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WITI South Florida
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South Florida Network's Mission:
Our mission is to provide members with access to the people, resources, and opportunities that women need to achieve their professional goals. We do this by providing a local IT community of women that facilitates education, leadership and mentoring as well as networking opportunities. The South Florida WITI Network is building new opportunities with every event!
Be a part of it and grow with us!
Our WITI South Florida Network Leaders are committed to bring our members the most rewarding events and to create a powerful network of professional women and students throughout South Florida. Our goal is not only to provide practical, useful information to our members, but also to provide opportunities for business connections and peer mentorship through our Networking sessions.
We know that every woman is busy trying to strike a balance between work and a personal life. We want you to get the most out of the time you spend with WITI. That's why our events are carefully planned with your needs in mind. Our SMART Connections networking events give you more than a handful of business cards to bring home; they give you techniques for networking and more deep connections to the people you meet than you typically find at most networking events. Our educational and professional development events feature insightful speakers and the latest technical information to help you grow in your careers, whether you are just starting out or you are an IT veteran!
We offer a warm and welcoming environment for women in technology to learn, meet and exchange ideas, issues, practices, and experiences. Won't you join us and experience the benefits first-hand?
Network Director & Membership Co-Chair
Jodi Glacer has been in and around technology for more than 20 years. She spent the first part of her career as a Technical Writer, writing documentation for such companies as American Software, the Centers for Disease Control, and Coca-Cola. Jodi has spent the last 13 years selling services, software and products to the IT industry.
Jodi is a member of WITI while she resided in Atlanta, and now the Network Director, where she will be concentrating on retaining the current membership and growing the South Florida Chapter. She is also an active member of South Florida Technology Association. Jodi is a UCF graduate, where she earned a BA in English, Emphasis in Technical Writing and Editing.
Software Consultant with over 15 years of experience as a Lead Software developer, Senior Software Engineer at Premiere Global Services, Senior Programmer Analyst at York Management and Research, Senior Programmer Analyst at United Technologies, Government Engine Space Propulsion. Joint Patent Holder of a software system for jet engine design. Current Vice President and Founding Chapter Officer of Microsoft Project Users Group South Florida.
Strategic Alliance Chairperson
Kelly A. Boyle, CRPC®, ADPA SM is a Financial Advisor and Business Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Kelly has 7 years experience as a financial advisor, and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Florida.
As her latest entrepreneurial venture, Kelly purchased her practice and her own franchise of Ameriprise Financial in February 2012, focusing on creating customized and flexible portfolios and financial plans, tailored to each client's goals and objectives. Her practice specializes in working with entrepreneurs, women business owners, and technology executives and professionals.
Kelly also has a technical background. Prior to joining Ameriprise Financial in 2005, she was a Database Developer for the Florida Museum of Natural History as well as President of NK Productions, Inc., a web-programming company based in Gainesville, FL.
Kelly is passionate about educating and empowering women business owners, executives and technology professionals. She is the Strategic Alliance Chair for the South Florida Chapter of Women in Technology International, and is a member and volunteer of ITWomen. Kelly has implemented financial education programs at numerous technology corporations and organizations over the years. She has also made several contributions through Women Referring Women, a unique women's networking group in South Florida focused on developing referral relationships. As President and Founder, Kelly has helped hundreds of business women grow their businesses, as well as provide an environment for them to learn best business practices from their peers and other prominent professionals in the community.
West Palm Beach Program Chairperson
Yvette LaMar is the North American Marketing manager for IBM's Server and Technology Group. A graduate of University of Southern California, with a BS in MIS, and Masters in Marketing from Regis University. Yvette has over 20 years in the technology industry with technical and marketing experience in hardware, software, and services.
Miami Project Coordinator
Marion Lang has been in the field of information security for over 10 years specializing in privacy and incident response and currently working as a Lead Data Security Analyst at Automatic Data Processing in their newly formed Global Security Office. Over the years she has attained the industry standards in certifications for security, audit and privacy; CISSP, CISA and CIPP. She is also active outside work. She joined Toastmasters International in 2004 and started taking on leadership roles in 2007. For 2009 Ð 2010 Toastmaster year she took on the challenge of area governor for all the Toastmaster clubs from South Dade to Key West. Under her leadership her clubs achieved President's Distinguished Area, the highest distinction possible. Marion is looking forward to new and different challenges now that she has joined the South Florida leadership team for Women in Technology.
