2-3 May 2019San Francisco
Chief Decision Scientist @ Google
Director of Engineering @ Slack
Senior Director @ Salesforce
MD & National African American Resource Co-Lead @ Accenture
Security Engineer @ Microsoft
Vice President & Distinguished Engineer @ IBM
Engineering Manager @ Coursera
VP, Engineering @ American Express
CTO @ MarketInvoice
Founder and Executive Director @ Black Girls CODE
Senior Product Manager @ Autodesk
Staff Product Manager @ WalmartLabs International
Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility @ Ford Motor Co
CTO and Cofounder @ AiFi
Executive Director @ Berkeley SkyDeck
CTO & Founder @ Nylas
Chief Product Officer @ Rocket Software
General Manager, Global Cloud Consulting Services @ IBM
VP, Developer Relations @ Roblox
Senior Vice President of Engineering @ Skillz
Head of Confluence @ Atlassian
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biotechology/Manufacturing/Engineering/ and Supply Chain professional with over 10 years experience in Facilities /Operations/Maintenance and Project Management with companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and consumer products industries. I have expert skills in both team building and collaborative leadership with a unique ability to synthesize ideas across a wide spectrum of perspectives and develop a concise shared vision to drive organizational change and improvements in complex business processes. Both a detail-oriented planner and a strategic minded leader, I absorb new information quickly and efficiently transfer this knowledge to launch new ideas and innovative solutions for the business. I have the ability to lead networks of people outside of my direct power domain and build effective relationships which empower them to reach their peak performance and drive bottom-line cost saving results for the organization.
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.
Results oriented product leader with high energy, strategic thinking, data driven approach, creativity and leadership qualities. Experience building B2C and B2B products using latest technology stack and managing large complex cross-functional teams.
Believer of building simple and delightful products with seamless experience that helps win both customer and business.
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.
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.
Christine Spang is the CTO and Founder of Nylas. The Nylas APIs power applications with email, calendar, and contacts sync from any inbox in the world.
Christine got involved with software engineering by contributing to the free software operating system Debian GNU / Linux when she was 15. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science at MIT, worked as an early Linux kernel engineer at Ksplice (acquired by Oracle), and then started Nylas in 2013 to fix IMAP, MIME, and the fragmented world of email systems. As a young female founder building a developer platform, she hopes that sharing her story will help inspire other aspiring leaders in the industry.
When she’s not working on building the future of email, she loves to trad climb. Follow her on Twitter at @spang.
Anjali Arora is chief product officer at Rocket Software, a New England-based global technology provider specializing in application modernization and systems optimization, where she is responsible for driving the company’s product strategy and R&D roadmap. Prior to Rocket, she spent three years at Oracle as GVP of software engineering.
Sangita Singh is General Manager, Global Cloud Consulting Services at IBM, responsible for helping IBM’s clients accelerate their adoption of Cloud and Cloud technologies. A seasoned professional and an accomplished executive, Sangita built a distinguished career spanning 23 years at Wipro, where she held diverse leadership roles. She joined IBM from Infosys, where she was Executive Vice President - Healthcare and Life Sciences.
Sangita has received several accolades, including being named as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2010 for her contribution to people engagement and diversity, and being listed among the 30 Most Powerful Women by Business Today in 2014 & 2015. Sangita holds an engineering degree from the Regional Engineering College, Durgapur and is based at Bangalore.
Grace Francisco, VP of Roblox Developer Relations, has 20+ years of experience leading innovative technical teams at companies including Microsoft, Intuit and Atlassian. Across the technology and gaming industry, she is recognized as a respected proponent of diversity and the empowerment of women and girls.
At Roblox, Grace supports over 70 million active monthly users — 40% in the US are female — helping them to explore, imagine and create immersive worlds by developing experiences to share. Part of her mission is to instill in young women a passion for a career in technology, plus the skills and confidence to achieve their goals.
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.
Pratima is Head of Product for Confluence, a content collaboration tool that is one of Atlassian’s most popular products. She’s responsible for Confluence’s product strategy, roadmap and go-to market. A product management leader with extensive experience in successfully delivering innovative products to millions of customer, she has a track record of driving some of the most strategic initiatives at Salesforce like Einstein (Machine and Deep Learning platform), Lightning (Experience & Platform) and Mobile. Pratima is a geek at heart who loves to solve toughest customer problems with simple and intuitive solutions that customers love.
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