Our Members

Our members fill a wide range of roles in leadership, from a diverse industry set

Meet Some Of Our Members

Edna Conway

Edna Conway is a security executive with over 30 of experience delivering new and secure operating models for a global digital economy. She has broad and deep leadership experience in operations, legal and security, positioning the business and its customers for success. Edna currently serves as Cisco’s​ Chief​ ​Security​ ​Officer, ​Global​ ​Value​ ​Chain, where she created and deploys a comprehensive security architecture ​throughout​ ​the​ ​third-party​ ​ecosystem​ ​for​ ​all​ ​Cisco​ ​solutions – which protected more than $6.5B of at risk revenue in less than three years. She ​also led Cisco’s​ ​first​ ​program​ ​for​ ​routing​ ​in​ ​space,​ facilitating​ ​hardened​ ​networked​ ​communications​ ​for satellite​ ​payloads. Edna is recognized as the mother of architectures delivering value chain security, sustainability and resiliency. Recognition​ ​of her​
​industry​ ​leadership​ ​includes​ ​membership​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Fortune​ ​Most​ ​Powerful​ ​Women​ ​community, ​ ​a​ ​Fed​ ​100​ ​Award, ​CSO​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​Award​ ​at​ ​RSA​ ​and​ ​many others.

Edna is an ​active​ ​member​ ​in​ ​global​ ​public​ ​–​ ​private​ ​partnerships,​ ​industry​ ​bodies​ ​and​ ​policy​ ​consortia,​ ​where she advises​ ​global​ ​government​ ​leaders.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​recently​ ​tapped​ ​by​ ​NATO’s​ ​member​ ​countries​ ​to​ draft​ ​their​ ​latest directive​ ​on​ ​cyber​ ​defense.​ ​She​ ​has been​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​testify​ ​before​ ​​ ​U.S.​ ​Federal​ ​Energy​ Regulatory​ ​Commission,​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Presidential​ ​Commission​ ​on​ ​Enhancing National​ ​Cybersecurity​ ​and​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Defense​ ​Science​ ​Board.​ Edna’s​ ​corporate​ ​governance​ ​experience​ ​includes​ ​service​ ​on​ ​Cisco’s​ ​Cyber-Security​ ​Board,​ ​Risk​ ​and​ ​Resiliency Operating​ ​Committee,​ ​Global​ ​Compliance​ ​Governance​ ​Committee​ ​and​ ​Eco​ ​Board.​ She holds an AB from Columbia​ ​University,​ ​a​ ​law​ ​degree​ ​from​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Virginia​ and​ ​additional credentials​ ​from​ ​MIT,​ ​Stanford,​ ​Carnegie​ ​Mellon​ ​and​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Universities.​

Alvina Antar

Alvina Antar is an IT executive with more than 15 years of experience in business transformation, global delivery and M&A integration. She has extensive experience building high-performance global teams delivering strategic results for Fortune 50 enterprises.Alvina currently serves as the CIO of Zuora where she is responsible for IT strategy and leads Zuora’s internal business applications and infrastructure. Prior to joining Zuora, Alvina spent 17 years at Dell driving business transformation, global delivery and mergers & acquisitions. Her agile IT strategy, which focused on emerging technologies and disruptive solutions, was integral to Dell’s evolution from hardware company to end-to-end solutions provider. She has extensive experience building high-performance global teams delivering strategic results for Fortune 50 enterprises.

Alvina was a 2016 Honoree for the CIO of the Year Award, presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Times. She recently launched the first subscription CIO Exchange to create meaningful relationships with CIOs fueling digital transformation. A sought-after speaker, Alvina most recently spoke at the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference, which celebrates the most innovative women in the world. She holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston .

Amy Bunszel

Amy Bunszel is a leader with over 20 years of experience innovating products across the technology industry. She currently serves as Vice President of Digital Engineering Products at  Autodesk where she manages product strategy and execution, championing a user experience that goes beyond usability to include research, visual design, and analytics. Her roots as a startup co-founder, combined with her deep product management knowledge and large-scale product execution expertise, make her a powerful leader and advisor in this age of digital growth.

