“My role model is Judy Estrin, CEO of JLabs. She is one of the smartest people I know, as well as a great friend and mentor. As a serial entrepreneur, one of Judy’s goals is to see more women leaders driving innovation in STEM. She inspires me to do the same, which is why I started the Women’s Innovation Council in February 2013. Today, the Council includes more than 30 of the nation’s most prominent women CIOs, and focuses on driving innovation with greater purpose for their community.”
Bethany is Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Networking, a global $2.5 billion business that’s integral to Hewlett-Packard’s growth strategy. In this role, which Bethany took on in May 2011, she leads a global team of more than 6,000 employees that helps companies improve their performance through innovative networking technologies. Upon taking charge of HP Networking, Bethany immediately recognized that two accelerating trends – mobility and cloud computing – were putting unsustainable pressure on customers’ networks. In response, she drove HP Networking to introduce the industry’s first complete software-defined networking (SDN) solution, which enables customers to dramatically simplify, scale and automate their network. This radical transformation gives customers more choice and greater flexibility – all at a lower total cost of ownership. Under Bethany’s leadership, HP Networking has achieved 16 consecutive quarters of growth, and is now the industry’s only other networking vendor with double-digit market share. Bethany is also deeply engaged in HP’s Talent Acceleration Program, a mentorship program designed to strengthen the careers of HP’s top 150 Vice Presidents and Directors.
Beyond the workplace, Bethany volunteers as a fundraiser for the Canary Foundation (focused on early cancer detection); on the board of Teen Challenge, focused on reducing teen drug and alcohol addiction; and on the board of Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC).
In February 2013, Bethany hosted a dynamic two-day Women’s Technology Leadership Forum (now known as Women’s Innovation Council) for 30 of the nation’s most prominent women CIO’s. Focusing on “Innovation with Purpose,” participants explored issues including the crisis in STEM education for girls, climate change, poverty and healthcare and explored ways to innovate collaboratively in addressing them. She has also sponsored various other leadership summits for future technology leaders. Bethany was recently named a Watermark Women Who Have Made Their Mark Award winner. Also recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech by Business Insider. In 2012, Bethany won the Stevie Gold Award for Female Executive of the Year for 2012. She was also recognized by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of the Top Women of Influence in Silicon Valley in 2008.