Mona Sabet is an entrepreneur, business executive, fierce diversity advocate and seasoned attorney. She has had hands on management with P&L responsibility, entrepreneurial experience and expertise in scaling businesses through early stage development ($10M – $50M) as well as in large organizations through inorganic growth and partnerships. She believes in the power of small diverse teams to drive significant, meaningful change.
Mona led the strategy and implementation that took The Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest annual convention of women technologist in the world, from 8,000 to 15,000 attendees in 2 years. She co-founded VIBLIO, an online video search and sharing service. Prior to VIBLIO, Mona was on the buy side of start-ups, running corporate development for Cadence Design Systems. At Cadence, she led all mergers and acquisitions, strategic technology transactions and venture investments, delivering tens of millions of dollars in incremental revenue. She also led definition of the company’s acquisition and partnership strategy, enabling Cadence to expand into adjacent growing markets.
Mona joined Cadence from Coverity, a VC-backed software company, where she served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, with oversight and management responsibility for worldwide legal and regulatory matters. Mona expanded her responsibilities at Coverity by initiating new growth programs and managing the company’s open source strategy and strategic planning process.
Prior to Coverity, Mona was a Vice President at Cadence, managing Cadence’s intellectual property strategy and portfolio during a time of rapid company growth through acquisitions. She built her early legal career practicing law in private firms, specializing in technology transactions, international license agreements and raising capital.
In addition to ChIPs, Mona co-founded Leading Women in Technology, which has been helping women in the tech sector for over a decade to accelerate their careers.
Mona has a strong science, legal and business background and years of experience negotiating complex technology deals. In her career, she has driven corporate growth through technology transactions, new product marketing initiatives, acquisitions, patent strategy, and talent management.