WITI Summit Speakers: A Preliminary List

Beena Ammanath

Global VP - Artificial Intelligence/Data/Innovation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Beena Ammanath is an award-winning senior digital transformation leader with extensive global experience in Artificial Intelligence, big data, data science, and IoT. Her knowledge spans across e-commerce, financial, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, and industrial domains with companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), GE, Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, Bank of America, e*trade, and a number of Silicon Valley startups. She is currently the Global Vice President for Big data, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation at HPE. Prior, she was the Vice President of Innovation at GE. The founder and CEO of a nonprofit, Humans For AI, Inc., she is also co-author of the book "AI Transforming Business."

Ms. Ammanath has been honored several times for her contribution to tech and her philanthropic efforts, including the San Francisco Business Times' 2017 Most Influential Women in Bay Area, WITI's Women in Technology Hall of Fame , National Diversity Council's Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Tech, and Drexel University's Analytics 50 innovator, Forbes Top 8 Female Analytics Experts and Women Super Achiever Award from World Women's Leadership Congress. Ms. Ammanath thrives on envisioning and architecting how data, artificial intelligence, and technology can make our world a better, easier place to live.

Michelle Bailey

Group Vice President, General Manager, & Research Fellow, IDC


Michelle Bailey is Group Vice President, General Manager and IDC Research Fellow for IDC's Cloud, Datacenter, and Digital Transformation services. Her focus is on articulating the short- and long-term impacts of emerging and disruptive technologies for Enterprise IT vendors, IT professionals and Cloud Service Providers. This includes building market models, conducting survey research and leveraging advanced data analytic capabilities to provide clients with prescriptive guidance on how digital transformation will impact their business as well as providing recommendations for how to future-proof their organizational strategy.

Prior to joining IDC, Ms. Bailey was Chief Research Officer at 451 Research where she was responsible for shaping the research agenda for over 100 analysts on a worldwide basis, spearheading the development of innovative research products around voice of the customer and building enterprise decision maker panels. She also served as Chief Data Scientist at a big data startup and consultant to CIOs to determine the business value of IT for their organization. Named 2011 IDC Analyst of the Year, Ms. Bailey holds a B.S. with honors in Mathematical Statistics from Monash University, Australia.

Hillary Barnhart

Senior Director Business Operations, ITOM, ServiceNow

Hillary Barnhart is Senior Director of Business Operations at ServiceNow. She is a results-oriented, creative, technical business leader with more than 20 years of experience at Applied Materials in pivotal roles within product management, marketing, operations, engineering, and analytics. With an exceptional ability to distill and transform complex problems into manageable, adaptable solutions, Ms. Barnhart establishes essential connections, mobilizes resources, and inspires people to create and deliver sustainable successes.

Ms. Barnhart earned her MBA at Santa Clara University, and MSIE and BSEE from Stanford University. She combines her technical education and professional experience into an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and influential leadership style, managing accelerated business change, and influencing and motivating multi-functional teams across cultures. She founded and led an intrapreneurial venture around augmented reality and wearables for a manufacturing and services business. Ms. Barnhart has won a Women in Leadership (Silicon Valley) Award; she is a frequent speaker on business and technology; and has a passion for helping women develop their leadership skills.

John Bates

Founder & CEO, Executive Speaking Success



John Bates is the founder and chief executive officer at Executive Speaking Success and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, developing the curriculum of the programs, and leading the executive speaking staff. He is internationally regarded as a top communications trainer and keynote speaker, as well as a savvy entrepreneur. Mr. Bates has been actively coaching since 2005, working with CEOs and the executive teams of PlaySpan, Prescience Intl., Motorola, Goldstar, Oculus International, LAZ Parking, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs, Janssen Labs, DudaMobile and many others on their presentation, media and business skills.

Prior to his training career, Mr. Bates was involved in helping to found and start up Goldstar, (which raised over $80 million) and VirtualVegas (the first online virtual destination site). He has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funds, successfully opened resistant markets for new products, and has run the customer service department for a multi- million dollar company. Mr. Bates is also a contributing author to the book World Class Speaking in Action: 50 Certified World Class Speaking Coaches Show You How to Present, Persuade, and Profit, which became a multiple Amazon best seller. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sociology and social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cheemin Bo-Linn

President & CEO, Peritus Partners

Cheemin Bo-Linn is CEO and President of Peritus Partners, Inc., a global business consulting group recognized for leading companies to market dominance and increasing valuation. She also currently serves as Board Director and Chair, Audit Committee for Violin Memory, NetLine Corporation, and is a member of the Women in Technology International Advisory Board. Previously she was a Vice President of IBM Corporation and Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, and President of small-mid size growth companies.

Dr. Bo-Linn has served on policy, investments, and industry boards including the American Electronics Association CA and the Association of Corporate Growth SV. She was appointed to the Technology Commercialization Board of Nevada's NIREC (renewable energy) and Clean Tech and Sustainable Industries. As a 30-year tech veteran, Dr. Bo-Linn has been responsible for scaling growth across diverse industries, leveraging the value of technology to fuel growth strategies. With domain expertise in both traditional (storage, software, and servers) and emerging (digital data, social media, mobile, and e-commerce) technologies, she has been invited as the keynote speaker at techno-security, financial, and Board Governance and Risk summits.

