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Thanks so much, and Happy Holidays from the entire TEDxSandHillRdWomen team!

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TEDxSandHillRdWomen in the News

Last weekend’s inaugural TEDxSandHillRdWomen conference generated a lot of buzz, and some of that made it into the blogosphere! Thanks very much to Grace Hwang Lynch, who gave us a wonderful write-up on BlogHer. And Dr. Lisa Chu, who thanks to serendipity was able to attend, and wrote a powerful commentary of her own. Thanks, Lisa!

Grace was not the only BlogHer personality joining us—shout out to Lisen Stromberg and Meg Waite Clayton as well!

SFGate.com gave our visibility a huge boost by publishing an highly informative write-up the day before the event.

Community Feedback and Connections

We were inspired and reignited by reading all of your Take-Aways and Intentions! You can read all the comments submitted that day right here.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Flickr Photo Stream from the event, please do. There are some great shots—thanks to Steven Lawu, our intrepid photographer! If you would like prints of any of these images, you are welcome to download the hi-res files from our Flickr page, upload to any photo sharing site (like Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc.), and have prints made.

As the team looks at what to do next as a community, we will continue talking, asking questions, sharing resources, and supporting each other’s rising on our Facebook Group.

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The Photos from TEDxSandHillRdWomen are Here!

Our photographer Steven Lawu created a brilliant Flickr stream from last week’s event—watch it here and share your favorites on our Facebook Group!

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Meet Our Speakers – Julie Gilbert Newrai

Julie Gilbert Newrai is a successful serial entrepreneur who drove new business growth inside large organizations by mobilizing the leadership of previously untapped women. Her innovative movement, WOLF, now enables this kind of empowerment and growth around the world.

How do you relate to our theme, “Women Rising,” in terms of where women are today?

Women must support each other and push open the doors in all facets of life to ensure that our voices are heard, and create quantum growth. If not you, then who will do this? Women dominate the economy as decision-makers for over half of the country’s wealth. However, in terms of the top leadership roles in business, politics, and the media, women are underrepresented. It is time that companies who don’t have women in key positions from the top to the bottom are viewed as having incompetent strategies—because they do.

What is one story that you will be touching on in your TEDxSandHillRdWomen talk that speaks to this vision?

I will share my 10 year old catalytic dream of wolves and how they model for us powerful leadership and unconditional support. It’s time for us to take responsibility to build the leaders of today and support those just beginning to rise so that no woman is left feeling isolated or alone. If we can each hold the responsibility to build up or open a door for one woman each and every day, soon we will have built a community that continues to grow in power.

My story shows how one dream and lots of passion and courage has created a global platform for change with women in over 53 countries innovating in businesses and communities, and creating big futures for themselves. When we become catalysts for change, we inspire every other woman to do the same. Together, we can stand up, grab our passion, creativity and courage, and create the present and the future.

What would you most like attendees to know about you today?

I have an unrelenting passion to ensure that those with the voices of change are heard, valued, and never ever feel inadequate, unworthy, or stray from being 100% included for their ideas and leadership.

What do you hope your audience will take away from your TEDx Talk?

I hope to convey inspiration, and the responsibility to get engaged immediately to create a ripple effect so that many others can be inspired to do the same.

How can people best reach you to continue this conversation? 

I can be reached on Twitter, LinkedIn, and at Wolf Means Business.

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Meet Our Speakers – Betsy Hall McKinney

Betsy McKinney is an environmental activist, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and creator of The Founding Family, a pro-democracy, evolutionary partnership for interdependence.

TEDxSandHillRdWomen kicks off this year with the theme “Women Rising.” How do you relate to this theme, in terms of where women are today?

Women are rising all around the world today and women have risen in the past in the United States to achieve the vote and equal rights. What are women rising for now? What do we want to achieve? And how do we sustain this rising? Those are the questions we must answer collectively as women.

What is one story that you will be touching on in your talk that speaks to this vision?

How I became ignited and what I am rising for!

What would you most like attendees to know about you today?

My commitment is to Love, Partnership and Interdependence as the values needed to evolve our democracy.

How can people best reach you to continue this conversation?

People can join The Founding Family on our website or Facebook page, or connect with me on TwitterLinkedIn, or email.


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Meet Our Speakers – Jackie VanderBrug

Jackie VanderBrug is a leader in the emerging global field of gender lens investing, and is a founder of the Women Effect Investments Initiative. She will be speaking on the Gender Lens Opportunity. 

TEDxSandHillRdWomen kicks off this year with the theme “Women Rising.” How do you relate to this theme in terms of where women are today?

Women are a global economic force – as consumers, employees, entrepreneurs and investors. The numbers and the trends continue to be confirmed by research and experience. Women are also key assets in combating poverty, building their communities and creating new pathways to a more just and sustainable world. Investing in women’s education, economic welfare, health and overall well-being produces powerful results that benefit families, communities and entire societies. When women become economic agents and leaders two things happen – social change accelerates and returns multiply. This is the Women Effect. As women and men understand the power of a gender lens in investing we can create a world that works for all of us.