Broward Project Coordinator
Sofiya has over 11 years of experience in the IT field, of which the last 9 years working with Oracle E-Business Suite Applications. She has expertise in leading projects, supporting enterprise-wide applications, solving application issues, ensuring proper reporting, and streamlining and automating manual processes through use of technology. She is currently working for Alorica, an industry leader in customer management outsourcing and is responsible for their corporate Oracle ERP and related applications. Previously Sofiya worked at the Ohio Department of Education where she was part of the team that implemented and setup Oracle Financials and Oracle Human Resources. Sofiya holds a Bachelors degree in Management Information Science and Computer Science from Franklin University. She was born in Bulgaria and is very fond of her trip home once a year. Other activities she enjoys in her free time include being in nature, self-exploration and the performing arts.
After having had a varied career in the arts, Lesley Frohman entered the world of IT Staffing about 16 years ago. She has been fortunate to be able to work with many top firms here in S FL as well as assisted in the careers of some of S FLÕs top IT professionals.
She joined SherlockTech in 2001 where she has been working in Client Development, Account Management, Technical Recruiting and Career Coaching. SherlockTech is a premier IT staffing firm in S FL known for their community involvement thru the support of several IT User Groups.
Lesley has been the liaison between the recruiting team, client development, and corporate operations as well as mentoring many candidates. She has placed all levels of IT professionals with some of S FLÕs largest and well respected employers as well as helped many people with career acceleration.
She is a member of the Miami User Group, on the WITI South Florida Leadership Team, MDGLCC, and a participant in the PMI and SFTA among other groups as well as a recent recipient of the Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire award.
A Native New Yorker, she received a BS in Sociology from Stony Brook University.
As a Financial Advisor with Evershore Financial Group, Beverly Provost brings quality care into her line of work, where she helps people make the informed financial decisions in order to help reach their life goals. She focuses her practice on helping individuals and small businesses prepare for their futures with financial planning and implementation of retirement solutions, education funding, investments, and insurance.
Before becoming a financial advisor, Beverly spent over 18 years in the IT industry. Her Information Technology experience includes Management Consulting with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Director of Software Development for Daleen Technologies, and Executive Vice President of IT for Gambro Healthcare.
Beverly has a Bachelor's in Finance from Florida State University and has completed the Certified Financial Planning Certificate Program at FAU. Beverly is a candidate for CFP Board's certification, has completed education requirements and passed the Board exam. She is licensed in Florida and Georgia and has obtained her series 7 and 66 registrations, which position her to offer her clients a wide array of financial solutions that can be customized to their unique financial needs.
On top of a full time career, Beverly serves as the Technology Chair for the Coral Springs Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), a member of the Financial Planning Association, both Coral Springs and Broward County Chambers of Commerce, serves on the Leadership Team of Women in Technology International (WITI) and is a charter member of Club 211 Broward. She also finds time to be an active member of the PTA and the Band Parents' group at Forest Glenn Middle School and serves on the PTA board for James Hunt Elementary School. Beverly has a wonderful husband, Marc, and two children, Melissa (11) and Bryan (7).
President, Cross Country Homes
Sandra Finn, was ranked #2 in the 2011 Top-50 Women-Led Businesses in Florida by The Commonwealth Institute and the University of Miami School of Business.
Ms. Finn joined the Cross Country Home Services in October, 1999 as Executive Vice President and was promoted to President in November 2001.
Ms. Finn was honored by the American Business Woman's Association with the Spirit of Excellence Award. Ms. Finn holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.B.A. from New York University.
Chief Information Officer, eDiets
Laura Klein joined eDiets in 2008 as its Chief Information Officer and took on the additional role of running the Corporate Services Division in early 2010. Prior to joining eDiets, Ms. Klein served as the Chief Information Officer, VP of IT and Security Officer at Sheridan Healthcare, a leading outsourcing provider of healthcare services for hospitals and medical facilities. Between 2001 and 2002, she was President of Elencee, a marketing and website development company located in Fort Lauderdale. Ms. Klein holds an Executive Program MBA degree with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Miami, as well as a MS degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Georgia and a BS degree in Biology from North Carolina State University.
