WITI Summit Speakers: A Preliminary List

Julie Kantor - Master of Ceremonies

Founder & CEO, Twomentor LLC

301 - Speed Mentoring

Julie Kantor is an "all-in," roll-up-your-sleeves leader and social impact entrepreneur committed to building mentoring cultures to drive employee engagement and elevating women in the STEM workforce. In 2017 she stepped up as Co-Chair for Leadership Greater Washington Signature program and has chaired multiple conferences focused on women in the workforce, STEM, and entrepreneurship. Ms. Kantor's fifth start-up, Twomentor, LLC, focuses on elevating women in STEM and retaining a skilled diverse workforce, building on her 24 years in workforce development and building movements including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (former Executive Director 1992- 2012 of DC Region, Boston, National VP) and Million Women Mentors (team lead and Chief Partnership Officer).

Ms. Kantor is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, nonprofit, and government leaders. She has worked and consulted with clients such as: Cisco, Samsung, Tata (TCS), Intel, Sony, BP, Ernst & Young, The Federal Reserve Bank, The World Bank, American University's Kogod School of Business, Anthem Inc., Barilla, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Stratasys, UPS and more. She recently gave a TEDx style presentation to 400 Millennials from 85 countries at the UN on social impact.

WITI Summit Speakers: A Preliminary List

Diana Ackerley

President, Focusing Conversations


211 - Coaching Circle - WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?


371 - Coaching Circle - WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MOVE FORWARD?

Diana Ackerley seeks to bridge the knowledge between neuroscience and behavioral psychology. Since 1987 she has been working with high achievers and leaders who are Lawyers, Physicians, Business Owners, IT Professionals, Nurses, Teachers, Entrepreneurs, Professors, Writers, Finance Officers, Managers, Directors and more. Her background - a Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D.), Coach Certification (ACPEC) through the College of Executive Coaching, Certified in Results Coaching in Brain-Based Coaching (NeuroLeadership Institute, NYC), and Certification as a C-IQ Conversational Intelligence® Coach, training as an Enhanced Skills Coach in Conversational Intelligence® - allows her to offer a coaching experience that transforms performance and leads to innovation and success.

Dr. Ackerley's areas of expertise include: Strategic Reasoning; Employee Issues; Conflict Resolution; Peak Performance Skills; Navigating Conversations; Engagement; Instinct; Learning Agility; Collaboration; and Presence. She is currently President of The International Coach Federation - Connecticut Chapter, and serves clients nationally and globally.

Nicola Acutt

Vice President, Sustainability Strategy, Office of the CTO, VMware

Nicola J. Acutt, Ph.D., is VP, Sustainability Strategy, in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Dr. Acutt is a change maker, thought leader, and strategist whose leadership experience spans business, government, and nonprofits. Responsible for sustainability across operations, product and people, she is passionate about a business-focused approach to sustainability.

Prior to joining VMware, Dr. Acutt was a faculty member of the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant to the South African Government on natural resource policy and, as a Ph.D. candidate, undertook research at the Center for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment in the UK. Dr. Acutt received a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in the UK, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Chelsea Akers

Account Executive, Fast Switch

309 - Building A WITI Network - in Your City, in Your Company

Chelsea Akers joined Fast Switch, a fast-growing, dynamic staffing company with locations throughout the U.S., as an IT Recruiter in January 2014 after earning her Bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University. Her current focus is business development and account management for the Columbus, OH and West Coast markets.

Ms. Akers began volunteering with WITI in 2017 and joined the Leadership Board as the Marketing and PR Chair in 2018. She is passionate about empowering women and promoting women (and girls) in technology and STEM fields.

Michelle Bailey

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

202 - Life Goals, Career Success, and the Future of Work

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.

Bonita Banducci

Lecturer, Gender and Engineering, Santa Clara U/Institute for Women's Leadership



Named one of 100 Women of Influence of Silicon Valley by the 2014 Silicon Valley Business Journal 2014, Bonita Banducci is a coach, consultant, author, trainer and mentor, and university faculty member. She adds a powerful dimension to the development of men's and women's leadership through her Gender Competence and RISE methodology.

Ms. Banducci has worked across Silicon Valley; she represented the Commission on the Status of Women of Santa Clara Country at the UN NGO Forum World Conference on Women in Beijing, leading a workshop on Creating Partnership of Women in Business with Women in Development for Sustainable Global Development. At the 2017 UN Women NGO Parallel Conference, for the fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Ms. Banducci led a panel workshop, "Realize 50/50: Brilliant Women and Great Men in Partnership." At Santa Clara University, she teaches Gender and Engineering, a Core curriculum course, for the School of Engineering Graduate Program. Ms. Banducci is a founding Board member of the Global Women's Leadership Network, first sponsored by the Leavey School of Business, and a faculty member and coach for the Women Leaders for the World Program.

Shannon Bell

Director of Corporate Outreach & Admissions, Executive MBA Programs, UCLA Anderson School of Management

364 - The Value of Continuing Education: Invest in Yourself and Your Future!

Shannon Bell is the Director of Corporate Outreach and Recruitment for the Executive MBA Programs at UCLA Anderson. Ms. Bell develops strategies to drive awareness and consideration for the UCLA Executive MBA (140 students per year) and UCLA-NUS Executive MBA program (40 students per year) through various channels. She identifies and collaborates with corporations and professional organizations in order to engage with top talent managers and executives who are interested in developing their leadership skills and cross-functional business acumen. Ms. Bell also helps drive the marketing and branding of the programs and serves as a member of the admissions committee.

Prior to joining UCLA Anderson in 2017, Ms. Bell spent 11 years in the advertising industry selling traditional and digital media solutions at Google, Microsoft, and NBC. She specialized in building strategic partnerships with large entertainment brands, consulting and advising on content creation, data strategy, and audience insights. While at Microsoft and Google, she pursued her passion for bridging the gap between the private and public sectors by organizing corporate volunteer activities, and serving as an ambassador for Google Cardboard Expeditions doing educational outreach.

Barbara Bickham

CTO, Managing Director, Women's Innovation Fund

362 - Blockchain/IOT

Barbara Bickham, Founder & CTO at Trailyn Ventures, growing and scaling companies by innovating with Blockchain and AI technology. Managing Director at Women's Innovation Fund, accelerating growth by using a mix of incubation, shared workspace, and business finance while requiring participants to have a C-suite made up of at least 50% women. Chief of the Block @ The Blockchain Accelerator for Global Growth, helping Blockchain companies become fundable with the Due Diligence Intensive; growing and scaling companies globally.

