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Women's Leadership Summit
Women's Leadership Summit
Thursday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Yerba Buena Theater
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Join the Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit and get inspired to lead and advocate for women in the workplace.

Between #LeanIn, the pay gap, and women’s soccer, there’s a new conversation about women’s equality—both in the workplace and in the world. Dreamforce ‘15 features a powerful and diverse group of women leaders ready to drive a conversation on innovation, leadership, and the fight for equality.

Why should you attend?

The Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit is a full day showcasing the powerful women and men who are pushing the necessary conversations about workplace equality. Be part of the change—join us to get inspired.

  • Hear from powerful female executives at YouTube, StitchFix, Eventbrite, and more
  • Learn from star advocates Patricia Arquette and Jessica Alba
  • Join the conversation via thought-provoking panels and sessions #WomenLeadDF15
  • Learn how Salesforce leaders are prioritizing equality for all
  • Find out how this movement is for everyone—including men or advocates for change
  • See how small changes can be big—and big changes can be contagious
  • Network with a range of people inspired to push for workplace equality

Speakers

 
Marc Benioff
Chairman and CEO,
Salesforce

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. One of the pioneers of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand, information management service to replace traditional enterprise software technology. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software company in the world and the largest customer relationship management (CRM) company.

Salesforce’s mobile, social and connected cloud technologies help companies create deeper, more meaningful connections with their customers. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named the World’s Most Innovative Company four years in a row by Forbes Magazine. Fortune Magazine named Salesforce as the World’s Most Admired Company in the software industry two years in a row, and ranked the company #7 among the World’s Best Places to Work.

Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovation. He was named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, and he received The Economist’s Innovation Award. He served as co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003–2005.

Throughout his career, Benioff has evangelized a new model of integrated corporate philanthropy. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce Foundation and established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves globally. Today, the Foundation has inspired other leading corporations to adopt the 1-1-1 model. Benioff has focused his personal philanthropy on advancing children’s health care through UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division during his college years. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California.

He is the author of three books, including the national best-seller, Behind the Cloud.

 
Jessica Alba
Founder,
The Honest Company

While Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress whose career continues to flourish in films such as Fantastic Four, Sin City and Little Fockers, she proceeds to distinguish herself as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and author. A California native, Jessica comes from modest beginnings and never forgets to share her good fortunes with others. She is actively involved with charities such as Safe Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity and Project HOME among others. Recently, Jessica released her first book, The Honest Life, based on her experiences creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family. A devoted wife and mother of two, Jessica describes motherhood as "the most profound experience I've ever had."

Building on her dedication to create a safe, natural environment for families everywhere, Jessica founded and launched The Honest Company in 2012. The company offers non-toxic, eco-friendly, and natural family essentials including diapers, wipes, bath, skin care and home cleaning products. "When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been," she says. "It's the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start." Today, the company continues to flourish with major articles and endorsements flooding in from American Baby, Fit Pregnancy and Urban Farm among numerous others.

Next, Jessica will be seen in both the Sin City and Machete sequels while she continues to grow awareness for The Honest Company and her philanthropic endeavors.

Currently, Jessica and her husband Cash raise their two daughters in Los Angeles.

 
Julia Hartz
Co-founder and President,
Eventbrite

As co-founder and President of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has evolved the company from an innovative ticketing platform to the world’s largest marketplace for live experiences. Since the company founding in 2006, Eventbrite has generated over $3 billion in gross ticket sales, with more than 200 million tickets processed to events and experiences around the globe. Eventbrite has secured $200M in funding, and through Julia’s leadership, has cemented its place in the “Unicorn Startup Club,” reserved exclusively for companies with an over $1B valuation.

Under Julia’s guidance, company culture and optimizing workplace performance has remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now boasts over 500 employees in eight offices around the world and has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area” six years running. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, and has been profiled in Forbes in both 2013 and 2015.

Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s digital age, Julia believes that real-life, human experiences lead to individual happiness and strong global communities. This belief continues to fuel her passion while running Eventbrite today.

Kara Swisher
Co-Executive Editor,
Re/code

 

 
Katrina Lake
CEO and Founder,
Stitch Fix

Katrina is passionate about helping women achieve everyday confidence. She founded Stitch Fix to help women everywhere discover and explore their style through a truly client-focused shopping experience.

