Arianna Huffington

Founder of The Huffington Post, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington

Founder of The Huffington Post, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of 14 books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a “Pulitzer Prize” for national reporting.

She has been named to TIME magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes “Most Powerful Women” list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University

with a Master of Arts degree in Economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including The Center for Public Integrity and The Committee to Protect Journalists. Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder,

debuted at #1 on The New York Times best seller list and was released in paperback in March 2015. Her new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, will be published on April 5, 2016.

Janeen Uzzell

Former Head of Women in Technology @ GE

Janeen Uzzell

Former Head of Women in Technology @ GE

Global Technology Executive, People Developer, Transformational Leader, Storyteller, Engineer and self-proclaimed Global Citizen, Janeen Uzzell is on a mission to use her influence and voice to lead causal work that changes lives, communities and the world. She is passionate about positioning women and girls to be their best self, so that they experience freedom and break stereotypes. With more than 20 years of work experience in the US and Internationally, Janeen was most recently the Head of Women in Technology for GE where she led a culture shift to accelerate the number of women within the Company’s technical female workforce.

Karen Wong

Software Engineer @ Nordstromrack.com | Hautelook

Karen Wong

Software Engineer @ Nordstromrack.com | Hautelook

Karen is a Software Engineer at Nordstromrack.com | Hautelook, specializing in backend work using Scala. She focuses on projects related to streamlining the customer order experience. Karen previously worked at NBCUniversal where she helped support technical initiatives, such as increasing software efficiency. Karen holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Celeste Fralick

Chief Data Scientist, Senior Principal Engineer @ McAfee

Dr. Celeste Fralick

Chief Data Scientist, Senior Principal Engineer @ McAfee

Dr. Fralick is responsible for McAfee’s technical analytic strategy that integrates into McAfee consumer and enterprise products as well as internal Business Intelligence. Dr. Fralick brings over 36 years of industry experience to McAfee. Prior to Intel’s divestiture of McAfee, she was Chief Data Scientist in Intel’s Internet of Things Group where she developed Machine Learning and Deep Learning analytics for over 8 different markets. Dr. Fralick chairs McAfee’s Analytic Center of Excellence, and was a technical leader in Intel’s data science and biotech strategies, product qualification, and product life cycle programs. Active in various industry and academic boards, journal editorial staffs, and consortiums, her experience spans analytics, systems, IoT engineering, semiconductor process and product development, regulatory, medical device, and quality/reliability domains.

She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University, concentrating on predictive analytics and neuroscience, and is currently authoring Springer’s “Intelligent Analytics”.

Nick Caldwell

VP, Engineering @ Reddit

Nick Caldwell

VP, Engineering @ Reddit

Nick Caldwell is the VP of Engineering at Reddit where he is responsible for building and operating one of the world’s most visited sites. Prior to joining Reddit, he held various positions in engineering leadership at Microsoft, including work on natural language processing, enterprise search, machine learning, and business intelligence. Nick's most significant role at Microsoft was as General Manager of Power BI where he rapidly transformed the company's business intelligence suite. Nick holds a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He's a native of P.G. County Maryland, but is happy to call San Francisco home.

Kamini Dandapani

Senior Director, Engineering @ LinkedIn

Kamini Dandapani

Senior Director, Engineering @ LinkedIn

Kamini is a Senior Director of Engineering at LinkedIn. She leads the Infrastructure and Productivity Engineering Team for the core flagship app for LinkedIn. Her team is responsible for developing tools and infrastructure to enable continuous development and deployment. She also leads the Women in Tech (WIT) Invest Program at LinkedIn which provides opportunities to accelerate women's career. Prior to LinkedIn, Kamini spent 11 years at eBay, rising through the company from an engineer to leading and managing large engineering organizations. Throughout her career, Kamini has transformed Engineering, Tools, and Test organizations at several companies.

Jen Grant

Chief Marketing Officer @ Looker

Jen Grant

Chief Marketing Officer @ Looker

Jen Grant is the Chief Marketing Officer at Looker. Jen spent almost two decades building powerhouse brands from the ground-up. As the first executive marketing hire at Box, she oversaw its growth from a small “consumer back-up” start-up to an industry-leading enterprise content collaboration company used by the majority of the Fortune 500. After Box, she spent a few years advising Homebrew’s portfolio, on the board of directors of nonprofit K-12 Team, and led the rebranding of Elastic as CMO. Prior to Box, Grant spent 4 years at Google leading the Google Apps EDU, Gmail and Book Search marketing teams.

Mai Le

Director of Engineering @ Uber Technologies

Mai Le

Director of Engineering @ Uber Technologies

Mai Le is engineering director for Product Platforms, the foundation platform that enables Uber to operate effectively and intelligently on a global scale. She's been at Uber for almost 2 years. Mai leads an engineering organization that creates the technologies used to engage with customers. She is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience leading organizational, cultural and technical transformation holding senior leadership roles at Yahoo, Walmart, Microsoft, and Symantec. She is a diversity advocate influencing and driving change as a mentor, advisor, and supporter of resource groups.

Kimberly Clark

MD, Analytics & Business Insight @ Charles Schwab & Co.

Kimberly Clark

MD, Analytics & Business Insight @ Charles Schwab & Co.

Kimberly is Managing Director of Analytics & Business Insight for Schwab Advisor Services. She joined Schwab as a member of the Management Information Systems department and was instrumental in the vision and strategy resulting in its transformation into a Business Intelligence organization. Kimberly started her career in advanced technology consulting across various industries. She is known for her positivity, tenacity and being solution-oriented. Kimberly holds a Master of Science degree in Information Management from Arizona State University. As the reigning Ms. Woman Arizona United States, she uses her platform to inspire women of all ages to pursue a career in technology.

Melody Meckfessel

Senior Engineering Director @ Google

Melody Meckfessel

Senior Engineering Director @ Google

Melody Meckfessel is a hands-on technology leader with more than 20 years experience building and maintaining large-scale distributed systems and solving problems at scale. In her current role as Senior Engineering Director, she leads DevOps for Google including Google Cloud Platform tools and systems, and oversees a global team of 800+ engineers. Her team powers the world’s most advanced continuously delivered software, enabling development teams to turn ideas into reliable, scalable production systems. Google DevOps implements the full development lifecycle from search to learning, coding, debugging, building, testing, production and iteration. In addition to powering the productivity of Google’s engineers, Melody’s team is bringing Google’s best practices to every software development and operations team in the world.

Melody is passionate about improving software development for the world’s developers and operators, making it fast, scalable and fun. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Melody began her career in programming for startups and enterprise companies. Since joining Google in 2004, Melody has led teams in Google’s core search systems, search quality and cluster management. 

As the current Co-Chair of Technical Infrastructure Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Melody champions programs to bridge the gap for under-represented engineers and serves as a role model for creating and fostering an inclusive workplace for engineers.

Wendy M. Pfeiffer

Chief Information Officer @ Nutanix

Wendy M. Pfeiffer

Chief Information Officer @ Nutanix

Currently CIO at Nutanix, Wendy has led technical functions for GoPro, Yahoo! and Cisco, and proudly serves on the board at Girls In Tech. Dedicated to excellence in operations and delivery while maintaining a focus on innovation, Wendy has played a key role in envisioning and delivering digital technologies around the world.

