SPEAKERS

Co-Hosts

Sher Downing
Host
EdTech Speaks Podcast

Biography

Sher Downing, PhD, established a 30-plus year career during the evolution of online learning and its connection of people, education, and technology. An EdTech expert, previous roles include dual appointments in higher education administration/faculty and senior-level corporate training. She is the Founder/CEO of Downing EdTech Consulting, a company creating connectivity between clients, vendors, designers, and technology. She is the host of EdTech Speaks, a podcast exploring the navigation of business and education in a tech-driven world. She serves as a board trustee, industry coach, author, international speaker/presenter. She is a contributor to Forbes, HBR Ascend, and Medium.

Ramat Tejani
Marketing Strategist & Confidence Coach

Biography

Speaker info coming soon.

Speakers

Aly Wood
Customer Success + DIBs Committee 
Articulate

Biography

Aly desires to bring a down to earth approach to DIBs. She wants people within underrepresented identities to feel empowered and supported at any stage of their career. She often states, “DIBs does not have to be a part of your job title to make real change”. Aly is currently pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Outside of the office, she is an activist for racial equity and social justice. With a future in Law, her primary concern is making sure people have reliable resources and understand their rights. She believes that we do a suitable job of creating laws but not enough to ensure that people are protected by them. Aly also recently launched Share Her Stories to highlight real-life stories of BIPOC womxn. She is a fearless advocate of womxn and works tirelessly to create a space of understanding and togetherness.

Amy Radin
Director, Advisor, Award-Winning Author
The Change Maker’s Playbook

Biography

Amy Radin is the award-winning author of The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation In Any Company, a startup advisor, board member and keynote speaker. Amy is a two-time chief innovation officer, digital transformation head and has also served as a chief marketing officer. 

Amy has been honored by US Banker (Most Powerful Woman in Banking), NYU Stern (Nichols Award for Enterprise, Integrity and Service), and BusinessWeek (Top 25 Global Innovation Champion). She is excited to be on the shortlist for the 2020 WIT Business Role Model of the Year and looks forward to networking with attendees and to leading the Networking Master Class at the WIT Summit on October 28. 

Ana Oromendia
Director of Product, Value Discovery
Medidata Solutions

Biography

Ana Oromendia, PhD is a Product Director at Medidata Solutions’ AcornAI subsidiary. She’s responsible for the development of scientific data and analytics tools to improve efficiency and rigor in therapeutic development, with the goal of using data and analytics to get better treatments to patients. 

With over 10 years of experience in genetics, genomics and scientific software development, Ana’s background spans the scientific and technological. Ana holds a PhD in genetics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS from the University of Minnesota. She’s heavily involved in STEM outreach, including collaborations with the New York Academy of Science.

Anisha Asundi
Research Fellow: Gender Specialist, Women and Public Policy Program
Harvard Kennedy School

Biography

Anisha Asundi is a Research Fellow: Gender Specialist at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. At WAPPP, she manages and leads the Gender Action Portal (gap.hks.harvard.edu), an online collection of experimental research summaries that close gender gaps in economic opportunity, politics, health, and education.

She also works on WAPPP’s Gender and Technology portfolio, which uses evidence-based behavioral insights to advance diversity and inclusion in the tech sector. She is currently the co-chair of Harvard’s Women in Tech+Allies affinity group. She has a MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, and a BA from Skidmore College.

 

Aubrey Blanche
Director, Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact
Culture Amp

Biography

Aubrey Blanche is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact at Culture Amp, and a startup investor/advisor. She questions, reimagines, and redesigns the systems that surround us to ensure that all people access equitable opportunities. Her expertise covers talent programs and accessible product development to event design and communications. She is the inventor of the balanced teams approach and a culture of belonging, and the Balanced Teams Diversity Assessment in the Atlassian Team Playbook. She open sources these methods and releases thought leadership and tools to create positive change at here at aubreyblanche.com.

Cath Bishop
Olympian, former Diplomat, Leadership Coach & Author

Biography

Dr Cath Bishop is an Olympian, former diplomat and business coach. She competed in rowing at 3 Olympic Games, winning World Championships gold and Olympic silver. As a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for 12 years, Cath specialized in policy and negotiations on conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq.

Cath now works as a business consultant, coach and author, and teaches on Executive Education programmes at Cambridge University. Cath speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, cultural change and inclusion. Her first book ‘The Long Win: the search for a better way to succeed’ is published in October 2020.