Kal Bugrara

Northeastern University

Dr. Kal Bugrara is an accomplished senior executive, agent of change, and entrepreneur. He has been acknowledged for his ground-breaking software engineering techniques in driving large-scale IT projects that build organizational effectiveness and propel revenue growth. Dr. Bugrara's professional work has provided a remarkable learning experience for his graduate students, whose studies are found uniquely at the intersection of technology and business in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University.

As an accomplished administrator, computer scientist, and software designer and architect Dr. Bugrara has devoted the last fifteen years to the Atlas technology (with close to one million lines of java code), a set of tools for engineering complex enterprise structures. This technology highlights the value and excitement of engineering thinking that gets things done efficiently as well as imaginatively. Over the last five years, he has brought together his teaching, mentoring, conference talks, and research to focus specifically the development of Smart Contracts on top of Blockchain platforms. Dr. Bugrara frequently speaks at international conferences on the application of Blockchain technology in healthcare, finance, and legal domains.

Dr. Kal Bugrara earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana with emphasis in Computer Science/Algorithm Design and Analysis, Compilers, NLP, and Artificial Intelligence.

Lily Chang

Vice President, Strategic Transformation Office, VMware

353 - Unlock the Secrets of Digital Transformation - Innovation, Technology, Scalability

Lily Chang is a technology and business executive with extensive experience in cloud, enterprise, EDA, semi-conductor, and embedded industries in the areas of portfolio/product management, strategic planning, product development, engineering, and global operations. She brings the best of entrepreneurialism, people, process, and technology together to solve problems with business outcomes. In addition to serving as a board member of Sugon-VMware Joint Venture and Women Who Code, Ms. Chang leads the VMware Strategic Transformation Office. As VMware's Central Engineering VP, she has successfully driven global scalability and growth in ecosystem infrastructure, services, interoperability, developers' initiatives, and R&D portfolio service model.

Prior to VMware, Ms. Chang held senior R&D leadership positions at Xilinx, Lam Research (formerly KLA-Tencor), and Mentor Graphics with proven success in driving game-changing innovation, product development, and R&D productivity globally. She was recognized as one of "the 39 most powerful female engineers of 2018" by Business Insider.

Geeta Chauhan

CTO, Silicon Valley Software Group

363 - The Age of AI

Currently CTO of Silicon Valley Software Group, Geeta Chauhan has 25 years of expertise in building resilient, anti-fragile, large-scale distributed platforms with 1B+ users for startups and Fortune 500s. She has built and launched 15+ platforms and countless applications based on AI/Deep Learning, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, SDN, Micro-services, Self-healing, Elastic Scaling.

Ms. Chauhan has led diverse global teams, scaling complex distributed systems for companies ranging from nimble startups to Fortune 500s. She is focusing these days on building AI, Deep Learning, and Blockchain-based platforms for startups. Or tinkering in her garage to convert her electric car to run autonomously.

Nicole Clark

CEO, Trellis Research

363 - The Age of AI

Nicole Clark is a business litigation and labor and employment attorney who has handled litigation in both state and federal courts. She's worked at a variety of law firms ranging from mid-size litigation boutiques to AM100 firms, and is licensed to practice law in three states. She has defended corporations and employers in complex class action and wage and hour disputes, as well as individual employment matters ranging from sexual harassment to wrongful termination.

Additionally, Ms. Clark is the CEO and co-founder of Trellis Research, a legal analytics platform that uses ai and machine learning to provide litigators with strategic legal intelligence and judicial analytics. She has an intuitive understanding of technology and is deeply committed to helping lawyers leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage and achieve a more favorable outcome for their clients.

Karen Cone

Board Advisor, Independent

302 - Breaking Barriers & Survival: Reaching the Top

307 - Secret to Higher ROI: Invest in Women

354 - FinTech: Disruption, Competition and Co-opetition: The Innovation Imperative

Karen Cone is the former Microsoft General Manager, Worldwide Financial Services Sector, and CEO and Board Director of the advisory research firm, TowerGroup. She currently serves on the advisory boards of MondoBrain - innovative provider of augmented intelligence AI decisioning software; Alloy - FinTech with digital identity verification app's and API's; and StockSmart - startup providing a 3rd wave AI and blockchain-enabled platform, Ainstein, for Capital Markets. Ms. Cone is a venture partner for the Sybilla Masters Fund, a venture capital fund focused on women founders in technology.

Ms. Cone has held senior executive positions with increasing responsibility and scope at IBM, MasterCard. and Gartner. She has managed P&Ls from $25 million to $6 billion and led cross-functional, direct and matrixed teams worldwide with 2000+ people. Her global business acumen and multi-cultural intelligence is gleaned from working in the Americas, EMEA & Asia and living in the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. Ms. Cone is published in trade and industry journals and as a Gartner analyst, and is active with the National Association of Corporate Directors, the 2020 Women on Boards campaign, and the Athena Alliance which focuses on gender parity in the boardroom.

Suzanne Cook

CEO & Co-Founder, StockSmart

354 - FinTech: Disruption, Competition and Co-opetition: The Innovation Imperative

Suzanne Cook is a technology entrepreneur, research expert, and Wharton graduate with extensive and varied Wall Street experience. A seven-time Institutional Investor All Star Analyst, she has fulfilled multiple executive-level roles advising investor clients and providing investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and corporate advisory work at First Boston, Merrill Lynch, and Wasserstein Perella.

Ms. Cook anticipates a new golden era of research, augmented intelligence, and risk management thanks to the trifecta of (1) Cloud - cheaper and more accessible computing, (2) Scale Analytics - unifying vastly expanded data sets, and (3) Autonomous pattern recognition via Artificial Intelligence. The FinTech startup that Ms. Cook has founded with the Ainstein Team out of MIT is applying these three phenomena to elevate and automate decision-making and create distinct competitive advantages for two groups of decision makers: (1) Ainstein Optimized AI for Investing - For Investors & Finance Professionals; and (2) Ainstein Optimized Governance - For C-Suite Officers & Boards.

