2019 Program



   2019 Special Topics




Women in Tech - Leading in the Tech World

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Lee Epting
Advisor, Speaker, Technology Consultant
Lee Epting launched her technology career with a Silicon Valley startup, Palm, about 20 years ago. Ever since, she has focused on delivering market-winning technology products/services to the world’s two biggest consumer markets, the US and Western Europe – and to emerging/global markets. Following her role with Palm and related smartphone startup, Handspring, Nokia recruited her to Europe in 2003. In Europe, she has had P&L responsibility for business units in the world’s largest technology, mobile communications, and mobile phone manufacturing companies: Samsung, Vodafone, and Nokia. At Samsung, she led the European Enterprise Business Team (ten-figure P&L), European Product Innovation Team, and European Media Solutions Center. She left Samsung in late 2015 to expand her work to advisory and consultancy opportunities with the objective to advise new technology businesses, join a corporate board, and speak about technological transformation and women in leadership.
Samantha Phenix
Vice President, R&D
Planar, a Leyard Company
Samantha Phenix has a 20+-year career that has spanned engineering, business development, and corporate leadership. She has a history of driving display technology innovations across multiple, demanding vertical markets, while serving in leadership roles at companies such as Leyard, Planar, Intel, Dell, and Barco. In 2017 she was named an Industry Innovator by NewBay Media for her outstanding contributions to the professional audiovisual industry. In 2018, she was honored to receive AVIXA’s “Women in AV” award. She is currently serving as a Board Member of AVIXA, as well as Secretary for SID’s Pacific Northwest Chapter.
Consuelo Valverde
Founder & Managing Partner
SV Latam Capital
Consuelo Valverde is a serial entrepreneur turned VC, and an electrical engineer with Master's Degrees in both Computer Science and Science Entrepreneurship. She also sought a Ph.D. in Genomics. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of SV LATAM Capital - the first VC fund born in Silicon Valley with a unique focus on Latin America - to invest in entrepreneurs using science and technology to transform societies, the environment, and health on a global scale.
Her first investment in life sciences became a “unicorn” and her first fintech investment is on track to become Mexico’s first unicorn. Consuelo founded her first tech company at the age of 21. She was granted an 0-1 Visa for "Aliens with Exceptional Abilities" by the US government and received the "Distinguished Engineer" award from IEEE Mexico, among other awards. She is currently a Board Member of Ares Materials, a company developing novel transparent polymer materials for the next generation of truly flexible electronics, and winners of Display Week's Best in Show Award 2018.

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