July 17, 2017

Conference Preview: WiSTEM 2017

This year’s WiSTEM Conference will be held September 11 – 12, 2017 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. This is an annual initiative of the MKF hosted to establish, recognize, honor, and promote the contribution women make to the scientific and technological communities. This conference has become the largest global event for women in science, technology, and math, attracting an international audience of women technologists, scientists, mathematicians, and achievers who are proving that they are essential participants in the health of the global economy.

If you have attended WiSTEM in the past, you’ll be excited to hear that this year’s conference prices are reduced due to large sponsors such as Google. The conference will once again be honoring women with several awards, including Woman Mentor of the Year, Best Entrepreneur in STEM, Woman STEM Influencer of the year, and many more.

As with past WiSTEM conferences, you’ll again have the opportunity to learn from some truly inspiring speakers. Here are some of the accomplished men and women you’ll hear from at WiSTEM 2017:

Ann Winblad

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and managing director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm with a focus on software investing. Throughout the past 20 years, Hummer Winblad has helped to launch more than 100 new software companies, including Hyperion, Wind River, Powersoft, Mulesoft, Voltage Security, and Omniture.

Winblad is a former board member of several companies, including Hyperion, Berkeley Systems, The Knot, and Intrinsa. She is a trustee of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in math and business from St. Catherine University, and a master’s degree in education from the University of St. Thomas.

Rashmi Gopinath

Rashmi Gopinath is the head of enterprise software investments at Microsoft Ventures. She is an expert at finding, operating, and growing promising startups in the cloud and infrastructure, big data, SaaS, iOT, security, mobile, and more. Gopinath was previously part of the investing team at Intel Capital and led business development for Couchbase and BlueData.

Rashmi earned a bachelor’s of engineering from University of Mumbai in India and a MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Karen Evans

Karen Evans is the National Director for the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC). She also serves as an independent director and outside manager for publicly traded companies, as well as a voice of authority for Safegov.org. In addition, she works as a consultant in the areas of leadership, management, and the strategic use of information technology.

Evans previously served as the CIO for the Department of Energy, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, and continuing success of IT programs and initiatives. She holds a bachelor degree in chemistry, and an MBA from West Virginia University.

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful, clean technology and information technology investments. He was also the co-founder of Daisy systems, and the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

Khosla holds a bachelor’s of technology degree in electrical engineering from IIT New Delhi, a master’s in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Grace Chung

Grace Chung is the senior manager of corporate programs at Yahoo, focused on their Yahoo For Good initiative which aims to maximize social impact through technology. Chung is an expert at connecting people, products, communities, and nonprofits. She recently connected a nonprofit working to bring education and hardware to Syrian refugees to an offline refugee dictionary created by Yahoo developers during a hack day. In her spare time, Chung is involved with TechWomen, a government initiative to mentor emerging female STEM leaders from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Chung has previously worked as a consultant at IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton. She has a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s of public policy from Havard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Amit Singh

Amit Singh is the vice president of business operations for virtual and augmented reality at Google. Singh is responsible for bringing products and services to consumers, creators, and education, as well as partnerships and monetization. Previously, Singh was the president of Google for Work, bringing the power of products and technologies to businesses.

Before joining Google, Singh worked for Oracle for 20 years, serving in various product, engineering, sales, and strategy roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering and a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Plan to attend the WiSTEM Conference in San Francisco to learn from, network with, and support the powerful women continuing the advancement of scientific and technological communities. If you haven’t yet registered, you can do so here with early bird pricing through July 15. There is also special student pricing available.


Jessica Barrett Halcom is a writer for TechnologyAdvice.com, with specializations in human resources, healthcare, and transportation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and currently lives in Nashville, TN.

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