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September 21st Workshop

Let’s Talk Personal Finances

Join us for a live fireside chat!

Personal finance is something many folks learn “on the go” in their careers, but this skillset is too crucial to leave to chance. Learn key tips for building a successful financial life!

  • Date: Wednesday, September 21
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Time: 11am Pacific (Your time zone below)
  • FREE Tickets for WiV Members!

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Guest Speaker

Leslie Garcia Amaya, WiV Board of Directors

Leslie Garcia-Amaya
Ecosystem Partnerships Lead, Google Assistant
Guest Speaker

Workshop Facilitator

Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Kayla Pitts
Head of Membership & Marketing, Women in Voice
Workshop Facilitator

Guest Speaker

Deborah Lin

Deborah Lin
Sr. Associate Director, Corporate, Foundation, & Association Relations, Stanford Medicine
Guest Speaker

What we’ll cover:

How do these two successful women approach long-term financial planning? How has their approach changed over time?

What are the tax implications for working for a large tech company vs a startup?

What do they wish they’d known sooner?

Join us live and bring your own questions!

Meet Your Workshop Speakers:

Leslie Garcia Amaya, WiV Board of Directors

Leslie Garcia-Amaya, Ecosystem Partnerships Lead at Google Assistant

Let’s Talk Personal Finances Guest Speaker 

Leslie is the Ecosystem Partnerships Lead for the Google Assistant, managing relationships with CEO’s across the digital assistant voice ecosystem. She partners with organizers of the top technology events in the world (CES, SXSW) to determine how and when to showcase Google Assistant’s vision and product launches. She also led and executed the content strategy for VOICE Talks, a monthly webinar series presented by the Google Assistant, bringing developers, product leaders and marketers the latest developments in voice tech, a market estimated to grow to $26B by 2025.

Prior to her current role, Leslie led the Global go-to-market strategy for the Meals and Finance verticals for the Google Assistant, where she partnered with global brands such as All Recipes and Food Network to power experiences that allow millions of users around the world to find and make their perfect recipe using step-by-step cooking instructions. She also led Identity partnerships at Google, where she drove adoption of early-stage identity solutions, such as one-tap sign up for the Web, enabling millions of users to sign in to their favorite websites quickly without friction or passwords.

Leslie has her MBA from NYU Stern and is a founding Board member of Women In Voice, a global non-profit organization with more than 20 chapters in 15 countries. She is also the Founder and Lead for the Women@ chapter of the Global Product Partnerships organization at Google.

Prior to her roles in Product Partnerships, Leslie spent 12 years as an HR Leader at Fortune 100 companies in technology and Finance, including Google and American Express, as well as technology start-ups. In these roles she was responsible for executing the people strategy across a number of functions, including Marketing, Sales, Product and Engineering. She has expertise in talent management, organizational development, M&A, leadership and executive coaching.


Ruth Brillman, PhD

Deb Lin, Senior Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation, & Association Relations, Stanford Medicine

Let’s Talk Personal Finances Guest Speaker

Deborah Lin currently serves as the Sr. Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation, & Association Relations at Stanford Medicine, fundraising for medical research and programs. She manages strategy and relationships with global companies and foundations to align mutually beneficial philanthropic efforts for Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care, its adult hospital. With extensive experience in higher education program management and academic research fundraising, she’s passionate about the power of mentorship and education in empowering social mobility, greater access, and growth.

Prior to Stanford University, Deborah was the Associate Director of Corporate Relations at UCLA Engineering spearheading engagement and partnerships for the school with industries such as tech, aerospace, and energy. She was a founding team member of Partnership UCLA, a unit which engages alumni in furthering student career development, creating and launching campus-wide programs supporting the professional and academic development of thousands of students. Deborah also worked in the Television and Film industry for several years for companies such as Disney ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox in global marketing partnerships, production, talent management, and television development.

Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Kayla Pitts, Head of Membership & Marketing, Women in Voice

Workshop Facilitator 

Kayla Pitts is a professional voice artist with a background in psychology. Based out of New Hampshire, she is currently Head of Membership & Marketing at WiV. She eagerly finds storytelling and ways to transform images and events into a richer, deeper experience for our huge audience. Her creativity in images, copy, and videos have propelled our community to new heights.


