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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Cindy Hamer

Native to California and Silicon Valley, Cindy Hamer is a business development leader for ReadSpeaker, a pioneering voice technology company offering neural text-to-speech (TTS) voice solutions to various communication platforms. She has always been passionate about new technology and helping companies explore new options to further gain market share whether it be with enhanced services at the frontend for consumer adoption or at the backend optimizing technology processes. Her current focus is on the advancement of TTS solutions that allow businesses to navigate today’s “touchless” environment and introducing them to the powerful world of Voice. Cindy’s extensive background in storage, security, cloud platforms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has provided her with proven expertise to successfully lead customers into the emerging world of digital voice.

 

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.

Aiman Batool

Based out of Silicon Valley, Aiman is a Conversation Designer using her background in Cognitive Science and Psychology to make unique inroads in the Voice First space. She focuses on engineering voice games that promote professional well-being.

Aiman is the founder of Piffle; a voice gaming platform that aims to nurture professional wellness through gameplay. Her goal is to innovatively use voice games to improve morale in the workplace.

Aiman believes our professional experiences carry a growing impact on our mental health and life satisfaction. She brings research from Psychology on concepts like imposter syndrome, navigating uncertainty, growth mindset and more to her game development. Keep up with Aiman on LinkedIn, or join the Piffle Community to stay updated with her work.

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.

Elaine Anzaldo, WiV Silicon Valley Ambassador

Elaine Anzaldo

Based in Silicon Valley, Elaine is a Conversational UX Designer at NLX, a next-generation Conversational AI technology company. She architects the designs at NLX for Voice Compass to deliver localized natural-sounding multimodal conversational journeys. Elaine’s work is optimized by her background in Spanish translation & interpretation as well as her experience on speech technology-related projects at Apple for Siri and at SRI International’s STAR Laboratory. Her core value as a Conversation Designer is to put users at the forefront of every experience. Her primary interests include multimodal design, inclusive design, and localization in the context of multilingual conversational experiences. She believes everyone is conversational, even if it looks and sounds differently across the globe.

 

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