Our New Silicon Valley Chapter Seeks STEM Professionals to Join our Leadership Team

Are you passionate about closing the gender gap in STEM, and ready to make a meaningful difference? Building on our success leveling the playing field in Texas, we have expanded into the Silicon Valley area and are building our leadership team with energetic, talented professionals who want in on the ground floor of a non-profit that has proven results. We are seeking volunteers to fill a diverse set of leadership roles, including president, treasurer, secretary, development chair and communications chair. All you need is a passion to make a difference, a desire to expand a non-profit that has a proven impact, and plenty of energy and drive. It’s a perfect opportunity for young professionals who want to build their leadership experience or get involved in a non-profit in a meaningful way. Contact us to learn more about this incredible opportunity to make a personal impact on closing the gender gap in STEM.

Meet our Silicon Valley Area Leaders
By volunteering as a HTHH leader, you’ll work side by side with professionals who are passionate about leveling the playing field for girls in STEM. Our current leaders include: 

Maria Olson, President – Diversity Group: Maria is a Silicon Valley executive with extensive experience in enterprise software and hardware, cloud, telecommunications and consumer products.  Maria specializes in strategic partnerships, channels, business development, strategy, marketing, and operations spanning across a variety of business lines.Maria served as Vice President of Global & Strategic Alliances at NetApp, where she was responsible for worldwide go-to market with strategic partners. Maria has scaled partnerships to over a $1 billion-dollar business and achieved a top position in the marketplace.  She also held several other Executive Positions where she served as an executive at SAP. At SAP she was responsible for global system integrator partnerships. During her tenure, she was able to grow the business by 80%. Maria has also held senior management positions at BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle), Acta Technology (acquired by Business Objects/SAP). She began her career at Hewlett Packard in the printer, emerging technology and telecommunications divisions.Maria has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. Maria has received numerous industry awards some include. CloudNOW Women – Top 10 Cloud Evangelists, Microsoft IMPACT Award: Hybrid Cloud Innovation Award, CRN 2017, 2016 Women of the Channel List + Power 100 and Diversity: Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology Award from the National Diversity Council.Maria went to school in Mexico and is fully fluent in Spanish. Maria enjoys cooking, fashion and travel.
hope Hope Bovenzi, Volunteer Committee Chair – Texas Instruments: Hope is an automotive systems engineer within Texas Instruments’ Systems Engineering and Marketing (SEM) team focusing on Media Interface and Telematics within infotainment systems. She coordinates and collaborates on a global level with TI’s Sales Teams, their respective customers, as well as TI’s internal business units. She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UC Davis and is working toward her Master’s of Business Administration at UCLA. She has a huge passion for bringing equality to STEM as well as outreach within her community. She co-chairs the women’s initiative in the Bay Area at Texas Instruments, sits on the community involvement team for Texas Instruments, and is the internal representative for her 2019 Section 5 classmates at UCLA.
Ishita Majumdar, Grant Committee Chair – eBay: Ishita is the senior director of product management in eBay’s Platform and Infrastructure organization. She leads a diverse team of technical product managers, strategists to shape the future of ebay’s platform. In her role as President of eBay Women in Technology, her mission is to support the success of women at eBay. Prior to eBay, she held executive positions in Motorola, IBM, and Huawei and was a start-up advisor in Tech Incubator. Ishita earned her BS (Math) from India, MS (Operations Research) from Clemson University, and an MBA from University of Chicago. Ishita was selected as a TechWomen mentor by the U.S. Department of State in 2013. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter and her husband, living life with a glass full of optimism and humor.
Reenita Das, Communications Committee Chair – Frost & Sullivan: Reenita is an industry expert with +25 years of healthcare marketing and consulting experience which include engaging with global clients and start ups to develop and implement growth strategies. She is a passionate visionary, futurist, design thinker, innovator and thought leader working towards changing healthcare. Das currently serves as Transformational Health Partner and Senior Vice President and is the first woman Partner at Frost & Sullivan. In addition, she is the Founder of the Corporate GLOW (Growth and Innovation of Women) program that focuses on increasing gender diversity in the workplace. She is a prolific  contributor to Forbes on the future of healthcare and a keynote speaker at Life Sciences conferences  world wide. In her current role, Das researches on future trends and forecasts the status of healthcare 20 years from today, working with clients on the impact of these mega trend changes to their business. She has lived in 6 countries in the world and brings an amazing cross cultural philosophy to any business. Das is  dedicated to practicing several forms of yoga, meditation and mindfulness in her every day life. She loves to be among nature and is an avid hiker. 

 

 

Join HTHH and Make an Impact

The leak in the STEM pipeline starts early for girls, causing a huge gap in the U.S. STEM talent pool. Girls tend to lose interest and drop out of the STEM academic pipeline in middle school and high school, which greatly limits their future career opportunities.

HTHH closes the gender leak by aggregating and funding diverse programs that encourage and prepare young women in middle school and high school to excel in STEM. We incubate and invest in programs such as gender equity training for educators, science camps and peer mentoring programs. We increase the effectiveness of these programs by connecting them into a holistic approach that addresses gender equity, academic preparation and driving interest and awareness in STEM.

Since we were founded in Texas in 2001, we have:

o    Incubated new programs in the areas of gender equity training, hands-on physics camps and robotics clubs for high school girls;

o    Supported gender equity training and career workshops for nearly 2,000 STEM teachers and school counselors, impacting 40,000 students annually;

o    Increased the number of young women who earned STEM degrees among those who attended physics camps.