Dr. Bo-Linn received Silicon Valley Business Journal's "Women of Influence Award," YWCA's "Tribute to Women in Industry" Award, and was invited to speak at the United Nations on global growth. She earned an Ed.D. from the University of Houston.

Dalana Brand

Vice President, Global Total Rewards, Electronic Arts

Dalana Brand is a seasoned corporate executive with significant global leadership experience in various industries. Ms. Brand is currently Vice president, Global Total Rewards for Electronic Arts (EA), where she manages a global team and is accountable for designing innovative reward solutions that engage employees, create a fair and inclusive culture, and help advance the business strategy of the company. Ms. Brand's other corporate experiences include Whirlpool Corporation, Yazaki North America, Comerica Inc., Boeing, Willis Towers Watson, and Ford Motor Company.

Ms. Brand has also served as an adjunct professor and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and a certified Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). She is a frequent contributor for industry articles and speaker at various professional associations on human capital, diversity and equality, and leadership topics. She received her BA in Finance from Michigan State University and her MBA from the Eli Broad School of Graduate Management at Michigan State University with a dual concentration in Finance and Human Resource Management.

Rian Buckley

Co-Founder & CEO, Fitcode

At the age of 26, Rian Buckley started Fitcode - a fashion data company that enhances the shopping experience by focusing on fit, not size. Three years, $3.4M in funding, and 110,000 users (and counting) later, Ms. Buckley is the CEO of an innovative startup that's using technology to solve real problems.

Under her leadership, Fitcode continues to acquire new users and ink partnership deals with the leading denim brands and retailers like AG and Hudson Jeans. Fitcode has also been featured in the likes of WWD, Real Simple, O Magazine, Huffington Post, Refinery29, and more.

Donna Ceriani

Leadership Success Coach, Success Compass


Donna Ceriani is a Leadership Success Coach, helping leaders in technology navigate career choices, enhance their leadership impact, and inspire their teams to achieve their best results.

For more than 25 years, Ms. Ceriani has held senior management roles leading teams across the U.S., Europe, and Asia in the financial services, health care, and technology industries. She was recently the Chief People Officer for SmartBear Software, winning a 2013 "Best Place to Work" award in Boston. Prior to that, she was an Executive Director for Global Client Operations for a company owned by Thomson Reuters and the DTCC, living in Boston, NYC, and Singapore. Ms. Ceriani now brings her vast experience to support her clients on their own journey to achieve their goals. When she isn't immersed in the adventures in today's workplace, she's counting the days until the next snowboarding season.

Rhonda Childress

Vice President & IBM Fellow - Security, IBM

Rhonda Childress is the CTO of Security Services, an IBM Fellow, and Master Inventor with over 100 granted patents. She is currently responsible for the technical strategy, development, and delivery of professional security services to IBM clients worldwide.

Ms. Childress's talents are not just limited to technology: one of her hand-made quilts was auctioned and raised $1400 for charity - and her homemade Texas competition chili is guaranteed to place in the top three at just about any cookoff. When she is not obsessing over the cyber security well-being of her clients or pitting her penetration-testing skills against application developers, she can be found hacking into robots or wearing clothing that reacts to tweets - just two of the many STEM-related activities Ms. Childress shares with future technologists everywhere.

Amanda Coolong

Chief Content Officer & Advisory Board Co-Chair, Women in Technology International

Amanda Coolong has been shaping technology narratives for nearly 20 years. A senior digital media executive and content strategist, she is a powerful voice advocating positive change for women in STEM. Ms. Coolong currently serves as Chief Content Officer and Advisory Board Co-Chair for Women in Technology International (WITI), a leading authority on the issues impacting women in technology. Previously, she led worldwide women's initiatives for a division of IBM. Ms. Coolong was also a founding partner and COO of TechZulu, growing the brand to become Southern California's leading online destination for technology news. While at TechZulu, she was a pioneer of participatory media, utilizing early live streaming video platforms and social media to interact with her audience.

Ms. Coolong is also an established podcaster, having produced, written, and hosted This Week in Cloud Computing under the guidance of Jason Calacanis, and Bitcoin News Weekly with her long-time co-host, Mark Jeffrey. An accomplished online host, emcee, and moderator, she has interviewed hundreds of leaders in the tech ecosystem from events like CES, SXSW, BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the Launch Conference, and more. Her consulting brand, Context & Narrative, specializes in the art and science of storytelling. In her "spare" time, Ms. Coolong advises early stage startups on their go-to-market strategies, and mentors young women pursuing STEM careers.

Ioana Cozmuta

Industry Engagement & Commercial Space Partnerships, NASA Ames Research Center


Ioana Cozmuta is currently working as a contractor at NASA as the Industry Innovation and Microgravity Lead, in the NASA Space Portal and the Emerging Space Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. In this position, she leads suborbital and orbital platforms commercialization efforts from the perspective of microgravity utilization. Her activity is primarily centered around identifying and reviewing, using due diligence, case studies in material and life sciences, with high market and economic potential and defining implementation strategies focused on microgravity utilization through active industry engagement across various verticals of the private sector.

