Absolutely Stellar: The 2nd Annual Women in Tech Festival Kicks Off on March 30th, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On March 30th, 2016, Silicon Valley Forum’s Women in Tech
Festival is back for a second year with “Women
Around the Universe
,” a full-day celebration of the achievements and
accomplishments of women in tech—as well as frank discussions about
workplace diversity and the changes still to come.

Hosted at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, California, the Women in
Tech Festival will feature some of Silicon Valley’s brightest tech and
professional women—Kiva
cofounder and Silicon Valley Forum Visionary Award honoree Jessica
Jackley will deliver the opening keynote; other speakers (among many
others) include HWVP
cofounder Ann Winblad; Heather Hiles, Pathbrite
CEO and founder; Jenny Gonsalves, VP of Engineering at SugarCRM,
and Danae Ringelman, founder and CDO of Indiegogo.

“It’s an honor and a delight to be hosting this event for a second
year,” said Silicon Valley Forum Executive Director Denyse Cardozo. “Our
program is packed with extraordinary women in tech and other STEM
careers, and we can’t wait for them to share their invaluable insights,
advice, and personal experiences with the Silicon Valley community.”

“I’m delighted to speak at the 2016 Women in Tech Festival,” said
Festival keynote Jessica Jackley, Kiva co-founder, author, and
entrepreneur. “It’s exciting to be part of a day devoted to empowering
and inspiring female entrepreneurs—women who are driving positive change
and leveraging the power of their ideas to create a better future.”
Attendees who purchase festival passes by March 15th, 2016, will receive
a signed copy of Jessica’s new book Clay
Water Brick

“Microsoft is excited to be a host and premier partner of The Women in
Tech Festival,” said Matt Thompson, GM, Developer Evangelism & Startups.
“It’s a great opportunity to provide a platform for one of Microsoft’s
core values: that team diversity is essential to innovation—it brings in
new approaches, new questions, and bold new ideas.”

“Success in Silicon Valley is based on encouraging all entrepreneurs to
take risks, all innovators to break new ground, and all leaders to take
the reins. The Women in Tech festival is an excellent venue for the next
generation of women in Silicon Valley to participate in creating that
success, “ said Clint Oram, CTO & Co-Founder. “As a company that
prioritizes an inclusive and diverse workplace, SugarCRM is thrilled to
support the SVForum Women in Tech festival.”

In addition to Microsoft,
the Women in Tech Festival is proud to welcome SugarCRM
as a Gold sponsor,Boston
, Carr
& Ferrell LLP
, and IBM
as a Silver sponsors, and WSG&R
as both a Silver and workshop sponsor.

More information:

The Women in Tech Festival is a day for all women—as well as men who
support the advancement of women—to join together in a supportive,
engaging environment for a day of inspiring panel discussions, fireside
chats, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to choose from
a variety of career-motivating workshops during the Festival’s lunch

Festival passes and demo tables are on sale at the event
. The Festival will open for registration at 8:15 am and
conclude at 6:30 pm.

Connect with the Festival on social media with #SVFWomenTechFest.

About Silicon Valley Forum:

For over 30 years, Silicon Valley Forum (SVForum) has fostered
innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in Silicon Valley. We
function as a center of knowledge and connections, covering everything
from the latest tech trends to the startup and investment ecosystem. We
have a long history of creating successful events, programs and
conferences that educate, train, inspire, and connect technologists,
entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, innovation and startup hubs, and
students—in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S., and globally. We
organize about 150 different activities per year, have over 20,000
subscribers/users, and work with over 40 countries worldwide.

Our partners include global leaders Accenture,
of the West
, IBM,
and TriNet,
as well as leading law and venture capital firms and service providers.
Silicon Valley Forum is a fully independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit

For more information, visit our website at http://www.svforum.org/.


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Silicon Valley Forum
Micaela Youmans,
Head of Marketing and Communications