Prior to founding Stitch Fix, Katrina developed extensive experience at the intersection of fashion, retail and technology. She managed the blogger platform at venture-backed social commerce company Polyvore and consulted with a variety of e-commerce and traditional retailers during her time at The Parthenon Group. Additionally, she has invested in and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups at Leader Ventures.

Katrina holds a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

 
Lauren Boyle
European Digital Girl
of the Year

Lauren Boyle is 10 years old, she is currently European Digital Girl of the Year. She is a member and mentor at Coderdojo, coding clubs for kids. Lauren has attended numerous events and has won many coding competitions. Lauren creates, develops & codes websites, apps & games. Lauren has spoken at a number of events including the Web Summit, Accentures International Womens Day & Inspirefest 2015 to name but a few. Last October, Lauren won European Digital Girl of the Year 2014/15 for her work in coding and promoting coding. In November 2014, Lauren taught the Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister) how to code as part of the Hour of Code. Lauren is on her 5th year of learning Mandarin Chinese & her 3rd year learning Spanish. Lauren plays the violin and plays in two orchestras. Lauren has given keynotes and has been interviewed for TV shows and radio. Lauren has featured in many articles including the Journal’s Top 20 Under 20, Silicon Republic’s 5 Young Coders to Watch & The Irish Independent’s “Trailblazer: Meet the Future, her name is Lauren".

 
Leah Busque
CEO and Founder,
TaskRabbit

The vision for revolutionizing how work gets done led Leah Busque to pioneer the concept of “Service Networking,” forging a leading role in the Collaborative Consumption movement. Since bootstrapping TaskRabbit in 2008, Leah has expanded the company internationally, raised nearly $40 million in venture funding, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the Collaborative and Service Networking space.

Selected as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in 2014 and named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” her achievements have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Time. Under her leadership, TaskRabbit was named “The Next Big Thing in Tech” by the New York Times. Prior to founding TaskRabbit, Leah was a Software Engineer at IBM, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development Group. Leah lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband, TaskRabbit’s VP of Technology Kevin Busque, her daughter, and a cuddly black lab named Emerson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science.

 
Lyndsey Scott
Actress, Model, and
App Developer

After graduating from Amherst College in 2006 with dual majors in Theater and Computer Science, Lyndsey found herself catapulted into the international world of highfashion after becoming the first African-American model to be awarded an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein in 2009. Since then, she's walked the runways for clients such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria's Secret and appeared in campaigns for clients such as DKNY and Covergirl and magazines such as W and Italian Vogue. Although still working as a model and actress, Lyndsey has returned to her love for technology and now also devotes much of her time to programming iOS apps, several of which are currently available on the Apple App Store. She enjoys helping others with their code — she’s ranked as one of the top iOS answerers on the number #1 programming site, Stack Overflow; has recently joined the prestigious tutorial team at raywenderlich.com; and has done video tutorials for kids co-starring the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for Code.org. Lyndsey also devotes her time to promoting computer science education and makes a special effort to get more women and minorities into tech.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Lyndsey360
website: www.LyndseyScott.com

 
Mary Moloney
CEO,
CoderDojo

Mary joined the CoderDojo Foundation team in June 2014 to take up the role of Global CEO, with responsibility for all of CoderDojo’s Operations & for delivering growth worldwide. CoderDojo currently operates 700+ free of charge coding clubs in 57 countries around the world reaching approximately 35,000 kids & young people aged from 7 to 17 on a regular basis and having reached over 50,000 in the last couple of years.

Previously a Partner at Accenture with 20+ years in lead positions within Accenture including operating at C-level both internally and for Irish and International organisations.

A Law graduate from Trinity College Dublin, Mary is very active in community and business organisations: Board member of both the Dublin Fringe Festival and of the Professional Women's Network. She is also an active member of an number of professional & technology organisations, including; The digital skills working group at IBEC, the Digital Working Group at the Institute of International and European Affairs, the Institute of Directors etc.

She is an author of a range of articles on Technology Trends, Coding, Education, Digital Economy, Improving Business Performance and on Strategic Change Management and has been a Guest Lecturer and speaker on these themes at a number of International Conferences & Institutions e.g. Web Summit, SouthxSouthWest, MozFest, Salesforce World Tour etc.

