29 Female Speakers at Web Summit 2013

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Female Speakers at Web Summit 2012

List of Female Speakers at Web Summit 2012


Last year I went to Web Summit 2012 with a big card and all the names of the females who were speaking during the event. I go to meet approximately half of the women on the list and had some really interesting conversations.

I can’t make it to all of the Web Summit this year but I still thought it would be handy to have the list of female speakers at this years event in one place. There are some great names on the list and also a lot more that should be there.

When the Web Summit organisers put a shout out for suggested speakers I suggested Jane Boyd of 45 Conversations and she doesn’t appear as a speaker. I do wonder how many women were asked/invited to speak? Who did you recommend?

And it would have been great to see more of these women from this great list of Yet Another Talented 38  by John Breslin of NUI Galway.

Anyhow here’s the list of this years Web Summit female speakers in one place below and a Twitter list. Just to note there was 37 female speakers at last years Web Summit, this year there is 29, so down 8 this year!

Padmasree Warrior @padmasree
Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions.

Jessica Lessin @jessicalessin 
Jessica Lessin is the founder and editor-in-chief of a new technology news publication launching in the coming months.

Nicola Mendelsohn @nicolamen
Nicola Mendelsohn is the Vice President of Facebook EMEA, a role she has only just taken up.

Jennifer Hyman @Jenn_RTR
Rent The Runway
Jennifer Hyman is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, a business that delivers Cinderella experiences by enabling women to rent designer dresses and accessories for all of the special occasions in their lives.

Cindy Gallop @cindygallop

Michelle You @wreckingball37
Michelle is cofounder and chief product officer of Songkick. Songkick makes it incredibly easy to keep track of when your favorite artists come to town.

Rina Onur @rinaonur
Peak Games
Rina Onur is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Peak Games, the leading online and mobile gaming company of Turkey, Middle East and North Africa regions.

Debbie Weinstein @dkweinstein
Debbie Weinstein is the Vice President of Global Media for Categories & Partnerships at Unilever. She and her team are responsible for pioneering the future of media with Unilever’s global brands to drive brand-led growth on a global scale.

Jennifer Lawton @jennylawton
Jennifer Lawton is the president of MakerBot. She previously held the title of chief strategy officer. Lawton has been with MakerBot since 2011 and has been responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company, including strategic partnerships, product development, and retail.

Múirne Laffan @muirnelaffan
Responsible for leading RTÉ’s overall digital strategy, her remit is to bring high-quality content and services to Irish and international audiences across a broad range of platforms, devices and markets.

Sarah Lacy @sarahcuda
Pando Daily
Sarah Lacy is the founder and editor-in-chief of PandoDaily.
She is an award winning journalist and author of two critically acclaimed books

Anne Pascual @annepascual
Anne Pascual is a Design Director at IDEO Munich, where she helps companies of all kinds innovate and grow.

Tanya Cordrey @tcordrey 
Guardian News & Media
Tanya Cordrey is Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News & Media, heading up the organisation’s 150-strong product, engineering and data and analytics teams.

Jennifer Schenker @jennschenker


Jennifer L. Schenker has worked full-time as a tech reporter, at various points in her career, for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek.

Liz Bacelar @DecodedLiz

Decoded Fashion
Liz Bacelar is the founder of Decoded Fashion, a company created in 2011 to promote collaborations between Tech founders and decision-makers in Fashion, Beauty and Retail.
Farryn Weiner

Courtney Boyd Myers @CBM


Courtney Boyd Myers began her career in journalism writing for a wide variety of publications including Forbes Magazine, PC Mag, IEEE Spectrum and The Huffington Post

Kat Borlongan @katborlongan
Five by Five
Kat Borlongan is an open data enthusiast with several different hats. Currently, she is the co-founder of Five by Five, a founding member of Open Knowledge Foundation France, the organizer of Startup Weekend Paris, and part of the European citizen think tank on public policy, Edgeryders.

Lisa Vaughan 
Enterprise Ireland
Lisa Vaughan is the Manager of the Scaling and High Potential Start-up Division and of Corporate Policy and Strategy. Lisa and her team are responsible for the activities which support start-up businesses and their development into Irish companies of scale.

Laura Sydell @Sydell 
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news.

Amanda Jobbins 
Amanda joined Sage in November 2012 from Cisco where she was Global Vice President of Partner Marketing based in San Francisco.

Karlin Lillington @klillington
Irish Times
Karlin is a journalist and columnist with the Irish Times focusing on technology, with a special interest in the political, social, business and cultural aspects of information and communication technologies.

Claudia Gonzalez
Global Fund to fight AIDS
Claudia Gonzalez is Head of Marketing at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Previously she led Public Relations and Special Projects for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and was Head of PR, media and special projects for the World Economic Forum for 8 years.

Sam de Brouwer @sam_debrouwer
Sam de Brouwer is a technology entrepreneur, advocate and co-founder of Scanadu, a NASA Ames Research Center based company with the mission of making this the last generation to know so little about our health.

Andreea Wade @brandalisms


Andreea is based in Dublin, Ireland and runs a digital media agency called Brandalism and is the founder of AskATon.com – a female friendly event series focused on tech and digital.

Brenda O’Connell @BrendaOConnell
Coder Dojo Paris
Brenda is an active, longtime member of the European startup scene, with strong ties to Silicon Valley.

Blathnaid Healy @blathnaidhealy

Blathnaid Healy works with media organisations helping them with digital strategy and implementation.

Alexia Tsotsis @alexia 


Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry.

Caroline Hyde @carolinehydeTV 


Caroline Hyde is a London-based business correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She has interviewed top chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region – including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Telefonica CEO Cesar Alierta, Chief Secretary to the U.K. Treasury Danny Alexander, and Topshop founder Sir Philip Green.

Ingrid Lunden @IngridLunden


Ingrid is a writer and editor for TechCrunch, joining February 2012, based out of London. Before TechCrunch, Ingrid worked at paidContent.org, where she was a staff writer, and has in the past also written freelance regularly for other publications such as the Financial Times.

Michele Polz @mfp24

US Diabetes Patient-Centered Unit

Currently, Head of Patient Insights & Analytics, US Diabetes Patient-Centered Unit. Most recently, Michele was Head of Patient Solutions, US Diabetes, responsible for identifying and operationalizing new services so that people with diabetes can lead the most productive and successful lives possible.


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  1. paul o'mahony 02/11/2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Great to have this – I well remember that wonderful poster at Websummit 2012.
    I’m pretty sure a woman from KPMG (sponsor) also spoke from Main Stage on Day One – wish I could remember her name…

    Also it would be good to know what proportion of total attendees were women?
    Keep up the pressure – the status quo is rotten.

    • admin 15/11/2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Thank Paul

      It’s Anne Scully from KPMG.

      Yes I agree and have asked Web summit if they could let us know, still waiting though.

      It was a fantastic event. I just caught the leaders lunch and the second days talks in the afternoon. I love the feel and energy around the whole event.


  2. Katherine 30/10/2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Links to twitter profiles please!


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