Boom-Boom Room

CES is here

CES is here, and we’re ready to make it go ‘boom.’ You won’t hear any conversations quite like the ones in the Tech Boom Boom Room, where a diverse group of female leaders will lead four intimate and insightful discussions about tech, culture and leadership on Tuesday, January 9. Here’s the agenda (all times are in PST):


12:00pm – Welcome from Joy Howard, CMO, Sonos
12:10pm – Session 1: Inspiring the Next Generation of Artists and Engineers

The future is female. The future is diverse. The future is accepting. The future is inclusive. Millennial expectations are changing greatly and our industries must be poised to meet the moment. How do we inspire the next generation of artists and engineers to innovate?


  • Danielle Lee, Global Head of Partner Solutions, Spotify
  • Lilian Rincon, Director of Product Management, Google
  • Molly Sides & Whitney Petty, Thunderpussy


1:00pm – Session 2: Spaces for Social Capital

What experiences and environments (online and offline) exist/should exist to afford women and people of color the same relationship-building opportunities as the all ‘boys clubs’ and ‘boys outings’ of yore? How do we incentivize online communities to design meaningful safeguards and consequences for harassment, hate speech, and other abuse, which commonly targets and silences women and people of color?


  • Meredith Graves, MTV News Anchor / Musician
  • Judy Taing, Senior Officer of Gender & Sexuality, Article 19
  • Saidah Blount, Brand Activation Manager, Sonos


2:00pm – Session 3: Democratizing Genius

The arrogant, unyielding lone genius or truculent boy-king in a hoodie — business culture has lionized certain leadership tropes, and in doing so negated the truth that leadership manifests in different ways, in very different types of people. Who are the ‘unconventional’ or ‘unexpected’ leaders, what can we learn from their example, and how do we elevate their appeal?


  • Gayle Troberman, CMO, iHeartMedia
  • Katie Kincaid, Director of Political Partnerships & Engagement, Lyft


3:00pm – Session 4: Leadership & The Future of Talent

What programming and investment is required to actively train or groom women and people of color for executive leadership? What are the frequent obstacles cited when it comes to finding diverse talent, and how do we systematically overcome them?


  • Billie Whitehouse, CEO, Wearable X
  • Liat Ben-Zur, SVP of Digital Transformation, Philips
  • Tulani Foy, Strategist, Droga5


3:45pm – Conversations Conclude

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Are you Serious?

Every year, CES is where the world looks to find the vision of the tech industry. And this year that vision is particularly clear: Zero female keynote speakers. No women in clear agenda-driving roles.

Innovation is born from diverse voices, and we need to listen to them. We need to stream them. We need them to be heard beyond hard-to-find conference halls. For one week, CES lets us see behind the curtain of the tech industry, and it’s not pretty.

Enough with the frat rock.

Our mantra at Sonos is “Listen Better” and we take it seriously. Let’s have meaningful conversations. During the event, we’re planning on holding a real conversation amplifying the voices that wouldn’t otherwise be heard. In honor of the women who first blew the whistle on the boy’s club that was Wall Street, we’re calling it the Boom Boom Room.

We’ll release more details as we firm them up, but in the meantime, I’d like to hear from you. What should we talk about? Who should we include? Who should help us co-host? Send me an email or tweet, and let’s make it go boom.

CMO, Sonos