April Underwood is VP of Product at Slack, where she oversees product vision and strategy. April also drives key growth initiatives, including the development of platform products, partnerships, API integrations, and developer relations.
A technology industry veteran, April was at Twitter for nearly five years prior to Slack. During this time, she was part of Twitter’s growth from groundbreaking startup to IPO, and led the development and launch of both the Tweet Button and Twitter API. She also managed strategic partnerships with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Prior to Twitter, April was a product manager and software engineer at Travelocity and a senior partner technology manager at Google.
April has an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Berkeley and is a co-founder of #Angels—an angel-round investment group consisting entirely of former and current female Twitter executives. She was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40,” as well as one of the “Most Creative People of 2015” by Fast Company magazine.
CAROL ISOZAKI, Founder and President of Strategic Brand Intelligence
Carol Isozaki is an executive coach and leadership expert. Carol regularly speaks at global leadership, corporate, and industry conferences; developed and teaches the curriculum for a time-tested executive development program; actively supports women's leadership programs; trains HR leaders in her highly regarded coaching methodology; and is a sought-after executive coach/trainer with a proven track record. Carol started her own consulting practice, Strategic Brand Intelligence to inspire individuals, teams, and companies to constantly envision loftier leadership possibilities, and to empower them with the Strategic Brand MindsetTM, awareness, and confidence to create a reality that consistently exceeds that vision.
ELLIE POWERS, Group Product Manager for the Chrome browser
Ellie Powers is group product manager for the Chrome browser, and previously was a key part of the transformation of Android and Google Play from a new entrant to the largest mobile ecosystem in the world. Prior to Google, she was a product manager working at big tech companies and small startups in Silicon Valley, Paris, and London. Ellie has a degree in Computer Science from MIT and a lifelong love of improv comedy - she was the funniest person in Silicon Valley in 2016.
AVNI SHAH, VP, Product Management at Google
Avni Shah joined Google in 2003 and is now VP of product management, heading up a new initiative focused on long-term impact in education. Previously, she led the product team for Chrome browser, growing it to over 1B users. She also spent two years in Zurich, Switzerland, leading Google Maps and Local efforts for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In her early years at Google, she was the product manager for Google Toolbar, driving its rapid adoption by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and she kicked off Google's first search personalization efforts. Avni received a B.S. in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from MIT.
NAOMI GLEIT, VP of Social Good at Facebook
Naomi Gleit is VP of Social Good at Facebook and leads the growth of Facebook's core app.
As a founding member and leader of Facebook's Growth team, Naomi has helped Facebook grow from 1 million people when she joined to 2 billion people today.
As VP of Social Good, Naomi oversees the teams responsible for building tools that keep people safe and help them during crises. Tools like Safety Check and Community Help have become important ways to connect in the aftermath of disasters; Amber Alerts on Facebook have resulted in the rescue of abducted children; and Facebook's suicide prevention and anti-bullying efforts help people in times of trouble. Recently, Naomi has led efforts to make it easier for people and non-profits to fundraise for causes on Facebook.
Naomi graduated from Stanford with a degree in Science, Technology and Society.
SANDRA LIU HUANG, Head of Product at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Sandra Liu Huang leads product at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which brings together philanthropy with engineering to advance human potential and promote equal opportunity. Previously she was the head of product at Quora where she joined as its first product manager and oversaw Quora's growth to 100M monthly unique users and over 175 employees. Sandra was also an early part of the Google and Facebook product teams, contributing to early product and marketing efforts on Google AdSense and Facebook Platform.
Aileen Lee is the founder and Managing Partner of Cowboy Ventures. Aileen has many years of experience helping startups build products customers love, and helping companies scale, both as an investor and operator.
Prior to Cowboy, she joined the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999. At KPCB she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Nile (NILE), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, Shopkick, Tellme (acquired by MSFT), and Trendyol. During that time she was also founding CEO of RMG Networks (RMGN), the leading digital out-of-home media company, backed by KPCB. Aileen has also held operating roles at Gap Inc., The North Face and Odwalla and started her career at Morgan Stanley.
