Silicon Valley Education Foundation STEM Leadership 2021 ​& The Women Who Power It

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An online fundraiser ​representing female STEM leaders during Women’s History Month

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) in partnership with Cisco will host the first annual STEM Leadership event in a virtual setting. ​STEM Leadership 2021 & The Women Who Power It​ will be held online on March 18, 2021, from 4:00-5:30 pm PT.

“Powering an inclusive future for all is Cisco’s mission, and as leaders and industries, we have a responsibility to take action to help make peoples’ lives better. I am excited to join my peers to share our experiences with future generations,” says Maria Martinez, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience & Operations​ at ​Cisco​.

“It is easy to voice discontent of current issues and realities. It is much harder to take intentional action to change conditions that bolster and perpetuate inequities and inequalities. SVEF prides itself in providing access and opportunities for girls to experience and excel in STEM​,” says Lisa Andrew, SVEF CEO.

The event will feature ​eight female speakers ​sharing their STEM related journey and advice to future generations​.

  • Maria Martinez​, EVP, Customer Experience & Operations​,​ C​isco
  • Jo-Ann de Pass Olsovsky​, ​EVP & Chief Information Officer, S​alesforce
  • Lori A. Schechter, ​EVP, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, McKesson
  • Nishita Henry​, Principal, ​US Consulting Chief Innovation Officer,​ ​Deloitte
  • Dr. Yan Li​, Vice President, Engineering Memory Design, Western Digital
  • Wadiya (Diya) Wynn​, AI/ML Ethics Lead, Emerging Technologies & Intelligent Platforms, Amazon Web Services
  • Patricia A. Hatter, ​Senior Vice President Global Customer Services, Palo Alto Networks
  • Dr. Claudia Galvan​, Principal, Technical Program Manager, Oracle

Tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds benefit SVEF.
For event information, or to purchase tickets, visit ​

Proceeds will support the nonprofit Silicon Valley Education Foundation, which brings award-winning STEM learning programs, like Elevate [Math] and the Computer Science Institute, to over 5,000 students per year. SVEF also provides essential training for teachers in under-resourced school districts. Gifts from donors keep programs free for students and affordable for school districts. Community support also allows SVEF to adapt quickly to students’ changing needs during the pandemic, including the pivot to distance/online learning.

Cisco is our Partner Sponsor of SVEF’s ​STEM Leadership 2021 & The Women Who Power It event. Presenting Sponsors include Amazon, Salesforce, Deloitte, McKesson, and Western Digital. Other corporate sponsors include Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, Palo Alto Networks, and Waymo.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)​ serves students furthest from access and opportunity to deliver and advocate for STEM education that inspires students to succeed in college and careers. As the largest educational nonprofit in Silicon Valley, SVEF has a legacy of providing proven STEM programs, leading the way as an education innovator, and being profoundly committed to empowering students to graduate high school career and college ready. SVEF’s vision is that every student becomes a successful and productive adult. For more information, visit ​

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