Women In Tech East Coast 2020
28-29 November 2018RAI, Amsterdam
Assistant General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer @ Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield NJ
Boston Steering Committee @ 2020 Women on Boards
Dr. Lisa Michaud
Senior Product Manager @ Interactions LLC
Chief Compliance Officer @ Samsung Electronics America
Senior Vice President, Product Management @ Mastercard
Vice President, Engineering @ Shutterstock
Global Vice President for R&D @ AstraZeneca
Chief People Officer @ TripAdvisor
Vice President @ Oracle
CEO @ Purepoint International
Vice President of Global Inclusion @ Mosaic Group and Ask Applications
Founder & CEO @ TechGirlz
Data Scientist @ Codecademy
Managing Director - Intelligent Cloud & Infrastructure @ Accenture
Technical Account Manager @ Google
Data Strategy Consultant
Founder & CTO @ FlyTechnista
Head of Strategy @ Foursquare
IT Program Director @ Ally Financial
SVP People Innovation @ Arkadium
Senior Software Engineer @ Synopsys
Head of Strategy @ Majestyk Apps
CEO @ FairFrame
Head of Digital Products @ ICMA
President and CEO @ PamTen
Senior Product Manager @ CallRail
Co-Lead @ ConsenSys Entertainment and Founder @ Stow Protocol
Head of Product - AAU @ Automation Anywhere
Global Manager of Diversity & Inclusion @ Akamai
Nicole Marie Ann Eickhoff
Data Scientist @ ScienceLogic
Executive Director @ Qlik.org
Senior Manager of US Regulatory Technology @ Scotiabank
Dominique Cunningham, MBA
Senior Consultant, Business Intelligence & Analytics @ Avanade
Senior Product Manager @ HubSpot
Technology Executive & Fellow, Advanced Leadership @ Harvard University
Chief Information Security Officer @ Altisource
Tracy Emerton Williams, PMP
Senior It Advisor & Project Manager @ State of Vermont
Head of User Experience @ LogMeIn
Solutions Engineer @ RStudio
Distinguished Engineer @ Optum UnitedHealth Group
Founder & CEO @ eXalt Solutions
Vice President of Sales @ TTEC Digital
Managing Director @ TIAA
Dr. Wendy Fox
Senior Product Designer @ LogMeIn
Managing Director - Reference Solutions @ Elsevier
Sr. Data Scientist, Product Insights Lead @ Spotify
Dr. Akshaya Shanmugam
Co-founder and CEO @ Lumme Inc
Principal @ Joyance Partners
Head of Global Operations IT @ AstraZeneca
Managing Attorney @ Selvarajah Law P.C
Associate Manager @ Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose
Senior Director & Global Platform Leader: Connected Care @ Eli Lilly
CTO and Co-founder @ Day Zero Diagnostics
Director of Marketing @ Care@Work
Director - Product Management @ Wayfair
Head of Digital Expereince @ MassMutual
Head of Agency @ Haven Life
Head of Product & Engineering Operations @ Soroco
Chief of Staff @ UST Global
IT Innovation Director @ AstraZeneca
Chief Information Technology Officer @ SmartPoints Technology
CEO @ Fulp Diversity
Security Engineer @ Check Point Software Technologies
Associate Director, Data Science & Machine Learning @ Wayfair
Director, Digital Product Management @ MassMutual
Founder & CEO @ Join Dough
Carrie Parikh serves as the State’s first Chief Privacy Officer. She is responsible for setting up and administering New Jersey’s first privacy program. Prior to this, she was Vice President, Legal at Wyndham Hotel Group. In this role, Carrie provided vision, leadership, and direction to attorneys, paralegals and privacy professionals, and worked closely with executive leadership Prior to her position as VP, Carrie was Senior Counsel, Lead Global Privacy and Data Security where she managed the company’s global privacy and data security program. Before joining Wyndham, Carrie was a Claims Manager for Technology, Media and Business Services claims at Beazley where she handled complex E&O claims in the tech and media world as well as privacy and health care breaches. Carrie began her legal career as associate at Manfredi & Associates, a small law firm in Hoboken where she practiced housing law representing many of New Jersey’s Public Housing Authorities. After a federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Esther Salas (D.N.J.), she spent six years at DLA Piper, a large New York City law firm, where she focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on insurance and securities law. Carrie received her B.A. from Syracuse University and J.D. from Rutgers University-Newark. She regularly speaks across the US on privacy and data security topics. She has been featured in Modern Counsel Magazine and received several honors and awards as a lawyer and privacy professional.
3DEXPERIENCE Platform Business Development Executive @ Dassault Systèmes
Rekha Kamat is focused on strategic business development for 3DEXPERIENCE platform at Dassault Systèmes and works on digital transformation initiatives.
She comes from a deep technical background with Industry R&D team and prior to that with the customer success organization. Her interests include data science, security and digitalization initiatives that drive business transformation.
Rekha holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. She has additional qualifications in Artificial Intelligence from MIT Sloan, Leadership and Management from Harvard University and Boston University.
Recognized by Boston Business Journal as 40 Under 40 Honoree and by Women’s Forum for Economy and Society as Outstanding Global Rising Talent, Rekha was the Graduate Commencement alumni speaker at Northeastern University Khoury College of Computer Science.
Rekha is a passionate advocate for women in technology. She leads the North America Women’s
Initiative (WIN NAM) at Dassault Systèmes, is a STEM Ambassador and serves on the 2020 Women on Boards Boston Steering Committee.
