Female Founders program

Since 2014, The Montgomery Summit has hosted a unique, invitation-only event for female leaders in technology, which precedes the conference. The event is a stand-alone program that recognizes, supports, and celebrates “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur.” More than 400 female attendees attend, including entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and partners at leading venture capital firms.

Presented by

Salesforce Ventures, March Capital Partners, EY, Dell and Fenwick & West

Our 2018 agenda for The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur is now available! Request an invitation

2018 Event

Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00pm – 5:30pm, reception to follow
Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
400+ female founders, executives, and investors

Co-chaired by Niloo Howe, Technology Executive & Investor, Meredith Finn, Vice President at Salesforce, and Cack Wilhelm, Partner at Accomplice

Programming will include panels on “Building a Successful Company”, “Building an Effective Board” and “Alternative Ways to Get Funding.”

2018 Schedule

2:45pm — Doors Open

Opening Remarks
Panel Discussion: “Building a Successful Company” with Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO, Airware; Jessica Richman, Founder & CEO, uBiome; and Tracy DiNunzio, Founder & CEO, Tradesy; Moderated by Cack Wilhelm, Partner, Accoplice Panel Discussion: “Strength from Diversity and Inclusion” with Sarah Harden, CEO, Hello Sushine and Christy Haubegger, Agent, CAA; Moderated by Niloo Howe, Technology Executive and Investor
Keynote Interview: Building an Effective Board with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & Chairman, The BoardList; Moderated by Kerry Dolan, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes
Panel Discussion: “Alternative Ways to Get Funding for a Company” with Karen Cahn, Founder & CEO, iFundWomen; Jesse Draper, Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures; Moderated by Meredith Finn, Vice President, Salesforce
Keynote Interview: “Taking Control of Your Finances” with Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest; Moderated by Julia Boorstin, Senior Entertainment Reporter, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC
Closing Remarks

5:00pm – 7:00pm  — Reception

Organization Committee


Niloo Howe, RSA
Meredith Finn, Senior Director, Salesforce Ventures
Cack Wilhelm, Partner, Accomplice VC


Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder & Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Shari Wenker, Managing Director, Marketing & Communications, Accenture
Nicole Quinn, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Kara Nortman, Partner, Upfront Ventures
Sheila Gulati, Managing Director, Tola Capital
Veery Maxwell, Director, Energy Innovation
Dana Settle, Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft Partners
Karen White, Technology Executive & Investor
Kristina Shen, Principal, Bessemer Venture Partners
Jody Greenstone Miller, Co-Founder & CEO, Business Talent Group

2018 Program Sponsors

“We got more out of this event than ever before. The entire week was really worthwhile—the events before and around. It was also a lot of fun.”

—A 2016 Summit attendee