THE JUDGING PANEL

YASIR ANWAR - CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, WILLIAMS-SONOMA

Yasir Anwar joined Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in February 2018 as the Chief Technology Officer.  In this role, Anwar leads all technology aspects of the company’s digital experience, retail stores, and supply chain, and oversees Outward, Inc..
 
Prior to joining Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Anwar has led various organizations through major transformations—building platforms and capabilities, and re-engineering large and legacy systems, through a culture focused on customer experience, innovation, experimentation, and agility.  Anwar most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at Macy’s, where he had also held various leadership roles in digital technology and engineering.  Prior to joining Macy’s, he served as the head of platform engineering at WalmartLabs.  Previously, Anwar was the head of engineering for Samsclub.com and led architecture for Walmart.com. Anwar received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Computer Management from Barktullah University in Bhopal, India.

MARGARET DAWSON - VICE PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO PRODUCT MARKETING, RED HAT
RONNI ELOFF - CEO, FOR ALLIANCES

Ronni Eloff is an eclectic evangelist, advocate and technology leader. With 30 years’ experience in software engineering, she concentrates on creating opportunities for women through technology to increase their competitive edge in today’s business world. A recognized global advocate leader and winner of the 2018 Women in IT Awards USA Advocate of the Year, she strongly believes in diversity and inclusion, with her focus on illustrating the ROI of women in all levels of a company. 

Most recently, Ms. Eloff served for over four years as Evangelist/Advocate and Director of Social Marketing/Media with WITI (Women in Technology International). Inspired by the entrepreneurs she met via WITI, she has now ventured out as an entrepreneur herself and has launched For Alliances, a Clearinghouse to create collaboration and build alliances across women’s organizations around the world. For Alliances seeks to raise awareness of the services, opportunities, events, and award systems available to recognize and showcase women’s accomplishments in business and technology. Please feel free to follow For Alliances on Facebook and Twitter.

YUN FREUND - VP OF ENGINEERING, EQUINIX

Yun Freund served as Vice President of Engineering, at Equinix, leading the global Product Engineering organization. Previously Yun worked as the VP of Engineering at GE Digital for over 5 years and has been instrumental in building Predix Industrial Internet Platform and driving Digital Transformation with GE business units. Yun also worked at Cisco leading Cloud Services Platform for large enterprise and service providers. Yun has taught graduate computer science courses at San Jose State University as Adjunct Professor and has a PhD in Computer Science. Yun is an executive speaker at various STEM and Women leadership panels and embraces diversity and inclusion in her value.

STEPHEN GOLDEN - HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, YOU TUBE

Stephen Golden is the head of diversity and inclusion for YouTube.  In this role, he is responsible for YouTube’s equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy, and partners directly with senior leadership to ensure YouTube is the most inclusive company to work for.

Prior to joining YouTube, Stephen was the APAC head of Diversity for Goldman Sachs, where he was recognized as the Champion for the Advancement of Women in Hong Kong, and received the LGBT Trailblazer Award from Community Business.

KATRINE W HAUGERUD - VP PRODUCT OPERATIONS, EQUINIX

I am driven and resourceful. I am drawn to challenges and changes. I have an MBA and a Lhasa Apso. I know there is no I in team, but if you need a passionate leader with stamina; that’s me. Who am I? Friendly. Street smart. Wife and mom to two daughters. Norwegian. What am I interested in? Making a difference. Challenges. Change. Rowing. What do I excel at? Creating processes, programs, and structure. Keeping it simple. How do I work? Assess. Know your Audience. Ideation. Communicate. Execute. Evaluate.

CHRISTOPHER KUNG - GROUP VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, MACY'S (CHINA AND PACIFIC)
TRACY VO - HEAD OF DIGITAL AND INNOVATION, BANK OF THE WEST WEALTH MANAGEMENT, BNP PARIBAS

Tracy Vo is Head of Digital and Innovation at Bank of the West Wealth Management, BNP Paribas Group. This exciting role enables her to manage digital strategy and innovation initiatives for Bank of the West Wealth Management. Her work revolves around bringing new and emerging technologies to the firm, including artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Tracy enjoys launching apps, engaging the user communities, and bringing everything together through stories. She brings her passion for filmmaking and storytelling to work whether it be in finance, startup, or nonprofit. Tracy was recently named “Future CIO” as part of the Women in IT USA Award. Tracy obtained her MBA from London Business School, and BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.