Dr. Lisa Michaud is a Senior Product Manager at Interactions, where she works with the Intelligent Virtual Assistant platform. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of Natural Language Processing, she has established herself as a thought leader in conversational AI technology and best practices. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and has been published in multiple international journals, workshops, and conferences in the fields of user-adaptive interaction and Computational Linguistics.
Janice Innis-Thompson is the Chief Compliance Officer for Samsung Electronics America, a role she took on in April 2017. For approximately eight months prior to joining Samsung, Janice worked as a Senior Advisor for Compliance Strategies, a leading consulting firm specializing exclusively in compliance, ethics, risk and governance practices. Until June of 2016, Janice was the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for TIAA, a role she served in for nine and a half years. Ms. Innis-Thompson oversaw and managed TIAA’s enterprise wide compliance and ethics program. She led a team of compliance professionals who transformed TIAA’s Compliance Program from an Insurance-centric program to a multi-regulated program driven by the Federal Reserve Bank. She also created TIAA’s Ethics program, which won Ethisphere’s Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016 ranking TIAA as one of the most Ethical Companies in the World.
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.
Rashi is a Vice President of Engineering at Shutterstock where she oversees the front end E-commerce, Platform and Mobile engineering teams. Since joining Shutterstock in 2016, Rashi helped lead three teams through a technology transformation, all the while managing day-to-day operations of delivering a quality product to customers. Rashi is passionate about managing teams of engineers to deliver above expectations everyday and building resiliency into all initiatives.
Rashi earned a master’s degree in Information Technology and Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, she worked at Orbitz in Chicago for seven years—before moving to New York City.
As Global Vice President for R&D IT at AstraZeneca, Anna Asberg is responsible for the pharmaceutical company’s scientific and platforms and transforming its technology capability. The large and growing teams of engineers specializing in AI and Digital Health play an increasingly important role in making AZ’s Science a clear competitive advantage.
Anna partners with the R&D leadership teams to focus technology resources on enabling a step-change in R&D performance, to develop HCP and patient-centric solutions, and to simplify processes and tools. She is responsible for accelerating the integration of the next wave of innovative technologies and agility while maintaining compliance and quality across R&D systems.
Previously, Anna was Global VP for Operations - Digital and IT. established the Digital Transformation strategy, Factory of the Future, alongside forming and owning large Transformation projects such as SAP consolidation, digital uplift and insourcing IT to Global Technology Centers in India and Mexico. Prior to that, Anna worked in different roles across Commercial and Finance, in both Europe and the US.
Beth is responsible for leading TripAdvisor's global human resources organization, a role she has held since September 2015. Previously, Beth was at Nuance Communications, a global provider of speech and imaging solutions, where she served as the senior vice president of human resources. Prior to Nuance, Grous spent three years at Sanofi Corporation, a global healthcare organization, where she was the vice president of human resources. Beth also held a number of roles at Genzyme Corporation for nine years, including vice president of human resources, before it was acquired by Sanofi. Earlier on, Grous held human resources leadership positions at Perot Systems Healthcare Services, Reebok International, Aramark Educational Services and Federated Department Stores. Grous holds a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell University.
Beth's favorite travel destination is Maui, Hawaii.
Tamara Greenspan is the Area Vice President for Defense Business Applications. She is responsible for a team of account executives that deliver software solutions for complex business problems to the Department of Defense. The team assists the DoD with their digital transformation to realize greater business value through the adoption of the Oracle Cloud in areas including ERP, SCM, EPM, HCM and CX.
Ms. Greenspan joined Oracle in 1989 and has held various positions within the DoD, Public Sector Business Unit. She has been in her current role for fourteen (14) years. She has received numerous performance awards for achievement, including Oracle’s prestigious Leadership 2000 award chosen by her peers for sustained superior management and leadership success. She is the Community Leader for the Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL) organization for the DC area. She was awarded the 2014 Oracle Woman’s leadership award. This award recognizes exemplary leaders who significantly contribute to Oracle’s business results, model Oracle’s leadership attributes, and demonstrate support of OWL’s global mission.
Ms. Greenspan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University. She resides with her husband, Scott, and their three children in Maryland. Tamara enjoys spending her free time with her family and helping those in need. Tamara and her husband started a charity, KINDH (Kids In Need During Holidays), which helps low income families by providing them gifts and food at the holidays.
Jessica Robinson is CEO of PurePoint International helping people and companies to be safe by bridging the gap between physical and cyber security. PurePoint is the security company of choice for innovative and forward thinking businesses globally and is the winner of the JCI Philippines-New York ICON of IMPACT Award for International Affairs and Women's Security for their creative and pioneering approach to security. PurePoint International provides cyber security consulting and training for financials services, insurance and other middle market global companies with $150-$500M in revenue. Jessica speaks internationally on cybersecurity and innovation, and is on the board of both for profit, and non profit, technology and security organizations.
As Vice President of Global Inclusion for Mosaic Group and Ask Applications, an IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) company, part of a family that includes many of the most successful media and internet brands in the world, including Match.com, HomeAdvisor, Vimeo and more. Netta Jenkins leads the charge on the company’s mission to foster an inclusive, collaborative and forward-thinking workplace that values equity. Netta is also the Co-Founder of Dipper, a data technology platform empowering companies to tackle diversity and inclusion. As well as a digital safe-place that guides professionals of color to a better workplace one review at a time, whether good, bad or indifferent.
