Opportunity For Progress: Leveraging Diversity and Difference as Resources Fundamental to Innovation and Growth

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Los Altos Country Club
1560 Country Club Dr.
Los Altos, CA 94024

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Opportunity For Progress: Leveraging
Diversity and Difference as Resources
Fundamental to Innovation and Growth

November 11, 2014 / 6:00PM – 8:45PM / Los Altos Country Club, 1560 Country Club Dr., Los Altos, CA 94024

This panel discussion will discuss benefits, challenges and solutions around diversity in the workplace that impact talent acquisition, engagement and retention while also enabling profitable innovation and business growth. Join the panel of leaders to hear how they are making the most of the next generation D&I initiatives to propel business success.




VP, Head of IP & Broadband Development Unit, Ericsson
Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley Site

Maya Strelar-Migotti is Head of Ericsson’s Silicon Valley site as well as Vice President and Head of Ericsson’s IP & Broadband Development Unit. She is leading a global research and development organization of more than 6,000 engineers.

Ms. Strelar-Migotti has more than 20 years of international management experience in the telecommunications industry, having held positions in R&D and in Strategic Product Management in Sweden, Australia, Spain, Croatia, and the United States. She has demonstrated strategic and tactical leadership in complex commercial and technical markets, turning around large businesses to achieve growth and profitability in competitive environments.

Known for building high-performing, innovative organizations, Ms. Strelar-Migotti has established Ericsson among Silicon Valley’s leaders in IP development. She has been directly involved in Ericsson’s successful integration of acquired companies, including Marconi, Redback Networks, Entrisphere, Netspira, and Synertone.

Each year since 2007, Ms. Strelar-Migotti has been included among Swedish Business Week’s (Veckans Affarer) list of the most powerful women in the Swedish business community. In 2008, she received Swedish “IT & Telecom Star of the Year” award. She is actively involved in promoting women in leadership, and serves as a board member for the Watermark organization of executive women.

Ms. Strelar-Migotti holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In her spare time, Maya likes to play golf and explore new places and cultures with her family. Based in San Jose, Calif., she is married, and has two children.

Chief Product Officer
Eros Digital – Eros International

Shampa Banerjee is Chief Product Officer of Eros Digital – Eros International. Before Eros she was Vice President of Engineering at Socialtext. She led the Socialtext engineering team, driving an agile iteration process that delivers innovative enhancements to Socialtext’s social software platform.

Before joining Socialtext, she served as Vice President of Products at TipTop Technologies, an early stage start-up focusing on social search for the real-time Web. Banerjee’s previous positions include Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at Gullivergo, an online service for students studying abroad; Chief Operating Officer at Meevee, an internet video start-up company; Chief Technology Officer of Ziff Davis Media; and several leadership roles at AOL/Netscape.

Banerjee received her BS in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, her MS in Physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Ph.D. in Physics at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
Santa Clara University

Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Aldo Billingslea, is Santa Clara University’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Aldo has been at Santa Clara for seventeen years and holds the rank of Full Professor of Theatre Arts in the department of Theatre and Dance where he teaches Acting and directs plays. An avid supporter of Bay Area Theatre, Aldo has served on the Board of the Renegade Theatre Experiment, and currently serves Gritty City Youth Repertory Theatre. As a professional actor he has performed at TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, the Aurora Theatre, the Magic Theatre, A.C.T., and with Shakespeare Festivals of: California, Dallas, Marin, Oregon, Santa Cruz, Utah, and Arabia.

Guido Baechler - Singulex
President & Chief Executive Officer

Guido Baechler has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Singulex since 2013, bringing with him over two decades of experience working with emerging technologies in the life sciences and diagnostics industries. Guido joined Singulex in 2008, serving first as Vice President of Diagnostics and then as Senior Vice President of Operations. Previously, Guido worked at Roche in both the U.S. and Switzerland. He held executive and leadership positions at both Roche Diagnostics and Roche Molecular Diagnostics and gained managerial and functional expertise in research, development and marketing.

Guido holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Fachhochschule Brugg-Windisch in Switzerland. He has completed a series of executive finance and management classes at the London School of Business and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.




Marilyn Nagel joined Watermark as CEO in 2011, leading strategic initiatives designed to help exceptional women in the Bay Area enhance their personal and professional impact. As CEO of Watermark, Marilyn leverages her passion for gender diversity by promoting inclusive, diverse, and well-balanced workplaces.

Prior to joining Watermark, Marilyn was Chief Diversity Officer (Inclusion and Diversity, I&D) at Cisco, where she enhanced Cisco’s innovation by driving policy changes to create a more inclusive environment.

Marilyn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration, and has an additional master’s degree in social and systemic studies, with a focus on organizational systems.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), serves on the board of Big Pink Ribbon as well as Watermark, and is a senior adviser to The Center for Talent Innovation, formerly the Center for Work-Life Policy.

Listed multiple times in “Who’s Who—Women in Business,” winner of the Women of Influence from the SJ Business Times in 2012, the YWCA Women Leading the Way TWIN Award for 2011, Women Worth Watching award from the Diversity Journal 2010, Black Enterprise Top Executives in Diversity 2011, and Diversity Officer Leadership Award 2009, Marilyn is a frequent speaker on the topics of Building Meaningful Connections, Women on Boards, Women’s Leadership, as well as Building a Culture of Inclusion. Marilyn is a regular blogger on the Huffington Post and contributor to Inc, Fast Company, and HBR.