June 22-24, 2021

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Kristina Albert

Executive Coach & Leadership Advisor, Leadership Excellence

Kristina Albert is a purpose-driven, certified executive coach, international leadership advisor, and HR professional with a true passion for enhancing the performance of individual executives, teams and organizations. She has worked in multinational organizations in Germany and Switzerland and has a proven track record of delivering high performance in global environments and contributing to people and business development with a personable and engaging leadership style. Her background encompasses a wide range of programs and initiatives for individual development, team building, organization design, culture change, and facilitation. Kristina helps leaders in various points in their career - new hires, individuals taking on challenging new assignments, leaders with management issues, and other kinds of high-potential managers who can benefit from clear and constructive feedback. She helps each client to more accurately assess his or her strengths and development needs and create a specific but realistic action plan to build on identified strengths and areas to improve.

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Tina Ambrosini

Success Coach, Creativosity

Tina Ambrosini is a professional development coach who works with purpose-driven individuals, to enable them to break free from limitations, identify their true passions, and create a roadmap for success to thrive in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Tina offers customized programs to individuals and small businesses that are ready to take action and achieve rapid and profound change. Within SF Bay Area Coaches, she creates and coordinates events outside of monthly gatherings to add value to the membership, connect with the community, raise awareness about the benefits of coaching, and provide ongoing opportunities for members to collaborate with fellow coaches and grow their skill sets.

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Beena Ammanath

Founder, Humans For AI

Beena Ammanath is an award-winning senior executive with extensive global experience in artificial intelligence and digital transformation. Currently the AI Managing Director at Deloitte, Beena is also the Founder and CEO of Humans For AI Inc. Her knowledge spans across e-commerce, financial, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services and industrial domains with companies such as HPE, GE, Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, Bank of America, e*trade, and a number of Silicon Valley startups. She has co-authored the book "AI Transforming Business." A well-recognised thought leader and keynote speaker in the industry, she also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at Cal Poly College of Engineering and has been a Board Member and Advisor to several startups. Beena has been honored several times for her contributions to tech and for her philanthropic efforts, including UC Berkeley 2018 Woman of the Year in Business Analytics, San Francisco Business Times' 2017 Most Influential Women in Bay Area, WITI's Women in Technology Hall of Fame, and several more. Beena thrives on envisioning and architecting how data, artificial intelligence, and technology in general can make our world a better, easier place to live.

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Ritu Anand, Ph.D.

Chief Leadership & Diversity Officer, Tata Consultancy Services

Dr. Ritu Anand is the Chief Leadership and Diversity Officer at Tata Consultancy Services, where she is responsible for identification and development of senior leaders in TCS. In addition, she is leading diversity for the entire organization, enhancing all aspects of diversity in the workforce, with a focus on creating more women leaders in the Leadership Pool and a commitment to build and sustain a robust leadership pool ensuring diverse representation from all employee segments. Featured on the SAP Game Changing Women Radio and recognized as one of the top Voices of India on LinkedIn 2019, Ritu was instrumental in launching Diversity and Women’s network in 2009 and since then she has implemented progressive policies for women and the Gen Y workforce to enable career growth and close pay gaps in a company that aims at creating a future-ready workforce. Under Ritu's leadership, TCS was ranked one of the top 10 companies to work for women in India and UK by AVTAR and Women in Technology Awards, and featured in Diversity Inc's Top 50 Companies for sustained investments and efforts in diversity and inclusion. Ritu has been pivotal in bringing diversity, equal opportunity, value-based leadership, and advancement of women in corporate leadership, along with being a role model to many aspiring young leaders.

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Aditi Banerjee, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Accenture

Aditi Banerjee is Managing Director at Accenture. Previously, she was Vice President of IoT business at HCL, responsible for Global Business Development in HCL America across Lifesciences, Healthcare, Energy, and Utilities Industries. She has two decades of experience in Sales Leadership in Product and Engineering Services, Semiconductor Product Marketing, and Technology Development. Prior to HCL, Aditi led the Engineering Services business for Lifesciences, Healthcare, Semiconductor, and Railroad industries at Infosys Limited. Earlier, she worked at Texas Instruments (TI) for 17 years in various roles, beginning in Research and Development of Semiconductor Technology and rising to become a worldwide Business Manager for Security and Authentication business. Dr. Banerjee holds three US patents and has authored 13 technical publications. She earned her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University; M.S. from Pennsylvania State University; and MBA from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Women in Technology International (WITI); Lead Co-Chair of the Engineering and Technology Chapter of International Association of Outsourcing Professionals; and serves an Industry Advisory Board member at Southern Methodist University and at the University of Arkansas.

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Jane Barr

Executive Coach , Kinnexion, LLC

Jane is an Executive Coach, Speaker, and Author of the book and coaching program, "WiseWoman Leadership: Leading with Ease, Grace and Joy." She coaches women leaders in technology to connect to your power so they can move past detractors like age, gender, and race, and thrive in their careers. For 30 years Jane led system re-engineering projects with national retailers such as CVS, GAP, and REI. She knows what it takes to deliver projects on time and on budget, to build strong teams, and to generate add-on business worth millions of dollars. Jane also knows exactly what it feels like to have her life out of balance, her voice not heard, to be sidelined, laid off, and seriously questioning, "Is this all there is?" Her coaching certifications include: ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC); iPEC Certified Coach; Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner; and Certified RIM facilitator. In addition she is trained as a coach with; Dale Carnegie for Leadership and Communication; High Power Presentations; and Relationship Savvy.

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Genevieve Bell, Ph.D.

Director, 3A Institute, Australia National University

Genevieve Bell is the Director of the School of Cybernetics, Director of the 3A Institute (3Ai), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. She is a cultural anthropologist, technologist, and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development. After completing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Stanford University, Genevieve spent 18 years in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel's product development by developing the company's social science and design research capabilities. Genevieve established 3Ai in September 2017 at the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61, with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to effectively and ethically manage the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on humanity through better design and management of technology. She is also the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU, Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board, a member of the Prime Minister's National Science and Technology Council, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), an Officer of the Order of Australia, and in 2020 she was named the first Engelbart Distinguished Fellow by SRI International. She also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she investigated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.

