An incubator of women leaders


  • 09/02/2014 6:33 PM | Anonymous member

    The CLUB is excited to announce Angie Chang and Kim Le as the newest additions to the CLUB’s Advisory Board.  Their appointment will further support the growth of the CLUB’s network of female leaders and offer valuable direction for the organization.

    Angie Chang 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."

    Angie has held positions in product management and web/UI production at various Silicon Valley startups. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

    Kim Le is the CEO and Founder of A2Q2. She has over 18 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting experience and is a self-taught software developer on the platform. She invented and trademarked SoxRox®, a web-based software-as-a-service application used to efficiently plan, document, test, and report SOX compliance efforts. Kim has led financial statement audits, internal audits, special accounting and process re-engineering projects, SOX compliance initiatives, SEC reporting projects, and merger and acquisition and integration.

    Despite humble beginnings, Kim persevered with determination to support herself through college and to propel herself professionally to later emerge with such recognitions as 2013 Silicon Valley’s 100 Influential Women by Business Journal and the 2010 Asian Business Woman of the Year by the National Council of Asian American Business Association.  Follow her on Twitter at @KimLe_A2Q2.

    Angie and Kim join existing Advisory Board members Erin Rand, Chief Operating Officer of ServiceRocket, and Mona Sabet, Founder and President of VIBLIO.

  • 08/29/2014 6:35 PM | Anonymous member

    At our 2nd Anniversary party at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, CA on October 21st 2014, The CLUB will award an Advancing Women in Leadership CLUBie to a person, male or female, who is moving the needle for women leaders in their organization, industry, or community in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Nominees for this award have:

    • Increased the impact of women in business, academia, or politics through their leadership, or
      Undertaken work or mentorship that has covered new ground in women’s leadership or advancement, or
      Increased women’s impact, representation, and effectiveness in leadership positions

    The CLUB wants your nominations for this prestigious award!  Please nominate individuals by September 30th.

    Click here to submit your nomination!

    In addition, The CLUB will award three CLUBies to current CLUB members making a significant impact to the organization: The Driver, The Groundbreaker, and The Evangelist.

    • Driver – Recognized for extraordinary contributions for driving CLUB programs.  This woman makes things happen and gets things done well.
    • New Initiative Groundbreaker – Recognized for developing and implementing an impactful new initiative for The CLUB.
    • Evangelist – Recognized for extraordinary contributions in cultivating and actively growing the CLUB’s community and reach.

    Our 2nd anniversary party will be an evening of celebration – of all that women have accomplished in the Bay Area – and inspiration – for all we can accomplish in the future! We look forward to seeing you at the event and recognizing our winners!  We are also grateful to all of our members and supporters who have helped us make it to Year 3!

  • 12/03/2013 6:36 PM | Anonymous member

    The CLUB is thrilled to announce Karen Catlin, CEO of Athentica, and Diana Olin, Global Program Manager & Lawyer at Adobe, as the newest additions to the CLUB’s Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining Athentica as its CEO, Karen was a vice president in the CTO’s office at Adobe Systems and a leadership coach for women in the tech industry. Karen writes "Use Your Inside Voice", a blog about the intersection of leadership and parenting, and she frequently publishes about leadership on Femgineer, Women 2.0, and other tech leadership blogs.

    In her role as the Global Program Manager for Adobe’s Worldwide License Management leadership team, Diana uses an interdisciplinary approach and relationship-based mindset to build connections across functions and catalyze projects towards the end goal.

    “The CLUB is a self-selecting group of engaged, genuine women leading proactive lives and dedicating the energy to establish such a mutually reinforcing environment.  Member driven, it’s about creating a space for women to grow into themselves and help others do the same…. As we approach 2014, may we each have the courage to dedicate the time to pause and invest.  Pause to appreciate where we are and who’s helped to get us here.  Invest in ourselves to self-reflect and proactively engage with life and others,” Diana commented in a recent article.

    Existing board members and founders of the CLUB are Annie Rogaski, a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in the intellectual property practice, Kristiane Koontz, a management consultant with PwC’s Financial Services Advisory group, and Julie Stephenson, a specialist in intellectual property strategy and risk management.

    The CLUB also thanks outgoing board members Kesa Yorozu and Lynn Koh. Over the past two years, Kesa and Lynn served on the founding CLUB Board, where they helped to create the CLUB, launch the CLUB and grow our membership to over 200 members!  Please join us in thanking Kesa and Lynn for their fantastic and tireless efforts making the CLUB a success!

