An incubator of women leaders

Judith Coley Judith Coley 
Chief Marketing Officer, Ushur

A US citizen by choice, and a British citizen by birth, Judith has enjoyed a career that has spanned the globe. Her various roles have seen her crafting and then delivering complex marketing strategies, as well as building awareness and respect for newcomer brands.Prior to joining Ushur where she currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer, Judith led global marketing at mobile video leader Vuclip (acquired by Hong Kong media company PCCW in 2015), and before that created the marketing strategy for PayPal’s Canada operation. Earlier in her career Judith held senior positions at the UK divisions of Apple, AOL, and Adobe, in each case leading marketing or PR and communications at a time when these brands were emergent. Judith cut her teeth running the press office at Apple UK, developing programs that led to publications like Vogue, GQ and The London Times writing about personal technology for the first time.

Judith has been a passionate reader since the age of seven and later started a London-based book club, The New Leaf Biblioteka. More recently she inaugurated the CLUB’s own book group The Big Read. Judith holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Strategy from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. In her spare time Judith trains for half marathons.

LouAnn Conner
Founder and CEO, SagaciousThink, LLC

LouAnn helps companies address their business operations challenges whether its small, medium companies seeking to expand internationally, or larger Fortune 100 companies requiring M&A assistance, business process reengineering, or strategy. When she is not consulting, LouAnn is also an adjunct at local universities where she teaching intentional business and strategy, contextual environment of business, managerial analysis and team dynamics, and entrepreneurship. LouAnn has lectured globally on entrepreneurship and innovation. She serves as Golden Gate University's Small Business Program Director, where she develops programs and mentors alumni seeking to start their own businesses. She sits on the Board of Advisors for PulpWorks, a clean tech startup with a mission or reducing packaging related waste. She mentors and angel invests in startups and serves on ASTIA's C-Suite Board reviewing companies on their viability. 

LouAnn has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Iowa State University and a MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

Anuradha (Anu) Gali
Director of Engineering, Groupon

Energetic and engaged in her work and her community, Anu is a creative, award-winning and accomplished leader, an entrepreneur, a tireless mentor, coach and volunteer, and a loving wife and mother of two.

A tech leader, Anu has built great engineering teams from the ground up and steered large-scale projects in web, e-commerce and mobile technologies for companies such as Groupon, Shutterfly and Adobe. In her spare time she founded and ran her own company, 32Skills, and continues to volunteer as a computer science instructor for GirlsWhoCode, a mentor for multiple Technovation Challenge teams, and as a mentor for First Lego League.

Anu believes that the best leaders help others to reach their potential.

She received her Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. When she isn't teaching her own kids to code she enjoys cooking and sharing good movies with her husband.

Alice Katwan 
Vice President of Sales, West Region at Genesys

Working in sales at enterprise software companies for nearly 20 years, Alice Katwan leads the Genesys North American West Commercial and Operational activities, which accounts for half of the company’s North American revenue. She has transformed the way Genesys sells by implementing a social-selling model. She has also increased diversity by emphasizing sales skills over tech expertise when hiring. Alice’s team of 30—made up of an equal number of women and men, unheard of in high-tech sales—has achieved record revenue growth. In 2015, Alice was honored with the Silicon Valley Woman of Influence award and was appointed as an advisor at Mesosphere Inc., a venture-funded startup that has built the Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) for managing cloud and datacenter resources at scale.Alice is passionate about promoting women’s leadership and regularly speaks about how women can succeed in traditionally male-dominated areas, specifically in sales, in high tech and as executives. She has spoken at the IEEE Woman in Engineering conference and the women’s leadership webinar series BeLeaderly. Alice is a mentor for POW, Providing Opportunities for Women Organization at San Francisco State University. Alice and her husband, also a tech sales executive, have three sons ages 15, 14 and 11.

Kristiane Koontz
President, The CLUB
Director, Financial Services Advisory, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kristiane helps banks and financial technology companies envision and execute complex business transformation projects. As a management consultant at PwC she leads teams that bridge the gap between IT and the business on large-scale business and technology changes. She had led and program managed merger / acquisition programs, international market entry, product development, complex systems implementation, cost reduction, process improvement and regulatory-driven change programs for banks, payments, and financial technology companies.

