- November 30, 2017
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Pioneering Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Magdalena Yesil came to the United States in 1976 with two suitcases and $43, blind to the challenges she would face as a woman and immigrant in Silicon Valley. Today, she is best known as the first investor and a founding board member of Salesforce, the now-multibillion dollar company that ushered in the era of cloud-based computing.
In her new book, Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy, Magdalena urges women to look beyond the alarming gender statistics of the workplace and feel confident entering tech or any field prepared to deal with the challenges. She shares what she experienced as a woman in Silicon Valley with surprising candor and heart, relying not just on her insight but that of more than a dozen top women entrepreneurs to offer pragmatic, incisive, and full of highly actionable advice.
Magdelana is joined by Sara Salazar for a conversation about her life and the lessons she learned breaking glass ceilings to rise to the top in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Magdalena Yesil is a founder of Broadway Angels and the founding board member of Salesforce who has been active in Silicon Valley for three decades. She spent eight years as a general partner at the venture capital firm US Venture Partners and has been an early investor in more than 30 companies. She was among the first people to recognize the commercial potential of the internet, founding CyberCash, a pioneer in the secure electronic payment systems (IPO), and MarketPay, an embedded payments software company.
Sara H. Salazar, PhD, is a second-generation Chicana and was the first in her family to attend college. She holds a BA in English Literature from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana and an MA and PhD in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Women's Spirituality from CIIS. An educator for 15 years, she has taught in various schools around the world from the elementary level to the graduate level. As an educator, Sara is informed by critical pedagogy and feminist theory. Her research interests include healing, spirituality, curanderismo, Mesoamerican art, restorative justice, and activism with special emphasis in Chicana/o communities, communities of color, women, and education. In particular, she is interested in the intersections of art, spirituality, and activism. In addition to teaching in the School of Undergraduate Studies, she is also part-time faculty in Philosophy, Religion, and Integrative Studies at Holy Names University in Oakland.