Robin Matlock

Chief Marketing Officer @ VMware

Robin Matlock

Chief Marketing Officer @ VMware

Robin Matlock serves as the company’s chief marketing officer. Bringing more than 25 years of marketing experience in the enterprise software and services sector, Matlock has helped position VMware as a market leader by spearheading many mission-critical company initiatives. As CMO, Matlock is a key member of VMware’s Executive Leadership team responsible for leading all aspects of the Global Marketing organization, including Communications, Corporate Marketing, Partner, Segment and Field Marketing.

Prior to joining VMware, Matlock ran marketing and oversaw business development at Imperva in her role as executive vice president and general manager. She has also successfully led go-to-market teams for McAfee, Entercept and Symantec.

Christine Bakan

Global Head of Sequencing Software and Bioinformatics @ Roche

Christine Bakan

Global Head of Sequencing Software and Bioinformatics @ Roche

As VP, Global Head of Software and Bioinformatics for Roche Sequencing Solutions, Christine Bakan leads research and development of genomic sequencing data analysis and interpretation technologies for end-to- end, next generation sequencing solutions being developed at Roche.

Prior to Roche Sequencing Solutions, Christine held senior positions at Cisco Systems where she was responsible for core software technologies, digital network solutions and software defined networking across Cisco’s enterprise switching, routing and mobile/ wireless product lines that generate ~$20 billion in annual revenues. Christine previously led software research and development organizations for cloud IT service management products at BMC Software and in the advanced technology group at Oracle Corporation. She holds four patents related to virtualization, security and performance optimization in Oracle applications and database technologies. Christine holds degrees in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from UC Berkeley and is a graduate of the Stanford University Business School.

Carin Taylor

Chief Diversity Officer @ Workday

Carin Taylor

Chief Diversity Officer @ Workday

Carin Taylor is chief diversity officer at Workday and has global responsibility for the development and execution of Workday’s inclusion and diversity strategy.

Prior to joining Workday, Carin served as the head of diversity, inclusion, and innovation at Genentech where she was responsible for strategic initiatives including executive coaching, building and leading highly effective teams, and increasing employee engagement. She was also responsible for creating strategies to successfully recruit, develop, and retain diverse workforces as well as enabling large organizations to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive innovation. Before Genentech, Carin held various positions in human resources, inclusion and diversity, finance, and customer service at Cisco Systems.

Emily Metallo

Former Director @ KPMG

Emily Metallo

Former Director @ KPMG

Emily is a Former Director for KPMG Spectrum, part of the Advisory practice of the big 4 cyber, tax, audit and consulting firm. She advises companies on how to comply with new accounting regulations, contract performance and supplier vulnerability, via the Firm’s services and evolving SAAS-based solutions. She has been supporting the commercial sector as an enterprise sales executive the last 15 years, including companies Oracle, SAP and SAS in the analytics and business intelligence space. 

As March of Dimes Board Member on the Atlanta market Board of Directors, she is committed to the effort in saving and improving babies' lives and the lives of their mothers. Every baby should have a chance to be healthy. She is past donor for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and past participant of North Central Georgia Habitat for Humanity International. With the increasing pace of new technologies, Emily will share her unique perspective on the opportunities for women and wants to inspire the next generations to reach even higher, and be bold. 

Tina Bhatnagar

VP, Operations and Technology @ Coinbase

Tina Bhatnagar

VP, Operations and Technology @ Coinbase

Tina leads the operational teams at Coinbase and is focused on scaling the support and IT teams to manage customer demand. Prior to Coinbase, Tina was VP of Operations and User Services at Twitter. She started at Twitter, working with 20 people in a basement managing thousands of customer support tickets a month. In five and a half years, she grew her team to thousands of employees operating out of six locations handling millions of support tickets a month. Her team helped tackle spam, account access, identity, and localization issues. Prior to Twitter, Tina spent eight years at IBM helping companies build and scale their operations. She understands not only how to rapidly scale operations and customer support teams to meet the demands of unprecedented growth, but also how to manage sensitive account and customer information.

Amy Buckner Chowdhry

CEO and Founder of AnswerLab @ AnswerLab

Amy Buckner Chowdhry

CEO and Founder of AnswerLab @ AnswerLab

As CEO and Founder of AnswerLab, Amy drives the company’s mission of solving UX challenges for the world’s most innovative brands. She was recognized as a Fortune Most Promising Female Entrepreneur and lead AnswerLab to be named a Great Place to Work three years in a row.

Dr. Elizabeth Xu

Group CTO @ C.P. Group

Dr. Elizabeth Xu

Group CTO @ C.P. Group

Dr. Elizabeth Xu has more than 10 years of scientific research experience in predictive scientific modeling experience using a massive amount of satellite data in Space Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Science. She has helped many companies develop their AI (ML, Data)/Digital Transformation strategy and carry out their digital transformation execution, as well as the career transformation strategy for working professionals and college students.

Andrea Ruiz

Vice President, Financials Application Development @ Workday

Andrea Ruiz

Vice President, Financials Application Development @ Workday

Andrea has over 20 years of experience running development teams that deliver enterprise applications. She is currently leading the Financials applications team at Workday. Prior to Workday, Andrea spent 18 years of her career running global development teams at PeopleSoft and Oracle, working on areas across Customer Relationship Management, Human Capital Management and Payroll. Andrea is passionate about delivering applications that enable customers to transform their business. She focuses on innovation and continuous improvement to keep her team challenged and engaged. 

Shalini Agarwal

Director, Engineering @ LinkedIn

Shalini Agarwal

Director, Engineering @ LinkedIn

Shalini is Director of Engineering at LinkedIn, responsible for delivering scalable Data Applications. Her responsibilities include Reporting, Experimentation, Tracking, Data Quality, metadata management system, and delivery of insights across LinkedIn. Previously, she led Search Applications team, built search experiences across mobile and desktop at LinkedIn.

She brings 15+ years of software engineering experience along with management of teams across continents, shape organization alongside executives and delivery of top line results. Shalini spent nearly a decade at eBay, buyer experience and transforming her career from individual contributor towards management. Her passion lies in building great software, business applications and empowering women. 

Jeanette Calandra

Managing Partner @ PwC San Jose

Jeanette Calandra

Managing Partner @ PwC San Jose

Jeanette Calandra serves as the Managing Partner for PwC’s San Jose market and is responsible for leading a team of more than 1,300 professionals to deliver high quality, innovative business solutions across consulting, accounting, and tax solutions to clients. She has extensive experience leading and managing global Fortune 500 engagements as well as working with some of the most fast-paced technology startups.

Aerin Lim

VP @ Silicon Valley Bank

Aerin Lim

VP @ Silicon Valley Bank

Aerin is responsible for providing banking and venture debt financing for early and growth stage (annual revenue >$100mm) consumer technology companies in the bay area while building and maintaining relationships with them.

Cristina Goldt

Vice President of HCM Product Management and Strategy @ Workday

Cristina Goldt

Vice President of HCM Product Management and Strategy @ Workday

Cristina Goldt is vice president of HCM product management and strategy at Workday. She is responsible for the design and delivery of Workday’s applications globally including Workday HCM, Workday Recruiting and Workday Learning.

Cristina joined Workday in 2010 and has held various leadership roles across the company in the sales, marketing and product organizations. Most recently she served as the vice president of presales. Before joining Workday, Cristina worked in HCM solution consulting at PeopleSoft. She began her career as a consultant at Accenture.

Cristina holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University.

