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Athena's Distinguished Speaker Series | Women Who Lead from the C-Suite
Sony Electronics
16535 Via Esprillo
San Diego, CA 92127
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
Category: Distinguished Speaker Series

Athena's Distinguished Speaker Series
Women Who Lead From the C-Suite

Today only 24 women serve in the top spot of Fortune 500 organizations. Female representation in other C-suite roles varies, with 13% of chief financial officers, 19% of chief information officers and a more equitable 55% of chief human resources officers as women.

This timely Distinguished Speaker Series will reveal how corporate STEM leaders think, feel and act in their ascent up the corporate ladder. This session will help inform the behavior, the policies and the conversation around confronting workplace challenges and advancing diversity and inclusion solutions.

You can expect to gain practical career direction on what to do and what not to do from this esteemed panel. Come prepared to experience the inspiration and guidance from the wisdom, vulnerability and success strategies that empowered these Women in the C-Suite. 


Meet the Panel

Vidya Dinamani
Founder | Ad Astra Ventures
Founder | 
Product Rebels
Vidya Dinamani is founder for Product Rebels where she exercises her passion for coaching product leaders and teams through online and in-person training. Vidya is also founder of Ad Astra Ventures, a business accelerator dedicated to helping female CEOs and founders excel. She has over 18 years of experience specializing in business & technology strategy development, product design and management, and new product development. Vidya has held multiple executive roles at leading companies such as Intuit, and serves as advisor to multiple startups.
A holder of 7 US patents for software technology, Vidya earned a B.S. in Physics from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kim Folsom
Co-Founder | Founders First Capital Partners
Founder and CEO | LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc.
Kim Folsom is a high-tech executive and serial entrepreneur who has been founding, leading and growing innovative companies for more than 25 years.
She is currently the founder of LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc. and co-founder and CEO of Founders First Capital Partners, LLC, a small business growth accelerator and revenue-based venture fund focused on helping underserved, employer-based small businesses secure funding and achieve exponential growth. As a social entrepreneur, Ms. Folsom is dedicated to leveraging the power of market forces and sound business practices to address disparities in revenue and job growth among businesses led by underrepresented founders. She has raised more than $30 million in institutional venture financing, and has founded or served as a key executive for multiple successful ventures, including showUhow (acquired by Sellpoints), DriveCam (now Lytx) and Seminarsource. Before devoting her energies to entrepreneurship, Ms. Folsom was an executive at National Dispatch Center, Luce Forward and Alltel Systematics and Great American First.
As part of her mission to help entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses, Ms. Folsom teaches as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and business strategy at National University School of Business and Management. She earned her MBA degree from the University of Pepperdine and a bachelor’s degree in information systems a minor in economics from San Diego State University. 

Magda Marquet, Ph.D.
Co-Founder | Ajinomoto Althea and AltheaDx
Dr. Magda Marquet has built, led and commercialized multiple life science companies. She is the co-founder of AltheaDx, a commercial stage, precision medicine company with the world’s leading pharmacogenomics test for anxiety and depression, and ALMA Life Sciences, LLC, an early stage investment firm creating and growing innovative healthcare companies. Dr. Marquet co-founded Althea Technologies and, as its co-CEO with full P&L responsibility, led the company to become a leader in the field and a highly profitable, commercial company. As a result, she guided Althea to a successful acquisition by Ajinomoto, a global Japanese company and leader in amino acid technology.
Prior to starting Althea Technologies, Dr. Marquet held several positions in product development and pharmaceutical development in companies such as Vical and  Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
She currently serves on the following Boards: Ajinomoto BioPharma Services where she is Chairman of the Board and co-Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Arcturus Therapeutics (ARCT) where is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She also serves on the Board on several private companies such as Senté.
As a former founder and CEO, Dr Marquet has broad operational, fund raising expertise including venture, private equity and venture debt. She also brings expertise in M&A, global commercial development, regulatory strategies and building a winning culture of innovation and strategic growth.
Dr. Marquet holds a Ph.D in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France.  She has received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career including the 2005 Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Life Sciences category, the Athena Pinnacle award, the Director of the Year award (Corporate Governance) from the Corporate Directors Forum and has been inducted into the CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Leena Patidar
Chief Executive Officer | Coin Up
Leena offers a unique blend of strategic, innovative, and financial expertise through her extensive entrepreneurial and consulting background. She has created leading edge strategies, pioneered new concepts into viable business ventures, and conducted in-depth financial analysis for Fortune 500 and privately held businesses.  Leena has leveraged her experience at Citibank, Ernst & Young, Battery Ventures, SoftBank Ventures, and Raytheon to co-found and manage several successful enterprises.
Leena currently serves as CEO of her latest venture “Coin Up,” a breakthrough mobile donation app. She also serves as a Board Member/ Advisor to nonprofits and small businesses.
Leena obtained her degree in Public Accounting/CPA from Loyola University Chicago and her MBA in finance & entrepreneurship from MIT/Sloan School of Management in 2001.

Cheryl Goodman
Head of Corporate Communications & N.A. Spokesperson | Sony Electronics
Goodman currently serves as the head of corporate communications for Sony Electronics and is the company's spokesperson on the vast technologies offered in the North America market - from consumer electronics to robotics. With more than 20 years in the tech industry, Goodman's professional experience spans a variety of sectors from wireless ecosystem solutions to software/hardware/B2C/B2B and App economies. Goodman’s served for a decade at Qualcomm/Qualcomm Labs in business development, Marketing and industry analyst relations. She garnered a host of accolades for the organization transformative technologies in display, IOT, app solutions and publisher content programs. Prior to Qualcomm, Goodman served as director for well-known startups, Linspire and MP3.com. Goodman's industry awards include Marketing/PR Leader of the Year in 2010 and nominee for CEO of the Year in 2017 for her non-profit work with STEM companies. As a former broadcast journalist she's a sought-after moderator and panelist for technology conferences.


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