ThinkFWD – What's the Hold Up? Accelerating Opportunity for Women in Tech


January 15, 2015 at 7pm


Mozilla Community Space
2 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


Michael Brodsky

ThinkFWD is a quarterly speaker series focusing on important issues at the intersection of tech and politics.

The tech community is great at solving problems. We’ve talked a lot about the challenges women face in the industry, so now let’s talk about fixing them. What successes have we scored thus far? What challenges do women still face, and how can we address those moving forward?


Divya Manian: Divya Manian is a Bay Area tech professional who works at Adobe and has contributed a number of written pieces on gender discrimination in tech. Her publications have appeared in outlets such as Medium and TIME. 

Joan Williams: Joan Williams is a distinguished professor of law at University of California, Hastings. She is an expert on implicit bias training and has developed tools for universities to promote female retention and success. She is also a co-principal investigator at Tools for Change, an organization that advances women in STEM through implicit bias training and policy education.

Jacob Martinez: As director of the Digital NEST, an organization that fosters talent among Latina youth, Jacob Martinez has over a decade of experience in promoting a more visible Latina presence in the tech industry. He has published multiple pieces to encourage youth, and especially young women, to pursue STEM fields. 

Kirsty Nathoo: An immigrant from the United Kingdom, Kirsty formerly worked in the world of finance before entering the tech industry as the CFO of Y Combinator.  As well as running the operations and finances at YC, she advises the companies on their operational and financial matters as well as their product strategy.

Denelle Dixon-Thayer: As Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Denelle Dixon-Thayer leads Mozilla’s global business development, public policy, and legal teams. In this role she manages strategic partnerships, focuses on sustainability for the organization, and creates Mozilla’s public policy initiatives. Denelle has been working in the tech sector on business, policy, and legal issues for the past fifteen years.


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