Forbes said “Netta Jenkins has a strong understanding of what empowering people in the workplace can do for the growth of the company”. Under Jenkins charge, Google said “IAC Apps (now known as The Mosaic Group and Ask Apps) is a star example of a company pushing towards gender equality as well as overall cultural equality.” The Mosaic Group and Ask Apps (formerly known as IAC Apps) was named one of the 2018 Top Company’s Worldwide for Millennial Women by Mogul and 2017 Profiles in Diversity Journal Excellence Award Winner.
Prior to Mosaic Group and Ask Apps, Jenkins was the CEO and Founder of Global Glamour Casting for nine years, where she created a safe space for women to model and act in a male driven industry. Jenkins holds a BA in Communications and concentration in Leadership from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Cambridge College, where she was the 2014 graduate commencement speaker.
Tracey is a sought after expert, advisor and advocate for women in technology. She is co-founder and CMO of Philadelphia-based software development firm Chariot Solutions, founder of the Women In Tech Summit series, and founder and CEO of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring middle school age girls to consider careers in technology. Tracey led TechGirlz’ acquisition by CompTIA’s tech workforce charity Creating IT Futures in 2019 to enable accelerated growth and expansion. Tracey continues to lead the non-profit both strategically and operationally as it aims to reach 20,000 girls by 2020.
Sade Snowden-Akintunde is a data scientist and Chicago-native currently based out of New York City. She began her data science career by working closely with executives to help personalize HelloFresh’s meal-kit delivery service to increase user retention in both Germany and the U.S. She currently works with the Growth and Marketing teams at Codecademy, an online platform for learning how to code, where she helps design and implement A/B tests and performs other forms of statistical analysis to increase user acquisition and retention. Her areas of expertise include A/B testing and experimentation, implementing reliable data practices, and scaling data infrastructure.
With over 15 years’ experience in digital transformation and cloud optimization, Rahnold “Rah” Thomas is a managing director in Accenture Technology, based in the company’s New York office. He works across multiple clients, helping CIO’s understand the balance in implementing innovation in the workplace.
In addition to his work delivering digital workplaces for Accenture and its clients, Rah is leading the development of the company’s 2020 New York City Innovation Hub expansion, and also serves as the National lead for the company’s African American Employee Resource Group.
He is a fierce advocate for diversity in business and openly shares his personal story in multiple publications, emphasizing the importance of authenticity – for example, the freedom to wear your natural hair at work – bold leadership and the critical need for mentors and sponsors. Most recently, Rah presented at Women of Silicon Valley 2019, was a featured speaker for Black Entertainment’s: Black Men XCEL Conference and recently hosted Accenture’s 2019 Celebration of MLK Day at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Rah has spent the past 20 years growing his roots in Harlem and the Bronx where he lives with his fiancé Cynthia, his two sons, Jediah and Rahziel, and daughter Zahnai.
Dee Piziak has 25+ years of experience in executing major business transformations through the strategic application of technology. Her areas of expertise include IT strategy development, large-scale application development and deployment, and Cloud architecture design and implementation. She os presently a Technical Account Manager at Google. Dee is also an information technology instructor on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in software engineering, database/data warehouse design and programming, analytics, and Cloud computing.
Prior to joining Google, Dee held technical and sales leadership positions at IBM, AT&T, EMC, and Oracle.
Samantha Wu is the Data Policy Product Manager at Stae. While working with the U.S. Department of the Treasury as they transitioned from paper checks to prepaid cards for benefit payments, she saw the gap between technologists and public officials responsible for service delivery. In her graduate urban policy studies, she researched the intersection between technology, data, policy, and implementation. She is now focused on how to translate that research for city and state officials working with technology service providers.
She is the Founder & CTO of FlyTechnista, a mobile app which provides women and girls with direct access to highly-curated education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities in technology; the Founder of STEEAMnista, a non-profit that seeks to increase the participation, visibility, and leadership of women across S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), entrepreneurship, and makers; both initiatives have been in partnership with The White House in 2016; the Founder & Managing Partner at FemX Ventures, a private fund and launchpad for female founders; and author of ebook “Learn, Lead, Launch: A FlyTehnista’s Guide to Tech FLY & Hustle FLY”.
In 2018 she was named 50 Most Influential Women Entrepreneurs in New York City, by My Boss Tribe. In 2017 she was an honoree and recipient of an ACT4 Award, recognized for her achievements in technology and advocacy for diversity; a Finalist for Code/Interactive: Diversity in Tech Awards; listed on MIC’s 1,000 Women in Tech and Science Speakers; and named Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017 by Innov8tiv Magazine. In 2016 she was recognized as a Changemaker for Innovation & Entrepreneurship by the United State of Women.
As an international keynote speaker, she has spoken at events such as The White House, United Nations General Assembly, Anita Borg/Grace Hopper, SXSW Edu, Google Women Techmakers, DevTO, Wellesley College; as well as several conferences, corporate and community events; and has been featured on television, radio, and in publications such as Entrepreneur, Fox News, Black Enterprise, Cheddar TV, CNN, CBS Radio, Salon, Good Day New York, WeRule, Bustle, BOLD, SWAAY, and more.
As Head of Strategy for Foursquare, Lauren is responsible for building and implementing the processes involved with the company’s strategic planning, business intelligence and corporate development. In addition, Lauren leads a number of cross-functional initiatives to accelerate business value, contributes to the company’s data stories efforts, and formerly led Foursquare’s Analytics team. Lauren was recognized last year as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 for Enterprise Technology and, more recently, in Vanity Fair's Future Innovators Index. Prior to Foursquare, she worked in management consulting for Bain & Company and earned a B.A. from Yale University.