At Autodesk, Amy drives growth for flagship products and leads a global team of 700 people in developing and delivering highly-adopted web services and mobile apps. With over two-dozen product offerings in both nascent and mature states, Amy’s team is responsible for more than $1.5B of Autodesk revenue and 60% of Autodesk’s subscribers. A proponent of leadership development, Amy is the executive sponsor of the Product Management Leadership Team, which drives practice excellence across Autodesk’s 200+ Product Managers. She is also a member of the President’s Council for Cornell Women and an advisor to the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Program. Amy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell is a well-respected leader with more than 20 years of experience crafting comprehensive, digital go-to-market strategy across the architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) and manufacturing industries.She currently serves as Vice President of Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk, where she manages global industry and go-to-market strategy to establish Autodesk as the technology leader in digital product design and manufacturing. Her leadership spans product segmentation, positioning, messaging, pricing, and packaging for Autodesk’s disruptive new cloud SaaS offerings for the Enterprise and SMB sectors. In the past two years alone, Lisa has led the acquisition of more than 100,000 new users, successfully steering the company through the fierce competitive landscape of traditional manufacturing outlets and new cloud SaaS startups.

Lisa is a global thought leader on the future of construction, infrastructure, and manufacturing and is often called upon to assist executive leadership with positioning and communication. Her thoughts on manufacturing and small business have been published in USA Today and she is frequently invited to keynote and participate on panels at conferences across North America, Europe, and Asia. A proponent of leadership development, Lisa is an executive member of the Autodesk Women in Leadership program and an executive sponsor of Autodesk’s digital marketing training program for marketers around the world. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston College and an MBA, with distinction, in Marketing from Babson College.

Merline Saintil

Merline Saintil is a technology leader who has been recognized as one of the most Powerful Women Engineers in the World, a 40 under 40 honoree for Technology Diversity.Her leadership in the fast-growing sectors of cloud computing, online payments, and ecommerce distinguishes her as a trusted advisor and executive. Merline currently serves as the Head of Operations in Product & Technology at Intuit. She previously served as Head of Engineering Operations for Mobile and Emerging Products at Yahoo, where she led the development of multiple award-winning apps and scaled the organization to more than double its size through acquisitions and organic growth.

An advocate for diversity in tech, Merline sits on the board of Watermark, a Bay Area women’s membership organization, and on the board of Iridescent, an e-learning nonprofit that brings STEM education to underserved communities. She isa member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Carnegie Mellon, where she champions efforts to involve more women in STEM. Merline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Yvonne Wassenaar

For over 25 years, Yvonne Wassenaar has empowered companies to envision their future and ensure their continued relevance in an ever-changing world. A thought leader in cloud, big data analytics, and business digitization, Yvonne engages with leaders to scale and diversify their businesses through internal innovation and acquisition,  while mitigating associated risks.

Yvonne was named one of the Most Influential Women of 2016 by the San Francisco Business Times. She is a member of the Wall Street Journal CIO Network and has been quoted in major publications such as: the GE Global Innovation Barometer, the Forbes CIO Transformation Survey, and the Wall Street Journal. An advocate for more diversity in tech, Yvonne serves on New Relic’s Executive Diversity Council and on the Board of Trustees for Harvey Mudd College. Yvonne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA with top honors from UCLA.

Allison Watson

Allison Watson is a leader with almost 20 years of experience shaping sales, marketing, and operations at Microsoft. She currently serves as the company’s Corporate Vice President of US Marketing and Operations at Microsoft where she optimizes marketing and sales operations and  uses her management experience and forward-thinking business mindset to inspire both employees and Microsoft customers.

Alison is dedicated sponsor of  several educational programs at Microsoft including Microsoft YouthSpark, Imagine Cup, and the Microsoft Apprentice internship programs. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Stanford and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Kara Wilson

Kara Wilson is a leader with more than 20 years of experience  driving product and corporate marketing programs in enterprise technology. She has held a number of executive positions at market-leading enterprise technology companies, including CMO of SAP Cloud, CMO of SuccessFactors, and VP of Collaboration Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems, CMO of Network General (acquired by NetScout), and VP of marketing communications at PeopleSoft before its acquisition by Oracle. Most recently Kara was CMO of Okta where she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s marketing strategy including branding, communications, partner, customer, Web, and field marketing. She currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at FireEye. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a celebrated Track and Field athlete and competed for the US team in two World Triathlon championships.

