On Sunday February 4 at 1pm (NOTE TIME HAS CHANGED due to the Super Bowl game later in the afternoon), SEF will hold an exciting panel discussion event at the McAfee Center. The panel will feature leading professionals from multiple disciplines to talk about what your child can do to pursue their dreams. It will be a chance for both parents and their children to ask questions about careers in different sectors from the arts to technology, and from music to science and health.

Although the discussion may be more appropriate for older kids (grades 4-8) all parents and children in the Saratoga Union School District are welcome to attend.

For more information about the agenda please register in advance so we have some idea of numbers and also please feel free to submit your questions. Thank you!


Holly Van Hart

Holly Van Hart, Art

Tamami Honma

Tamami Honma, Music

Deirdre Lyell

Deirdre Lyell, Medicine

Shalini-Govil Pai

Shalini Govil-Pai, Technology

Randhir Vieira

Randhir Vieira, Mental Wellness

Amy Williams

Amy Williams, Fashion

Panelist Biographies

Holly Van Hart is an internationally exhibited artist known for her abstracted nature paintings. Her work explores a fascination with the limitless opportunities we have in our lives. Images of abstracted forests, trees, fields, and flowers are used to symbolize abundance and the generation of new life and new ideas. Her work has won many awards, including Grand Prize at the California Statewide Painting Competition, and Best of Houzz. Also, she was awarded a fellowship from the prestigious Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists. She has had solo exhibitions at the Triton Museum of Art, University of California San Francisco, and Stanford University. Her work has been collected internationally, and she has participated in gallery exhibitions across the United States. Ms. Van Hart’s paintings have been featured in the Huffington Post, Professional Artist Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, Examiner.com, Saratoga News, Santa Clara Weekly, Los Angeles Live Radio, and Silicon Valley ‘Talk Art’ TV.​

Tamami Honma is a concert pianist and music educator with extensive international experience as a recording and collaborative artist. To critical acclaim she has appeared in major halls from Bolshoi Hall to Carnegie Hall and participated in prestigious music festivals. She won top prizes in international competitions as a child progidy, and has since been featured in many music publications here and abroad. She is one of only a handful of pianists trained in the romantic school handed down through Vladimir Horowitz via the legendary Byron Janis (biopic in the works by Martin Scorsese). She was on staff at the Royal Academy of Music in London and currently serves as a vocal coach at San Francisco Conservatory of Music college division. She also teaches privately, is rehearsalist for several opera and large choirs from the South Bay to the City, and gives over 40 concerts a year including with the Cal Arte Ensemble. A believer in the community spirit, Ms. Honma is in her fourth year as President of SEF.​

Deirdre Lyell is Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Stanford, in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine ("high-risk obstetrics"). She sees patients, delivers babies, researches how to prevent preterm birth and complications of ceasarean sections, and teaches medical students, residents and fellows. She serves as the Associate Division Director, Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Director of the Program in Placental Disorders.

Shalini Govil-Pai is general manager for Android TV at Google. She was previously Sr. Director at YouTube where she headed up technology solutions globally for all YouTube creators.  Prior to that she was founder and lead Product Manager on Google TV and on AdWords. She was awarded the Google OC Award for innovation in product on Google TV – this award is from the Google Founders for top-ranking innovative projects. Prior to Google, Shalini was Technical Director at Pixar Animation, where she led technical efforts for block-buster films ‘A Bug’s Life’ and ‘Toy Story’. Ms. Govil-Pai is the author of two internationally-published books in Computer Graphics – Principles of Computer Graphics and Learning Computer Graphics, published in 2005 and 1998 respectively. Both have been accepted at college-level classes. She also has a patent in TV Search (http://patents.justia.com/patent/20110289530).

Randhir Vieira leads product development for the Headspace Workplace Wellness product which aims to bring health and happiness to the workplace. Prior to Headspace, Randhir led product, marketing, sales and engineering teams at companies like Yahoo, Eyefi and Mindflash.

Amy Williams has spent more then 25 years in the retail industry with leading brands that include The Gap, Lucky Brand Jeans and Citizens of Humanity and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles Based Citizens of Humanity, one of the leading premium denim brands in the world. Amy started her career in the Executive Internship Program at Macy's in New York. For more then 14 years she worked at the Gap assuming a variety of positions in merchandising and design in both SF and New York, ultimately serving as the Senior Vice President of Gap, Gap Body and Gap Kids.