Monthly Meetings

Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking

*  Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder at Femgineer, former founding engineer at Mint
*  Karen Catlin, Contributor at Femgineer, former VP at Adobe Systems

Wednesday, March 7th from 6:30pm to 9pm

Oshman FJCC
Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

6:30pm - Registration/networking
7:30pm - Presentation
9pm - Wrap-up/networking

Free for SVPMA members
$30 for non-members who register before the day of the event
$40 for non-members who register online or in person on the day of the event
** Credit cards only - no cash or checks accepted at the door

To grow your career, you know what you need to do: improve your public speaking skills.  

Public speaking provides the visibility and professional credibility that helps you score the next big opportunity. But even more important is the fact that it transforms the way you communicate. Improved confidence and the ability to convey messages clearly will impact your relationships with your managers, coworkers, customers, industry peers, and even potential new hires.  

In this one-hour presentation, Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin will cover the importance of speaking at conferences and events, along with strategies to get started. They'll share some favorite tips from their book "Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking," along with some embarrassing stories that are just too good to keep to themselves.

About the Speakers:
Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer and is an avid public speaker who gives talks around the world on topics ranging from engineering to entrepreneurship. She has also given a TEDx talk and hosts a monthly web show called Build sponsored by Pivotal Tracker. Poornima has also been an entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, a mentor-in-residence at Techstars, a lecturer at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, and the founding engineer at, where she helped build, launch, and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009. Poornima holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

After spending 25 years building software products, Karen Catlin is now an advocate for women in the tech industry. She's a leadership coach, a TEDx speaker, and co-author of Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking. Formerly, Karen was a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe. Karen holds a computer science degree from Brown University and serves as an advisor to Brown's Computer Science Diversity Initiative. She's also on the Advisory Boards for The Women's CLUB of Silicon Valley, WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Technology), and Women Serve on Boards. In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.


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