4-5 May 2020Santa Clara Convention Center
News Broadcaster and Global Talent Lead @ Bloomberg Engineering
Chief Decision Scientist @ Google
Director of Engineer @ Slack
Senior Director @ Salesforce
Vice President & Distinguished Engineer @ IBM
Vice President @ Amazon Alexa
CEO @ PTW
SVP, Co-Lead Innovation Research and Development, Innovation Group @ Wells Fargo
CIO @ Symantec
Diana Cruz Solash
VP, Inclusion and Diversity @ Infor
Technology Research Director @ Elsevier
Managing Director, Silicon Valley, South West region @ Microsoft
VP, Developer Ecosystem, Mobile Infrastructure, GM @ eBay Portland
Senior Director Cloud Infrastructure @ Oracle
Senior Vice President/Chief Information Security Officer @ PepsiCo
Lead DevOps Engineer, Infrastructure Automation @ Gap, Inc.
Vice President of Product Strategy & Innovation @ Coupa Software
Senior Director Globalization, Information Engineering and Product Portfolio Solutions @ NetApp
Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility @ Ford Motor Co
Chief Technology Officer @ Insomniac Games Inc
CTO @ MarketInvoice
Diana Albarrán Chicas
Co-Founder @ Latinas in STEM Foundation
Senior Software Engineer @ Netflix
MD & National African American Resource Co-Lead @ Accenture
Security Engineer @ Microsoft
Engineering Manager @ Coursera
Product Management Lead @ Autodesk
Core Director @ Insomniac Games
Head of Instructor Success @ DataCamp
Partner @ XL Innovate
CTO and Cofounder @ AiFi
Executive Director @ Berkeley SkyDeck
VP Entreprise Program Management Office @ Teradata
CTO & Founder @ Nylas
VP, Tech Services - Innovation & Support @ Capital One
Vice President and Partner @ IBM’s Cloud Application Innovation
Dr. Priyanka Dash
Product Marketing Manager @ Applied Materials
Founder & CEO @ Solve for XX
CEO & Founder @ The Zone Lab, LLC
Chief Information Officer @ Switch
VP, Developer Relations @ Roblox
Senior Vice President of Engineering @ Skillz
Software Engineer @ Box Inc.
Software Engineer @ Invitae
Shawn Ling Ramirez
Data Science Lead @ Insight Data Science
EVP of Operations @ Allied Administrators
HR Data & Tools Lead @ Google
Senior Computer Scientist @ Adobe
Author, CEO & Founder @ Unblocked Future
Engineering Manager for Payments @ Scribd
Founder @ Conversations in the Workplace
Content Marketing Manager @ Springshot
Founder & CEO @ Zum
CEO @ Ptype UX & Product Design Agency
Developer Engagement @ Microsoft
Terri Lomax Burden
Mid-Market Customer Success Manager @ Asana
SVP @ Essence Global
Software Engineer @ Appian Corporation
Karyn B. Schoenbart
CEO & Best-Selling Author @ The NPD Group
CEO @ Substantial
Chief Strategy Officer & Founder @ SocialChorus
Growth Architect & Founder @ The Women's Code
Co-Founder & CEO @ RackWare
Senior Engineer @ rideOS
Head of Product @ ConsejoSano
Founder @ Kitchin Table
Chief Procurement Officer @ Coupa Software
Co-Founder @ Wotson
CEO @ Purepoint International
Senior Product Manager @ Qualcomm
Founder @ BambooMyth.com
Vice President, Global Demand @ Flexport
Partner @ NGP Capital
Michelle Del Rosario
Principal Software Engineer, Women at Zynga Board of Directors @ Zynga
Founder @ Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC
Senior Software Engineer @ Docker Inc
Founder @ Capital U Ventures
Research Scientist @ NASA
Chief Innovation Officer @ City of San Jose
Principal Solutions Architect @ AWS
VP of New Product Introduction & Operations @ Samsara
Product Management Consultant @ Accenture
Vice President and Editor in Chief @ CNET News
MD, Co-Medical Director of Spring Fertility @ Spring Fertility
VP of Product Marketing @ Valimail
Senior Software Engineer @ Spotify
Jennifer Sunshine Steffens
CEO @ IOActive, Inc.
Senior Manager, Product Management @ ServiceNow
Rachana is global talent lead for Bloomberg LP's engineering department, focusing on organizational culture and leadership development for 5,500 software and infrastructure engineers. At Bloomberg she also reports headline news daily for Bloomberg News Radio.
Rachana is founder of The Corner of the Court Project, a program for women to publicly share stories of their successful careers and the impact of men as allies. The program leverages positive psychology and research-based insights to bring men and women together as gender partners for women's advancement.
Rachana has over 19 years of experience in leadership and organizational psychology; prior to Bloomberg she spent 14 years as a consultant with Accenture, leading the capability of the Austria/Switzerland/ Germany change management practice. She earned her bachelor’s with high distinction from University of Virginia and holds a master's degree from Columbia University. Rachana lives in New York City.
Cassie Kozyrkov is Google Cloud’s chief decision scientist. Cassie is passionate about helping everyone make better decisions through harnessing the beauty and power of data. She speaks at conferences and meets with leadership teams to empower decision makers to transform their industries through AI, machine learning, and analytics. At Google, Cassie has advised more than a hundred teams on statistics and machine learning, working most closely with research and machine Intelligence, Google Maps, and ads and commerce. She has also personally trained more than 15,000 Googlers (executives, engineers, scientists, and even nontechnical staff members) in machine learning, statistics, and data-driven decision making. Previously, Cassie spent a decade working as a data scientist and consultant. She is a leading expert in decision science, with undergraduate studies in statistics and economics at the University of Chicago and graduate studies in statistics, neuroscience, and psychology at Duke University and NCSU. When she’s not working, you’re most likely to find Cassie at the theatre, in an art museum, exploring the world, playing board games, or curled up with a good novel.
Arquay is the Director of Engineering for Lifecycle. Prior to Slack she was a Web Development Manager at Google where she lead a large team of Information Architects, Developers and Designers. Before that, as Director of Engineering at CBS Interactive, she oversaw the development teams for the B2B brands including ZDNet and Moneywatch. Arquay is a developer who also has a Masters in Design and she loves the marriage of form and function. When not working she can be found cooking, stumbling over guitar and piano chords or watching Seinfeld.
Leah McGowen-Hare, MSEd, Trailhead Evangelist and Senior Director at Salesforce, is passionate about making learning accessible and empowering everyone to have a career in technology. Leah is an accomplished and dynamic Master Technical Trainer for Salesforce with over 20+ years of experience in technology; mastering a variety of roles including Consultant, Developer, Manager and Technical Trainer. Leah is one of the brains behind Be a Multiplier, a program that inspires people to be multipliers that will amplify and encourage their communities to skill up for the jobs of today and tomorrow. She uses her knowledge and experience to demystify and make technology more accessible to youth, girls, communities of color and Veterans’ through organizations such as BlackGirls Code, Technovation, Girls Who Code and Vetforce.
