On October 13, 2016, the California Diversity Council had the pleasure of honoring the Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Technology at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, California. The theme of this year’s awards dinner was “Women in Tech: Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs”

“We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize such deserving leaders reaching new heights in technology, said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council. “We hope that highlighting these women and their success inspires future leaders and proves to them that their goals are never beyond reach.”

The dinner began with registration and a networking reception for all attendees and awardees. At 7:00 p.m., attendees were given a warm welcome from Cleghorn Performance Elevation LLC President, Megan Cleghorn. Following opening remarks, attendees had the opportunity to get to know each awardee through a presentation featuring their childhood career goals and their personal advice to future leaders.

“No one is asking you to be the best,” said Devon Valencia, Vice President of IT Program Delivery at Blue Shield of California. “They’re asking you to show up and do your best.”

After much anticipation, the Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Technology were finally called upon to receive their awards. This award highlights women who are breaking barriers, setting high standards, and achieving great levels of success in the male dominated technology industry. Each of the present awardees walked proudly to the stage to accept their awards as their families, friends, colleagues, and aspiring leaders cheerfully applauded their success.

The California Diversity Council would like to thank all the sponsors, speakers and attendees for helping to make this event a success.

Program booklets, photos, and past events can be viewed on the California Event Timeline.

2016 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology

  • Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP, Apple
  • Erica Galos Alioto, Senior VP, Local Sales, Yelp
  • Raji Arasu, Chief Technology Officer & VP, Products & Engineering, StubHub
  • Jan Beckerr, Senior VP, Human Resources, Autodesk
  • Leslie Berland, Chief Marketing Officer, Twitter
  • Safra A. Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
  • Mary Clark, Chief Marketing Officer, Syniverse
  • Tawni Cranz, Chief Talent Officer, Netflix
  • Jenny Dearborn, Senior VP & Chief Learning Officer, SAP
  • Jacqueline DeMaria, Executive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Western Digital
  • Robyn Denholm, Executive VP, Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Juniper Networks
  • Laura Fennell, Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary, Intuit
  • Sarah Friar, Chief Financial Officer, Square
  • Rosie Marie Glazer, General Counsel, Americas, Siemens
  • Kathleen Hogan, Executive VP, Human Resources, Microsoft
  • Marie Oh Huber, Senior VP, General Counsel, eBay
  • Tracy Keogh, Chief Human Resources Officer, HP
  • Georgette Kiser, Managing Director & Chief Information Officer, The Carlyle
  • Mary Louise Krakauer, Executive VP, Human Resources, EMC
  • Kelly Kramer, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer, Cisco
  • Colette Kress, Chief Financial Officer, NVIDIA
  • Cynthia Larose, Chair, Privacy & Security Practice Group, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky
  • Tiffany Lathe, VP & General Counsel, Rackspace
  • Lori Lee, Senior Executive VP & Global Marketing Officer, AT&T
  • Wendy Lee, Senior VP, President, Corporate Services & Digital Tech, Info Tech, Kaiser Permanente
  • Sherrie Littlejohn, Executive VP, IT, Wells Fargo
  • Maria Martinez, President, Global Customer Success & Latin America, Salesforce
  • Gina Mastantuono, Executive Vice President, Finance, Ingram Micro, Inc.
  • Bethany Mayer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ixia
  • Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, President & Director, Yahoo
  • Kathy McElligott, Executive VP, Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, McKesson
  • Marcia Morales-Jaffe, Senior VP, Chief People Officer, PayPal
  • Angie More, Senior VP, Agency Sales, Rocket Fuel
  • Donna Morris, Executive VP, Customer & Employee Experience, Adobe
  • Erin Mulligan Nelson, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Sunpower
  • Luann Pendy, Senior VP, Global Quality, Medtronic
  • Joanne Persinger, Senior VP, IT Americas, Tech Data Corporation
  • Sandra J. Price, Senior VP, Human Resources, Sprint
  • Karen H. Quintos, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Dell
  • Shelley L Reynolds, VP, Worldwide Controller & Principal Accounting Officer, Amazon
  • Maryam Rofougaran, Senior VP, Engineering, Broadcom
  • Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, IBM
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
  • Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Drawbridge
  • Haiyan Song, Senior VP, Security Markets, Splunk
  • Dr. Lisa Su, President & Chief Executive Officer, AMD
  • Devon Valencia, VP, IT Program Delivery, Blue Shield of California
  • Pat Wadors, Chief Human Resources Officer & VP, Global Talent Organization, LinkedIn
  • Vanessa Wittman, Chief Financial Officer, Dropbox
  • Susan Wojcicki, Chief Executive Officer, Youtube

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