WiV Silicon Valley

About Women in Voice Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the heart of innovation, and includes most headquarters of the largest tech companies. There are a lot of women in AI and Voice that have NEEDED such a community for a very, very long time.

We are very thrilled to have launched this chapter to bring this amazing community together and empower the women to thrive.

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Become an official WiV Member

Become an official member of Women in Voice!

The new WiV Global Membership is an upgraded experience to join our Women in Voice chapter and the global WiV community.

This is how it works: 
  • Use the link below to register for a global Women in Voice membership
  • When asked whether you are interested in being part of a local chapter, check our chapter's box
  • We will reach out soon to welcome you!

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If you have any questions, please reach out to us via e-mail!

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Get to know team WiV Silicon Valley!

Sibel Ciddi, WiV Silicon Valley

Sibel Ciddi

Based in San Francisco, CA, Sibel is a conversational AI designer with a Master of Science in Computational Linguistics from Erasmus-Mundus program in Europe. Her passion for understanding human communication and natural language acquisition led her to study natural language processing which guided her into speech and voice technologies in her career. With expertise in phonology and text-to-speech, she’s the language engineer behind Google’s Turkish TTS voice. Besides her role as a language engineer, she’s worked as a text-to-speech voice producer, voice product designer, and currently works as a conversational AI designer in the fin-tech field.
Sibel values intelligent, intuitive, and empathetic user experiences as the forefront of core values in her work. Her demonstrated leadership in conversation design has allowed her to mentor and coach many junior linguists and product designers to become successful and independent conversational product team members. Follow her directly on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Leslie Pound, WiV Silicon Valley

Leslie Pound

A 30-year Silicon Valley technologist, Leslie Pound is part of a small group of initial developers for the first virtual assistants and semantic technologies in the 2000s’. As part of SRI AI team for the largest AI effort in history, she helped develop the paradigms that are in use by todays’ assistants from Amazon to Google. Today, as CEO of TaDa Labs, she leads a team to create custom virtual assistants (with voice interfaces) that are automatically generated from datasets & databases.

Managing teams for companies from Nokia to startups, she understands how to create natural-language-based interfaces, in text or voice, that work for today, as well as, scale for tomorrow’s challenges.

She has sought to empower both non-technical individuals and businesses to get the “magic keys” to technology and believes voice technology is one key to make this happen. Partnering with the women of WIV, she believes this goal is one step closer to reality.

WiV Silicon Valley Ambassador Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly

Angela is a Conversational UX designer focused on conversational AI workflows and solutions for text and voice applications. She first got experience in the IVR space, and more recently has been designing chatbots and voice assistants across verticals like banking, retail, airlines, insurance, and healthcare. She’s also worked on post-launch optimization and utterance analysis in order to find patterns, bias, and improve intent performance accuracy and ML metrics. In addition to conversation design, ethical AI, inclusive design, and emerging tech are topics of interest Angela likes to explore.

In her former life she was a grant writer for non-profits, focused on raising funds for general operating expenses and programming initiatives. In Angela’s free time she enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s beautiful hiking trails, paddleboarding, and crafting.

 

WiV Silicon Valley Ambassador Oleaser Johnson

Oleaser Johnson

Based in Silicon Valley, Oleaser is an aspiring conversation designer with a background in linguistics. She has spent 3+ years in interviewing operations at Google where she meticulously crafts and improves interview experiences for both candidates and interviewers. Her aspirations in the conversational AI space stem from her passion for sociolinguistics combined with her keen interest in improving people’s experiences. Oleaser participated in Women in Voice’s first Career Accelerator in late 2021 and as a Women in Voice Ambassador, she aims to help demystify the conversational AI for those who are also new to the field.

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