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Diversity Increases Profitability

May 24, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT

What management can do to accelerate diversity?


Panel discussion:


Sumati Pandya, Director, Business Development at SambaNova Systems

Sumati Pandya has extensive business development and sales experience including 13 years at Arm Inc. Currently she is Dir. of Business Development with SambaNova responsible for developing and executing strategy for hyperscalers. Prior to SambaNova she was VP of Strategic Sales at Falkonry, an AI company. She has also spent many years in the IP industry, Semiconductor equipment industry and began her career with the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin. Sumati is a member of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Committee for the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA). She holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering.



David Berthiaume, Vice President Operations, QuantalRF

Dave Berthiaume has served as VP Operations at QuantalRF, an emerging RF semiconductor company focused on RF front end products for 5G, WiFi6/6E/7 and Ultra-Wide-Band, since 2019. Prior to joining QuantalRF, Dave served as VP Global Sales Operations at Arm from 2013 to 2018. Dave has over 25 years’ experience in sales and operations leadership, specializing in operational structure, cross-functional collaboration and building successful diverse teams from the ground up.

Dave received his B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico.

Alessandra Costa, Senior Vice President WW Customer Success at Synopsys

Alessandra Costa joined Synopsys in 2021 as the Senior Vice President of the Customer Success Group. She received her PhD in Microelectronics, from Università degli Studi di Genova and has worked extensively in the semiconductor and EDA industries. Alessandra has deep experience in design, product management, operations, and ensuring outstanding customer experiences. Most recently, Alessandra led the Cadence North America field engineering and service organization.


Christel Mauffet-Smith, Sales Group Director at Cadence Design Systems

Christel Mauffet-Smith is a Sales Group Director at Cadence, working with top worldwide semiconductor companies, passionate about her customer’s success and the development of her teams.

Prior to joining Cadence, she worked at Ansys, Synopsys and Philips Semiconductors in sales, field support and design roles.

She is committed to technology innovation, mental health, diversity in the workplace and growing the number of women in Sales and tech in general.




May 24, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT
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