Cheryl Neal
VP, Strategy & Vendor Acquisition
Tech Data

Biography

Cheryl Neal is vice president, Strategy and Vendor Acquisition for Tech Data. She recruits new strategic vendors that align with Tech Data’s growth plans, leads global opportunity teams, expands the company’s global operational support, develops innovative and strategic marketing differentiators, and drives additional opportunities for integration and services. 

Neal was listed in CRN’s most powerful Women of the Channel in 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2019, as well as CRN’s Power 100 executive list in 2011 and 2019. She was also named one of the “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” in the IT channel in 2015.

D’Lovely Gibson
SVP, Technology Planning & Execution
Equifax

Biography

D’Lovely is a “business diplomat” passionate about bridging people and teams to deliver results. She has 20 years experience in leadership, project management, operations and budget management of portfolios as large as $250MM. She has inherited teams, built teams from scratch and developed new teams through transformations. D’Lovely has been appointed director for employee engagement at companies like AIG, IHG and Delta Air Lines responsible for implementing employee satisfaction strategies and benchmarks. She has seen teams move from “worst to first” within a year on employee survey results and double in size due to their opportunities for growth and development.

Faye Sahai
Partner, Mirai.Global
Managing Director, Vinaj

Biography

Faye Sahai is an executive and advisor on innovation, emerging technology, inclusion, and investment. She has been a leader with AIG, Schwab, Deloitte, Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. She is currently the Vinaj and Telosity co-Managing Director.

Faye has Board/Advisor roles with UCSF Catalyst, Samsung Emerging Tech, Ascend Leadership, Ayogo Health, Plug & Play Accelerator, SomnologyMD and Innovation Executives Forum. She has been recognized by Computer World’s Premier IT Leaders, Hot 100, Elite Women, Ascend Leadership, and. Innovation Enterprise. 

Ifeoma Ogbunugafor
Business Development Representative
Robotical

Biography

Ifeoma is the founder of Ijikọọ, a business consulting firm committed to fostering genuine connections between underrepresented tech founders and the partners and investors they seek. 

With considerable experience tracking disruptive technologies, working with and researching startups and products, Ifeoma’s passion is to help underrepresented founders get the visibility they deserve. Ifeoma also hosts a podcast where she shares her passion for intellectual property.

Before completing an MBA program at Edinburgh Napier University, she practiced law as a qualified barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and in her downtime explored all the best food spots in Abuja. 

Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Research Affiliate
MIT Sloan School of Management

Biography

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science.

He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37-year career with the company, where his
primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He’s been an Adviser on Digital Strategy at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard. He’s been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, since 2005, and was a guest columnist at the Wall Street Journal CIO Journal.

Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Jenn Bennett
Technical Director, Office of the CTO
Google

Biography

Jen inspires customers to transform their business through data, analytics and machine learning. The transformation of business models, product and operational excellence, and innovation all depend on modern technology empowering people and machines with the right insight, at the right time, to make the best decisions. Leveraging modern technology to build sustainability into everything we do and collaborate with customers to achieve a sustainable future.

Jen holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Master’s of Science in BioEngineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Jen is an Agile evangelist, Co-Active coach and InnovationGames facilitator.

Jenna Pilgrim
Co-Founder & CEO
Streambed Media

Biography

Jenna is the Cofounder and CEO of Streambed (STREEM-BED) Media, a company leveraging the blockchain to link content on the Internet together, delivering better analytics to influencers and publishers about their online footprint. 

Co-Founded with Age of Cryptocurrency author Michael Casey; Streambed is in the 10-month cohort of the Creative Destruction Lab, one of the most prestigious accelerators in the world. Previously Jenna helped to found the Blockchain Research Institute, in her role as Don Tapscott’s chief of staff. Jenna holds a BBA in Finance, and is an Ironman triathlete. She co-founded her first company when she was 18.

Julian Leuthold
Founder & CEO
GetGlobal

Biography

Speaker info coming soon.

Kathy McGroddy-Goetz
Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, Acorn AI Head of Strategy & Alliances
Medidata Solutions

Biography

Kathy McGroddy-Goetz PhD is the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Medidata, a Dassault Systemès Company, and VP of Marketing and Alliances at Medidata’s Acorn.ai subsidiary.  She leads a team responsible for strategic collaborations and thought leadership to help transform and accelerate how therapies are developed and delivered to patients.  In 2019 she helped launch Acorn AI, Medidata’s data and advanced analytics business.