Dr. Cozmuta has a broad, hands-on, deep expertise in a wide variety of areas in science, engineering, and business covering Applied Physics, Computational Chemistry, Material Science, Bio and Nanotechnology, Genomics, Medical Physics, Entry Descent and Landing systems, Engineering Risk Assessment, and more.

She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and an M.Sc in Biophysics and Medical Physics from University Babes Bolyai, Cluj Napoca, Romania. She was a Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Material and Process Simulation Center, Department of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology, and a Research Postdoctoral Specialist at the Genome Technology Center, School of Medicine at Stanford University.

Lake Dai

Partner, LDV Partners


Lake Dai is an Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a partner at the venture capital firm, LDV Partners. For 20 years she has led product and engineering teams globally at Alibaba, Apple, Yahoo!, and Overture. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, and Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding several US patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization.

In China, Ms. Dai was employee #84 at Alibaba, launching the first generation of profitable marketplace and travel products. At Yahoo! China, her team launched the first generation of web and vertical search products, tripling Yahoo!'s market share within one quarter. In the US, as a co-founder of Shinect, a non-profit acceleration program designed to connect Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs to China's market, she has been helping companies build successful products and profitable businesses. She also mentors start-ups at various incubators including 500 Startups, Muckerlab, Lab360, and Shinect. As Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she teaches Product Management in master's degree programs at Integrated Innovation Institute.

She is a Board Governor and Chairwoman of the US Chapter of non-profit Alibaba Alum which fosters entrepreneurship for Alibaba alumni worldwide. Ms. Dai earned her MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and her B.S. from Beijing International Studies University.

Frank Del Fiugo

Founder, Del Fiugo Consulting


Frank Del Fiugo is the founder of Del Fiugo Consulting, an executive coaching firm that helps today's leaders acquire a psychological understanding of individuals to help drive organizational and personal performance. Mr. Del Fiugo has decades of experience working with emotionally charged situations, addressing and resolving personal and professional conflict, resolving peer disputes, addressing communication deficiencies, and fostering leadership development. He works with public and private companies in Silicon Valley, southern California, and nationally.

Mr. Del Fiugo is a professional speaker and provides training on leadership, stress management, dealing with difficult people, and high impact communication. He is also the author of a book focused upon aggression and anger management. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and his Master's degree in Psychology from JFK University.

Sara DeWitt

Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital, PBS

As Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt leads innovative strategies to build connected educational experiences for kids of all income levels across media platforms. In her 16+ years in public media, Ms. DeWitt has led the extension of PBS KIDS content into new frontiers, from websites and mobile apps to streaming video, augmented reality games, 3D-rendered experiences, and wearable technologies. She oversees the Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning website, PBS KIDS streaming video services, and the PBS KIDS portfolio of educational apps for children.

Ms. DeWitt had an integral role in the launch of the PBS KIDS Video app. She extended PBS' leadership in using augmented reality as an educational tool by partnering with WGBH to launch Fetch! Lunch Rush, an app that blends the virtual and real world to promote math comprehension in kids ages six to eight. Having joined PBS in 1999, Ms. DeWitt has worked with the PBS KIDS producer family on a variety of award-winning television program sites, such as CURIOUS GEORGE, SUPER WHY, ARTHUR, and WORDGIRL.

Before coming to PBS KIDS, Ms. DeWitt worked as a preschool teacher and a management researcher. She studied media habits of children in rural United States for the Stanford University Spencer Project for Youth and Families, and co-authored with Dr. Shirley Brice Heath a study for the Poynter Institute on youth and newspapers. She holds both a BA and an MA in English from Stanford University, and a certificate from Stanford's Children, Society, and Public Policy program.

Carol Evanoff



Carol Evanoff is a renowned strategic planner, coach and mentor across the aerospace/defense industry, education arenas and professional organizations. She has 30+ years of engineering and leadership experience in industry, focused on strategic planning, individual empowerment, and professional development. She is a published author with over 1,079 successful mentees. She retired in January 2011 from the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific where she was the Lockheed Martin Resident Director leading 430 employees. Ms. Evanoff is the Chairperson of the Puget Sound Regional Council Defense Cluster, President for Puget Sound Naval Base Association and Advisory Board member for Olympic College four-year program in Engineering. For more information visit

Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell

Spokesperson/Head of Media Relations, International Telecommunications Union, United Nations

Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell is an international communications expert with more than 15 years experience providing strategic and tactical communications and public relations support to United Nations agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations striving to "do good." She currently serves as Head of Media Relations and official Spokesperson for the International Telecommunication Union, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology.

Prior, Ms. Ferguson-Mitchell served with the UN Environment Programme as global Communications lead for the UN-REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Programme. She also served for two years as Communications Director with the World Wide Fund for Nature, and for more than eight years with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), leading HQ-based communications staff and overseeing all IFAW conservation communications activities worldwide.