Anshu Kak is a Vice President & Distinguished Engineer (DE) at IBM for Financial Sector Integrated Accounts taking clients on a digital transformation and AI journey. Prior to that she was an executive for worldwide technical sales and led a Analytics Technical Specialists worldwide which is a multi billion dollar business. She was responsible for the strategy, revenue and direction for the team. Prior she led the Software Client Architects globally as well as led Software as a Service business. Anshu is a recognized leader in IBM and software industry broadly for her significant contributions to the industry in software architecture. She and her teams are responsible for architecting cloud, Blockchain and Analytics/AI solutions for numerous IBM clients. She has worked, leading various organizations worldwide for IBM thus has a broad perspective on how companies are changing the way they do business using technology like Cloud, AI and Blockchain.
She co-leads the Cloud Computing Reference Architecture and member of IBM Architecture Profession Board, Distinguished Engineer Board and Academy of Technology. Has written various papers on cloud technology and co published papers on Cognitive computing, Mobile in Cloud and BigData Analytics in Cloud to CSCC (Cloud Standards Customer Council).
She has written numerous books like "Value Realization from Successful Software Deployment, an avid presenter in areas of Cloud and Analytics solutions in conferences IBM and external. Anshu is a tenacious advocate of technical vitality both inside and outside of IBM and a Women in Technology advocate. She has twice received the Women In Color Technology "All Star Award" from a national US level publication magazine. Anshu recently won the "Top 50 Asian American in Business Award" from American Business development Center USA. Anshu has masters in computer science with specialization in object oriented technology. Follow me at @anshukak on Twitter.
Miriam Daniel is one of the creative minds behind Echo and Alexa, innovations that have changed the way we interact with the world around us. She strongly believes that we invent to simplify or change human lives. She and her team are working to solve unbelievably complex problems - like how to deliver compelling, voice-forward experiences on Echo devices. With a background in computer engineering, she has worked for Amazon, Intel and more, delivering new products and experiences that surprise and delight consumers. As a technologist she’s dabbled in AI and machine learning, mobile platforms, wireless technologies, sensors, audio, computer vision and speech science.
Deborah Kirkham is a tech industry veteran who has been leading global executive teams for nearly a decade. Deborah is known for her drive, dynamic leadership style, and her ability to effectively work collaboratively with colleagues across time zones, locations, and cultures to bring her customers’ stories to the world. Deborah is a San Francisco Bay Area native and has lived there her entire life; excluding a few adventures in Russia. Deborah attended UC San Diego and graduated summa cum laude. Deborah believes that having passions and hobbies you love outside of work is key to keeping your head in the game and being a focused leader. When away from the office, you may catch a glimpse of her on her motorcycle cruising up and down the California coast line, and also taking advantage of the open road when traveling abroad.
Uma Meyyappan is a Senior Vice President and co-leads the Innovation and R&D team, which focuses on working with emerging technologies and defining Wells Fargo’s future vision for customer interactions, mobile experience, mobile payments, authentication, AI, and AR/VR, among other initiatives.
The group’s objective is to work across the company to transform business practices, processes, and platforms and enable a next generational experience for customers and team members.
She has led key initiatives, including integrating chatbots in mobile apps, delivering value added services as APIs, evaluating various startup companies, and leading PoCs with business line specific use cases. She has also done extensive research and has been named on a number of patents.
Uma has been with Wells Fargo for more than 14 years. Prior to her current role, she led several internal and customer facing projects including data migration during Wachovia merger. Before joining Wells Fargo, Uma worked for Fortune 500 companies, management consulting firms, and startups.
Sheila Jordan is chief information officer at Symantec, previously serving as senior vice president, IT, at Cisco, and a senior vice president with Walt Disney World. As an established thought leader and a preeminent voice on the elusive goal of achieving work-life balance in the hyper-competitive world of Silicon Valley, Jordan shares her experience as a working mother, the benefits that come with it and how she chose to kiss the guilt goodbye in her inaugural literary effort, You Are Not Ruining Your Kids: A Positive Perspective on the Working Mother. Jordan is based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Diana Cruz Solash is VP, Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) at Infor. She works with the entire Infor Team to ensure they fully value the diversity each person brings to Infor by equipping employees with skills and resources to team and lead inclusively; embedding I&D into the processes that impact the careers and sense of belonging of all Inforians; and engaging in the market through external partnerships.
Before joining Infor, Diana spent 20+ years at EY, where she most recently was a Director, Global Diversity & Inclusiveness. There, she led several critical initiatives such as the development of EY’s global I&D strategy and US & Canada ethnic minority strategy. Diana has been involved with several community organizations, including Ascend and CED’s Women’s Economic Empowerment subcommittee.
Diana graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in economics and psychology. She lives in Manhattan with her son and daughter.
Helena Deus received her PhD in Bioinformatics from Lisbon University where she focused on Linked Data and Semantic Web applications for Health Care and Life Sciences, with an emphasis on Cancer Research. Helena is passionate about applying data science to improving healthcare – in particular for oncology.
She works for Elsevier as technology research director and is leading the effort to build a knowledge graph for health. Prior to joining Elsevier, Helena's roles included directing a data science team at Foundation Medicine and leading the Health Care and Life Sciences strategy at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute.
Helena has published over 30 peer reviewed papers and was one of the winners of the Big Data Track in the 2013Semantic Web Challenge and of the Linked Data Cup with her work on linking data from The Cancer Genome Atlas.
Shaloo Garg is currently Managing Director, Silicon Valley, Southwest region for Microsoft for Startups. She brings a combination of strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience. Previously, Shaloo was at Oracle at Global Oracle Innovation where she lead the Global Customer Connect practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. She has also lead go-to-market for Oracle’s cloud business and was part of the M&A team that acquired Peoplesoft, Siebel, Retek etc. Prior to joining Oracle, she was in a couple of early stage startups. Shaloo is passionate about education and is a “Champion of Innovation” at UN Women where she is spinning up virtual Innovation Labs with Universities leveraging emerging technologies to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education. Shaloo strongly believes that technology’s best user case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities etc in developing and under-developed countries She is an MBA from Delhi University and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School.Words to live by: “In life, there are no mistakes... only lessons” Vic Johnson
Gail Frederick’s expertise includes two decades of software development and architecture leadership inside Fortune 500s and venture-backed startups. She is currently VP of Mobile and Developer Ecosystem at eBay, and GM of eBay’s Portland office. As eBay’s mobile technology leader, Gail and her mobile architects obsess about reliability and performance of eBay apps across their global user base. As the leader of the eBay Developers Program, Gail is hyper-focused on making eBay integration easier for third-party developers. She delivered and continues to expand a new generation of buying and selling APIs that enable smoother, more seamless buying and selling experiences for consumers and businesses. (APIs are a $20B+ business for eBay, annually.)
In prior roles at eBay, Gail was chartered with streamlining the company’s web services portfolio through design patterns and architectural standards, focused on multi-screen applications and mobility.
Before her time at eBay, Gail served as a director for Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, the heart of Linux at Intel. She joined Intel as a mobile software expert, and led product for Intel’s contributions to MeeGo and Tizen, Linux-based mobile operating systems.
Before Intel, Gail held technology leadership roles at several Seattle start-ups. In 2005, she was the first engineering hire at Medio Systems, a mobile search and analytics start-up that was acquired by Nokia and subsequently HERE Technologies.
Gail has been writing mobile apps since the very first app-enabled Nokia mobile phones. Her treatise on standards-based mobile web development entitled “Beginning Smartphone Web Development” was published by Apress in December 2009. Gail holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Computer Science from The University of Michigan and The University of Washington, respectively. At Michigan, Gail balanced studies with a commitment to volunteerism as an active member and president of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed non-Greek fraternity dedicated to community service.
