Sudha Kasamsetty is the founder and the driving force behind VerveCon. She has worked in many of the valley companies and startups including Google, Survey Monkey,Tellme Networks(now Microsoft) and Teradata. Her experiences both as team manager and individual contributor in the tech industry left her wanting to ‘solve’ many of women in tech issues. She believes in being a go-getter instead of being hopeful. VerveCon’s efforts are targeted to inspire many women in tech to do the same. When she is not working 80 hours a week on VerveCon, she puts on hat of automation architect for highly scalable Cloud and Saas applications.
Mona Sabet is a technology sector deal maker, an entrepreneur, a diversity advocate, and a community builder.
With two decades of experience in the tech sector both as a corporate executive and an entrepreneur, Mona brings her expertise in corporate development, acquisitions, integrations, and technology deals (with a specialty in IP licensing deals) to every team she works with. She has negotiated hundreds of technology deals and nearly 50 acquisitions.
Mona is the Managing Director of Tribal Advisors. Tribal helps tech companies develop and implement their business with a view to maximizing their exit opportunities.
Prior to Tribal, Mona’s experience includes being on the buy side of start-ups, including Cadence Design Systems, Coverity and others. As Corporate Vice President, Business Development at Cadence, she led all mergers and acquisitions, strategic technology transactions and venture investments, delivering tens of millions of dollars in incremental revenue. She also led the definition of the company’s acquisition and partnership strategy, enabling Cadence to expand into adjacent growth markets.
Mona is actively involved in a number of non-profits focused on improving diversity in the workplace. She co-founded Leading Women in Technology, which has been working for over a decade to help women in the tech sector accelerate their careers. She is on the Board of ChIPs Network, an organization dedicated to advancing women working at the intersection of law, technology and policy. Mona led the strategy and implementation that took The Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest annual convention of women technologist in the world, from 8000 to 15,000 attendees in 2 years. Mona is also the founder and a member of Hipower, a group of women leaders accelerating one another’s leadership from professional success to wide-ranging significance.
Mona holds an engineering degree from the University of Toronto, a J.D. from the University of Western Ontario, and management certificates from Simon Fraser University and UC, Berkeley. When she’s not diving into new business initiatives or fighting for diversity, Mona enjoys spending her time with her husband, children and a nicely chilled martini.
Sharon Holt is an advisor to businesses seeking to optimize their intellectual property and licensing business strategy, customer engagements, and strategic partnerships.
With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Sharon brings a proven track record of developing business and partnerships with market-leading technology companies. She is currently a Board Director at Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), in San Jose, CA, where she is also a member of the Compensation Committee. From 2004 through 2012 Sharon was a Senior Vice President and Officer at Rambus, Incorporated (NASDAQ: RMBS), a global technology development and licensing company.
During her tenure at Rambus, she served as Senior Vice President of Licensing & Marketing, and as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the $300M Semiconductor Business Group. From 1999 to 2004 Sharon was an executive at Agilent Technologies in the Semiconductor Products Group (now Broadcom), where her last position was Vice President & General Manager of Americas Field Operations, overseeing sales and technical support operations for the $2B semiconductor business. Prior to that, she ran sales operations focused on Agilent’s largest global customers.
From 1986 to1999 Sharon worked at HP in Applications Engineering, Sales, and Distribution Channel Management for the Semiconductor Products Group. Sharon graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Retired from full-time work since early 2013 and currently living in South Florida, Sharon is a Principal at Fraser Stuart Ventures, LLC, a private investment firm. She is also an Officer of The Holt Family Foundation. Sharon is an active member of several non-profit organizations, including The Martin County Arts Council, Women Supporting the Arts, The Lyric League, and The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches.
Susan Peterson is a retired engineer and hi-tech executive who wants to inspire teams, companies, and indeed whole economies to create a competitive advantage by capitalizing on the higher profitability, productivity, and creativity that result when men and women work together.
I am a female engineer. I graduated summa cum laude in 1978. I have spent the better part of the last 40 years in construction, software engineering, telecommunications, renewable energy and electronic design automation. For the most part, I worked for companies based in Silicon Valley. In these regards, I am a unicorn.
One of my first memories of my status as an oddity occurred early in my career when I was a software engineer. I was developing CAD software that would automatically create detailed construction documentation for structural steel, based upon my 4 years of experience as a structural engineer. I was called upon to demonstrate the program to a prospective customer. As I went through the application of the software, the customer tested me by asking more and more detailed questions. Each time I answered correctly, someone in the audience would invite another engineer over from his desk to “take a look at this thing.” The crowd behind me slowly grew from two to four to over a dozen engineers and draftsmen. I was very pleased with the interest in the software. It wasn’t until later, over dinner, when one of the engineers said, “We never saw a girl who knew the flange thickness of a W40 beam,” that I realized the “thing” they were looking at was me. It was kind of like, “Hey Charlie, check out this monkey riding a bicycle”. I decided right then and there to use my uniqueness to my advantage
Everyone around me (mostly men) attributed my success to my competitive nature. I knew that it was more about my desire to solve people’s problems and to “float the boat higher” for everyone around me…my team, my company, and my customers. By my measure, I had a great career. More to the point, for me, is that I’ve had a great life so far. My career gave me the independence and means to travel the World, exercise my intellect, raise a fine son, choose my marital status, live where I wanted to live, and contribute significantly to the top and bottom line of every company I worked for. I developed some pretty strong opinions about the benefits of having men and women working together collaboratively. I am writing a book about my experience, and my sincere hope is that my first-hand account will benefit not only women but the World at large, by encouraging men and women to take the fullest advantage of our complementary skills and innate talents to make our products, our teams, our companies, our governments and our daily lives better than ever.
We are a team of passionate women engineers NOT trying to change the world, but trying to redefine Woman’s journey in technology!
We worked in different areas, but faced similar challenges!!
We attended technical conferences, but observed similar patterns!!
We asked, Why women participation in technical conferences & senior leadership is so less???
This forced us to think how we can change this. That’s how VerveCon was born.
VerveCon, “Convention for enthusiastic women in technology” in BayArea.