Earlier, Ms. Ferguson-Mitchell was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked as an international journalist in the East Africa bureau of Visnews. She also established her own communications company in Nairobi, Chanler Marketing & Publishing, and was hired by United Nations International Drug Control Programme to lead their public information activities for Eastern and Southern Africa. Ms. Ferguson-Mitchell holds an MA in Communications from Marist College in New York; a BA from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts; and has also studied at Paris IV University (La Sorbonne). She is a dual US/France national and speaks English and French.

Usha Guduri

Mars 2020 Subsystem Lead, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Usha Guduri is the Planning and Sequencing Subsystem Manager for the next Mars mission launching in 2020. As a Software Systems Engineer, she also managed and architected several software projects for missions including Cassini, SMAP, and Mars Science Laboratory in the last three years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over the past couple years she has been working on her own startup: Silent Legends, building games that redefine the Collectible Card genre and leverage the medium to make learning fun and transparent to kids.

Ms. Guduri has 15 years experience in Software Development and Technical Leadership - building secure, scalable, and performance-optimized systems to support websites visited by hundreds of thousands of users each month, including several in the TripAdvisor portfolio. As if she cannot find enough to keep her challenged at work, she goes about giving NPOs a Cyber presence in her own time. Ms. Guduri also loves wrangling with data and is known for winning Hackathons with her novel visualizations. During her days off she is generally camping and hiking at one of the National Parks or parked with a good book in hand, and is looking forward to sharing the outdoors with her 18-month old daughter.

Ms. Guduri is an alumna of BITS (Pilani), a premier institute in India, and USC's Viterbi School of Engineering.

Isabelle Guis

Advisor, WhenHub


Isabelle Guis is the Chief Strategy Officer at Egnyte, overseeing all global marketing, go-to-market, partnership and product strategies. She previously served as EMC's vice president of Marketing for the Public Cloud Solutions Group and Enterprise Storage Division, driving cloud buyer and service provider segmentations, as well as messaging, product positioning and go-to-market strategies for the company's core storage solutions.

Ms. Guis has also held leadership positions at Avaya, Big Switch Networks, Cisco Systems, and Nortel Networks. She holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec (France), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nikki Hallgrimsdottir

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist, Algomus

Nikki Hallgrimsdottir is a co-founder and Chief Evangelist of Algomus, where she works with enterprises in the manufacturing, distribution, and retail sectors to leverage Artificial Intelligence and Big Data for exponential ROI.

Ms. Halgrimsdottir believes that pairing Human and Machine Intelligence is imperative to the growth and success of any company in today's world of rapid change and technological innovation.

She has worked for over a decade with clients of all sizes to utilize automation technology in both hardware and software. Ms. Halgrimsdottir knows enough to be dangerous in the areas of Big Data, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, IoT Hardware, Machine Vision, Supply Chain Traceability, Industrial Automation, and Multiphysics Simulation, to name a few.

Amanda Healy

Senior Marketing Manager & Social Evangelist, TIBCO Software


Amanda Healy is an award-winning B2B marketing manager and social media expert, national speaker, and syndicated blogger. She currently works as a Marketing Manager for TIBCO Software, overseeing a global budget of $1.5M+ and leading a team of three to devise and execute multi-touch, multi-dimensional campaigns for lead generation. She runs all corporate social media accounts for TIBCO, as well as the company's internal social advocacy platform, PostBeyond. Ms. Healy also writes for, interviewing thought leaders and celebrities such as Jonah Berger and Michelle Phan. The site has over 100,000 monthly readers and is syndicated by AOL, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and Entrepreneur magazine, among others.

Prior to TIBCO, Ms. Healy managed a $1M+ marketing budget for Akamai Technologies and spearheaded the company's delivery of the 2013 Winter Olympics. Previously at CA Technologies, Ms. Healy created the first-ever social media training academy for the firm's 14,000+ employees. She was recently featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best-selling author Dan Schawbel's book "Promote Yourself" and was spotlighted by the Washington Post.

Caroline Hubbard

Corporate Strategist, LinkedIn

Caroline Hubbard, an east coast native, attended Harvard University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the department of History and Literature. During her time at Harvard, she wrote for the Harvard Crimson and pursued her passion for the performing arts acting in numerous plays and dance performances. She also served as president of AMBLE (Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs), where she facilitated five networking conferences for students across industries including Consulting, Finance, Media, and Tech. After Harvard, Ms. Hubbard moved to San Francisco to join LinkedIn's Strategy and Analytics program, and currently works on the Consumer Product Growth team, which is responsible for the growing the network's membership platform. She also serves as the Head of External Partnerships for LinkedIn's Black Inclusion Group, and facilitates partnerships between external organizations to sponsor conferences, networking events, and executive roundtables.

Outside of work, Ms. Hubbard is the founder of a website called Threadbred, which targets young professionals and provides information on how to navigate the work world and establish a professional brand directly out of college. It also encourages readers to pursue meaning in their professional and personal lives through advocacy and giving back. Ms. Hubbard is passionate about creating equal opportunity for people of all races and genders in the tech space, and desires to make technology more inclusive for people of color and people from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.

