2-3 May 2019Marriott Marquis, San Francisco
Chief Decision Scientist @ Google
Director of Engineer @ Slack
Senior Director @ Salesforce
Head of Global Cards & Payment Engineering @ Barclays
Vice President & Distinguished Engineer @ IBM
Vice President @ Amazon Alexa
CEO @ PTW
CIO @ Symantec
Diana Cruz Solash
VP, Inclusion and Diversity @ Infor
Managing Director, Silicon Valley, South West region @ Microsoft
Senior Director of Developer Ecosystem and Services @ eBay
Senior Director Cloud Infrastructure @ Oracle
Senior Vice President/Chief Information Security Officer @ PepsiCo
Lead DevOps Engineer, Infrastructure Automation @ Gap, Inc.
Senior Director Globalization, Information Engineering and Product Portfolio Solutions @ NetApp
Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility @ Ford Motor Co
CTO @ MarketInvoice
Senior Software Engineer @ Netflix
MD & National African American Resource Co-Lead @ Accenture
Security Engineer @ Microsoft
Engineering Manager @ Coursera
Product Management Lead @ Autodesk
Staff Product Manager @ WalmartLabs International
Partner @ XL Innovate
CTO and Cofounder @ AiFi
Executive Director @ Berkeley SkyDeck
VP Entreprise Program Management Office @ Teradata
CTO & Founder @ Nylas
Vice President and Partner @ IBM’s Cloud Application Innovation
Product Marketing Manager @ Applied Materials
Founder & CEO @ Solve for XX
CEO & Founder @ The Zone Lab, LLC
VP, Developer Relations @ Roblox
Senior Vice President of Engineering @ Skillz
CEO @ Walking TALL Training & Consulting, Inc.
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
Product Marketing Manager @ Microsoft
Terri Lomax Burden
Mid-Market Customer Success Manager @ Asana
Growth Marketing Manager @ Facebook
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
Software Engineer @ rideOS
Head of Product @ ConsejoSano
Founder @ Kitchin Table
Chief Procurement Officer @ Coupa Software
Co-Founder @ Wotson
CEO @ STEMilyK.org
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
Senior Project Manager @ Newmark Knight Frank
Founder @ Capital U Ventures
Research Scientist @ NASA
Chief Innovation Officer @ City of San Jose
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.
Anchal Gupta is the Head of Global Cards & Payment Engineering at Barclays. She is passionate about enabling business via innovative engineering solutions. She has been part of some of the first industry influencing solutions like Apple Pay, virtual cards, tokenization etc. She Foster as culture of innovation that challenges the status quo and believes in being a catalyst & a change agent.
She has experience driving Digital transformation, has launched multiple B2B, B2C payments, Big Data, AI driven digital marketing, customer Acquisitions Lending & digital tokenization solutions. Also has deep experience on Infrastructure and Cloud computing. An avid learner has double digit number of certifications through out her career. She has contributed numerous articles and has received nominations for award like CTO of the county India and CIO of the Year for Innovations in Technology.
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.
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.
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 venture-backed startups and Fortune 500s. Currently, as Senior Director of Developer, Ecosystem and Services at eBay, she’s hyper-focused on making eBay integration easier for internal and third-party developers – both critical to enabling smoother, more seamless buying and selling experiences. In a prior role as Senior Director of Commerce OS, Gail was chartered with streamlining standards through architecture and design patterns for the company’s web services, 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. Her treatise on standards-based mobile web development entitled “Beginning Smartphone Web Development” published in December 2009. Gail holds both bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from The University of Michigan and The University of Washington, respectively. When not at work, Gail is mom to school-age twins and calls Portland, Oregon home.
Favorite eBay experience:
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. Her most current favorite is handspun yarn made from silk fibers of banana trees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rekha is a product evangelist and technologist with a solid background in product management and data engineering. She is a core believer of building simple yet delightful products with seamless experience that helps win both customer and business. Rekha is seen as a product leader with high energy, strategic thinking, data driven approach, creativity and leadership qualities. Her experience includes but are not limited to building B2C and B2B products using latest technology stack and managing large complex cross-functional teams.
Rekha is a strong advocate of Women in Tech, Data and Product within the company and outside in her community. She holds an MBA from University of Arkansas, United States and Bachelor of Technology from Anna University, India.
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.
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
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.
Lesley Everett is an international professional speaker and specialist on creating personality in your company brand with Personal Branding. She has presented her Walking TALL Methodology in 26 countries across 5 continents to date. She is a published author of 3 books. Her clients across many sectors include Ritz Carlton, Salesforce, Oracle, Deloitte and JetBlue as well as various charities and associations.
Lesley has appeared many times on TV on BBC News, Sky Business, CNBC, CNN, CBS and Bloomberg, and she has over 200 articles published in media around the world.
Lesley is the founder and CEO of Walking TALL Training & Consulting, Inc., and she was awarded the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence in 2010 – the first female speaker in the UK to do so.
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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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.
Shawna is a Growth Marketing Manager on the Scaled Growth Marketing Team within Facebook’s Media Partnerships function. Working on products such as IGTV and Watch alongside a team of data scientists, engineers, product and program leads – she drives global product adoption and retention at scale.
Prior to Facebook – Shawna has had a career in international product growth at eBay where she led the E2E tactics across B2C clients such as Toys”R”Us, Babies”R”Us, Kate Spade, TUMI and NFL/MLB. While at Uber she led B2B/B2C efforts for the UberEats, Uber4Business and Uber Rides products.
With a deep passion for travel, Shawna is in the midst of developing a platform that simplifies the process for millennials/young professionals to see the world. Being born and raised on the island of Jamaica – she has an understanding of the complexities one faces in bringing their whole selves as an immigrant to the workplace/social interactions/relationships/etc. – and hopes her own story can help others navigating the same.
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.
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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At 18 years old, Emily Koehne is the Founder and CEO of STEMilyK.org, a website dedicated to increasing the amount of girls interested in STEM. She accomplishes this by meeting with some of the top women in STEM and interviewing them about their unique careers. She posts the videos on her website so all girls, no matter socioeconomic background, can have access to these interviews. Emily's interviewees include seven CEOs, three Ivy League professors, and numerous other executives of Fortune 500 companies.
She has already been highlighted by many news outlets including Huffington Post, Girls' Life Magazine, and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Emily is passionate about gender equality, youth entrepreneurship, and inspiring young people around the world.
She hopes to make STEMilyK into a character that inspires girls and boys around the world to pursue a career in STEM.
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.
Ellen Haiying Yang is a senior project manager from global real estate services consultant Newmark Knight Frank / The CRE group now on assignment to a confidential fortune 50 technology client. She is managing several tenant improvement and office build-out projects as owner representative where her work ranges from project planning and permitting to design, construction and close out. Over her 11 years in project and program management, she also has worked on tenant improvement projects for other tech-sector clients like Google. Earlier, she worked on pharmaceutical, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, and power construction projects for Cumming, Atkins and WorleyParsons in the US, Canada and Australia.
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.
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