She has a track record in:
- Operating at C-level, has filled MD, CEO, COO & Talent / HR Director level roles within Accenture and on an interim basis at financial services, professional services and high-tech clients
- Defining & delivering double digit improvement based strategic change programmes with clients in Ireland, UK, EMEA and globally across a range of industries in particular within media, electronics, communications, technology, banking and insurance sectors.

A role model and advocate for Women in Leadership and in Technology, Mary was Accenture's Diversity lead for UK & Ireland and a Global Sponsor of Accenture's Culture Diversity Programme.

In 2014, Mary was awarded as runner up CEO of the Year in the Image Business Awards & as one of the top 100 Women in STEM by Silicon Republic. In 2015, she was awarded as a "Woman of Influence 2015" by Irish Tatler. She secured CoderDojo's listing as a Nominet Trust top global organisation and in Telefonica's Top 100 Educational Innovations. She is also a Failte Ireland Ambassador.

 
Susan Wojcicki
CEO,
YouTube

Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video, Wojcicki was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube. She now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development.

Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Wojcicki was senior vice president of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products, including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Wojcicki began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms.

Wojcicki graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.

 
Gayle King
Co-Host,
CBS This Morning

Gayle King is a co-host of "CBS This Morning” and Editor-at-Large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine.

King previously hosted "The Gayle King Show," a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.

Before moving into print and radio, King worked for 18 years (1982-2000) as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (1978-1981), WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md. (1976), and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. (1975).

King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist. In addition to three Emmys, she was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award recipient.

King spent several years of her childhood in Ankara, Turkey, before returning with her family to the United States. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a degree in psychology.

The mother of a daughter, Kirby, and a son, Will, she currently resides in New York City.

 
Patricia Arquette
Academy Award Winner
and Activist

Patricia has worked with a stellar list of directors in such critically-acclaimed films as Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner, John Madden’s Ethan Frome, Tony Scott’s True Romance, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, John Boorman’s Beyond Rangoon, David O. Russell’s Flirting With Disaster, David Lynch’s Lost Highway, Roland Jaffe’s Goodbye Lover Steven Frears’ Hi Lo Country, Rupert Wainwright’s Stigmata, Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and Michael Gondry’s Human Nature. Other feature film credits include Stigmata, Little Nicky, The Badge, and Holes.

The granddaughter of comedian Cliff Arquette (best known for his television personality “Charlie Weaver”), Arquette comes from a family ensconced in the entertainment industry. Her father was actor Lewis Arquette and her siblings – Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette – are all actors. After visiting Haiti and seeing first-hand the destruction caused by the devastating earthquake that hit the island, Arquette started the charity, GiveLove, to help provide victims of the Haiti earthquake with sustainable sanitation solutions in the aftermath of the disaster. GiveLove’s work now extends to Nicaragua and to India. For further information on GiveLove, please visit www.givelove.org.

Patricia has become a sought-after guest speaker for events around the world on the subject of sustainable development and gender equality.

Born in Chicago, Arquette currently resides in Los Angeles, where she was raised.

 
Noreen A. Farrell
Executive Director,
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA)

Noreen Farrell is one of the nation’s top gender equity leaders and lawyers. She is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit which has led groundbreaking efforts to protect the civil rights and improve the economic security of women and girls for 40 years. Noreen has been named one of the Top Women Leaders in Law and a 2014 Legal Innovator by The Recorder. She’s also been recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the Top Employment Lawyers and Top 100 Women Lawyers in California.

Noreen has led seminal cases across the country and before the United States Supreme Court to ensure that girls thrive in safe and fair schools and that woman succeed in workplaces free of discrimination. She has worked in dozens of industries – from tech to restaurants to law to mining – to promote equal pay for equal work, family leave and the fair treatment of pregnant workers and caregivers, workplaces that are free from sexual harassment, and hiring and promotion based on merit. Noreen also leads trailblazing gender equity campaigns at the state and national levels. She is Chair of the Equal Pay Today Campaign, leading 18 of the country’s top women’s advocacy organizations working in six states and at the national level to close the gender wage gap. She also founded and chairs a state women’s economic security campaign called Stronger Calif♀rnia: Securing Economic Opportunities for Women. She leads over 30 organizations across the state in promoting policy reform to address poverty, childcare, fair pay, and other workplace fairness issues. As part of this campaign, ERA has partnered with Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette to promote passage of the California Fair Pay Act, which would be the strongest state equal pay law in the country.