Lake Dai

Partner, LDV Partners

307 - Secret to Higher ROI: Invest in Women

363 - The Age of AI

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 Silicon Valley tech startups. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding 7 US patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization. In China, Ms. Dai was employee #84 at Alibaba, led the product team that launched the first generation of profitable products at Alibaba. At Yahoo! China, her team launched the first generation of web and vertical search products of China, 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. Ms. Dai also mentors startups at various incubators including 500 Startups, Muckerlab, Lab360 and Shinect. As Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she teaches Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and Product Management at master programs in College of Engineering. She is on the Advisory Board of Women In Technology International (WITI), and also a Board Governor and Chairwoman of the US Chapter of QCH, a non-profit organization which fosters entrepreneurship for Alibaba alumni worldwide.

Tahereh Daneshi

Professor, Ashford University

364 - The Value of Continuing Education: Invest in Yourself and Your Future!

Tahereh Daneshi, Ph.D., is a professor at Forbes School of Management and Technology. With over 26 years of higher education experience in both state and private universities, she knows the value of continuing education for women. In addition to higher education, Dr. Daneshi has 12 years of industrial experience working in the Semiconductor, Data Management, Transportation, and Wireless Telecommunication Industries. While in industry, she contributed to the design, architecture, and development of many systems, such as Programable Logic Arrays, Enterprise Data Management, Airline APU Monitoring, Handheld Wireless Package Tracking Devices, and Telecommunication Broadband Wireless.

Dr. Daneshi holds an MS in mathematics from Oklahoma State University, an MS in computer science from Midwestern State University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Texas Christian University.

Janine Darling

CEO & Founder, STASH Secure Data

355 - Cybersecurity: Taking a Hard Look

An award-winning CXO and Technical Strategist who has held prominent leadership roles for commercial product and service companies of multiple genres. Janine has driven the expansion and profitability of many well known global brands including Barnes & Noble, Everlast, Chanel, Mark, Nestle, Sony, Samsung, and Starbucks.

Her expertise in devising innovative business strategy and leveraging well considered risk to optimum outcome is well documented. Janine's commitment to transparency and trustworthiness is a constant; delivering the human factor of technology is always top of mind.

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.

Sabrina Del Prete

Founder & CEO, Kore

354 - FinTech: Disruption, Competition and Co-opetition: The Innovation Imperative

Sabrina Del Prete is the Founder and CEO of Kore, a technology and advisory company supporting financial service organisations through digital transformation. She is also a Partner at Pacemakers, a financial technology market research firm.

Sabrina has over 25 years' experience in financial markets, business transformation and the application of new technologies in banking, wealth management and capital markets. She has a deep understanding of how the financial services sector works - clients, products, processes, regulations - and a clear vision of how it will transform and impact society in the years to come. This includes working closely with the FinTech sector and using that connectivity to spot trends and opportunities. Sabrina combines old-school business experience with the development of high tech solutions.

Over her career, Sabrina has held senior roles at JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Coutts and RBS. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community, both as a Board adviser and strategic director for Fintech companies.

Sabrina holds an MSc in Finance from the London Business School and a BA in Business and Economics from the University of Turin. She has won a number of innovation awards for her work and last year she was included in the Timetric Power 50 list of the most influential digital innovators in Europe.

An Italian national, she lives and works in London, UK.

Beth Devin

Head of Innovation Network & Emerging Technology, Citi Ventures

354 - FinTech: Disruption, Competition and Co-opetition: The Innovation Imperative

As Head of the Innovation Network, Beth Devin oversees Citi Ventures' emerging technology practice. In collaboration with internal and external partners, her team stays abreast of frontier technologies and dives deep to understand and experiment with tech that intersects with Citi's business. Previously, Ms. Devin was a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal and provided technology advisory and management consulting services to financial services, healthcare and technology companies. Throughout her career, Ms. Devin has held Chief Technology Officer, CIO, and tech leadership positions at Silicon Valley Bank, Charles Schwab, Blackhawk Network, Art.com, and Turner Broadcasting. She was also a part of the founding team at Manilla.com, where she set up and managed the San Francisco office, and led the startup's product, design, engineering, and customer service teams.

Ms. Devin started her career as a software developer, systems analyst, and DBA. She received her BS in Computer Science from San Francisco State University and was an International Women's Forum (IWF) Leadership fellow. She is passionate about increasing the number of women in STEM careers and regularly mentors women taking charge of their career journey. She is an active member of the IWF and serves on their non-profit Legacy Foundation board.

Carol Evanoff

CEO, Carolevanoff.com


373 - Coaching Circle - GETTING HELP FROM MENTORS

255 - Coaching Circle - EDGE OUT YOUR COMPETITORS


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 www.carolevanoff.com

Marti Evans

Digitization Thought Leader | Sales Performance & Executive Coach, Leap Dialogues




Having broken the glass ceiling with Fortune 50 technology companies, Marti Evans is an innovative executive grounded as a Chemist, Geologist, and IT Leader. She has progressed from major ERP implementations for Microsoft and SAP to the technology enablement of Operational Excellence Management Systems (OEMS) and the digitization of operational processes. Her work has taken her from the C-Suite to operational sites globally, including Chile and Mongolia.

Ms. Evans knows what it's like to be the only woman at the table and how to progress a career. As an effective collaborator with deep business acumen, her coaching practice centers on Executive Coaching and Career Performance Coaching. As well, she has an intense passion to see the young bright minds of today be as successful as they can - as they are the future hope of our society and our planet.

Heather Furby

CEO & Director, Camp CAS




Heather Furby is a business strategist and innovative leader who works with high-potential individuals to create lives of meaning and financial freedom. Through consulting, executive coaching, and personal development programs, she helps clients to masterfully navigate the special needs of today's business environment and become persons of influence whose ideas are heard, respected, and sought.

As a business strategist and innovative leader, Ms. Furby has worked with business including Apple, IntelliTools, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and other cutting- edge companies to develop products that break the mold and make a difference. Her newest program is a Business Leadership Summer Camp, where participants can explore and discover new levels of leadership without risking their reputation, business progress or trusted teams. Ms. Furby is lead author of the Amazon Best Seller Women of Influence, proving you don't have to follow the rules to make a difference and lead with impact.

Jocelyn Goldfein

Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners

307 - Secret to Higher ROI: Invest in Women

Jocelyn Goldfein is a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners where she invests in AI-first startups with B2B business models. She's particularly excited about the potential of AI to optimize infrastructure, security, supply chains, and worker productivity. Ms. Goldfein is a widely recognized industry expert on product strategy, infrastructure, and organizational scale. Her career as an engineering leader spans from early stage startups to high-growth years at Facebook and VMware.