She has degrees from MIT, Harvard Business School, and Millburn High School; and she's the proud mom of 3 kids plus a dog, chickens and bees, and the wife of a series A stage co-founder/CTO.
AMI VORA, Product Director at Facebook
Ami Vora is a Product Director at Facebook where she leads the product team for Facebook's $25B+ advertising business and focuses on making ads better for people and businesses.
In her 10 years at Facebook, Ami has spearheaded many of the company’s most important initiatives, including the launches of Instagram's ad business, Facebook's developer platform, Groups, and Messenger. She led global marketing for Facebook’s mobile apps during the company’s shift to mobile and also scaled Facebook’s ads business with the first Ads APIs, power tools for ads, and ads measurement. Ami leads teams responsible for matching people with ads they care about, guiding advertisers to the right ads, and helping advertisers measure what’s working.
Ami helped lead the first ever Women in Product conference and the Microsoft Women’s Conference. She creates discussions around work-life balance through her live interview show called “#JustOneThing,” where she interviews senior leaders to ask them about family and work.
Before Facebook, Ami worked on Visual Studio and .NET at Microsoft. She holds a degree in Computer Science from Harvard. She loves travel, reading, and spending time with her 1-year-old.
JEN DANTE, Director of Product Innovation at Netflix
Jen Dante is a Director of Product Innovation at Netflix. She joined in 2014 to work on acquisition and payments, but recently took over the Kids member experience. She has an MBA from UCLA-Anderson, and has been geeking it up since high school when she used to BBS on her ultra-fast 2400 baud modem.
SHRIPRIYA MAHESH, Partner at Omidyar Network
JENNIFER TAYLOR, SVP Product Management at Salesforce
Jennifer Taylor is Head of Product at Cloudflare. She leads the delivery of world class cloud-based performance, security, and content delivery solutions for companies of all sizes. Previously she was Senior Vice President of Product Management for Search at Salesforce where she built enterprise search experience that connect people with the relevant information they need in order to produce business results and led Salesforce’s Data.com, where she help customers sell faster and smarter using a foundation of intelligent insights and Salesforce Chatter, where she shaped the direction of this powerful collaboration software. Prior to joining Salesforce, Jennifer held a variety of senior product management and marketing roles - including Manager of Platform Product Marketing at Facebook and Senior Director of Product Management for Rich Media Solutions at Adobe. Earlier in her career, Jen was a product manager at Macromedia (acquired by Adobe) for Dreamweaver, the popular graphical Web development tool and an associate at Vector Capital.Jennifer holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
LISA O'MALLEY, Sr. Director Global Product Management - Merchant Engagement at PayPal
Lisa O’Malley moved from Dublin, Ireland to the Bay area for a 6 month project… 17 years ago. The weather was too good to leave. She has worked in a range of Product Management and Product Marketing roles in technology companies in the Bay area and Europe. With a primary degree in Law and Spanish and an MBA from University College Dublin, her path to Product Management was far from linear, but an interesting journey. Lisa is passionate about creating great experiences for customers in the fast moving Fintech space. Having spent time working on both the Consumer and Merchant sides of the PayPal business, she currently leads a product management team responsible for Merchant Engagement, to ensure our Merchant customers have a world class account servicing experience, and helping them to grow their businesses.
LILIAN RINCON, Director of Product Management at Google
Lilian Rinconis a Director at Google leading core vertical development for the Google Assistant. In her role, Lilian has shaped the direction of the Google Assistant, focusing on helping users have meaningful experiences with the product. Prior to Google, she led the Skype Conversations as a Platform group, Translator and Android teams. Prior to Skype, she was one of the founders of Microsoft’s Creative Asset Management Platform. In 2016, Lilian was chosen as one of the top 20 Latinos in tech by CNET, and listed in the top 100 women of her home country of Venezuela. She completed her BSC in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University. Lilian is a mother of two, and helps lead a number of women led groups at Google.
