LEAD BEYOND – Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World


06:00 PM – 08:00 PM Registration


06:30 AM – 05:30 PM Registration (Closed at Lunch)
08:00 AM – 08:15 AM Welcome & Introduction: Kathy Herring Hayashi, IEEE WIE ILC Conference Chair
08:15 AM – 08:30 AM Exhibitor Spotlight | Sonji Thompson, Samsung
08:30 AM – 09:00 AM Keynote: Leslie Griffin Robertson, Vice President, User and Developer Experience, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Keynote: Candace Worley, Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee | Artificial Intelligence: The Human Factors We Must Consider Exhibit Area: Griffin Hall
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break & Exhibits & Energize Activities (Yoga) – Heather Quinn
Track Track 1: Executive Leadership Track 2: Empowerment Track 3: Innovation Track 4: Disruptive Technology
Track 5: Workshop
Track 6: Podcast
Location Grand Salon 1. Level 4 Grand Salon 2, Level 4 Grand Salon 3, Level 4 Grand Salon 4, Level 4 Grand Salon 7, Level 4 Room 401, Level 4
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Lisa Finneran: Key steps to Executive Leadership
Vice President of Engineering, General Dynamics Mission Systems
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Candy Barone:
Stop Managing Your Time, Start
Managing Your Focus!
CEO & Founder, You Empowered
Strong, LLC11:20 – 12:15 – Lauren Hasson:
Become a NegotiatHer: Learn the Secrets to Make More $ in Your Tech Career
Kathy Chou:
How to Transform your Organization through Innovation
VP, Research & Development Operations and Central Services, VmWare
Rama Harihara
AI on Mobile GPU Sr. Staff Engineer, GPU Performance Architecture, Samsung
Kathy Gruver:
Communication mastery between introverts
and extroverts. Learn how to get anything
done with anyone.
Speaker, Author, Educator, Kathy Gruver
Podcast Panel:

Female Entrepreneur from Within: Advice, Mentoring & Positivity Roundtable Live at IEEE WIE ILC

Moderator: Carrie Chitsey Wells | Co-Founder/CEO, One Touch Video Chat/Live Video Interviews Samantha Snabes | Co-Founder, Catalyst, re:3D Marcela Fujiy | Co-Founder, Be.Labs Aceleradora

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Elizabeth Freedman: Women Leaders and Executive Presence: The Surprising Truth About How Women Can Level the Playing Field and Lead Beyond
Principal, Bates Communications
Rhonda Holt:
Leading Innovation at PBS Though the Era of Digital Transformation
Vice President Software Development & Operations, Public Broadcasting Service(PBS)
Prasanna Venkatesan:

Demystifying Blockchain: Session on Blockchain Technology with use cases for key industries.
Co-Founder, DataChain Inc

Aneshia Smith:
The 5 Innovative Solutions to Embracing the Challenge
12:15 PM – 01:20 PM Lunch (Buffet) & Networking
01:20 PM – 01:30 PM IEEE WIE Chair 2019, Lisa Lazareck-Asunta
01:30 PM – 02:00 PM A Conversation with 2019 IEEE President José M.F. Moura
Track Track 1: Executive Leadership
Track 2: Empowerment
Track 3: Innovation
Track 4: Disruptive Technology
Track 5: TECH Workshop
Track 6: Workshop
Location Grand Salon 1. Level 4 Grand Salon 2, Level 4 Grand Salon 3, Level 4 Grand Salon 4, Level 4 Grand Salon 7, Level 4 Room 401, Level 4
02:15 PM – 03:00 PM Rashi Khurana:
War Room Warrior: How to manage war room situations Director of Engineering, Shutterstock

How ERG groups, like WITS (Women In Technology at Samsung), helps empower, engage and drive ideas

Moderator: Heather Ache, Learning & Development Strategist, Samsung Sonji Thompson, Samsung Katie Van Strander- Sr. Engineer, Material Technology, Samsung Austin Semiconductor Deepa Rajan, CPU Specialist and Leader, Samsung

