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AIWA-SF Gala Keynote: Magdalena Yesil

Magdalena Yesil, Executive Director of DriveInformed, Founder of Broadway Angels, and the first investor in Salesforce was the keynote speaker at the AIWA-San Francisco “Bridging Our Worlds” gala.  Introduced by her close friend, Karen King (Chief Legal Council, Silver Lake Group) Karen described Magdalena as an immigrant, engineer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and angel investor.

Magdalena’s speech focused on the key to her career successes and highlighted parts from her new book, Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy. She asserted that the biggest contributor to her success was her “otherness”. She explained that growing up in Istanbul, Turkey as an Armenian, she was seen as the “other” because she was Armenian. Likewise, in Armenian society she was seen as “other” as her family is Protestant, unlike most Armenians who are Orthodox. Being an “other” taught Magdalena that she didn’t need anything from anyone else.

Magdalena shared that the AIWA-San Francisco “Bridging Our Worlds” Gala was the first time she had addressed a large Armenian audience. When she first learned about AIWA-San Francisco’s mission and its focus, she mentioned that she was immediately moved and drawn to the organization. This is a special testament to the work AIWA-San Francisco is doing to change lives.

AIWA-San Francisco is so honored to have Magdalena share her wisdom on what has made her successful and why she believes in and deeply supports AIWA-San Francisco’s  mission. To join our efforts please follow this link.
View Magdalena’s full AIWA-San Francisco’s Keynote:





About AIWA-SF:

The Armenian International Women’s Association is a dynamic global 501(c)3 dedicated to empowerment, education and enrichment. Through many projects and initiatives,  AIWA is dedicated to inspiring, empowering and connecting Armenian women worldwide.

AIWA-SF is an affiliate chapter of the Armenian International Women’s Association,  the EIN #: 04-3113182. Donations marked for AIWA-SF are routed to the affiliate chapter.

To get involved with the AIWA-SF affiliate, please visit or send an email to We are grateful for all donations. To help us promote progress, contributions can be mailed to: AIWA-SF 15559 Union Ave #227 Los Gatos CA 95032

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