Charu Sharma

Founder and CEO of Next Play


Charu is a 3rd time startup founder, author of 3 books, educator of 1M women to start their businesses & winner of 5 national awards. She was named a Power Woman alongside Oprah, stopped a train robbery in India when she was 9, and has been to all 7 continents.

Currently, she is a Founder and CEO of Next Play, an advanced AI app that facilitates internal mentorship matching for company employees at Lyft, Square, Gilead and Splunk to name a few.

The App is a chatbot that personalizes employee career and leadership development with the goal of attracting, developing, and retaining more diverse talent. Next Play works with users to identify goals and preferences, match mentees and mentors at scale, and guide employees to achieve their goals. Next Play works with users to identify goals and preferences, match mentees and mentors at scale, and guide employees to achieve their goals. HR directors gain insight into employee engagement data with Next Play’s breakthrough AI Technology.


Femigrant from: India

Shawna Scarlett


Shawna is a Growth Marketing Manager on the Scaled Growth Marketing Team within Facebook’s Media Partnerships function. Femigrants from Jamaica. She drives global product adoption and retention at scale working alongside with a team of data scientists, engineers, product and program leads.

Prior to Facebook, Shawna worked at eBay and Uber. She led the E2E tactics across B2C clients such as Toys”R”Us, Babies”R”Us, Kate Spade, TUMI and NFL/MLB at eBay. She also led B2B/B2C programs for UberEats, Uber4Business.

Being born and raised on the island of Jamaica – she has an understanding of the complexities one faces in bringing their whole selves as an immigrant to the workplace, social interactions and relationships, and hopes her own story can help others navigating the same.

Femigrant from: Jamaica

Growth Marketing Manager at Facebook

Neville Bendiola

Branch Manager at Robert Half


Neville Bendiola is the Branch Manager for Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. Neville oversees the accounting and administrative recruiting and staffing operations for the Accountemps and OfficeTeam divisions in the San Mateo branch.

Born in the Philippines, Neville immigrated with his family to San Francisco’s Mission District at the age of one. His family relocated to Sacramento, where he earned his Associates Degree from Sacramento City College and then completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.

Neville joined Robert Half in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant and soon discovered his passion for helping job seekers find great job opportunities. In the past 15 years with Robert Half, he has held many leadership roles within the company has helped thousands of professionals find rewarding careers and companies the talent they need to be successful.

Neville has been recognized numerous times at Robert Half’s annual awards event, Reach for the Stars for his outstanding leadership and growth of the business.

Femigrant from: Philippines

Liran Jakob Rosenfeld


Liran lived most of his grownup life in Europe & Latin America and now in the US. After completing his mandatory military service as a paramedic, he spent the last 17 years going through immigration in different countries wherever he started companies.

Liran holds a Polish, Uruguayan and Israeli Passports as well as a green card in the United States and permanent residency in Argentina.

Thee years ago when Liran immigrated to the US, he started PassRight, a tech-enabled immigration platform operating four entities that are actively helping professional immigrants including an immigration law firm, a tech company, an agency that sponsors foreign talents and a fund that invests in the immigration costs of professional foreign female talents.

Femigrant fromIsrail

Serial Entrepreneur & Founder of PassRight.

Gina Malaver

Microsof Cloud Director


Gina’s professional journey began in her native city Bogota where she pursued a Bachelor’s in Mechatronics (Mechanical, Computer and Electronics) Engineering. Then she moved to Miami, FL. to complete her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and graduated with honors. After graduation, she worked as a Software Developer in a small company and then went on to work as an Electrical Engineer at Motorola.

A few years later, Gina wanted to have greater impact in her professional career. She had a passion for large-scale engineering problems and globalization. Thus, she completed a masters of Logistics Engineering and Supply Chain Management at MIT.

After graduating from MIT, Gina moved to Seattle. She worked at Amazon where, along with other roles, she owned the global inventory planning of Kindle accessories. Gina joined Microsoft 4 years ago. She currently leads a team responsible for delivering new business initiatives in the cloud. In her spare time, Gina follows her passion to support strategies that create a more diverse and inclusive culture.

Gina is traveling all the way from Seattle to support Femigrants Foundation’s upcoming second anniversary event and empower diverse immigrant women. Thank you Gina for your incredible support!

Femigrant from: Colombia

Hannah Chester


Hannah is a social media marketer and content strategist working with a range of clients in both the US and Australia in B2B and B2C spaces. With a 12-year history working with companies like Australian Labor Party, Random House Australia, Modern Weddings Australia, ShowPo as a marketer and freelance photographer, she is able to leverage her broad experience to help clients build their following, authority and influence online.

Arriving from Australia with her then-fiancee in 2012, Hannah is now a permanent resident juggling her husband, small daughter, two dogs, and expat life while building her network from the ground up to grow a thriving consultancy and agency.

She is looking forward to sharing insights on building connections and a career as a female immigrant in Silicon Valley.