  • 10/18/2013 6:36 PM | Anonymous member

    Last week over 100 of you joined us at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park to celebrate our one year anniversary.  You heard our President, Annie Rogaski, reflect on our collective successes over the past year – the seminars, networking events, business referrals and job placements, and preview our exciting programming plans for 2014.

    Since our founding in October of 2012, The CLUB's membership has grown to nearly 200 members and generated over $100,000 in funding including corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations.  We launched our members-only website and collaboration platform, and put on over 7 seminars on leadership skills from experts in the field, 12 general and industry networking events, and provided access to over 10 affiliate events.  Our plans for 2014 are no less ambitious.


    Reflecting on the first year of the CLUB, member Diana Olin from Adobe commented: "when I think of The CLUB, I think of the shared moments of introspection - the space to safely question and challenge who we are, what we want, and how to get there. I'm grateful that I bet on The Club and its vision, because in doing so, I bet on myself and fellow members."

    Thank you to our dedicated volunteers, speakers Lise Edwards and Rickey Trombetta, and sponsors PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and Trombetta Family Wines for helping to make this event possible. Please click here to view additional photos of the event.

    Give Us Your Feedback

    We are always looking to improve our programming. If you attended our Anniversary Event, please click here to complete a brief 9 question survey.

    Help Us Expand Our Membership

    Do you know a woman who would be a great fit for the CLUB? Invite her to apply! We’ve created an easy 1 page membership guide (download here) to share with prospective members.

    Our members are established and emerging women leaders who hail from top Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies and reflect a wide spectrum of experience, professions and industries.  Through the CLUB, members leverage the expertise and networks of guest experts and other members to build strong leadership skills that they take back to provide more effective leadership at their companies.

    Our membership application can be found here:

    Renew Your Membership

    Is your CLUB membership coming up for renewal soon? Please click here to renew your membership by credit card or PayPal.

    Best Regards,

    The CLUB Board of Directors

  • 09/16/2013 6:37 PM | Anonymous member

    The Recorder recently named CLUB President and co-founder Annie Rogaski as one of the top 50 "Women Leaders in Tech Law" as a pat of their third annual Women Leaders event.

    "These are the lawyers who get the call for that first, crucial funding round, the patent dispute only scientists can understand, the licensing-as-lifeline deal, the long-sought liquidity event," said Recorder Editor in Chief Greg Mitchell.

    Annie is a trial lawyer and partner with Kilpatrick Townsend where she leads teams in bringing to life complex technical concepts for judges and juries.  In her work she draws upon her education in chemistry and 17 years of litigating and trying intellectual property cases.

    A full list of the women recognized can be found here.
  • 09/03/2013 6:38 PM | Anonymous member

    We are frequently asked by our members about their peers. Hot off the press, here is the most recent summary of our membership base, which can also be downloaded here:


  • 08/18/2013 6:38 PM | Anonymous member

    Sometimes I am amazed at how thoroughly and viciously I can beat myself up. Not physically, but I can really take myself to task for any and every mistake I make, no matter how minor. “How could you be so stupid?" I ask myself. Unsatisfied, I observe, “what a horrible mistake!” Then, I envision a parade of horribles of how whatever project I was working on will soon spiral into destruction – all because of my mistake.

    Every now and then, I am able to take a step back and stop the cycle of self-destructive chatter. On those occasions, a lyric from a Pink song resonates in my head,

    “Change the voices in your head

    Make them like you instead”

    - “F**kin’ Perfect”

    How profound! How perfect! Think of what we can accomplish if we support ourselves in the same way we support our teams. When our colleagues make a mistake, we don’t (please don’t) say “how could you be so stupid?” So, why do we say it to ourselves? And, how many times has a mistake really resulted in the worst outcome we envisioned? Once we give ourselves a break, allow ourselves to fail once in a while (after all, we are human and we learn and grow from our mistakes), we open up so many more opportunities for success.

    Our challenge: make the voices in your head like you instead. Can you change the negative-speak in your head to a positive conversation? When you do, observe how it changes your outlook and your opportunities. Extra credit: can you make that a permanent habit?

    -Annie Rogaski, CLUB President

  • 08/03/2013 6:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Save the date for our all-members events this fall:

    Smart Fashion for Silicon Valley Women
    September 11th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Join the CLUB and the team of professional stylists at the Palo Alto Nordstrom for tips on successful dressing.