Catherine Jardines (PMP, CSM) is an IT Program Director at Ally Financial. She has eight years of Agile experience within the financial services and federal government sectors in various roles, including IT Business Analyst, Scrum Master, Tester and Project/Program/Portfolio management. She has leveraged and implemented approaches across Scrum, Scrumban, and Lean. Catherine’s mindset is servant-leader, with a focus on iteration, partnership, and collaboration. She is based in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and nine year old Border Collie/Lab mix and holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University and a M.P.S. in Technology Management from Georgetown University.
Vivian Lee is SVP of People Innovation at Arkadium, a global tech company with offices in New York and Russia. Having previously worked in an eclectic mix of industries -- from investment banking, to non-profits to tech -- she brings a unique perspective to organizational management. She’s committed to creating innovative ways to engage employees and establish an environment that empowers employees to do their best work.
Vivian has spearheaded several new initiatives since joining Arkadium in 2016. To name a few: the rollout of a self-directed learning budget provided annually to every employee, demystification of career advancement in the form of transparent promotion-tracking, and the cultivation of an environment that emphasizes effective coaching at all levels of the organization.
Vivian’s laser-focus on improving the employee experience has translated to tangible results, both in the office and in the news. Arkadium has been certified as a Great Place To Work, and recognized as a best workplace by Crain’s and Inc Magazine.
Laura Schaack has made a career of being the Jack of All Trades at Silicon Alley startups. She’s been the founding member of multiple early-stage companies that have gone on to advanced rounds of funding or have been acquired, constructing strategic initiatives around marketing, business development, product launch, branding, operations and new market expansion. This diverse skillset allows her to effectively drive growth and innovation in her current role as Head of Strategy at Majestyk Apps, a digital product studio based in NYC.
Amy is a long-term champion of equality and diversity and has a deep interest in AI technologies. As CEO of FairFrame, she's working to bring cutting-edge tech and diversity and inclusion research together to help mitigate the effects of unconscious bias at work. Amy is passionate about helping employers and leaders everywhere to ensure that everyone can achieve their true potential at work.
Amy has a law degree from Southampton University (UK) a Masters of Public Administration from New York University (USA) and certifications in Legal Practice and Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy. She is a mother of three, adjunct faculty at NYU, a UK-qualified attorney, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and Board Member for a wildlife sanctuary nonprofit.
Norah Xiao is Head of Digital Products at ICMA, the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. As ICMA’s 1st Head of Digital Product, she is creating and executing a vision for digital products and services, including data services, internal tools, and consumer-facing solutions. Norah has over 18 years of experience in product strategy, new product development and business strategy in information solutions industry, where she started her career as Organic Chemist, a Faculty member at a University, a Publisher. She is a firm believer that technologies are means to build solutions, and the best solutions are based on human interaction that needs emotional and intellectual human attention.
Chaya is a technologist, philanthropist, a visionary, mentor, an entrepreneur and above all a passionate human being. She holds an MBA and an Executive Education from Harvard University. She has over 25 years of Information Technology experience and has led many productivity initiatives that involved Business Process Improvement, business transformation/re engineering, and IT portfolio optimization. As a Co-founder, President and CEO of PamTen, Chaya leads the company's vision & strategy, conceptualizes innovative software services & products for its clients. PamTen Inc., founded in 2007 is a global technology services company, providing services to a diverse set of clients, from small businesses to large corporations and has been ranked as an Inc. 5000 company & NJ Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies. PamTen is a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). Chaya combined her business acumen and passion for charity to found SOFKIN (sofkin.org), a non-profit organization that creates loving and caring homes for destitute and under privileged children. Her passion to empower young girls and women in the field of Technology led her to found SheTek in 2018.
Christina is a Senior Product Manager at CallRail, a marketing attribution company serving over 100,000 companies. Building a career on data driven decision making and intense customer empathy, her current focus is driving double digit growth in CallRail’s newest customer segment of marketing agencies. Christina thrives on building great products and breaking down walls between Sales and Engineering.
Prior to CallRail, Christina managed a diverse range of products at The Weather Channel, an IBM Business. Over 8 years she managed advertising products, weather.com with over 90 million worldwide users, and the #1 weather app in the world - The Weather Channel App for Android.
Christina is a wife, mama, marathon runner, and National Park junkie.
Evin McMullen leads the Entertainment practice at ConsenSys, where her work leverages permissioned data sharing and other foundational technologies to generate enterprise value within the decentralized Ethereum ecosystem. Previously, she was a Director of Product Marketing at Berkshire Hathaway, managing public-facing brand experiences for Warren Buffett’s multi-billion dollar portfolio of companies. She has also advised senior leadership in consumer-facing tech strategy for numerous clients including Nike, Procter & Gamble, Harvard Medical School, BMW, GE and Bosch. Evin is a frequent guest lecturer and founder of the Stow Protocol Project. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Rashim Mogha, Head of Product- AAU at Automation Anywhere a thought leader and technology evangelist who empowers professionals by articulating complex technology capabilities into crisp, clear, and attainable business benefits. A keynote speaker and #1 Amazon best-selling author of “Fast-Track Your Leadership Career”, Rashim speaks at conferences around the world. Her thoughts on leadership, innovation, women in technology, and enablement strategy have appeared in publications such as Forbes and ATD. With a goal to empower women leaders, Rashim founded eWOW- empowered Women of the World, an intellectual platform to help women with their technical and leadership skills to be successful, to thrive! Her extensive career portfolio includes leadership roles in companies such as Oracle, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and VMware where she built high-performing teams to support over $2 billion businesses. Rashim is a recipient of Women Empowerment: Game Changer and Silicon Valley Woman of Influence awards.