SHIMRIT BEN-YAIR, Senior Director of Product Management at YouTube
SHIMRIT BEN-YAIR is a Senior Director of Product Management at YouTube. She has been at Google for the past eight years, and has worked on Google Docs, Groups and Google+. She joined YouTube three and a half years ago to design and launch the YouTube Kids app. She is now the PM Lead on Community where she's working to make YouTube the best place for creators to engage with their fans and the best place for fans to engage with each other.
Shimrit has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Math from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. She loves contemporary art, cooking and sleeping in (which never happens as she has two kids under six, and is about to have a third).
SARAH BERNARD, VP, Product at Jet.com
Sarah Bernard is VP, Product at Jet.com. Sarah Bernard has previously held positions as General Manager, SVP and VP of Global Product Development in companies within Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, Expedia Inc., and Vantiv. Ms. Bernard leads her companies and specifically Product, User Experience, Analytics, and Technology in comprehensive transformations and initiatives that accelerate growth with innovative organizational design, process implementation with product discovery & development, and talent curating. She has enabled her companies to respond quickly to market disruptions and create disruptions themselves. Ms. Bernard holds a BA in Cognitive Science (the study of Artificial and Human Intelligence) from Brown University.
SELINA TOBACCOWALA, CEO and Co-founder At Gixo
Selina is co-founder and CEO of Gixo, a fitness app that offers live classes for anyone to exercise anywhere. Prior, Selina was President and CTO of SurveyMonkey, where she was responsible for all products sold through its self-serve sales channel, and led marketing, growth, product, and engineering. During Tobaccowala's tenure at SurveyMonkey, the website has become the world's leading survey platform with more than 15 million customers globally. Before SurveyMonkey, she has held leadership positions at TicketMaster's Europe division and Entertainment Publications. In 1997, she co-founded top online invitation and social planning website Evite, where she led the company's development, operations and strategic direction. Selina holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
CHERYL CONTEE, CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy
Cheryl is the CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, co-founder of Attentive.ly and co-founder of #YesWeCode. Cheryl was included in the first The Root 100 list of established and emerging AfricanAmerican leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011, as did Black Enterprise. She has been included in Campaigns and Elections magazine’s top 50 Influencers and was named as an Affiliate of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
SARAH TAVEL, General Partner at Benchmark
Sarah Tavel is a General Partner at Benchmark. Before pursuing a career in venture capital, Sarah led product for the Discovery team at Pinterest (which included search, recommendations, visual search, and pin quality). Sarah joined Pinterest as one of the first 35 employees, a year after investing in Pinterest’s Series A.
HEATHER MIRIJAHANGIR FERNANDEZ, Co-Founder and CEO at Solv
As Solv's CEO and co-founder, Heather brings more than a decade of executive management experience with leading consumer startups to the company. After experiencing firsthand how dramatically the real estate industry could be changed by creating a transparent and simple consumer experience, she founded Solv to transform healthcare for consumers. Prior to Solv, Heather served as senior vice president and general manager of business services at Trulia, Inc.--where she led advertising product, marketing and sales strategy--which accounted for nearly $200M in annual revenue, through its acquisition by Zillow (NASDAQ: ZG) in 2015. Heather’s diverse professional background spans politics, technology and financial services. Prior to Trulia, she worked as an Associate at Morgan Stanley, Director at Blanc & Otus, Deputy Press Secretary for Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential bid and on Capitol Hill as a Press Secretary. She currently serves on the Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) board of directors and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
JENNIFER DULSKI, Head of Groups (Communities) at Facebook
Jennifer Dulski is a tech executive and entrepreneur, with more than 18 years of experience in both successful startups and big-brand internet companies. She just started a new role leading Groups for Facebook, central to its new mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
Prior to Facebook, Jennifer served for 4.5 years as president & COO of Change.org, a social enterprise company that empowers people everywhere to start and win campaigns for change. Under her leadership Change.org grew by 10x to nearly 200 million users, and many thousands of social change campaigns were successful around the world.