Pushpa Ithal

Founder and CEO, Advo.Ninja


Pushpa Ithal is the Founder and CEO of Advo.Ninja, an enterprise social marking platform. She is a strong supporter of women entrepreneurship and is passionate about building great products that help solve everyday problems. Ms. Ithal had worked for startups and large companies in Silicon Valley in engineering, product management, and marketing roles before starting Advo.Ninja.

Radhika Iyengar-Emens

Managing Partner, DoubleNova Group


Radhika Iyengar-Emens is Managing Partner of DoubleNova Group, a Silicon Valley-based boutique management consultancy focused on blockchain strategy and ICO advisory. She is a TEDx speaker, a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, a serial entrepreneur, and an expert in blockchain, digital health, and global entrepreneurship. She has been an invited guest speaker at Stanford University, Google, UC Berkeley, and prominent blockchain and healthcare conferences in Silicon Valley and internationally.

Multilingual in nine languages, Ms. Iyengar-Emens is a global business advisor to high-tech startups, digital health, and wearables companies from Europe, Israel, and Latin America. She is an expert in ICO and Silicon Valley fundraising, international expansion, and business acceleration. She has raised over $60 million for advised startups.

Ms. Iyengar-Emens is a passionate advocate for women in technology and diversity, an Advisory Board Member at WITI (Women in Technology International), and speaks actively in women in blockchain panels and at global women's conferences. She holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Chapman University.

Sudha Jamthe

Author & CEO, IoT Disruptions


Sudha Jamthe is the CEO of and a globally recognized entrepreneurial business leader, with 20 years of digital transformation experience from building organizations, shaping new technology ecosystems, and mentoring leaders at eBay, PayPal, Harcourt, and GTE.

Ms. Jamthe is the author of three IoT books: "IoT Disruptions," "IoT Disruptions 2020" and "The Internet of Things Business Primer," as well as the recent book "2030 The Driverless World" about the junction of autonomous cars and cognitive IoT. She teaches the first IoT Business course at Stanford Continuing Ed School. She is the producer of "The IoT Show" on YouTube. Ms. Jamthe is a champion for STEM programs and Girls Who Code, and hosts mentor programs for kids at Devcamps and Hackathons.

She has been a venture mentor at MIT and a Director at Bay Area Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ Meetups. As a respected Technology Futurist, she actively contributes to TechCrunch, Mashable, GigaOm, Venturebeat, and blogs at HuffingtonPost. Ms. Jamthe serves as the chair of the strategic advisory of Barcelona Technology School. She has an MBA from Boston University.

Neeru Khosla

Co-Founder and Chair, CK-12 Foundation

Neeru Khosla is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to provide K-12 learning material that is customizable, personalized, aligned to requirements, and free for all, in the US and worldwide. These include digital textbooks, individual concepts, and learning pathways.

Mrs. Khosla currently serves on several advisory boards, including the Board of Directors for High Tech High School's Graduate School of Education, the Advisory Board for the Wikimedia Foundation, the Advisory Board for DonorsChoose, the Advisory Board for, and the Advisory Board for Stanford University's School of Education. She is one of the founding members of the K-12 Initiative of the Design School (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford University, and a former member of The Nueva School Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Khosla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University/San Jose State University, a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University, and a Master of Education degree from Stanford University.

Bill Lamond

Human Potential 2.0


For more than 30 years, Bill Lamond has been a champion of women in leadership. He is the inventor of Fulfillment-based Thinking (FBT), which transforms the commitment-driven, working-harder ethic into one that is based on passion, partnership, and the intuitive and heartfelt way of thinking that women are famous for.

Mr. Lamond's clients are women who want to produce sustainable results in the style that women cherish: one of growing, developing, loving, acknowledging, and sustaining. His clients have included a Tony-nominated Broadway producer, a championship bodybuilder, a founder of a national breast cancer non-profit, a nationally recognized visionary architect, thousands of women business owners, saleswomen, and executives from such leading companies as Microsoft and Google.

As a featured speaker at the Microsoft Global Women's Conference, Mr. Lamond's talk on developing and using a powerful Voice was broadcast to the 20,000 women of Microsoft around the world. In his own words, "Voice is not a rehearsed speech. It is the ability to develop your own deepest relationship with yourself and to announce it to the world around you in ways that have magic happen for anyone listening."

Carolyn Leighton

Founder/Chairwoman, WITI


Carolyn Leighton founded WITI in 1989 as a worldwide e-mail network for women in all technology sectors. At the time WITI was established, Ms. Leighton was President of Criterion Research, a research consulting firm for the high tech industry which she founded in 1984, as well as chair of the Core Competency Database Project at Stanford University.

Due to Ms. Leighton's leadership and vision, WITI has grown to be the premiere brand and worldwide organization dedicated to empowering women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

Ms. Leighton has 35 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur. In addition to WITI, she founded four start-ups in the high-tech, legal sectors and, most recently, the pet industry. She attended the University of Michigan and has a bachelor's degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College. Ms. Leighton has received numerous accolades, twice named as one of the "Top 100 Women in Computing." More recently, she was named one of Fast Company Magazine's "Most Influential Women in Technology."