During her tenure at Facebook, she helped convert News Feed to Machine Learning and spearheaded the transition to a "mobile first" product organization. As an early engineer at VMware, she built core virtualization technology and ultimately created and led VMware's Desktop Business Unit. She also held engineering and leadership roles at startups Datify, MessageOne and Trilogy/pcOrder. Ms. Goldfein has a passion for STEM Education and serves on the board of Harvey Mudd College and lectures at Stanford University, where she received her BS in Computer Science.

Stacey Gordon

Founder & CEO, Rework Work


Stacey A. Gordon is an innovative human capital strategist whose mission is to reduce bias in global talent acquisition and management. To that end, Ms. Gordon offers diversity, inclusion, and career-related online courses which have been viewed more than 1 million times. She was recognized by Pepperdine University as a Top 40 Over 40 Leader, was a finalist for Los Angeles Business Journal's Women Helping Women Award, and was recognized by Forbes as a Top 3 Business Leader Who Spoke Out About Diversity & Inclusion. In her capacity as a highly-rated coach, she is a member of Forbes Coaching Council and has coached D&I practitioners at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

Ms. Gordon is currently CEO at Rework Work, a Los Angeles, CA-based human capital services and training consultancy focused on helping organizations address Diversity & Inclusion needs through a proven, data-driven methodology. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University's School of Business and a B.S. from St. John's University. Ms. Gordon is an Advisory Board Member and Mentor at The Coding Boot Camp at UCLA Extension and teaches Diversity in Organizations and Cultural Intelligence as an Adjunct Faculty member at Phillips Graduate University in Chatsworth, CA.

Angel Grant

Director, Identity, Fraud and Risk Intelligence, RSA

355 - Cybersecurity: Taking a Hard Look

Angel Grant, CISSP is Director of Identity, Fraud and Risk Intelligence business unit at RSA. While at RSA she has led the go-to market strategy, planning and execution for several product portfolios including; Enterprise and Consumer Authentication, Identity and Access Management, Anti-Fraud and Threat Intelligence solutions.

Prior to joining RSA, she was an Online Banking Senior Product Manager at P&H Solutions where she helped launch one of the industry's first online corporate cash management applications. Previously, she managed a mortgage division inside sales and service team for a large financial institution. Grant holds a B.S. from Bentley University and studied at Oxford University.

Speaking engagements: Stern Women in Business Conference; Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference; IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference East

Patty Hatter

CXO, Independent Board Member, and Advisor

353 - Unlock the Secrets of Digital Transformation - Innovation, Technology, Scalability

Patty Hatter is an award-winning CXO and prior executive at McAfee, Intel, Cisco, and AT&T, where her roles spanned CIO, P&L leadership, and transformation executive. Ms. Hatter is currently working with multiple early-stage technology companies focused on cybersecurity, AI, and blockchain. She is also an independent board member for both public companies, including Qualys and Barrick Gold (former director), as well as a board director for an early stage IoT cybersecurity company (WootCloud).

Ms. Hatter is a frequent speaker on technology-enabled transformation, as well as events encouraging women & girls in STEM.

Gabrielle Hildebrand

Principal, Wild and Brilliant


Gabrielle Hildebrand has coaching certifications from the Hendricks Institute and Bay Non-Violent Communication. At the Hendricks Institute, she co-directed the Leadership and Transformation Program and provided advanced skills sessions. In addition to her private coaching practice, Ms. Hildebrand teaches and sponsors Hendricks-based workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her forte is translating cerebral concepts into tangible experiences that generate epiphanies.

Heather Hinton

Vice President & IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM

297 - Panel: Meet the 2019 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees

Heather Hinton is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and an IBM Master Inventor. She was recently awarded an IBM Corporate Patent Portfolio for her patent work in the area of single sign-on and identity federation, an area she helped create as one of the original authors of the cross-domain single sign-on functionality. As IBM Hybrid Cloud CISO, Dr. Hinton is responsible for the overall adoption of secure engineering and software development practices, as well as the secure operation and compliance with security and privacy requirements for internal environments and Cloud offerings, while acting as a security enablement evangelist for the organization.

She has led the redesign of IBM's Secure Development Lifecycle discipline to address data handling, global privacy regulations, and an increasingly hostile cyber security landscape. Dr. Hinton has over 25 years of computer security experience. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer & Electrical Engineering in Computer Security from the University of Toronto.

Valerie Hoeck

Chief Digital Officer, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics

352 - Marketers: Intrusive or Productive?

Teuta Hyseni

Security Engineer, Microsoft

355 - Cybersecurity: Taking a Hard Look

Teuta Hyseni is a Security Engineer at Microsoft. As a Security Engineer, she is responsible for leading application security projects, assessing potential flaws within applications, and reviewing the application's architecture. Teuta started her career as a Software Engineer at Rackspace. After that, she moved to Denim Group where she began working on the cybersecurity side and became fascinated with it.

Teuta is committed to educating others outside of the industry on security threats and best practice, maximizing the impact of her security expertise through different talks and mentorship programs. In recognition of her efforts, she was Security Champion of the Year finalist in 2018 at the Women in IT Awards.

As part of her passion for the tech industry and innovation, Teuta and her mentees won first place in the World Blockchain Hackathon at the Blockchain Economic Forum in 2018, a worldclass competition. As an advocate for gender diversity, she also has a keen interest in motivating, inspiring, and improving women's participation in the industry.

Hannah-Beth Jackson

Senator, 19th Senate District

188 - Celebration Kick-Off & Founders Reception

Hannah-Beth Jackson is a former prosecutor and practicing attorney, educator, and small business owner. She was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 to represent the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

A graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California with a joint major in government and sociology, she received her law degree from Boston University Law School before returning to California to work as a deputy district attorney for Santa Barbara County. Eventually, she became the managing partner for the Law Offices of Eskin and Jackson, with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

From 1998 to 2004, she represented the 35th Assembly District in the State Assembly, where she worked with Democratic and Republican governors to author more than 60 bills into law.

Hannah-Beth has also co-founded two non-profit organizations, served as the first policy-maker in residence at UC Santa Barbara, and served as adjunct professor at Antioch University.

In the Senate, she is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, Senate Human Services Committee, and the Senate Public Safety Committee. She is immediate past chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.

During her time in the Legislature, Hannah-Beth has become known as an effective advocate for protecting the rights and privacy of Californians, protecting the environment, advancing legislation to reduce gun violence, supporting access to justice for all Californians, championing equality for women, advocating for commuter rail, improving access to early childhood education, and supporting veterans and veterans treatment courts, among other issues. She is the author of Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, landmark legislation to strengthen California's equal pay law, and was named by Huffington Post as one of 11 women around the country "blazing new trails" in American politics.