Femigrant from: Australia

Social Media Marketer and Content Strategist

Kwiri Yang

Founder and CEO of LifeGyde


Kwiri grew up in South Pacific called Vanuatu as the child of Korean immigrants. She moved with her family to United States 2 weeks before 9/11, leaving her in an immigration limbo for almost 10 years due to Homeland Security changes to the immigration process. During this time, she started her first business at the age of 16, reaching $3M in profit by the time she graduated from UCLA at age 19.

Her Company helped over 2,000 small and medium businesses primarily owned by immigrants. She built, scaled and sold 4 companies, including one to Inc. 500's #1 fastest growing company in the education technology space. She played a crucial role in getting the company to over $1bn in valuation with 4.4 million users and help created more than 500 jobs, dismantling the belief that immigrants take jobs away from citizens in America.

Kwiri is an entrepreneur and an activist who represents the voice of young immigrants in America, and was appointed as the delegate at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos to speak on various panels.

Elected as youngest Board Director of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, she represented more than 235,000 businesses in Southern California. Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Emerging Civic Leader, she commits her time to fostering the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and education, encouraging them to serve their communities and not be limited by a 9-digit social security number.

Femigrant from: Vanuatu

Hayal Koc


Hayal is an Account Executive at Salesforce, where she helps companies grow and scale with best-in-class cloud technology.

Hayal is a global businesswoman who's lived in San Francisco, New York City, Madrid, and Istanbul, Turkey, where she's originally from. Prior to Salesforce, Hayal spent 6 years in Istanbul, Turkey where she co-founded and led the sales and business development of a start-up named Expertera. She remains a Board Member & Advisor today.

Previously, she spent several years in Strategy Consulting, where she advised global firms during M&A transactions and digital transformations. Hayal was selected as a top influencer on Twitter in 2018 and received an Entrepreneur Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Emory University, in 2017. She also has an MBA degree from NYU- Stern Business School. She loves modern art, photography and travel. She's been to 65+ countries, 44/50 states, and 6/7 continents thus far!

Femigrant from: Turkey

Account Executive at Salesforce

Bernadette Bracker

Recruiting Manager at AR/VR (Oculus)


Bernadette has been in the recruiting industry for thirteen years. Nine of those years have been in the tech industries like PayPal, Yahoo and Facebook. Bernadette is a native of Ireland and has lived in the Bay Area for the last four years.

She graduated B.A degree in Psychology & Archeology from NUIGalway, Ireland and a postgrad from Smurfit School of Business UCD, Ireland. Bernadette started her career in recruiting and has never looked back.

Been part of amazing tech companies has allowed her to gain global perspectives and indeed has allowed her to travel far and wide. Either you are looking for a new job opportunities and want to grow within the company, Bernadette is the right person to guide you in a right direction and answer to your questions.

Femigrant from: Ireland


Sabereh Kashi

Co-founder of Re-Present Media


Sabereh is a documentary filmmaker and cultural strategist who is passionate about connecting people through storytelling. She has produced, directed, and edited award-winning films in the United States, Canada, and Iran. Her films have screened in internationally recognized film festivals (IDFA, HotDocs, Fajr, UNAFF, Inside Out), and broadcasted on PBS, and European, Latin American, and Israeli national televisions.

Her current project is Home Yet Far Away, a personal documentary about her journeys between Iran and the U.S. to reconcile her two conflicted homelands. She was featured on BBC Persian’s “Chamedan” (Suitcase) which was broadcast to over 120 million Persian speaking people. In 2017, she was selected as a Citizenship Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was a filmmaker-in-residence of SF FilmHouse in 2018.

She has a PhD in Art Research from Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran. She co-founded Re-Present Media, a non-profit that advocates for personal stories of underrepresented communities in documentary films and non-fiction media.

Femigrant from: Iran

Garib Mehdiyev


He started his first software business when he was 19, a control panel and billing system for ISP's and Hosting companies.

He moved to the US when he was 23. Upon arriving in the US in 2009, Garib founded and sold his first recycling business. His area of expertise is infrastructure technologies and fintech. Garib educates youngsters back in his country Azerbaijan to open a scalable startup to become a successful business owner.

Join Femigrants 2nd anniversary event on March 14 to Garib's success story and get the tips on launching a scalable startup.

Femigrant from: Azerbaijan

Co-Founder of WeTravel Inc and TechAcademy


Event:  Diversity & Women Empowerment in the Workplace

When:  Thursday, October 11, 2018 6 PM PST

Are you psyched about diversity and women’s empowerment issues? Are you wondering how companies and businesses are handling diversity and women’s empowerment nowadays? Or are you curious what challenges female business leaders have faced and have overcome? Then attend our next event “Diversity and Women’s Empowerment in the Workplace”.

Femigrants Foundation is bringing together an amazing group of female business leaders and entrepreneurs to have panel discussions on issues of diversity and empowering women in the modern workplace, especially in the male-dominated industries. Our speakers represent Here-She-Is, and DraperU Ventures and more speakers will be announced soon.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support: WeWork Jackson Square for sponsoring the venue for the event and TriNet for providing snacks for guests!

$0-22.85 USD