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SCU alumnae who were listed at SVBJ Women of Influence in 2016

SCU alumnae who were listed at SVBJ Women of Influence in 2016

Influencing Silicon Valley

Five business alumnae along with 9 other SCU-affiliated women have been listed among this year’s 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Five business school alumnae have been selected as 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. They find themselves among 14 Santa Clara University alumni and 100 women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” An event celebrating and honoring all 100 Women of Influence is being held on May 5 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Check out a quick snapshot below of our alumni who were named this year's Women of Influence and visit the Silicon Valley Business Journal for more in-depth profiles of all 100 women.


MJ Austin Executive MBA ‘08
Technology Woman of Influence
Senior Director, Product Management

The best advice you've ever received:
“Always do the best that you can (even if you don't like the role you are in) and you will be recognized/rewarded in the future.”


Sheila Hatch MBA ‘00
Advertising Woman of Influence
President and Creative Director
Decca Design

Your best advice for others:
“Be open to input. It’s easy to see it as criticism and get defensive, but it’s more useful to see it as a learning experience, an opportunity to hear from experts. Just listen and try to hear what you can use and apply. If it doesn’t apply or doesn’t work, you can always decide that later, but be open to it in the moment.”

Tanya Monsef Bunger ’86
Education Woman of Influence
Dean’s Executive Professor
SCU Leavey School of Business

Who is your hero/mentor?
“My mother and father. They have never doubted my ability to achieve anything and that is the biggest gift I could have been given. This allowed me to have a deep knowledge that anything is possible for me. They also taught me the value of hard work and persistence. They had several businesses and their success came from dedication. I saw from a very young age what that meant. They also taught me the value of generosity. Seeing the best in people versus looking for what is wrong.”

Aruna Ravichandran M.S. ’98, MBA ’09
Software Woman of Influence
Vice President, Product and Solution Marketing
CA Technologies

Your best advice for others:
“Pursue your passion and never give up even if you run into obstacles along the way. There is no easy path to success and when you are passionate about what you do, you will excel. When you are passionate about your work, then work becomes fun and you get paid to have fun!”

Angela Robbiano

Angela Robbiano ’80, Executive MBA ’01
Aerospace Woman of Influence
Finance and Business Operations Senior Manager, Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin

The best advice you've ever received:
“From a previous boss and mentor: Be accountable for your actions and always be honest.”

Women of Influence affiliated with Santa Clara University

Radha Ramaswami Basu

Technology Woman of Influence
CEO, iMerit Technologies
Regis and Dianna McKenna Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
SCU School of Engineering

Julia Harper Cooper ’84

Government Woman of Influence
Director of Finance
City of San Jose

Ragan Henninger ’98

Government Woman of Influence
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. ’87 

Cybersecurity Woman of Influence
Chief Intellectual Property Manager,
Vice President Legal Operations,
Board Member,
Finjan Holdings

Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 

Legal Woman of Influence

Nellie Peshkov ’98

Media Woman of Influence
Vice President, Talent Acquisition

Carol Reiley ’04

Artificial Intelligence Woman of Influence

Pallie Zambrano J.D. ’99

Legal Woman of Influence
McManis Faulkner

Rosie Zepeda ’94  

Consulting Woman of Influence
Compelling Conversations Training and Consulting


Read about previous years' SCU-affiliated Women of Influence award winners at the links below.

2015 Women of Influence

2014 Women of Influence

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