Breaking through Barriers: Climbing the Tech Ladder

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Join WITI, CSL Behring and Randstad Technologies as we bring together influencers and decision makers for a collaborative discussion to reframe how we think and what we do about the gender and diversity gap in the tech sector.

We will explore ways to advance women of all levels, backgrounds by addressing leadership and empowerment, creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and tangible next steps you can take action on.

Men are always welcomed at all WITI events!

Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Elizabeth Walker, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, CSL Behring

Elizabeth leads Global Human Resources for the CSL Group of Companies and is responsible for the company's executive assessment, recruiting, leadership and managerial learning, total rewards, employee engagement, workforce relations, culture and diversity initiatives.

Elizabeth joined CSL Behring as Chief Talent Officer in 2016. Prior to joining CSL, she was Vice President Global Talent Management at Campbell Soup Company. She has more than 25 years of experience in both management consulting and human resources. She has worked across a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services and food manufacturing.

She holds a Master of Science degree in organization development and leadership from St. Joseph's University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Darla Wolfe, Head of IT, Myoderm

Darla Wolfe is an innovative executive who uses technology to drive business transformation and growth in large corporations as well as start-up companies. She is passionate about bringing the power of tech to the forefront of business models and believes access to STEAM education and development programs is key to future workforce opportunities, especially for women and people of color.

Wolfe has over 20 years of leadership experience in Information Technology, manufacturing and entrepreneurship and is currently the Head of IT for Myoderm, The Clinical Trial Supply Company headquartered in the US and the UK. She has held senior level roles at Fortune 500 companies including DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and SAP America and has led global teams to success in Enterprise Resource Planning worldwide.

In addition to her corporate background, Darla is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. She is the Founder of Sweat EquitE, LLC, an innovative service company that matches experienced professionals to non-traditional work opportunities at start-ups and non-profits. She launched Sweat EquitE to provide a platform for her colleagues and peers to expand their skill sets and try new ideas in the start-up world without quitting their full time jobs.

Darla earned her BBA in Computer Science from Temple University, MBA in Leadership from Villanova University and earned a degree in screenwriting from UCLA. She is on the Advisory Council of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership and on the Board of Directors for the Villanova University Alumni Association. She was named "A Disruptor You Need to Know" in 2018 by the Philadelphia Business Journal and one of the top 12 technologists of color in Philadelphia by Technical.ly magazine.

Dr. Karen Etchberger, Global Head Digital Transformation and Execution Systems, CSL Behring

Karen is responsible for Digital Transformation and Execution Systems for CSL Behring. She has also served as Executive Vice President Quality and Business Services (IT, Sourcing, Logistics, EHS and Enterprise Excellence) and previously as Senior Vice President of Global Quality. Some of Karen's key accomplishments included leading a business transformation program including implementation of standard business processes, lifting of the consent decree at CSL's Kankakee facility, supporting first-round licensing approvals, delivering an excellent inspectional track record with many global regulatory bodies and the implementation of several global quality systems within CSL.

Karen joined the company in 1994, when CSL Limited purchased JRH Biosciences. At that time, Karen led the development of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing process. Joining CSL in the role of Technical Director, Karen advanced through CSL in roles of increasing responsibility until she joined the executive management team in the quality role in 2006. Karen holds a doctoral degree in immunology and virology from the University of Maine.

Brigitte Daniel, Executive VP of Wilco Electronic Systems

Over the last 10 years, Brigitte has created several substantial private/public partnerships providing innovative solutions to address digital disparities and lack of representation within technology sectors across the Nation, thus positioning Wilco, as a broadband and technology leader, and now an smart home and Internet Of Things (IOT) platform integrator, with a focus on underrepresented and urban communities.

Driven by her mission to address digital disparities and tech diversity and inclusion inequities, Brigitte has emerged as a national thought leader. As a recent 2019 Mayoral appointed member of the SMARTCityPHL advisory committee, Brigitte will provide strategy and vision as the City of Philadelphia implements its roadmap to provide smart solutions that improve residents, businesses and visitors. She currently is also an appointed advisor to the FCC's Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in 2017, was awarded a 2011 Eisenhower Fellowship where she traveled to India and Sri Lanka examining emerging technologies beneficial to urban low income communities in the United States, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the "Top Women In Technology" according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

As a distinguished sought after speaker and founder of Mogulette, an organization committed to diversifying and expanding the reach of opportunities within technology ecosystems, Brigitte has been featured at TEDX Philadelphia, Philadelphia Magazine's Think Fest, The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, the 2018 and 2019 SXSW Conference, the Spelman College Innovation Summit, the National Urban League, and most recently was a key presenter at the unveiling of the City of Philadelphia's submission of its' Amazon HQ2 pitch.

Jacki Feild, Department Head, Institutional Systems, Vanguard, USA

Jacki is a 25+ year IT executive with a broad background in technology leadership. Currently, Head of Recordkeeping Technology in Institutional Systems and former Head/current advocate of Vanguard Information Technology and Security's "Women's Initiative for Leadership Success" program. Previously, Jacki was the Asia Pacific Chief Information Officer, based in Australia. Prior to her Asia-Pac assignment, she was Head of Human Resources Technology and Risk. She has also served as a Senior Manager in Vanguard's Client Insight, (multiple) Systems Integrations', Global Technology Operations, and International divisions. Prior to Vanguard, Jacki worked in Telecommunications at Sun Oil Company.

Jacki holds a dual concentration Master's degree from Drexel University in Management Information Systems and International Management, a Master of Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University. She graduated as a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow in June, 2018.

Andy Newsom, Senior Vice President and CIO, CSL Group

As the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CSL Group, Andy is responsible for Global IT inclusive of CSL Behring, and CSL Plasma. Andy has over 35 years of IT leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with leadership roles in all aspects of IT. He has worked for companies such as Armour Pharmaceutical, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Centeon, and Aventis Behring. Experience includes leadership and development of the company's IT strategy, portfolio management, enterprise architecture, security and risk, applications, infrastructure and operations and IT quality. Andy is an experienced global leader that has led the transformation of IT from a localized federated organization to a virtual matrixed globalized team. At the same time, he has developed a high performing team culture focused on quality, performance and cost efficiencies.

Moderator:
Chris Martin
, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Randstad Technologies

Chris Martin is the key stakeholder in driving business development and oversees the execution of the company's overall sales strategy with a specialized focus on retail account growth. Chris has been instrumental in the company's initiatives tied to utilizing big data to develop intelligent sales models for the entire organization.

With over 15 years in the staffing and HR solutions industry, Chris started his career with Randstad back in 2002. He moved up the ranks first as Account Manager, then as a Branch Manager, Regional Manager of Permanent Recruiting overseeing teams in the Mid-Atlantic to the NYC Metro area, and then transitioned to support all of Randstad U.S. by establishing the company's Enterprise Solutions group. In this role, Chris sold across service lines offering new business development and strategic account management to key customer around the country.

Chris graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the Isenberg School of Management.