Track 1: Fork in the Road
Changing the Rules – Creating Your Own Path
Niti Agrawal, President, Stage 4 Solutions, Inc.
Niti is President of Stage 4 Solutions, Inc., a marketing consulting and interim staffing firm. Stage 4 Solutions specializes in serving Fortune 500 and emerging high-technology leaders by providing seasoned marketing professionals for both short-term and long-term needs across marketing teams – product marketing, marketing communications, events, demand generation, sales enablement, executive communications, channel marketing, strategy and product management.
Since founding the company in 2001, Niti and the team of senior marketing professionals have achieved 100% referenceability with market leading clients such as Cisco, Microsoft, Fujitsu, NetApp, Symantec, SAP, HP, Yahoo! and many start-up companies.
Prior to founding Stage 4 Solutions, Niti was the Director of Product Marketing for Agile Software, a leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management solutions. Previously Niti led the team at HP responsible for a $400M PC server product line.
Niti is a frequent speaker at universities and industry associations – Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, SVPMA, WITI, SDForum, SVAMA and others. She is currently is on the board of the Business Marketing Association.
Niti holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Accounting and Finance with highest honors from The Wharton School of Business.
Work-Life Balance Panel
Amy Clogher, Corporate Recruiter and Employment Specialist, Williams Lea
Amy Clogher is a Corporate Recruiter and Employment Specialist at Williams Lea, where she recruits C-level and managerial talent to support Fortune 500 law firms and investment banks. She also conducts learning and development trainings for managers on a variety of HR topics and is a Ward certified corporate trainer. Amy is responsible for the firms’ regional corporate social responsibility initiatives and enjoys giving back to the community. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Amy provides career counseling services to a select group of clientele, focusing on resume rejuvenation and LinkedIn profile optimization.
For the past 5 years, Amy has mentored social benefit entrepreneurs through the Santa Clara Global Social Benefit Institute, specializing in education and economic initiatives. She also works in an advisory capacity with various non-profits around the Bay Area, serving as a Project Leader for Hands on Bay Area. In 2013, Amy started Acts of Random Kindness, a volunteer social organization geared towards positive social change through servicing underprivileged populations in the Bay Area. In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling, running, camping, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Rochelle Fernandes, Senior Manager, VMware
Rochelle Fernandes has made 2 career transitions since the beginning of her working life - one from the Airline industry into finance and then from Finance into Systems. She works as a Senior Manager at VMware responsible for Analytics, BI, Data & Reporting within the Sales Ops organization.
She currently is working on another *longer range* transition plan to go into teaching or coaching and is working on her Ph.D. She derives tremendous purpose & meaning from her volunteer work as a Career centre mentor and Guest Speaker at Dress for Success. She has 3 children - ages 8,5 and 1 yrs old and spends every free moment she has, playing with & molly-coddling them.
Joel Seely, Senior Manager of Business Systems Analysis, Altera
Joel Seely is a Senior Manager of Business Systems Analysis at Altera, a leading supplier of Field Programmable Gate Arrays, where he focuses on Business Process Analysis for Marketing, Sales and Technical Services. Past management roles at Altera have included Software Engineering where he led a team who created and maintained Altera’s instrumentation tools, Embedded Engineering, focusing on soft and hard processor systems and software tools, and Technical Marketing for the Automotive, Industrial, and Military business unit, focused on large and growing strategic accounts.
In addition to work, Joel has focused on raising his two children, Jasmine (13) and Trenton (10), who are active with schoolwork, Chinese school, and many many extra-curricular activities (Piano, Kung Fu, Chess, Tae Kwon Do, Scouts, Odyssey of the Mind, etc.). In his free time he enjoys bicycling, hiking, cooking, entertaining family and friends, and reading.
Corporate vs. Start-up
Ashley Howell, Founder & CEO, The Givve Collection
Ashley is social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of The Givve Collection. She started her career in politics and high tech working in missile defense after attending the University of Southern California. Feeling like she needed to explore new academic challenges, she entered the SCU MBA program and began pursing her true passion: social entrepreneurship. During her MBA she mentored social entrepreneurs through the Center for Science, Technology and Society and began The Givve Collection, which is an online marketplace that exclusively features charitable fashion products. Since her graduation in December 2013, Ashley took Givve live and inspiring people to Givve everyday through their purchases. Outside of her professional life, Ashley serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of San Jose as the Vice President of Community Projects.
Vincent Fong, Sales Operation Specialist, Staples
Vincent Fong majored in Economics and Political Science at SCU, where he graduated in the class of 2012. Shortly after graduating, he joined a small startup called Runa, which was acquired by Staples last October. He is currently consulting with a number of different startups and writing iOS applications. Vincent recently penned an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News urging young people to try work at a startup.