Voices of Women from the Silicon Valley



7 US woman delegates that championing the tech industry in Silicon Valley are reaching startups and entrepreneurs in Malaysia, and this round it's Johor Bahru! These tech-women empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. This event is open up to women and men.

Discussion Topics

In this World Cafe night style, we will share and discuss these topics :

1. Women’s leadership and role in the industry, by Bianca Liederer & Maile Smith

Bianca Liederer is currently leading interdisciplinary project teams to identify, optimize and develop drugs across multiple therapeutic areas to help people beat serious and life-threatening diseases. Her focus is on ADME, human PK projections, PK-PD modeling and preparation of regulatory submissions. She is the author or co-author of over 100 manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts.

Maile Smith is the Principal Geologist at Northgate Environmental Management and an active Techwomen Mentor. Maile Smith works with both public and private sector clients on a wide range of environmental characterization, restoration, and risk management challenges, with a focus on sustainable environmental restoration and urban redevelopment.

2. Tech literacy for women, by Sandra Chen & Diana Macias & Anika Kamath

Diana Macias has worked in various environments ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter and is Co-chair of Twitter Alas, Twitter's Latinx Business Resource Group. Diana was named one of 2017 20 Most Influential Latinos in Tech by CNET en Español.

Sandra Chen is currently working on hardware infrastructure at Facebook as a supply chain operation sourcing manager. She has been in the high tech and consumer manufacturing world for the past 7 years working in various technical, supply chain, and operations management roles launching mass consumer hardware to highly complex hardware infrastructure.

Anika Kamath is a rising freshman at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) intending to major in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. She is a National Merit Scholar and was awarded the Bay Area “Aspirations in Computing” from NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology and was inducted to Cum Laude Honor Society for her Academic achievements.

3. Entrepreneurship & Women, by Erin Keeley & Rekha Pai

Erin Keeley is an engineer, investor, mother and passionate advocate for STEM education and the economic empowerment of women. Erin has been a Technology Executive in the Silicon Valley for two decades, leading engineering and operation teams for IBM, Hitachi and Western Digital in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Rekha Pai is currently Vice President at Stanford Angels; Entrepreneurs and Partner at Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2.org). She also serves on the board of Fast Forward, an Accelerator for Tech Non-profits based in San Francisco. Prior to becoming an angel investor, she led New Business incubation at Juniper Networks.


7:00 p.m - Registration

7:30 p.m - Networking session, light refreshments

8:00 p.m - Introduction of YSEALI, Techwomen, Startup Johor and Google WomenWill.

8:15 p.m - Introduction of Panelists

8:30 p.m - Discussion session

9:30 p.m - Summary of discussion by one representative of each panel

9:45 p.m - Conclusion & closing notes

9:55 p.m - Token of appreciation

10:00 p.m - Photo session

10:05 p.m - Disperse

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Mon Aug 13, 2018
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Unit 02-02, Lvl 2, Cimb Leadership Academy,, No 3, Jalan Medini Utara 1, Medini Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri Malaysia