An incubator of women leaders

Board of Directors

                                                           Manju Abraham
                                                       Vice President, Engineering, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

                                                       Manju is an accomplished engineering leader with over 25 years of experience. Manju has built,                                                                 grown and scaled global teams and organizations for companies such as HP, NetApp, and Delphix. and HPE.

                                                       During her career, she has led enterprise product operations, driving initiatives across distributed                                                             teams to develop and deliver high-quality products on schedule. She brings her passion and energy                                                         into these initiatives and has a proven track record as a change agent, transforming organizations                                                             and software development lifecycles to improve agility, effectiveness and efficiency. She focuses on                                                           building relationships to inspire, motivate and bring people across organizations together to                                                                       execute effectively to the company’s product and business goals.

                                                       Manju is passionate about supporting women and enabling diversity and inclusion. She is an                                                                     Inclusion Ambassador at HPE, working on building a strong community by sponsoring and hosting                                                         events to build awareness on diversity and inclusive behaviors. She is actively involved in mentoring                                                         and learning from other leaders across the industry.

Tanal Basma 

President, The CLUB | People & Culture Consultant | CPO

Tanal is an HR Leader and diversity advocate with experience across multiple industries and a history of achieving business objectives through forward-thinking, motivational style. She is a thought partner to CEOs and has helped organizations grow by setting the framework of operations while balancing a people-first culture.

She's passionate about a top-down approach to diversity, equity and inclusion through personal experience and a heightened awareness of how our differences enhance the workplace. She now leverages empathy among teams to build thriving workplace communities that enable innovation      and collaboration. Outside work, she enjoys mentoring and advising early-stage founders on                                                                      designing inclusive cultures.                                                     

Laura Fechete

Engineering Senior Manager

Laura Fechete is a rocket scientist, leading highly skilled engineering teams solving complex problems. She is a diversity and inclusion advocate, and is an avid supporter of STEAM (Science, 

Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

Julia Andrianova-Figg
Director of Operations, LYT

Julia is an accomplished operations leader, thriving in the fast-paced environments of high-growth tech companies. With over 20 years of experience in both startup and corporate tech sectors, she has honed her problem-solving skills and strategic acumen to optimize business and people operations, pre-sales, and contracting. Julia's career spans operations, enterprise sales, and sales management, providing her with a unique perspective on the pivotal role that organizational efficiency and productivity play in ensuring a successful customer journey.

Julia is a seasoned connector and collaborator, adept at working across borders, cultures, and genders. She excels at bringing together individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to        forge consensus and deliver the most advantageous solutions for their organizations.

                                                       Julia resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. Outside of her professional pursuits,                                                            they jointly manage a travel blog, sharing their adventures and insights into the beauty of                                                                            California and other destinations.

Svetlana Kamyshanskaya
Attorney & Startup Advisor, Primum Law Group

Svetlana Kamyshanskaya is an accomplished attorney with 20 years of successful experience in legal practice and business. Svetlana has extensive experience with providing full legal support to privately-held businesses in connection with various corporate matters including entity formation, corporate governance, advising clients on a wide range of commercial and financial issues including capitalization, debt and equity financing, director and officer liability, corporate governance compliance, and contracts.

Before starting her firm, Primum Law Group, Svetlana worked at a business consulting company assisting seasoned businesses as well as start-ups in a process of US market entry through development and implementation of their market entry strategy conducting risk assessment of                                                                 commercial transactions, identifying a potential area of compliance vulnerability and risk,                                                                         developing and implementing corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues as well as                                                         negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. Svetlana assists her clients in conducting                                                                             international business transactions by identifying the risks related to transactions as well as potential                                                         corporate governance and compliance problems while helping to address them.

Laraine McKinnon
Founder, LMC17
Advisor, Talent & Culture Strategist, Emtrain

Laraine McKinnon is the founder of LMC17, a strategic consulting firm that blends behavioral science, big data and practical implementation ideas to address challenges and opportunities in the retirement industry, diversity & inclusion and talent development. She is also an Advisor to, and Talent & Culture strategist for Emtrain, a CultureTech firm providing harassment prevention and unconscious bias online training and analytics to help create healthier workplace cultures.

Prior to this, Laraine was an acknowledged retirement readiness expert, and helped improve retirement outcomes for millions of Americans through key roles at BlackRock, Barclays Global.                                                              Investors, and Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors. Laraine currently serves on the Advisory                                                                Board of Betterment for Business.  Laraine is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in Silicon       Valley with her husband and two daughters where they enjoy hiking in the local hills and sailing on       San Francisco Bay.


Tamar (Tammy) Serna

Treasurer, The CLUB

  As a licensed CPA and MBA, Tammy has over 20 years of accounting experience spanning from    semiconductors to SaaS. Working in start-up environments, Tammy thrives in new and ambiguous   situations and has proven to be a resilient leader. A Silicon Valley native with deep roots in the   community, service has always been important to Tammy. She is a proud former member of the   International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and also supports the YWCA, Red Cross, and her University Alumni Association.

Tammy currently leads the global accounting function of a foreign currency trading platform. She    enjoys hiking with her husband and two sons, and going to punk rock concerts.

Advisory Board

     Sherry Hashimoto Main
 Assistant Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, UC Irvine

   Sherry specializes in high-level communications and marketing strategy including audience experience, social    media engagement, creative storytelling, multi-channel content development, information design and architecture,                             and long-term business planning with an eye on efficiency. Additionally, Sherry has significant experience in issues                               and crisis communications management, particularly in areas related to reputation management.

   Sherry has led innovative and award winning communications teams in higher education for nearly 20 years. She    recently completed board service to the University of California Board of Regents as a staff advisor. In 2018, Sherry    was recognized for her commitment to diversity and inclusion in leadership by being named a Silicon Valley                                         Woman of Influence.

Karen Catlin

Karen Catlin
Advocate for Technical Women, Karen Catlin Consulting

Karen is an advocate for women in the tech industry. She is a leadership coach, a speaker, and a writer. In 2014, Karen delivered a TEDx talk: "Women in Tech—The Missing Force." She is co-author of "Present! A Step-by-Step Guide to Public Speaking" and has published articles in Inc., FastCompany, The Daily Beast, Women 2.0, and other leadership sites. In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator                                        Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.

    Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown                                    University.

Kristiane Koontz
President, The CLUB 2016/17

EVP, Director of Banking Transformation at Zions BancorporationAs Director of Banking Transformation for Zions Bancorporation, Kristiane is responsible for driving strategic, technology-enabled business transformation initiatives for the bank.

Prior to joining Zions, Kristiane was a Director in PwC's Digital Banking practice where she helped banks and financial technology companies envision and execute complex business transformation projects. She led complex systems implementation and re-engineering programs, merger / acquisition, international market entry, product        development, cost restructuring, process improvement and regulatory-driven change programs for banks,        payments, and financial technology companies. Kristiane is also the Founder of internet marketing firm k2 Web        Development & Marketing LLC.

Annie Rogaski
VP and General Counsel, Avegant

Annie recently co-founded, with CLUB co-founder Julie Stephenson, HIPLegal LLP, an IP strategic counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation support firm that delivers practical IP solutions to its clients. Annie leverages 17 years of technology-based litigation to partner with clients to design and implement IP strategies that align with their business values and anticipate future issues. Upon this foundation, she helps maximize clients’ opportunities       in identifying, valuing, licensing and maximizing their IP.

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