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Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih to Keynote Grace Hopper Celebration, Fortune Most Powerful Women Event

A decade ago, our founder and CEO, Clara Shih, attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a Stanford graduate student and Anita Borg Scholar. Seven years later, she was honored as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.
We’re excited to share that Clara will be speaking at both Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and the Grace Hopper Celebration next week alongside visionary female leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs across numerous fields, including government, philanthropy, healthcare, technology, finance, education, media and the arts. She’ll be sharing her perspective on leadership, diversity, and lessons learned from her experiences working for some of the biggest tech companies and as a startup founder and CEO.
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Kicking off Monday, October 12, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit will revolve around the theme “Leading with Purpose,” with confirmed participants that include First Lady Michelle Obama; Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM; Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ursula M. Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox; and Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of personal finance startup LearnVest.
Clara will participate in a morning discussion on Tuesday, October 13, titled “Leadership: Next Gen on the Next Gen” to talk about what it takes to start a company and how to foster leadership. Fellow panelists will include Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + CO; Poppy Harlow, anchor at CNN Newsroom Weekend and a CNN correspondent; and Julia Hartz, CEO of Eventbrite.
GraceHopperThe Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists and expects 12,000 attendees this year to convene in Houston, Texas. The event is produced by the Anita Borg Institute, which was founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, and aims to connect, inspire and guide women at all stages of their technology careers. Speakers will include Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of Lean In; Megan Smith, CTO of the United States; and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube.
Clara will take the stage on Wednesday, October 14, to talk about her journey from being an event attendee in the audience a decade ago to, now, a keynote speaker and company founder. She’ll share her challenges and successes as a woman in the male-dominated engineering and startup world, and advice on how to handle not being part of the majority. Scheduled to follow Clara’s talk will be Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy, and Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the United States.
For more details on the two conferences, visit the Fortune Most Powerful Women and Grace Hopper sites.

CEO Clara Shih Named One of FORTUNE Magazine's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

Congratulations to our very own Clara Shih on this well-deserved honor! We are so proud to see her in the amazing company of the other female thought leaders on FORTUNE’s 2011 list. The following press release was issued today surrounding the news.
Please stay tuned for a recap of the Summit, which will be held October 3-5.

Fortune Most Powerful WomenHearsay Social CEO and Bestselling Author Clara Shih Named One of FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs
Hearsay Social, the leading social media management solution to address compliance and relationship management for distributed sales forces, today announced that its co-founder and CEO, Clara Shih, is one of 10 female entrepreneurs recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as an extraordinary innovator, game-changer, and groundbreaker poised to lead large, global businesses. As one of the Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Ms. Shih will participate in this year’s FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit, October 3-5 in Laguna Niguel, California.
“I am humbled and honored to be included in such a select group of amazing women,” said Ms. Shih. “FORTUNE has long celebrated the accomplishments of women in business. I look forward to sharing with and learning from the esteemed group convening at this year’s Most Powerful Women Summit.”
In addition to co-founding and running Hearsay Social, Ms. Shih is the author of the New York Times-featured bestselling book The Facebook Era, Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell and Innovate, as well as the recent eBook, How to Make Money Marketing Your Business on Facebook, published and distributed by the Financial Times. Ms. Shih also created the first business application for Facebook in 2007.
The premiere gathering of its kind, FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summit—now in its 13th year—is by invitation only and features a unique format: no speeches, all lively panel discussions, on-stage conversations, and interactive breakout sessions. A list of 2011 speakers can be found at
To learn more about FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs 2011, please visit
About Hearsay Social
Hearsay Social is the first comprehensive social media solution for enterprises, addressing regulatory compliance and relationship management for distributed sales forces. We empower brands with many local agents, reps, or store employees to grow revenue and deepen customer relationships through social media.
Located in San Francisco, Hearsay Social is backed by Sequoia Capital, NEA, and top executives from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The company was co-founded by former Microsoft executive Steve Garrity and former Google and executive Clara Shih. In 2007, Shih developed the first business application on Facebook and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured bestselling book on enterprise use of social media, which has been translated into nine languages and is used as a textbook at Harvard Business School. For more information, please visit us at:
Twitter: @HearsaySocial