Dr. Rosemary Francis
How to invent something cool and
make it a reality
CEO and Founder, Ellexus

02:15 PM – 02:35 PM Jenny Ta: Women Taking the Lead in the Crypto World

Founding Partner, VCNetwork.co

02:40 PM – 03:00 PM Zona Kostic: Active Bidirectional Learning in Autonomous Digital Society

Research Fellow, Harvard University
COO and Co-Founder, ArchSpike

AdaptiLab (Techstars Startup)

Industry Machine Learning with Google’s TensorFlow by AdaptiLab

James Wu, CEO and Co Founder, AdaptiLab
Allen Lu, CTO & Co Founder, AdaptiLab
(Laptop Required)

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM James Lukaszewski: Take Charge of Your Career and Destiny Chairman, The Lukaszewski Group 03:00 PM – 03:30 PM Marcela Fujiy:
Strength and power of an
entrepreneurial journey and how I
realized I could be a changemaker
Co-Founder, Be.Labs Aceleradora03:30 PM – 04:00 PM Hagit Messer
Yaron: Female engineers – an engine
for disruptive leadership in
Professor, Tel Aviv University

Innovation and cultural change fueling
the Energy Revolution in a Sustainable
Veronica Bermudez Benito (Energy
Center Director, Qatar Environment and
Energy Research Institute (QEERI).
Iga Hallberg – CEO Pivot MKGT
Suzanne Russo – CEO Pecan Street
Helen Brauner – Senior Director of
Erin Keys – Austin Texas Incubator
Program Manager
Billy Stanbery- Chief Science Officer
Member, Siva Power Strategic Advisory

03:00 PM – 03:30 PM Stephanie Watts Butler and Nakshatra Gajbhiye, Texas Instruments

Powerful Innovation: developing products and leaders with an entrepreneurial culture

03: 30 PM- 04:00 PM Orly Liba – Research Scientist Google:
The Brains Behind the Camera: How Computational Photography Overcomes Physical Limitations

Patty Burke and Kelly Simmons – Stories that Move Us: Technical Women Succeeding in a Man’s World.

Solutions Architect, Center for Creative Leadership

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Empower Hour – Learn how you innovate. Collaborate with others.


07:00 AM – 03:00 PM Registration & Office (Closed at Lunch)
08:00 AM – 08:15 AM Welcome, Day 2:
Kathy Herring Hayashi, Chair IEEE WIE ILC Conference
08:15 AM – 08:30 AM Thomas M. Coughlin, 2019 President, IEEE-USA | Supporting Diversity in the IEEE
08:30 AM – 09:00 AM Keynote: Victoria Mitchel, VP Technology Services Group, Arm Ltd. | Data Driven Transformation
09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Keynote: Brynn Watson,Vice President, Digital Transformation Program
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break & Energize Activities (Yoga with Heather Quinn) Exhibit Area: Griffin Hall
Track Track 1: Executive Leadership Track 2: IEEE
Track 3: Diversity and Inclusion
Track 4: Disruptive Technology Track 5: Workshop
Career Fair & Exhibits
Location Grand Salon 1. Level 4 Grand Salon 2, Level 4 Grand Salon 3, Level 4 Grand Salon 4, Level 4 Grand Salon 7, Level 4
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Jessica Winchester & Elizabeth A. Shah:Patenting Innovations in Technology and Engineering
Attorney, Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC
IEEE PANEL (Publications and Policy, Technical Activities, Humanitarian Activities, IEEE Foundation)

Susan K Land (Ex-TAB VP), Tom Coughlin (IEEE USA President), Nita K Patel (Director, IEEE Foundation), Prasanna Venkatesan

PANEL: Empowering Women to Power Up to the Executive Ranks

Moderator: Ms. Catherine Katie Jereza

Ambassador: Ms. Joan Wills

Ambassador: Dr. Karen L. Butler

Awardee: Dr. Sarah Kurtz

Jean McManus
Applicability of Blockchain to
Telecommunication Providers
Executive Director, Verizon

