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WITI's 2021 Digital Inclusivity Summit and Hall Of Fame

Demystify Technology and the Workplace

Build new skills, new relationships, and explore opportunities to advance, grow and create impact. Join us to Demystify Technology and the Workplace at WITI’s Digital Inclusivity Summit. The summit will take place December 7-8, 2021 online with attendees, speakers, award winners and inductees from across the globe.Meet the 2021 Women in Technology Hall of Fame Inductees, eight female executives and leaders who will be honored for their impact and achievements.

Also, the top companies in the industry have partnered with WITI to showcase their company and open roles in Career Expo! Join us Wednesday, December 8th at 12 pm PT.

WITI Summit Speakers Include

Meet the 2021 Women in Technology Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Arundhati Bhattacharya

    Arundhati Bhattacharya
    CEO & Chairperson, Salesforce India

  • Lisa P. Jackson

    Lisa P. Jackson
    Vice President of Environment, Policy, & Social Initiatives, Apple

  • Olu Maduka

    Olu Maduka
    Chair & Founding Board Member, Women in Energy, Oil & Gas

  • Karen Quintos

    Karen Quintos
    Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, Dell Technologies [ret.]

  • Angie Ruan

    Angie Ruan
    Vice President, Engineering, Chime

  • Lisa T. Su, Ph.D.

    Lisa T. Su, Ph.D.
    President & CEO, Advanced Micro Devices

  • Kara Swisher

    Kara Swisher
    Editor-at-Large, New York Media; Contributing Writer, New York Times Opinion

