October 19-20, 2020 Boston Convention Center
28-29 November 2018RAI, Amsterdam
Vice President of Data Science and Engineering @ CNN
SVP and Product Management, Technical @ Mastercard
Managing Director in Cloud Engineering @ Deloitte Consulting
Senior Director & Global Platform Leader @ Eli Lilly
Chief Information & Chief Security Officer @ Episerver
VP and GM of Data Monetization @ Condé Nast
North America Lead, Product Management @ Cognizant
Hera Wentong Li
Engineering Manager @ Slack
Delivery Leadership @ Slalom
Lead Product Manager - Data & Analytics @ Sony Music Entertainment
Chief Digital Officer @ Merriam-Webster
Co-CEO and Co-Founder @ She+Geeks out
VP of Operations @ Ascendle
CEO and Co-Founder @ Aavia
Chief Legal Officer @ Onapsis
Head of Digital Strategy @ B.GOOD
User Interface Designer @ Museum of Science
Acquisitions Officer-AI/Data Science @ United States Air Force
Senior Data Analyst @ Colgate-Palmolive
Chief Data Strategy Officer @ ThoughtSpot
Engineering Manager @ The New York Times
Senior Director of Engineering @ Kindbody
Senior Technical Writer @ BlueSnap
Director of Emerging Technology and Innovation @ EF Education First
Co-Founder & CEO @ BeautyLynk
Product Manager @ Akamai
Professor - Data Science, Data Mining & Data Analytics @ NYU
Founder @ MBADIKA
Founder @ Linda Ugelow International
Deepna Devkar is Vice President of Data Science & Engineering and heads up the Data Intelligence team. She works to understand the CNN audience across devices and build recommendation systems that increase user engagement across all CNN brands.
Prior to joining CNN, Devkar started as Vice President of Data Science Products for WarnerMedia, where she led a team of data scientists, engineers and product managers to build scalable data science products across WarnerMedia’s brands. She also held positions at Viacom and Dotdash (formerly about.com) where she attained expertise in the linear TV space and digital media and publishing landscape, respectively. Before her transition into data science, she spent over a decade in scientific research, studying the psychological and neural underpinnings of human behaviour.
Recently, she was recognized for her contribution as Folio’s Top Women in Media, Corporate Champion in 2018. Devkar has enjoyed working on projects ranging across audience segmentation, content recommendation and personalization, search engine and revenue optimization. She is most passionate about evangelizing data science and regularly speaks at meetings and conferences.
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Marilyn McDonald is a product management maven. Her experience runs the gamut, from building simple and elegant customer experiences to defining scalable and decoupled platform products. She has been a leading voice and change agent in the evolution of a number of Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise is in increasing business agility, understanding and solving pain points in iterative cycles. At Mastercard, she heads the Product Management and Design/UX teams for the Digital, Marketing Business Services and Loyalty teams.
Prior to Mastercard, Marilyn worked at Amazon, Expedia and Citi. Most recently, she served as the senior director of product design and technical program management at StubHub. She was instrumental in rebuilding StubHub’s program management teams and Establishing Lean UX, Design Thinking and experimentation practices as the "ways of working" in Product and Design moving the company from a build and validate culture to rapid prototyping and experimentation. Marilyn holds a B.A. from Northern Arizona University and is a certified Scrum Product Owner.
Marilyn is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in technology. She has founded numerous corporate women’s programs including Women@Amazon and Circles programs at both Amazon and Citi. Marilyn is also a veteran participant of the Grace Hopper Celebration, a conference geared towards women in tech.
Kacy Clarke is a Managing Director in Cloud Engineering at Deloitte Consulting. She is responsible for leading multiple client engagements through the early adoption and escalation stages of cloud adoption, tackling the complex issues of public cloud architecture, new technology adoption, organizational transformation, DevOps / Agile adoption, and cloud workforce enablement. Her teams span a wide range of skills from people, process and governance redesign, to multi-cloud technology architecture, digital experience design, and hardcore, hands-on-keyboard development to help clients modernize their technology portfolios.