Kristiane is also the Founder of internet marketing firm k2 Web Development & Marketing LLC and one of the co-founders of The CLUB.

Laraine McKinnon
Founder, LMC17

Laraine McKinnon is the founder of LMC17, a strategic consulting firm that blends behavioral science, big data and practical implementation ideas to address challenges and opportunities in the retirement industry, diversity & inclusion and talent development. 

As an acknowledged retirement readiness expert, Laraine helped improve retirement outcomes for millions of Americans through key roles at BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, and Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors. Laraine currently serves on the Advisory Board of Betterment for Business. 

A tireless advocate for high potential underrepresented talent, Laraine launched the CLUB Incubator, a women's leadership advocacy program, and builds diagnostics and programs to support the onboarding, retention and promotion of diverse talent. 

Laraine is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two daughters where they enjoy hiking in the local hills and sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Mindy Morton 
Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Mindy is an internet and intellectual property litigator with a passion for litigating cutting-edge cases at the intersection of technology and free speech issues. She also helps clients resolve disputes involving trade secret, copyright, trademark and patent issues. Mindy works closely with clients to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently when litigation is not in their strategic interests. When early resolution is not possible, she is a zealous and professional advocate with jury trial experience. She is dedicated to doing the right thing the right way. She believes in giving back to the community and mentoring other women, and is active with several nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. When she isn’t defending free speech rights, she is frequently singing or attending football and basketball games at Cal.

Advisory Board

Angie Chang
Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy

Angie is the Director of Growth at Hackbright Academy, which runs a 10-week accelerated engineering fellowship exclusively for women in San Francisco. In 2008, she started Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to network women in technology. Dinners are sponsored by companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Box and Intel. Prior to that, she co-founded Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. She was named in Fast Company's 2010 "Most Influential Women in Technology" and more recently Business Insider named her one of "30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech.

Karen CatlinKaren Catlin
Advocate for Technical Women, Karen Catlin Consulting

Karen is an advocate for women in the tech industry. She is a leadership coach, a speaker, and a writer. In 2014, Karen delivered a TEDx talk: "Women in Tech—The Missing Force." She is co-author of "Present! A Step-by-Step Guide to Public Speaking" and has published articles in Inc., FastCompany, The Daily Beast, Women 2.0, and other leadership sites. In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.

Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

Erin Rand

Erin's passion is mentoring and providing strategic guidance to early stage tech companies, especially those who want to reshape the enterprise. She is skilled at navigating through growth barriers that could stall a company’s trajectory and finding the keys to ignite accelerated growth. She has broad experience designing and implementing strategic and operational initiatives at companies such as IBM, Brocade, NetApp and ServiceRocket.Erin currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary at ServiceRocket, a rapidly growing company that helps fast-growing software companies scale by providing their enterprise customers with training, support, implementation and tools. In her current role, Erin is responsible for worldwide operations, talent and all administrative functions (including IT, finance and legal). She brought visibility, transparency and accountability to the company by implementing the cloud-based financial system Netsuite, rolled out the initial stock plan for employees and ensured regulatory and tax compliance as the company transitioned headquarters from Australia to the US and opened locations in the UK and Chile, all while growing at a rate exceeding 40%.

Annie Rogaski
Founding Partner, HIPLegal LLP

Annie recently co-founded, with CLUB co-founder Julie Stephenson, HIPLegal LLP, an IP strategic counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation support firm that delivers practical IP solutions to its clients. Annie leverages 17 years of technology-based litigation to partner with clients to design and implement IP strategies that align with their business values and anticipate future issues. Upon this foundation, she helps maximize clients’ opportunities in identifying, valuing, licensing and maximizing their IP.

Mona Sabet

Mona is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur, with decades of experience in corporate negotiations and management, combined with a strong science, legal and business education, all against the personal backdrop of being a westernized middle-eastern women. After a long and successful career in law, she moved into significant executive business roles with Coverity and then Cadence Design Systems. And after helping Cadence articulate and implement the company’s mission through a targeted acquisition and partnership strategy, she changed up her life again and co-founded VIBLIO, a new software company that helps to make your personal videos the glue to building your personal communities.

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