Renee McKaskle

CIO, Hitachi Vantara

As Chief Information Officer, Renee McKaskle is responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives that align with the Hitachi Vantara mission. She supervises the information systems and communications network of the company and directs the planning, implementation, and continuous improvement of technology solutions in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and mission development.

Ms. McKaskle was CIO of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and prior to that, she was CIO and vice president of business process and technology at SC Johnson & Sons. She previously served as CIO and VP of IT governance services at Symantec Corporation. She also held senior IT leadership roles at Oracle and PeopleSoft.

Ms. McKaskle holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in information systems from the University of Texas. She is a strong advocate of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and careers for girls and women to give them the confidence to do what inspires them.

Katie McMahon

Vice President & General Manager, SoundHound


Katie McMahon is a tech industry veteran with entrepreneurial successes that include building and launching one of the most downloaded and engaged mobile apps of all time, Shazam. She currently serves as Vice President and General Manager at SoundHound Inc., which spent ten years developing the ground-breaking Speech-to-Meaning(TM) technology and the Houndify voice and natural language interface platform.

Ms. McMahon is known for her ability to bring to market and scale new technologies and globalize brands, and in 2002 was recognized as the first foreign woman to launch a tech company in Japan.

Bradley Metrock

CEO, Score Publishing


Bradley Metrock is CEO of Score Publishing, which owns and operates the global podcast network VoiceFirst.FM, heard by tens of thousands of tech professionals across 48 countries worldwide. Mr. Metrock hosts This Week In Voice, the weekly news commentary podcast which has become essential listening for those interested in voice technology.

Score Publishing produces The Voice of Healthcare Summit (Aug 7, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA), Digital Book World (Oct 2-4, Nashville TN), and The Alexa Conference (Jan 15-17, Chattanooga TN).

Lori Mitchell

Founder/President, Black Women in Technology

Lori Pressley-Mitchell created Black Women in Technology (BWiT) as a Meetup group late in 2014, as somewhat of a social experiment. New to Los Angeles and a self-described tech enthusiast, she attended technology events around the city. Much to her surprise, she noticed most of the events were not well attended by Black Women. She asked several women of color why, and found one nagging reason: they didn't know the event was taking place. Ms. Mitchell began to post technology and technology-related events held in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas to BWiT's Meetup page. The postings afford members the support of knowing someone else, like them, would also be attending. Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.

Ms. Mitchell has worked in technology since 1996. Self-taught to function as a system analyst while a Respiratory Therapist, she eventually returned to school to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University. She enjoys working in healthcare IT and is currently an acting operations and implementation manager for a behavioral health company.

Michael Neuendorff

President , Bay Area Executive Coach


Michael Neuendorff, PCC, is the president of Bay Area Executive Coach. The firm provides coaching, training, and assessments for small and mid-size businesses that are committed to excellence in leadership, and organizational health. Mr. Neuendorff has been in the professional development field since 2008; he is certified by the International Coach Federation and is a Master Certified Coach Trainer via the Center for Executive Coaching.

Minette Norman

Vice President, Engineering Practice, Autodesk


Minette Norman serves as Vice President of Engineering Practice at Autodesk and is responsible for a collaborative culture and state-of-the-art engineering practices. Ms. Norman spearheaded "radical collaboration" -- initiatives that recognize engineers who contribute to one another's code, designs, and tests. Previously, she gained international attention by transforming Autodesk's localization team through best-in-class automation and machine translation.

Before joining Autodesk, she held a variety of technical communication and management positions at companies including Symantec and Adobe. Named in 2017 as one of the "Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business" by the San Francisco Business Times, Ms. Norman is a recognized industry expert with a unique perspective.

Ms. Norman has a broad approach to community service, working with local, national, and international non-profit organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of D-Rev, a non-profit devoted to developing medical technologies for impoverished and vulnerable populations worldwide. Ms. Norman also works with GirlsWhoCode and YesWeCode, national organizations that help under-represented populations succeed in the technology sector. She holds degrees in Drama and French from Tufts University and studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

Cathy Pearl

Head of Conversation Design Outreach, Google


Cathy Pearl is the author of the O'Reilly book "Designing Voice User Interfaces." She works at Google, where she helps people add voice to their product. Previously, Ms. Pearl was VP of Experience at Sensely, whose virtual-nurse avatar, Molly, helps people engage with their healthcare. She has worked on everything from NASA helicopter-pilot simulators to a conversational iPad app in which Esquire magazine's style columnist tells users what they should wear on a first date. During her time at Nuance and Microsoft, Ms. Pearl designed VUIs (Voice User Interfaces) for banks, airlines, and Ford SYNC.

Ms. Pearl holds a BS in Cognitive Science from UCSD and an MS in Computer Science from Indiana University. She also enjoys getting her Amazon Echo & Google Home to talk to each other (see YouTube icon above).