Gail was raised in the beautiful Atlantic beach town of Narragansett, Rhode Island. In high school, Gail spent one semester as a U.S. Congressional Page in Washington, DC, where she spent her mornings at school in the Library of Congress and afternoons delivering packages across the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate office buildings. As a Congressional Page, Gail met presidents, politicians, and visiting celebrities; but most importantly, she had a front-row seat to history while serving her country.
When not at work, Gail is a mother to school-age twins and calls Portland, Oregon home. She is an avid hiker and kayaker, especially around the lakes and rivers of rural central Oregon. Gail’s family refers to her as “the queen of small packages” because she’s always buying yarn and craft supplies on eBay to fuel her knitting and sewing hobbies. Gail is an active consumer seller on eBay and hopes to achieve Top-Rated Seller status in 2019.
Rashim Mogha, Senior Director Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is a thought leader and cloud evangelist who empowers professionals by articulating complex cloud capabilities into crisp, clear, and attainable business benefits. A keynote speaker and #1 Amazon best-selling author of “Fast-Track Your Leadership Career”, Rashim speaks at conferences around the world. Her thoughts on leadership, innovation, women in technology, and enablement strategy have appeared in publications such as Forbes and ATD. With a goal to empower women leaders, Rashim founded eWOW-empowered Women of the World, an intellectual platform to help women with their technical and leadership skills to be successful, to thrive!
Her extensive career portfolio includes leadership roles in companies such as Oracle, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and VMware where she built high-performing teams to support multi-billion dollar businesses.
Amanda Coox is a DevOps/CDN Engineer at a large consumer electronics company in the Bay Area. She received her MBA, with a focus in Technology Leadership, from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, and received her undergraduate degree from Biola University in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. She participated in a Leadership Development Program following her MBA, and has held many different roles, including project management, business operations, and engineering at her current company in the 5 years she has been there. She is passionate about increasing the number of young women in the technology field, and enjoys cooking gluten-free food, discovering new areas by traveling with her husband, volunteering as a sound engineer at church, and completing DIY projects.
As PepsiCo’s Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Sara is responsible for developing the risk-based information security strategy for PepsiCo and implementing this across the enterprise. Sara is the company’s top information security executive, responsible for safeguarding networks and data across the $66 billion food and beverage powerhouse, including all its business units and brands globally. Her accountabilities include developing a best-in-class security risk mitigation blueprint; creating a role-based user access management and identity management deployment; refreshing security policy for the enterprise globally; strengthening overall infrastructure security; and developing and implementing forward-looking security architecture.
Prior to PepsiCo, Sara was Verizon’s Chief Network Security Officer (CNSO). In this role, Sara led several organizations responsible for the security of all Verizon wireline networks serving Verizon's residential, small business and enterprise customers. Sara was responsible for defining Verizon Wireline Network's security strategy and risk tolerance for safeguarding company and customer data, intellectual and network assets, and providing functional direction and control of Verizon's Wireline Network Security Program. Before serving as the CNSO for Verizon, Sara was the CISO for Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon focusing on enterprise customers. In this role, she was responsible for the security of all Verizon Business data and for ensuring the integrity of the Verizon Business network and information systems.
Irina is currently a lead DevOps engineer at Gap, Inc., where she focuses on infrastructure automation, platform development, and continuous integration/continuous delivery as part of the Shared Services group. In her role, she focuses on increasing speed and agility of Gap's worldwide development & operations teams while supporting critical infrastructure tools that help teams deploy their applications to production. Prior to her role at Gap, Irina was a full stack engineer and managed business development at various startups in Silicon Valley. Irina holds a bachelors of science degree from University of California, Berkeley.
Donna is an energetic software executive who brings to Coupa more than 15 years of experience in both fast-paced and large technology companies including Coupa, TriNet, and Accenture. She is also an inventor with three software patents.
Donna started at Coupa in 2011 and supports various initiatives designed to identify innovative solutions that solve global business spend management challenges elegantly. Her efforts have helped propel Coupa from early startup days to a public company with over $250 million annual recurring revenue. In her time at Coupa, she has worked with cross-functional teams from product to global sales efforts, led customer success teams to success in hundreds of customer projects, and was a member of the Coupa pre-IPO team, culminating in the highly successful Coupa IPO.
Anna Schlegel is a native of Catalunya and lives with her family in Santa Clara, California.
She has led globalization, digital and content strategy teams for over twenty years.
Anna is a respected leader in our globalization community.
Anna is Senior Director Globalization, Information Engineering and Product Portfolio Solutions at NetApp. She is here today to show you how it’s not only possible to mature from a localization department with limited resources to leading content strategy for the organization but also how with the right people, processes and technologies working together, NetApp’s products are now #1 in Japan.
Micheline Casey is a data strategy and innovation executive with over 20 years’ experience helping organizations use data and analytics for growth and transformation. She is Global Head of Data for Ford Smart Mobility, and is tasked with helping Ford drive new revenue opportunities through a broad data product portfolio. In this role she oversees product marketing and product development; ownership of the data product pipeline; pricing strategies; go-to-market strategies; and global consent management strategies. She is based in Ford’s Palo Alto, California office.
Ms. Casey has broad data and software experience across a variety of industries including financial services, insurance, healthcare and energy. She was previously chief data officer at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, and has worked in data, software, and technology companies such as ChoicePoint and IBM Global Services. She also has advised numerous companies on data strategy in both the private and public sector over the course of her career.
Shaun McCabe is the Chief Technology Officer at Insomniac Games, the award-winning independent game developer behind Spyro, Ratchet & Clank and Marvel’s Spider-Man. As CTO, Shaun utilizes over 15 years’ experience in engineering, creative and production leadership to drive the creation of world-class player experiences.
Shaun joined Insomniac Games in 2003 as an engine programmer, developed audio technology for the Playstation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man (2006). In 2009, Shaun joined Chad Dezern in opening a new Insomniac studio in Durham, North Carolina. With the Durham studio, he co-directed Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (2011), Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (2012), Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (2013) and Ratchet & Clank PS4 (2016); and served as executive producer for the Oculus Rift VR titles Edge of Nowhere, Feral Rights and The Unspoken (2016).
Shaun holds degrees from Full Sail University and Rollins College, both in Winter Park, FL.
Rija is an accomplished engineering and product leader who recently moved to London from SF and joined MarketInvoice as their CTO heading up engineering, product, data and design. Her current focus is to scale the tech team in terms of infrastructure as well as people with a key focus on diversity. Prior to that, she was Senior Director of Engineering at Wealthfront, where she was responsible for the core business area, and led the development of their brand-new brokerage and banking platform thus allowing the company to pivot into the financial advisory space.
Diana Albarrán Chicas is Technical Partner to Vice President, 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.
Nazanin is a Senior Software Engineer for Netflix. She has master degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science and she is a certified MIT System Engineer.
Nazanin is dedicated to advancing the role of women in engineering. She volunteers with Hour of Code teaching high school girls how to code and serves as a member of Women Who Code and Women Tech Makers.
Outside of work, she works on self-driving cars and image-recognition applications, and in her free time, she contributes to open source projects, builds robots and reads books.
With over 15 years’ experience in digital transformation and cloud optimization, Rahnold “Rah” Thomas is a managing director in Accenture Technology, based in the company’s New York office.