Past Speakers Include:

Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Sammy Herbert, Head of Developer Experience at SixPivot

Tools for DEI in Tech Workshop Guest Speaker 

Sammy is the Head of Developer Experience at SixPivot, an Australian based consultancy specializing in .NET application development and cloud consulting. Sammy works with executives to redefine best practices for software developers. She works on everything to do with improving the developer experience from research, strategy, testing and trying again. Working a spectrum of initiatives from internal mentoring all the way to 4-day work weeks.

Sammy and her work have been recognized in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Places to Work in Technology and won numerous awards in employee flexibility and diversity & inclusion.

Sammy is passionate about community and regularly speaks at events, panels and conferences. She actively gets involved in diversity and inclusion, having previously consulted with numerous companies all of Australia on their inclusive strategies. In her personal time she’s an organizer for Muses Code JS, one of Australia’s largest coding workshop for women, non-binary and trans folk.


Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Jossie Haines, Executive & Engineering Leadership Coach

Tools for DEI in Tech Workshop Guest Speaker 

Jossie Haines is an executive and engineering leadership coach focused on empowering high performing leadership through empathy and compassion. Her mission is to retain women in tech and break the statistic that 56% of women leave tech after 10-20 years by empowering engineering leaders with the effective and fair management practices and principles needed to finally more the needle.

She has spent over 22 years in the tech industry as an award winning software engineering leader at the forefront of emerging consumer technology across Silicon Valley, including management roles at Apple, Tile, Zynga and American Express.

She was most recently the VP of Software Engineering & Head of DEI at Tile where she had grown the engineering team by 45% from 29 to 55 in 5 months during COVID and led all software engineering efforts across mobile, backend, web, and QA. At Apple, she had led the Siri music team during the development of the HomePod, as well as the Siri media team who won a technical Emmy for the Siri on Apple TV integration. She is also an avid public speaker, having given over 100 talks, workshops and podcasts on retaining women in tech, engineering leadership, DEI and various technologies.


Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Rebecca Evanhoe, Conversation Designer & Strategist, Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute | Co-author Conversations with Things (2021)

Working Your Side Hustle Workshop Guest Speaker 

Rebecca Evanhoe is an author, teacher, and conversation designer. With degrees in chemistry and fiction writing, she’s passionate about how interdisciplinary thinking can combine arts, humanities, sciences, and tech. She teaches conversational UX design as a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute, and co-authored Conversation with Things: UX Design for Chat and Voice (Rosenfeld Media, 2021).

@revanhoe | LinkedIn

Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Taly Matiteyahu, Cofounder & CEO of Blink Date

Working Your Side Hustle Workshop Guest Speaker 

Taly is the cofounder and CEO of Blink Date, an app putting the “date” back into online dating. Blink was inspired by a revelatory experience at a blackout restaurant where Taly made connections with strangers based on conversation alone, free of looks-driven assumptions. The experience sparked the thought: would people date a wider variety of people if they were able to make an emotional connection before swiping left?

Taly previously worked as a lawyer at a NYC law firm, in legal operations at Netflix and Datadog, and as a product manager at Evisort. Taly earned her Bachelor’s degree from New York University in 2011 and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School in 2015.

@theblinkdate | LinkedIn 

About the Series

Career Basics Live Workshops

Presented by Women in Voice  

Why Attend?

It can be daunting figuring out how to get into tech, launch a business, write a book, and which career path would be best for you. Gain valuable insights and inspiration from women who have been there so you can choose your next path with confidence! 


Women in Voice Members: $10 USD
Non-Members: $15 USD

This event will be recorded and shared with all who sign up.


This event is VIRTUAL. Women, minority-gendered folks, and allies are welcome to sign up. Members get discounted tickets!

Can’t attend the live workshop? Still sign up! This event will be recorded.


Women in Voice Members: $10 USD
Non-Members: $15 USD

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Women in Voice is on a mission to equip women and minority gendered folks in voice tech.

We have a full year of Career Basics Workshops we’ll be launching soon to help you navigate their career in a space that was not built for you – and learn what we wish we knew sooner! 

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