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The Women in Technology Luncheon is hosted annually by the HPA Women in Post and SMPTE.
This year’s event will be at the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown Los Angeles and a ticket purchase is required through the SMPTE ATC 2018 registration site.
Rachel Payne is Founder and CEO of FEM Inc. Rachel Payne started FEM Inc. when she realized that there was an enormous opportunity for innovation in entertainment using a data-driven approach. In her prior role as Principal, Global Strategic Alliances at Google, she worked with top executives across the company to develop comprehensive strategies for their largest global partners, including Sony, Disney, NewsCorp and Samsung. She also served externally as the global point of contact for some of the company’s most important relationships, including Sony. It was in this capacity that she was able to identify a unique opportunity in the entertainment ecosystem to serve to meet a diverse set of user needs for better entertainment. Prior to this, Rachel was Head of Industry for Technology, running cross-platform media sales teams managing advertising spend from Google’s largest technology partners.
She originally joined Google on the founding team of Google.org, and was Senior Program Officer on the Global Development team. She later led Google’s international business operations in emerging and developing markets as a Country Manager in sub-Saharan Africa, on the regional Africa management team.
Rachel has been on the founding or early teams of several successful ventures in Silicon Valley including Hotwire (acquired by IAC) and Billpoint (acquired by eBay). In 2005, Rachel Co-Founded inDplay – a media company providing cross-platform distribution for independent, professionally-produced content – and served on the Board of Directors until 2007 (acquired by Discovery Media Group); angel investors included:
Eric Schmidt, William Randolph Hearst III and Shai Agassi.
Rachel serves on the Board of Directors for BRAC USA, KCET/LinkTV public media company and CREDO Mobile (Working Assets). Rachel earned an MBA in Global Management and Public Management from Stanford University and a B.A. with distinction from Smith College. She resides in California.