In addition to his work delivering for clients, Rah also serves as the North America diversity lead for Accenture Technology, as well as the national co-lead for the company’s African American Employee Resource Group.
He is a fierce advocate for diversity in business and openly shares his personal story in multiple publications, emphasizing the importance of authenticity – for example, the freedom to wear your natural hair at work – bold leadership and the critical need for mentors and sponsors.
Most recently, Rah was the featured speaker for Black Entertainment’s: Black Men XCEL Conference, and recently hosted Accenture’s 2019 Celebration of MLK Day at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Rah has spent the past 20 years growing his roots in Harlem and the Bronx where he lives with his two sons, Jediah and Rahziel, and daughter Zahnai.
Teuta Hyseni, is a Security Engineer at Microsoft leading application security projects, assessing potential flaws within the applications, reviewing the application's architecture etc. Furthermore, Hyseni is committed to educating others on security threats and best practice, maximizing the impact of her security expertise through different talks, writings, mentorship programs. She is a contributor of Tribe of Hackers book, where notable cybersecurity leaders share their experiences. As recognition of her contribution to the industry she is nominated as a Security Champion of the Year at the Women in IT Awards 2018 Series. Furthermore, Hyseni speaks at events as she has keen interest on motivating, inspiring and improving women’s participation in this industry. As part of her passion for tech industry and innovation, Teuta and her mentees, won the first place in World Blockchain Hackathon at the Blockchain Economic Forum 2018, a world class competition. Her success as a Security Engineer as well as an entrepreneur outside of her daytime job, continues to show as she embarked on a new journey as her most recent win is acceptance at Y Combinator Startup School as a founder.
Richa is Engineering Manager on the Growth team at Coursera. Her team is responsible for driving top of funnel growth to monthly active learners and degree learners on the platform. Richa has been a multi-stack engineer, working on the backend, mobile, and frontend at companies like Microsoft, Amazon and, MapR Technologies and Coursera. She transitioned into the leadership role in early 2018. A lifelong learner and passionate about technology, she is always looking for opportunities to bring more diversity in the tech community through group and individual mentorship in the area of technology and career development.
Tanu Chellam, Senior Product Manager at Autodesk & Founding Member at Development Solutions Organization
Tanu has started two companies, one is now-defunct, and the other is a non-profit consultancy she continues to advise. Creating her first startup in the early 2000s, Tanu has 14+ years of experience in product management and related roles in network security, fin tech, internet tech and design tech. An advocate for diversity in the workplace, Tanu manages the partnership with Women in Product for Autodesk and mentors others through programs like TechWomen, an initiative by the US Dept of State.
Tanu has a degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently pursuing an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.
Mike Fitzgerald is the Core Director at Insomniac Games, leading the studio's engine and tools teams in supporting the development of award-winning console games likeMarvel's Spider-Man and groundbreaking VR titles like Stormland. Mike joined Insomniac in 2018 after ten years at Harmonix Music Systems, where he worked on theRock Band franchise and numerous other music-focused games. In 2015, Mike became the CTO at Harmonix. Mike holds undergraduate and graduate computer science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jen is the Head of Instructor Success at DataCamp, an EdTech organization with an audience of over 3 million learners, that is helping to revolutionize the way people learn real-world data fluency skills. Jen fosters long-term, productive relationships between DataCamp and over 200 instructors that focus on how these instructors can succeed during and beyond the course development process. Previously, Jen has worked in both non-profit management at AFS-USA and data analytics education at General Assembly: jobs that let her follow her passions for People and Data.
Outside of work, Jen volunteers at her Brooklyn neighborhood CSA (making fresh produce available to all) and regularly takes part in OrangeTheory classes.
As a partner at XL Innovate, Martha focuses on new business models as well as data and analytics startups creating insurance-specific solutions. Martha has over 20 years of investing and corporate development experience in technology, information, and financial services companies, and has served as board director for over a dozen portfolio companies. Her current investments include Cape Analytics, Pillar Technologies, GeoQuant, and Notion.
Ying received her PhD in computer vision from Duke University and Executive MBA from Stanford University. While young she attended worldwide programming contests, winning championships both nationally and internationally, recognizing her as one of the best female programmers in the world. After working at Google and Apple as senior research scientist, she cofounded AiFi as CTO, with a mission to bring ultimate efficiency and delight to shopping. She is leading engineering team to develop cutting-edge technologies to automate all stores of future. She believes the best way to predict future is to create it. She is enjoying doing that everyday.
Caroline Winnett is a founder and executive director of a major accelerator, UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck. Berkeley SkyDeck has a total of 102 innovative startup teams participating in its fall program. Since 2014, Winnett has more than tripled the Berkeley SkyDeck program advisers, and started a dedicated fund which gives 50 percent of its profits back to UC Berkeley, closing with an oversubscribed $24M round earlier this year. Winnett herself is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits. NeuroFocus, acquired by Nielsen; and BoardVantage, acquired by Nasdaq.
Ms. Jen Skrabak, MBA, PMP, is Vice President, Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) at Teradata. Ms. Skrabak is responsible for instituting program/project Management as a core discipline throughout Teradata with a strong focus on execution of the strategic roadmap aligned with the company's goals and strategic initiatives. This includes overseeing the full portfolio of strategic programs in partnership with leadership. She has over 18+ years of a successful track record leading high profile business transformation programs and portfolios for Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Skrabak is a recognized thought leader within the project management community and was awarded PMI’s Distinguished Award.
As Founder & CTO at Nylas, Christine Spang leads the engineering organization in a growing enterprise software startup. Previously, she was a Principal Developer at Oracle by way of a previous startup building Linux kernel technology, Ksplice. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and likes to offset startup stress by doing as much rock climbing as time permits. As a young female founder building a developer platform, she hopes that sharing her story will help inspire other aspiring leaders in the industry.
Rebecca Nicholas is Vice President of Technology in Shared Services.
She and her team are focused on improving the everyday experience for Capital One's global workforce through key associate touch points though user experience development
including on-site IT centers, service desk for the associate population as well as device lifecycle management. Additional responsibilities include executive support, branch and site IT operations.
Rebecca has held numerous leadership positions in her 24-year career, both within Finance and IT. Rebecca is a natural champion and advocate for employees, and in 2012, she helped found the trailblazing IT Employee Experience Services organization, where the needs of internal customers are central.
Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University and is based in Palo Alto. She is the proud mother of a daughter and a son who both also work in the technology industry. Rebecca is an avid reader and soccer fan who loves to watch games occurring anywhere in the world.
Gina is a Vice President and Partner in IBM’s Cloud Application Innovation business. In this global role, she is responsible for the GTM strategy used to advise clients on actionable strategies that optimize the use of public, private, hybrid and multicloud implementations for digital business transformations and the execution of the Application Operations mission. Gina is also responsible for helping clients develop actionable strategies that leverage Analytics, Blockchain, IoT and AI for mission success.
Prior to this role, Gina was the Chief Innovation Officer of IBM's Federal business and the Global Public Sector Leader for Watson. In these roles, Gina led businesses that created a cloud-based ecosystem of large enterprises, universities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop apps leveraging cognitive technologies. She also established global strategic partnerships to develop and deliver industry aligned solutions with Watson, Analytics and Cloud technologies.
Ms. Loften has over twenty years’ experience in IT and Consulting. In addition to Global Business Services, Ms. Loften has held several leadership roles across the IBM Company. They include leading teams across Federal Systems, Corporate Technology, Networking Hardware, Servers, Watson and Research.