  • Tae Yoo

    Tae Yoo
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco

Hall of Fame Awards

WITI Summit Agenda

* Subject to Change

Tuesday, December 7th

  • Time
  • Topic
  • Presenters
  • 6:00am PT
    Summit Kick-off
    Join us as WITI’s CEO, Michelle Bailey kicks off our 2021 Digital Inclusivity Summit and Hall Of Fame to Demystify Technology and the Workplace!
    Michelle Bailey
    CEO of WITI
  • 6:15am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    It is our great pleasure to welcome Arundhati Bhattacharya into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame. Arundhati came to Salesforce in 2020, at the height of the COVID pandemic. Previously, Arundhati was the first woman to chair the State Bank of India in its 206-year history. She is the first woman to ever lead a Fortune 500 company in India. And throughout her 40-plus years in the financial sector, Arundhati was named among “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, as well as Fortune’s “Top 50 Globally Most Powerful Women in Business” and the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”
    Arundhati Bhattacharya
    CEO & Chairperson, Salesforce India
    With introduction by Salesforce Founder, Chairman & CEO Marc Benioff
  • 6:20am PT
    If you can’t find a way, create one
    We, as women are capable of achieving a tremendous amount more than currently do. In this discussion, Smriti Irani, one of the most influential women in India, will talk about her life story and how she overcame obstacles and challenges.
    Smriti Irani
    Union Minister, India
    Niharika Srivastav
    SVP-Executive Programs, WITI
  • 6:45am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    We are honored to welcome Olu Maduka into the WITI Hall of Fame. According to her colleagues at Women in Energy, Oil & Gas Nigeria – of which she is Chairperson and Founding Board member – “the indefatigable Mrs. Olu Maduka came into this world with a game-changer destiny.” Among her decades of accomplishments, Olu founded the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria as well as Friends of the Environment, whose initiatives include women empowerment.
    Olu Maduka
    Chair & Founding Board Member, Women in Energy, Oil & Gas Nigeria
    With introduction by Beatrice Oduniyi, General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [ret.]
  • 6:50am PT
    The impact of female leadership in Africa’s transportation systems
    In this session, Abimbola will share the leadership lessons learnt running one of the biggest transportation systems in Africa.
    Abimbola Akinajo
    MD-LAMATA NG
    Winifred Ereyi
    Network Director, WITI
    Tosin Arowojolu
    Leadership Development Consultant
  • 7:15am PT
    Global Networking Event
    Meet and mingle with tech professionals from your city and across the world. You’ll get to build valuable connections with fellow tech professionals, share your goals and accomplishments, and discuss your goals for 2022.
  • 7:45am PT
    CEO Welcome and Conference Kickoff
    Michelle Bailey
    CEO of WITI
  • 8:00am PT
    The Art of Innovation
    Innovation is deep, intelligent, complete, empowering, and elegant. In this session, Guy Kawasaki leads the conversation about honing in these attributes for successful relationships, businesses, and life endeavors.
    Guy Kawasaki
    Entrepreneur and Evangelist
    Michelle Bailey
    CEO of WITI
  • 8:25am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    Our next Hall of Fame inductee has been described by Newsday as “Silicon Valley’s Most Powerful Tech Journalist.” Kara Swisher is Editor-at-Large at New York Media, and Contributing Writer for New York Times Opinion. She is the host of the podcast SWAY, and co-host of the podcast PIVOT. Kara co-founded Recode, the All Things Digital conference, and the online publication All Things D. She’s covered the Internet since 1994. (And we feel she should teach a graduate course on time management.) We are delighted to welcome Kara Swisher into the WITI Hall of Fame.
    Kara Swisher
    Editor-at-Large, New York Media; Contributing Writer, NYT Opinion; Host, SWAY; Co-Host, PIVOT.
  • 8:30am PT
    Making progress real for women in Tech
    Pia Wilson-Body
    President, Intel Foundation
    Vince Gugliemetti
    Corporate Services VP Intel – Inclusive Leader
    Laura Agharkar
    Nasdaq’s AVP Global Diversity, Equity and Culture
  • 8:55am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    It is our great pleasure to welcome Tae Yoo into the WITI Hall of Fame. Tae envisions a world where everyone will be able to participate and succeed in the digital economy. Among her accomplishments as a 30-year employee of Cisco, Tae established the Cisco Networking Academy, which has helped more than 2.7 million people find jobs since 2005. One of her team’s top priorities is embracing circular economy business models, which calls for all of its new products to incorporate principles such as reusability, recyclability, and repairability by 2025.
    Tae Yoo
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco
    With introduction by Cisco Systems Founder John Chambers
  • 9:00am – 11:00am PT
    Tech Track 1
  • 9:00am PT
    Demystify: Breaking into Cybersecurity
    There are 3.5 million unfilled Cybersecurity jobs worldwide at the moment. In this discussion, security experts will share insights on how to break into the field of Cybersecurity.
    Lena Smart
    CISO, MongoDB
  • 9:25am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    We are honored to welcome Karen Quintos into the WITI Hall of Fame. An inspiring, transformative technology and marketing leader, Karen is a passionate advocate for social good, addressing inequality with women and girls. She founded Dell’s Women in Action and the Interfaith Employee Resource Groups, as well as Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network. Karen currently serves on several boards, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and The Refuge – a live-in rehabilitation facility for child survivors of sex trafficking. She was also named “Mother of the Year” by Working Mother magazine.
