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Karen CatlinAfter spending 25 years building software products, Karen Catlin is now an advocate for women in the tech industry. She’s a leadership coach, a keynote and TEDx speaker, and co-author of “Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.” She also facilitates a women’s forum at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  Formerly, Karen was a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe.
In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women. Karen holds a computer science degree from Brown University and serves as an advisor to Brown’s Computer Science Diversity Initiative. She’s also on the Advisory Boards for The Women’s CLUB of Silicon Valley, WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Technology), and Women Serve on Boards.
Varsha Kanwar, Chief of Staff, TS Global Go to Market, Cisco. A global Change Leader & Organizational Effectiveness leader with 15 years of experience, leading complex transformational initiatives and building high impact, high performing teams to deliver world class customer experience. Has over a decade of proven expertise leading teams & executing initiatives to solve business problems and accelerate growth, efficiency, quality, productivity & customer satisfaction.

Vanessa Shaw is founder of Human Side of Tech, through which she advises forward thinking thinking executives and HR leaders to operate their companies with a culture-first approach, so that they can turn challenge into opportunity when facing rapid growth, digital disruption and culture change. She believes that everyone deserves to have a great place to work. Through events, writing and speaking she helps you uncover how to create a company culture where employees are inspired to do their best work and supported to thrive. She writes about company culture and employee experience, showcasing case studies, stories and interviews from leading companies who are driving the future of work. As part of her workplace culture global tour, she has visited several dozen company headquarters such as Facebook, Spotify, Airbnb, IDEO and more.

She is creator and producer of Workplace Lab, a community of professionals and series of events helping the most innovative professionals design workplace cultures their proud to work in. Follow her updates @HumanSideofTech.

Daryn Kelley,  (bio to come!)

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