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. 

Ronit Polak, Secretary – Quality Assurance: Ronit is a senior QA and Engineering executive, with over 20 years of experience. She has a proven track record leading organizations through planning and execution of highly successful projects. Specializing in leading geographically disparate teams, focusing on increasing resources efficiency and productivity, while maintaining high quality standards. Currently serves as Vice President, Quality Assurance, in the R&D department at Palo Alto Networks. In the past held various positions in tech companies from leading support teams, through pre-sales engineering support, all the way to development and QA engineering leadership roles. In addition, Ronit is passionate about women empowerment. She co-founded, and serves as c-chair to the Women Networking Community executive committee at Palo Alto Networks. The Women Networking Community is an Employee Resource Group with the mission to help make Palo Alto Networks a world-class company by creating a community that supports and fosters the growth and impact of women. To achieve its goals, the group connects, inspires, educates and encourages women to become their best through personal and professional development, networking and community involvement. Ronit is also passionate about giving back to the community, and currently serves as a member in Palo Alto Network’s Employee Giving Council. In partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Council’s charter is around encouraging and engaging the employees to support volunteering at charitable organizations globally. Ronit volunteered with various programs supporting women’s sustained engagement with STEM professions, such as the TechWomen program, an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

 

Raquel Smith, Fundraising and Business Development – eBay: Raquel is a business development veteran at eBay. She is currently in program management for Payments. Raquel is also active in eBay’s Communities of Inclusion including Chief of Staff for eBay Women in Technology and an active volunteer for Black Employees at eBay and United in Pride. Raquel has receive multiple awards and nominations for her efforts for eBay Women in Technology dating back to 2008, including receiving the Women Tech Council’s Impact award with her committee when leading the Salt Lake City chapter. She was also recognized Best of the Best by eBay for innovation in strategy for detecting and preventing counterfeit merchandise, leveraging intellectual property owner relationships, learning models, and developing new databases identifying branded goods.  Raquel earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the University of Utah while working at eBay. She also has been an Advisory Board member of the Women Tech Council, Donations and Sponsor Chair for Autism Speaks Utah, Quatere Startup Founder Mentoring Facilitator, and an Employee Relations Advisor with People Helping People.  Raquel enjoys live music events, travel, and cooking.

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.