Kathy joined Medidata in 2018 from IBM, where she played a critical role in launching Watson Health and held multiple senior executive roles leading global teams across business development, strategy, research & development, and product management.

KC Lathrop
Chief of Staff to the CIO
IBM

Biography

KC LathropProgram Manager – Design Operations, IBM CIO Design and Adjunct Professor at NYU, marries her twin passions of “all things design” and of education into workplace programs which propel designers to learn and grow in the most amazing ways.  KC created and leads programs such as “100 Days of Making” and “Peer2Peer”, both voluntary opportunities for designers to learn, perfect, and master their crafts.   Originally a native of Chicago, KC holds a BA from DePaul University and her Masters from NYU.  She now resides in New York. 

Kelly Bissell
Global Senior Managing Director

Accenture Security

Biography

Kelly Bissell leads Accenture’s Global Security business, and in this role he spearheads Accenture’s commitment to help clients build resilience against cyber risks, accelerate digital business growths. With a commitment to help clients innovate—but securely —Kelly has a vision to help businesses embed security in everything they do. He also helps client boards understand “the new,” and think about security risks with a balance of cost and risk.  With more than 30 years of security industry experience, Kelly specializes in breach incident response, identity management, privacy and data protection, secure software development, and cyber risk management. 

Kimberly Arcand
Visualization Lead
Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian

Biography

Kimberly Arcand is one of the world’s preeminent experts in astronomy visualization and has been a pioneer in 3D printing and virtual reality applications in this field.

Kim began her career in molecular biology and public health before moving to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1998. In addition to being an award-winning producer and director, she is an expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum.  Kim has co-written five popular science books, and has her first two children’s books coming out this year.  

Lawrence Fauntleroy
Director
CUNY 2X/Tech Talent Pipeline

Biography

I spent 26 years in healthcare. I left healthcare as the IT Director of Enterprise Business Systems at Mount Sinai and in 2018 I had an opportunity to come back to my Alma Mata and join Lehman College as the Director of the CUNY 2X Tech Talent Pipeline initiative. I have the opportunity to help lead Lehman’s diverse and talented graduates into the future where they join the tech industry or make their own space in the industry.

We make intentional efforts to bring more women into the program and showcase their talents!

Lisa O’Connor
Managing Director
Accenture

Biography

Lisa is a senior executive at Accenture who leads our Global Security Research and Development for Accenture Technology Labs. As the lead for Global Security Research and Development, she curates and manages an portfolio of Cyber research including Threat Intelligence, Advanced Cyber Hunting, Orchestration for Resilient Cyber Architectures, Edge Analytics, Analytics and Machine Learning, Active Defense and Security of the Industrial Internet of Things.

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.

Lisa Woodley
Vice President of Customer Experience NTT DATA Services

Biography

Lisa Woodley has spent 20 years bringing technology and business together to design new experiences. As VP of Customer Experience for NTT DATA Services, Lisa brings the human perspective to technology innovation to create digital experiences that elevate brands and drive business value. Lisa was a Computerworld Top 100 Technology leader in 2017. In addition to her role at NTT DATA, she is an adjunct at Rutgers University where she teaches User Experience Design as part of their MBS program.    

Marie Wiese
Founder & Host
Women Talk Tech

Biography

Marie Wiese is the host of the podcast Women Talk Tech, which reaches an audience of more than 40,000 people in the tech sector. Her new venture WomenTalkTech.info, provides research and workshops to evolving tech companies to help them build programs to advance women in tech. Marie has worked in the tech sector for 30 years and currently helps companies digitally transform their sales and marketing functions using marketing automation. She is the founder and president of Marketing CoPilot based outside Toronto, Canada and an instructor at the University of Toronto. Connect with Marie at mariewiese.com, marketingcopilot.com or womentalktech.info.  

Rachana Kumar
VP of Engineering
Etsy

Biography

Rachana Kumar is an award-winning, global-minded industry leader with a passion for using technology to help others. In her current role as VP of Engineering at Etsy, she leads several teams, directing engineering initiatives that impact over 2 million sellers and 36 million buyers. Her experience spans multiple countries and industries ranging from media and e-commerce in the US, the socio-political space in India, and international development in Cambodia.

She has received Digital Diversity Network’s Innovation and Inclusion Code Breakers Award, Innovators & Disrupters Award from New York on Tech and Future CIO Award at Women in IT Awards.