Sarah Richson

CEO, Richemele International Consultants


Sarah Richson is CEO of Richemele International Consultants; Co-founding Director at Yusudi (Youth) Africa; and a Network Co-Director at WITI. As well, she is a Certified Executive Coach, International Speaker/Trainer, Growth Strategist, and Thought Leader in Human Development. Earlier, Ms. Richson was Global HR Director at Techno Brain Group, a fast-growth IT firm overseeing 20+ geographies across UK, USA, Asia, and Africa.

She is an ardent promoter of Women Empowerment which inspired her to begin a program for women working in technology dubbed "Pink Potential," culminating in the launch of "IT Women Rock Conference" aimed at demystifying the industry for women while celebrating and advancing real success stories for women in IT. Ms. Richson currently mentors several professionals globally in a variety of life phases, from youth to top leadership positions.

Some of her notable recent work with women includes mentorship, capacity development keynote speaking at various forums such as UN Women Empowerment Principles events, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), annual Women in Leadership Summit, OWIT panel at World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Digital Woman, General Motors Women Forum, AWAK (Association of Women Accountants in Kenya) IHRM (Institute of Human Resource Management), KCB Women Biashara, Nairobi University Women in Entrepreneurship, Strathmore University Women in Leadership program and Communications Authority Women Forum. This year she was nominated for a "Woman of Excellence" Award at the Women Economic Forum. As well, Ms. Richson is the proud mother of five beautiful children.

Sheryl Root

President and CEO, RootAnalysis;, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon - SV and Stanford University


Sheryl Root is currently Director/Professor for the Masters in Technology Ventures and Professor for Masters in Software Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley. Ms. Root is a strategy, marketing, and product development executive with over 18 years of experience at Hewlett-Packard Company and 10 years of software systems experience and leadership in the financial and computing industries. Her strategic and program leadership experience focused on the definition and delivery of technology-based products and solutions, and her marketing operations experience has been in creating new business models, organizational structures, cost reductions, and revenue generation programs. She has demonstrated proven leadership in business strategy development/execution, marketing operations, and software systems delivery working across departments, functional areas and geographic regions.

In addition to her work at CMU, Ms. Root is President/CEO of RootAnalysis, and consults in business strategy creation and execution, program management, and marketing effectiveness for companies including HP, PeopleSoft, Santa Clara University, Novell, and Philips.

Ms. Root sits on several boards, including Sloan School of Business, WITI (Women in Technology International), Teach for America, and the Stanford Institute on Research in Women and Gender. She holds a Sloan Master's in Business from Stanford University.

Parna Sarkar-Basu

CEO & Brand Marketing Strategist , Brand and Buzz Marketing


Leveraging her two passions - technology and brand building - Parna Sarkar-Basu humanizes corporate brands, simplifies the complex, and creates industry buzz to elevate companies to new heights. She has been instrumental in revitalizing product lines and propelling tech companies into category leaders in highly competitive markets, and including artificial intelligence, enterprise software, storage systems, robots, agtech, and mobile. She speaks and writes about innovation, technology trends, and thought leadership. The recipient of multiple awards, Ms. Sarkar-Basu serves as a strategic advisor to marketing teams and entrepreneurs and works with their teams on a variety of initiatives, including product messaging and positioning, campaign development, product launch, brand development, fundraising, and reputation management.

Ms. Sarkar-Basu also helps entrepreneurs and executives transform into thought leaders. She has worked with CEOs and leaders of various startup and established businesses, including iRobot, IBM, PTC, Kaminario, Invention Machine (acquired by IHS), and more. She also works with local Boston-based businesses on growth strategies and brand awareness programs.

A champion of STEM initiatives and innovation, Ms. Sarkar-Basu builds and supports programs to inspire future innovators and entrepreneurs. She is the WITI (Women in Technology International) Boston Network Executive Advisor and South Shore Innovation board member. She is also the V.P. of Brand Marketing for American Marketing Association Boston.

Arjita Sethi

Co-Founder, Equally


Arjita Sethi is the co-founder of Equally, a Public Benefit Corporation with a purpose to improve access to education and opportunities for everyone. Its first product, School of Games, is an early childhood AR, Literacy platform. It became one of the semi-finalists in the Global Literacy Challenge by XPrixe and sponsored by Elon Musk.

Ms. Sethi is currently serving on the Young Executive Advisory Board on the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. She is also the co-founder of - a startup based in India that is providing tools and resources for grassroot entrepreneurs in India to create impactful startups. Ms. Sethi is a passionate social entrepreneur who completed her Master's in social entrepreneurship from Hult international Business School. She speaks actively on Inclusion, Equality, and Social Entrepreneurship, and was a speaker at TEDx San Francisco in 2015. Ms. Sethi trained over 250 women at the Women Tech Makers Conference in NYC, Cambridge, and Nigeria in 2017. She also headed the first Milestone Maker Program of Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in India.

Nikila Srinivasan

Product Lead, Ads Growth & China Ads, Facebook

Nikila Srinivasan leads the Ads Growth team at Facebook and is responsible for helping millions of small businesses become successful on the platform, and for international business growth in key markets (including China). She graduated with a CS engineering degree from Chennai, India, and was an entrepreneur before moving to Silicon Valley. At Facebook, she championed the need to invest in emerging markets and as a result of her advocacy, the team green-lit a large investment out of the London office. Ms. Srinivasan was drafted to be a site builder in London and established an Emerging Markets ads team before moving back to California to assume her current position as head of small business and China ads.

