ADVISORY BOARD

Panel

Kristin Wisnewski

Biography

Kristin Wisnewski began her career at IBM as a User Experience Design intern and is currently VP of Design in the CIO/IT organization. Over the last several years, she has built a multi-disciplinary design team that is core to Chief Information Officer Fletcher Previn’s mission to create a productive environment for IBMers. Kristin’s team has been essential in transforming the CIO into a design-led organization. Today, design does not only have a seat at the table; it’s sewn into the fabric of the way teams work, and felt in the experiences that hundreds of thousands of IBMers have every day. 

Leah Kraus

Biography

Leah Kraus has almost 30 years of experience in technology and education. Her work prior to that of CIO at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), included: high school business teacher, director of client user services (Guilford College) and Associate Vice Chancellor (UNC Wilmington). She has been CIO at NCCU since 2014. In 2015 she was name Best CIO Public University by Triangle Business Journal. She serves on Advisory Boards, speaks at industry events and participates in digital equity, literacy, access and inclusion work. She is married to Richard Welsh, and together they care for their two rescue dogs.  

She is recognized by ISC2 as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and by the NSA as an INFOSEC Analyst and a Cryptologic Engineer.

Minerva Tantoco

Biography

Minerva Tantoco has an impressive track record in enterprise transformation at scale, as Senior Product Manager at Palm, CTO at Merrill Lynch and UBS, and holds four US patents on intelligent workflow. Appointed New York City’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer, Tantoco led the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation and groundbreaking initiatives in smart city tech. Most recently, Tantoco co-founded Grasshopper Bank, raising $131M in seed and capital funds, building a digital bank from scratch. Tantoco is currently a Board Advisor and speaker on artificial intelligence and fintech.     

Nabila Salem 

Biography

Nabila is on the Board of Frank Recruitment Group, and as President of its Tech Academy is responsible for leading on the creation of talent. With 15 years of experience in professional services, tech recruitment and marketing in the UK and USA, Nabila previously worked at FDM Group and IBM. She is passionate about creating talent and plays an active role in encouraging, supporting and promoting diversity in the workplace. Nabila was recognised in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 List 2019.

Tanya Woods

Biography

Dynamic leader with a passion for positive systemic change and digital innovation. Happiest putting skills to work at the intersection of global policy, cutting edge technologies, and wicked economic, social and environmental challenges impacting countries and local communities around the world. Dedicated social and philanthropic entrepreneur. 

Successful leader and advisor to domestic and multi-national corporations, SMEs, non-profits and governments. 4 time founder. Global speaker. Published author. Obama Foundation Global Civic Leader. Government of Canada Leading TechWomen. CBC Trailblazer. Bootstrap Impact Award Winner. Toastmasters International Communication & Leadership Award Recipient. Top 40 Under 40. 1st Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SEiR) @AlgonquinCollege. 

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