    Karen Quintos
    Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, Dell Technologies [ret.]
    With introduction by Dell Technologies Founder, Chairman, & CEO Michael Dell
  • 9:30am PT
    Demystify: Artificial Intelligence: Myth or Truth – Augmenting Human Intelligence
    In this session, the experts will share how is artificial intelligence augmenting human intelligence. They will provide insights into future of artificial intelligence, and the opportunities it has created for all.
    Patrick Ehlen
    VP of AI, Uniphore
    Amanda Stent
    Director, Davis Institute for AI
    Alissia Quaintance
    Founder, Alissia Quaintance
    Daniela Braga
    Founder & CEO, defined.ai
  • 9:55am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    We are delighted to welcome Angie Ruan into the WITI Hall of Fame. Angie is the Vice President of Engineering at Chime, and most recently Senior Vice President of Global Technology at Nasdaq. Previously, she held key executive positions at American Express, PayPal, and eBay. One of Angie’s passions is to contagiously inspire others to make a difference, especially in the community of women. Her story shows the importance of having the confidence to speak up and rise up powerfully to do your best, most inspired work.
    Angie Ruan
    Vice President, Engineering, Chime
    With introduction by A2C Academy CEO Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.
  • 10:00am PT
    Demystify: New opportunities in FinTech (sponsored by Principal Financial)
    The internet, mobile platforms, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other modern technologies are transforming the way people manage and invest their money. Join us to learn how technology is shaping the future of finance and new opportunities it offers to everyone.
    Tony Tavegia
    Director of Enterprise Architecture, Principal Financial
  • 10:25am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Lisa Su into the WITI Hall of Fame. Lisa is an accomplished leader in advancing semiconductor technology. During her tenure, AMD has become a leader in high-performance computing and graphics technologies for the PC, data center, and gaming markets. Lisa was named one of the World’s 50 Best CEOs by Barron’s, one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune, and was the first woman to receive the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award, for “significantly strengthening the semiconductor industry and America’s global technology leadership.”
    Lisa T. Su, Ph.D.
    President and CEO, Advanced Micro Devices
    With introduction by AMD Chief Marketing Officer John Taylor
  • 10:30am PT
    Demystify: What is Software Architecture? (sponsored by Salesforce)
    With enterprises embarking on digital transformation journeys using cloud technologies, architecture plays an important role in ensuring success. In this session Jeanine Walters, Principal Architect in Software Engineering at Salesforce, will cover what is modern cloud architecture and trends in the field. Jeanine will also talk about her journey to becoming a software architect and cover the role of an architect within an organization.
    Jeanine Walters
    Principal Architect in Software Engineering, Salesforce
    Larry Carvalho
    Principal Consultant, RobustCloud LLC
  • 9:00am – 11:00am PT
    Tech Track 2
  • 9:00am PT
    Agriculture’s Future: How is Technology changing farming
    Today’s agriculture routinely uses sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. Join us to find out how technology is forever changing how farmers work and what we can all accomplish through agriculture.
    Amy Wu
    Author & Journalist
    Parna Sarkar-Basu
    Founder, Brand and Buzz
  • 9:25am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    We are honored to welcome Karen Quintos into the WITI Hall of Fame. An inspiring, transformative technology and marketing leader, Karen is a passionate advocate for social good, addressing inequality with women and girls. She founded Dell’s Women in Action and the Interfaith Employee Resource Groups, as well as Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network. Karen currently serves on several boards, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and The Refuge – a live-in rehabilitation facility for child survivors of sex trafficking. She was also named “Mother of the Year” by Working Mother magazine.
    Karen Quintos
    Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, Dell Technologies [ret.]
    With introduction by Dell Technologies Founder, Chairman, & CEO Michael Dell
  • 9:30am PT
    Demystify: 5G – Why should you care?
    5G is the new wireless standard that promises to change the way that every industry operates. Next generation automation is powered by edge technologies which in turn depend on 5G networks to deliver high bandwidth and low latency in a reliable manner. Sujata Tibrewala, OneAPI Worldwide Developer Community Manager at Intel Corporation, will cover what is 5G and the importance of 5G as a foundational technology as enterprises look for innovation at the edge.
    Sujata  Tibrewala
    OneAPI Worldwide Developer Community Manager, Intel Corporation
    Larry Carvalho
    Principal Consultant, RobustCloud LLC
  • 9:55am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    We are delighted to welcome Angie Ruan into the WITI Hall of Fame. Angie is the Vice President of Engineering at Chime, and most recently Senior Vice President of Global Technology at Nasdaq. Previously, she held key executive positions at American Express, PayPal, and eBay. One of Angie’s passions is to contagiously inspire others to make a difference, especially in the community of women. Her story shows the importance of having the confidence to speak up and rise up powerfully to do your best, most inspired work.