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Betsy Bluestone

Senior Director, Global Scouting & Partnerships, P&G Ventures

Betsy Bluestone is the Commercial Discovery Leader for P&G Ventures, an internal startup studio that works with entrepreneurs to create brands in new business categories for Procter & Gamble. Betsy has over 20+ years of sales and brand management experience within P&G. She is an experienced business leader with a track record of success across channels, geographies, billion dollar brands, startups, and acquisitions. Within P&G Ventures she works with some of the world's most innovative thinkers, scientists, digital marketers, and entrepreneurs.

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Rich Brenner

Founder, TGB Inc

Business owner Rich Brenner began his journey into the healing arts, studying Restorative Hypnotherapy, Yoga, Meditation, and Energy and Vibrational therapies before settling on the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra as his specialty. After spending 40 years caring for people in the hospitality business, Rich brings the same compassion and love of people to his work in this practice. He also brings the same tenacity and focus that won accolades for his businesses, Highland Grounds Coffeehouse (Best Coffeehouse LA, LA Weekly), Hugo’s Restaurants (Best Small Business award, state of California), and Hugo’s Tacos (35 Best Tacos in America, The Daily Meal).

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Sheryl-Ann Carscadden

Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, WITI

Sheryl-Ann Carscadden is currently the Managing Director, Partnerships at Women in Technology International (WITI). She has worked in business and operational excellence at Ethier, and business development and consulting at IBM Global Business Services for the Oil and Gas Sector in Canada. She has also worked for Ernst and Young, Zedi, TELUS, and The Document Company Xerox. Sheryl-Ann has been engaged in a number of voluntary roles which have supported women's leadership, community development, and children’s advocacy. In 2008 she was awarded the Governor General's Leadership Award of Canada. Sheryl-Ann attended the University of Alberta along with several Executive Programs since, including McGill University in Montreal, IVEY School of Business at Western, the University of Alberta Executive Development Program, and The Executive Leadership Program and Global Energy Forum at Harvard.

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Mariana Castro

Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Operations, Latin America, Microsoft

As vice president of sales, marketing, and operations for Latin America, Mariana focuses on driving Microsoft's business strategies and objectives to promote digital transformation and AI adoption throughout the region. She works with more than 2,000 employees and 80,000 business partners through 35 offices in 21 countries. Mariana has over 25 years of experience at Microsoft. Before her current role, she was the LATAM General Manager for Customer Success. Prior to that, she served as the Managing Executive Officer of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Japan. Her career in the company began in Microsoft Argentina in 1992. Since then, she has held various roles in Commercial Operations, Sales, and Marketing, with increasing responsibilities at local, regional, and international levels. Mariana holds a BA in Science and Information Technology and a Master's in Business Administration. She has won Microsoft's Top Subsidiary Achievement Award (2015) and the Circle of Excellence Founders Award (2014).

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Karen Cone

Venture Partner, Mastersfund

Karen Cone is a Venture Partner with the Mastersfund, focused on women-led founding teams; and serves on the Advisory Boards of multiple startups in hi-tech, fintech, and financial crime. As the former General Manager of Microsoft Worldwide Financial Services, Karen guided strategy and growth of the company's multi-billion-dollar financial services revenue and led breakthrough Cloud initiatives with regulators. Karen was CEO and Board Director of the industry analyst firm TowerGroup, which she groomed and successfully sold to CEB (now Gartner). Earlier Karen was head of research and advisory services at Gartner and served on the Gartner International Board. She began her career with IBM opening up new markets in Russia and China. Karen has lived and worked in Europe, the UK, Asia, and the Americas.

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Edna Conway

Vice President, Security & Risk Officer, Azure, Microsoft

Edna Conway currently serves as Vice President, Chief Security and Risk Officer for Microsoft’s Azure Platform. She is responsible for the security, resiliency, and governance of the cloud infrastructure upon which Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud business operates. Edna previously served as Cisco's Chief Security Officer of its Global Value Chain. Her insight is featured in a range of publications including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, CIO Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Edna was appointed to the Executive Committee of the US Department of Homeland Security Task Force on ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. Recognition of her industry leadership includes membership in the Fortune Most Powerful Women community and numerous awards.

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Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, The Women Invested to Save the Earth Fund

A seasoned Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) leader, executive, board member, and advisor, Dr. Jackie Copeland is the Founder/CEO of The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund (theWISEfund.org), an impact enterprise providing funding for promising underrepresented innovators using technology and other tools for social and environmental justice, especially in Africa, Australia, Brazil , India, USA, and Diasporas. She is also the Founder of Black Philanthropy Month and its Summit series, a 10-year-old global collaboration to celebrate, promote, and elevate Black giving and funding in all its forms every August and year-round. Recognized by the UN and 30 governmental bodies, BPM has now engaged 18 million people. An expert on cultural and ecosystem diversity issues, Jackie is recognized by Congress as a HistoryMaker for her innovative civic contributions, and also recognized as one of world's Top 100 Philanthropy Leaders by the advocacy group, Philanthropy Unbound. Trained as an anthropologist and urban designer, she creates effective equity, impact, and sustainability strategies for global organizations and movements. An avid innovator and volunteer, Jackie created Reunity, a women's philanthropy network now part of The WISE Fund (reunity.net) and the initial design of My Brothers Keeper, an Obama Administration legacy initiative. Currently she serves on the board of advisors for Uncharted Power, an energy technology company.

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Pamela Coukos, J.D., Ph.D.

CEO & Co-Founder, Working IDEAL

Pam Coukos is the CEO and co-founder of Working IDEAL, and is a nationally recognized expert on pay equity and gender and racial equity, and the research on factors that drive successful and unsuccessful responses to workplace discrimination. She has assessed data and policies at large and small companies, local governments and education, labor and nonprofit organizations. Pam is a former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, where she provided strategic guidance on the agency’s enforcement and outreach programs, and led the development of new investigative guidelines to assess federal contractor pay systems and practices for potential sex and race discrimination. Her career spans civil rights litigation, research, policy analysis, teaching and training, and advocacy – and the government, private and nonprofit sectors. She holds a law degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in sociolegal studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Gargi Dasgupta