Vice President Shared Systems, CBS Interactive
Stephanie provides strategic leadership to the technological and business advancements of the enterprise data and business systems for Shared Services teams used by more than 30 mobile and online websites owned and operated by CBS Interactive as well as additional affiliate internet properties across CBS Broadcasting. These CBS Interactive business units, include CNET, CBS Sports, ZDNet, CBS.com, CBS News.com among others.
It is Stephanie who oversees the central Data Warehouse system and administration of the central Microstrategy BI & Reporting toolset,the internal Ad Serving system & services surrounding ad serving as well as the central registration, billing, email and alerting systems as well among other duties. She received her BA from North Carolina State University and has been with CBS since 1997.
Vice President of Finance, Ultimate Software
Felicia Alvaro joined Ultimate Software in 1998 as Vice President of Finance. Ultimate Software is a leading provider of unified human capital management (ÒHCMÓ) software-as-a-service (ÒSaaSÓ) solutions for global businesses. Ultimate Software is headquartered in Weston, Florida (with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Newport Beach, California) and has over 1,200 employees throughout the United States and Canada. Felicia has over 24 years experience in financial management. At Ultimate Software, Felicia oversees financial planning, financial analyses, financial reporting, financial compliance (SOX), business operations analyses, accounting policies and procedures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and technical accounting. Prior to joining Ultimate Software, Felicia served in a number of financial positions with several companies, including Director of Finance for over 6 years at Pueblo Xtra International (a grocery store chain headquartered in South Florida, with operations in Puerto Rico, and over 8,000 employees at the time) and Supervising Senior Accountant for over 3 years at KPMG in Miami (audit practice). Felicia is a Certified Public Accountant. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she graduated at the top of her graduating class. Felicia is a member of the FICPA and AICPA.
CIO, Experian Simmons
Alva is an expert at building and leading smart, independent, and enthusiastic technical teams. Before ascending the management ranks, Alva worked as a software developer on complex production and database application in roles at Birch Radio/Scarborough and Precision Response Corporation. Currently, she is the CIO for Experian Simmons. At a time when resources are scarce and demands are high, Alva is able to provide the vision and strategy as well as inspire enthusiasm in her staff to deliver upon commitments in an on-time, high quality fashion. Recently, her team launched a web-based analytics tool for mining Simmons large database of custom research and syndicated data. In recognition of that effort, she along with core team members received Experian's 2010 Product Launch of the Year Award Ð Marketing Services Division. Additionally, Alva's team and individual members consistently receive company-wide Spirit Awards for their contributions to product ideas, solutions and services. Alva continues to build strategies that increase performance of both her face-to-face and virtual teams. A highly respected senior team member, she is a frequently sought after contributor for providing insights on leveraging IT assets to meet company goals and business needs.
Personally, Alva is pursuing a PhD in Information Systems. Prior education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) and a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from St. Thomas University (Miami, FL). Alva also manages a hectic family life that includes her husband and two middle school-age kids.
Director of Technology Services, JM Family Enterprises
Michelle Bazargan is a Director of Technology Services, at JM Family Enterprises, an automotive company.
Michelle joined JM Family in 2001 as part of the Technology Operations team and was promoted to Project Director responsible for systems replacement and implementation initiatives. In addition, Michelle has held other positions at JM Family including Director of Technology Planning and Director of Client Advocacy for the Portfolio Management Offices (PMOs).
Michelle holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Florida Atlantic University. She is also PMP certified and also holds other numerous technical and management certifications. Michelle has a strong passion and commitment for leadership, building effective teams and promoting and driving innovation.
Michelle is an avid athlete and participates in triathlons, adventure races, 100 mile century rides, and marathons to raise money for charitable organizations such as United Way, Big Brothers & Sisters, and American Red Cross. Michelle resides in Delray Beach.
Julieta Ross PhD.
CTO Latin America, Citi
Not only is Julieta the CTO Latin America at Citi, while doing her PhD and Masters she developed image processing algorithms for texture segmentation of medical images to detect cancer. She spent a significant amount of time with Radiologists learning to read mammograms, and later developed algorithms and wrote software to automatically interpret mammograms for the purpose of providing a second opinion to radiologists.
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