    Angie Ruan
    Vice President, Engineering, Chime
    With introduction by A2C Academy CEO Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.
  • 10:00am PT
    Demystify: New opportunities in FinTech (sponsored by Principal Financial)
    The internet, mobile platforms, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other modern technologies are transforming the way people manage and invest their money. Join us to learn how technology is shaping the future of finance and new opportunities it offers to everyone.
    Tony Tavegia
    Director of Enterprise Architecture, Principal Financial
  • 10:25am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Lisa Su into the WITI Hall of Fame. Lisa is an accomplished leader in advancing semiconductor technology. During her tenure, AMD has become a leader in high-performance computing and graphics technologies for the PC, data center, and gaming markets. Lisa was named one of the World’s 50 Best CEOs by Barron’s, one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune, and was the first woman to receive the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award, for “significantly strengthening the semiconductor industry and America’s global technology leadership.”
    Lisa T. Su, Ph.D.
    President and CEO, Advanced Micro Devices
  • 10:30am PT
    Technology transforming patient experience (sponsored by iRhythm Technologies)
    Now more than ever, there is a focus on telemedicine, remote care and improving patient experience through technology. From mobile medical apps and software that support the clinical decisions doctors make every day to artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital technology has been driving a revolution in health care. Digital health tools have the vast potential to improve our ability to accurately diagnose and treat disease and to enhance the delivery of health care for the individual. This session will dive into innovation, digital transformation, and career opportunities in healthcare.
    Justin Cambra
    VP-iRhythm Technologies
    Dr. Sara Rushinek
    Professor
  • 11:00am PT
    Unravel Live Podcast: Advocating for Social Good in a Corporate Environment
    Join hosts Michelle Bailey and Stacy Simler from the Glass Ceiling Institute as they interview Karen Quintos, Dell Technologies’ first Chief Customer Officer and Board member at Cummins and the National Center for Missing and Exploited children. Under Karen’s leadership at Dell, she was responsible for customer data platform and analytics, social impact, and programs focused on sustainability, diversity & inclusion, and high-touch CX engagement. Do you have questions for Michelle, Stacy, or Karen? Tweet us at @GCIOfficial before and during the podcast to hear your questions answered live! Listen to Unravel every other Tuesday and follow us on Instagram @GlassCeilingInstitute and on Twitter @GCIOfficial and visit our website at www.glassceilinginstitute.com
    Karen Quintos
    Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer [ret.], Dell Technologies
    Michelle Bailey
    CEO of WITI
    Stacy Simler
    Sr. VP, Major Accounts and Government Affairs, WITI
  • 11:45am PT
    Hall of Fame Induction
    We are honored to welcome Lisa Jackson into the WITI Hall of Fame. Lisa has been instrumental in transforming Apple’s environmental footprint, reaching the goal of powering its operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy. Lisa also heads Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Lisa Jackson as Administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the first African American and the fourth woman in history to hold that position
    Lisa P. Jackson
    Vice President of Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, Apple
    With introduction by Apple CEO Tim Cook
  • 11:50am PT
    Glass Ceiling Report 2.0 – Driving Accountability into DEI Standards and Best Practices
    This fall, WITI launched its Glass Ceiling Institute to impact policy and drive accountability in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. The first phase of this initiative is a comprehensive research effort, Glass Ceiling Report 2.0, that will be used as data-backed evidence for establishing DEIA standards and best practices for the technology industry. This report includes the insights and experiences of more than 4,000 technology experts, executives, employees, and policy makers. In this session we will review preliminary findings of the study and invite Rene Redwood, Executive Director of the Presidential Glass Ceiling Commission, to discuss the impact of recent policy and legislation changes that will set new standards for hiring, retention, pay equity and workplace safeguards.
    Rene Redwood
    Former Executive Director of Federal Glass Ceiling Commission
    Michelle Bailey
    CEO of WITI
  • 12:30pm PT
    Hall of Fame Closing Ceremonies
    A shining moment:
    Come meet – and learn hard-earned lessons from – some of the extraordinary women who have been inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame. They’ll share: key leadership lessons they’ve learned – how they stay motivated – the best decisions they’ve made – things women could be doing BETTER to advance their careers -what they think are the biggest barriers to female leadership – and something they learned about themselves during the pandemic. Prepare to be inspired.
    Carolina Milanesi
    President & Principal Strategist, Creative Strategies (Moderator)
    Arundhati Bhattacharya
    CEO & Chairperson, Salesforce India
    Lisa P. Jackson
    Vice President of Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, Apple
    Olu Maduka
    Chair & Founding Board Member, Women in Energy, Oil & Gas Nigeria
    Karen Quintos
    Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer [ret.], Dell Technologies
    Angie Ruan
    Vice President, Engineering, Chime
    Tae Yoo
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco

Wednesday, December 8th

  • Time
  • Topic
  • Presenters
  • 8:00am PT
    You CAN have it all
    How do you balance a booming career, self care, your personal goals, and family time? You deserve it and you CAN have it all! This session will leave you feeling confident and excited to create more balance in your life, maximizing your potential.
    Sheila Jordan
    CDTO @ Honeywell
    Kathy Lomax
    VP, Office of the CIO, First American Title
  • 8:30am PT
    Success in your Technology Career
    Navigating through organization barriers with the challenges of a technology role can be daunting. Julia Liuson, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, will cover challenges facing women with technology careers with real life experience in the field and end with lessons learned and advice for attendees.
    Julia Liuson
    Corporate Vice President at Microsoft
    Larry Carvalho
    Principal Consultant, RobustCloud LLC
  • 9:00am – 11:30am PT
    Entrepreneurship
  • 9:00am PT
    Women Owned Startups Pitch Competition
    Anna Degtereva
    CEO @ Happy Farm Business Accelerator
  • 11:00am PT
    Investors Advice and Women Owned Business Awards
    Sebastian Goldfuss
    Danube Ventures
    Veroniek Vermeulen
    Silatha
    Marisa Alma McGinnis
    Blumberg Fund III
    Gaurav Shah
    Arete Ventures
    Idan Maradov
    Founder & CEO, analytics-model.com
    Shahana Sharmin
    Relief International
    Dr. Irene Kilubi
    JOINT GENERATIONS
    Preeti Chaudhary
    PreetiChaudhary.in
    Peter Hlavinka
    R3iVentures Pte Limited
    Svetlana Kamyshanskaya
    Primum Law Group, PC
    Subrata Patra
    Ideacapital Ventures
  • 9:00am – 11:30am PT
    Workplace, Leadership & Design Thinking
  • 9:00am PT
    Why Design Thinking works
    Design Thinking is a process used particularly by designers and can be employed across various disciplines. Design Thinking was designed to identify new opportunities, develop solutions and make innovation happen. In this session, Participants will gain insights on how to apply Design Thinking in their own business ventures. By understanding the physical and mental process in our brain, we can harness our creativity and use it to solve problems – big or small.
    Sheila Shahpari
    CTO Paritta Group
    Sevda Jevandideh
    Founder, SevDesigns
    Pari Vijay
    Chief Growth Officer, LearNow.live
  • 9:30am PT
    How Leaders build Trust
    What makes people follow you? How does trust work? Something that every leader must master is building a rapport and inspire confidence. We’ll take a look at how we can better understand all that makes us human using research, data and stories from businesses and leaders to provide insight into how we can build better relationships with each other.
    Margot Edelman
    General Manager, Edelman Bay Area Hub
    Ritu Shrivastav
    Sr. Director-HR, Gilead Sciences
    Danne Smith
    Author
  • 10:00am PT
    Creating Allies and Leveraging Mentors: Keys to your success
    We are bringing together employees, managers, and business leaders to share stories and take away action items to make a big difference in the workplace. The goal is to create a safe space for people of all gender identities to hear stories, express their opinions, discuss how they can be better allies, and change the business agenda.
    Brad Swearingen
    Global Director of Cybersecurity, Rolls Royce
    David Leighton
    President & Chairman, WITI
    Christopher Kies
    Executive Sponsor, Blue Sky Consulting
  • 10:30am PT
    Fostering Inclusive culture for LGBTQ employees
    It’s critically important that employees feel comfortable, safe, and confident to be their true selves. Learn what it takes to build a culture of diversity and inclusion for the LGBTQ community.
    Hear about real-life examples from companies that are doing things well — and those that could do better — and walk away with actionable steps for making your employees feel at home.
    Victoria Guarnieri
    PACCAR
    Jessica Halem
    Consultant & Advocate
  • 11:00am PT
    How you sound is how you are perceived
    What is your vocal personality? Lead with your strengths by getting the most out of your voice. Learn how to adapt and perform in different situations by knowing your vocal strengths and weaknesses. In this session, you will learn how to build confidence, trust, and likability through the power of your voice.
    Steven A Harms
    Singer, Musician & Actor
  • 11:30am PT
    Networking
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm PT
    Career Fair

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