Marco is the Global Manager of Diversity & Inclusion at Akamai Technologies, Inc. Marco joined Akamai in 2015 and is located at their headquarters in Cambridge, MA. Marco’s role is the development and execution of Akamai’s Global Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Resource Group strategy. He is the diversity business partner for all of the business divisions in US, EMEA, APJ and India. Marco is a member of Akamai’s Executive Diversity Committee.
Prior to Akamai, Marco was the Manager of Diversity Initiatives at Travelers Insurance where he led the development of Employee Resource Groups with membership growth to over 20% of the employee population within 5 years. Prior to Travelers, he began his career at State Farm Insurance where he held positions in claims, executive support and financial compliance. For over 10 years Marco volunteered as an arbitrator for Arbitration Forums handling insurance company disputes.
Marco has presented at diversity conferences and corporations on the value of ERG Leadership as a development opportunity for future senior leaders. He is certified to facilitate the Appreciating Differences program by Korn Ferry. Marco is the past President of Prospanica Connecticut (formerly National Society of Hispanic MBAs) and is a lifetime member of the organization.
Before joining Science Logic, Nicole was a data scientist at two other start-ups. Before that, she helped small business owners and inventors to plan, launch, and grow their companies through consulting and training. She always had a passion for small businesses, and especially tech start-ups, and even owned her own company brokering international bulk wine sales for several years.
In machine learning, she focused on automation tasks. She created a model to improve the accuracy of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) programs, which can reduce data entry by hand 35%. She automated a data-labeling system by building a web scraper and a classifier that could reduce mechanical turk time by up to 60%. Currently, she is working with her team to use ML to detect anomalies in IT sensor data.
Julie Kae is currently serving as the Executive Director of Qlik.org and the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at Qlik. In this role, Ms. Kae leads the organization’s program on global sustainability and empowering nonprofits to effectively serve our planet and vulnerable populations. The program includes leading sustainability best practices and reporting internally and externally with clients; managing strategic partnerships with the United Nations, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Private Sector Roundtable and others; directing a Qlik software grant program; and directing employee engagement activities. Qlik has received numerous corporate responsibility awards and was named to the list of “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good” by Fast Company magazine in 2017 and Corporate Engagement Awards Winner, Third Sector Awards Winner, and Government Innovation Award all in 2018.
Ms. Kae attended the University of Iowa and resides in Boston, MA. She is the President of a nonprofit supporting women and youth programs in Africa called WeSeeHope USA; serves as Board Member to the Friends of Dana Farber Cancer Institute; and is pursuing a graduate degree in Corporate Sustainability at Harvard University.
Melissa is an experience Senior Leader with a demonstrated history in the banking industry. Upon graduating from Steven’s Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Quantitative Finance, Melissa has spent the majority of her career in the Regulatory space. Overseeing the U.S. Regulatory Technology at Scotiabank, the group is responsible for overseeing implementations, responses and regulatory compliance for U.S. Technology to all U.S. Regulators for Scotiabank.
As a woman of Irish and Middle Eastern decent, Melissa has always had a passion diversity and the pursuit of justice. Upon beginning her studies, began to experience the impact of the lack of diversity and unconscious bias. Although felt, the magnitude of the problem was not truly understood until she began her career in banking. As a young, female Senior Leader in FinTech, Melissa has been able to dissect several banking and consulting organizations to discern that the problem is not diversity, but culture.
A fervent advocate for change, Melissa’s mission is to correctly balance the incentive structure of our industry and leaders to create an organic culture of inclusion where each person has the fair opportunity to thrive.
Dominique is passionate about information design and data visualization. She thrives at transforming client’s raw and unstructured data into meaningful analytical insights through compelling and powerful infographics and interactive data design for Avanade and its clients.
From Engineer to Business to Analytics, Dominique often serves as the bridge between Business and Technical Functions across the US and globally. She partners with Executive Leadership Teams to foster data-driven decision-making and excellence, inform Business Strategy and inspire immediate action through Data and Analytics.
As a Sr Consultant in Avanade’s Data and AI practice, Dominique is also a leader of teams, previously managing a team of offshore developers and currently overseeing a team of data analyst consultants here in the United States. Dominique is industry agnostic, having served clients in the: Energy, Travel & Transport, Education, Pulp & Paper, Automotive, Food, Healthcare, Chemicals and Retail industries respectively. Join Dominique as she talks about the world of data, its practical use cases and how to make sense of it through self-service BI.
Magdalena Georgieva is a Senior Product Manager at HubSpot, a sales, marketing and service software company based in Cambridge, MA. She has worked on both new and mature products that help companies transform the way they do business. As a long-time leader on the team, Magdalena has also been focused on growing it through hiring, onboarding, and mentoring new product talent. Outside of work, Maggie is an ad-hoc mentor at Boston’s start-up accelerator MassChallenge, has taught at Tufts Experimental College, advised at the local She Geeks Out, and MIT's LaunchX.
Rati Thanawala is creating a Technology Leadership Academy for Women who want to pursue careers in the tech industry. It consists of weekend academies and coaches starting on campus, and, importantly, continuing for 5-7 years after transitioning to industry. The women graduate from the program after they have been promoted twice in management or are “high potential” individual contributors.
The funding for the pilot comes from the Melinda Gates Foundation through the Women of Color Computing Collaborative. The program’s goal is to create a cadre of Women of Color middle managers in tech firms who are committed and trained to be effective sponsors. The expectation is that they will reach down in their organizations to newly hired women – this will create a “Pull Up” momentum within the firm, and, accelerate the firm’s own career advancement initiatives.