Khalida Ali

Diversity and Inclusion @ Zendesk

Khalida Ali

Diversity and Inclusion @ Zendesk

Khalida Ali is passionate about equity and advocacy. In her current as Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Zendesk, Khalida is responsible for working across and throughout the organization to build and foster a spirit of community that allows all individuals the chance and ability to thrive.

Prior to joining Zendesk, Khalida was a Vice President at Bank of America where she served as the Chief of Staff to the Global Head of Campus Recruiting and Junior Talent Management. She has also worked at NBCUniversal and Morgan Stanley in Corporate Diversity & Inclusion. After graduating from college, Khalida went to Wall Street and worked in Equity Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, during that period of time she became interested in exploring career pathways and outcomes of individuals underrepresented in various sectors and industries. She is originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of Spelman College.

Katelin Holloway

VP, People & Culture @ Reddit

Katelin Holloway

VP, People & Culture @ Reddit

VP of People & Culture at Reddit, Katelin is passionate about building scalable, inclusive institutional cultures. First introduced to the notion of intentional cultural development at Pixar Animation Studios, she studied the storytellers that would ultimately change the course of her career. From film to tech (and a few interesting layovers in between), the one common denominator remains: enabling people through belonging to create beautiful, innovative products.

Stephanie Yaung

Principal Scientist II, Bioinformatics @ Roche

Stephanie Yaung

Principal Scientist II, Bioinformatics @ Roche

At Roche Sequencing Solutions, Stephanie leads a team of bioinformatics scientists to support clinical studies and product development. She earned a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and S.B. degrees in Biological Engineering and Management Science from MIT. 

Erika Lunceford

Head of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center & Client Technology Relationship Management @ BNY Mellon

Erika Lunceford

Head of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center & Client Technology Relationship Management @ BNY Mellon

Erika delivers change through technology solutions and strategies to investment services. She has been with BNY Mellon (BNYM) since August of 2004, and currently leads Client Technology Relationship Management and Client Engagement Technology Services. She creates a two-way dialog between BNYM and its clients to support digital transformation. Erika also co-chairs the BNYM's Women In Technology (WIT) Sponsorship Committee. Previously, she was technology Program Manager for BNYM's Tri-Party Repo Reform program that went live on April 23, 2015. In this role, she created and delivered technology solutions for BNYM’s Risk Reduction.

Dara Treseder

Chief Marketing Officer @ GE Ventures

Dara Treseder

Chief Marketing Officer @ GE Ventures

Dara Treseder is the Chief Marketing Officer for GE Ventures, an innovation engine within GE focused on new market development, new business creation, investing, technology licensing, and community transformation. In 2017, Dara was recognized on Inc. as one of the Top 30 Women in Tech and on Forbes as one of the 9 Marketing Experts CMOs Need to Be Aware Of. Dara is passionate about all things related to marketing and technology, and she believes that innovation is the key to solving both corporate and community issues. Dara previously led strategic marketing and growth efforts at Apple and Goldman Sachs. She also sits on the board of the Public Health Institute, one of the largest, most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation.

Barbry McGann

SVP, Product Management @ Workday

Barbry McGann

SVP, Product Management @ Workday

Barbry McGann is senior vice president of products at Workday, where she leads product management for Workday’s applications including Workday Financial Management, Workday HCM, and Workday Student.

Barbry joined Workday in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience in product management and strategy. Prior to Workday, Barbry held several key product strategy, product marketing, and executive positions in leading enterprise software companies and start-ups including PeopleSoft, Oracle, and C3. At Oracle, Barbry was group vice president of product management for the CRM Division, responsible for product strategy, product management, and operations totaling $1.2 billion. Most recently, Barbry was a product strategy and management consultant for Medidata, Verizon, and New Relic.

Barbry holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Naomi Kelman

CEO & President @ Willow®

Naomi Kelman

CEO & President @ Willow®

Naomi Kelman is CEO & President of Willow®. Naomi has always believed in, and been inspired by the idea that women are exceptional people. Most recently she has worked tirelessly to create a game-changing solution for nursing moms with the introduction of Willow. Willow is the world’s first all-in-one wearable breast pump that fits inside a mom’s bra. Naomi’s strength is in re-imagining and truly listening for unmet needs and in delivering innovative solutions that make people’s lives better.

A consumer products veteran, Naomi spent her early years in the beauty industry at Clairol before becoming an expert in healthcare. She had a long, and distinguished career at Johnson & Johnson, as President of Vistakon (Acuvue contract lenses) and President of Lifescan (One Touch diabetes monitor). Kelman has broad global experience and she served as Division Head of the Global Over-the-Counter (OTC) Division of Novartis. 

The oldest of four sisters, she is a strong advocate for women. Naomi understands the unconditional commitment of moms to provide for their babies and believes that Willow™ will be a platform to help moms achieve their own personal goals. Naomi received her BA and MBA from Cornell University. She lives in California with her family. A private pilot, she enjoys exploring the US from the sky.

Jasmine Greenaway

Cloud Developer Advocate @ Microsoft

Jasmine Greenaway

Cloud Developer Advocate @ Microsoft

Jasmine talks about the cloud and Azure with words and code as a Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft. She also teaches front and back end web development as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College. Outside of work, she volunteers as a co-organizer at BrooklynJS, a monthly meetup held in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn. 

Erin Yang

Vice President of Platform Technology Product and Strategy @ Workday

Erin Yang

Vice President of Platform Technology Product and Strategy @ Workday

Erin Yang is vice president of platform technology product and strategy at Workday. She is responsible for leading Workday’s Cloud Platform strategy, sales, and product management team.

Prior to joining Workday in 2011 as its first technology product manager of collaboration, Erin was an analytics engineer at Circle of Moms, the largest and fastest-growing online community for moms, where she oversaw user engagement. Before Circle of Moms, Erin was a consultant at Accenture Technology Labs, where she focused on enterprise collaboration and rich internet applications.

Erin holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Kari Sears

Compliance Product Manager @ Coinbase

Kari Sears

Compliance Product Manager @ Coinbase

Kari Sears is a Compliance Product Manager at Coinbase, responsible for designing technical solutions to ensure regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Coinbase, Kari served in Compliance and Payment Product Management roles at Oportun (formerly Progreso Financiero) and worked as an investment analyst in international microfinance (Developing World Markets). Kari's personal mission is bridging financial innovation with inclusion and is dedicated to bringing the benefits of cryptocurrencies to the underserved. 

Devika Yeragudipati

Senior Security Architect @ Bloomberg

Devika Yeragudipati

Senior Security Architect @ Bloomberg

Devika Yeragudipati is a Senior Security Architect in the Product Security team at Bloomberg. She works with Bloomberg engineers and product owners to securely design, implement, and deploy products. Her area of focus is the Bloomberg Terminal, Regulated Entities, and proprietary protocols and frameworks.

A typical day might involve the architecture review of an upcoming product with engineers to strengthen security controls for the ecosystem, reviewing code, training developers on security, and providing solutions and best practices for specific scenarios.

Kerry Stivaletti

Global Account Manager @ SnapLogic

Kerry Stivaletti

Global Account Manager @ SnapLogic

Kerry is a Bay Area native and enjoys all the beauty and diversity that Northern California offers. With a varied business background, she has spent the last 15 years in the start -up technology world, working with emerging companies in the sales capacity. A former college athlete, she tries to bring that passion, empathy, humility and teammate needed into her "big girl" work world. Down the road, she wants to run for office and hopes you vote for her.

