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Roundtable on Pay Equality in Technology Biographies



Thomas Kenny

Thomas Kenny

Richard W. Weiland Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Engineering, Stanford University


Professor Kenny's group at Stanford University is researching fundamental issues and applications of micromechanical structures. These devices are usually fabricated from silicon wafers using integrated circuit fabrication tools. Using these techniques, the group builds sensitive accelerometers, infrared detectors, and force-sensing cantilevers. This research has many applications, including integrated packaging, inertial navigation, fundamental force measurements, experiments on bio-molecules, device cooling, bio-analytical instruments, and small robots. Because this research field is multidisciplinary in nature, work in this group is characterized by strong collaborations with other departments, as well as with local industry.



Shelley J. Correll

Shelley Correll

Faculty Director, Center for Women's Leadership, Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Professor of Sociology and, by courtesy, Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


Shelley Correll is professor of sociology and organizational behavior at Stanford University and the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her expertise is in the areas of gender, workplace dynamics and organizational culture. She has received numerous national awards for her research on the “motherhood penalty,” research that demonstrates how motherhood influences the workplace evaluations, pay and job opportunities of mothers. Professor Correll recently led a nationwide, interdisciplinary project on “redesigning work” that evaluates how workplaces structures and practices can reconfigured to be simultaneously more inclusive and more innovative. She is also studying how gender stereotypes and organizational practices affect the entry and retention of women in technical professions and how the growth of the craft beer industry affects the founding and success of women brewers.  She is currently writing a book called Delivering on Diversity: Eliminating Bias and Spurring Innovation.


Robert Hohman

Robert Hohman

CEO and Co-founder, Glassdoor


Robert Hohman is co-founder and chief executive officer of Glassdoor, the jobs and recruiting marketplace helping people find a job and company they love. Before creating Glassdoor, Robert was most recently president of Hotwire, a leading discount travel site and division of Expedia, Inc. He was also one of the original team members of Expedia, a company designed to bring greater transparency to the travel industry, and was part of the executive team that took it public in 1999. Robert started his career at Microsoft and worked as a software developer in a range of areas from Windows 95 to interactive television to online games.

Robert is also a Glassdoor Director and previously served on the board of OpenTable, prior to its acquisition by Priceline, Inc. He serves on the U.S. Economic  Development Administration’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University.


Blake Irving

Blake Irving

CEO, GoDaddy


Blake Irving is the CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy, the world's largest platform for small business.  Under Mr. Irving’s direction, the company has sharpened its focus on helping the world’s 200 million small, independent ventures to grow and thrive online—tapping a global-scale machine learning platform that powers their digital presence, communications, marketing, commerce, back-office administration and peer/community support.

Prior to GoDaddy, Mr. Irving was EVP and Chief Product Officer at Yahoo!, a role in which he grew active users from 550 million to nearly one billion users—positioning Yahoo! to repass Google and Facebook as the world’s most popular online destination.

Before Yahoo!, Mr. Irving spent 15 years at Microsoft in various senior roles, most recently as head of the Windows Live Platform where he was responsible for research, development and operations of Microsoft’s global cloud services. While at Microsoft, Mr. Irving created and grew MSN Messenger into the world’s most successful instant messaging platform with more than 70% global share, re-architected and grew Hotmail to 270 million users worldwide, and deployed their first billion dollar advertising system, adExpert.

A technology pioneer for more than 30 years, Mr. Irving began his career at Xerox in 1981 during the heyday of PARC labs. He has since been at the forefront of innovation, having played a hand in numerous products and services that are now staples of the Internet, including computer typography, communications on the personal computer, online subscription services, digital advertising, and massive-scale services platforms known collectively today as “the cloud.”

Mr. Irving is a graduate of San Diego State University and received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University, where he later served as a professor of business in the same graduate school. He is an avid cyclist, surfer and golfer—and currently resides in San Luis Obispo, CA. with his wife and two sons.


Cindy Robbins

Cindy Robbins

Executive Vice President, Global Employee Success, Salesforce


Cindy Robbins is executive vice president of Global Employee Success at Salesforce—the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for five years in a row. In this role, Robbins leads the company’s efforts to attract, develop and retain the best talent.

Robbins has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. At Salesforce, Robbins’ previous leadership roles within Employee Success include overseeing recruiting and global business partners. Prior to joining Salesforce in 2006, she held positions at major technology companies including BEA, OpenWave, Plumtree Software and Excite@Home.

Robbins holds a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University.


Sheri Sheppard

Sheri Sheppard

The Burton J and DeeDee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University


Sheri Sheppard teaches both undergraduate and graduate design-related classes at Stanford University, and conducts research on fracture mechanics and applied finite element analysis, and on how people become engineers. From 1999-2008 she served as a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, leading the Foundation’s engineering study. In addition to publishing technical papers, reports, and textbooks, she has led or co-led several large, multi-institutional projects to build new educational research programs and related resources, such as the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), and a program on summer research experiences for high school teachers. Her industry experience includes engineering positions at Detroit's "Big Three” — Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, and Chrysler Corporation. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her PhD at the University of Michigan. At Stanford she has served a chair of the faculty senate, as associate vice provost for graduate education, and is the longtime faculty founder of and adviser to the graduate student group MEwomen. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University's highest award for excellence in teaching and the Chester F. Carlson and Ralph Coats Roe Awards of the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of distinguished accomplishment in engineering education, and for outstanding teaching and notable contributions to the mechanical engineering profession.


Lori Mackenzie

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Executive Director, Center for Women's Leadership, Clayman Institute for Gender Research


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, home to eminent scholars and activists forwarding gender equality. She defines the organization’s strategic direction and engages community members to drive impact with the research. Her work has been published in numerous outlets, and she speaks widely on the topics of blocking unconscious bias, women’s leadership and creating effective workplaces. She is executive editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine, upRising. Lori is the founder of the online Voice & Influence program offering the skills, information and inspiration to be agents of change in their own lives and more broadly, for gender equality. This curriculum has been widely viewed through partnerships with, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Darden Graduate School of Business.  Lori joined the Institute after working in marketing strategy and business management for 20 years at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Apple Computer, eBay, PayPal and CafePress. She is on the board of the Women’s Foundation of California and the Alliance for Girls. Lori has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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