Director, IBM Research/India & CTO, IBM India and South Asia, IBM

Gargi B. Dasgupta is the Director for IBM Research in India and the CTO for IBM India/South Asia. In her role as Director, Gargi is responsible for establishing and executing the technical agenda of IBM's India Research Lab in collaboration with IBM's worldwide research labs and business units. In her role as CTO, Gargi is responsible for representing and communicating IBM's overall technical vision and strategy with key stakeholders across the India/South Asia ecosystem - from developers and start-ups to key clients, analysts, media, and industry experts. Gargi has been with IBM since 2004 when she joined as a Research Staff Member. In 2019, Gargi was recognized as one of IBM’s Distinguished Engineers for her exemplary technological achievements. She was recognized as one of the most powerful women in business by Fortune India in 2019, one of top women technologists by Economic Times 2020, and one of the most powerful women in business by Business Today 2020. Gargi is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and an alumna of Jadavpur University, Kolkata and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Heather Dowdy

Senior Program Manager, AI for Accessibility, Microsoft

Heather Dowdy is the COO of the Microsoft AI for Accessibility grant program. She leads strategy and business operations to scale the impact of the growing number of AI for Accessibility grantees. With more than a decade of experience developing and demonstrating accessible technology in mobile, web and artificial intelligence, Heather is passionate about using the design thinking process to create solutions that improve usability for everyone. As the oldest daughter of Deaf parents, Heather is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Before relocating to Redmond, she was the Senior Product Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Motorola Mobility in Chicago. Heather has served as Chair of the Accessibility Working Group (AWG) of the Mobile Manufacturers’ Forum (MMF) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability. A strong believer in empowering communities through education and benevolence, she is the co-founder of Microsoft Ninja Camp, focused on STEM leadership training for high school students with disabilities. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Carol Evanoff

CEO /SME, MYCS /SPA

Carol Evanoff is a renowned strategic planner, coach and mentor across the aerospace/defense industry, education arenas and professional organizations. Carol has 30+ years of engineering and leadership experience in industry, focused on strategic planning, individual empowerment, and professional development. She is a published author with over 3,000 successful mentees. She retired in January 2011 from the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific where she was the Lockheed Martin Resident Director leading 430 employees. Carol is the Chairperson of the Puget Sound Regional Council Defense Cluster, President for Puget Sound Naval Base Association and Advisory Board member for Olympic College four-year program in Engineering.

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Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum

Kay Firth-Butterfield is Head of Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum and is one of the foremost experts in the world on the governance of AI. She is a Barrister, former Judge, Professor, technologist and entrepreneur with an abiding interest in how humanity can equitably benefit from new technologies, especially AI. Currently she is an Associate Barrister (Doughty Street Chambers), Master of the Inner Temple, London, and serves on the Lord Chief Justice's Advisory Panel on AI and Law. Kay co-founded AI Global and was the world's first Chief AI Ethics officer in 2014, and created the AIEthics twitter hashtag. She is Vice-Chair of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and was part of the group which met at Asilomar to create the Asilomar AI Ethical Principles. Kay sits on the Polaris Council for the Government Accountability Office (USA), the Advisory Board for UNESCO International Research Centre on AI and AI4All. She holds advanced degrees in Law and International Relations and regularly speaks to national and global audiences addressing many aspects of the beneficial and challenging technical, economic, and social changes arising from the use of AI.

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Cindy Gallop

Founder & CEO, IfWeRanTheWorld

Cindy Gallop is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, co-action software launched in beta at TED 2010 and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study, which enables brands to implement the business model of the future — Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social).She is also the founder of MakeLoveNotPorn – “Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference” — a social sextech platform designed to promote good sexual behavior and good sexual values, which she launched at TED 2009, and for which she has raised $2million to build out MLNP.tv as “the Social Sex Revolution.” Cindy acts as board advisor to a number of tech ventures and works as a personal brand/life/executive coach and a consultant on brand and business innovation for companies around the world. Business Insider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and cited her as number 33 on their list of 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and number one on their list of Top 30 People In Advertising To Follow On Twitter. An outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion in advertising, tech, and business, Cindy recently partnered with AARP on their Disrupt Aging initiative to challenge and change ageism. She is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, with a background of over 30 years in brand-building, marketing, and advertising. As well, Cindy started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.

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Lia Garvin

Senior Program Manager, Google

Lia Garvin has almost a decade of experience working in some of the largest and most influential companies in tech including Microsoft, Apple, and Google. As a Senior Program Manager at Google, Lia leverages her leadership coaching and program management skills to examine the challenges holding teams back from doing their best work, and develop programs, workshops, and resources to help foster psychological safety, inclusion, and effective team dynamics. She built the Diversity & Inclusion program for Google’s Augmented and Virtual Reality team, mentors and coaches program managers across the company about how to drive impactful and measurable D&I programming, and was recognized by the National Diversity Council as a 2021 DEI Champion. Lia is a certified executive coach, and works with her clients on how to use the power of reframing to achieve the goals they have for their lives and careers. Lia holds a Bachelor's in sociology from UCLA and Master's in media studies from The New College of California.

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Mark Goulston

CEO and Founder, The Goulston Group

Mark Goulston is a board-certified psychiatrist, fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA NPI, and a former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer. He is the creator of Theory Y Executive Coaching - which he provides to CEOs, presidents, founders, and entrepreneurs - and is a TEDx and international keynote speaker. He is the creator and developer of Surgical Empathy, a process to help people recover and heal from PTSD, prevent suicide in teenagers and young adults, and help organizations overcome implicit bias. Dr. Goulston is the author or principal author of eight books. He hosts the My Wakeup Call podcast, where he speaks with influencers about their purpose in life and the wakeup calls that led them there. He also is the co-creator and moderator of the multi-honored documentary Stay Alive: An Intimate Conversation About Suicide Prevention. Mark appears frequently as a human psychology and behavior subject-area expert across all media, including news outlets ABC, NBC, CBS, and BBC News, as well as CNN, Today, Oprah, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Westwood One.

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Angel Grant

Vice President, Product & Market Strategy, f5 Security

Angel Grant is currently Vice President of Product and Market Strategy at f5 Security. She is a visionary leader with a passion for developing and evangelizing cybersecurity, fraud prevention, and risk management solutions to help make our digital world a safer place. Angel has over 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity, eCommerce, and financial services industries with a background in product development, marketing, and sales. Prior to f5, she held various positions in RSA Security authentication, identity, fraud, risk, and threat intelligence teams. She has influenced many industry initiatives while serving on the FS-ISAC Board, PCI Council Board of Advisors, Federal Reserve Secure Payments Task Force and Nacha's Payments Innovation Alliance Risk, Regulatory and Security Advisory Committees. She is also a prominent diversity evangelist, spokesperson, blogger, and is CISSP certified.

