On May 28, 2015 at the intersection of Davis Street and California Street, an intimate group of the most influential, passionate, and creative men and women will gather for the first TEDxDavisStWomen. Innovators and visionaries from around the world will join together as one community to champion the issues of girls and women today.

TEDxDavisStWomen will be an evening event featuring Speakers carefully curated as catalysts, to spark action in each of our attendees and viewers.

Sally Thornton Forshay

Sally Thornton, Founder & Chief Curator, Forshay

Sally founded Forshay to build a new business model for how top talent can engage with some of the Bay Area’s most progressive companies, through an on-demand model that provides ‘just enough’ structure to support their best work, or through direct-hire opportunities. Sally has extensive experience addressing the unique talent needs of the Bay Area’s most remarkable companies, having worked with iconic leaders such as Genentech and Levi Strauss, rapid-growth start ups including ngmoco:) and Sonos, and radically creative companies like Method Home and IDEO. Prior to creating Forshay, Sally co-founded Flexperience in 2006, growing it into a nationally acclaimed talent firm that was named in 2010 to San Francisco Business Times’ “Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies”.

As a thought leader on the future of work and talent, Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, KQED radio, Forbes, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, Entrepreneur.com, ABC’s View From the Bay, and BNET.com. She has presented to audiences ranging from large business conferences to guest lectures at both Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Sally works with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project to support efforts to restructure workplaces so they are more aligned with the lives of today’s workforce and so companies can better harness talent for their success. Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the topics of the future of work, talent recruitment and engagement strategies, how to increase the number of women in leadership, and how to apply research on happiness & meaningfulness into a practical work/life blend. Sally is honored to be on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, which is the educational partner of LeanIn.org.


Lisa Nash, CEO

Lisa was recruited in 2008 to lead Blue Planet Network and increase the impact of safe drinking water programs for people around the world. Blue Planet Network’s 90+ member organizations have empowered one million people with clean water. In 2012, Lisa was awarded The Silicon Valley 100 Women of Influence Award. “There is nothing more important to life than water. Blue Planet Network uses the power of the Internet to unlock the knowledge and increase the impact of the global water community, delivering lasting water solutions that change lives.”
Lisa has 25+ years of domestic and international experience building brands and customer communities at companies that include Yahoo!, E*TRADE, Charles Schwab, VISA and American Express.
Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. Lisa holds a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College and a Graduate Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from National Taiwan Normal University.

Zabreen Khan TEDx DavisStWomen

Zabreen Khan

Zabreen in currently a student at Stanford studying Science, Technology & Society as well as Creative Writing. At Stanford, she leads the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) as well as MINT Magazine. Zabreen also takes a keen interest in philanthropy and helps raise funds with the Alpha Phi Organization to support women’s heart health.

Before Stanford, Zabreen attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where she graduated with Highest Honors and was President of the Girls Learn International Organization that partnered with women’s schools in Bangladesh, Kenya, and South Africa. Zabreen has also worked hard to promote women’s education in her hometown, Lahore, Pakistan. Her writing about women’s education and her journey from Pakistan has been published in the Bailey Powers Collection.

After living in Silicon Valley, Zabreen is eager to see more women take charge in the tech and VC world. In the past, she has worked at The Walt Disney Company and Andreessen Horowitz. She will continue her career in tech at Facebook this summer. In her spare time, Zabreen enjoys reading the Sunday Edition of the New York Times and is always searching for the next best recipe for chocolate chip cookies.