SAN JOSE, Calif., May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —


For the first time, WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) will host the WCD Global Institute and the WCD Visionary Awards Dinner in Silicon Valley. A sold-out event, WCD’s largest annual gathering brings together 250+ public and large, privately held company directors and other leaders to explore issues top-of-mind for boards today.

Topics include: staying competitive amid rapidly shifting geopolitical and market conditions; driving a culture of innovation; legislative quotas; and keeping ahead of latest trends in technology.

New this year is the «WCD Launch Zone» competition, with six tech entrepreneurs pitching their products/services to selected judges, in the style of «Shark Tank.» The winner of the Launch Zone competition will be announced on the evening of May 22.


May 19 – Welcome Dinner at Tech Museum of Innovation

May 20 – Pre-Institute Sessions at HPE

May 20 & 21 – Global Institute Sessions at HPE

May 20 – Visionary Awards Dinner at Santa Clara Marriott

May 22 – «WCD Launch Zone»


«Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology»


Top board leaders, CEOs, investors, innovators, and governance, regulatory & legal experts take on topics emerging in today’s board discussions.

In-depth conversations with leaders include keynotes and fireside chats with:

Jim Coulter – Partner and Co-CEO, TPG Capital LP; Director, J. Crew Group, Philz Coffee, Rodan + Fields LLC

Valerie Jarrett – Director, Ariel Investments, LLC, 2U and Lyft; former Senior Advisor to President Obama

Claudio Del Vecchio – Chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.; Director, National Retail Federation

Maria Olide – CFO, Farmers Business Network, Inc.

Esther Wojcicki – Chief Learning Officer, Planet3; Author, How to Raise Successful People:  Simple Lessons for Radical Results

Sue Siegel, Chief Innovation Officer at GE and CEO of GE Ventures, will moderate the «WCD Launch Zone.» Companies participating in the Launch Zone competition include: Intabio, Joylux, OtoNexus, Safer Lock, TerViva, and Tivic Health. Global Institute attendees will vote on the winner.

Pre-Institute sessions include: Private and Family Company Governance Institute; Visionary Technology Trends; Postcards from the Edge of Compensation: Is Your Board Leading or  Following?; and, Aspiring Directors Summit.

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Media credentials
To apply for media credentials to cover this event, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or [email protected].

About WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. 
The WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WCD has 80 chapters around the world. The aggregate market capitalization of public companies on whose boards WCD members serve is over $8 trillion. In addition, WCD members serve on numerous boards of large private and family-run companies globally. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards, #WCDSiliconValley.

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