Jennifer was an early Yahoo! employee and served in a variety of roles during her 9-year tenure, ultimately leading one of the company's 6 business units as group VP and general manager of Local and Marketplaces. In 2007, Jennifer left Yahoo! to become co-founder and CEO of The Dealmap, a mobile, location-based deals site that Google acquired in 2011, making Jennifer the first woman entrepreneur to sell a company to Google. She stayed at Google for nearly 2 years as a product leader before joining Change.org.
Early in her career, she was the founder and executive director of Summerbridge Pittsburgh (part of the Breakthrough Collaborative), a nonprofit organization that helps underserved middle school students get on the path to college.
A prominent thought leader in Silicon Valley, Jennifer writes frequently about management and leadership for LinkedIn Influencers, Fortune and Huffington Post, and she is working on a book about leaders as movement-starters that will come out in 2018. She currently serves on the boards of TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA), Little Passports, and She++ and she lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two teenage daughters.
AMY JO KIM, Fortune top 10 influential women in games
Amy Jo Kim, named by Fortune as one of the top 10 influential women in games, Amy Jo Kim is a world-renowned social game designer, community architect & startup coach. Her design credits include Rock Band, The Sims, eBay, Netflix, Cover Fashion, indiegogo, nytimes.com, Ultima Online, Happify, Pley and numerous startups. Through her coaching practice, Amy Jo helps entrepreneurs & innovators 10X their product/market fit with Game Thinking. She pioneered the idea of applying game design to digital services, and is well known for her 2000 book, Community Building on the Web. She holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington (along with a BA in Experimental Psychology) and is an adjunct Game Design professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
JESS LEE, Partner at Sequoia Capital
Jess Lee is a partner at Sequoia Capital. Previously, she held leadership positions at Google and Polyvore. While at Google, Jess was a product manager for Google Maps. Jess joined Polyvore as a product manager in 2008 after providing their co-founder with feedback on issues with the website. She was later named VP of Product, an honorary co-founder, and ultimately CEO. Polyvore was acquired by Yahoo in 2015. Jess holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She has been featured in Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and Glamour Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 Women in Tech.
CONNIE CHAN, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Connie Chan is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley based technology venture capital firm. Since joining Andreessen Horowitz in 2011, Connie has been working closely with startups, and spearheaded the firm’s Asia network helping companies navigate Asia opportunities. Connie’s writing has sparked new debate about innovation in China, and her writing on WeChat won a Sidney award in 2015. Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, Connie worked at HP and led its webOS efforts in China. She started her career as a private equity investor at Elevation Partners, investing in media and entertainment. She has been named a LinkedIn NextWave Top Professional 35 and Under, and is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Connie received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Stanford.
MEGAN QUINN, Partner, Spark Capital
Megan Quinn is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on growth investments. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Before becoming an investor, Megan served as Square’s Director of Products and also spent seven years at Google where she oversaw the development and launch of Google Maps
AARTHI RAMAMURTHY, CEO, Lumoid
Aarthi Ramamurthy is the founder and CEO of Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy service for consumer electronics like drones, wearables and digital imaging products. Backed by YCombinator, Lumoid makes it convenient and affordable to test-drive various categories of consumer electronics before committing to buy them. Prior to Lumoid, Aarthi built Xbox LIVE at Microsoft for 6 years, and then joined Netflix to build the video streaming SDK for various CE platforms such as Sony, Panasonic, Apple etc. She hails from India, and has a Masters in software engineering. Aarthi is one of the top 50 influential women in the US and is an avid runner and photographer.