Ana Rodrigo

Principal Consultant @ ThoughtWorks

Ana Rodrigo

Principal Consultant @ ThoughtWorks

Ana is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks who has been immersed in technology since the very beginning of her career leading a start up in Venezuela. She is passionate about leading software development teams and driving change for our clients and within ThoughtWorks. Ana has served clients across many industries (retail, telecomm, gas and energy distribution, health care, travel) and geographies (US, Canada, Brazil, Chile). Ana currently serves ThoughtWorks as Head of Capabilities for North America and is a champion of women in technology within ThoughtWorks. Ana is proud to work at a company with an explicit mission to create a diverse and inclusive work culture and have meaningful impact on society. 

Wendy Li

Senior Director, Software Engineering @ ServiceNow

Wendy Li

Senior Director, Software Engineering @ ServiceNow

Wendy Li is a multifaceted technology leader with a proven track record for delivery of complex enterprise business applications. She began her career as a software engineer in Oracle database division, then progressed into a management position that is responsible for implementing different business applications like e-Commerce platform, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Social Relationship Management (SRM). She currently holds the Senior Director position at ServiceNow, where she runs the global engineering team to deliver the Customer Service Management (CSM) Application. She is passionate about leading the team to build applications like CSM that impacting the service that everyone receives.

Arushi Grover

Software Engineer @ WhatsApp

Arushi Grover

Software Engineer @ WhatsApp

Arushi is on the Server team of WhatsApp, building the backend infrastructure for the WhatsApp Business. Ever since her introduction to the field of Computer Science, she has always been passionate about Large Scale Distributed Systems and Computer Networks, which led her to earn a Master’s degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this, Arushi was at Akamai Technologies working on faster Internet Delivery and Media Streaming over CDNs. She was awarded as one of the 'Top 60 Coders of India' in a Coding Championship by the Times Group in 2014. Besides being a techie, she is a travel enthusiast, a professionally trained dancer and an adventure sports lover.

Brittney Reyes

UX Researcher @ Pinterest

Brittney Reyes

UX Researcher @ Pinterest

Brittney Reyes is a User Experience Researcher with a background in academic and consumer product settings. She has conducted research at startups and large corporation, on both software and hardware products. She currently works as a User Experience Researcher for Pinterest's advertising platform, where she leads research for Advertiser insights and formats. Brittney is passionate about contributing to the continued advancement of women and minorities in tech, and in helping men learn how to become allies to women in the tech industry.

Amrita Pati

Technical and Scientific Lead @ Roche

Amrita Pati

Technical and Scientific Lead @ Roche

Amrita Pati is a technical and scientific lead at Roche Sequencing Solutions and is responsible for managing bioinformatics analysis software for Oncology applications. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Virginia Tech, and has co-authored more than 300 scientific publications.

Jennifer Tacheff

Vice President of Partnerships & Growth @ Women Who Code

Jennifer Tacheff

Vice President of Partnerships & Growth @ Women Who Code

Jennifer Tacheff is an executive leader at Women Who Code, an award winning Y-Combinator company and the largest and most active organization for technical women in the world. She's helped to grow Women Who Code to serve over 125,000 members, as well as launch new networks around the globe (China, India, UK, Africa, US, Canada). Jennifer has also developed, implemented and scaled programs, products, events, campaigns and global partnerships with Google, Sony Electronic Arts, Samsung, Twitter, Nike and more. 

As Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Girls Inc, Jennifer raised over $20M to build the first center for girls in Oakland and received a LEAD fellowship award for her work as a change agent in the community. Jennifer is a 2017 YBCA Equity Fellow and has spoken at conferences and summits around the world on technology, startups, leadership, fundraising and inclusion.

Sarah Willey

Senior Manager, Talent Operations @ CBS Interactive

Sarah Willey

Senior Manager, Talent Operations @ CBS Interactive

Sarah Willey is the Senior Manager of Talent Operations at CBS Interactive where she supports the recruitment, mobility, university and intern program functions. Sarah joined CBS Interactive in the San Francisco office in December, 2015. Prior to CBS Interactive, she worked at Medidata Solutions in NYC where she supported global staffing operations and university programs. Sarah holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, with a Major in Accounting and a Concentration in Communications. She began her career as an Auditor with KPMG in Stamford, CT.

Heather VanCura

Director @ Oracle

Heather VanCura

Director @ Oracle

Heather leads the Java Community standardization efforts at Oracle, and is a leader of the global community driven adoption and user group programs. She is Chairperson of the Java Community Process (JCP) program. In this role she drives the efforts to transform the JCP program and broaden participation and diversity in the community. She is passionate about Java, women in technology and developer communities, serving as an International speaker and community organizer of developer hack days around the world. Heather enjoys speaking at conferences, such as OSCON, FOSDEM, Devoxx, Wonder Women Tech, and the JavaOne Conferences. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California USA and enjoys trying new sports and fitness activities in her free time.

Y-Vonne Hutchinson

CEO, Founder @ ReadySet

Y-Vonne Hutchinson

CEO, Founder @ ReadySet

Y-Vonne Hutchinson is the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder/ advisor of Project Include. Prior to launching ReadySet she worked as an international labor and human rights lawyer for nearly a decade. She has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace. She’s presented on diversity, inclusion, and labor issues at Harvard Law, MIT Sloan, and UC Berkeley, as well as conferences around the globe. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School. She also serves on the Women of Color Council for the Anita Borg Institute. 

Vanessa Towers

Lead Developer Consultant @ ThoughtWorks

Vanessa Towers

Lead Developer Consultant @ ThoughtWorks

Vanessa is a Lead Developer Consultant at ThoughtWorks Inc. and has worked as a full-stack developer for ten years. Vanessa is passionate about coaching and mentoring junior developers and recently spent 4 months as a ThoughtWorks University Trainer in Pune, India. 

Vanessa strives to deliver her client’s objectives by bridging the gap between technical and business teams, helping them deliver business value and reduce waste. She advocates strongly for software quality, code craftsmanship, collaboration and building autonomous, cross functional teams.

Margaret Wylie

Information Security Project Manager @ Bloomberg

Margaret Wylie

Information Security Project Manager @ Bloomberg

Margaret Wylie is an Information Security Project Manager with Bloomberg’s Global Security Architecture team, which focuses on information and data security and technology risk management. She manages a portfolio of projects within the information systems, network infrastructure, network engineering and technology offices. Projects span multiple domains and systems ranging from host security, network design, software applications and threat vulnerability management.

She double-majored in Early Childhood Education/Special Education at the University of Scranton. She has obtained the GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) certification from the Global Information Assurance Organization (GIAC). She has also earned the Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) certification from the Scrum Alliance, and has a background in, and exposure to, various project management methodologies.

Reena Merchant

UX Manager @ Google

Reena Merchant

UX Manager @ Google

Reena is currently on the User Experience leadership team at Google. Previously, she was Sr. User Experience Manager at Sony PlayStation and Sr. Customer Experience Manager at Citrix, leading design of the flagship product, GoToMeeting. Reena has also held the position of User Experience Manager at Rogers Communications Inc. and has managed a design team at BlackBerry, spearheading the design of mobile, tablet, desktop and internet applications. She has over 12 years of design and management experience, and has additionally designed for CGI Group, Bell Canada, and Ontario Power Generation. 

