An incubator of women leaders

Board of Directors

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
Engineering Leader at Uber

Anu Gali is an Engineering Leader at Uber leading the Finance Data Platform & Analytics. As a tech leader, Anu has built high performing 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. Her most recent stint was at Groupon where she managed a number of engineering teams working on Local Verticals, focusing on Food & Drink, Delivery & Takeout, Coupons, Third Party Integrations, Redemption and other strategic projects.

Anu strongly believes in having an entrepreneurial mindset and in helping others to reach their potential. A few years back, in her spare time, she co-founded a company and released a social entertainment app “IntoMovies”.  She also volunteers for a number of charitable organizations and STEM programs.  She was a volunteer instructor for Girls who Code, mentor for multiple Technovation Challenge teams, First Lego League and most recently part of Grace Hopper Sw Eng committee.

Kristiane Koontz
President, The CLUB 2016/17
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.

Sherry Hashimoto Main
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer at University of California, Santa Cruz

At UC Santa Cruz, Sherry works to enhance and protect the university's public face and lead the teams responsible for marketing, news and media relations, and social media. She is a leader in the higher education communications industry with 15 years of experience in creative and digital strategy. More recently, she has become the chief crisis and issues communications advisor to executive leadership at the university. Sherry was recently appointed to serve a two-year term as an advisor to the University of California Board of Regents.

Laraine McKinnon
President, The CLUB 2017/18
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.

Lauren Rothenberg
Litigation Consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions

Lauren is an experienced litigation consultant and attorney with expertise developing litigation strategy in a wide variety of matters including intellectual property, contract, product liability, antitrust, securities, insurance, employment, and professional malpractice cases. She routinely consults with clients in the technology, banking, pharmaceutical, medical device, energy, insurance, automotive and consumer product industries. She has extensive experience with jury selection, mock trials, focus groups, shadow jury management, and witness preparation for high-stakes trials.  Lauren serves as the Managing Director for the CLUB in San Francisco.

Maya Tussing
Principal and West Co-Head at Alesco Advisors

Maya is a wealth advisor and co-leads the San Francisco presence of Alesco Advisors, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm servicing the investment needs of foundations, endowments and high net worth individuals. Previously, she led BlackRock’s U.S. Institutional Index Asset Allocation business, responsible for over $200B across all asset classes, investment styles and vehicles. She held senior risk management roles at firms such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and GE Capital and has coached hundreds of men and women at all levels of corporate and non-profit organizations to achieve personal and professional success and satisfaction. Maya serves as a board member and Finance Chair for, a nonprofit providing entrepreneurship education to elementary and middle school children.

Advisory Board

Angie Chang
Serial Entrepreneur, Executive

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. Connect with her on Linkedin.

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
VP and General Counsel, Avegant

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
Managing Director, Tribal Advisors  

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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