Ms. Clarke has held a variety of technical leadership, enterprise architecture and IT strategy positions in consulting, financial services, high tech, telecom, and healthcare technology during, 35+ years in the industry, with organizations including Bellcore, GE Medical Systems, Informix, Cambridge Technology Partners, Wellington Management, the DTCC, and Cloud Technology Partners before joining Deloitte. Her international experience includes stints in Germany and 2 years launching her firm’s cloud consulting business in Europe, based in London. She has received awards from both industry and academia for her career achievements and technical leadership, and is dedicated to her work in encouraging women and under represented minorities to accel in technical fields.
Ms. Clarke received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Kansas State University, and a Master’s of Science in Computer Science from Rutgers. She resides in the Boston area with her two grown sons and enjoys spending her free time with her family, cooking for friends, traveling, church leadership, and working on housing redevelopment projects for Habitat for Humanity and similar organizations.
Fariha is an empathetic and collaborative leader who thrives in innovation-led organizations. As an expert in Engineering, R&D and Program Management, she has led the development of innovative marketing solutions for the healthcare, insurance and consumer industries. Also, as an agile pioneer, she has increased product velocity by setting up fast-paced development programs across multiple geographies. Her career spans large companies, startups, non-profits and government organizations.
Previously, as Partner, Product & Program Velocity at Digital Innovation Inc, she worked to create an innovative product design and development process to complement the firm’s internationally recognized corporate innovation framework. Most recently, Fariha has joined Eli Lilly as a Senior Director & Global Platform Leader: Connected Care.
Sue is the CIO & CISO of Episerver, a global digital Commerce company. As an executive, she brings her leadership and broad technology experience to help companies concentrate on growth by promoting innovation and productivity enhancements through application development, infrastructure operations, data analytics, business process optimization and talent management.
Previously, she held strategic positions at Microsoft and as the CIO at Net Atlantic, BTE Consulting and for two of Aramark’s apparel companies, Galls and Wearguard-Crest. She has also held high level positions at the Staples Corporation and at CVS/pharmacy.
As a certified cloud architect, Sue also has an AS in Computer Science from Tunxis College, a BS in Business Administration from Post University, an Executive Leadership MBA from Boston University and a Master’s in Security from UMASS.
Sue is a Board member for SIM (Society for Information Management), co-chairs the SIM Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) Mentorship Program and is a member of the CIO Roundtable. In another professional interest, Sue is a technical and business advisor to several startup companies and is the Program Director for Brandeis Universities Masters in Security Leadership program.
Michel currently serves as VP/GM, Data Monetization and Strategy at Condé Nast where she is responsible for the data strategy for the company’s advertising partners. Previously, she served as GM, Health at the company where she led the launch and build of Condé Nast Health, a data driven approach to growing the advertising revenue from companies within the health and wellness space. Previously, Michel served as Chief Digital Officer of Chicago Public Media, Chicago’s NPR station. In her role as Chief Digital Officer, she oversaw the sales team, revenue operations, product development and technology. Prior to Chicago Public Media, Michel worked at Everyday Health, a market leader in digital health, for nearly 7 years. In her last role at the company, she served as Senior Vice President, Consumer, Health & Wellness, where she led editorial, marketing, audience development, product and technology across the consumer business. Michel started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group at J.P. Morgan.
Michel received a BA in Political Science and French from Wellesley College and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is originally from Houston, Texas and now lives with her husband and son in New York City.
Steph Bauer is Cognizant Digital Engineering’s North America Product Management Lead. In her role, Steph is responsible for onboarding and enabling her team to ensure their success in developing innovative digital solutions that secure meaningful business outcomes for their clients. Previously, Steph worked in strategy consulting, where she accidentally fell into the Product Management world and never looked back. Since then, she has developed healthcare, life sciences, insurance, and e-commerce products and honed in on her own approach to agile in the process.
Steph holds her Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in Business Administration from the London Business School. She currently serves on the Board of Carolina Women in Tech – a non-profit organization that aims to empower, engage, and educate women in technology.
Steph lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Matt and their Mini Bernedoodle, Bailey, who is a very good boy.