Reena holds an MBA in Design Strategy, has specialized in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and has also attended the Art Institute of Toronto specializing in Digital Graphics Design. Reena is currently an advisory board member for the Master of Human Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID) program at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally she has conducted design research and teaching projects for OCAD University, University of Toronto, and California College of the Arts.

Lucinda Foss

Director of Product Management @ ServiceNow

Lucinda Foss

Director of Product Management @ ServiceNow

Lucinda Foss is a leader in HR Tech product management. She is currently the Director of Product Management for the HR business unit at ServiceNow. In this role since 2015, she sets the product roadmap for the fast-growing HR business unit. She moved her career into product management by building products to make her own job in construction management more efficient. Since then, she has focused on B2B tech products. Lucinda is a creative, customer-focused product manager and people leader recognized for solving customers’ challenges and supporting women (and men) in developing careers in tech product management.

Amy Yin

Software Engineer @ Coinbase

Amy Yin

Software Engineer @ Coinbase

Amy is a software engineer on Coinbase Commerce, a non-custodial online payment processor that allows merchants to accept cryptocurrency. She joined Coinbase last year because crypto can allow men and women around the world be their own bank and unlock financial opportunity. Previously she was at Hired and Internet.org, Facebook’s mission to bring connectivity around the world. In her free time you can catch her holding a handstand and practicing yoga. She lives in San Francisco with her two cats, Catherine and Scratches.

Teresa Deveaux

Senior Director @ Microsoft

Teresa Deveaux

Senior Director @ Microsoft

Teresa is a global leader with passion for and significant experience in People Programs, Organizational Development and Tech Operations. She is currently the Senior Director of Management Excellence Strategy for Microsoft’s Human Resources organization. Teresa is a sought after public speaker on topics such as “Leading Exceptional Global Teams”, “Reaching your Goals: From Dreams to Reality” and “Steer Your Career” and has spoken at high profile conference such Codess, WomenTHINKnext and Women In Technology International as well as academic institutions (WSU, UW, Saybrook University). Teresa is in the final year of a Doctoral program in Organizational Leadership and Organizational Development.

Maya Patterson

Product Designer @ Facebook

Maya Patterson

Product Designer @ Facebook

Maya Patterson is a self-taught Product Designer creating Augmented Reality experiences at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Maya worked at Trunk Club in Chicago reimagining the world of retail. She graduated from WashU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is most happy designing experiences that solve culturally relevant people problems. In her spare time, she writes articles and advises new designers to prove that anyone can become a great designer.

Connie Yang

Director @ Coinbase

Connie Yang

Director @ Coinbase

Connie Yang is the Director of Design at Coinbase, the leading website for buying and selling Bitcoin. Prior to Coinbase she spent 4 years as a product designer at Facebook, shaping the digital profile of over one billion people. Her work as a designer has spanned advertising, mobile games, social networks, and is now focused on ushering in a new and more secure financial system for people throughout the world.

Cynthia Kaschub

Principal Engineer @ Intel

Cynthia Kaschub

Principal Engineer @ Intel

Cynthia is the Principal Engineer within the Big Data Technologies team at Intel. She is currently the UX lead for the Autonomous Driving Data Center Research & Development Platform. She is passionate about increasing women’s representation in the tech industry and is a founding member of the Women in Big Data Forum which was founded in 2015 and has over 2800+ Linkedin group members and five chapters in eight countries. Cynthia holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and a MS in Experimental Psychology. Previously, Cynthia worked at Adobe Systems as a Senior UX Researcher for their Creative Cloud.

Kesha Williams

Software Engineer @ Chick-fil-A

Kesha Williams

Software Engineer @ Chick-fil-A

Kesha Williams is a software engineer with over 20 years’ experience specializing in web application development. In addition to being a software engineer with Chick-fil-A, she trains and mentors thousands of software developers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching at the University of California. She's authored courses on Java, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Augmented Reality (AR). She most recently won the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work on investigating how emerging technologies can enhance restaurant operations and customer experiences. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, serves as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences, and conducts free Hour of Code sessions for children at her local library.

Jennifer Romano Bergstrom

UX Researcher @ Facebook

Jennifer Romano Bergstrom

UX Researcher @ Facebook

Jen has over 12 years of experience planning, conducting and managing user-centered research projects. She is currently a UX Researcher at Facebook/Instagram, where she works to understand the UX of Facebook and Instagram in emerging markets. Jen specializes in efficient applications of empirical methods to ensure quality is not lost while working fast to get actionable results. In addition to being a skilled UX researcher and practitioner, Jen specializes in eye tracking, survey design, experimental design, and cognitive aging. Jen frequently presents research and novel methods at academic and industry conferences, and she publishes in peer-reviewed journals, magazines and blogs. She is co-author of Usability Testing for Survey Research (2017) and co-author/editor of Eye Tracking in User Experience Design (2014). She has served on User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) boards for several years – currently as the President of the International UXPA, and previously Director of Marketing and Communications, as well as President, Vice President, and Conference Chair for UXPA-DC. Jen received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Applied/Experimental Psychology from The Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University.

Anna Brezhneva

Research Software Engineer @ Roche

Anna Brezhneva

Research Software Engineer @ Roche

Anna Brezhneva is a Research Software Engineer at Roche Sequencing Solutions. She is responsible for developing prototypes in areas such as deep learning, augmented reality, and IoT to build the healthcare solutions of tomorrow. Before this, Anna was a Product Manager for the AVENIO ctDNA Analysis Software at Roche Sequencing. 

Jessica N. Childress

Managing Attorney @ The Childress Firm PLLC

Jessica N. Childress

Managing Attorney @ The Childress Firm PLLC

Ms. Childress is the managing attorney of the Childress Firm PLLC, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Childress holds a BA and JD from the University of Virginia. Ms. Childress has served as an associate at two global law firms and as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice. She has been recognized by the National Bar Association as a 40 under 40 Best Advocate, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association as a Rising Star, and by the National Black Lawyers as one of the top 100 black attorneys.

Anika Swenson

Sales Engineering Manager @ Looker

Anika Swenson

Sales Engineering Manager @ Looker

Anika leads a team of Sales Engineers at Looker. After helping start the support team (known as the Department of Customer Love), she joined sales engineering, where she and her team run product demonstrations and proofs of concept to help Looker customers get value and insights from their data. She holds a degree from UC Santa Barbara in Biopsychology, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and new puppy. 

Betsy Bland

VP, Financials Product Management @ Workday

Betsy Bland

VP, Financials Product Management @ Workday

Betsy Bland is vice president at Workday and is responsible for financial management product strategy and product management.

Betsy brings more than 20 years of experience in product strategy, management, and marketing for both enterprise applications and application middleware. Betsy joined Workday in 2010 as vice president of product marketing, and later led product strategy for vertical markets before moving into her current role. Before joining Workday, Betsy served as the vice president of industry and product marketing at Intacct Corp., a SaaS-based financial management and accounting solution provider for small and mid-sized businesses. Betsy has also held product-focused positions at BEA Systems, RSA Security, Escalate, and PeopleSoft.

Betsy holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University.

Savitha Srinivsan

VP, Strategic Alliances @ 8x8

Savitha Srinivsan

VP, Strategic Alliances @ 8x8

Savitha Srinivasan is responsible for strategic alliances in the cloud communications ecosystem focusing on technology partners to accelerate growth in the enterprise market at 8x8. Her charter is to drive revenue uplift through partner integrations and go-to-market advancing 8x8 technology as a UCaaS standard. 

