Board of Directors

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Many thank yous for the ongoing support of these WIC members who serve on the Board of Directors. 

Ellen Grace Henson, President

Ellen is the 2017-2018 President of WIC, guiding its strategic direction and success. She is Managing Director and Founder of Marketing Mechanics, and has been working in product management since the mid-’90s and consulting for 15 years. A thought leader with experience across multiple markets and technologies, Ellen Grace brings a unique combination of analysis and creativity to business and product strategy, market and customer insight, product-delivery process design, and aligning cross-functional teams to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction and strong business results. 

 Deb Siegle, Past President and Director of Strategic Audiences

Deb has held numerous leadership positions with WIC, as President, vice president of membership, and director of strategic audiences, heading up WIC’s Leaders’ Network, a role she held for six years. The principal of Strategic Marketing Solutions, she is an astute marketing leader, problem solver and communicator who is an authority in market research, strategy, and customer loyalty and experience. Deb understands what drives buyer and customer behavior, and is expert at hearing and translating the market and customer voice into actionable strategies and tactics that matter.

Deb was named one of the top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley in 2016. Prior to founding Strategic Marketing Solutions, she held various senior and executive level corporate positions. Deb is a popular speaker on “Customer Voice”, "Building Customer Loyalty," and "How Research Can Reveal New Insights into Your Customers, Your Product, & Your Brand."

CJ LipeCandis J LipeCorporate Secretary/Director

Candis manages the office of the Corporate Secretary for WIC. She owns and operates Adminologist.com, a service company that provides onsite or offsite contract administrative support. Her business is dedicated to helping individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses get the office support they need without adding additional resources. Candis brings 25 years’ experience as a corporate executive assistant in the high tech and biomedical industries where she developed a wide range of skills to support areas of corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, marketing, sales, services, materials, operations, manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, finance and human resources

Rita Deo-BarbertRita Deo BarberMember Advocate & Evangelist Director 

Rita Barber’s philosophy is simple: she believes that genius is pursuing one’s passion with purpose, realizing that we are all here on purpose. Chief among her purposes is helping others strategize to identify the right career shift and create brilliant business campaigns, something she has been doing professionally for over 17 years on a one-on-one basis, as well as in group settings. Within the corporate world, Rita consistently placed as a top-achiever, often number one nationally in sales, project management, and general management in recruiting, telecommunications, and data communications. She attributes her success to her ability to adapt quickly to change, understand and relate to people , providing meaningful solutions to existing problems, and proactively plan for events both good and bad. Rita has been running her thriving business for nearly two decades, presenting to corporations and organizations, facilitating workshops, and helping people create and move forward with new career strategies from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

Kathryn GorgesKathryn Gorges, Vice President Programs & Workshops

Kathryn is director of programs, focused on creating engaging programs for WIC monthly meetings that help members grow their business. She is CEO of marketing agency Essentials 3, LLC, founder of WomenLaunch, LLC, and co-founder of MonstRpreneur, a game design company. Kathryn brings over 20-years of experience in high tech marketing and sales to her businesses and marketing consulting work with companies and startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specifically helps businesses close the gaps between their offerings and the needs of their market, and communicate value simply and effectively so that revenue can grow sustainably. Kathryn is a marketing instructor at UC Berkeley Extension and is also president of the Stanford Entrepreneur Alumni Group. 

Deborah HenkenDeborah Henken, Director or Strategic Audiences

Deborah has over 20 years of management and marketing experience with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to non-profit and educational institutions to consulting. Her industry expertise includes: computer hardware, engineering software, networking, e-marketing application software, call center, voice recognition and analytic areas, database and infrastructure software, and corporate and professional education and education administration. Her years of consulting experience includes working with large corporations such as Sun, Cisco and Symantec, to start-ups and non-profits. She has created strategic positioning and messaging, developed strategies, devised go-to-market plans and executed marketing programs for companies as diverse as wine industry manufacturing, database management, education technology, aviation content management and computer security firms. Deborah served as President of Women In Consulting from 2004-2006, co-founded and served on the board of the Association of Strategic Alliance Partners-Silicon Valley, and served on the board of the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. She is currently a Marketing Advisor with Kokko, a color technology company for mobile color shopping applications.

Nancy NelsonNancy NelsonMember Advocate & Evangelist / Partnerships Director

Nancy is a returning board member, leading the team responsible for member advocacy and partner engagement. She is the principal of HRProse, LLC, an HR consultancy dedicated to building HR policies and practices that work for small businesses. She is also the program chair for the HR Management certificate program at UC Santa Cruz Extension in Silicon Valley. In addition to her work for WIC, Nancy has held various volunteer leadership positions with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at national, state and local levels, including president of the Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council (BAHREC) and director of the California State Council of SHRM. She continues to be active in advocacy efforts for effective workplace policies at state and federal levels, and for the continuing advancement of the HR profession. 

Ann O'LearyAnn O'LearyVice President of Marketing

Ann leads all efforts around the promotion and communication of the WIC mission and activities. Ann is an experienced marketing communications professional, with particular focus on the software and services sector, working for major name companies in Silicon Valley to early stage companies and agencies. O’Leary Consulting delivers a wide range of strategic and tactical programs: robust positioning, messaging and content; media and analyst relations; social media programs; web content and design, including blogs; and highly efficient program management.

Angel RampyAngel Rampy, Director of Satellite Programs, (Interim) Director of Sponsorships

Angel is a returning board member, providing direction to satellite chairs. Angel also is interim director of sponsorship. She has served as a satellite director and co-hosts the South Bay WIC meetings. As founder of Success through Learning, Angel specializes in coaching and training technical and foreign-born professionals. Her relationship-systems work with teams has earned her the reputation of being the “team whisperer.” She is one of only a handful of facilitators in California that are certified in cultural intelligence.

 Katherine Van DiepenKatherine Van Diepen, Director of Programs

Katherine continues her third year on the board, assuming the role of Director of Programs. She is the CEO of digital marketing agency Surfwoman, LLC and has over 20 years of strategic sales and marketing leadership. Katherine is an expert in B2B and B2C technology marketing, and helps clients in a wide variety of industries fill their sales pipelines. She has led global teams and marketed to more than 90 countries worldwide. She’s spearheaded initiatives for both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in market and product development research and launches. She specializes in digital marketing with demand generation, marketing operations, social media, website development and direct marketing.

 

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