In addition to her current role, Ms. Loften’s areas of specialty include Portfolio and Offering Management, Technology and Business Consulting, Emerging Technologies and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Gina is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Electrical Engineering and a member of several industry and non-profit boards.
Priyanka has 5+ years of experience in semiconductor industry working with leading logic and memory customers in Asia and United States. She has a PhD in Engineering Science and Mechanics from PennState. She has authored 5+ US Patents and 3+ journal papers. Before doing her PhD she worked as an oil field engineer with Sclumberger in South America. She holds several awards including the prestigious Pt. B.D. Upadhyaya Gold Medal for best masters thesis in the field of physical metallurgy, IIT Kanpur.
Deepika is a product leader with a passion for building and leading product teams and working with engineers and designers to build and launch great products that customers love. She most recently lead product management for the Amazon Alexa product. Deepika is currently the founder and CEO of SolveforXX, an organization focused on investing in ideas that target the female customer base. Prior to that, she was the head of product management at Marketron and built the first programmatic ad buying marketplace platform for the radio industry; in addition, her entrepreneurial bent of mind led her to co-found a fashion marketplace startup - Hautely based in Singapore. She led product for Intel's IoT and enterprise platforms for many years prior to that. As someone who is passionate about solving the diversity issue in tech, she is proud to have co-founded AWIP (Advancing Women in Product). She has an MBA from the Wharton school, a Master's degree in Computer Science from UC Davis and a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from Osmania University. When she is not working, she loves cooking and watching independent cinema.
Sheryl Kline, M.A. CHPC is a Mental Toughness and Certified High Performance CoachTM, published author, speaker and mother of three great kids who were high school and college Division I student-athletes. She is the CEO and Founder of The Zone Lab LLC, and her area of expertise is Applied Sport Psychology and Mental Toughness for Women in the Workplace.
For the last 25 years, Sheryl has been working with business professionals and world-class athletes to help them master their mindset, so they can dream, plan and achieve their best, consistently.
She has also sat on panels and conducted local and global workshops at Google Ventures, Autodesk, Microsoft, Capital One, Pixar, VMware, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (Women in Leadership Summit), Wilbur-Ellis and Bank of America’s Women in Leadership Group to name a few. In addition, Sheryl has been a featured guest for Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing podcast, Ideagen Global podcast, WVON Chicago talk radio, The Power House podcast, as well as a featured expert for the Watermark Women in Leadership webinar series. Sheryl is also a featured contributor for the Thrive Global Journal.
Sheryl’s book, “ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU” is now available.
When not sitting on panels, speaking, or coaching, Sheryl enjoys watching her kids and clients compete, running with her black lab Kona, and just about anything outdoors.
More information on Sheryl Kline is available at her website: www.sherylkline.com
Missy Young is the CIO (Chief Information Officer) at Switch. She drives the company’s solutions architecture to create a fundamental and sustainable change in the way clients ultimately design and implement intelligent data strategies. As a technologist, Missy has played an imperative role in the company’s evolution from the most innovative data center company in the world to the world’s only hyperscale retail colocation ecosystem that it is today.
Since joining the company in 2005, Missy has also held roles with leadership responsibilities for all sales operations and solutions engineering with respect to potential clients and win-win contract negotiations. Her expertise in technology trends, forecasting client needs and connecting those trends with results has been a great asset to Switch and its success. Prior to becoming a partner at Switch, Missy was the Director of Sales Engineering and VoIP services for Mpower Communications. Her portfolio of experience also includes senior sales engineering positions at ICG Communications, InteleNet Data Centers, and FirstWorld Communications. She entered the industry back in the dot-com days of the mid-90s, as a network engineer through her Cisco, Microsoft, and Novell certifications.
Missy serves on the FIRST® Nevada Robotics Board, the Foundation Board of the College of Southern Nevada, the Foundation Board of Opportunity Village, the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Research Board, the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors. Additionally, Missy is a strong advocate for the certification path of education for young students who desire to enter the technology field.
Grace is VP of Developer Relations at Roblox. She is responsible for leading developer and educational programs, and engaging with a growing community of 2+ million developers to empower them across multiple platforms. A seasoned developer relations leader with over 20 years of experience in software, she has co-authored three patents and led worldwide developer initiatives at Microsoft, Intuit, and Atlassian. Prior to joining Roblox, she established Atlassian’s Global Developer Relations organization to nurture and expand their rapidly growing developer community. She is also a diversity advocate, establishing and driving diversity programs, including mentoring rings, at Microsoft and Atlassian.
Grace graduated cum laude and holds a BBA in Business Management from Golden Gate University.
Miriam Aguirre is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer and architect for companies including Financial Engines and Hewlett-Packard. Miriam grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from MIT. Today, she leads the Skillz engineering team and works to advance diversity in eSports.
When Stephanie graduated into the recession in 2010, with a degree in architecture and a handful of marketing internships, she wasn’t even thinking about a career—she just wanted a job. She lucked into a role at a tech incubator in Los Angeles, handling business development for new projects. In her spare time, she decided to teach herself how to code, and she discovered a new passion that eventually became a new career. Stephanie is now a software engineer at Box, where she continues to find rich opportunities to develop her technical skills and explore her wide array of interests.
Lizzie Matusov is a full-stack software engineer at Invitae. Her primary focus is building high-end customer experiences to enable genetic testing ordering and reporting in the Women’s Health and Oncology space. Prior to her role, she worked as a software consultant for Red Hat, where she focused on consulting delivery for application development, migration, and deployments. She has written and supported production code for front-end, back-end, and DevOps in a variety of industries - including insurance, biotech, and finance. Beyond her role, Lizzie focuses on supporting diversity in engineering by mentoring incoming women in technology, supporting hackathons, and attending tech meetups in the Bay Area.
Dr. Shawn L. Ramirez is a Data Science Lead at Insight, and the site lead for Seattle. She leads teams of ~20 people to build AI and data science solutions that span data product, NLP, computer vision, automated ML, blockchain, and IoT regularly interfacing with over 100 top companies in Seattle to learn about their interesting challenges, and help them build top data science and AI teams. Prior to this, she was a professor of political science at Emory University specializing in game theory, strategic negotiations, and terrorism.
Ms. Lao is the Executive Vice President of Operations and leads all aspects of Allied operations. Ms. Lao has successfully executed technology initiatives that advanced Allied growth and supported the launch of the Allied Benefit Suite. She has a strong IT and project management background as well as over 14 years of progressive business leadership experience including Third Party Administration. Ms. Lao holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Torrie Adams is HR Data & Tools Lead at Google, where she uses data and automation to enable authentic, people-centered interactions around the world. As a former SWE, once her ability to talk to people was discovered, she landed on the path of project and product management. Having supported companies of 20 to 200,000 employees, she brings her 15 years of war stories and cowboy moments to speak to us about the ever exciting world of software development methodology.
Svetlana Vaz is a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe. Her main focus at Adobe has been Sales Platform Operations and achieving true DevOps for the Sales Platform. She enjoys automating development processes as much as possible as well as building tools that make life easier for the Sales Engineering team.
Svetlana is also passionate about enabling teams to work together and to foster a culture of Learn, Collaborate & Share. In that regard she created a ‘Community of Practice’ that included demo-days, online e- learning courses, wikis and how-to’s as well as a team channel to encourage open communication.Beyond her technical role, Svetlana has been actively involved in continuously streamlining the hiring and on boarding process for the Sales engineering teams at Adobe.