Kathy Zwickert

Kathy Zwickert is a strategic Chief Human Resources Officer with deep expertise in organizational culture, structure, strategic communications, and finance. She has more than 25 years of experience working with leaders, boards, and global teams to help companies scale and architect change. To drive business transformation, Kathy pairs financial expertise and corporate leadership experience with a deep understanding of the importance of people in building successful companies. Her ability to deliver innovative solutions for even the most difficult people-related problem makes her an invaluable advisor to companies looking to scale their organization, drive retention, and build culture.

Kathy most recently served as Chief People Officer for NetSuite (acquired by Oracle) where she transformed the company’s Human Resources through technological innovation. During her tenure, Kathy reshaped the company’s global HR programs and operations to more rapidly hire, onboard, enable, and retain top talent. In three years, Kathy scaled global employee population from 2000 employees to over 5000 employees, exceeding NetSuite’s goal of 30% net-new hires per year. Her efforts led to industry-leading employee retention rates and engagement levels.

Jan Becker

Jan Becker is a global HR leader known for her extensive executive experience and expertise in scaling organizations. A trusted advisor to CEOs and executive leadership teams, Jan uses her strong business instincts to cut to the heart of complex problems facing organizations in periods of transformation. In addition to her expertise in organizational development and culture, Jan’s understanding of the financial and general management requirements of public technology companies enables her to successfully balance strategy with practical solutions. Her collaborative approach to working, paired with her sound judgment, makes her a powerful leader and advisor to companies looking to scale.

For more than 16 years, Jan has served as the the CHRO and Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources and Corporate Real Estate at Autodesk. Jan’s leadership has helped grow the software company from a $300M, San Francisco-based business of 3,000 to a $2.7B company of more than 9000 employees, with 120 office locations worldwide. Jan’s strategic engagement in transforming the business and culture extends to the board room, where she has partnered with BOD members on two CEO transitions. She also works with the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Autodesk Board of Directors, where she is accountable for executive compensation, equity programs, talent development and succession planning. Most recently Jan worked effectively with activist shareholders who are now part of the BOD.

Vijaya Kaza

Vijaya Kaza empowers companies to maintain an innovative edge and stay relevant in this era of constant change and evolution. Having led innovation in critical areas of technology including cyber security, networking, cloud and SaaS for over 20 years, Vijaya’s unique blend of technical, organizational and business insight helps companies formulate winning strategies, make the right investment and divestment decisions, and drive product innovations while mitigating cloud and cyber security risks. She has an uncanny ability to ask the right questions to immediately identify business and organizational challenges, and synthesize complex and confusing data points to make sound decisions. Vijaya enjoys partnering with other leaders to bring order to the chaos that is typical in ambiguous, fast-paced, and growth environments. She is a powerful advisor to companies looking to scale,  reinvigorate growth, and achieve sustained business results through technological innovation.

Vijaya currently serves as Senior Vice President, Cloud Products and Engineering at FireEye, a leading cybersecurity company. In this role, Vijaya divides her time between driving company growth strategy and delivering products and solutions required to succeed in a cloud-first world. In just under two years, Vijaya has made a significant impact on FireEye’s Cloud portfolio, delivering several key innovations to the market. These include: delivering FireEye Helix – the first Intelligence-led platform to simplify, integrate, and automate Security Operations, introducing FireEye’s Cloud-based Sandbox as a Service, taking the company’s Threat Analytics Platform to the next level of scale and maturity, growing the company’s email SaaS business more than 100% Y-Y, and developing a common cloud services architecture and platform to increase efficiency and consistency across the company’s products and offerings.

Jessica Denecour

Jessica Denecour is a results-driven leader with more than 30 years of experience guiding global companies into the digital age. She is a director on a public board, MobileIron. As an advisor and executive, Jessica delivers innovative technological advancements that drive companies forward, increase their growth, and ensure their continued technological relevance and agility. Jessica’s ability to efficiently strategize and implement technology solutions at an international scale makes her a sought after thought leader and advisor to key players in the high-tech and healthcare industries.