Hera is an Engineering Manager at Slack in New York City where she focuses on building and scaling Slack’s search infrastructure. She previously ran the Data Management Platform at Appnexus, building digital advertising data products. She is passionate about technology management and leadership and lives in New York City with two dogs and a young daughter. Hera graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor and Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dan Gallagher is driven by the notion that life is too short to build products people don’t use. After 30 years as a product designer, product manager, product owner, agile team member, product executive, product consultant, and even a scrum master, he has battled on the ground, led from the trenches, trudged through the middle, and surveilled from above. He has combined this hands on product development experience with extensive product development research, wisdom from pundits (applied and validated), and life observations to evolve the Product Agility methodology. A methodology that will enable you to build the right thing, build the thing right, and build the thing fast.
Kayla is a tech and gaming nerd with a passion for building great products. She has over ten years of experience in the product space, building a variety of web and mobile applications at both the enterprise and startup levels. As part of the Data+Analytics team at Sony Music, her focus is on creating tools to help drive the decision-making process and root it in data. Working in a team that operates as a startup within a larger enterprise has become her specialty through the years, and she enjoys challenging the traditional way things are done to help push an organization into the digital, data-fueled, modern age.
Lisa Schneider is Chief Digital Officer at Merriam-Webster, where she leads digital strategy and execution across product development, content strategy, user experience, and technology. She has redefined the dictionary for the digital age, changing people’s perception of the brand from a “dusty book on the shelf” to a timely, relevant resource and commentary users turn to every day. Under Lisa’s leadership, Merriam-Webster has won numerous awards including several Webby and Shorty awards. She is a Webby Awards Executive Judge, and was recently featured on the AdAge Creativity 50, Folio: Top Women in Media, and Business Transformation 150 lists.
Previously, Lisa held executive roles in digital strategy and product development at Penton, Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Bridal Guide.
Felicia is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of She+ Geeks Out. Felicia worked in the technology industry for over ten years and has extensive experience with leadership, innovation, women in the workforce, multiracial concerns, and disability. In 2016 she pivoted to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out. Felicia received a BA in Comparative Literature from Haverford College. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and is also the recipient of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.
Vice President of Operations, Tina brings 30 years of technical prowess and estimable project delivery to the leadership of Ascendle’s software development teams. Always leading by example, with an emphasis on quality and relevancy, Tina empowers our teams to find the biggest pain points for Ascendle's clients, and drive the greatest business value when creating a solution.
Whether in the role of business architect, entrepreneur or team mentor, Tina has led a successful technical career by advancing and elevating the team members around her. Tina’s professional expertise in agile software development, test planning, application architecture, project management, operations management, business process redesign, and business requirements definition spreads across a diverse set of industries: retail, government, pharmacy, and travel and hospitality.
From starting a volunteer service to fill a community need in high school and founding a small business to provide affordable transportation to her undergraduate classmates, to now leading Aavia to improve women’s health and wellness, Aagya Mathur is consistently bridging gaps and solving inefficiencies. Through personal and professional experiences, she found her passion at the intersection of healthcare, innovation, and analytics-driven insights. During her consulting career, she worked with various clients to improve patient experience and medication adherence. However, she found she needed to be closer to the end-user to have the kind of impact she knew she could have.
“If you don’t listen to and work with the end-user, the solution is not going to be something they like or something that’s actually going to help them,” Mathur said. “If you can’t fulfill those two things, why are you even developing the solution?” The Aavia team works with women at each step of development to rapid prototype a solution that empowers women to take their Birth Control Pill on time, every time. Aavia’s pocket-sized smart device contains patent-pending sensor technology that recognizes count and position of Pills in her original pack and sends notifications to the user's phone until she actually take it.
Annabel Lewis is the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Onapsis, a global cybersecurity security company. She has 15 years of tech industry experience include multiple mergers, acquisitions, IPO initiatives, and international expansion. Prior to Onapsis, Annabel held executive positions responsible for several functions including legal, corporate information security, audit, strategic partnerships and business development. Annabel served as General Counsel and Secretary for Singtel’s cybersecurity organization, where she helped lead key growth initiatives, including integrating its various security units into one organization, with over 2,000 employees and 200,000 customers. While at Trustwave, through both organic growth and 15 acquisitions, Annabel helped transform this startup into one of the world's largest cybersecurity firms, culminating in its $850M-valued sale.
Annabel holds a biology degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated cum laude with honors from St. Mary's University School of Law.
My name is Swetha Subramanian and I am the Head of Digital Strategy at B.GOOD. At B.GOOD my focus is defining and executing the strategy for the company’s digital products. These include our ordering platform, mobiles apps, website and internal services. In my day to day I lead the product development and engineering teams.