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Dinis Guarda

Founder, CEO, & Executive Chairman, Ztudium

Dinis Guarda is a writer, artist, academic, B2B2C tech influencer, inventor, and serial entrepreneur. As well, he is a world-renowned thought leader, strategist, futurist; an International Bestselling Author; and a media personality who covers the present and future of business, technology, and society. Dinis is a World Class Leader in multiple fields with a passion to push ideas, action, and technology together to create better solutions, narratives and paths. He specialises in the crossroad between strategy, ideas, business, poetry, and technology - and how 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation, and Blockchain are changing Humanity. With decades of experience, he has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, and legal international processes; has created a bank; and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies. Dinis has created various companies such as the Ztudium tech platform - a digital and blockchain startup that created the software Blockimpact (sold to Glance Technologies); he is founder and publisher of intelligenthq.com, hedgethink.com, tokensdna.com and tradersdna.com. He has been working with the likes of UN / UNITAR, UNESCO, European Space Agency, Davos WEF, Philips, Saxo Bank, Mastercard, Barclays, and governments all over the world. He has been a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Group INSEEC/Monaco University, where he coordinates executive Masters and MBAs. Dinis is ranked as one of the most influential people in Blockchain in the world by Right Relevance as well as being listed in Cointelegraph's Top People In Blockchain and Rise Global’s The Artificial Intelligence Power 100.

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Ros Harvey

Founder and Managing Director, The Yield

Ros Harvey is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in technology, particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design. She is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology. Since founding Australian agtech company The Yield in 2014, it has become one of the industry's fastest-growing technology success stories, backed by several leading global businesses including Bosch, KPMG, and Microsoft. Ros is passionate about technology playing a role in the sustainable governance of the planet, and is an accomplished speaker on agtech, IoT, converting data to knowledge, and the future of food. She also co-founded the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre and the Knowledge Economy Institute with Dr. Michael Briers, for which she remains an active non-executive director and strategy advisor, respectively. In 2018, Ros was named one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 most influential women and awarded the emerging leader in technology at the Women's Agenda Leadership Awards.

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Grant Hume

Executive Vice President, G23 Consulting

Grant Hume is a retired Senior Executive with significant North American and International experience in Tier 1 Sales Organizations. As a Senior Leader he has led sales culture transformations resulting in breakthrough Sales and P&L Performance. He has a proven track record of success of improving the customer experience at the Enterprise, Public Sector, and Mid-Market level. Grant's last role was Executive Vice President at Cable and Wireless Communications in the Caribbean region. Prior to this he served as North American Vice President of Sales for Direct Energy Business Services, Vice President Business Solutions at Telus, preceded by a successful 16-year tenure at Xerox Canada in progressive sales and sales leadership roles. Grant is a strategic thinker with demonstrated success in inspiring, building, and leading high-performing collaborative cross-functional teams through strategic initiatives and cultural change with a high level of vision, employee buy-in, and integrity.

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Susan Inouye

Executive Coach

Susan Inouye, executive coach and bestselling author of "Leadership's Perfect Storm: What Millennials Are Teaching Us about Possibilities, Passion and Purpose," has worked with over 600 companies in 40 industries for the past 20 years. Through a "Gift-Centered Approach," integrating mind and body practices, she has created dramatic turnarounds, cultural transformations, increased profitability and enabled executives to live a more balanced and fulfilled life. A recognized expert with millennials, Susan was instrumental in taking a revolutionary method that emerged from this generation into the corporate world. Today Sawubona Leadership (Zulu for "I see you") is used in over 30 countries because of its capacity to unite all generations through their gifts, passions, and purpose. Susan's exceptional results with millennials and their leaders has led to numerous consultations, articles, radio interviews and speaking engagements such as Young President's Organization (YPO), USC Women's Conference, and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) National Conference. An active member of the community, she was the recipient of The Congressional Award for Contributions to the Community. Susan was named one of the "Top 10 Inspiring Women Rocking the Global Business World" by The Businesswoman Today / Global Woman.

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Janet Janssen

Principal, Power, Play, Purpose Culture

Janet Janssen is a distinguished public speaker and Toastmaster International speaker, coach, and trainer. She has provided successful coaching circles with WITI for five years and in her Power Play Purpose business for nine years, helping project managers, leaders, and everyday professionals learn the skills on how to go after what you want in life-career. Her programs include strategic goal achievement and public speaking skills.

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Jovita Jenkins

Executive/Leadership Coach, GOOYOW GROUP

Jovita Jenkins is a global executive/leadership coach, peer coaching group facilitator, strategist, author, and speaker. Jovita supports and collaborates with aspiring and seasoned leaders as they come up to speed more quickly in new roles, adapt to rapidly changing global environments, and discover ways to raise their levels of confidence, executive presence, influence, and effectiveness. As a speaker, seminar leader, author, and west coast aerospace “hidden figure,” Jovita inspires audiences to shift their mindsets and overcome their success roadblocks.

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Diana Kelley

CTO & Co-Founder, SecurityCurve

Diana Kelley is the CTO & Co-Founder of SecurityCurve. Her security career spans over 30 years. As a volunteer, Diana serves on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics and Bridgewater State University Advisory Councils, and the RSAC US Program Committee, as well as CTO and Board member at Sightline Security, Board member at WiCyS, and Cybersecurity Advisor at CompTIA. Diana produces the #MyCyberWhy series and hosts BrightTALK's The Security Balancing Act. She consults at TechVision Research and is a member of The Analyst Syndicate. Diana's previous roles included Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft and Global Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security. She is co-author of the books Practical Cybersecurity Architecture and Cryptographic Libraries for Developers, and is one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.

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Renessa Boley Layne

Founder, Perfect Work Academy

Renessa Boley Layne is author of the book Fast Lane, Wrong Direction: Insider Secrets to Redesign Your Success. She takes high-achieving women who have grown bored, burned out, or unfulfilled in their current career and helps them create their "Perfect Work" - be it radically changing careers, starting a business, or bringing a big idea to life. Renessa's mission is to equip women everywhere to discover, design, and get highly paid doing work they love! Renessa has appeared as a leading authority on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX TV affiliates across the country. She has also been featured in publications such as Career Builder, CNN.com, Heart & Soul magazine, and The Washington Post. Renessa holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University and brings 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial success to her training. Her skill set ranges from keynotes and facilitation to career and life design coaching.