Prior to Harvard, Rati spent 39 years in the high-tech industry, the last 17 as Vice President at Bell Labs. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Yale.
Rose Lally is Altisource’s Chief Information Security Officer and VP, Governance & Controls. In today’s highly regulated and compliance driven Real Estate environment, Rose provides vision and leadership for information security, technology risk management, IT asset management, audit management, business continuity and disaster recovery. Rose began her career as a software engineer in customer support and implementations at GE Healthcare, going on to leadership positions in eCommerce, data center hosting, asset management, business continuity and disaster recovery. She then led a Technology Services organization, responsible for the help desk, infrastructure, end user computing and information security at a global manufacturing company. Upon joining Altisource in 2014, Rose built the technology Governance & Controls program and has been the information security leader for several years. Rose received her MBA from Bentley University and lives near Boston with her family
Ms. Williams is an executive with Strategic Solutions Group and has over 37 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field working in roles ranging from business process design and reengineering, project management, policy development and IT leadership. Her career has spanned both the private and public sectors and her work history includes state and local government agencies (Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Kentucky, State of Vermont) and Fortune 100 companies including government contractors, SAIC and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).
Ms. Williams served in many IT leadership roles and was the Chief Information Officer for the State of Rhode Island. While State CIO she served on the Governor’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) Steering Committee, was Co-Chair of the National Association of State CIO’s (NASCIO) Committee on Health Information Technology (HIT) and was appointed to the Rhode Island Commission on Women. Prior to becoming Rhode Island’s state CIO, she led the technology department for the Rhode Island Judiciary for 4 years. She maybe the only IT leader to have led IT in two branches of state government.
In addition to the before mentioned leadership role, Ms. Williams was awarded the Massachusetts High Tech Magazines’ All-Star Award for Project Delivery in State Government – October 2005.
Lauren is a recognized UX and Product leader, with a proven track record of infusing design thinking throughout organizations to create world class product experiences.
In her current role, she leads User Experience for the Unified Communications and Collaboration suite at LogMeIn, including market leading products such as GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and Grasshopper supporting over 28 million users per month. Her teams focus on interaction and visual design, user research and insights, and UX writing.
Beginning her career in 1989, Lauren has led multi-disciplinary UX teams, contributing to award-winning experiences in the gaming industry, healthcare, FinTech, and consumer electronics by driving cross-functional focus on customer experiences through innovative application of user centered design principles. Passionate about employing inclusive design principles in all aspects of work, Lauren has been publishing and speaking on these topics throughout her career.
Kelly O’Briant is a solutions engineer at RStudio interested in configuration and workflow management with a passion for R administration. She has a background in data science, software engineering and cloud computing, with degrees in bioinformatics and computational sciences. Now living back in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia, Kelly enjoys being close to family and doing Japanese Jujitsu at the YMCA, where a particularly stubborn database lists her age as ‘eternally 16’. The world of computing is full of strange phenomena - some mysteries are beyond our control.
Galina Grunin is a Distinguished Engineer in the Advanced Technology Collaborative team at Optum, UnitedHealth Group with a focus on Deep Learning. She is a hands-on IT practitioner with expert knowledge and experience in deep learning, orchestration and pattern deployment, cloud computing architecture, software-defined storage, software-defined networking, adapting legacy systems for cloud, web technologies, and application and middleware integration. Galina's achievements in the above fields are recognized by over 40 U.S. patents in which Galina is a named inventor.
Prior to joining Optum, Galina was the lead architect/technical lead for various projects at IBM Cloud and IoT divisions.
Leslie Swanson is the founder, President and CEO of eXalt Solutions, a provider of industry-leading AI-powered solutions for B2B sales, marketing and operations. Prior to eXalt, Leslie founded Vigilant Networks, a network monitoring company that was sold to Gen-Tek, and Expert Views, a CAE/CAD/CAM database company sold to RR Donnelley. She has been awarded numerous patents in network monitoring, eBusiness Catalogs and Knowledge Management.
Committed to growing diversity in the tech sector, Leslie serves on the board of her favorite charity, Code Squad. An avid runner, biker, kayaker and skier, Leslie holds a BSEE from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Rochester.
Cheryl Healey is a Customer Experience expert with over 25+ years in the Telecommunications and IT Industry combined. Focused on transforming the Customer and Employee experience through the use of technology, her areas of expertise include working with clients on creating empowering journeys for their clients and employees through the utilization of AI and automation. Currently the Vice President of Sales at TTEC, after moving from Solutions Engineering she has shifted focus from designing and implementing complex solutions to helping clients overcome business challenges through the use of technology by understanding the Organizational challenges from the view of her Clients - working to harness the power of innovative technologies to solve problems.
Cheryl has been involved in various Women in Technology groups including Cisco’s Women in Techology, WITI – Boston. She works with various private local charities to help impoverished families and victims of domestic violence while managing her son’s elite soccer team.
Lisa Weil is currently the Managing Director for Digital Operations supporting 5M+ individual customers across all of TIAA’s digital channels – web, mobile, social and voice. She ensures that all retirement plan participants can transact seamlessly and use TIAA’s online advice and wealth management solutions to improve their financial outcomes. Ms. Weil is also actively engaged in mentoring, career development and community services through the Women’s IT Leadership and Great Boston Volunteer Councils at TIAA.
With more than 25 years of leadership in the financial services, outsourcing and technology industries, Ms. Weil is a distinguished business leader and innovator with an outstanding record of delivering award winning solutions that customer’s value.
