all for Adobe’s Digital Media business.  Nancy partners with her clients to shape the business for a fast-growing global company to best meet Adobe’s business and legal needs.  Her clients describe her as an approachable problem-solver with a strong business understanding.

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Gauri Manglik

Director - Legal Corporate, SoftBank Group International


Gauri Manglik is an accomplished corporate and commercial counsel with 15 years of domestic US and international legal and business experience. She is currently a Director - Legal Corporate at SoftBank Group International.

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Marion Marquardt

CEO, Web Croissants


Marion is the COO of a blockchain enterprise identity startup. Previously she was the founder & CEO of a digital design and strategy agency.

Marion developed her skills at Stanford, Microsoft, and Women's Learning Partnership - an international network of non-profit organizations for women's empowerment and leadership. Her technical background is in Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence. She's earned a B.S. and M.Eng from MIT in Computer Science and Engineering, and a Technology Policy Master's from Cambridge University's business school.

She is a French native, an avid yogi and reader, and a member of HiPower, a tribe of women leaders who use their platforms to drive the change they want to see in our society.


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Vanessa Merina

Marketing and Communications Director, Stanford Blood Center/Stanford Health Care

Vanessa Merina leads marketing-communications at Stanford Blood Center/Stanford Health Care, including donor campaigns, media relations, and community partnerships. She's a certified coach specializing in life purpose and women's fertility, and prior to the blood center, spent six years as publications manager at the Public Policy Institute of California, co-founded an intercultural nonprofit in Bordeaux, France and held marketing and communications roles in the Bay Area and Madison, Wisconsin. She loves taking on tough questions, supporting people and teams, and using innovative business for social good. She holds a BA and an MFA.

Shannon Nash

CFO/COO, Inside Source

As an accomplished global CFO, COO, Board Member and Advisor, Shannon Nash brings 20+ years of experience scaling companies for growth and successful exits through financial and operations leadership, business strategy, technology, cybersecurity, and M&A expertise. Shannon leverages experience from small to high-growth, global, and publicly traded businesses, creating synergistic strategies to align across the business – from finance, IT, security, HR, to sales operations, legal, and compliance. She has a strong record of delivering innovative strategies using technologies, cybersecurity, data analytics and GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) solutions. As a qualified financial expert and Audit Committee Member, attorney, and CPA, Shannon knows how to set the right business growth strategies, while mitigating risk.

Shannon is currently the CFO of Insidesource, a $200M+ global space design company, where she serves on Executive Management Team, Board Treasurer and leads developing and owning the company’s financial strategy for its 350+ employees.  In just two years she led the company’s financial restructuring resulting in 75% growth in operating margin and 30% sales growth while scaling the Finance organization to a first class department with 15 people, including 4 CPAs.  Prior to Insidesource she led financial strategy for the San Francisco market of Cumulus Media, Inc., the 2nd largest US broadcasting media company ($1B+ in revenue).  Shannon started her career as a corporate and tax attorney practicing with the KPMG, K&L Gates, Cooley LLP and in-house with Amgen (global biotech company $20B+ in revenue).

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Annie Rogaski

Chief Operating Officer, Avegant Corp.

As a startup executive, I believe that a diversity of experiences and talents, combined with the shared desire to create something extraordinary, naturally garners success. Through co-founding a law firm and a women’s leadership non-profit, and creating and producing two podcasts, I’ve worn many hats. My entrepreneurial adventures permitted me to also dive into operations, finance, sales, and marketing. I leverage this unique cross-functionality to build and inspire teams to manifest important change, unified behind a vision. I thrive in early-stage, fast-paced, technology-focused environments where teamwork is critical to success and look for opportunities to build on or create “team joy” as a core cultural value. I also produce the podcast Unraveling Pink, to tackle gender bias through conversation, most recently exploring the impact

of the “man box” on gender equality.

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Sarah Slayen

Associate General Counsel, Personal Capital


Sarah Slayen is Associate General Counsel at Personal Capital, a hybrid digital wealth management company that offers financial planning tools and wealth management services. Prior to Personal Capital, Sarah was Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Ancestry. She also served as Director, Corporate Counsel at Viavi Solutions (formerly JDS Uniphase) where she was responsible for securities, compliance and governance matters. Sarah began her career at Latham & Watkins advising public and private companies across a variety of industries in a wide range of corporate matters including financing, corporate governance, securities compliance, SEC reporting, initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

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Amy Jurevic Sokol 

Senior Counsel, Apple Inc.

Amy Sokol is SenIor Counsel at Apple with over 20 years of experience as a health care attorney. In her prior roles, Amy largely supported the clinical, research, contracting, risk management, and compliance functions of health institutions, serving twice in the role of general counsel.  She has been a national speaker and author on health law topics, specifically the intersection of health, law, and technology. 

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Isabelle Steiner

Marketing and Strategy Advisor


Marketing executive with a proven track record of driving growth in customer acquisition and retention across a variety of marketing programs. Currently consulting for a variety of early to mid-stage start-ups, driving customer growth and setting up the in-house teams for success through best-practice sharing, hiring advice, etc…

Expertise in: driving growth through marketing channel optimization, product and pricing strategy, conversion flow improvement and customer retention. Proven leader in managing teams, developing a clear and compelling vision, achieving flawless execution and building a data-driven, result-oriented culture.

Past roles include:
* Led multi-channel/multi-brand customer retention efforts for Shutterfly, Inc, as VP of Retention Marketing, overseeing 35-person team. Grew Email and Direct Mail programs, to become largest contributors to revenue growth within 2 years.
* Built the marketing channels that contributed to 2 consecutive years of 50% growth at Tinyprints, leading to the acquisition by Shutterfly in 2011.
* Launched and scaled the Paid Search, Display, Affiliate and Email programs for Walmart.com and Walmart Stores, and beat aggressive revenue growth every year.


Kshama Swamy

Vice President, Professional Services & Support, Intapp


Kshama is a highly effective senior technology executive with 16 plus years of experience in the enterprise software industry space.  Her expertise includes all aspects of end-to-end customer life cycle management with notable contributions in building, growing and managing top performing global professional services and support organizations.

Kshama is currently the Vice President, Professional Services & Support  at Intapp, a software and services company that helps professional services firms to leverage the disruptive power of data, intelligent automation, and AI solutions.  In her role, she has global P&L responsibility for the delivery practice and is also responsible for customer support. Her focus is to deliver solutions that leverage a proven project methodology to ensure customer success with time, cost and quality predictability.  Prior to Intapp, Kshama worked at IBM, Cognos and the Department of Defense where she held various leadership roles in professional services and support organizations. 

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Karen Williams

Retired VP and head of SAP's Global Trademark,  Anti-Piracy and Copyright group


As VP and head of SAP's Global Trademark,  Anti-Piracy and Copyright group, Karen oversaw teams that protect the SAP brand (consistently ranked as one of the top brands worldwide), while providing business-oriented IP counseling in all non-patent IP areas. Prior to joining SAP in 2012, Karen wore many IP-related hats at Sybase (which SAP acquired in 2010), including responsibility for patent and other IP litigation, patent portfolio strategy and development, and IP issues in M&A transactions. In addition, she ran Sybase’s inbound licensing and open source programs. Before moving in-house in 2000, Karen was a partner in the technology transactions group at Gray Cary, a major Silicon Valley law firm (subsequently merged into DLA Piper), and prior to that was an IP and commercial litigator. Karen relishes the challenges of implementing change, cutting through complexity, and fostering communication in an international environment.