Hannah-Beth has received Legislator of the Year awards from a wide range of organizations and is the recipient of the prestigious California Women Lawyer's Fay Stender Award, given annually to an attorney committed to affecting positive change with "zest, humanity (and) personal courage" who serves as a role model for women. An advocate for justice for women, children, and victims of crime for more than three decades, she helped establish the Santa Barbara Shelter Services for Women (now known as Domestic Violence Solutions) and Women Against Gun Violence. She is also a founding member and past president of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee.

Hannah-Beth is married to retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, two stepchildren and six grandchildren. She and her family have resided in the district for more than 35 years.

Janet Janssen

Principal, Power, Play, Purpose Culture


Janet Janssen has spent her entire career in the sales industry. Her cumulative experience with selling POS systems, directing non-profit programs, and high-tech recruitment has given her a well-developed sense of all the nuances of sales and how to accelerate them. She has been instrumental in boosting sales and productivity with media affiliates such as KBAY/Mix 106.5 San Jose and Comcast.

Ms. Janssen is a Distinguished Toastmaster, SV Chamber Board Member, Women's Networking Alliance Chapter President, National Speakers Association Academy member, and a contributing author for the book "Manifest Change."

Jovita Jenkins

Executive/Leadership Coach, GOOYOW GROUP





Jovita Jenkins is a west coast Hidden Figure, Leadership/ Strategy Coach, Speaker, serial entrepreneur, and author. She shares wisdom gained as an Aerospace pioneer (retired executive), business experience gained as a serial entrepreneur, and 10 years as a top-tier executive coach helping clients expand their horizons and attain their goals. Ms. Jenkins acts as a trusted confidant supporting clients as they grow their leadership, executive presence, influence, decision making, team building, and communication skills. Her book, "Get Out of Your Own Way: Create the Next Chapter of Your Life," provides tools and strategies to challenge readers to think differently about their lives and overcome roadblocks to success.

Ms. Jenkins earned BS and MS degrees in Math, an MBA from UCLA, and is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.

Coleen Kane

Talent Acquisition, Volkswagen Group of America

308 - Cars of the Future: New Technologies and New Opportunities

Coleen Kane brings more than 20 years' professional experience in Recruiting, Staff Augmentation, and HR, specializing in technology in the autonomous driving space. She heads up Talent Acquisition for the Volkswagen Group of America, Electronics Research Lab - the R&D arm for the brands - where she leads efforts to effectively manage internal and external resources while defining strategy and policy.

Ms. Kane has been closely involved with the WITI organization for 10 years and serves as the Membership and Events Chair. She brings to WITI solid expertise to further enhance existing memberships, partnerships, and services while working to establish new relationships that support regional and national growth. Ms. Kane holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Reed College and an MBA from Chaminade University.

Liz Kelly

Founder, Goody PR

352 - Marketers: Intrusive or Productive?

As Goody PR Founder and Author of 8-Second PR (January 2019), Liz H Kelly is passionate about magnifying brands, experts, and causes through marketing, PR, and social media campaigns with a powerful story. After working for Fox Interactive Media/Myspace, Paramount Pictures, Sprint PCS, and LA startups, Ms. Kelly decided to use her marketing experience for GOOD full-time in 2008.

As a published author with over 500 media interviews (TV, radio, print, and syndication) over five years for her dating book (Smart Man Hunting), Ms. Kelly has been featured on CNN, FOX News, USA TODAY, The Chicago Tribune, Thrive Global, Buzzfeed, KTLA, KCBS, BBC Radio, and thousands of media outlets. Ms. Kelly also teaches digital marketing at UCLA Extension and is a Social Media Club Los Angeles Board Member.

Jennifer Kloke

VP of Product Innovation, Ayasdi

363 - The Age of AI

Jennifer Kloke is the VP of Product Innovation at Ayasdi. For the last three years, she has been responsible for the automation and algorithm development at Ayasdi and led many efforts to develop cutting-edge analysis techniques, analyzing a wide variety of data from diverse industries including finance, public sector, and bio-tech.

Dr. Kloke and her team's efforts landed Ayasdi spots on Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in Big Data, AIconics, and consecutively on Forbes Fintech50. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University.

Renessa Boley Layne

Founder, Perfect Work Academy


376 - Coaching Circle - CREATING YOUR "PERFECT WORK"

220 - Coaching Circle - CREATING YOUR "PERFECT WORK"


Renessa Boley Layne is author of the book Fast Lane, Wrong Direction: Insider Secrets to Redesign Your Success. She works with professional women who are successful on the outside, yet feel bored, burned out, or unfulfilled in their current career. Through her signature Perfect Work program, Ms. Layne equips ambitious women to design their perfect career or business and create a winning strategy to get highly paid for it in just 90 days. She has appeared as a leading authority on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX TV affiliates across the country. As well, she has been featured in publications such as Career Builder, CNN.com, Heart & Soul magazine, and The Washington Post.

Ms. Layne consults to Lee Hecht Harrison, a leading provider of career transition and talent development solutions to organizations worldwide. She has also advised federal government and non-profit clients with a focus on process re-engineering, change management, leadership, and talent development. Ms. Layne served as Senior Director for the Corporate Executive Board, partnering with the company's largest Fortune and Global 500 clients. She has worked as a strategy consultant for such notable companies as Oliver Wyman, Procter & Gamble, and Intel Corporation. Ms. Layne holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University and brings 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial success to her training.

Jennifer LeBlanc

CEO & Founder, ThinkResults Marketing



Jennifer S. LeBlanc is the best-selling author of Launching for Revenue: How to Launch Your Product, Service or Company for Maximum Growth, and curator of Changing Tides: Powerful Strategies for Female Founders. She is also the founder and president of ThinkResults Marketing, and owns the publishing house, HAL House. Her speaking and workshop events are designed to galvanize her audiences into action.

In her private coaching work, Ms. LeBlanc works with female founders, entrepreneurs, and change agents to provide them with the tools and connections they need to succeed. Silicon Valley Business Journal gave Ms. LeBlanc its Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award in 2016, and ranked her company, ThinkResults, as the 10th Fastest Growing Private Company in Silicon Valley in 2017. Under her leadership, ThinkResults has also been recognized as one of the top Silicon Valley agencies (2013-2018). Ms. LeBlanc has been an advisor to President Obama, Congress, and the SBA via the National Women's Business Council. She is an advisor to Women's Startup Lab and Founders Network.