JULIE ZHUO, VP of Product Design at Facebook
Julie Zhuo is a VP of Product Design at Facebook, responsible for overseeing the design of Facebook’s core experiences. She has been at Facebook since 2006 helping to scale the service from 8M college and high school students to more than 1B people globally. Over the years, she has worked on some of the most well-known and engaging designs in the world—News Feed, the Like button, profiles, photos, and more. Julie also writes about design and technology through her popular blog The Year of the Looking Glass and for publications like Fast Company, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University as well as her and Master’s degree in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer interaction.
Deb Liu, Vice President of Marketplace
Deb Liu, Vice President of Marketplace. Deb runs Facebook’s commerce businesses. She oversees product management and engineering for products that make it possible for companies to grow and monetize their apps and sites. Named one of the most influential women in mobile advertising and engineering by Business Insider, Deb is a 15-year veteran in the tech industry. She previously worked at eBay, PayPal and Boston Consulting Group. She serves on the board of Expanding Your Horizons Network, a non-profit focusing on inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers, and she co-created Women in Product after realizing that there was no forum for this underrepresented community to connect. Deb has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Civil Engineering Bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
LEENA RAO, Senior Writer at Fortune Magazine
Leena Rao is a technology journalist based in San Francisco. She was most recently a senior writer and a co-chair of MPW NextGen at Fortune Magazine. Previously, she was a partner leading content at Google Ventures. From 2009 until 2014, she wrote about startups, tech, venture capital, and business for TechCrunch, where she eventually became managing editor. Ms. Rao graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she studied business journalism and videography. From 2004 to 2007, she helped lead Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s community outreach and relations efforts in New York City. Ms. Rao graduated from Columbia University in 2003, where she was the captain of the women’s varsity tennis team.
Fidji Simo, Vice President of Product at Facebook.
Fidji Simo, Vice President of Product at Facebook. Fidjiis in charge of Video, News and Advertising in Facebook News Feed, including launching Facebook Live. She leads a team of product managers and engineers who build experiences for people to discover and create videos, consume news, and interact with ads in News Feed. She was recognized by Fortune as part of their 40 under 40 annual ranking, and AdWeek named her one of the top 15 people shaping the future of mobile advertising.Before Facebook Fidji worked at eBay where she led key strategic and M&A projects in France, Spain and the US. She holds a Master of Management from HEC Paris and spent the last year of her Master program at UCLA Anderson School of Business. Before Facebook Fidji worked at eBay where she led key strategic and M&A projects in France, Spain and the US. She holds a Master of Management from HEC Paris and spent the last year of her Master program at UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Lauren Schiller, Creator & Host of Inflection Point Radio Show & Podcast
Lauren Schiller is the creator and host of Inflection Point, a nationally syndicated weekly public radio show and podcast featuring conversations with women who are changing the status quo.
She comes by these conversations honestly: She was born into a long line of strong women role models who worked in business, arts, media, education and labor organizing. In the ’70s Lauren's mom took her to the march on Washington, D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. In the ’80s she was one of the first girls to join the Boys Club in Pittsburgh, PA (now Boys & Girls Club). Lauren was also a cheerleader in high school in Davis, CA. She is proud to say she got benched for protesting the nylons requirement.
While getting her BA in Political Science from Vassar College, Lauren interned at a news radio station in Poughkeepsie reporting on local arts. After graduating, a trip to Telluride, CO turned into a job at the Sheridan Opera House managing celebrities. She then went on to work for Chiat/Day New York, one of the world's most creative advertising agencies. Adopting their slogan “good enough is not enough” as her personal mantra, Lauren moved to the Bay Area and rose to the highest ranks of the industry to become the second female partner in her San Francisco ad firm.
Lauren returned to her love of broadcasting when she created one of the first female-led podcasts in 2008, a show which ran for five years and was also syndicated on commercial radio and Comcast TV. Lauren launched Inflection Point in 2015 during Women’s History Month and it quickly went national. It is produced in partnership with KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco and PRX. She created Inflection Point to share the stories and insights of all the women who are shaping our future–and she created it for her daughters.
Lauren lives in the Bay Area and is also the Executive Producer of Audio for Salon Media.