Outside of work, she loves hiking, traveling and exploring the different cuisines of the world.
Alison McCauley is a best-selling author, speaker, and CEO and Founder of Unblocked Future, a boutique consultancy that helps executives to drive adoption at the forefront of emerging tech. She is also a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about the impact of emerging technology on our world. A social scientist by training, she’s spent her career studying the intersection of human behavior and emerging technology, with 20 years of consulting to technology-first startups and Fortune-500 companies. She helps businesses communicate their vision, activate communities for change, and shape their role in our digitally-driven future.
As Engineering Manager for Payments and Notifications at Scribd, Katerina manages a team of eight engineers to develop comprehensive payments solutions for "The Netflix for Books", one of the top subscription services in the publishing space. She has 10 years of experience in various technical fields from Aerospace to Advertising, and focuses on building diverse, collaborative and productive teams. Katerina is also a long-time mentor for new women engineers with Hackbright, and enjoys helping them start their careers as software engineers.
Lorie Reichel Howe is founder of Conversations in the Workplace. She leverages over 20 years of expertise in communication and relationship management. She equips business professionals to have “safe conversations” – transformative dialogue that uncovers hidden workplace issues. Whether issues are challenging team dynamics, mismanaged expectations or good old-fashioned bad behavior, “safe conversations” foster greater innovation, inclusion and collaboration.
Lorie has a diverse career experience as a leadership and communication development trainer, professional mediator and conflict coach.
Lorie mediates for the Santa Clara Superior Court the Santa Clara Department of Human Services.
Amanda Bahia is responsible for Content Marketing at Springshot where she harnesses the insurmountable power of words to grow the company's online presence and build brand awareness. Before becoming Springshot’s resident word wonk, Amanda spent five years at Pearson developing accessible digital education products for high school humanities programs that were used in classrooms across the US. A self-professed creative weirdo and proud Millenial, Amanda is originally from New Jersey and brings a no-nonsense attitude to her work. As a first-generation college graduate and person with a disability Amanda is an outspoken advocate for intersectionality and is on a personal mission to make the tech scene more inclusive and representative of the communities and consumers it serves.
While managing $1 billion + of eCommerce at eBay, Ritu faced a challenge many working parents do today: juggling caring for her family and working a demanding career. Rather than sacrifice quality work or family time, Ritu founded a company to solve a major childcare issue parents face: safe, reliable transportation. She received her Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to founding Zum, Ritu worked with leading Silicon Valley companies such as IBM, Oracle, and eBay.
Debbie Levitt, CEO of Ptype UX & Product Design Agency, has been a UX strategist, designer, and trainer since the 1990s. As a “serial contractor” who lived in the Bay Area for most of this decade, Debbie has influenced interfaces at Sony, Wells Fargo, Constant Contact, Macys.com, Oracle, and a variety of Silicon Valley startups.
Debbie is a speaker and trainer who has presented at conferences including eBay’s Developer Conference, PayPal’s Developer Conference, UXPA, and WeAreDevelopers. She is an O’Reilly published author and one of few instructors on the planet recommended by Axure. Her newest training program is DevOps ICU, which teaches non-UX roles how to measurably improve DevOps results by correctly integrating UX practitioners and processes.
Morgan Mitchell joined Microsoft straight out of school as a program manager building developer tools. In her spare time, she enjoyed working with university recruiting, volunteering for educational organizations at the annual Microsoft Hackathon, and mentoring university students. After shipping her product with her engineering team, Morgan took the leap over to Azure (cloud) marketing where she gets to meld her passion into her work by driving Microsoft’s student developer engagement efforts. She helps create programs that cater to students globally because she sincerely believes in empowering all students to learn about technology, regardless of where they come from.
Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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Blog - www.hellomorgan.dev
Terri Lomax Burden is a Customer Success Manager at Asana. Originally from Philadelphia, she faced adversity growing up that motivated her to create a safe space for women of color to have authentic conversations about the real challenges they experience in everyday life, which became her blog, Mocha Girls Pit Stop. After working in a variety of roles at tech companies including Facebook and Yerdle, Terri was drawn to Asana for the company culture and the way employees are encouraged to bring their full selves to work. Terri holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and an M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University. In addition to her role as a Customer Success Manager, Terri is involved in employee resource groups including Gradient, Asana Women and supports Asana's ERG, Team Rainbow.
Danielle is the SVP, Client Partner at Essence Global, a digital-first agency whose mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world. As a global strategic business lead for the Google account, Danielle oversees the team responsible for Google's digital advertising strategy on key products such as Chromebooks, Chrome browser, Google Play, and the Android operating system. In addition to producing business results, Danielle is passionate about coaching young leaders and helping them focus on developing a strong team culture.
Prior to joining Essence Global, Danielle held roles at IPG Media Lab, directing the client service (engagement) team; UM, managing digital planning and buying for Sony Network Entertainment & Sony Corporate; and Carat, managing integrated communications planning on Gillette.
Nisha is a software engineer at Appian Corporation. She started her career with client-side mobile development and is working towards becoming a full-stack developer. At Appian, she led the Hackathon guild that worked on developing and delivering technical talks and workshops at various Hackathons. Nisha is also a member of the Hiring Committee at Appian. The committee equips developers to ensure a fair and consistent engineering interview process.
Nisha earned her Masters in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. Outside of work, she loves to explore new places, share insights on personal growth, read non-fiction books, and experiment with food.
Karyn B. Schoenbart is the Chief Executive Officer of The NPD Group and the best-selling author of Mom.B.A.: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next. Karyn has spent the majority of her career working at The NPD Group, which provides information and advisory services for over 20 industries. NPD combines unique data assets and prescriptive analytics with industry expertise, working with the world’s leading brands to support better business decisions and drive growth.
Passionate about coaching others to greater levels of achievement, Karyn wrote Mom.B.A: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next as a practical guide on everything from effective first impressions and workplace politics to relationship development, skill-building, and overcoming the Impostor Syndrome. The book is based on the real-life business lessons Karyn amassed during her career.
Karyn has received several awards recognizing her outstanding impact as a female business leader including the 2016 Long Island Brava Award and the 2017 Legacy Award from Women in Consumer Technology. She was also named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market by the CEO Connection for the past four years.
Karyn currently serves on the advisory board of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit organization that develops socially-responsible young leaders. Karyn has also served on the boards of directors of Civic Science, ARF Women in Analytics and CASRO, the Council of American Survey Research Organizations. She regularly teaches classes in leadership and developing client relationships. Karyn is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.
Karyn is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, summa cum laude. She and her husband live in Woodbury, NY. They enjoy the beach and spending time with their adult children.
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Carey Jenkins had an unconventional path to CEO of Substantial, a Seattle-based digital product studio. In 2012, she joined the client services team, and six years later became CEO. As the sixth female employee hired at Substantial, Carey is proud that Substantial has grown the female employee base to 37% overall and 40% on the leadership team, and is committed to empowering other women to seize more leadership opportunities.
Carey brings 17+ years of experience in client relationships, delivery management, and business development. Her brand of leadership focuses on relationships—both internal and external—and transparent, empathetic, and direct communication.