Carolyn Leighton

Founder/Chairwoman, WITI

201 - Welcome

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."

Hailey Lennon

Director of Compliance, BitFlyer

362 - Blockchain/IOT

Hailey Lennon is Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at bitFlyer USA, a global cryptocurrency exchange based out of Tokyo, Japan. Hailey helped oversee the company's expansion into the US in 2017, developing the company's compliance program and obtaining money transmitter licensing and the New York BitLicense. She has advocated for self-regulation of the cryptocurrency industry and currently serves as a Board Member of the Virtual Commodity Association. Hailey also serves on the ACAMS Northern District Executive Board as Co-Programming Director.

Prior to Joining bitFlyer, Hailey helped develop Silvergate Bank's Fintech and Cryptocurrency Branch as Legal Advisor. Hailey received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and undergraduate degree in Business Law from Loyola Marymount University.

Julia Liuson

Corporate Vice President, Developer Tools, Microsoft

297 - Panel: Meet the 2019 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees

As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Developer Division, Julia Liuson leads the technical and business strategy, product development, and engineering teams for Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, .NET and .NET core framework, and developer platform for Microsoft Azure - including all programming languages, runtime, tools for building Azure, AI, Mobile and Windows-oriented applications.

Previously, Ms. Liuson served in a variety of leadership roles on product and engineering in the Microsoft Visual Studio product line. She also worked as General Manager for Microsoft Server and Tools Business in Shanghai while running engineering teams on both sides of the Pacific. Ms. Liuson began her career as a Microsoft software design engineer, working on Office clients and various developer-oriented products. She was the first woman promoted to Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Microsoft. She received the Asian American Executive of the Year award in 2013. Ms. Liuson earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Kathy Lomax

Deputy CIO, L. A. Care Health Plan, WITI Advisory Board Member

309 - Building A WITI Network - in Your City, in Your Company

Kathy Lomax is a Deputy Chief Information Officer at L.A. Care Health Plan. As an IT executive with over 25 years' experience in leading financial services and healthcare, she's led a variety of global teams across IT disciplines including Infrastructure engineering and operations, application quality management and support, IT finance and vendor management. At L.A. Care Health Plan, Ms. Lomax is responsible for IT Shared Services in support of Solution Delivery and facilitates the strategy and Initiatives under the Office of the CIO. Ms. Lomax has extensive experience in overseeing large scale projects and programs leveraging globally distributed resources with an eye toward budget control and continuous improvement, and has demonstrated a proven ability to build and transform departments in to well-organized productive business units.

Fueling her passion in supporting women, Ms. Lomax led the WITI (Women in Technology International) Orange County regional network for 4 years, earning her a seat on the Global Advisory Board Member since 2017. Ms. Lomax is the founding member of Capital Group's ITG Women's Connect diversity community, fostering connections through local events, mentorship programs and a web portal for connecting, learning and sharing with over 350 women. Ms. Lomax also sits on the SCSIM (Southern California Society of Information Management) board and has served as event chair since July 2018.

Coleen McCray

Executive/Career Coach, Paragon Coaching Group/Industry Experience



With over 30 years of leadership experience in IT VP and Director roles and an expert bridge builder, Coleen McCray currently is responsible for Acquisition Integration at Inmar where she leads a corporatewide team that works to join acquired firms with Inmar and achieve exponential growth. In prior roles in the financial services and law firm software industries, Ms. McCray led the realignment of software development organizations to meet product demand and built trusted organizations that engendered cooperation and genuine alliances between IS organizations and their stakeholders needed to achieve maximized value-based results.

Expert in developing leaders and assisting seasoned leaders with path formation to their goals, Ms. McCray is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She is also an Executive Coach for the WITI PowerSource Coaching Program, the CIO Executive Council Pathways program, and President of her own company, The Paragon Coaching Group. She holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, an MS in Counseling from Stetson University, and a BS in Economics from Duke University. She is a graduate of the College of Executive Coaching and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the NeuroLeadership Institute. As well, Ms. McCray is a Certified Facilitator for Meyers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) as well as for Conversational Intelligence™, The Results System™, EQI 2.0/EQI 360, and Center for Creative Leadership Suite of Assessments.

Kim Meninger

Executive Coach, Executive Career Success






As a certified executive and leadership development coach, Kim Meninger empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. She has coached hundreds of clients and has presented on career advancement and leadership topics to corporate, non-profit and academic audiences, including Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, GE Healthcare, Harvard University Women in Technology, and others. Prior to formalizing her leadership coaching expertise, Ms. Meninger held a variety of cross-functional leadership roles in the high-tech industry, where she experienced first-hand the unique challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace. She is passionate about helping women leaders to develop their confidence, visibility, and influence in order to maximize their impact and advance their careers.

Ms. Meninger holds a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in career, executive, and leadership development coaching; as well, she holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

Gillian Muessig

CEO, Outlines Venture Group

354 - FinTech: Disruption, Competition and Co-opetition: The Innovation Imperative

Gillian Muessig is CEO of Outlines Venture Group and Managing Director/General Partner of the Sybilla Masters Fund, a global gender-lens venture capital fund based in Seattle, WA. An active entrepreneur, Ms. Muessig cofounded both Moz (the world's most popular search marketing software) and brettapproved (the first algorithm to power standardized accessibility data gathering and dissemination for travelers with disabilities and mobility challenges).

A former tech advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and thought leader in diversity and inclusion in private equity, Ms. Muessig speaks worldwide about gender equity in entrepreneurship, emerging entrepreneurial markets and the impact of global trends on startup activity. Her weekly radio podcast, CEOcoach, has been running for over a decade on WebmasterRadio.fm, iTunes, and other platforms. Ms. Muessig serves as a board director at companies on four continents and has helped thousands of companies to launch, grow, pivot, and thrive.

Keiko Munechika

Co-Founder, Daisuki Coaching

218 - Coaching Circle - SETTING GOALS LIKE A BOSS

125 - Coaching Circle - CRUSHING YOUR FEAR

379- Coaching Circle - MOVING UP THE LADDER

Dr. Keiko Munechika is the co-founder of Daisuki Coaching. She guides ambitious individuals to take their lives to the next level, particularly in the areas of career and business. She firmly believes that success is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics. For that reason, she works on her clients' mindset as she helps them go from where they are to where they want to be. She and her clients focus on setting clear goals, eliminating limiting beliefs and crushing excuses. She is passionate about developing future leaders.

After earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington, Dr. Munechika worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Berkeley and Livermore National Labs. She currently works as the manager of R&D for a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, leading a team of scientists and engineers. Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, Dr. Munechika offers to coach both in Japanese and English.

Manuela Pauer

Career/Leadership/Happiness Coach, Pauer Coaching



Manuela Pauer has 15+ years' experience as a Career and Leadership Coach, currently working with professional women who are emerging leaders craving more meaning, fulfillment, and success. Ms. Pauer also works with Better Up, an innovating provider of personalized executive coaching for managers and directors at leading companies to help them improve their leadership skills, navigate challenges, and find meaning and fulfillment at work.

Prior, Ms. Pauer had a successful corporate career spanning Strategy Consulting at Bain & Company, Product Management and Strategic Development at a Silicon Valley start-up that was acquired by Netscape, and Executive Director of Product Management and Strategic Planning at AOL. She is an ICF-certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

Judy Peebles

Principal, The Knowledge Series


Judy Peebles - an international speaker, trainer, and coach - is creator of The Knowledge Series™, High Heeled Haven™, The Journaling Jenius™, and Journaling Jems™. An NLP Master Results Coach and Performance Consultant, Ms. Peebles is known for her dynamic and playful style while delivering interactive presentations and trainings designed to be not only informative, but transformational.

After a successful corporate career, Ms. Peebles now works with driven, tenacious individuals and groups, who are committed to their own success, and looking for that extra edge and guidance to assist them to reach the next level.

Bethany Plaza

VP, IT Services, RCM Technologies, Inc.

309 - Building A WITI Network - in Your City, in Your Company

For 25 years, Bethany Plaza has been an energetic and outspoken leader in the IT industry. She has played a pivotal role in helping individuals and businesses thrive, while solving technology challenges. Drawing on her unique blend of solutions-oriented strategic thinking and person-centered leadership development, she has helped a wide range of organizations meet and exceed their goals. A Change Leader and master of team dynamics in the ever-evolving IT industry, Ms. Plaza is able to help leaders develop cohesive models that value and integrate the myriad skill sets located within the organization. She makes it her mission to help individuals find success and fulfillment for both their businesses and themselves.

Ms. Plaza has owned and sold five companies; most recently she sold her IT Services company to a publicly-traded company. She also serves as a National Director for Women in Technology International.

Rene Redwood

CEO, Redwood Enterprises, LLC

302 - Breaking Barriers & Survival: Reaching the Top

188 - Celebration Kick-Off & Founders Reception

Rene Redwood is CEO of Redwood Enterprise LLC, a consulting practice that provides data-informed strategies to deliver people and process solutions to support the client mission. Ms. Redwood directs initiatives resulting in judicial, legislative, commercial, and political wins for public and private sector organizations. Ms. Redwood facilitates discourse on the case for equity and fairness, promotes policies that valuate human resources as an asset, and applies research and experience in identifying promising practices to reduce risk from and in organizational culture.

Ms. Redwood served on a court appointed Task Force to oversee a Fortune corporation's compliance with a historic discrimination settlement agreement and currently chairs the Equality Task Force for a Federal agency. A chemist by training, she has been an executive or director for: a prominent polling and consulting firm; the Presidential Glass Ceiling Commission (Civil Rights Act of 1991, Title II); a coalition of leading legal defense organizations; congressional district offices; and political operations for a national party. Rene Redwood is honored as a Freedom's Sister for "continuing the legacy of African American women for courageous, spirited trailblazing that has helped to shape our country" (by Ford Motor Company Fund and Smithsonian Institute) and received the "Women-Owned Business, Servant Leadership Award." Often described as smart, strategic, and energetic, Ms. Redwood serves on several committees and boards, and has been featured in such publications as Time Magazine, Elle, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, and American Editor.

Sheryl Root

President and CEO, RootAnalysis;, Assoc Professor, Carnegie MellonSV + Stanford Univ

203 - Applying Critical Thinking Skills in Today's Marketplace

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.

Sara Rushinek

Professor of Business Technology and Health Informatics, University of Miami

297 - Panel: Meet the 2019 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees

Sara Rushinek is a Professor of Business Technology and Health Informatics at the University of Miami Business School. She is also a Professor in the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation (MSCTI) Research Program at the Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Rushinek specializes in Expert and Artificial Intelligence Systems, Big Data Analytics, cutting-edge Hybrid Collaborative Tools & Techniques, SEO App Development, Computer Litigation Support, Health Informatics, Cyber Security, Blockchain Applications, and Automated Algorithmic Trading Systems. She serves on the Leadership Team of WITI (Women in Technology International), the Government Blockchain Association, and as an Academic Advocate for ISACA. As well, she serves as an advisor, consultant, and mentor to the business, tech, and startup community.

Dr. Rushinek has been a visiting Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Tel Aviv University, and the Technion. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Faye Sahai

Managing Director, Vinaj

362 - Blockchain/IOT

Executive leader and advisor on innovation strategy and partnerships that grow capabilities, develop new business opportunities, and position companies at the forefront. Developer of innovation strategic partnerships, innovation centers, innovation funds and ecosystems that drive transformation initiatives in financial services, healthcare, and technology. Goal-driven collaborator with success leading strategy and innovation for large, global corporations, including AIG, Charles Schwab, Deloitte Consulting, Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Delivery of block chain global smart contracts, care anywhere strategies with VR, and video capabilities, employee safety with internet of things, telematics + gamification for safe driving in multiple countries, robot delivery services, and digital assistants and robotic automation for streamlined services.

Faye is currently Partner at Mirai Global focused on innovation consulting and Managing Director at Vinaj Ventures, Telosity Fund investing in digital health startups. She currently serves on the Board of Director: Ayogo Health, Ascend Leadership, Berger Research, Claremont McKenna Alumni and Advisor to UCSF Catalyst, Samsung Emerging Tech, Food System 6, Exponential Talent, Somnology MD, Lotus Circle, AI and Healthcare Publication, and Innovation Executive Forum.

She has been recognized by Insurance Business Hot 100 and Elite Women in Insurance Business America, Ascend Leadership Award, Computer World's Top Premier IT Leaders, Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Kaiser Permanente Asian Community and Innovation Enterprise Best Ideation Award.

Parna Sarkar-Basu

CEO and Founder, Brand and Buzz Marketing, LLC

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.

