Past Summits

OWN IT began as a means to address the leadership gap in the professional fields across the board. Over the years, women have filled the education gap and are now graduating college at higher rates than men; women earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees earned in the U.S. Still, there is still a dearth of women sitting on corporate boards, in science and technology, in C-level positions, representing us in government, and in general leadership roles. We all know you cannot be what you cannot see. OWN IT seeks to provide young women with an opportunity to not just see, but learn from and connect with women who are living out leadership in a  variety of fields and positions. Similarly, OWN IT seeks to provide well-established women with an outlet to give back and share what they have learned with future leaders.


OWN IT 2017 SPEAKERS 

Keynote Speaker

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Venita sivamani

Co-Founder and CEO of Dermveda.com

Venita Sivamani is Co-Founder and CEO of Dermveda, an integrative resource directory for patients and practitioners. With a team of dermatologists in collaboration with alternative medical practitioners, Dermveda brings an interdisciplinary and personalized approach to skin care. Dermveda was founded in 2013 and has garnered support from industry associations, skin specialists, and product companies as a common platform for credible, science-backed information. Venita is passionate about education and empowering others to make the best decisions for their health and well-being. She received her undergraduate degree and MBA from UC Davis where she was awarded the college medal and the university’s top leadership award. Venita was also selected as one of the “Top 30 MBAs to Watch” in the world by Poets and Quants and served on the Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory board. At the Graduate School of Management, she focused on entrepreneurship and was president of the Women in Leadership club. Venita enjoys volunteering abroad and serves on the board of directors for Visions Global Empowerment - a nonprofit working to change patterns of inequality for disadvantaged youth. Venita is also founding co-chair of Million Women Mentors California, helping support women and girls pursuing STEM careers. 


women in activism 

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ANn Shimasaki 

Chief Consultant of API Legislative Caucus

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Rachel Michelin

Executive Director/CEO of California Women Lead

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Sheryl Evans Davis

Executive Director of San Francisco Human Rights Commission 

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Emily Bender

Director of Programs of Sacramento LGBT Community Center


WOMEN IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

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Pratima rao

Deputy Director at Partnerships NanoDimension

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Jennifer sinclair curtis

Dean of UC Davis Engineering

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Erin cooke

Director of Sustainability & Environmental Policy at San Francisco International Aiport

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Rose grymes

Deputy Director of Partnerships at NASA


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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Shujan Bertrand 

CEO & Founder of Aplat Co.

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jyoti Sarin 

Senior Manager of IT Cisco

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Laurie Lavaroni 

Regulatory Compliance Manager of Federal Reserve Bank 

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Brenda Dulger-Sheikin 

Senior Vice President of State Street

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Kristy Nguyen junio 

Senior Director of Industry Solutions for Healthcare and Life Sciences, Oracle Marketing Cloud

 
 
 

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY: FACEBOOK'S INFRASTRUCTURE TEAM

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Somdatta Banerjee

Application Product Manager at Facebook

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Jeanne Lim Biz

Systems Roadmap Manager at Facebook

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Kate Lechner

Operations Program Manager at Facebook