Nicole is the Chief Strategy Officer and founder of SocialChorus. She works with executives across our customer base to ensure we are powering communications transformation with true business results. Prior to founding SocialChorus, she was the Founder and CEO of Dermalounge and a pioneer in using new technologies to engage and empower employees before it was a Gartner Quadrant. Nicole started her career in structured finance and corporate development at Enron and Asurion. She has a BS from Vanderbilt University in Economics and Japanese and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Beate Chelette is the Growth Architect® and founder of the Women’s Code®. Huffington Post calls her one of fifty must-follow women entrepreneurs. After Beate sold her business to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal she specialized in engineering customized programs for forward-looking companies, enabling them to improve entrepreneurial skills and to move purposefully toward balanced, gender-neutral leadership. Recent clients include Merck, TracyLocke, The Leadership Investment, SBDC, NFTE, CreativeLive, and the Association of Corporate Growth.
Sash Sunkara, co-founder and CEO of RackWare, is a technology executive with extensive expertise in solutions for data centers. Before RackWare, Sash served as Vice President of program management at Brocade Communications and Vice President of marketing for QLogic’s Network Solutions Division. She also founded 3Leaf Systems, a venture-backed server virtualization company. Sash holds a BSEE degree from California State University Sacramento.
Allison Liemhetcharat is a software engineer who is interested in using artificial intelligence to solve real world problems. At rideOS, Allison leads the development of simulation, and works closely with partners to integrate their self-driving vehicles into the rideOS services.
Prior to rideOS, Allison worked for over 2 years at Uber Advanced Technologies Group in Pittsburgh. She was Tech Lead of Simulation for over a year, and subsequently worked on the Motion Planning team, and has experience with both the offline and online aspects of self-driving vehicles. Before joining Uber ATG, Allison was a scientist at the Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore, and worked on a number of robotics projects. She also mentored over 30 students in research-related projects, ranging from high school to PhD students.
Allison holds a Ph.D. and MS in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rajshri Ravi is Head of Product at ConsejoSano. Her unique talent lies in her breadth of experience. She has envisioned simple and creative solutions for translating user problems into a great product while managing complex product decisions and trade-offs in a fast-paced environment. She has led a number of products to market with end-to-end execution of full product lifecycle.
She has successfully applied Lean Six Sigma techniques to product development and processes. She has been multitasking on a number of healthcare and data analytics projects in her prior experience at Omnicell and Illumina. Rajshri holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India and an MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds numerous certifications on Software Quality, Process Improvement, Agile best practices, and Genomics.
Laila Dupuy is the founder of Kitchin Table, the UK and US's first co-working space app enabling women to turn their homes (their kitchen tables) into female co-working spaces. Laila is a mum of six children, a former senior crown prosecutor and is now on a mission to help launch 1,000 female founded businesses in 2019. She’s pretty much a pro basketball player and has even moonlighted as a stand-up comedian (which she loves). Laila is a natural Dharma yoga junkie and is building a global community of like-minded women that can work together, support each other and inspire one another. Kitchin Table has been featured in Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, The Guardian, Virgin Start up, and has been selected as thirty most promising social start up at SXSW 2018 and Web Summit 2017.
Dina Ghobrial is Chief Procurement Officer with Coupa Software, a world-class Business Spend Management platform, where she executes strategic and innovative practices to help optimize every dollar spent. Dina knows that a positive outlook trumps pessimism, and firmly believes in the power of collaboration in the creation of value and achieving win-win outcomes.
Prior to joining Coupa, Dina worked as Vice President, IT Sourcing, with Scotiabank, one of Canada’s largest, where she supported its digital transformation and helped build the Strategic Sourcing practice globally.Dina holds an Honors Bachelor in Economics & Computer Science from The American University in Cairo.
Emma Wernham is the Co-Founder of Wotson, a startup aiming to disrupt the film industry. Wotson is a mobile-based application that helps viewers of film and television content find the specific content that is of interest to them more easily. Emma has degrees in fashion design and business as well as experience working in the film industry. She is a newcomer to the business of technology.
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Jessica Robinson is CEO of PurePoint International helping people and companies to be safe by bridging the gap between physical and cyber security. PurePoint is the security company of choice for innovative and forward thinking businesses globally and is the winner of the JCI Philippines-New York ICON of IMPACT Award for International Affairs and Women's Security for their creative and pioneering approach to security. PurePoint International provides cyber security consulting and training for financials services, insurance and other middle market global companies with $150-$500M in revenue. Jessica speaks internationally on cybersecurity and innovation, and is on the board of both for profit, and non profit, technology and security organizations.
Sreeja is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Qualcomm. In her role, she interacts with Wireless Enterprise Providers to align their connectivity needs with Qualcomm’s prolific wireless portfolio. She is excited to play her part in defining the roadmap, features and use cases for the next generation of Wifi chipsets which are laying the foundations for IOT and Smart Homes.
She has a Masters’ Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. She has 3 patents in the fields of Wireless and Display technologies.
Sreeja is extremely passionate about promoting and encouraging women in the STEM field and actively works for the cause through the Qwomen organization at Qualcomm as the President of the Bay Area chapter. She acts as the Qualcomm Liaison for IEEE WIE Santa Clara Valley, is a Techwomen Mentor and works with the NCWIT Bay Area chapter on their events.
Heart, humor and hard-won strategies collide in the work of BambooMyth.com Founder, Jeanny Chai. She helps women to acknowledge the cultural experiences unique to the Asian American community and how those experiences uniquely influence their career, leadership, and personal fulfillment.
Inspiring and entertaining, Jeanny delivers powerful principles steeped in storytelling from her personal experience “shaming” her family by not attending medical school after graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology. She spent well over a decade raising a family. In her work life, she became known as a successful business development professional coveted by CEOs for her ability to launch new sales efforts at early stage tech start-ups. Her latest role put her in front of C-level execs of top global tech companies such as A&T, eBay, and Amazon.
Jeanny is a breast cancer survivor, and has overcome great struggles in her health and family. She has reframed the cultural norms of her past and leveraged them to create a more meaningful and authentic journey on the road to success. She now dedicates her career to saving others the pain of having to go through great adversity to reach the point of personal transformation.
More than 20 years of marketing and general management experience spanning across software, hardware, tech services, B2B, B2C and IT.
Focus on product and technology marketing includes bringing new products and services to market and developing pipeline and incremental revenue streams for existing products through partnerships and strategic alliances.
Expertise in sales enablement, customer and sales content strategy, messaging and value proposition alignment and driving business relevancy.
I've enjoyed working in both pre and post IPO companies and also built a small business that created an after-market for multi-media tools and IP.
My work at Cisco focused on enabling customers to transform their organizations through business conversations with senior IT leaders and CXOs and creating scalable, replicable marketing initiatives that connect our POVs in the market to the plays running in country.
At Salesforce, I led the organization responsible for the strategy, planning and execution of global, integrated go-to-market campaigns that drove pipeline, customer acquisition, loyalty and revenue generation across the portfolio. I also built and led the service marketing organization responsible for services pipeline..
I also had a brief career in broadcast journalism and still enjoy writing, presenting and participating in industry speaking engagements as well as web and video broadcasts.
Specialties: Marketing strategy, writing, persuasive negotiation, forging strategic partnerships, and driving ecosystem partner collaboration. Creating integrated, scalable global marketing programs that drive pipe and revenue. Global content strategy.