In my career, I’ve held various roles and have worked in different sectors. I started out as a software engineer working in healthcare. From here I moved to more management roles; focused on leading and building out engineering teams.
Most recently I’ve gotten the opportunity to lead both engineering and product development. In this position, I am able to define the vision of the product and ensure that whatever we build is built on customer needs and backed by data.
Leah Tynan (née Brunetto) is a designer/developer hybrid passionate about education and the arts. She works within the interdisciplinary exhibit development team at the Museum of Science, Boston to create screen-based and mixed physical/digital interactives.
Seeing creative technology take shape, and observing users interacting with it, is her greatest joy. She aspires to create experiences that take people out of the normal flow of life, facilitate new perspectives, and celebrate beauty in the natural and built worlds.
Leah is a strong advocate of mentorship programs and technology literacy. Recent contributions include an article for Learn to Code With Me, a wireframing lecture at MIT, a “web for artists” curriculum for a local studio, and the Women Accelerators Mentoring Program blog.
I am a military officer in the United States Air Force with a mission to integrate effective AI into the Department of Defense. I am passionate about solving problems in the intersection of analytics, policy, and defense and my unique experiences in leadership and technical disciplines have helped me in guiding change within the defense sector.
Katy Qian is currently a Sr. Data Analyst at Colgate-Palmolive, where she is passionate about transforming marketing data into discoverable trends & insights within the Consumer Products & Goods industry.
Previous to CP, she worked at Verizon Wireless with background experience in telecommunications management & radio frequency (designing cell phone towers). She has degrees in electrical engineering & information systems management. Geographically, she’s lived in Dallas TX & San Francisco CA, but currently settled with her family + two cats in her home-state of NJ, where she is often seen frisbeeing or yelping.
Cindi is an analytics and BI expert with a flair for bridging business needs with technology. Cindi was previously a Gartner research Vice President, as the lead author for the data and analytics maturity model and analytics and BI Magic Quadrant, and a popular keynote speaker. She introduced new research in data and AI for good, NLP/BI Search, and augmented analytics and brought both the BI bake offs and innovation panels to Gartner globally. Prior to this, she was founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth product reviews based on exclusive hands-on testing, contributor to Information Week, and the author of several books including: Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI & Big Dataand SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0: The Complete Reference. She served as The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) faculty member for more than a decade. Prior to founding BI Scorecard, Howson was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and a BI standards leader for Dow Chemical. She has an MBA from Rice University.
With close to a decade of management experience, Naomi Rutledge has built successful teams in a wide variety of industries with companies from 10 to 10,000 employees.
She manages 2 teams at The New York Times that provide critical, high scale functionality to readers and the newsroom alike and she has been involved in creating and executing diversity initiatives within the workplace.
Before The New York Times, she worked at Hearst in both the newspaper and magazine divisions as well as in a research and development capacity. Her team launched a partnership with MSN for casual games and as an individual contributor she single handedly created one of the first Google Home apps, which was presented at Google I/O.
Naomi graduated from Harvard University on full scholarship and within a year worked her way up at a small import and distribution start up to be their Director of Sales. After that she advised and helped shape multiple start ups and launched a small media company.
Building the site for her media company led her to attend a coding bootcamp after which she transitioned into exclusively engineering roles. She has experience leading operations, marketing, sales and engineering teams.
Sarah Griffis is a seasoned engineering leader with expertise in systems architecture, data trends, engineering management, and security. She focuses on diversity and inclusion on her teams, boosting productivity and morale. She currently leads the Kindbody engineering team building applications to improve clinical efficiencies and patient experience in women's health and fertility.
Marni Nispel is a Principal Technical Writer and the Documentation Project Manager at BlueSnap Inc. As a veteran of the Technical Documentation field, she has worked on the documentation for many types of software including health care, disaster recovery, video on demand, MCAD, fintech, and more. She is the author of Creating Documentation in an Agile Scrum Environment, named one of the "Best New Scrum Books" and one of the "Best Scrum Books of All Time" by BookAuthority. Marni has just started the foundation work for TWIN (Technical Writers International Network) that will provide a free single source of information for technical documentation specialists.