What is one story that you will be touching on, that speaks to this vision?

Cindy Patnos, of Illuminate Ventures, saw the opportunity to remove gender as a barrier to high growth, technology investing. By deliberately throwing out the welcome mat to women entrepreneurs, by developing a network, by focusing her pipeline, she developed a successful venture fund with 40% of her portfolio including a woman founder – almost unheard of in her space. And she’s performing in the top quartile of her peers.

What would you most like attendees to know about you today?

I believe a gender lens, when taken seriously, connects to all investments and creates greater opportunity. I’ve had the remarkable gift of a bird’s eye view on the development of this field of practice – applying a gender lens in investing. It is still nascent, meaning there are lots of opportunities. This field will be built by the collective intelligence and collaboration of those who find the lever of finance compelling. I’m one of them, and am joined by a fabulous, global and growing group.

How can people best reach you to continue this conversation? 

I can be reached on Twitter, LinkedIn, or by email.

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!

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Meet the Producer of TEDxSandHillRdWomen—Wendy Wallbridge

This is the first in our series of interviews with the women of the 2012 TEDxSandHillRdWomen event. We start with Wendy Wallbridge, Event Producer.

You are on the Executive Advisory Board for TEDxMarin, as well producing TEDxSandHillRdWomen. What was the first TED talk that moved you to want to be involved?

A few years ago I watched Sir Ken Robinson’s fabled talk on how schools kill creativity. He made me laugh and feel and I saw the power of storytelling and “ideas worth spreading.” Since then my favorites have included Brene Brown on vulnerability, Simon Sinek on the power of why, Nigel Marsh on work life balance, and Nipun Mehta on what the world would look like if we designed for generosity. So many times, a single idea has changed my life, so I’m a big believer in the power of ideas to change the world.

What made you decide to produce a TEDxWomen event here in Silicon Valley?

I’ve been coaching women from Silicon Valley for over two decades and now more than ever, women are hungry for meaningful conversations and connection with other professional women facing similar opportunities and challenges. Many of the women I speak to also feel pregnant with possibility—they feel a calling to want to use their talents, smarts and gifts to make a difference in the world—to move beyond the “me” focus and engage with some of the critical issues that we face on a societal level. I’m hosting this TEDx event to support that impulse and to help women feel supported enough to swing out and take the kind of risks that kind of engagement requires.

What would you like to say to this year’s attendees, especially those who have never been to a TEDx event?

This will be unlike any TEDx event not only because our speakers will address the theme of “Women Rising” from a multitude of angles, but because our format will reflect the feminine principle of relatedness.There will be awe-inspiring talks interspersed with opportunities for women to express what’s on their hearts and minds and to mingle and meet new friends and allies.

There is less than a month to go before the event and it quickly sold out. With such a tremendous response to this year’s program, what is your vision for this new TEDxSandHillRd community going forward?

The overwhelming response…from the many bright women who volunteered to give a TED talk, to the talented, accomplished women on the CoCreation team, to the hundreds of people who either bought tickets or added their names to the waiting list, all of it speaks to the huge appetite professional women have to learn together, socialize, and support one another to continue to rise! This will be just the first in, I hope, many Silicon Valley events where we will be inspired by each other’s ingenuity, creativity and chutzpah as well as have fun building collegial relationships that provide the kind of connection and solidarity that women need to thrive.


Wendy Wallbridge, principal of On Your Mark Corporate Coaching & Consulting, Inc. is a pioneer in the coaching field. Recognized for her groundbreaking coaching techniques she has been interviewed by members of the print media including Fortune, the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. Her forthcoming book, Spiral Up! A New Map for Leading Your Life with Power and Grace is based on the principles she has developed and presented for the past decade to groups of women entrepreneurs, middle managers, individual contributors, and executives. Contact Wendy on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

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TEDxWomen Comes to Sand Hill Rd.

Join us on December 1, 2012!

Our theme is Women Rising. We are at a moment of such opportunity for women right now, and we want to increase that momentum and help women step into their full power and creative contribution. At this celebratory gathering of influential women in Silicon Valley, we will showcase bold ideas and best practices to inspire and empower women to fully engage. This is the first in a series of community-building live events to foster women’s evolutionary leadership.

TEDxSandHillRdWomen is a day-long event at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park. The program includes captivating live speakers in the morning and a live stream from the 2nd annual TEDxWomen event in Washington DC in the afternoon. Throughout the day there will be opportunities for you to get to know other amazing women and become part of a growing tribe of evolving women from Silicon Valley.

Seating is limited, and we expect this event to sell out. Reserve your ticket today!

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