The Silicon Valley AnitaB.org community will be hosting a discussion led by Pratima Rao Gluckman, author of Nevertheless, She Persisted: True Stories of Women Leaders in Tech.
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and networking / book signing session. Our goal is to spark deeper conversations and provide tactical guidance around how to address and overcome challenges faced by women in tech.
Panelists will include:
Pratima Rao Gluckman knew she wanted to be an engineer from a young age. When she took her first programming class, she fell in love and began on her career path. She attained a Masters in Computer Science (University of Texas at Arlington), Masters in Chemistry and Bachelors in Instrumentation Engineering (BITs Pilani India). After a few years working in the industry as a software engineer, she made the decision to move into engineering management. Leading came naturally for her, and currently, in her field of enterprise software, she is Engineering Leader at VMware and manages a team of engineers.
During her time in the industry, she has grown aware of the gender bias and related imposter’s syndrome that makes it challenging for women—including herself—to achieve their desired potential. From this realization, Nevertheless, She Persisted was conceived. It is Gluckman’s hope that this book contributes meaningful changes in the tech world so that many more women can enter careers as engineers and thrive to become effective leaders in their organizations.
She currently resides with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Erica Lockheimer is a senior director at LinkedIn, heading the growth engineering team since 2010. A vocal advocate for women’s careers in technology, she is also the head of Women in Tech at LinkedIn and a board member for the Anita Borg Institute of Women in Technology (the nonprofit that organizes the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing). Her story demonstrates how developing a strong network of relationships can lead to extraordinary career opportunities.
As a serial entrepreneur, Pam Kostka seeks her highs by working for start-ups. She launched her career with a Harvard MBA, and is now the CEO of a stealth-mode mobile start-up. Prior to that, she was the CEO of Bluebox Security, which she successfully sold. She likes to work in environments that test her limits, taking on complex problems and tenaciously working her way through them.
Telle Whitney’s strongest role models have always been women, starting in her youth with astronaut Sally Ride. By happenstance in college, she discovered her affinity for programming, which provided the direction that has guided her from then on. In her early career as a technologist, her mentors and sponsors tended to be men. After meeting fellow CS professional Anita Borg, her profession took an unexpected turn toward becoming a mentor herself, in a big way, to the many women in tech who have been touched by their creation of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and subsequently the Institute for Women in Technology. Telle’s success arose from her intensive pursuit, not just of science, but also of building the skills required to grow this nonprofit from a dream to a powerful and respected technology organization.