Marni holds a master’s degree in Technical and Professional Writing from Northeastern University and is near completion of a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Walden University.
Marni is a fervent advocate for minority groups, especially women, the LGBTQ community, and people facing mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. Marni is the proud mom of Kyri Alison-Maher, a coach and emotion education specialist. Marni lives in Massachusetts with her husband Tim and their dog Athena.
Emily Harburg is the Director of Emerging Technology and Innovation at EF Education First. She is passionate about building technology that helps people explore, understand, and connect in the world. Prior to joining EF, Emily co-founded a nonprofit called Brave Initiatives focused on helping girls build confidence in coding, design, and leadership for social impact. Prior to that she worked at Facebook as a research scientist, and at Walt Disney Imagineering where she designed technology for the Disney theme parks. She also co-founded Youth Lead the Change, a global youth leadership program for high school students. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in Social Anthropology and Psychology from Harvard College. In her free time she enjoys running, skiing, and playing volleyball.
Entrepreneur Rica Elysee is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BeautyLynk, a company that makes it possible to get beauty services directly to your home with just a few clicks. With BeautyLynk, all the style and convenience of a professional salon are transported into the comfort of your living room.
BeautyLynk has been featured in such major, nationwide publications as Black Enterprise, CNBC, Forbes, and Bloomberg. A platform for connecting beauty professionals and potential clients, this platform has rapidly proven itself capable of tackling some of the most pressing issues in the beauty industry. she sets a solid example in her businesses and strives for greatness in everything that she does.
Sara Munzinger is a Product Manager at Akamai, where she innovates to keep the internet fast, reliable, and secure. Previously, she led product management for application security at PayPal to empower 5,000+ developers to improve their code’s security posture, built cutting-edge endpoint security products at Carbon Black, and provided technical support at Harvard University. Sara believes the tech industry can address society's greatest challenges by embracing inclusivity and out-of-the-box thinking. She actively volunteers with Lesbians Who Tech, Out in Tech, Hack.Diversity, and Grace Hopper. Sara is a former LGBT White House Tech Summit Fellow, an accomplished juggler and an aspiring longboarder
Jennifer Shin a world renowned data scientist, entrepeneur and influencer. She is the Founder of 8 Path Solutions LLC, a data science, analytics, and technology company in NYC.
Jennifer has over a decade of experience leveraging data to build cutting-edge products, services, and solutions in various senior management roles at Fortune 50 companies, including her most recent role as a Product Director at NBCUniversal, where she designed, developed and launched a cutting edge, propriety AI technology platform.
Jennifer’s technical and business capability is evidence by the breadth of her experience leading a team of Data Scientists as a Director at Comcast, devising and implementing new methodology for a syndicated commercial data product as a individual contributor at Nielsen and advising executives on complex business challenges as a management consultant at at GE Capital, the Carlyle Group, Fortress Investment Group, the City of New York, and Columbia University.
Jennifer is on the Faculty at NYU where she teaches data science, technology, analytics and data visualization graduate courses. She holds several patents and trademarks and her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and peer reviewed journals.
Netia McCray is the Founder and Executive Director of Mbadika (BAH-GEE-KAH), a not-for-profit organization based in Boston focused on providing innovators around the world, with the tools needed to overcome challenges in bringing their solutions for themselves and their communities to reality. Mbadika provides hands-on educational workshops, a product line of DIY (do-it-yourself) kits, as well as a television series to showcase how product design and development can bring game-changing ideas to life through STEM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics). Her extensive portfolio of work uniquely focuses on product design and development in order to foster youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship through university incubators and start-up accelerators, technology transfer, and the development of talent pipelines to unleash the potential of untapped talent, regardless of where it resides and what form it takes.
Linda Ugelow is the go-to person for overcoming your fear of speaking online and on-stage. She has helped hundreds of new and seasoned professionals drop their stress and anxiety to feel comfortable and confident in front of a crowd or the camera.
An international speaker, she has presented at the Positive Psychology Conference in France and emceed at TEDxDebrecen in Hungary. Linda is also an accomplished musician and dancer having performed in more than 500 shows around the world.
She produces and hosts the TV show Women Inspired and is the author of the upcoming book, Delight In The Limelight, due out in 2021.
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