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Sumedha Limaye

General Manager, Xeon Networking Engineering, Intel India

Sumedha Limaye, General Manager of Xeon Networking Engineering at Intel India, did her Electronics & Communication Engineering from IIT-Roorkee and has 27+ years of Industry experience working across companies including Intel, Texas Instruments, CMC & ST. She is currently leading Development programs for Next Gen Server SoC, Networking SoC and 5G ASICs from Intel India. Her experience ranges from building and leading teams to developing differentiated products spanning across SoCs, Digital IPs, CAD/EDA, Design Flows and Process initiatives. Sumedha has led Intel India D&I initiatives; initiated and led the TI India gender diversity forum for multiple years; and has driven multiple other key initiatives within the organization. She has been a panelist in ISA-GHC session on Women in Technology , VLSI2019 and featured in EET & TOI. She is also an ICF Member (Executive/Leadership coach).

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Dean Lowrie

Founder, Advantage Coaching

Dean Lowrie is recognized as one of Canada's elite coaches. He has worked in elite sport for the past 25 years competing and coaching at every level. Dean is the founder of Advantage Coaching and a certified professional coach, certified personal trainer, and certified nutrition coach. He sits on several committees that focus on coaching and leadership development. An avid reader, Coach Lowrie has read hundreds of books on leadership, success strategies, communication, exercise physiology, and team building, to name a few. With over 20 years working with high-achieving athletes, he has some insightful strategies for both men and women who have lofty goals. In addition to his professional activities, Dean serves as a pro bono advisor to non-profit organizations, working with them to improve operational and financial performance.

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Rituparna Mandal

General Manager, MediaTek Bangalore

Rituparna Mandal is the General Manager of MediaTek Bangalore. In addition, she is the Director of the Advanced Technology team where she is responsible for foundation IP and advanced CPU designs across MediaTek products. Driven by passion for leadership and innovation, Rituparna started Immensa Semiconductors and created foundation IP portfolio in leading edge technologies across top foundries, as well as worked with several Tier-1 companies to develop custom IP for them. In 2015, Immensa Semiconductors was acquired by MediaTek. Rituparna started her career in Texas Instruments and worked for 15 years across digital circuit design, foundation IP, and flash technology development, where she was responsible for several WW teams. Rituparna believes in creating NextGen leaders through mentoring and enabling them to realize their full potential. Passionate about innovation and differentiation in anything she takes up, she loves brainstorming on new business ideas and is always on the lookout for firing up new ventures. Rituparna is a B. Tech. in Electronics Engineering from Jadavpur University. She has over two decades of experience in the semiconductor industry.

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Annie Mathew

Head of Developer Relations, Microsoft APAC

Annie Mathew, Head of Developer Relations at Microsoft APAC, has deep expertise in ecosystem building, strategic partnerships, and solution portfolios on emerging technologies. She has varied experience across Consumer Devices, ITeS, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries. As part of her current role at Microsoft, Annie grows a vibrant ecosystem of developers across the region to enable innovative solutions on the latest cloud technologies. She is a board member of HIMSS India chapter and leads the Women in Health IT committee with the mission of enabling Healthcare with technology. Annie was a founding board member of Startup Village, India's first telecom incubator; and executive council member of Andhra Pradesh Innovation Council. She was honored by the Chief Minister of Kerala for her work with the Startup ecosystem. As well, Annie has received accolades including the top five nominees for Sthree Shakthi (notable women) award in Science and Technology.

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Kim Meninger

Executive Coach, Executive Career Success

As a certified executive and leadership development coach, Kim Meninger empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. Kim has coached hundreds of clients and has presented on career advancement and leadership topics to corporate, non-profit, and academic audiences. She is especially passionate about helping women leaders to develop their confidence, visibility, and influence in order to maximize their impact and advance to higher levels of leadership. Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in career, executive, and leadership development coaching. Kim also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. In addition to coaching, she serves as Chair of Alumnae Initiatives for the Council for Women of Boston College, Chair of Membership for Women in Technology International's Boston Network, and President of the Lowell Chapter of Women Accelerators.

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Carolina Milanesi

Principal Analyst, Creative Strategies

Carolina Milanesi is a Principal Analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc., a market intelligence and strategy consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and recognized as one of the premier sources of quantitative and qualitative research and insights in tech. At Creative Strategies, Ms. Milanesi focuses on consumer tech across the board. From hardware to services, she analyzes today to help predict and shape tomorrow. Prior, in her prior role as Chief of Research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, she drove thought leadership research by marrying her deep understanding of global market dynamics with the wealth of data coming from ComTech's longitudinal studies on smartphones and tablets. Prior to her ComTech role, Ms. Milanesi spent 14 years at Gartner, most recently as their Consumer Devices Research VP and Agenda Manager. In this role, she led the forecast and market share teams on smartphones, tablets, and PCs. She spent most of her time advising clients from VC firms, to technology providers, to traditional enterprise clients. Ms. Milanesi is often quoted as an industry expert and commentator in publications such as The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She regularly appears on BBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox, NBC News, and other networks. Her Twitter account was recently listed in the "101 accounts to follow to make Twitter more interesting" by Wired Italy.

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Keiko Munechika

Co-Founder, Daisuki Coaching

Keiko Munechika is the co-founder of Daisuki Coaching. Being a scientist herself, she is passionate about supporting women/men in the tech/science field to move forward in their careers. She firmly believes that success is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics. For that reason, she works on her clients' mindset as she helps them go from where they are to where they want to be. Keiko holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is also a Chief Executive Officer of a technology company (HighRI Optics, Inc.) in the San Francisco/Bay Area. She brings in the on-the-field experience of leadership and management into her coaching. Her private clients include individuals in medicine, science, and technology.

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Shivani Nigudagi

HR Business Partner Manager, TDCX Malaysia

With over 13 years of experience in Human Resource function, Shivani Reddy Nigudagi is a results-focused leader who is dedicated to designing and delivering end-to-end HR solutions that help businesses harness the full power of their most valuable asset – their people. She is currently based in Kuala Lumpur and leading the HR Business Partner team at TDCX Malaysia where she partners with over 20 diverse nationalities to drive key HR initiatives. Prior to joining TDCX Malaysia, Shivani worked with large multinational organizations across diverse industries including ecommerce, banking and financial services, education, and HR boutique consulting firms; this varied exposure has helped her transform HR processes and strengthen operational excellence in HR for sustainable growth. She completed her Master’s in HR and OD from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. She is a certified 6 Sigma Green Belt, SHRM – SCP, DiSC, Psychometric Testing Professional. Shivani is energized by continuous learning and sharing her learnings with others who may also benefit. She is passionate about Talent Development. She enjoys mentoring young leaders to help them refine and build skills for their career advancement.

