Yvonne has 20+ years of leadership in the technology space and community activism working to solve critical social problems. She is currently Director of Business Operations at Adobe. Her strong sense of purpose, along with a talent for collaboration, and her ability to get things done are a powerful combination both in business and her work in the community. Yvonne is known for balancing a practical, pragmatic approach to problem solving, with a deep and compassionate understanding of the personal impact. By looking at both hard data and personal impact, she is able to find common ground for collaborative problem solving on difficult topics. For relaxation, Yvonne enjoys attending Sharks games with her family, cycling with friends, and reading good books.
Ashley serves as senior counsel for X (formerly Google X), where she advises on emerging technologies, such as Loon (balloon-powered Internet), Makani (energy kites), Waymo (self-driving vehicles), and Glass (smart glasses). Prior to joining Google in 2011, Ashley was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, working on a broad range of intellectual property, technology and commercial matters. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law. Ashley lives in Los Altos with her husband, their two daughters, their two dogs and cat.
Alison Barr is a partner of the global accounting firm, KPMG. Alison has held various positions in KPMG’s Audit practice, and has spent time working in their Silicon Valley and New York offices. She specializes in accounting and auditing for technology companies. She also is the leader of KPMG’s Silicon Valley chapter of the KPMG Network of Women, focusing on recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting high potential women and championing diversity and inclusion. Alison holds a Bachelors of Science from Santa Clara University. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling to new places and spending time with her puppy.
Barbara is a California native whose passion for social justice started early in life. Barbara has worn several career hats: from office administrator, high school English teacher to Esthetician to full-time mother. Barbara has spent many years piloting the family mini-van while homeschooling her family. Her life is busy with her husband, an Engineer, her three children, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 hamsters and 1 horse. She has enjoyed running half-marathons, cycling and participating in triathlons. A born manager, Barbara has previously volunteered with Planned Parenthood, Nursing Mothers Council, Girl Scouts and 100 Women Who Care Silicon Valley. She is a master grant writer, stellar speaker and the Grateful Garment Project’s mission resonates passionately for her.
Emily Moro is an Account Director at EPAM, a global software development and design consulting firm. Emily has worked at both start-up and large consulting organizations, managing client relationships and leading teams to deliver solutions in digital transformation and emerging technology. Emily holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In her free time, she likes to explore the Bay Area with her two toddler boys, cook up something delicious in the kitchen, and find her family’s next travel destination.
Samantha Schneider, the founder and Principal of Ampersand People, is an established people leader with over twenty years of experience in recruiting and human resources. Samantha has been recognized as one of the Top 100 influential recruiters across the globe by LinkedIn and as a trusted counselor to senior leaders at both large and small companies, she has a proven track record of growing and retaining high performing teams. Samantha holds a Bachelors in Organizational Communications from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. When she’s not working, she enjoys adventuring to places she’s never been and exhausting her Annual Pass to Disneyland, as well as mentoring and giving back to her community.
I am honored to have served with The Grateful Garment Project since October 2016. My objective is to bring my professional and personal experience to a critical non-profit serving the needs of Californians. I have more than 25 years of marketing and business development experience at Cisco Systems and G2 Research (acquired by Gartner). My passion is making a difference every day, leveraging my strategy, facilitation, and team collaboration expertise. For enjoyment, I spend time with my family, travel, and explore food and wine.
Joan is a native of Los Altos Hills with a lifelong passion for leading meaningful change. She has been in high tech marketing in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and worked most recently as Vice President, Digital Marketing at SAP in Palo Alto. Prior to SAP Joan led marketing programs for various technology companies including Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer. She also enjoys mentoring, and delivering strategies that inspire and deliver results. Joan spends her spare time hanging out with three terrific daughters, community service and coaching budding executives. She maintains her work/life balance by being an ardent foodie, running, hiking and cycling throughout our beautiful valley.
Nadia Ahmad is the Silicon Valley Marketing Leader, and has held various positions in KPMG in Silicon Valley. Nadia previously specialized in auditing venture backed companies through the IPO process, and leading west coast diversity hiring. Nadia sits on the KPMG Network of Women board in Silicon Valley, the Turkey Trot steering committee and the Corporate Leadership Council of the San Jose Art Museum. Nadia holds a Bachelors of Science from San Jose State, and outside her professional responsibilities enjoys traveling with her husband and two teenage boys, working in the garden and knitting for friends and charity.
Kymberly Fennell has been a Marketing leader for over 20 years at several high technology companies in the Bay Area. Most recently, Kym has been with Cisco Systems for ten years, holding multiple leadership positions in Digital Marketing, Partner Marketing, and Small Business Marketing. Leading and empowering her team to grow, take risks, and get out of their comfort zones is at the heart of Kym’s leadership style. She is a firm believer in developing talent and supporting her team to achieve greatness. Kymberly holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from California State University, Chico, enjoys traveling with her husband, and is preparing to be an “empty nester” next year after parenting four children. Kym also enjoys running and hiking with her three dogs.