CEO & Co-Founder, Invent Your Future
Ruth Stergiou is the CEO and Co-Founder of Invent Your Future Enterprises, a social enterprise specializing in the retention, development and acceleration of women leaders. In collaboration with corporate and academic partners, IYF creates live and digital educational programs while building and curating an online resource library targeting women in the workplace. Ruth is also the Co-Founder of the Dare 2B Digital Conference, aiming at the next generation of women in technology (www.dare2bdigital.org). These hands-on learning events for girls in middle and high school encourage young women to look at careers using computing technologies.
Since starting her own business in Silicon Valley in 1989, Ruth has successfully designed and produced 55 major conferences for businesswomen reaching more than 200,000 women. These conferences include 17 of the highly-acclaimed California Governor’s Conference for Women; working with four different administrations, she helped build the conference to over 10,500 participants. In addition she has produced 23 Professional BusinessWomen of California Conferences; 7 Grace Hopper Celebrations of Women in Computing and 7 Invent Your Future Conferences for Women. In 2014 Ruth led the team designing and producing the first Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women.
Ruth is the recipient of the 2012 International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Awards – Education Category; the 2012 NAWBO Silicon Valley Woman Business Advocate Award; the 2011 WomenGoGlobal Social Mission Award; the 2010 NAWBO Silicon Valley Enterprising Woman of the Year Award and the 2010 Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal Top 100 Women of Influence Award. Ruth holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Geography from Leeds University in England where she started her career as a university administrator.
President & CHief strategy officer, invent your future
Staci Lyons is Chief Strategy Officer and President of Invent Your Future Enterprises. She is the former Vice President of Global Business Development for Oracle’s Cloud Services business where she helped Oracle’s largest global clients realize the value of Software as a Service. Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, Ms. Lyons was Worldwide Vice President, Application Management Services with Siebel Systems. Ms. Lyons was responsible for all aspects of Siebel’s Managed Service offerings. Prior to Siebel, Ms. Lyons spent 3 years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Support with Navisite, an enterprise application management and hosting firm. Prior to Navisite, Ms. Lyons served as Managing Director, CRM Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing worldwide with EDS.
Susan K. Black
Treasurer, Invent Your Future Foundation and CEO, Pinnacle Bank
With more than 20 years of leadership experience in the banking industry, Susan has served as President of the Community Banking Group of Greater Bay Bancorp and President and CEO of Mid-Peninsula Bank. Awards include: “Business Athena Award,” “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Skyline for Community Development and “YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN)” award.
Diana Adachi is a global leader and serial entrepreneur who has grown enterprises in the Electronic Payments, Information Technology, Communication and Financial sectors for over 20 years. Currently Diana is with Accenture focusing on innovation and strategies to support Accenture Payment Services clients. Previously she served as President of mid- tier payment services company with offices in the US, UK, APAC where she spearheaded 100% growth to $44M and over 800 employees. Diana co-founded two businesses and was featured in Dataquest’s India edition as one of the top IT women in India. Corporations large and small have benefitted from her leadership including IBM, Bell Canada, Cybersource and Bank of Montreal.
Co-Founder, Invent Your Future; CEO, Thought Leadership Lab
Denise Brosseau is the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab where she consults with entrepreneurs, executives and their teams on how to increase their influence, expand their impact and gain recognition for their big ideas. She is the author of Ready to Be a Thought Leader? (Wiley 2014) and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader for companies, conferences and associations. Denise co-founded the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now known as Watermark), Invent Your Future and Springboard Enterprises – the women’s startup launch pad that has led to over $6.5B in funding for women entrepreneurs. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from Stanford University and was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change and by the Silicon Valley Business Times as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley.
The Intrigue Expert
Sam is a sought-after keynote speaker, best-selling author, creative consultant, and media resource. The fourteen-time emcee of the world-renowned Maui writer’s conference, she is the author of “Tongue Fu!” and “POP! Stand Out in Any Crowd.” Clients include Hewlett-Packard, Fortune 500 Forum, NASA, and Lockheed Martin. Sam works with individuals and organizations to create one-of-a-kind identities that help their business, brand, or idea POP! out of the pack.
Award winning journalist Sydnie Kohara brings more than two decades of experience to her position as news anchor at CBS-5/KPIX TV. The founding host of CNBC Asia’s first show about the Internet, “dot.com,” she later anchored CNBC’s “CNET News.com” that explored the tech revolution. Sydnie was part of the KGO-TV newsroom that won the prestigious “George Foster Peabody Award” and the “Edward R. Murrow Award” for coverage of the 1989 earthquake.
Past-President, Executive Women’s Leadership Forum at Invent Your Future Enterprises; VP, Quality & Reliability, Bridgelux, Inc.
Jackie is former Vice President, Global Quality & Reliability for FormFactor, Inc. Previously, Jackie served as Senior Director, Worldwide Manufacturing Quality for Western Digital as well as Vice President of Customer Engineering for Quantum Corporation.