Noreen lectures across the country and has published widely on civil rights matters, including most recently, Moving Women Forward on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: A Gender Wage Gap That Won’t Close. Noreen is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she was Editor-In-Chief of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal.

 
Parker Harris
Co-Founder,
Salesforce

Parker Harris oversees product strategy for Salesforce, from design to development to service delivery.

Parker founded Salesforce along with Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez in the spring of 1999. Prior to founding Salesforce, Parker developed cloud computing expertise at Left Coast Software, a company he co-founded in 1996, and sales force automation expertise at Metropolis Software, an early pioneer in field sales force automation subsequently acquired by Clarify.

Parker developed a love of math, science and computer programming at an early age, but also developed the other side of his brain with a fluency in French and a degree in English Literature from Middlebury College.

Agenda

Thursday, September 17
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. A View from the Top: CEOs Panel
    Join this panel of dynamic CEOs from high profile technology companies as they share their unique stories. This powerhouse panel will discuss how to manage explosive growth and tell you how being a female CEO has played a role in the way they lead and manage their companies.
    Speakers:
    Katrina Lake, CEO and Founder, Stitch Fix; Leah Busque, CEO and Founder, TaskRabbit
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Building an Inclusive Workplace
    The first ever Dreamforce Women's Leadership Summit includes a full day of keynotes from some of today’s most powerful and influential female leaders across technology, business, and more. As part of the summit, Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and co-founder Parker Harris will talk with Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor at Re/code, about how Salesforce is tackling issues related to diversity in tech.
    Speakers:
    Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce; Parker Harris, Co-Founder, Salesforce; Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Building the STEM Pipeline
    Thought leaders discuss how to ignite passion for science, technology, engineering, and math studies in our youth--especially girls and students of color. Join us for a candid discussion about how we can encourage our children to consider STEM studies, thereby ensuring the leaders of tomorrow have the tools they need to be successful. Salesforce Foundation President Suzanne DiBianca will moderate a lively discussion with CEO of Coder Dojo Mary Moloney and Model, Actress, and App Developer Lyndsey Scott. This session will include a special surprise guest, not to be missed.
    Speakers:
    Suzanne DiBianca, President, Salesforce Foundation; Mary Moloney, CEO, CoderDojo; Lyndsey Scott, Actress, Model, and App Developer; Lauren Boyle, European Digital Girl of the Year
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Building a Lasting Company Culture
    What role does a company’s culture play in the success of that company? Everything. Co-founder and President of Eventbrite Julia Hartz will share her perspective on how people are the most important aspect of building a company. Join this innovative, candid conversation on scaling for growth while preserving the very best of your company’s culture.
    Speaker:
    Julia Hartz, Co-founder and President, Eventbrite
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pay Equality: From Hollywood to Silicon Valley
    Hollywood’s top female stars are speaking out about pay inequality in the movie business. But is change really on its way? The top-earning female dramatic actors take home around 40% of the salaries of their male co-stars—about half the average in other professions. Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette will grace the Dreamforce stage to discuss why she is passionate about fighting for equal rights for women.
    Speakers:
    Patricia Arquette, Academy Award Winning Actress; Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Women’s Innovation Panel
    Powerful leaders from the Forbes Self-Made Women List of 2015 will honor us this year at Dreamforce to speak candidly about their personal journey and leadership. This panel will include Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company, and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Listen in as they inspire and engage future female leaders.
    Speakers:
    Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube; Jessica Alba, Founder, The Honest Company

FAQ

  • Where does the Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit take place?
    The Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit takes place in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission Street) and then the main keynote at 5:00 p.m. moves to the Moscone Center South (747 Howard St).
  • When does the Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit take place?
    The Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit takes place on Thursday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • What if I can’t attend the Women’s Leadership Summit in person?
    Live broadcast and archived replays will be available at Salesforce LIVE starting on Thursday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m, watch at www.salesforce.com/video.
  • How can I get involved in the conversation around the Dreamforce Women’s Leadership Summit?
    Join the the conversation from anywhere by using #DF15WomenLead.

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