Prior to 8x8, Savitha led M&A Strategy, Corporate and Business Development for IBM Commerce division where she defined a Make-Buy-Partner framework aligned with Commerce business growth imperatives and achieved the division's financial goals within IBM’s M&A strategy, process & financial requirements. Earlier at IBM, she was a Partner in IBM's Venture Capital Group and a Director of Strategy where she established a track record of business strategy execution and innovation through strategic alliances. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across IBM Commerce, IBM Watson, IBM Analytics, and IBM Strategic Outsourcing business units with early identification of companies, fostering pilots, partnerships, strategic alliances and ecosystem development. Originally at IBM Research, she was part of the founding team of the Services Research Group, led the Services Information Research Strategy, and served as Research Advocate for IBM customers. She began her career at IBM Watson Research and has over 20 patents and papers and continues to serve as area editor for IEEE Computer. 

Stacey Yan

Mobile Delivery Lead @ Capital One

Stacey Yan

Mobile Delivery Lead @ Capital One

Stacey is the mobile delivery lead from Capital One. She always loved math growing up. Ended up majoring in statistics & operations research in college and earning a master degree in systems engineering from University of Virginia. Stacey spent most of her professional career at Capital One, last 4 years with the mobile team. What is most rewarding to Stacey is the opportunity to build great digital products with a team of talented engineers and product managers who trust and respect one another, and have the courage to disrupt status quo and deliver a better way.

Rashmi Gopinath

Partner @ Microsoft Ventures

Rashmi Gopinath

Partner @ Microsoft Ventures

Rashmi Gopinath is a Partner with Microsoft Ventures and leads enterprise software, infrastructure, cloud, cybersecurity, and AI/ML investments. Her current investments include Paxata, Tact.ai, SnapRoute, CNEX Labs, Synack, Frame, and CloudLanes. Previously, Rashmi was an Investment Director at Intel Capital focused on investing in cloud, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and big data companies. Her investments at Intel Capital included MongoDB, Basis Science (acquired by Intel), Maginatics (acquired by EMC), Apperian (acquired by Arxan), ForeScout, among others. She also led global business development for high-growth startups such as Couchbase and BlueData. Prior to that, she held product development and product marketing positions at GE and Oracle. 

Kristen Scheven

CMO @ AngelHack

Kristen Scheven

CMO @ AngelHack

As the CMO at AngelHack, Kristen oversees all marketing initiatives, brand campaigns, client innovation and community growth of AngelHack’s global network of 130,000+ developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Kristen is an expert in marketing and growth hacking and is certified in Google Analytics, Adwords and Hubspot. She received a B.S. degree in Business Organization from CSUS and has been active in the area of marketing large scale events for over 7 years. During this time, Kristen has spearheaded marketing campaigns for clients such as: Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Nicki Minaj, Visa, P&G, HPE, and multiple promising startups.

Bäri A. Williams

Former Head of Business Operations Management @ StubHub

Bäri A. Williams

Former Head of Business Operations Management @ StubHub

Bärí A. Williams is an attorney and business operations executive and startup advisor in the tech industry. She is the former Head of Business Operations Management for North America at StubHub, where she was responsible for business planning and operations to manage and oversee technical internal and external metrics, product innovation, and partnerships and drive P&L results across the company. She also serves as an advisor to startups in the enterprise and e-commerce space. 

Prior to StubHub, Bärí was a senior commercial attorney at Facebook supporting internet.org connectivity efforts, building drones, satellites, and lasers, and supporting the company's supply chain. She also successfully took on the passion project of creating and implementing Facebook’s Supplier Diversity Program, launched in October 2016. Bari is also an accomplished speaker, and writer, and her bylines include The New York Times, Fortune, WIRED, The Root, and Fast Company. She has been featured as an inaugural selection for 2017's Recode 100, Elle, Black Enterprise and Essence magazines, and TheRoot.com.

Ishita Majumdar

Senior Director of Products @ eBay, President @ eBay Women in Technology

Ishita Majumdar

Senior Director of Products @ eBay, President @ eBay Women in Technology

Ishita Majumdar is the Senior Director of Product Management in eBay’s Platform and Infrastructure organization. She leads a diverse team of technical product managers, strategists to shape the future of ebay’s platform. In her role as President of eBay Women in Technology – her mission is to support the success of women at eBay. Prior to eBay, she held executive positions in Motorola, IBM, and Huawei and was a start up advisor in Tech Incubator. Ishita earned her BS (Math) from India, MS (Operations Research) from Clemson University, and an MBA from University of Chicago. Ishita was selected as a TechWomen mentor by the US Department of State in 2013. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter and her husband, living life with a glass full of optimism and humor.

Gail Carmichael

Computing Education Program Manager @ Shopify

Gail Carmichael

Computing Education Program Manager @ Shopify

Gail Carmichael is a computer scientist, educator, and change maker. She is currently the Computing Education Program Manager at Shopify, where she lead the launch of an exciting work-integrated learning partnership with Carleton University. Previously, she was a faculty instructor with Carleton and has completed three quarters of her PhD in computer science. She has also worked as a software developer in a variety of settings. She is passionate about making learning about computing accessible and exciting for everyone, especially underrepresented groups.

Fernanda Weiden

Director of Engineering @ Facebook

Fernanda Weiden

Director of Engineering @ Facebook

Fernanda is a director in the Production Engineering team at Facebook, leading the engagement with Ads. Her teams work on projects related to reliability, efficiency, performance and scalability of our Ads products and infrastructure services. Fernanda is originally from Brazil, and has been at Facebook since May 2012. Prior to that, Fernanda worked at Google Zurich, IBM and other smaller companies in Brazil.

Ashma Sethi

Technical Lead @ Intel

Ashma Sethi

Technical Lead @ Intel

Product Architect and Mega-feature Program Manager in Intel’s Graphics Architecture team, Ashma has held design, validation, performance, and micro-architecture roles, leading product execution and building her expertise in Graphics. She holds an MS EE from Syracuse University. Passionate about women’s advancement in tech industry, Ashma volunteers on boards of community organizations, namely, WomenInIntel, SWE (curriculum committee member), WomenWhoCode (Sacramento Director). She is known to innovate, create and lead mentoring and leadership programs, designed to help women excel. She enjoys nature hikes, is a self-confessed foodie, a voracious reader, and mom to an adorable toddler!

Liz Tinkham

Professor @University of Washington Foster School of Business, Retired Accenture Senior Managing Director

Liz Tinkham

Professor @University of Washington Foster School of Business, Retired Accenture Senior Managing Director

Product Architect and Mega-feature Program Manager in Intel’s Graphics Architecture team, Ashma has held design, validation, performance, and micro-architecture roles, leading product execution and building her expertise in Graphics. She holds an MS EE from Syracuse University. Passionate about women’s advancement in tech industry, Ashma volunteers on boards of community organizations, namely, WomenInIntel, SWE (curriculum committee member), WomenWhoCode (Sacramento Director). She is known to innovate, create and lead mentoring and leadership programs, designed to help women excel. She enjoys nature hikes, is a self-confessed foodie, a voracious reader, and mom to an adorable toddler!

Molly Stevens

Director, User Experience Research @ Uber Technologies

Molly Stevens

Director, User Experience Research @ Uber Technologies

15+ years of experience working in user experience design and research across a variety of domains. Advocate for the advancement of diverse voices in all aspects of the development of our modern tools and services. At Uber her team focuses on developing local and global insights about people to innovate on current and future technologies. 

