Women Driving Innovation: A Conversation with Three Tech Leaders


February 8th, 11:45pm – 1:00pm.

CMC Athenaeum. Register here.

The panelists, CMC graduates at various career stages, are in diverse, high-profile jobs, ranging from working in established firms to leading start-ups. Panelists will discuss a broad array of topics including: preparation for careers in tech, how to leverage past accomplishments and personal and professional networks to develop careers in tech, workforce and occupational trends, obstacles and challenges faced in the competitive and male-dominated culture of Silicon Valley, and approaches for problem solving, including work/life balance issues.

Candace Adelberg is currently a program manager at Google. graduated from CMC in 2010 where she studied economics and did research at the Lowe Institute of Political Economy. After graduation, Adelberg moved to Washington D.C., where she worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, focusing on quantitative methods for macroeconomic forecasting. In 2013, she started working as a researcher at Google, applying statistical methods to keep “bad guys” off of Google products (think of spam bots, phishing attacks, etc.). In 2017, she moved to X, Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory”, and joined Project Loon. Project Loon aims to provide high-speed internet to the roughly 50% of the world who still lack basic coverage. To do this, they deploy and steer a fleet of stratospheric balloons that provide LTE service to rural areas or areas where networks have been taken out by natural disasters. Outside of work, Candace is an avid ultimate-frisbee player and rock-climber.

Alicia Rockmore is the founder of SparkAction, a platform that highlights the most important issues and why they matter and tells you how to take simple actions with impact everyday. Rockmore is a hands-on entrepreneur and general manager in the mobile advertising, applications and consumer products arenas. Prior to founding Spark Actions, she co-founded Buttoned Up, Inc. She has had significant experience with brand strategy, marketing (off-line, on-line, mobile and social media), and product development. Alicia was a marketing whiz working for well-known brands like Wish-Bone Salad Dressing, Ragu Pasta Sauces, Total Cereals and Wheaties. Alicia received her MBA from the University of Michigan in 1992 and her BA from Claremont McKenna College in economics in 1987. Prior to her marketing career, Alicia was a CPA with Ernst & Young.

Faye Sahai is the Global head of technology and innovation at AIG. Sahai has leveraged her expertise to lead strategic initiatives for global companies such as Blue Shield, Deloitte Consulting, Charles Schwab, Disney, HP, Kaiser Permanente and Toyota Motor Corp USA. In 2015, Sahai launched the AIG Global Innovation Center in San Francisco, where she leads the innovation team in partnering with venture capitalists, corporate partners, incubators and accelerators to create safer solutions for clients. Her key role is to help AIG stay ahead in the digital age, especially following the rise of AI technologies.

Sahai also serves as an executive advisor for Global Women in Technology. She is on the Board of Directors for Berger Research Institute and the Alumni Board for Claremont McKenna College. Sahai received her MBA from the University of Los Angeles and her BA from Claremont McKenna College.

This event is sponsored by Berger Institute, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and CMC Athenaeum.

We invite you to join us. Registration is via CMC’s Athenaeum website.