March 17, 2010 08:00 ET

SDForum CEO Named a 2010 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) -  SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced its CEO, Susan Lucas Conwell, has been named a 2010 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The award celebrates the achievements of women who are leaders in their sector and have quickly become a role model for aspiring executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, politicians and philanthropists.

Winners are nominated by the community and selected by a panel of judges. The March 19th issue of the Silicon Valley Business Journal will publish the complete list of the most influential women of 2010. The publication will also host an awards gala to celebrate their achievements on April 8th at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. For more information about attending the event, please visit:

"Under Susan's leadership SDForum has flourished and become Silicon Valley's leading nonprofit organization for the technology sector," said Ann Winblad, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and SDForum co-chair. "Susan's adept leadership unites an important community of entrepreneurs with established technology companies and venture capitalists. Her role to the community of Silicon Valley is invaluable."

Susan is an accomplished CEO, entrepreneur, business development and marketing communications executive. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an M.A. in Economic History from The John Hopkins University. Under her leadership, the SDForum has grown to over 1800 members, expanded to cover clean technology and built connections between the Silicon Valley technology community, and technology organizations from around the world. As part of the Global Gateway Initiative, SDForum will open an incubator for Dutch companies in San Mateo, CA in April 2010.

About SDForum
SDForum has been instrumental in setting the high tech industry agenda for more than 25 years. The largest and oldest non-profit dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. The SDForum reaches 12,000 professionals annually, through more than 20 programs a month. Long-standing relationships in Silicon Valley include technology companies such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia and SAP as well as sponsorship from over 30 venture capital firms, financial institutions, international trade organizations and service providers. For more information, visit

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