Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D. co-founded the first organization on sexual harassment in the US in 1976. She was on-air as a commentator during the Senate Confirmation Hearings in 1991 and is an Executive Producer of ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power.
Dr. Klein is the founder of the Level Playing Field Institute, which is committed to eliminating barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. LPFI’s Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a three-summer high school program serving under-represented students of color, is in the process of scaling nationally. The Academy works to ensure racial equity within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Institute’s workplace programs have conducted landmark research, including the 2011 study The Tilted Playing Field: Hidden Bias in IT Workplaces. Freada’s book Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay (Jossey-Bass 2007) combines quantitative research on who leaves corporate America and why, with stories of day-to-day experiences detailing the human and financial cost.
Dr. Klein invests in women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color whose start-ups aspire to generate economic value and positive social impact. She recently spoke at Women 2.0 and LAUNCH2013, has been quoted widely in the media, and has written about diversity in tech. She is also a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and author of the book Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help them Stay.
Kimberly Ellis is the Executive Director of Emerge California. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Emerge California, Kimberly worked at the national office, Emerge America, as the National Affiliate Director. During her two years at Emerge America, Kimberly launched two new state programs – Emerge Oregon and the very first affiliate in the South, Emerge Kentucky, and worked with the existing affiliates to increase and strengthen program quality, sustainability and growth.
Kimberly also developed and implemented systems to increase the organizational infrastructure at both the national and state affiliate level. She also worked to strengthen and standardize the Emerge program and curriculum to preserve brand quality and consistency across the network.
As a 2007 Emerge California graduate, Kimberly has personal experience with the Emerge program and a deep commitment to the organization’s mission of inspiring and encouraging women to step up to leadership roles and step into political power.
The majority of Kimberly’s background and experience is in operations management and organizational infrastructure development and implementation. She has worked in private industry, state government and the non-profit sector. Kimberly is passionate about empowering women and helping Emerge California bolster its brand and influence as the program continues to strengthen and grow throughout the state. Appointed by the Mayor in 2009, Kimberly also served as a Commissioner for the Community Development Commission in the City of Richmond.
Kimberly has two children, one husband, a dog, a turtle and three goldfish, and holds a B.A. in English from Jacksonville University and a J.D. from the John F. Kennedy School of Law.
Ms. Gouw was responsible for several of Accel’s investments which have had successful acquisitions or IPO exits including AdECN (MSFT), CRS Retail Systems (EPIC), Interlace Systems (ORCL), Imperva (IMPV), Kosmix (WMT), PeopleSupport (PSPT), Xoopit (YHOO) and Zimbra (YHOO). Theresia was part of theWalmart.com (WMT) investment team, and she currently serves on the board of directors of several private companies in both the consumer Internet (Birchbox, Glam Media, Hotel Tonight, LearnVest,ModCloth, Trulia) and security sectors (Imperva,TRUSTe,).
Prior to joining Accel, Ms. Gouw was founding Vice President of Business Development & Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that developed products to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company and a product manager at Silicon Graphics.
Janet L. Holmgren is Senior VP for Strategic Advancement at UNOW and CEO of Patten. Prior to this, she served as President and Susan Mills Professor of Mills College (Oakland, CA) from 1991 to 2011. She has also served as Vice Provost of Princeton University, Senior Administrator at the University of Maryland, College Park, and full-time faculty member at the University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia in linguistics and English.
She has been deeply involved in national and local leadership through volunteer work with numerous educational and nonprofit organizations, including the International Museum of Women, City of Oakland Education Cabinet, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.
Holmgren has also served as chair of the Boards of the American Council on Education, the National Council for Research on Women, the Executive Committee of the Women’s College Coalition, and the California Governance Task Force for the Revision of the Master Plan for Pre-K through 16 Education. She co-founded the Oakland Education Cabinet in 1997 with then Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris, and re-established this working group of leaders with current Mayor Jean Quan and School Superintendent Tony Smith.
Nicole Sanchez is Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact. She is a serial social entrepreneur, having founded several organizations focused on justice issues involving marginalized and under-represented populations. Nicole spent several years at City Year, a model AmeriCorps program, and became its first National Program Director.
Nicole also served as Stanford University’s Associate Director for the Program in Ethics in Society where she co-founded “Hope House Scholars,” a program in which Stanford professors teach the humanities to recently incarcerated women in Redwood City. She also helped launch the Stanford Center on Ethics, a multi-disciplinary institute that ensures ethics training for all students in the university’s professional schools. In addition, she led two student-focused endeavors—one that aimed to close the achievement gap in Berkeley, CA and one that engaged young people in the US in global poverty alleviation.
Nicole attended Stanford University where she received a degree in American Studies (focusing on race relations in the U.S.). She received her MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where she focused on organizational behavior and culture.
Judy Wade is an entrepreneurial leader with a passion for creative problem solving and getting things done. She sees her slightly too diverse experience in digital health, gaming, travel, mining, semiconductors, consumer internet technologies, policing, education, and energy (among others) as helping her view each industry and company with a novel lens.
She has been the President & CEO of AliveCor, the creator of the smartphone ECG, and Hands-On Entertainment, a leading developer of mobile and social games. She has also been the Vice President of Strategy and Emerging Business at Linden Lab and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Kapor Enterprises Inc., Mitch Kapor’s investment company. Judy Wade was also a partner of McKinsey & Company. She spent 16 years in McKinsey’s New York, Johannesburg (which she helped start and grow from 7 to 70 consultants), and San Francisco offices.
Judy Wade is an active member in her community with a passion for education. She has a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
In her spare time she usually can be found chasing after her 9 year old daughter and/or two beagles, obsessively watching college football, drinking wine, cooking, or trying to work off the effects of the previous two.