Women Leaders

Thank you to Wendy Lea, (CEO of Centrifuge and a prominent angel investor, strategic advisor, board member in Silicon Valley) for leading the way, by being the first to nominate her top 3 champions on 'Recommended by Women'.

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Nilmini Rubin

Nilmini Rubin is Vice President, Tetra Tech, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee and White House aide, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader alum

As her top 3, Nilmini Rubin recommends

-Dr. Condoleeza Rice
"When I interviewed with Dr. Condoleeza Rice at the White House, she said I could have the position only if I committed to speaking up. She empowered me to share my recommendations not just because it was allowed but because it was expected."

-Geena Davis
"Geena Davis created an Institute on Gender and Media that is doing fabulous work to demonstrate the depiction (or lack thereof) of women and is helping to find ways to fix that."

-Congressman Ed Royce

Also she gives a recommendation to:
Cathy McMorris Rogers
"Cathy McMorris Rogers, a U.S. House Republican leader, is a model for women in politics. She is an original co-sponsor of the Digital GAP Act which promotes internet access around the world and pays special attention to ways to bring more women online and shorten the digital divide."

Tetra Tech

Kym McNicholas

Kym McNicholas is an Emmy Award winning Anchor/Reporter/Producer and Entrepreneur with 17 years of on-camera experience on national television and online. She helped to revolutionize the world of online video journalism as a pioneer of digital video content post dot.com boom and beyond. Awarded the Governor's medallion for extraordinary service to the broadcast industry.

Kym McNicholas recommends:
Susan Thomas
Nicole Patrice De Member
Adriana Gascoigne


Susi Proudman

Susi Proudman is Vice President of Global Apparel and Equipment Materials at Nike, and Chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative Council.

Susi Proudmen recommends:

- Sheree Waterson
"Sheree knew what she wanted, but respected opinion, encouraged out of the box thinking and cared more about the person than the company. She empowered self belief and collaboration and encouraged you to live in the present and just breathe!"

- Jan Singer
"Jan always had your back, even when you didn't know. She created space for you to be successful, she gave you tools to be a great leader, she was honest, she called you on your s**t but everything she did was for you and the best (or worst) was you didn't know / understand /appreciate until she was gone.."

- Hannah Jones
"Hannah has passion, - brutal honestly, support, vision and encourages / empowers you to do the same . She helps you reach deep find yourself and allows you to be you. She helps you dream, deliver big, support big, stand together - all while standing by a moral compass that deliver both business and sustainability success."


Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones
Chief Sustainability Officer & VP The Innovation Accelerator

- Beth Comstock, GE
"For mentoring me, and so many others, proactively, consistently, generously, giving of her time, her network, her lessons learned, all while becoming Vice Chair of GE. Always available, always humble, always curious, always supportive"


Alaa Murabit

Alaa Murabit
UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth

- Bela Kapur
"for her role modeling of compassion in leadership"
- Dr Youseff Mahmoud
"for his constant guidance and humility"
and her parents

United Nations

Dina Kaplan

Founder of 'The Path'

Dina Kaplan recommends:
- Auren Hoffman
- Geraldine Laybourne
- Patrick McKenna

The Path

Eliane Fiolet

Co-founder and editor of Silicon Valley's Ubergizmo.com news site, awarded France's national order of merit, 'Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite' recognizing exceptional service in the public sphere.

Eliane Fiolet recommends:
- Hubert Nguyen

- Sheryl Sandberg

- Richard Titus


Rania Hoteit

Rania Hoteit recommends:

Rania Hoteit
Co-Founder and CEO, ID4A (self-nominated- as she has helped herself become a leader- applause and thank you to Rania!)

Rania Hoteit is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at ID4A, and multiple design-centric businesses.


Wendy Dent

Wendy Dent

Wendy Dent is an award winning writer-producer-speaker- entrepreneur, a world leading expert in human rights and illicit trade in the World Economic Forum's Expert Network, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, (selected as one of the top 200 in the world, together with Will I Am, Chelsea Clinton and other elite achievers in her class).

She is the founder/ CEO/ CTO and developer of Cinemmerse, White For Black, as well as RECOMMENDED BY WOMEN.

Wendy Dent recommends:
- Eric Bolt (Apple)
- Raju Narusetti (Senior Vice President, NewsCorp)
- Kaliya 'Identity Woman' (Founder "She's Geeky", and Identity Conference)
- Michael Golland Esq

Cinemmerse, RecommendedByWomen, White For Black, World Economic Forum

Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea
CEO, Cintrifuse

Wendy Lea recommends:
1. Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner at DFJ
2. Lisa Stone, Founder of BlogHer
3. Nancy Heinen, former General Counsel at Apple

Wendy Lea is the Executive Chairman of Get Satisfaction. Wendy currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy chairs the board for women’s entrepreneur group Watermark and serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital (SV2.org) and Corporate Visions. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley and was awarded the Watermark’s “Woman Who Made Her Mark” award.
Prior to Get Satisfaction Wendy was co-founder of On Target a sales consulting firm acquired by Siebel Systems in 1999. After the acquisition, Wendy served as Vice President of eBusiness Consulting at Siebel Systems. Wendy holds a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from University of Mississippi.