2012 Silicon Valley Conference

Our 2012 program was packed with dynamic speakers and sessions that maximized learning and personal enrichment.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tabletop Exhibits and Bookstore Open All Day
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Morning General Session

Serendestiny – Setting the Stage for Success with Sam Horn, Author, Keynoter, Consultant, and America’s Intrigue Expert
Become a Game Changer: Host: Sydnie Kohara, Media Strategist and former CBS and CNBC Anchor, in conversation with a panel of top business leaders:

Gina Rudan, Author, Practical Genius; President, Genuine Insights, Inc.
Nandini Ramani, Vice President of Engineering, Java Client and Mobile Platforms, Oracle
Jeannie Reeth, Senior Director, Social, eBay

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m
Morning Breakout Sessions
  1. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It — Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
  2. Speaking to the Big Dogs: How to Get Heard and Win Buy-In Anytime, Anywhere – Sam Horn
  3. Building Value-Based Relationships: Nano-Mentoring, Sponsorship and Champions — Denise Brosseau
  4. Careers of the Future for Young Women – panel of women mentors: Victoria Costa, Branch Manager, Robert Half International; MaryAnne Viegelmann, Employee Events Coordinator, LinkedIn; Alison King, HR Assistant, LinkedIn; Deep Rastogi, QA Engineer, NetApp
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Session

Host: Sydnie Kohara, Media Strategist and former CBS and CNBC Anchor, in conversation with Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn; Author, The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  1. Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You – Gina Rudan
  2. I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke: Innovative Strategies for Connecting with What Is Really Important – Mary LoVerde, Author; Life Balance Expert
  3. LinkedIn: Identity, Insights…Every Day – Women at LinkedIn (WALI)
  4. Young Women’s Program – choose one of the afternoon breakout sessions
3:30 p.m – 4:45 p.m.
Share the Wisdom Roundtables – Structured Networking

Career Development

4 Steps to Grounding Your Vision – Karen Matthews, Real Change Experts

Building a Brand from the Inside Out – Roberta Kiphuth, Detati Communications

Becoming a Thought Leader – Denise Brosseau, The Well-Connected Leader

Corporate Women’s Networks – Colleen Blake, Brocade Communications

Overseas Assignments – Jackie McNab, Bridgelux

Starting a New Leadership Role – Pam Fox Rollin, Ideashape

Advancing Your Technical Career – Deepti Srivastava, Oracle

Social Media

LinkedIn – Women at LinkedIn

Convergence: Education, Entertainment and Technology – Teresa Long, Ollie


Financial Planning for the Career-Changer – Rashida Lilani, Lilani Wealth Management

Investing in Turbulent Times – Amy Oliver, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney


Legal Issues for Emerging Businesses – Chelsea Bonini, Kiski Law, P.C.

Becoming a Consultant – Linda Popky, Leverage to Market Associates

Growing Your Business with Print Media – Debra Robinson, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Commerce and the Cloud – Monali Jain, eBay

Personal Development

Life Coaching – Alexis Robin, Nourish Life and Business Coaching

Life Coaching – Diane Hunter, Mind-body and Leadership Coach

Life Coaching – Barbara Lazarony, Blaze a Brilliant Path

Build Relationships with Power – Gina Rudan, Genuine Insights

Creative Special Events – Ann Lyons, Melons Catering and Event Planning

Travel with Purpose – Mariah Cherniss, World Beyond Tours

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote Session

Martha Beck, Ph.D., columnist for “O” magazine and author, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
Host: Janice Edwards, Producer and Media Consultant