Jessica served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Varian Medical Systems, where she implements innovative technology solutions to overcome barriers to growth and mitigate threats to company security. During her time at Varian, Jessica scaled the company from $1.5B to $3.2B, increasing productivity and decreasing overhead through strategic standardization and automation. In this role, Jessica paired her comprehensive understanding of technology solutions with a “360 degree view” of the company and its operations. From this perspective, she envisions the possibilities for technology to strengthen the business’ core competencies and minimize risk. She also assessed potential acquisitions as part of the due diligence team. Jessica’s leadership style at Varian was likened to a “velvet hammer” in that it is soft, deliberate and driven.

Debbie Clifford

Debbie Clifford is a finance leader who embraces change and innovation to help companies achieve growth and maintain a competitive advantage in a changing world. Debbie’s experience leading financial transformations makes her an invaluable advisor to CEOs navigating market and competitive disruption. A strategic thinker and communicator, Debbie thrives when tackling the toughest business problems and challenging the status quo. She is a skilled recruiter and developer of talent who consistently seeks to elevate the contributions of the teams she leads. Debbie’s understanding of critical compliance requirements, coupled with her collaborative nature and track record of charting paths to financial success, make her a powerful finance leader, business advisor and optimal Audit Committee chair across any industry.

Debbie has a diverse background that includes a start in public accounting as well as senior finance roles at both public and private companies. She currently serves as the Vice President of Division Finance at Autodesk, a multi-national S&P 500 member and NASDAQ-listed global design software leader. Most recently, Debbie was the lead architect of the company’s financial transformation from a perpetual software model to the cloud.  She led the charge to maximize financial performance, including the creation of long-term financial plans and new metrics to measure success and articulate the transformation story. These plans and metrics fundamentally changed the conversation with investors, giving them, for the first time, a way to evaluate performance in the midst of cataclysmic financial change.

Julie Cullivan

For over 25 years, Julie Cullivan has driven transformational go-to-market, new market, partner, and acquisition strategy for both public and pre-IPO companies. She draws upon extensive sales, operations, and technology leadership experience to ask the tough questions needed to transform ideas into action and to create strategic roadmaps for success. Julie excels at collaborating with leaders to quickly develop solutions, ensure alignment, guide implementation, and minimize risks. Her ability to efficiently scale organizations while driving innovation and operational discipline makes Julie a powerful C-level advisor to companies focused on scaling into new markets or business models.

Julie currently serves as EVP, Business Operations and Chief Information Officer at FireEye, Inc., where she directly advises the executive team on the company’s growth strategy and path to profitability while delivering the systems and infrastructure that bring these strategies to life. With responsibilities that span Sales Operations, Business Operations, and Information Technology, Julie has scaled FireEye from a private company with $80 million in revenue, through its successful IPO, to a publically traded company with revenues of $700 million and a $2.3 billion valuation. During her time at FireEye, Julie has enabled 900% revenue growth and has quadrupled the company’s customer base.

Barbara Massa

Barbara Massa is a strategic human resources leader with more than 20 years of experience driving innovation and organizational effectiveness. She is especially skilled in scaling high-growth businesses and in recommending solutions to improve productivity and efficiency. Barbara has led people and organizational readiness activities for a diverse range of businesses, from startup stages through IPO and secondary offerings. Her exceptional ability to attract and recruit top level talent, combined with her significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, pre-IPO, startup environments, and in mature Fortune 500 organizations, sets Barbara apart as a powerful advisor to companies looking to scale.

Barbara currently serves as Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources at FireEye, a cybersecurity company that she scaled from 400 to over 3,000 employees in 2.5 years. In addition to managing FireEye’s global HR systems and processes, Barbara has led the company through cost optimization and restructuring efforts to achieve a balance of growth and profitability. She has worked closely with the Compensation Committee and BOD to execute successful CEO succession and to design all executive compensation and equity practices through external benchmarking. A key member of the executive staff, Barbara is regularly involved in due diligence for FireEye’s M&A activity and has helped facilitate 7 acquisitions. She also played a crucial role in delivering a successful IPO in September 2013.