Aarthi Raju

Partner Solutions Architect @ Amazon Web Services

Aarthi Raju

Partner Solutions Architect @ Amazon Web Services

Aarthi Raju is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services who is passionate about Cloud Computing. She loves building things, so it’s perfect that her role helps partners build their businesses on Amazon Web Services. She focusses on the networking platform and is responsible for helping strategic partners build solutions that are well architected and optimized. Prior to this, she worked as a Sr. Technical Account Manager supporting AWS enterprise customers acting as their advocate within AWS, helping them build groundbreaking technologies. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Networking from Wichita State University, Kansas.

Hayden Brown

SVP of Product and Design @ Upwork

Hayden Brown

SVP of Product and Design @ Upwork

As Senior Vice President of Product and Design at Upwork, Hayden leads the product and design teams and oversees the company’s product across desktop, web and mobile. She is an expert in product strategy, innovation and fast-paced execution and revels in breaking new ground on challenges at the intersection of product management, product design and business management. She leads a team of 30+ product managers and designers in developing a product that enables freelancers and clients around the globe to work together in a new model that is radically changing the hiring and job-finding paradigm from a chore into a delightful and instantaneous experience. Learn more about her perspective by viewing a recent article she wrote on Medium about how businesses can outsmart the talent war by tapping into the independent workforce online.

Hayden holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

Prerna Dogra

Product Manager @ Nvidia

Prerna Dogra

Product Manager @ Nvidia

Prerna is a Product Manager with Nvidia's Professional Visualization group. She is passionate about translating engineering effort to business opportunities. She holds an MS - Computer Engineering from University for Florida and worked as a Graphics software engineer with Intel for over 4 years. As an engineer, she has worked on various aspects of IP development driving proof of concepts to production. Now, as a Product manager she is discovering what beyond stellar engineering creates successful products.

As she is learning through this journey; she continues to chase her natural curiosities for engineering, products, customers & processes.

Melody Mai

Senior Director, Program Management @ Eventbrite

Melody Mai

Senior Director, Program Management @ Eventbrite

Melody Mai joined Eventbrite in 2011. Since then, she has established the company's first Program Management function and team in Engineering, driving cross-functional planning, and accountability in execution across 25+ development teams, while establishing an agile framework that allows the teams to continue to scale for rapid growth. Most recently, Eventbrite established a business unit structure, where Program Management continues to be under Melody's leadership, and is now considered a Center of Excellence, leading planning across the company.

Prior to Eventbrite, Melody was the head of Program Management for web applications at Adobe Systems where she led a global team of 25+ professional program managers and business analysts. She previously held roles as a hands-on program manager driving the requirements and development of Macromedia's own homegrown eCommerce platform, and later as the Sr. Manager of eCommerce Operations where she led the integration of the eCommerce teams after Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia.

Prachi Baxi

Founder and CEO @ SmartyPans

Prachi Baxi

Founder and CEO @ SmartyPans

Prachi is the Founder and CEO of SmartyPans Inc., a company she founded out of her passion for Food Science, Health and Nutrition. While in college, Prachi travelled halfway around the globe to slums in third world countries as part of an internship. Working closely with local doctors and NGOs, helping young kids meet their daily nutrition intake, Prachi identified her passion to make a positive impact with her knowledge and expertise. She went on to finish her Masters in Public Health and Clinical Nutrition before working on the USDA Federal Meal program overseeing nutrition compliance for school districts in six states on the US East Coast.

Rebecca Holzschuh

Senior Software Engineer @ New Relic

Rebecca Holzschuh

Senior Software Engineer @ New Relic

Rebecca is a senior software engineer at New Relic, building prototypes of potential new products on the research and development team. Before New Relic, Rebecca worked at a small startup working on helping people conserve utilities. Rebecca got her computer training at a full time coding bootcamp after earning a dual degree in History and French. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading, hiking, and learning to do cool things with computers.

Haarthi Sadasivam

Sr. Technical Product Marketing Manager @ Looker

Haarthi Sadasivam

Sr. Technical Product Marketing Manager @ Looker

Haarthi is a Product Marketing Manager at Looker. She's has spent the past three years in various roles at Looker that have included directly interfacing with customers and helping them build actionable data pipelines. She currently works with public and demo datasets to help users make informed decisions. Prior to Looker, Haarthi spent some time at Citi at their Bonds Trading Desk Platform team and graduated from the University of Virginia. 

Adrienne Allen

Security Product Manager @ Coinbase

Adrienne Allen

Security Product Manager @ Coinbase

Adrienne Allen is the Security Product Manager at Coinbase, one of the world's largest digital currency exchanges. Adrienne leads security and privacy governance and compliance at Coinbase, and is excited to build the user security education program. Prior to Coinbase, she spent 11 years as a security policy and risk consultant for international, federal, and commercial clients across a range of industries.

KR Liu

Board of Directors @ Consumer Technology Association Foundation

KR Liu

Board of Directors @ Consumer Technology Association Foundation

Diagnosed with severe hearing loss at the age of three, KR has made it her life's work to be a strong disability advocate and technology executive for over two decades for hearing loss awareness. She has been awarded several awards for her advocacy work including a U.S. Congressional award and recently worked with Senator Warrens team to lobby for legislation for hearing health access, which was signed into law on August 18, 2017. KR Liu is on the board of directors for the Hearing Loss Association of America, the CTA Foundation, and Deaf Kids Code.

Krystal Flores

Data Engineer @ Nordstromrack.com | Hautelook

Krystal Flores

Data Engineer @ Nordstromrack.com | Hautelook

Krystal is a Data Engineer at Nordstromrack.com | Hautelook where she focuses on Big Data, infrastructure and reporting. Previously, she was a Data Engineer in the AdTech industry. In 2016, she was a MongoDB Diversity Scholar. In 2017, she became the community manager for Lean In Los Angeles. In 2018, She gave a talk, “Applying Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In principles in technology”, as part of the Visionary Voices program at MicroStrategy World 2018. Krystal holds a BA in History from Yale University.

Mandy Gilbert

Founder and CEO @ Creative Niche

Mandy Gilbert

Founder and CEO @ Creative Niche

Mandy Gilbert is the founder and chief executive of Creative Niche, a company that provides creative staffing and workforce management solutions to multinational corporations as well as major advertising, digital and public relations agencies. She is also the Co-Founder of RED Academy, a technology and design school that specializes in preparing professionals for in-demand technology roles. Mandy's been recognized as the United Nations Global Accelerator and completed the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. She spends her time between Vancouver, Toronto and New York, and is the proud mom of two busy boys, Isaac and Sam.

Rudina Seseri

Managing Partner @ Glasswing Ventures

Rudina Seseri

Managing Partner @ Glasswing Ventures

Rudina Seseri is a Managing Partner at Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies that connect consumers and enterprises and secure the ecosystem. With over 15 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS marketing technologies and digital media. Rudina’s portfolio investments include Talla, Celtra, CrowdTwist, Jibo and SocialFlow.

