We all lead busy lives, often making it difficult to balance and prioritize the daily demands of work and family with our planned vision for professional and personal growth.

The ESD Alliance, ANSYS, SEMI, and Semi Engineering, in cooperation with NetSpeed Systems, Samsung, Stanford Health Care and Tribal Ventures, are hosting a Women in Technology panel discussion, “Empowering Leadership with WIT and WISDOM” on November 28 at SEMI in Milpitas, CA. The distinguished panelists will discuss topics intended to help you navigate your career. Not just for women, topics include:

  • Personal Branding
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Networking
  • Mentoring

Whether you are just starting out, seeking your next opportunity, or trying to be proactive in navigating your career, this panel will help you develop your personal strategy to achieve your goals.

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Ann Steffora Mutschler, Executive Editor/EDA at Semiconductor Engineering
Ann has been a technology journalist for 25 years focused mainly on the semiconductor industry. Her previous experience includes a long stint as a Senior Editor at Reed Business Information for publications including EDN, Electronic News and Electronic Business. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies and Journalism from Sonoma State University.


Amita Dhawan, Executive Director, Applications at Stanford Health Care

An accomplished IT Executive and Business Leader with over 30 years of successful and broad ranging experience across multiple industries (High Tech, CPG and Healthcare).A CIO’s “Ones to Watch” award recipient, “can do” leader and team integrator who inspires excellent performance with a unique leadership style built on authenticity, integrity, leading teams through change and building strong partnerships with all stakeholders.

Amita has a MS in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, MS in Computer Science from San Jose State University as well as Executive Management Program from Wharton School.

Indira Joshi, Director of Datacenter Storage & Memory Architecture, Samsung Memory Solutions Lab.

Indira’s team is at the forefront of delivering high performance Storage reference solutions based on Samsung’s cutting edge Flash technologies for Datacenter & Enterprise solutions. Offerings include industry-leading high performance, high density NVMe SSD based reference solutions.

Indira graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India.

Sundari Mitra, CEO and co-founder, NetSpeed Systems

Sundari is a proven senior executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in the semiconductor sector. Previously, Sundari founded Prism Circuits in 2006 and served as its CEO until its acquisition by MoSys in June 2009. She served as Executive Vice President of Engineering at MoSys until June 2011 where she was responsible for engineering operations and product development.

In 2017, Sundari was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mona Sabet, Managing Director, Tribal Ventures

Mona Sabet is a technology sector deal maker, an entrepreneur, a tribal leader, and a community builder.

With two decades of experience in the tech sector both as a corporate executive and an entrepreneur, Mona brings her expertise in corporate development, acquisitions, integrations, and technology deals (with a specialty in IP licensing deals) to every team she works with.  She has negotiated hundreds of technology deals and nearly 50 acquisitions.

Mona holds an engineering degree from the University of Toronto, a J.D. from the University of Western Ontario, and management certificates from Simon Fraser University and UC, Berkeley.

Margaret Schmitt, Chief of Staff to the CEO at ANSYS, Inc.

Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Margaret served as Electronics Business Development Director. She has 19 years of experience in IC and electronic systems design and power integrity sign-off. She specializes in the areas of low-power and power/thermal management, and has prior experience in chip design from Sun Microsystems. She has authored/co-authored several papers on power and signal integrity as well as thermal management of electronic systems. She is a strong advocate of mentoring programs and expanding women’s role in technology.

Ms. Schmitt holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Sponsored By:
Executive Sponsors:
ESD Alliance:
Bob Smith
Ajit Manocha
Vic Kulkarni