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Sheenam Ohrie

Vice President, Dell Digital Services Online, Dell Technologies

Sheenam Ohrie is Vice President for Dell Digital Services – Self Service and APJ CIO Leader at Dell Technologies. She also serves as Chairperson for the Women in Action and Family Balance Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at Dell India. Sheenam has more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of global delivery, product management, testing, and leadership roles. At Dell, she is responsible for the Self Service Support Engineering. Her vision is to transform the IT delivery into a Digital IT-as-a-Service business model through a combination of platforms, products, and services. Prior to joining Dell, Sheenam had worked with Infosys, SAP, and Oracle. She is an ICF Certified ACC and PCC Executive Coach, and a certified Lean and Design Thinking Coach. As a Diversity and Inclusion evangelist, Sheenam recognizes the value of being a respected leader in the industry and impacting change for the better. She is a company sponsor for Gender Diversity, in addition to serving as Chairperson for key Employee Resource Groups. She has worked to institutionalize several cross-functional programs for recruitment and retention, with development opportunities for female team members, formalized mentorships, training, sponsorships, and support for external initiatives as well. Sheenam also drives initiatives to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. She is closely involved with the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), having helped set up the India Chapters of DWEN to spotlight female entrepreneurial success and create a supportive atmosphere for female entrepreneurs across the markets. Sheenam has received several industry recognitions during her career.

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Lynette Owens

Founder & Global Director, Internet Safety for Kids & Families, Trend Micro

Lynette Owens is Founder and Global Director of Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program. After many years in marketing roles and serving for six years as Associate VP of corporate marketing for Trend Micro, Lynette founded Trend Micro's ISKF program to help extend the company’s vision of making a world safe for the exchange of digital information. As a pro-technology parent and Internet safety advocate, Lynette spends most of her time raising awareness and educating the public about the safe and responsible use of the Internet, recruiting fellow employee volunteers to get involved around the world, or volunteering her own time in her community. Trend Micro currently has active volunteers in 10 countries on 5 continents and counting. Lynette is a steering committee member of the Natick (MA) Anti-bullying Coalition which was formed by a group of concerned parents and professionals who recognize that a town's entire community, not just its schools, has a role to play in helping to address the issues of bullying among youth. As Internet safety education chair, Lynette advises the group on matters that intersect technology and bullying, and has hosted many parent education events for the community. Lynette was instrumental in launching “What’s Your Story?” - an award-winning annual international campaign designed to give youth a voice and a role in influencing their peers on the safe and responsible use of the Internet. The campaign, which encourages the creation of educational videos by youth, has been positively received by the public; its international reach includes local contests hosted in the US & Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Malaysia. Lynette received her B.S. from Boston College and MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Rakesh Paladugula

Accessibility Product Manager, Adobe

Rakesh Paladugula is a passionate accessibility specialist, advocate, and mentor. He is well known in the accessibility and disability industry globally. He became blind in the early 2000s and clearly knows what a person with disability needs in this 21st century. Rakesh is a Product Manager for Accessibility at Adobe. He also leads the employee network group Access At Adobe for Adobe India; the group advocates for the needs of employees with disabilities, those who have illness, injuries, and their friends and family members. Prior to Adobe, Rakesh was a Principal Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems, and co-created accessibility COE at Cognizant and built a team of 100 + accessibility experts. He trained thousands of engineers and hundreds of designers on digital accessibility. Rakesh is often involved in accessibility standards committees to foster the need of digital inclusion. He is a frequent speaker and panel member in many accessibility / disability events. He writes on his website www.maxability.co.in

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Manuela Pauer

Career/Leadership/Happiness Coach, Pauer Coaching

Manuela Pauer is a Career and Leadership Coach who works with professional women who are emerging leaders and are craving more meaning, fulfillment, and success. Through her signature “Create a Career and Life You Love” program, she helps them uncover their purpose, passions, and strengths and clearly define what they want to do, so they can create a successful career and life they love. Manuela also works with Better Up, an innovative provider of personalized executive coaching at leading companies to help them improve their leadership skills, navigate challenges, and find meaning and fulfillment at work. Manuela has over 20 years of experience in helping professionals be successful in their life and career. She is an ICF-certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. She had a successful corporate career spanning Strategy Consulting at Bain & Company, Product Management and Strategic Development at a Silicon Valley start-up, and Executive Director of Product Management and Strategic Planning at AOL.

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LaMondre Pough

Chief Sustainability Officer, Ruh Global Impact

LaMondré Pough is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Ruh Global IMPACT and host of the podcast 5P with LaMondré (5Ppodcast.com), where he combines both his personal and professional missions to “create environments where all people have a sense of belonging- where their insights, experiences and perspectives are truly valued.” LaMondré began his career in Disability Inclusion as a college student in central South Carolina where he became the leading advocate at The Disability Action Center, the state’s first Independent Living Center. He went on to launch The LaMondré Pough Show Empowerment Radio and to create the Best Buy Access Initiative for Best Buy Co. Inc., before joining TecAccess where he rose to VP of Sales and Marketing. A native of South Carolina, LaMondré was elected Chairman of the Student Advisory Board at Midlands Technical College where he studied Liberal Arts and English Literature. He was recently awarded with an Honorary Doctorate in Christian Humanities by The School of the Great Commission. Diagnosed before his second birthday with spinal muscular atrophy, LaMondré resides in Columbia, where he serves as the Chairman of Arts Access South Carolina and is a recognized leader and voice for the community of People with Disabilities.

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Valentina Quiroga Fonseca

Physicist / Geoscientist, Universidad de los Andes

Valentina Quiroga Fonseca is a scientist from Colombia, currently exploring opportunities to connect industry with academia and gender equality. Valentina became acquainted with WITI during her fellowship at Solarea Bio, a microbiome Boston-based biotech startup focused on metabolic diseases. Being constantly on the lookout for allies committed to supporting and empowering girls and women to reach their highest potential, and inspired by the stories and journeys of several female leaders in her orbit, she joined WITI and decided to launch the WITI Colombia Chapter. Valentina graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Geosciences, with a minor in German Language and Culture, from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. For years, Valentina's leadership service has focused on empowerment of women in STEM through public speaking for Fundación Mujeres por Colombia, Junior Achievement of Northern New England, Rotary Club Colombia, WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology) and Women org, among other organizations.

