Our Speakers

Amazing leaders and role models in tech who will share their stories of how and why they support gender equality, talk about leadership and inspire reflection and change.

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Lars Einar Engström

Author and Senior Partner

EdColby AB

Lars Einar Engström is a trained psychologist and a senior partner with the Swedish consultant company Edcolby AB (www.edcolbyltd.com). He has written four books, two of which have been translated into English, Confessions of a Sexist (2008) and Your Career in Your Hands (2011). Lars writes an online column for the Swedish business school IHM (www.ihm.se) and for newspapers throughout Scandinavia. Lars has lectured in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, UK, Lithuania, Australia and the United States on topics including equal opportunities, gender and leadership, as well as organizational development. He has lived and worked in Paris  and London. As a consultant, he has worked with many international companies, including Ericsson, Accenture, Copenhagen Business School, Ernst & Young, Vattenfall, Know It, Computer Associates, Live Nation, Scandinavian Airlines, and Skandia. Prior to becoming a consultant, Lars specialized in organizational development as a manager at the Bonnier Group, Apple Computer and Pharmacia.

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Brian Pawlowski

VP and Chief Architect

Pure Storage

As Vice President and Chief Architect, Brian Pawlowski is focused on product and architecture development, with an eye toward simplifying the user experience.
Prior to Pure Storage, Brian was a Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NetApp for more than six years, leading the design of high performance, highly reliable storage systems. Brian led the design for NetApp's first SAN product and holds several patents related to that work. He also worked on open protocols for storage since an earlier role at Sun Microsystems, was co-author of the NFS Version 3 specification and is currently co-chair of the NFS Version 4
working group at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Brian is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute, where he is working to increase opportunities for women in technology.
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Noni Allwood

Principal Noni Allwood & Associates
Senior Fellow Center for Talent Innovation

As Vice President & Senior Fellow at the Center for Talent Innovation Noni is responsible for leading research on multicultural talent and female talent in emerging markets. She heads up center operations on the West Coast engaging key corporate partners in research, dissemination of best practices and dissemination of research findings.

In her role as Principal of Noni Allwoods and Associates Noni works with Business Transformation, Acquisitions Integration, Market expansion planning and much more. https://www.linkedin.com/in/noni-allwood-b35507/

Noni is also Council Member for Gender Equality Principles at the City and County of San Francisco, and the co-chair on the advisory board of Professional Business Women of California.


Amazing leaders and role models in tech who will share their stories of how and why they support gender equality, talk about leadership and inspire reflection and change.

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Chris Yeh


Wasabi Ventures

Chris is an author of a broad range of topics, with special focus on entrepreneurship and startups. He is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, of the New York Times best-seller, "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age."  His work has appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review and TechCrunch.

Wasabi Ventures Global brings the startup and scaleup lessons of Silicon Valley to other ecosystems around the world. For international entrepreneurs, we can help them scale up and enter the US market. For leading research laboratories and universities we can help accelerate their technology commercialization efforts. And for both of the above, our Silicon Valley Jumpstart program offers an intensive 1-2 week immersion in the mindset and networks of Silicon Valley.


Bobby Johnson

Co-founder & CTO


As CTO of Interana, Bobby is building the world's fastest and easiest to use system for analyzing event and time-series data. It queries trillions of records in seconds.

Prior to co-founding Interana, Bobby led the team responsible for scaling Facebook from a few million users to almost a billion.



Shep Maher

SVP of Sales



As Senior Vice President of Sales for GuideSpark, Shep is responsible for revenue development and retention, and for building the business as GuideSpark defines the new market of workplace communications. Shep also serves on GuideSpark’s executive leadership team, helping to shape a world-class team and culture.

With more than 15 years of experience in sales and sales leadership, Shep has a history of building collaborative and winning teams with great culture and diversity.

Prior to joining GuideSpark in 2012, Shep held sales leadership roles at Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for revenue growth, margin improvement, and cross-selling across Thomson Reuters’ Corporate business in the Americas. Shep has also held positions at NewRiver Inc., Merrill Corporation, Corporate Communications Broadcast Network (CCBN), and SNL Financial.


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