Inspiring Women

How to be a Tech Visionary? 5 Lessons from Oscars of Silicon Valley

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues The dynamic new CEO of SVForum, Adiba Barney rolled out the red carpet this week for the 17th Visionary Awards. But despite all the glitz and glamor, there was a strong [...]

Lesley Stahl: Climate Change Needs Alarm Bell

One day after the sweeping new rules to limit power plant emissions were announced by the EPA’s Gina McCarthy, China just announced a major carbon emissions cap. Yet the climate change deniers and the the coal [...]

Lesley Stahl on Barbara Walters: Why They’re Soul Sisters

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Last night, I caught up with acclaimed journalist Lesley Stahl to discuss Barbara Walters’ retirement. Here’s Stahl’s tribute to her television colleague and fellow crasher of the boys’ club: “Barbara [...]

TV Pioneer Belva Davis on Passion, Curiosity

Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, Gloria Steinem. These are just a few of the icons that pioneering journalist Belva Davis has interviewed in over fifty years of reporting. This weekend, Davis [...]

Cisco’s Warrior Shares 7 Secrets of Success

Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Cisco System’s CTO Padmasree Warrior discusses the “Lean In” Movement, and what lessons she’s learned in her remarkable career. Warrior, an influential Silicon Valley tech leader, on the Forbes List of [...]

Girl Geeks Descend On Tesla in Silicon Valley

Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues You might be excused for thinking that the success of Tesla Motors is entirely due to the brilliance of its leader, Elon Musk. OK, perhaps with a wee bit of [...]

What Does Sheryl Sandberg Want? Just 5 things

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues What does Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg really want? Some say she’s an outspoken elitist and stirring up the mommy wars, while others say her stance is brave and ground-breaking. Here’s an up [...]

Jennifer Granholm: Amazing Race for Clean Energy

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Let’s face it, President Obama is struggling to get anything through Congress right now, never mind a national energy policy, but here’s a big idea from Berkeley’s Jennifer Granholm to [...]

Dianne Feinstein Plans Carbon Tax, Argues Against Keystone, Oil & Gas Subsidies

Senator Dianne Feinstein shared her plans to introduce a new “carbon fee” bill, during a press conference Wednesday in downtown San Francisco. “I think a carbon fee is growing in popularity,” said Feinstein, after an appearance [...]

EPA’s Lisa Jackson: On Fracking, Keystone and Running for Office

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Environmental policy was front and center Tuesday evening at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley as EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson took the stage with former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm. Fracking and [...]

Susan Sarandon, Will.i.am on Green Design

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Susan Sarandon and Will.i.am shared tributes to Green Design guru Bill McDonough at the Cradle to Cradle Design Innovation Event this month in San Francisco. “We are a community of [...]

Meryl Streep’s Green Interview with Alison van Diggelen

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues We were delighted when Meryl Streep agreed to a Fresh Dialogues interview last month in San Francisco. We had a lively conversation about why she’s become an activist for the [...]