Radia Funna
Theorist and Futurist; Special Advisor
United Nations

Biography

Radia is a futurist and business coach leading transformation programs for clients in the private and public sectors.  Her work includes secondment as Head of Innovation at the United Nations’ Secretariat where she led the launch of its first innovation unit and IT transformation programs at Verizon. 

A theorist, she launched “Disruptive Organizational Strategy” in 2011 to help deeply entrenched systems adapt to global disruption (founding Build n Blaze to serve this practice); and more recently, in 2017, “Exponential Human” or “xHuman”; to explore the co-evolution of human and machine.

Radia is a UN special advisor and UN SDG advocate. 

 

Stacey Leuthold
Founder & CEO
GetGlobal

Biography

Stacey Turmel is an attorney with more than 25 years of regulatory compliance and business litigation experience, along with 5 years of higher-education compliance programming.  In private legal practice, Stacey litigated patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters along with employment discrimination and corporate compliance issues.  Stacey is currently the CEO of The Internet is for Everyone, LLC, a Web Accessibility Compliance company that offers website/mobile app accessibility compliance evaluation along with legal case analysis and expert witness consulting.  Stacey is regularly sought out by businesses and organizations for her success in minimizing lawsuit risk related to web accessibility compliance.

Sub Datta
Chief Operating Officer
Activ Surgical

Biography

Sub Datta serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Activ Surgical, a trailblazing digital surgery start-up. In this role, Sub is responsible for overseeing business operations as the company commercializes its first products globally. He is a successful two-time entrepreneur with a proven track record and more than 15 years experience in delivering transformational growth for medical device and digital health companies. He previously held C-suite positions at two tech startups, including CEO at CompanionMx and CBO at Soft Robotics. Mr. Datta has served in multiple senior leadership roles at Smith & Nephew, as well as EMD Serono. He has been awarded multiple innovation awards throughout his career and holds three issued and two pending patents.

He holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology; a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Ohio State; a S.M. in Engineering Systems from MIT and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Tanya Woods
Chief Impact Officer
Project Kind

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.

A 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.

Tasha Jones
President
Twenty39

Biography

Tasha Jones is a U.S. Navy Veteran and Founder of Twenty39 with more than twenty years’ experience in the Defense and Intelligence communities as an analyst, engineer and leader. Tasha is a recognized problem solver and turnaround PMP who is adept at re-engineering processes, projects and programs. After leaving the Navy and attending the New York Institute of Technology for her MBA, Tasha joined the US Department of Justice where she spearheaded multiple high-visibility project turnaround efforts for major IT systems. She founded Twenty39 with a mission to use data to solve complex problems for mission critical markets.    

Tina Finelli 
Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
SeeWhatSheCanDo

Biography

Tina is a seasoned entrepreneur with 25+ years launching and growing companies, brands and products. As a middle child and twin, she comes by her connector gene naturally. 

Her personal passion for community and sport combined with her technology and business expertise led her to partner with Caroline Wiley to create SeeWhatSheCanDo 

Both saw a gap in how the market was serving active women and made a decision to use technology to build a community that would make the world a better place. Their mission is to make lasting improvements on gender equality, inclusion, diversity and healthier communities. 

 

Tracey Welson-Rossman
Founder
TechGirlz Charitable Foundation

Biography

Tracey is co-founder and CMO of Philadelphia-based software consulting firm Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz.

Tracey advises leading companies on their STEM programs and has been a contributor to Forbes and a speaker at the Philadelphia Women’s March.

Tracey began her career in retail management and advertising, before acquiring child transportation company KangaKab and expanding it to Pennsylvania. In addition to leading the branding and marketing strategy for Chariot, she helped grow the company 5x since its launch. Tracey is a founding board member of Philadelphia Startup Leaders and board member for Creating IT Futures and WXPN.

 

Trisha de Borchgrave
Senior Associate
Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy

Biography

Trisha de Borchgrave is a freelance writer based in London. She writes on current affairs and culture and her work has been widely published by online and print publications, including HuffPost, Chatham House’s “The World Today”, Vogue UK, Tortoise Media, Arab News, ABS Spain, The World Weekly and The Big Smoke Australia.

She is a senior associate at Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy and regularly chairs panel discussions on philanthropy, entrepreneurship, the development and humanitarian sectors, digital, gender and art.

 

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