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Meerah Rajavel

CIO, Citrix

Meerah Rajavel is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Citrix Systems, a leader in unified workspace, networking, and analytics solutions. Rajavel leads Citrix's global information technology organization, and is passionate about enhancing customer service delivery and championing employee experience and engagement. She brings more than 25 years of experience in technology and cybersecurity, previously holding leadership roles with Forcepoint, Qlik, McAfee, Cisco, Infosys, Nortel, Cybersource, and Solix. Rajavel has been recognized with industry and business leadership awards including the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity by The Software Report, Stevie Award for Most Innovative Woman of the Year – Technology, and Women of Influence Award from Silicon Valley Business Journal. Rajavel holds a Bachelor in Computer Science & Engineering from the Thiagarajar College of Engineering at Anna University in Chennai, India. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

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Sujata Ramamoorthy

Senior Director, Information Security, Cisco

Sujata Ramamoorthy is Senior Director of Information Security at Cisco. Ramamoorthy and her team partner across the Security & Trust Organization, Supply Chain, IT and various Product teams to deliver foundational capabilities to secure Cisco's business operations and Cloud Offers. This includes establishing security standards, partnering to build foundational security capabilities, delivering consumable security stacks in strategic environments in a DevSecOps model, and driving adoption across Cisco. Prior to her current role, Ramamoorthy has held several leadership roles in Information Security. She was the CSO for Cisco's Inter-Cloud Services (CIS) and prior to that co-led a CIO level multi-year Pervasive Security program. She serves on the advisory board for Secure World Bay Area and as a Content Committee member in EWF, sharing her real-world experience to design and facilitate the events at the conferences.

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Rene Redwood

CEO, Redwood Enterprise, LLC

Rene Redwood, CEO of Redwood Enterprise informs the debate, policies, and practices on equity and inclusion while directing winning initiatives for public, non-profit, and private sectors. She is a chemist by training, was director of the Presidential Glass Ceiling Commission, was court-appointed to oversee a Fortune 100 corporation class action settlement, and currently chairs the Equality Task Force for a security agency. Rene conducts: workplace audits, culture assessments, and barrier analysis on human capital organizational risk; workforce systems and process transformation; and qualitative research with internal and external customers on policies, institutional practices, values, and attitudes impacting morale and the bottom line. She facilitates learning on: EEO, DEI, sexual harassment; and the impact of bias on individual and institutional success.

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H M Roopashree

Global Director, Foundation IP & EDA, Texas Instruments

Roopashree began her career with Texas Instruments as a new college graduate, and has worked across multiple domains and held several leadership positions. Roopa has led teams on various aspects of VLSI design including Digital Libraries, High Speed IOs, DDR PHY, High Speed Memories and EDA. She currently leads the Global Foundation IP & EDA teams, where she is responsible for ensuring TI's products have the most competitive IP & Design Tools and Methodologies Roopa is very passionate about technology and leadership development. In 2018, she spearheaded the first Women in Technology Conference, IEEE-WINTECHCON, that brought together industry's top technical minds, and focused on showcasing innovations driven by women across technical fields. At TI, she has been involved in various talent development programs and is currently the Chairperson of TI India Women's Initiative Network. Apart from being a tech enthusiast, Roopa is also an avid reader who enjoys books on history, anthropology & science fiction. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and two kids.

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Debra Ruh

CEO & Founder, Ruh Global Impact

Debra Ruh, Founder and CEO of Ruh Global Communications, is a Global Disability Inclusion Strategist, as well as an Author, Advocate, Blogger, Consultant, Entrepreneur, and Mother to a daughter with Down Syndrome. Ruh Global Communications focuses on Global Disability Inclusion, EmployAbility, ICT Accessibility, Human Rights, Social Media Marketing, and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Debra has provided global leadership to governments, corporations, NGOs, and DPOs (Disability Persons Organizations) supporting research projects, DPO outreach, policy and standards initiatives with the public and private sector. She is proud to be a Blogger for Huffington Post. Active on social media and blogging on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, G+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and several other social media, Debra was named as "Top 10% of Social Media Users" and "Top 0.1% of people talking about Accessibility" by KLOUT. Her work has been extensively featured in major media. Debra is the author of "Finding Your Voice by Using Social Media" and "Uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Corporations Leverage"

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Jourdan Saunders

CEO & Founder, The Resource Key

Jourdan Saunders has been a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for over 10 years, using her expertise as the CEO & Founder of The Resource Key which focuses on Inclusive Branding to ensure that People with Disabilities are included, and making meaningful connections with brands. Jourdan was awarded LinkedIn Top Voices 2020: Equity in the Workplace; established one of the first resource websites for students interested in the field of Speech Language Pathology (www.futureslps.com) which has received recognition worldwide; and owner of one of the largest SLP resources groups on LinkedIn with over 17,000 members. Her work has been featured in USA Gymnastics, American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), MarketWatch, PopSugar, Association of University Centers on Disability, and Kennedy Center. Jourdan has developed inclusive gymnastics programs, reading literacy programs, and is the author of Our Reading Literacy Kitchen: Fresh Approaches to Target Reading Literacy Skills. Her creativity, leadership, and diverse skillset is evident from her work as an advisor to companies and organizations ranging from digital speech therapy, gymnastics, international reading literacy initiatives, culinary industry technology platforms, and many more.

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Noelle Silver

Senior Vice President, AI Solutions, ElectrifAI

Noelle Silver is currently Senior Vice President of AI at ElectrifAi, a global leader in business-ready machine learning models. Noelle is a multi-award-winning technologist who specializes in conversational AI and Voice Technology, Intelligent Apps and Agents, and Responsible AI Practices. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, and Amazon, and is the Founder of #Lovefluencers and the AI Leadership Institute. Noelle is passionate about Mindful Leadership, authentic personal branding, and the ethical and responsible use of technology in business.

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Niharika Srivastav

Regional Vice President, Women In Technology International

Niha Srivastav is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Sanovatech, a services company focused on simplifying cybersecurity for non-techies, business managers, and executives. Ms. Srivastav has extensive experience in information technology and is very passionate about educating people on cybersecurity threats and risks. She is associated with various non-profit organizations in the Bay area that work towards the education of underprivileged children.