Christopher Smith

VP Engineering, Data Science, Ticketmaster

352 - Marketers: Intrusive or Productive?

Kristine Snow

Branch Manager, Fast Switch

309 - Building A WITI Network - in Your City, in Your Company

Kristine Snow joined Fast Switch in 2012 as a recruiter after previously working at JPMorgan Chase and Thirty-One Gifts in Columbus, OH. She is now managing Strategic Accounts and Diversity Planning for the company as well as West Coast operations in Los Angeles.

Ms. Snow is a member of a variety of volunteer organizations including Dress for Success, Spark Program, and most recently WITI. She is passionate about volunteering and encouraging young women to get involved in STEM. She is looking forward to bringing WITI back to Columbus!

Wendy Spies

Worldwide Director Of Engineering Strategy and Business Development, Microsoft

307 - Secret to Higher ROI: Invest in Women

Wendy Spies is the Director of Business Development for Data and AI across Microsoft globally. In more than 15 years of successful product leadership experience, she has brought multiple companies from product conception to financial exit - from 21.co, with a 100x return on investment to trialpay.com, whose offering still powers Visa's advertising network, to Voltage Security where more than one third of the Fortune 500 use it as their corporate encryption standard.

Ms. Spies is now focused on furthering Microsoft's mission of personal and organizational empowerment by guiding technology investments. Her primary focus is to build, buy, and partner to develop game-changing solutions for customers in the Cloud and Enterprise, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning divisions. In three and a half years she has developed product and driven investment in blockchain, containers, AI, data, and OSS. On a mission to grow with others by driving efficient, iterative innovation practices that lead to exponential growth in business value, Ms. Spies holds a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford.

Mica Syjuco

Global DevOps & Agile Coaching Talent Community Lead, Avanade



Mica Syjuco actively builds and grows Avanade's DevOps and Agile capabilities to address client challenges on the field - an undertaking made especially interesting given their 30,000+ global headcount. Ms. Syjuco graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and has been in the software development industry for almost 15 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 Scrum.org 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.

A musician herself, she is also the Band Manager of "Jack of None," whose debut album was released internationally in 2016. The band was nominated in eight categories at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards held in New York, taking home awards in the Best EP and Best Music Producer categories. 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.

AJ Thomas

Vice President, People & Culture, Auction.com

AJ serves as the vice president of people and culture at Auction.com, where she leads the overall talent acquisition, employee education, culture, talent development, and HR operations organization. Previously, she has worked at several technology and brand recognized companies, such as T-Mobile, Nimble Storage (now HP Enterprise), Iron Mountain, Adecco and Infinera. In these organizations, she served in several leadership positions and tours of duty, including product, sales, marketing, employee development, global talent, employee engagement, internal communications and leadership effectiveness. She holds credentials at several of the nation's leading institutions: San Jose State University, Stanford University and NYU, where she majored in business, advanced program management, integrated systems and organizational leadership.

Natalia Trayanova

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

297 - Panel: Meet the 2019 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees

Natalia Trayanova is the Murray B. Sachs Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and a Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She directs the Alliance for Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Innovation, as well as the Computational Cardiology Laboratory. Dr. Trayanova is the primary innovator and trailblazer in the use of modern computation and modeling approaches in cardiac arrhythmia research and in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart rhythm disorders. Through her first-of-their-kind personalized virtual hearts, she is pioneering advances in personalized medicine for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Trayanova has published over 350 scientific papers and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NIH Director's Pioneer Award for her groundbreaking work in computational cardiology. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of HRS, a Fellow of AHA, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Blanca Trevino

President & CEO, Softtek

297 - Panel: Meet the 2019 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees

In 1982, Blanca Trevino co-founded Softtek, with a small group of entrepreneurial-minded students. Under her leadership, the company has since grown to more than 12,000 employees with 30 offices in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US. Throughout her career at Softtek, Ms. Trevino has gained international recognition as a promoter of the IT services industry, collaborating with various government administrations promoting the nearshore model. She has been an advisor to several government leaders at state and federal levels on crafting policies that promote the use of technology, and the development of talent in the IT space.

In 2009 CNN Expansion magazine named Ms. Trevino as one of the most powerful women in Mexico. She was the first woman to be inducted into the International Association of Outsourcing Hall of Fame, and her appointment to the Mexico Business Council necessitated the organization change its name from the Mexican Council of Businessmen. Ms. Trevino is an active board member of Walmart Mexico and The Mexican Stock Exchange, along with several associations and universities, and served as a member of the World Economic Forum B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation.

Elizabeth Xu

CTO, CP Group

353 - Unlock the Secrets of Digital Transformation - Innovation, Technology, Scalability

Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D., is a seasoned business and technical leader with over 20 years of experience in developing, deploying, and supporting software-as-a-service, big data, and mobile enterprise software. Currently, Dr. Xu drives global technology as the Chief Technology Officer for CP Group, where she leads digital transformation for a few hundred subsidiaries with combined revenue of $45 billion, using data and AI technology. Prior, she was CTO at BMC Software and responsible for BMC's central technology organization and digital service management BU engineering organization. Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu was group vice president of product engineering at Acxiom.

Dr. Xu's career includes several years at IBM developing the IBM Content Management Suite and DB2. A teacher, author, and mentor as well, she teaches the class "Ten Steps to a Successful Career at Stanford Continuing Studies," and co-authored "Myths of the Promotion: Ten Steps to a Successful Career." Dr. Xu holds one critical cybersecurity patent and has won several awards for leadership and community service. In 2017 she was inducted into the Women In Technology Hall of Fame. She founded the Successful Women Acceleration Network, and serves as an advisor and board member for several organizations, including Be The Change Foundation.

June Yang

VP of Engineering and Product Management, VMware

353 - Unlock the Secrets of Digital Transformation - Innovation, Technology, Scalability

June Yang is a technology executive passionate about building great products and developing great teams. She is currently VP of Engineering and Product Management at VMware, incubating a new cloud business focusing on taking VMware Cloud experience to enterprises' datacenter and edge infrastructure. Previously, Ms. Yang was VP of Product Management responsible for a portfolio of products including vSphere - VMware's flagship product with multi-billion dollar annual revenue.

Prior to VMware, Ms. Yang held leadership roles at Oracle in product management and product marketing. Earlier in her career, she held positions across high tech, strategic consulting, and investment management areas. Ms. Yang holds an M.S. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. from Caltech.

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