Keynote Speakers

The Women in Leadership Conference is proud to announce the following keynote speakers:
(Details regarding additional keynote speakers coming soon)

Jessica Steel
Jessica Herrin
Kara Swisher


Jessica Steel

Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development

Jessica has led Business Development at Pandora since mid-2004, and is responsible for all strategic partnerships. Her team is focused on making Pandora available to listeners while they're on the go, via consumer electronics devices, including in the car and in the home. Pandora's device deployments include all the major smartphone platforms and select home electronics such as Blu-ray players, home theater systems, connected TVs, and tabletop radios. Jessica and her team are also working with automotive OEMs and suppliers to bring Pandora into the vehicle infotainment system.

Prior to joining Pandora, Jessica ran business development for the international division of Overture Services (a $1.6B Yahoo-acquired company). Outside of work, she is a singer-songwriter, writing under the name "Jessica Stone," with two full-length CDs released - Seven Letters (2002) and Melting (2009).

Jessica holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of the Thouron Scholarship. She also attended the Los Angeles Music Academy for vocal performance. Jessica was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2011 by the San Francisco Business Times and was recently honored by Billboard magazine with the 2011 Women In Music Award.


Jessica Herrin

CEO & Founder
Stella & Dot

As the brains behind Stella & Dot, Jessica has proven just how one woman can go about styling her life with smarts, courage, and tenacity. After joining two successful tech startups out of college, she went to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where, at the ripe age of 24, she co-founded the now world's leading wedding site, Jessica's been recognized for her business savvy even more than her style savvy -- Oprah, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes have saluted her for her vision. Taking Social Selling to the next level, Jessica's been honored by Ernst & Young and Inc. 500 as a Top Entrepreneur. She is also actively involved in Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in the San Francisco Bay area. But Jessica is most proud of the recognition she gets from the women of Stella & Dot, who are mirroring her success in reinventing the home business opportunity for the modern woman. Because, as Jessica claims, "nine-to-five just doesn't flatter."


Kara Swisher

Co-produces and Co-hosts All Things Digital, and columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column BoomTown originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at

Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called Home Economics.

With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.

Previously, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of “ How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.