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Women in Technology

October 2, 2013

The Industry Leaders Series SIG presents…

Please, join the CommNexus Industry Leaders Series SIG and a panel of incredibly successful women as they share strategies, best practices and their perspective as women leaders. Since 2004, a series of Catalyst studies has shown that there is a connection between gender diversity on corporate boards and financial performance:

  • Companies that achieve diversity in their management and on their corporate boards attain better financial results, on average, than other companies.
  • Companies with the most women board directors outperformed those with the least on return on sales by 16 percent and return on invested capital by 26 percent.
  • Companies with sustained high representation of women—three or more women board directors in at least four of five years—significantly outperformed those with no women board directors.

Come and join us to find out how successful women in technology made an impact.

Anne Watson
Director, Call Center Operation, Hewlett Packard

Anne Watson has played leadership roles for HP, both Internationally and from within the US. She has contributed in functional roles at Hewlett Packard encompassing Finance, Operations, Post Sales Marketing and Customer Experience Design. She has led a Wireless Connectivity Research and Development program for HP, grown services revenue and profit and is known as a leader with passion for both people and the customer. She was part of the startup team at HP that created what is now the largest printing installed base in the Industry. She most recently is leading a US-based 550 seat center that is now acknowledged as a Best-In-Class Call Center Operation for HP. It is focused on innovation of the Customer Experience, encompasses all HP Consumer and Business Product and operates built on a unique culture that centers on both the Employee Experience and driving improvement projects. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham in the UK and is a Board Certified Organization and Performance Coach.

Dr. Ashley Van Zeeland
CEO, Cypher Genomics

Before starting Cypher, Dr. Van Zeeland was Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and the Julia R. Brown Fellow at the University of California at San Diego Rady School of Management. Dr. Van Zeeland provides the necessary critical link between basic science and industry, having led both cutting-edge research programs as well as the development and maintenance of a large portfolio of public-private partnerships aimed at the advancement of translational science. Scientifically, her work has focused on the neurobiology and genetics of developmental disorders as well as the contribution of rare genetic variants to various neuropsychiatric diseases. Her list of publications includes a key manuscript in Science Translational Medicine describing how genetic variants associated with autism spectrum disorders influence wiring patterns of the brain. Dr. Van Zeeland holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of California at San Diego Rady School of Management.

Charlotte Burke
Chief Marketing Officer, QuickPlay

In her role as Chief Marketing Officer at QuickPlay, Charlotte Burke is responsible for managing the global marketing and sales at QuickPlay. Prior to joining QuickPlay, Charlotte served as a managing director with Accenture in the communications, media and technology group. Charlotte brings over 25 years proven experience building and operating high growth Internet, mobile and digital media businesses. Through her career, Charlotte spent more than a decade as a senior executive and officer with Bell Canada where she led three major technology transformations: the launch of digital cellular, the introduction of wireless data services and the rollout of broadband Internet and TV. She also led Bell’s Consumer Internet division for six years and previously served as vice president of Bell Mobility’s digital cellular business. Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Acadia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Navrina Singh
Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Labs

Navrina Singh is Director Product Management in Qualcomm Labs, and is the head of Qualcomm ImpaQt – Qualcomm’s global innovation program. In this role, Singh is responsible for creating, managing and operationalizing the corporate-wide innovation program with a mission to serve as a catalyst for creating global connections for innovative ideas to flourish and a channel for all employees to bring new ideas forward to impact future technology, product roadmaps and patent portfolio. Singh partners with technology leaders within and outside Qualcomm to ensure the corporation is focused on the right forward-looking challenges and their intersections with emerging technologies to create compelling solutions. Singh joined Qualcomm in 2004 as a hardware engineer in the Corporate Research and Development. In that role spanning seven years, she was involved in the design, development and verification of cell site modems, small cells, ultra wide band technology chipsets and emerging wireless technologies for use in healthcare and automotive. Singh joined Qualcomm in 2004 as a hardware engineer in the Corporate Research and Development. In that role spanning seven years, she was involved in the design, development and verification of cell site modems, small cells, ultra wide band technology chipsets and emerging wireless technologies for use in healthcare and automotive. Singh is also the founder of QWISE (Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering), an organization focused on professional and personal development of women in technology at Qualcomm and in the community. Singh was the founding president and under her leadership QWISE has grown to over 600 members worldwide in over six years. Singh is also an avid supporter and advisor of startup incubators, volunteering in business plan competitions and educational workshops. Singh holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters in Business Administration from Marshall School of Business at USC (University of Southern California).


Lisa Stockley
Head of Office, Consul and Trade Commissioner, Consulate of Canada

Lisa Stockley is directly responsible for providing leadership on the planning and delivery of a high-profile, integrated program to advocate Canadian commercial, economic, and political interests and to develop innovative strategies for the identification and implementation of business opportunities in high technology sectors, in the San Diego area. Canada currently ranks as California’s third-largest trading partner and San Diego’s largest export market. Southern California offers enormous potential for Canadian hi-tech businesses. The Consulate provides expertise and assistance in a number of specialized technology-based sectors, including ICT (wireless, health IT, software, nanotechnology, etc.), life sciences (biotechnology, health IT, medical devices), aerospace & defense, and Clean Technology. From a public affairs point of view, the Consulate of Canada seeks to promote understanding of issues such as Canada’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and the importance of enhancing the close cooperation between Canada and the United States. Previous to her responsibilities as Consul,  Lisa worked for the Consulate of Canada, San Francisco for 5+ years, covering the Digital Media, Gaming and Cleantech sectors. Lisa holds a BES from the University of Waterloo.

Andrea Giralt, Former HP Supply Chain and Operations Executive
Mario Diez, Trade Commissioner, Consulate of Canada


Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

6290 Sequence Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 10/1/13)
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$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
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$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
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