    The CLUB Anniversary Party
    October 9th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    Join us as we celebrate our one year mark at the same fantastic venue where we launched on October 4th, 2012.

    Please check back soon for details.

  • 07/18/2013 6:41 PM | Anonymous member

    I've been thinking a lot about adventures, for a few reasons: 1) a good friend started a new company centered around providing adventures; 2) I recently was on vacation, enjoying adventures and time to think; and 3) Karen Catlin and Diana Olin got me thinking about work adventures (or, as they termed it, professional bucket lists).

    My friend's company, Ethos Adventures (, is focused on getting people out of their daily routines and outside, to experience an adventure. Though the mission of her company is adventure, the mere fact that she started the company (after retiring from a young career practicing law) was certainly an adventure. She jumped into unchartered waters, without a life vest, and embraced the change, the adventure. What she found was a network of friends, family and colleagues that whole-heartedly supported her. She realized she was not in fact without a life vest. Rather, she had hordes of people cheering her on and offering support.

    Her adventure got me thinking about experiencing my own adventures. My husband and I were recently on vacation in the Pacific Northwest. One day, at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, we rented mopeds (we had never ridden them before, so had to pass the training of riding without swerving, knees tightly pulled in - it took me a while...) and rode to the south part of the island. Though we could not accelerate above about 35 mph, it felt like I was flying, wind blowing in my face, sun shining down and amazing views over the fields and of the ocean. At one point, I realized I was smiling (I only briefly worried about catching flies in my teeth) and felt absolutely exhilarated. The driftwood, red fox that wandered within about 10 feet of us and lighthouse confirmed I was not at the office, and enhanced the vivid experience of living!

    My joy made me wonder if adventures were only for evenings, weekends or vacations. First, I had to remind myself that working nights and weekends as I have done most of this year significantly reduced the time for non-working adventures. But then, I recalled a conversation on a recent CLUB Walk and Talk with Karen and Diana. We were talking about bucket lists and the topic of professional bucket lists came up. (See Karen's recent blog on this topic, at I have to admit, that was a new one for me. I have goals and annual plans, as do most lawyers in big firms, but a bucket list? Hadn't crossed my mind. After the exhilaration of my moped adventure, I started to wonder, why can't I have work adventures too? Should I create a bucket list of professional adventures to focus my efforts? How amazing it would be to feel the thrill of adventure at work! Think of the creativity and rejuvenation that would result.

    Our challenge: find adventure on the job. Perhaps it requires moving outside our comfort zone and trusting our confidence to succeed. Let's go find joy, satisfaction and the thrill of adventure in our professions!

    - Annie Rogaski, CLUB President

  • 06/18/2013 6:41 PM | Anonymous member

    A scene in one of my all-time favorite shows, Sports Night (critically-acclaimed, which I now understand means “doomed after two seasons,” to my great dismay), struck me immediately and has stuck with me for years. The boss, Isaac Jaffe (“Benson,” if you’re a GenX’er) was dispensing a bit of leadership advice. He said, “It's taken me a lot of years, but I've come around to this: If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”

    Think about that. How comfortable are you surrounding yourself with smart people who disagree with you? It takes a pretty confident person to take that step and, even more, to follow through and reap the benefit of it. So often, we feel that we need to be the smartest person in the room. As the leader, shouldn’t we have all the answers? Isaac says, “no.” We can learn from those who have a different viewpoint. We can grow from the challenge of really listening to someone who disagrees with us. What a great insight. How freeing. Why not find the best people? Not just those who think like us -- the best.

    Coming from a litigation background, this rings particularly true. There are no right answers in litigation, but there are better answers. You cannot arrive at those answers without discussion. You cannot get there if everyone follows the same train of thought. You never know what will trigger the breaking idea on a case, so you cannot afford to close any doors. Surrounding yourself with those who disagree with you (and creating an environment in which it is acceptable to express that disagreement) means the team as a whole will consider a broader perspective. When that happens, the team will collectively arrive at a better answer.

    Our challenge: can we fully hear the viewpoint of someone who disagrees with us? Can we accept his suggestion even if it is contrary to what we put on the table? Can we put aside our own suggestions (and, egos) in favor of someone else's? If it’s the best suggestion on the table, why not embrace it, credit the teammate who suggested it and build our strategy around it?

    - Annie Rogaski, CLUB President

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