2015 Silicon Valley Agenda


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Download the 2015 conference program as PDF

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Morning General Session

Host: Sydnie Kohara, Media Strategist, former CBS and CNBC News Anchor

Innovative ThinkingAustin Meyer, Karrah Phillips & Jon Proctor,
Co-Founders, Collective Capital

ArtOfTheStart20_735x1102Keynote: The Art of the Start 2.0Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist, Canva; executive fellow, Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley; former advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple; author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and ten other books

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m
Morning Breakout Sessions I
  1. Design ThinkingAustin Meyer, Karrah Phillips & Jon Proctor,
    Co-Founders, Collective Capital: What if you already had everything you needed to succeed? Learn to unleash your creative potential through design-based exercises. This session will empower you with the tools of design thinking to help solve the problems you care the most about.
  2. The Politics of Promotion (repeats at 1:45)Bonnie Marcus, author, The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (session repeats at 1:45): As women, our avoidance of office politics puts us in a vulnerable position and jeopardizes our career advancement. Bonnie’s practical approach helps women avoid being blindsided, navigate the complexities of the workplace, and get the promotions they deserve without losing their integrity. Learn:
    • The importance of understanding workplace politics.
    • How to identify key stakeholders who have power and influence.
    • How to build relationships of trust and confidence with key stakeholders and influencers.
    • Her proven method for getting promoted.
  3. The New Business Reality – Moderator: Pascal Finette, Managing Director, Singularity University; Robbie Kellman Baxter, author, The Membership Economy; Trish Costello, CEO, Portfolia
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Session – What’s Ahead in Silicon Valley?

Welcome: Ruth Stergiou, CEO, Invent Your Future Enterprises
Greeting: Malcolm Bordelon, Publisher, Silicon Valley Business Journal

What’s Ahead in Silicon Valley? Local thought leaders discuss innovation and disruption trends that affect all our careers.

Host: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Comedianne, Storyteller & TV host, former venture capitalist

  • Lisa Lambert, VP, Managing Director, Diversity Equity Fund at Intel Capital
  • Richard McDougall, Chief Technology Officer, VMWare
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Afternoon Breakout Sessions II
  1. The Politics of PromotionBonnie Marcus (repeats Breakout at 10:30)
  2. Boost Your Entrepreneurial Skill Set Timothy Chou, Lecturer, Stanford University; Staci Lyons, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Invent Your Future – Learn how to encourage risk taking, promote creative thinking, foster innovation, lead change, build diverse teams and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit in yourself and your company.
  3. Igniting Your Technical CareerCharlene Yu Vaughn, CEO, The Algonquin Group (moderator); Aglaia Kong, CTO/VP, IOE Solution, Cisco; Susan Zwinger, VP, GM of Global Systems Support Innovation & Technology Office, Oracle – Women are not only opening more doors in the tech industry but they are getting ahead, negotiating raises, finding more opportunities and changing work cultures. This panel of technical women and men will look at the challenges and opportunities in the hottest industry in the country and share their tips and success stories from the trenches to help you navigate your technical career.

3:15 p.m – 4:30 p.m.
Share the Wisdom Roundtables – Structured Networking

Host: Janice Edwards, Host & Executive Producer, “Bay Area Vista” & “Signature Silicon Valley”

It’s like speed dating for innovators! Select two hosted roundtables to attend with subject matter experts. You’ll get advice and tips in a casual, small group setting and leave revved-up for work on Wednesday.


  • The Membership EconomyRobbie Kellman Baxter, Author, The Membership Economy
  • Executive CommunicationSydnie Kohara, Media Strategist, Former CBS & CNBC News Anchor
  • Politics of PromotionBonnie Marcus, Author, The Politics of Promotion
  • De-biasing DecisionsDella Quinlan, Managing Dir., Culture Integration International
  • Engaging MenJoni Podolsky, Global Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach Manager, Brocade Communications
  • The Power of MentoringRavi Gundlapalli, CEO, MentorCloud


  • EntrepreneurshipB.J. Arun, CEO, July Systems; Convenor, TiEcon 2015
  • MarketingLinda Popky, Owner and Marketing Expert, Leverage2Market Associates
  • Business AcceleratorsPascal Finette, Managing Dir., Singularity University
  • MicrofinancingTrish Costello, CEO, Portfolia
  • Art & Engineering – Amanda Hua, Software Design, Apple
  • Read to SucceedStephen Smith, Audience Development Account Executive, Silicon Valley Business Journal


  • Personal BrandingJacqui Buchanan, Strategic Communications Consultant
  • Expanding your NetworkCheri Leonard, Senior Technical Program Manager, Samsung
  • Building Your Brand on TwitterLaurie Kretchmar, Laurie Kretchmar Associates
  • Personal Development Jason Womack, Author & Founder, Your Best Just Got Better
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Session – The Next Generation of Innovation

Host: Staci Lyons, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Invent Your Future

4b7c53_b88a47268b754716b8d21bde4ec8b198.png_srb_p_346_522_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srbWrap-up your day celebrating our 2015 theme “Innovation & Mentoring Across the Generations.” Learn from the next generation of leaders in this spectacular new addition to the Silicon Valley conference, culminating with the inaugural Dare 2B Digital Red Carpet Film Festival.

Breakthrough – teen innovator, author and scientist Jack Andraka will present his brand new book Breakthrough, a memoir of his groundbreaking early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers.

Dare 2B Digital Innovation Challenge & Red Carpet Film Festival
The smartest, hippest kids we know will debut their Innovation Challenge videos on stage.



5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception



Program subject to change.