Dr. Amanda Stent

NLP Architect @ Bloomberg

Dr. Amanda Stent

NLP Architect @ Bloomberg

Dr. Amanda Stent is a NLP architect in the Office of the CTO at Bloomberg LP. Previously, she was a director of research and principal research scientist at Yahoo Labs, a principal member of technical staff at AT&T Labs - Research, and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University. Her research interests center on natural language processing and its applications, in particular topics related to text analytics, discourse, dialog and natural language generation. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester. She has authored over 90 papers on natural language processing and is co-inventor on over twenty patents and patent applications. She is also a board member of the Computing Research Association subcommittee on the status of women in the profession (CRA-W).

John Bunnell

Founder @ Safher Solutions

John Bunnell

Founder @ Safher Solutions

John Bunnell worked several years in private security. He is also a military veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and has over 24 years experience as a police officer. John recently retired from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). For the past 13 years, John has taught self-defense for the LAPD. He has a unique perspective on victimology; specifically ways women can improve their safety before an attack occurs. With a desire to give back, John brings his experience and passion to the stage and speaks publicly on the topic of Women’s Safety. 

Ashley Holtz

Services Engineering Manager @ CrowdStrike

Ashley Holtz

Services Engineering Manager @ CrowdStrike

Ashley Holtz is a programmer and researcher specializing in security and digital forensics. She is currently the Services Engineering Manager at CrowdStrike where her team solves a variety of challenges from endpoint forensic data collection to big data analysis. She is a long-time advocate for women, minorities, and veterans in tech. She has developed and open-sourced curriculum for several university and workforce development programs in the DC area and teaches at free or low-cost programs in her spare time. 

Rachel Rose

R&D Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic @ Disney

Rachel Rose

R&D Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic @ Disney

Rachel Rose, an R&D Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (a division of Lucasfilm and part of The Walt Disney Company), drives technology that aids artists in the creation and animation of characters for feature films. Rachel’s work on BlockParty 2, a visual, procedural rigging system, earned her a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Charu Sharma

Founder and CEO @ Next Play

Charu Sharma

Founder and CEO @ Next Play

Charu Sharma is the Founder & CEO of NextPlay.ai. She helps companies engage & retain employees through their artificial intelligence mobile product. Charu is a Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur, explorer and author. With 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows, and three books published, Charu was enlisted as a "Power Woman" alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, and Melinda Gates by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012. 

Charu built two-award winning startup companies out of her college dorm room before getting recruited to LinkedIn to grow their Talent Solutions revenue, where she also started a global mentoring program for Women at LinkedIn on her own time. She dedicated all her savings and four years to create a global movement Go Against the Flow to educate 1 million women to take risks and build their own businesses. Her team has screened their documentary film all around the world – from the Empire State building in New York to the National Gallery of Singapore.

Vivian Lee

Associate Product Manager @ Next Play

Vivian Lee

Associate Product Manager @ Next Play

Vivian is the Associate Product Manager at Next Play where she designs meaningful mentorship experiences for millennials, especially women and minorities in tech. Previously, Vivian was the first lead UX designer at a sales enablement startup, and has lead design for startups graduating from top notch Silicon Valley startup accelerators such as 500 Startups and Alchemist. In her own time, she also spearheaded an after-school mentorship program for high school students in her hometown of Portland to mentor local elementary school students from non English-speaking, underprivileged backgrounds.

At Next Play, she brings together her expertise in design and mentorship along with her passion for diversity & inclusion to help companies like Splunk and Lyft mentor and retain their employees. She holds a dual degree in Biology and Visual Communications from Mount Holyoke College and NYU - Tisch School of the Arts, and when not building delightful products, she enjoys filmmaking, traveling, food tours and good stories. 

Jenni Choi

Business Development Manager @ Next Play

Jenni Choi

Business Development Manager @ Next Play

Jenni Choi is the Business Development Manager at Next Play, where she educates companies on personalizing career growth experiences for their employees at scale, especially for women and minorities in tech. Previously, she helped launch the membership program for Google's global initiative to empower women in tech. After a career in journalism at The Baltimore Sun and The Baltimore Sun Media Group, and in public advocacy at prominent nonprofits combating a wide range of issues - including extreme poverty and the varied consequences of climate change, Jenni made a bold career pivot. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and learned software programming. Today, she is one of the up-and-coming global thought leaders at the intersection of tech and social good.

In addition to advocating for women in tech through Next Play, Jenni sits on a non-profit board, writes fiction, volunteers for social causes, and travels the world. Jenni holds an M.S. in Social Work (with specializations in Social Enterprise and International Social Welfare) from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English (with a minor in Spanish) from The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Melissa Quinn

Executive Director of the Blockchain Users Group in Canada and Corporate Developer Manager @ RightMesh

Melissa Quinn

Executive Director of the Blockchain Users Group in Canada and Corporate Developer Manager @ RightMesh

As the executive director of the Blockchain Users Group in Canada, Melissa’s role is to further the mission of the organization to educate the public about blockchain technology and expand the resources, knowledge, and meaningful partnerships of the consortium in Canada. Heading up Corporate Development for RightMesh, Melissa works closely with the team while constantly seeking Partners, Advisors, and other game changers who are aligned with the RightMesh vision. Melissa believes strongly in the potential for innovative technology to be a force for good in business and for the world.

Tiffany Shlain

Founder of 50/50 Day & CEO @ Let it Ripple Film Studio

Tiffany Shlain

Founder of 50/50 Day & CEO @ Let it Ripple Film Studio

Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day. Tiffany has received over 80 honors for her work and was recently selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation for their new book Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. 

@tiffanyshlain

Diana Albarrán Chicas

Technical Partner, Systems Engineering @ SSL

Diana Albarrán Chicas

Technical Partner, Systems Engineering @ SSL

Diana Albarrán Chicas is the Technical Partner, Systems Engineering at SSL. She is also the Co-founder and Director of Professional Programs for Latinas in STEM, and serves as an Advisor to Latina SciGirls, a PBS Kids show that encourages elementary and middle-school girls in STEM. She was born in Mexico and came to the United States under her parents’ vision of a better life for their children. She was the first one in her family to graduate from high school, and attend college. To this day she still recalls accompanying her parents to the strawberry fields as a child. 

Ms. Albarrán Chicas has been awarded the Science & Technology Emerging Leader Award by Silicon Valley Latino, and the Rising Star Award by HITEC. She was also featured as a New Guard of STEM Stars by Vanity Fair in 2016, named a 2015 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, a 2014 KQED Latina Local Hero, and one of the "Top 20 Latinos in Tech" by CNET. She has also been featured as a Latina Leader by NBCLatino and Latino Leaders Magazine, and has had media appearances on Univision, PBS, and BBC Radio.

Katie Bauer

Senior Data Scientist @ Reddit

Katie Bauer

Senior Data Scientist @ Reddit

Katie Bauer is a data scientist at Reddit, where she works on improving recommender systems, using NLP to understand comments, and measuring time on site. Previously, she's worked in ad tech on audience segmentation and in natural language search on query parsing. Her academic background is in sociolinguistics, and she continues to be fascinated by how online language use reflects information about a user and their identity.

Kritika Rai

Data Scientist @ Reddit

Kritika Rai

Data Scientist @ Reddit

Kritika is a Data Scientist at Reddit, where she works on building user behavior models and forecasting to help accelerate product growth. Prior to Reddit, she worked as a Data Scientist at Hipmunk, where she worked on the analytics platform and built several models for marketing and product teams. She was the first female Data Scientist at both Reddit & Hipmunk. She has a Master's in Economics from University Of San Francisco, where she specialized in applied mathematics for predicting financial market variables.

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