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Mica Syjuco

Director, Software Engineering, Avanade

Mica Syjuco actively builds and grows Avanade's DevOps and Agile capabilities to address client challenges on the field - an undertaking made especially interesting given their 30,000+ global headcount. Ms. Syjuco graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and has been in the software development industry for almost 15 years. Currently located in Chicago, she works with teams located in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. She is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org as well. Ms. Syjuco has led the successful delivery of complex software projects for multiple clients. She has a strong expertise in implementing and leading both Traditional and Agile / Scrum based development and delivery processes supporting distributed teams on medium to large-scale .NET based enterprise projects. Ms. Syjuco currently works with clients throughout North America leading software project delivery and providing Scrum training, consultation, and coaching with a focus on Microsoft .NET technology, in addition to her other responsibilities in the firm. A musician herself, she is also the Band Manager of "Jack of None," whose debut album was released internationally in 2016. The band was nominated in eight categories at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards held in New York, taking home awards in the Best EP and Best Music Producer categories. Besides her family, work, and music, Ms. Syjuco is passionate about handbags and has started her own blog called Purse Chronicles. Family, software development, music, handbags: words that might not seem the most obvious combination, but they mix well in Mica Syjuco's world.

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Carolyn Turbyfill, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur in Residence, WITI

Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill is a Technical Executive with 30+ years of experience in Security, Risk Management, Enterprise Products and Services. She has managed teams that built leading-edge products, including: * The first database benchmark using experimental design techniques, the Wisconsin Benchmark which won the VLDB Best Paper Award; * One of the first wireless LANs with radio, antenna, and IP Layer encryption at Sun Microsystems; * The first Firewall Appliance, the Sun Microsystems SunScreen SPF 100, which also included a certificate authority and one of the first commercial IP Layer VPNs, SKIP, which won the LAN Magazine Product of the year Award; - The first round-trip email marketing system with interactive Java applets that was a precursor to PayPal at Messagemedia; * The first Managed Security Service at Counterpane Internet Security; - The first virtualized automated test environments for application stacks, the StackSafe Test Center, which won an ITIL Pink Elephant award. Dr. Turbyfill was the first member of WITI in Silicon Valley and is a member of the WITI Hall of Fame. She is currently spearheading a Future of Work initiative as an Entrepreneur in Residence at WITI. She is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Dale Thomas Vaughn

Co-Founder, Gender Leadership Group

Dale Thomas Vaughn is an activist for gender equality and healthy masculinity. If you've seen NEVERTHELESS, the award-winning #MeToo documentary, you will remember him as the guy who says "sexism is the anchor that is holding society back." As co-founder of the Healthy Masculinity Initiative and the Better Man Conference, he has presented alongside leaders like Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, and Tony Porter.

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Amy Wu

Founder, From Farms to Incubators

Amy Wu is a writer for women's ag and agtech movement and the founder and chief content director of From Farms to Incubators, which has a mission of expanding the profiles of women in food, farming, and tech. From Farms to Incubators includes a documentary and a forthcoming book that spotlights women leaders in ag and agtech. These have been screened and presented at SXSW, Techonomy, the Forbes AgTech Summit, EcoFarm, and The New Food Economy. Amy is an award-winning journalist with significant international reporting and teaching experience, and has reported on agriculture and agtech for The Salinas Californian in Salinas, Calif. She has also worked at Time magazine, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and the USA Today Network; and has written for The New York Times, HuffPost, and Wall Street Journal. She spent six years working in Hong Kong, widely reporting within the Asia-Pacific region including Shanghai and Singapore. Amy earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

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Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.

CTO, CP Group

Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D., is a seasoned business and technical leader with over 20 years of experience in developing, deploying, and supporting software-as-a-service, big data, and mobile enterprise software. Currently, Dr. Xu drives global technology as the Chief Technology Officer for CP Group, where she leads digital transformation for a few hundred subsidiaries with combined revenue of $45 billion, using data and AI technology. Prior, she was CTO at BMC Software and responsible for BMC's central technology organization and digital service management BU engineering organization. Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu was group vice president of product engineering at Acxiom. Dr. Xu's career includes several years at IBM developing the IBM Content Management Suite and DB2. A teacher, author, and mentor as well, she teaches the class "Ten Steps to a Successful Career at Stanford Continuing Studies," and co-authored "Myths of the Promotion: Ten Steps to a Successful Career." Dr. Xu holds one critical cybersecurity patent and has won several awards for leadership and community service. In 2017 she was inducted into the Women In Technology Hall of Fame. She founded the Successful Women Acceleration Network, and serves as an advisor and board member for several organizations, including Be The Change Foundation.

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Tae Yoo

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

Tae Yoo leads Cisco's social investments and stewards CSR and sustainability across the business. Ms. Yoo drives a strategy that engages public-private partnerships and leverages Cisco's business, technical, and financial assets for inclusive growth and social impact in communities around the world. Corporate Affairs has committed to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025. Under Ms. Yoo's leadership, Cisco has already impacted 527 million, primarily through its strategic social investments and efforts to catalyze an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports progress and inclusive growth. Corporate Affairs also invests in developing digital skills and creating positive change in education and workforce development. Currently, Ms. Yoo is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation and member of the Service Year Alliance Board. She is also a member of the WEF Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Education and Skills and a founding member of the CSR Board.

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Carly Zipp

Global Head of B2B Marketing, TikTok

As Head of Global B2B Marketing at TikTok, Carly Zipp oversees global marketing communications, industry relations, and global industry and owned events. Additionally, Carly provides leadership direction around brand safety and trust as well as internal communications and content packaging. Previously, as the Vice President of Communications, Sponsorships, & Events at OUTFRONT Media, Carly led all internal and external communications for the leading out-of-home media company. She created and executed OUTFRONT's press strategy, supervised national events and sponsorships, and managed community service initiatives. As the spokesperson for the company, she oversaw ad policy and regularly liaised with media and clients. Before OUTFRONT, Carly was managing communications at XO Group where she was responsible for all communications initiatives for the company's brands. Carly began her career as a Publicist for Time Inc. Lifestyle Group and went on to become a Senior Publicist at BET and Centric Networks, where she implemented corporate communications plans and red carpet events for the networks. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.