As a woman of color with diverse experiences, Ms. Srinivasan is a passionate advocate for diversity in the workforce - and in how we approach product development and technology. She's also a published author, speaker at international events including the Cannes Advertising Festival, keynote at the Ada Lovelace Festival in Berlin, Product Tank, Fortune Global CEO Forum, and was one of India's Olympic torchbearers.

Niharika Srivastav

Director of Client Services, UST Global


Niha Srivastav is Director of Client Services at UST Global, a digital transformation technology services company based in California. Ms. Srivastav has extensive experience in healthcare industry and is passionate about leveraging technology to improve healthcare. She is associated with various non-profit organizations in the Bay area that work towards education of underprivileged children. Ms. Srivastav has organized several community events in the Bay area, and has also anchored some of them. She enjoys travelling with her husband and 13 year old son.

Mica Syjuco

Software Engineering Director, Avanade

Mica Syjuco is a Software Engineering Director at Avanade. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and has been in the software development industry for over 10 years. Currently located in Chicago, she works with teams located in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. She is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with as well. Ms. Syjuco has led the successful delivery of complex software projects for multiple clients. She has a strong expertise in implementing and leading both Traditional and Agile / Scrum based development and delivery processes supporting distributed teams on medium to large-scale .NET based enterprise projects. Ms. Syjuco currently works with clients throughout North America leading software project delivery and providing Scrum training, consultation, and coaching with a focus on Microsoft .NET technology, in addition to her other responsibilities in the firm. She also actively builds and grows her organization's agile capability as its interim Global DevOps and Agile Coaching Talent Community Lead.

A musician herself, she is also the Band Manager of "Jack of None," whose debut album was released internationally in April 2016. The band is currently nominated in 8 categories in the upcoming 16th Annual Independent Music Awards. Besides her family, work, and music, Ms. Syjuco is passionate about handbags and has started her own blog called Purse Chronicles. Family, software development, music, handbags: words that might not seem the most obvious combination, but they mix well in Mica Syjuco's world.

Ized Uanikhehi

Community Evangelist, DigiClan Africa

Ized Uanikhehi is a Digital Media Consultant with a mission to optimize digital marketing efficiency for organizations in Africa. She is convener of the DigiClan Africa community - a community of African digital media marketers and enthusiasts in careers spanning all aspects of digital media, who share latest trends and insights, and connect and leverage massive opportunities together).

Ms. Uanikhehi speaks and trains on Digital Media best practices; Strategy, Crisis Communication and Marketing are her forte. She is currently a social producer with CNN Africa.

Dale Vaughn

Co-Founder, Gender Leadership Group


Dale Thomas Vaughn is an activist at the forefront of the conversation around gender equality and healthy masculinity. As co-founder of the Gender Leadership Group and the Better Man Conference, he has presented alongside such thought leaders as Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, and Michael Kimmel.

Sophia Viklund

Co-Founder, Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group

Sophia Viklund is a co-founder at New Sun Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based technology company working on implementing an innovative idea and bringing it into the market. Previously, she was a founder at backCODE (based in Los Angeles), building serious games that blend education with immersive game technology to teach complex skills. One of the early founders of PyLadies, Ms. Viklund is fluent in people, progress, C++ and user experience. She is passionate about guiding new generations and building communities. As a main organizer of Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group, she mentors innovative teams such as the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum and organizations centered around entrepreneurship and education.

Kesha Williams

Software Engineer, Chick-fil-A Corporate


Kesha (pronounced KEY-SHA) Williams is an award-winning software engineer with over 20 years' experience specializing in full stack web application development using Java, Spring, Angular, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). She's trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching Java at the university level. She did her summer internship with the National Security Agency (NSA); how cool is that?

Ms. Williams most recently won the Ada Lovelace Award in Computer Engineering from Look Far and the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work on investigating how emerging technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can enhance restaurant operations and customer experiences. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, speaks at technical conferences across the globe, serves as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences, and conducts free "Hour of Code" workshops for children at her local library.

Amy Wu

Government/AgTech Reporter, Gannett Company


Amy Wu is a veteran journalist with significant international reporting and teaching experience, having worked at Time magazine, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, for the USA Today Network, and has written for The New York Times, HuffPost, and The Wall Street Journal. She spent six years working in Hong Kong, widely reporting within the Asia-Pacific region including Shanghai and Singapore. She earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Ms. Wu is highly regarded in her field: she earned a grant from ICFJ to create a multimedia series "From Farms to Incubators: Telling the Stories of Minority Women Entrepreneurs in Agtech in the Salinas Valley and Beyond." The series included a highly-regarded documentary, and received an honorable mention in public service reporting from the George F. Gruner Awards (IRE). She has extensive teaching and lecturing experience, having taught journalism in Hong Kong, at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism. She is also a certified SPJ-Google News trainer.

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