In November 2020, amidst the pandemic, we held our first virtual and all-women event, titled “Bridge Forum Connects: Leading Women in Enterprise Tech”, bringing together senior female leaders in enterprise tech to discuss scaling SaaS companies and balancing growth and profitability.
This included a panel with two esteemed speakers, moderated by GIC’s Lihan Chen:
- Elena Gomez is Chief Financial Officer of customer service software company Zendesk. Prior to Zendesk, she served in senior finance roles at Salesforce, Visa, and the Charles Schwab Corporation.
- Michelle Zatlyn is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cloudflare, a web performance and security company. Michelle has held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two start-ups.
More than 30 senior female executives participated in the virtual event. Lihan kicked off the session by sharing how different companies have benefited from the Bridge Forum platform to connect with like-minded business partners and collaborate with each other. In the last three years, some 450 one-on-one meetings between companies have been facilitated, with many going on to work with each other.
This was followed by the fireside chat with Elena and Michelle, who covered topics including scaling SaaS companies, culture building, and the opportunities and challenges female executives face at work. A strong sense of community and camaraderie shone through in the breakout sessions as participants shared candidly about how they have approached professional and personal challenges as female leaders. Ethel Chen, Senior Vice President at GIC’s Technology Investment Group, then closed the session with comments and a graphic illustration advice captured over the entire session.
About Bridge Forum
The Bridge Forum was co-created by GIC and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to explore tech disruption and innovation in an ever-changing world. In the last few years, we have convened global business leaders, and technology trailblazers in the financial services, FinTech, and real estate technology spaces to connect, share exclusive insights, and problem-solve with each other.