2012 Silicon Valley Conference

order audio recordings of keynote and breakout sessions

Reid Hoffman


Reid Hoffman is a world-renowned entrepreneur and investor. He is cofounder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, the biggest professional network in the world with 100+ million members. Previously he was executive vice president and on the founding board of directors of PayPal. He is also a partner at Greylock, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He is an early investor in over 100 technology companies, including Facebook and Zynga. His new book, The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, was published in February, 2012.

Martha Beck

Martha Beck, Ph.D.


Martha Beck is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She trains other coaches and writes a monthly column for O, The Oprah Magazine. Author of the bestsellers, Finding Your Own North Star and Expecting Adam, and her newest book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gina Rudan

Founder & President, Genuine Insights, Inc.

Gina Rudan is the founder and president of Genuine Insights, Inc., a contemporary professional development and training practice. Before launching her own firm, Gina worked at Fortune 500 companies including Avon Products and PR Newswire. Her new book, Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You, was published in October, 2011. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, BestThinking.com, and Business2Community.com, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Visit her at www.practicalgenius.com.

Sam Horn

The Intrigue Expert

Sam Horn, America’s Intrigue Expert is the author of POP!, Tongue Fu! and What’s Holding You Back? She has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC and featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily and Readers Digest. She receives rave reviews for her inspiring presentations from clients including Intel and NASA. Why? Sam understands people don’t want information; they want epiphanies. Her innovative, eye-opening insights and programs help people move their personal and professional lives forward – for good.

Denise Brosseau

ceo, the well-connected leader

Denise Brosseau is the CEO of Well-Connected Leader, an executive talent agency that advises women leaders who are ready to increase their access and promotability to the C-suite. A sought-after speaker in the areas of leadership, thought leadership and entrepreneurship, Denise has presented her dynamic and engaging programs for organizations, conferences and Fortune 500 clients like Intel, Abbott Labs and KPMG. Denise was the co-founder of Invent Your Future Enterprises, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now Watermark), and the Springboard Venture Forums which have led to over $5B in funding for women-led businesses. www.wellconnectedleader.com

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Psychology Professor, Stanford University

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University, as well as a health educator for the School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program. Her psychology courses for professionals and the general public—including The Science of Willpower and Living Well with Stress—are among the most popular in the history of Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self Control Works, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It as well as Psychology Today’s “Science of Willpower” blog. www.kellymcgonigal.com

Mary LoVerde

Author, I Used to Have a Handle on Life, But It Broke

Mary LoVerde believes life is a balancing act. She presents a wealth of uplifting insights and innovative ideas for taking small steps in the right direction for a less stressful, more satisfying life. Mary is the author of three best-selling books: Stop Screaming at the Microwave, Touching Tomorrow, and I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke. She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show four times. She was inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame in 2010. Her new book, The Invitation, will be in bookstores in May. www.maryloverde.com

Sydnie Kohara

media strategist; former cbs and cnbc anchor

Award winning journalist Sydnie Kohara has more than two decades of broadcast journalism experience, most recently 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. Ms. Kohara 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. www.sydniekohara.com

Nandini Ramani

Vice president of engineering

Nandini Ramani is Vice President of Engineering, Java Client and Mobile Platforms, at Oracle Corporation. Her current focus includes driving JavaFX, the client platform and tools for Java, JavaME and Java Card across the spectrum of browsers, desktops, mobile and embedded systems. Prior to joining the client group, Nandini was in the Software CTO Office leading the emerging technologies group for incubation projects. She has a background in both hardware and software from working on the hardware architecture and simulation team in the Accelerated Graphics group as well as the graphics and media team in JavaME.

Janice Edwards

Producer and Media Consultant

Janice Edwards is a published author, talk show host, television producer, and media consultant. She is the host and executive producer of “Bay Area Vista” and President and CEO of Edwards Unlimited. Janice has served as Community Relations Director and Executive Producer and Host of the award-winning show “Bay Area Vista” at NBC BAY AREA, where she launched the show. Before joining NBC BAY AREA, Janice was a reporter and anchor in San Francisco and the host and contributing producer of “Black Renaissance.” Her notable interviews include Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Maddow, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Gloria Steinem, Robin Williams, Andre 3000, Les Brown, Dr. Cornel West and John Cena.

Jeannie Reeth

Senior Director, Social, eBay

Jeannie Reeth has been at eBay for 11 years and is currently leading eBay’s Social Business Unit. Prior to that she led eBay’s Consumer Marketing and Marketing Strategy for North America where she consolidated marketing operations for Europe and Asia from over 20 country teams to a single centralized operations team, generating over $15 million in incremental revenue annually plus 5x productivity of local markets. She also managed the Home & Garden and Antiques & Collectibles divisions, growing the Home & Garden business from $580M to $1.2B annually over a 3-year period. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and began her career at Bain & Company.

Victoria Costa is the Palo Alto Branch Manager for Robert Half International, overseeing professional staffing services. She joined the company in 2009 as a Staffing Manager for OfficeTeam, and has held positions of increasing responsibility since that time. Prior to joining Robert Half, Victoria worked as an internal recruiter for Solyndra. Victoria graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She has over five years of experience in staffing and human resources, and is well versed on issued related to the local labor and economic market.

Deep Rastogi is a QA Engineer at NetApp, a leading provider of storage and data management solutions. She completed her BS in Electronics and Communications from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. She worked for a few months each in Sales, Engineering Research, and Marketing in India, finally settling for a career in Quality Assurance in the US. She has about 12 years of cumulative experience at companies like Compaq, HP and NetApp. You can reach-out to Deep if you are curious about a career in a technical or any other related field.