LWT Promotes FountainBlue: Make Your Own Rules
Successful women and men create their own rules, their own brand – their own personal way of making things happen. Most of the time, they learn to play within the rules first, and then make their own rules. Whether they play within the rules, or make up their own rules, but the results speak for themselves. Hear how and why they broke the rules and learn how breaking the rules and even changing the system has made a difference for these leaders and all they touch.
When: Friday September 1th, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm PST
Where: Texas Instruments, 2900 Semiconducto, Santa Clara, CA
Registration: $40 for partners, $50 general admission, $150 for corporate passes for up to 5 people for one event, or $250 for 2017 membership, which includes admission to all 2017 When She Speaks events and complementary admission tohis event. Please note that service fee will apply for all online credit card payments. Click here to register
Facilitator and panelists:
Facilitator Linda Holroyd, Founder and CEO FountainBlue, CMO, 888 Steps
Serial entrepreneur Linda Holroyd began her career providing sales and marketing leadership for start-ups in the document imaging, document security and web development spaces, before launching her own web consultancy. She grew her company from zero to 4 million, with clients in the financial services, tech start-up, education, non-profit, medical device and government services space.
After selling her company, she joined a nonprofit before starting FountainBlue in 2006. Linda continues to run events for high-tech professionals, executives and entrepreneurs including a monthly When She Speaks, Women in Leadership events and a monthly VIP roundtable series. She also coaches executives and advises start-ups.
Throughout her career, Linda has excelled at meeting and connecting diverse stakeholders, and generating tangible and measurable sales and marketing results. Her current community-focused initiatives include serving as VP of Professional Services for the Office of the CIO, marketing and outreach support for Silicon-Valley-based Meetups, co-President of her neighborhood association, and CMO for Techlab Innovation Center.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Davis and earned certificates in executive and program management from UCSC Extension. She lives with her husband in Silicon Valley and just sent her teenage daughter to UCLA.
Daniela Busse, Ph.D., Director, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, at Citi Ventures
Daniela Busse (Ph.D.) focuses on breakthrough innovation in labs across the US, Asia, Israel, and Europe, with deep expertise in Design and Product Experience Research. Throughout her career, she has been continuously analyzing, envisioning, and redefining the role of technology in people’s everyday lives. Prior to joining Citi Ventures, she held roles as Design Futurist/Director at Samsung Research America (SRA), as Director/Chief UX Architect in Hasso Plattner’s innovation team in SAP’s Office of the CEO, and as Design Researcher at Microsoft’s Office Design. Through her award-winning work, she has been defining ground-breaking new uses and designs for technologies and devices, led multi-disciplinary UX innovation projects for future roadmap ideation, and researched and incubated breakthrough new product concepts and experiences. She received her Ph.D. in complex systems analysis & design from Glasgow University’s Department of Computing Science (Scotland, UK), and also her summa cum laude degrees in both Computing Science and Psychology. She holds multiple patents and has published frequently in the field of Innovation, Research, and Design.
Rajni Dharmarajan, Product line General Manager, Texas Instruments
Anshu Narula, Director of Engineering, Partners and Marketplaces, PayPal
Anshu Narula is an engineering leader with over 20 years of experience in software industry ranging from product development, product owner, engineering operations, quality and strategy. Anshu has a passion for building great organizations and influencing step level change. Problem solving is her forte.
Anshu enjoys helping other women have successful careers in technology and currently volunteers as COO for PayPal Women. Prior to that, she created and led the Technology work-stream for Women’s organization across Ebay Inc.
Anshu earned her Masters in Computer Engineering from IMS, Delhi.
Suruchi Kaushik Sharma, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Flex
Suruchi Kaushik Sharma is a management consultant with over 7 years of experience providing and implementing strategic recommendations for C-level staff and senior management at mid- to large-sized companies on corporate strategy, portfolio management, growth strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. Suruchi is currently a thought partner for senior executives at $25B leading provider of innovative design and manufacturing company serving a range of industries including consumer technology, networking and telecom, automotive, and medical.
Prior to joining Flex, Suruchi served as Associate Director, Business Strategy for Solazyme, Inc. Suruchi also has five years experience as a software engineer in product development and client services.
She earned her B.Engg. Field Of Study Computer Science and Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and an MBA Field Of Study Finance and Marketing from Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management.
Launched in 2005, FountainBlue is a management consultancy which runs monthly events for tech professionals, including a monthly When She Speaks series and VIP roundtable as well as a quarterly When She Speaks series in SF, and monthly Growth Hacker events both in Silicon Valley and in San Francisco. We also coach executives and advise start-ups. Annual membership in FountainBlue includes participation in all 12 When She Speaks events based in Silicon Valley or all 4 When She Speaks in SF events. For more information, visit