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. We also select 100 female millennial entrepreneurs to attend the Summit as guests with complimentary registrations.

Our 2017 Female Founders event is in the works. Check back later for updates!

2016 Event

Monday, March 7, 2016
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Starlight Ballroom
400+ female founders, executives, and investors

Co-chaired by Niloo Howe, Chief Strategy Officer at RSA, and Kate Mitchell, Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners, the 2016 event was keynoted by Victoria Ransom, Founder of Wildfire, and Leen Kawas, CEO and President of M3 Biotechnology.

Programming included a panel on “Building a Successful Tech Company” featuring Ellen Rubin, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearSky Data; Juliet de Baubigny, Senior Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers; and Liz Pearce, CEO of LiquidPlanner.

2016 Schedule

3:00pm — Doors Open
4:00pm — Kate Mitchell delivers opening statements
4:05pm — Keynote Interview with Victoria Ransom, Founder of Wildfire; Interviewed by Cristina Alesci of CNN
4:30pm — Panel Discussion – “Building a Successful Tech Company: Culture, Strategy, and Talent” with Ellen Rubin, CEO and Co-Founder, ClearSky Data; Juliet de Baubigny, Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers; Liz Pearce, CEO, Liquid Planner; Moderated by Niloo Howe, Chief Strategy Officer, RSA
5:05pm — Short remarks from Sabrina Kay, Chancellor and CEO, Fremont College/Fremont Private Investments
5:10pm — Interview with Leen Kawas, CEO of M3 Biotechnology, Interviewed by Cristina Alesci of CNN
5:30pm — Reception

Organization Committee


Kate Mitchell, Scale Venture Partners
Niloo Howe, RSA


Alyse Killeen, Women In Venture
Ellen Rubin, Clear Sky Data
Heidi Roizen, DFJ
Jennifer Yen, pūr~lisse beauty
Jody Greenstone Miller, Business Talent Group
Karen White, Technology Executive & Investor
Maha Ibrahim, Canaan Partners
Miyuki Matsumoto, Goldman Sachs
Sabrina Kay, Fremont College/Fremont Private Investments

“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