FountainBlue's Masterminds Group

FountainBlue's invitation-only 'Masterminds' group is designed for senior women (and male) leaders with board and leadership roles for tech companies (mostly start-ups), based (mostly) in Silicon Valley with global customers and operations. They are also interested in securing additional (or new) board leadership roles.

Privacy and Respect:

To respect the privacy of everyone, and to ensure a trust-based conversation, FountainBlue practices and enforces Chatham House Rules for these meetings. 


Namely, participants are free to use the information received (including forwarding the notes to others), but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.


Members and Membership
The group members are generally trained to lead boards (in partnership with How Women Lead for example), are generally female (but not exclusively so), and are generally interested in leading and influencing a start-ups direction, strategy and execution.


Meetings and Programs
The Masterminds group gathers for monthly forums, generally on the third (or fourth) Fridays from 8-10:30 a.m. at TechLAB in Santa Clara. To respect our very packed agenda and ensure maximum value for all participants, we will limit registrations to ten people each month, but we will have a waiting list in case those who have confirmed subsequently have a conflict.

Our interactive conversations are conducted in a cone of silence. Our rough agenda is highlighted below.

7:45 Networking, coffee/tea/fruit - Please arrive by 8 a.m.

8:00 Welcomes and Introductions by all (Roses and Thorns, Plus a Learning About Yourself)
8:30 Each member brings one detailed problem and challenge to the table and gets ten minutes of discussion.

  • Problem, implications, challenges, what you've tried and what happened (5 minutes)
  • Clarifying questions - All (2 minutes)
  • Brainstorm solutions - All (2 minutes)

10:00 Adjourn

Note: Each attendee is assigned a number based on the order of arrival. We will present in numerical order. The person who has the number just before yours will be your note-taker and accountability partner. I will be the notetaker for the person who arrives first.


Fees and Dues

There is no fee to participate in FountainBlue's Masterminds program, but membership is entirely at the discretion of FountainBlue.

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