Patty Burke and Kelly Simmons –
Advancing Technical Women: Filling the Promotion Pipeline into the C-Suite Center for Creative Leadership

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Pratima Gluckman: Becoming
a Persistent and Successful Leader Engineering Leader, Blockchain Engineering, VmWare
Engage with IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) | Charmain Williams, Senior Manager, WIE Program, Lisa Lazareck-Asunta, WIE Chair, Adrienne Hahn, Kristen Russell Heather Quinn (LANL):
Impostre syndrome (Nuclear Scientist)
11:30 – 11:50 Sreeja Nair: Unraveling
the mystery of Wifi Mesh networks
Senior Product Manager, Qualcomm11:55 – 12:15 Shweta Shrivastava: AI
at the Edge
Vice President, Products, Nauto
 Ellen Burts-Cooper
Senior managing partner of Improve
Consulting and Training Group

Trust, Credibility and Value, Super Powers
for Exceptionally Inspirational Leaders
12:15 PM – 01:30 PM Lunch (Buffet) & Networking
Track Track 1: Professional Development
Track 2: Empowerment
Track 3: Innovation
Track 4: Disruptive Technology
Track 5: Workshop
Location Grand Salon 1. Level 4 Grand Salon 2, Level 4 Grand Salon 3, Level 4 Grand Salon 4, Level 4 Grand Salon 7, Level 4
01:45 PM – 02:30 PM Timoni West:
Building a Diverse Talent Pipeline through
Active Mentorship
Director of XR Research, Unity
Kris McGuigan
Personal Branding: Stepping Up and
Standing Out in the Marketplace
Fatima Ahmed (Specialist Technical Account Manager (Security) – Amazon Web Services | Innovation Leadership: Empowering Teams to Think Without a Box Neetu Agarwal, Microsoft
Microsoft brainwave and AI
Conrad Tucker – From Pixels to Vitals: How Computer Vision and Mobile
Devices are Broadening Access to HealthcareAssociate Professor, Penn State University
02:45 PM – 03:45 PM 02:45 PM – 03:15 PM Babette Ten Haken:
Turn the Personal Innovation Key
Forward. Unlock Your Professional
Founder and President, One Millimeter
Mindset / Sales Aerobics for Engineers03:15 PM – 03:45 PM Jennifer He:
Women on Non-Profit Boards
Product Manager, Visa’s Innovation Lab

2:45 – 3:15pm | Eileen Scully, Founder, CEO, The Rising Tides: How Women Can Succeed in a World Built Without Them

3:15 – 3:45pm | Ameni Channoufi, IT Security Consultant / WoLTech organisation president, Gemalto: Women Leaders in Technology: WolTec Tunisia Initiative

02:45 PM – 03:15 PM Xin Hu: Platformize LinkedIn Flagship Feed To Improve Product Iteration
VelocitySr. Staff Software engineer, LinkedIn03:15 PM – 03:45 PM Emma Feshbach: Engineering Soft GoodsProduct Design Engineer, Nest
An interactive conversation with Kay Aikin: Autonomous Artificial Intelligence in re-imagining the Electrical Grid Carrie Severson: Expressing Your Unapologetic Voice Founder of The Unapologetic
Voice and Story Coach, Carrie Severson LLC
03:45 PM – 04:15 PM Coffee Break
04:15 PM – 04:30 PM  Fabulously Forward | Closing remarks by IEEE WIE ILC Founder, Nita Patel
04:30 PM – 05:00 PM Keynote: Negar Feher, VP Products and Bizdev, Momentus Space | Why Should You Care About New Space (Inform, Inspire, Entrepreneurs)
05:00 PM – 05:15 PM Closing Comments – Kathy Herring Hayashi, IEEE WIE ILC Conference Chair


Please note that the program agenda shared here is a draft and is subject to change due to session priorities, speaker appointments, etc