Wendy Fox is a Senior Product Designer at LogMeIn in Karlsruhe, Germany and responsible for design strategy and research for GoToMeeting and other GoTo collaboration products. She holds a degree in communication design and worked as a research assistant and lecturer while completing her doctoral thesis in applied linguistics and audiovisual translation. Wendy has multiple publications about eye tracking and EEG research in the area of subtitle processing and design. Her work connecting user research and communication design has been recognized by the MFG Innovation Agency and she won two Future Awards from the German Association of Post, Information Technology, and Telecommunications Enterprises (DVPT). She regularly shares her views and research results on media accessibility and user experience design at conferences and is a juror at the German Future Award since 2017.
Sumita Singh is a global business executive with P&L and commercial leadership experience in B2B and B2C organizations where she has driven top line revenue growth by building digital products that create customer value and commercial go-to-market strategies that effectively capture the value. Sumita has over 20+ years of track record of delivering business results in media, information analytics, health and technology led sectors. She has strong international talent management experience, building diverse and high performing teams spanning product management, marketing, sales, digital analytics and ecommerce worldwide.
She has successfully led many functions during her career, including P&L ownership, commercial leadership roles, digital product management and marketing and is recognized as a people-focused leader with strong employee engagement
Currently Sumita is the Managing Director of Elsevier’s global Reference Solutions business where she leads the growth of Elsevier’s digital products such as Knovel, Geofacets, Chemtiva, ScienceDirect Topics, that serve R&D professionals (engineers, researchers and geoscientists) in both the Academic and Corporate sectors to make better R&D decisions. She helped to improve product usage by over 20% yoy, delivered above-budget topline revenue growth, and product NPS during her tenure.
Before joining Elsevier, Sumita served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Thomson Reuters' Financial & Risk group, where she built the global center of excellence in marketing services, customer intelligence and strategic marketing, embedding data and customer analytics in product and sales strategy. Sumita held similar commercial leadership roles at WebMD Health and New York Media.
Lillian is a Sr. Data Scientist at Spotify on the Personalization team. In her current role as a Product Insights Lead, she is helping to shape metrics, research, and understanding of how to make personalization features high impact for teams across Spotify. She has a special interest in human-centered ML metrics and algorithmic effects, as well as in creating inclusive and welcoming teams in tech.
Lillian earned a BA in mathematics from Smith College and an MS in Industrial Mathematics from WPI. She has been telling data stories in the Boston area for over 10 years.
Dr. Akshaya Shanmugam is the co-founder and CEO of Lumme, a digital health company that is revolutionizing health monitoring and treatment to addictions. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UMass, Amherst. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Shanmugam has developed innovative solutions to address healthcare’s key shortcomings around effectiveness, affordability, and accessibility. Her contributions to healthcare have been recognized through highly prestigious awards and accolades such as the Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare list and MedTech Boston 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators List.
Emi is a Principal for Social Starts and Joyance Partners spearheading investments in Boston. Our focus is to help catalyze innovation by investing in the emerging science and technology of health and happiness as well as delightful moments. Her main areas of investments include healthcare, life sciences, and biotechnology. She is an entrepreneur, running-enthusiast, investor and world traveler. Prior to Joyance Partners and Social Starts, she founded a diabetes digital health company, consulted for Half Court Ventures, an early-stage VC firm, and was the Director for Harvard’s premier undergraduate competition, i3 Innovation Challenge. She holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Harvard College and is a co-author in two publications related to cardiovascular regeneration in Circulation Research and Nature Communications. Emi is passionate about health equity and helping founders accomplish their goals.
Grace DiCecco is the Head of Global Operations IT at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. She and her team are responsible for shaping the IT Digital strategy for Operations and its implementation across 30 sites worldwide.
Grace’s career spans both Operations and IT, working in Global Supply Chain and Logistics, managing major programs such as ERP deployments, integration of AstraZeneca’s mergers and acquisitions, and most recently as the IT partner and member of the Operations leadership team.
When Grace is not moving Operations towards the “Factory of the Future” through data and digital transformation, she is passionate about developing the talents of future leaders. She also enjoys traveling and immersion into world cultures
Sankeetha Selvarajah is the Managing Attorney of Selvarajah Law P.C., a civil transactional firm located in Boston, Massachusetts with satellite offices in New York, NY. Her clients include technology companies, real estate companies, various food industry companies, manufacturers and retailers. As an award-winning startup attorney, Sankeetha Selvarajah does more than clean up contracts. With more than a decade of legal and business consulting experience, she's passionate about creating better businesses by making law accessible to business owners. She believes that by empowering organizations and founders through strategic knowledge, better companies are grown as a result.
Sankeetha is also the Founder of Bizto.Co, a business educational platform designed to assist small business and startup founders with short/long-term strategic planning through subject-specific seminars, and corporate coaching. This platform also provides consulting of various strategic matters relating to everyday business matters. She is also a past co-founder of Strata Advisory, an advisory board-for-hire focusing on post-accelerator startups and small businesses. Currently, she is a VentureCafe Advisor where she mentors startups in the tech industry.
As outside general legal counsel to over 100 small businesses, she has also worked with startups as an advisor, strategist, and reluctant therapist. No matter which role she's playing, her goal is simple -- to educate founders to enable themselves to drive measurable results.
Jinny Jeong is the Associate Manager of Company Services at Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company's social strategy— how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success. Jinny equips CECP’s community of leaders in corporate citizenship and philanthropy companies to make data-driven decisions in their societal investment strategies. This includes creating custom analyses, leading webinars and presentations, and being a trusted advisor on topics such as employee engagement and purpose, signature program strategy, impact measurement, business integrations and international grant-making.