Rohini Chakravarthy started at NGP Capital in September 2018 as a Partner in their Silicon Valley office. She focuses on investments in the Intelligent Enterprise area.
Rohini has an impressive investment and technology background spanning two decades. Prior to NGP, she was an investing partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where she focused on software, systems and technology investments, sat on 13 boards, and nurtured several companies to successful exits. She has also held investment and corporate development leadership roles at Intel Capital and Cisco and was cofounder and CEO of startup, Inksedge. Rohini started her career as a design engineer at Bay Networks, working on Ethernet chips and hardware.
Rohini received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS from Case Western Reserve University and a B.Tech from IIT Madras.
As a Principal Software Engineer at Zynga, Michelle Del Rosario architects features behind brand new mobile games and mentors junior engineers; Michelle additionally serves as the Chair of STEM Outreach for Women at Zynga, connecting thousands of students from underrepresented communities to women professionals. Prior to joining the gaming industry, Michelle worked on Virtual Reality and Micro Robotics research at Stanford University and Harvard University respectively. She received her BS in Computer Science with a focus in Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University. Outside of work, Michelle practices Parkour weekly and enjoys time with her family.
Gail’s practice focuses on technology-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, connected vehicle regulation, data privacy, biometrics, cybersecurity, facial recognition, smart cities, and the IoT. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.
Gail teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers University’s Leading Disruptive Innovation Program, and a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.
She was appointed Co-Chair of the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, the NYSBA’s Transportation Committee, Law360’s Transportation Editorial Advisory Board, and NYSBA's Technology and the Legal Profession Committee. She is the New York Regional Co-Chair for the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Co-Chair of the Programming Committee of the ABA’s Woman Advocate Committee, Vice-Chair of the ABA-TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of NAWL’s IP & Technology Affinity Group, Editor of the ABA’s Pretrial Practice and Discovery Newsletter, and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.
Gail was selected as one the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM and one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation.
She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
Anusha is a systems software engineer at Docker and a OSS maintainer in the Moby (Docker) project. She has recently been working on storage features in the Docker Enterprise and is the author of Docker plugin infrastructure. Other interests include distributed systems, high availability, performance analysis and debugging.
Sheela Ursal is the founder of Capital U Ventures a Fintech and eCommerce advisory firm focused on product and strategy. For over two decades she has worked in digital technologies and launched products to global markets at Amazon, Western Union, Google (via Netopia acquisition) and Cisco. She enjoys sharing her thoughts on financial services emerging technologies through her blog.
Marie Denison is a research scientist at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Center at the NASA Ames Research Center. There she develops computational fluid dynamics codes and applies them to the study of turbulent flow physics. Before that she was an R&D engineer at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX and at Infineon Technologies in Munich, Germany, where she led the design of several high-volume automotive power components. She authored and co-authored over 60 patents and 60 technical publications. Marie greatly enjoys collaborating with students and talents of all backgrounds on developing tools that shed light on physics phenomena. Outside of work her passion flows into raising awareness about farm animal welfare.
Shireen Santosham is the Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Liccardo where she leads efforts to build the "smart city" vision and strategy for San Jose. Previously, she worked at the GSMA where she was a Director in the Mobile for Development group that aims to close the digital divide for base of the pyramid populations in the developing world through mobile technology and the internet. She has extensive experience working on innovative initiatives across sectors, including working at McKinsey & Company, with international NGOs, and as an impact investor at Vulcan Capital.
Shireen holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Aarthi Raju is a Principal Solutions Architect with AWS based out of San Francisco. She works closely with leading strategic customers in the San Francisco Bay Area to help them architect and deploy scalable, secure, and cost-effective applications on AWS with a focus on Hybrid Cloud using VMware Cloud on AWS. One area she is passionate about is Public Speaking. Having limited public speaking experience back in 2014, she quickly learned to pursue her passion and presented at several external and internal conferences on technical and career topics. Her most recent technical talks can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/aarthiraju/tech.Prior to her current role, she worked as a Sr. Technical Account Manager supporting AWS enterprise customers acting as their advocate within AWS, helping them build ground breaking technologies. Aarthi holds a Master’s degree from the Wichita State University, Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree from Anna University, Chennai
Aidan leads Samsara’s end-to-end Operations, including hardware New Product Introduction, manufacturing, supply chain, global logistics and Customer Support. She has played a critical role in the development and launch of all of Samsara's major hardware products, and designed and operates Samsara's robust global supply chain and quality management systems. Aidan also established Samsara’s key global partnerships with major cloud and cellular service providers and semiconductor manufacturers.
Aidan brings over 9 years of experience in operations and business analytics to Samsara. Prior to joining Samsara, Aidan helped launch the first AppleWatch and the iPhone6S as a member of Apple’s Global Operations team. She was also an investment analyst at the world’s largest global macro hedge fund, Bridgewater, where she worked with the CIO and CEO to scale company operations from 500 to 1500 people.
Aidan has an MBA and electrical engineering training from Stanford, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Connie Guglielmo is Vice President and Editor in Chief of CNET News and is responsible for overseeing the global news team as they cover breaking stories and deliver analysis and features. She's a veteran tech reporter and editor who has worked in and around Silicon Valley for MacWEEK, Wired, Upside, Interactive Week, Bloomberg News and Forbes.
Dr. Minjarez is a proven and committed physician, patient advocate and Co-Medical Director of Spring Fertility. She is a Board Certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and received her medical training at Stanford University. Dr. Minjarez has won numerous awards, and presented at many national and international medical conferences on a range of topics including polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, IVF and preimplantation genetic testing.
Prior to joining Spring, Dr. Minjarez served through academic appointments in obstetrics and gynecology at several institutions in addition to serving as Medical Director of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) for over 15 years and most recently as Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Kaiser Oakland. Dr. Minjarez has been published in several publications, including Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinics of North America.
Sibrina Subedar has nearly two decades of high tech industry experience. Her passion is to bring new innovations to market and evangelize new breakthrough ideas. She has worked for Cisco, NetApp, Overland, and Okta in various roles including customer engineering, product management, and marketing. At Valimail she works with a team of brilliant innovators who are building new ways to combat phishing and cybersecurity attacks, in order to increase the trustworthiness of global communications for their customers and for society.
As its CEO, Jennifer Steffens spearheads all aspects of IOActive’s global business operations and drives the company’s strategic vision. Jennifer brings a wealth of industry and business experience to the company, having been an early member of several successful startups.
Recognized as one of the top leaders in information security, Jennifer is an active member of the Executive Women’s Forum, the Information Security Systems Association and the Open Web Application Security Project. Lauded by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Information Security Magazine, and many more, she received SC Magazine’s Reboot Leadership Award for Top Management in 2017 and CV Magazine’s IT Security CEO of the Year 2018. She serves as a judge for the TechTrailblazers and DUO Women in Security awards and is a frequent speaker at events around the world.
Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions at ground breaking companies such as Sourcefire and NFR Security. Prior to joining IOActive, Jennifer came to Seattle to help startup GraniteEdge reinvent itself. While there, she led initiatives to restructure the company and developed a product strategy that ultimately led to a successful acquisition.
Sree is a product evangelist and technologist with a solid background in product management and data engineering. Sree works with ServiceNow in Product Management. Sree has over 15 years of vast experience in the ITOps/AIOps/ChatOps domain. Sree has a lot of experience building both B2C and B2B product segments and managing large complex cross-functional teams.
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