Summit Schedule

8:00AM – Registration opens

9:00AM - Producer & Chairperson’s Conference Welcome

Jenna Kelly, Conference Producer, Bonhill Group
Trisha de Borchgrave
, Senior Associate, Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy 

The Rollercoaster World of Technology

9:10AM - LIGHTNING TALKS: ‘Tech for Social Good’ …is the New Black?
  • In what ways can connectivity increase diverse participation in sport?
  • Image technology and sustainability – the secret to sustainable sourcing?
  • The use of 3D printing and VR to increase access and inclusion to data for the visually impared and differently-abled learners

Facilitator: Cheryl Neal, VP, Data & Networking, Tech Data

Jenn Bennett, Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google

Tina Finelli, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, SeeWhatSheCanDo

Kimberly Arcand, Visualization Lead, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian

9:45AM - CASE STUDY PRESENTATION: Managing Your Innovation Risks Like a Pro
  • What are leading companies doing around manage Cyber risks 
  • How do the best of the best lead with Secure Innovation 
  • What differentiates the most innovative companies: Value and Values 

Lisa O’Connor, Managing Director, Accenture

10:05AM - PANEL: AI v Humans - “The Opportunities Created by Automation Outweigh the Jobs Lost
  • Which jobs are victim to robots, AI & digitalization? Which demographics are most at risk?
  • How can employers in the US manage transitions?
  • How is automation making things better for the average worker?
  • What is employer appetite for technical training and employee development?

Moderator: Marie Wiese, Host, Women Talk Tech

Radia Funna, Special Advisor, Programs, Partnerships & Innovation, United Nation

Tasha Jones, President, Twenty39

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Lisa Woodley, Vice President of Customer Experience, NTT Data

10:40AM - Speed Networking Break

Emerging Technologies

11:30AM - PRESENTATION: Reputation on the Internet: using the blockchain to fight misinformation
  • The internet’s role in elections and our democratic process
  • The role of tech companies in monitoring fake news and misinformation
  • Blockchain technology as a shared ledger of the truth
  • Strategies for tracing misinformation

Jenna Pilgrim, Co-Founder & CEO, Streambed Media

11:50AM - FIRESIDE CHAT: The Marriage of Tech & Mental Health
  • How can abuse of technology negatively impact mental health? How can technology professionals in high-intensity work environments prioritize their wellbeing?
  • What technologies and wearables are being developed to combat and cure mental illnesses?
  • The exciting emergence of digital phenotyping and what we need to know about it

Moderator: Faye Sahai, Managing Director, Telosity, Vinaj

Sub Datta, Co-Founder & CEO, CompanionMx

Professional Development: More than Buzzwords

12:15PM - MASTERCLASS: Networking 101
  • What are the basic tools of networking?
  • How does it work for an introvert?
  • How can we be productive about our networking?
  • Maintaining the long-term relationship
  • How NOT to network

Amy Radin, C-Suite Advisor, Independent Executive

12:45PM - LUNCH: Birds of a Feather

Join a themed networking gathering

Discuss topics with an expert in a specific field

Meet the speakers

Themed Tables

  • Tech Talent
  • 5G in 2020
  • 4-Day Week
  • Public Perception of Data
  • Sleep for Success
  • Diversity Pay Gap
1:45PM - LIVE Q&A: What Do We Mean By Mentorship?
  • Mentoring someone DIFFERENT – gender, racial and age diversity in mentor-mentee relationships
  • How can we stretch our mentality about what the process means?
  • What is the distinction between coaching, mentoring and sponsorship?
  • Where do we find a mentor?
  • How can you be a good mentor? How can you be a good mentee?

Interviewer: Rachana Kumar, Senior Director of Engineering, Etsy

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

Ana Oromendia, Director of Product, Value Discovery, Medidata Solutions

The Tech Talent Pool

2:15PM - PECHA KUCHA: Neutral Recruitment: What, Why & How?
  • In what ways are job postings often geared towards men? Are the algorithms wrong?
  • The need for employers to sell themselves just as much as candidates
  • What are the practical steps tech companies can take to make their vacancies attractive to everyone?

Laura McGee, Founder & CEO, Diversio 

2:25PM - THINK TANK: It Starts with an Education
  • Let’s talk about girls in tech: a look at school & university statistics
  • We know girls are capable: where’s the barrier?
  • What are companies doing to encourage girls studying tech-related subjects? What’s working?
  • Is there a language change needed to get younger girls excited about tech?

 Tracey Welson-RossmanFounder, TechGirlz Charitable Foundation 

2:55PM - Afternoon Break

Widespread Diversity

3:25PM - PANEL: Why Does Being an Ally Matter
  • Being an ally…how do you do it and why does it matter?
  • Why are minorities not being represented in the tech world?
  • The art of championing diversity across the board
  • Men’s mental health, paternity leave – how do we address these issues in the fight for gender equity?

Moderator: KC Lathrop, Design Program Manager, IBM

Kelly Bissell, Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Security

Lawrence Fauntleroy, Director, CUNY 2X/Tech Talent Pipeline

D’Lovely Gibson, Senior Principle Consultant, Anteris Management Consulting

Libby Naumes, Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates


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

4:30PM - IMPACT TALK: Leveraging Diversity Across the Board
  • Build the skillset you need for Board membership
  • Learn what routes lead to a Board position
  • How is regulation shifting?
  • The business case for Board diversity

Susan Gross Sholinsky, Labor & Employment Attorney and Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker Green


5:00PM - End of Conference

Women in IT 2020 Awards
19:00 Champagne Reception
20:00 Welcome and Keynote Addresses