Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Women of The Board: Silicon Valley Leaders Share Lessons and Insights

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It’s a rare treat to have several prominent leaders from different companies together in the same room sharing insights about their successes, but that’s exactly what audience members were privy to last week at the Box Women’s Network quarterly event, Women of the Board, co-hosted with Women 2.0.

The Box Women’s Network was formed in May 2012 as a forum for leadership development and networking opportunities for women and men at Box. The BWN committee organizes external events along with monthly internal workshops to encourage individuals at Box to sharpen their skills and meet others outside their departments. The kickoff BWN event held earlier this year featured some of Box’s own prominent leaders: Whitney Bouck, Enterprise General Manager; Karen Appleton, VP of Business Development; Lesley Young, VP of Corporate Sales; and Jen Grant, VP of Marketing.

Workshops in the past have focused on activities such as defining personal mission statements and completing Myers-Briggs personality assessments. This time around, more than 140 attendees gathered at the Circus Club in Atherton to hear from Dana Evan, Heidi Roizen, Stacey Bishop and Rebecca Lynn. Each of these accomplished women has served on a board of directors in her past and present, often being the only female member.

Over wine and hors d’oeuvres, these women shared insights, fun personal stories and lessons learned on their journey to serving on the board. Here’s a quick overview of the speakers along with memorable quotes from the Box’s Women of the Board:

Dana Evan is on the board of directors at Box, SurveyMonkey, Proofpoint, Second Life, Fusion IO, Everyday Health and Health Trust. Dana was formerly the Chief Financial Officer at Verisign.

  • On networking and building professional relationships: “Business in personal!”
  • On balancing work and home life: “I tried very hard to be where I was – present in the moment”

Heidi Roizen is a Venture Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a board member of TiVo, TrustedID, ShareThis, XTime and Prysm, Inc. Heidi was formerly VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple and a Managing Director for Mobius Venture Capital.

  • On starting your career: “Put yourself out there, yet start small.”
  • On balance: “Be selfish with your time. Recognize your own patterns and create a sustainable lifestyle.”

Stacey Bishop is a Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners and currently serving on the board of Vitrue and NComputing. Stacey also works closely with Scale VP portfolio companies Box, DocuSign and Hubspot.

  • On balance: “You just have to be efficient. Stay focused but make sure you’re enjoying your job so that you can enjoy the things that you do around your job.”

Rebecca Lynn is a Venture Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures and serves on the boards of Lending Club, Pageonce and Socrata. Rebecca was formally VP of Marketing for Next Card and led product development for Proctor and Gamble.

  • On transitioning to management: “Pick three things that you have to do everyday, and don’t care about the rest”

For more photos of the event, check out the album on our Facebook page. It was a great night, and I can’t wait until our next event! For updates about what’s coming up next for the Box Women’s Network, follow us on Twitter.