The Root of Innovation



WITI welcomes people of all identities who are interested in technology-related topics to join our events. Our December event will be focused on utilizing technology to attract and retain diverse talent.

Featured Speakers

Gabi Vandermark is a technologist, a problem solver and a strategic consultant leader. Gabi's career trajectory illustrates her curiosity and desire for continuous learning. With a Bachelors in Computer Science, she started her career as a Software Developer at Nationwide Insurance, where over the course of 10 years, she moved positions, departments and or roles roughly every two years building depth of knowledge in software development and architecture, service-oriented design; and breadth of experience in organizational change management giving her a unique view into the interworking, challenges and opportunities familiar to most organizations.

Prior to Magellan Health, Gabi started Rottie Consulting, where she focused on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems implementation in Latin America and project execution best practices in the US leveraging her deep systems integration background and project execution expertise. As an independent consultant, Gabi strived to be the fearless, confident partner her clients needed to succeed.

At Magellan Health, as the Chief of Staff to the CTO, Gabi helped drive the IT strategy execution, the business of IT operations and bring about innovation solutions in alignment with our Massive Transformative Purpose to "Lead Humanity to healthy, vibrant lives." Today, as the VP of HR Technology for Magellan Health, Gabi creates workforce capability through her leadership of the HR technology strategy and systems team, helping shape and execute the company's strategy.

Clara Kridler is the Vice President of People at Root Insurance where she oversees recruiting, human resources, real estate, and internal IT. The People Team owns everything that goes into the candidate and employee experience. Together, they have launched 6 offices and hired over 750 people under Clara's leadership. Before joining Root, Clara spent time as an investment analyst and operations manager.

Lauren Gruenebaum is the Chief Product Officer at Root Insurance. She oversees Product, Actuary, Performance Marketing, and Customer Service at Root. Previously, she worked in innovation, strategy, enterprise risk, and capital management at Nationwide. Additionally she worked at MGM Resorts in operational and gaming compliance.



Abby Zimmerman

Schedule of Events

5:30 -6:30pm Networking
6:30-6:45pm Special Thank You to Kristine Snow & Chelsea Akers (Level D&I Solutions) and Introduction
6:45-7:30pm Panel Discussion
7:30-7:45pm Q&A
7:45-7:50pm Closing Remarks
7:50-8:15pm Final Networking