Jinny has worked with many nonprofits and regional initiatives including the Clinton Foundation and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. She was also the Operations Manager at TerraCycle, a social enterprise and global leader in eco-manufacturing, where she worked closely with corporations to measure and achieve “zero-waste” and other sustainability initiatives.
Jinny is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) and a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow. She holds a MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service and a BA from Villanova University.
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.
Miriam Huntley is the CTO and a Co-Founder of Day Zero Diagnostics, a healthcare startup spun out of Harvard University to develop a genomic sequencing-based rapid diagnostic for bacterial infections. As CTO of the company, Dr. Huntley leads the machine learning, computational biology, and software engineering development. Her work at the startup has earned her recognition as a TedMed Hive Innovator and as one of MedTech Boston 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators. She received her BSc from MIT in Physics and her PhD in Applied Math at Harvard University, where she developed data analysis methods and theoretical models for problems in biology.
By day, Emily Paisner leads marketing for Care@Work by Care.com, advocating for employees of the world’s biggest companies to get the care their families need. On nights and weekends, she’s Chief Everything Officer to her husband Jon and their kids, Jacob, Lillian, and Erica. Prior to joining Care.com, Paisner led strategic marketing and branding efforts for C Space. She has also held key in-house and agency roles in marketing, strategy and account management.
Emily is the Product Director of Wayfair’s lower funnel experiences (Product Detail Page, Cart, Checkout, Reviews, Financing, and more). Emily has been on the leadership team at Wayfair for 7 years and previously held positions within Supply Chain Management and Site Merchandising. She also runs a number of organizational behavior initiatives--writing and speaking about trust and psychological safety in the workplace. Prior to joining Wayfair, Emily had a career in professional theatre production. She holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.S. in Communication from Northwestern University.
Keia Cole is Head of Digital Experience at MassMutual. She leads the development of innovative, customer-centric technology solutions for MassMutual clients. Keia is responsible for driving MassMutual’s digital transformation efforts including design and build of MassMutual’s web and mobile properties. Previously, Keia was Head of Customer Experience Strategy at MassMutual.
Prior to MassMutual, Keia served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama’s administration, was a litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a JD/MBA from Stanford.
Eileen leads product and engineering operations at Soroco, a process automation software company. Her experience in engineering, operations, business development, strategy, and product spans industries including government, renewable energy, self-driving cars and software. This diverse experience and her propensity to acquire skills beyond her roles has enabled Eileen to successfully build a career in tech. She holds a MS in Enterprise Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
BG Moore is Chief of Staff, of UST Global and runs of UST’s Step IT Up America program. Step IT Up America focuses on recruiting women, minorities and veterans that do not have an academic training in technology, putting them through a six month accelerated training program and turning them out as entry level technologist. Over last 5 years we have placed 780 resources at 38 Fortune Five Hundred clients.
In addition to Step IT Up America, Mr. Moore is President of Xpanxion, LLC, a US based consulting firm owned by UST that focuses on delivering IT consulting services via 5 US delivery canters. “Bringing jobs home to America”.
Prior to UST Mr. Moore worked at Ernst & Young and Computer Science Corporation. He holds a MBA from Dallas Baptist University in Finance and BBA from Baylor University in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kim is IT Innovation Director for AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical giant. She founded a Silicon Valley-based team to explore trends, scout new partnerships, and deliver proof-of-concept projects to demonstrate the game-changing potential of emerging technologies in areas such as digital health and advanced analytics. She has advised multiple digital transformation and strategy programs across the pharma value chain, especially on future vision, implications of emerging technology for business process and capability, and the role of external ecosystems and startup partnerships.
Kim joined AstraZeneca Australia in 2010, leading various functions including Patient Programs, Strategy, and Commercial Innovation. Prior to this, she held senior strategic consulting and operational roles across different industries and regions, including global head of CRM for The Body Shop in the UK, and consulting roles in Toronto, San Francisco and Paris. She holds an undergraduate degree in System Design Engineering and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Carol Fulp is a business executive who is an authority on diversity and inclusion. She is the founding CEO of Fulp Diversity Consultants, LLC. She is also the author of Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win praised by Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
More than 60 organizations have engaged Fulp forums around her book including Microsoft, McKinsey, CVS, Mastercard, PBS, Google, Accenture, Boston Red Sox, Deloitte, UPS, Novartis, Drexel University, Harvard University, Texas Conference for Women and more.
Given her leadership in business and public service, President Barack Obama appointed her as a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Read more on Carol's recent book:
Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win
Biography coming soon.
Sunanda KP, is an Assoc. Dir. of Data Science at Wayfair Inc where she leads a team of data scientists and engineers to build machine learning (ML) solutions that lead to a better shopping experience for all Wayfair customers. Prior to this, she was leading data science innovation R&D projects at the AdTech startup DataXu. Through her career in data science she has enjoyed bringing quantitative definition and clarity to unwieldy strategic business questions that have led to multiple high-revenue products.
As part of this journey she has hired and scaled multiple high-performing ML teams and takes an active part in the career pathing discussions of this emerging field. She is an active member in the local start-up, tech and data science community and is the co-organizer of one of the oldest meetup groups in Boston- The Data Scientist and the co-lead of the Women in Big Data Boston Chapter. She enjoys bringing together leading minds in the field of data science and AI, to engage in thought leadership in this nascent field. Her contributions to the field have been recognized by multiple awards and mentions including
The Emerging Exectuive Award from MassTLC 2018 and
REWORK’s 30 influential women advancing AI in Boston
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