Olga Braylovskiy

Olga Braylovskiy is a technology executive with over 19 years of experience helping companies of all sizes scale and reinvent themselves. An expert in enterprise technology and customer experience, Olga pairs an entrepreneurial mindset with savvy corporate strategy to uncover blind spots, navigate complexities, balance growth and risk, and deliver results at scale. Olga’s keen operations mentality and breadth of experience across IT, finance, HR, and operations make her a valuable adviser to companies looking to expand and scale.

Olga currently serves as Vice President of Workforce Technology at Intuit, where she re-imagines the role of technology in the workplace and delivers the internal technological capability that powers the business of Intuit. Olga leads an organization of more than 200 to deliver IT solutions that empower Intuit’s workforce, from corporate collaboration tools to workforce security and talent technology. She has led many company-wide initiatives, including the complete redesign of Intuit’s talent management solutions, the deployment of security solutions, and the implementation of enterprise collaboration tools, including cloud storage, chat, and video conferencing.

Mercedes De Luca

Mercedes De Luca is a dynamic business executive with more than 20 years of experience driving the eCommerce sales and engagement of public corporations and startups. An expert in consumer internet and software technology, Mercedes is passionate about using technology to help companies solve business problems. She excels in applying the very best of corporate environments to the strategic needs of smaller companies. Mercedes has held executive roles including: CEO, CIO, COO, CTO, and GM. This breadth of experience, paired with her deep understanding of technology, makes Mercedes a powerful advisor to companies looking to scale.

Mercedes currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Basecamp, a tool that more than 15M+ people use to manage their work. In this role, she is responsible for strategic growth initiatives, marketing, customer support, HR, legal, and data analytics.   She has collaborated with Basecamp’s co-founders, to identify an audience and business model for the new version of the product. In addition to driving improvements in compensation and performance reviews, Mercedes  established a weekly metrics dashboard with conversion funnel, and led customer outreach campaigns and marketing channel experiments that resulted in 50 percent growth in weekly visits and 15 percent growth in monthly signups.
Prior to her role as Basecamp COO, De Luca was Vice President and General Manager for Sears Holdings Corporation’s ecommerce business. There, Mercedes developed and implemented a business growth strategy that doubled revenue from $250MM to $500MM in three years.

Alyson Welch

Alyson is a sales leader with over 20 years of experience in the B2B, internet infrastructure, application security, and SaaS marketplaces. She excels in organizational planning and has built enterprise sales capabilities from the ground up in both Fortune 1000/mid-cap and early stage start-ups. An expert in strategy, operations, and management, Alyson has successfully designed and executed turnaround strategies for large revenue divisions (>$100M). She is recognized for developing next-generation leaders within organizations and excels in building and scaling successful sales engines. Her ability to efficiently deliver results at every stage of growth makes her a powerful leader and advisor to companies of all sizes.

Alyson most recently served as Vice President of Sales at Zignal Labs,  an early stage start-up specializing in real-time media intelligence for communications executives. As the company’s first sales executive, Alyson built Zignal’s sales force from scratch while maintaining growth in alignment with board forecasts and investor goals. In her first 18 months, Alyson hired over 50 employees, growing Zignal’s revenue 3x.

Barbara Adey

Barbara Adey is a global executive with 20 years of experience driving growth and market share. She identifies businesses that are susceptible to disruption and works within customer value chains to optimize business outcomes. Barbara excels in cutting through to the heart of a complex situation to assess next steps and bring leadership teams to consensus and action. She has scaled multiple businesses from zero to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and has twice made the first-ever sale of multi-million dollar communications system. Barbara’s significant experience helping hardware companies stabilize and build new product lines makes her a valuable advisor to companies looking to pursue new business models, rationalize their portfolio, or launch new products.

Most recently, Barbara served as Vice President of Business Development for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, she maintained the #1 global share position of a multi-billion dollar line of business while preparing for the launch of two new IT infrastructure product lines. She led a global team of 400 sellers and influenced product and go-to-market strategy.

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