Conference attendees will have access to plenary/keynote sessions; engaging tracks on innovation, empowerment, executive leadership, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship; and workshops. Conference registration also includes lunch, access to exhibits/career fair, the Monday-evening reception, the Tuesday-evening reception, the Pitch Bootcamp and the Pitch Competition.

Program Workshops


LEAD BEYOND – accelerating innovative women who change the world


06:30 AM – 05:30 PM

Registration & Office (Closed at Lunch)

08:00 AM – 08:15 AM Welcome/Introduction

  • Nita Patel, Founder & Chair, IEEE WIE ILC
  • 08:15 AM – 08:30 AM Technology Demonstration
    08:30 AM – 09:00 AM Peggy Johnson – Executive Vice President, Business Development, Microsoft
    09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Danielle Brown – ‎Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, ‎Intel Corporation
    09:30 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break & Exhibits
    Track 1:
    Track 2:
    Track 3:
    Executive Leadership
    Track 4:
    Disruptive Technology
    Track 5:
    Women in…
    Location SJCC, 210AE SJCC, 210BF SJCC, 210CG SJCC, 210DH SJCC, 211AC
    10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Robots, Disasters, and Refugees: How Unmanned Systems are

    Robin Murphy, Professor, Texas A&M
    Connecting the Generational Gaps in Business
    Alejandra Crisafulli, Co-Founder, Naked Audience Productions

    Bonnie Bonadeo, Co-Founder, Naked Audience Productions
    Feeding the Soul of Business: How to Be a More Purposeful
    Servant Leader

    Candy Barone, CEO & Founder, You Empowered Strong, LLC
    Future of Cloud powered by Cognitive Computing
    Maja Vukovic, Research Manager and Scientist, IBM Research

    Valentina Salapura, IBM Master Inventor and Chief Architect, IBM

    Topic to be announced
    Allison Gray, Solutions Architect, NVIDIA

    Large-Scale Deep Learning
    Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow, Google
    Women in…

    Women in CPMT – Heterogeneous Integration & Reinventing the Technology Roadmap
    Kristina Young-Fisher, ‎Principal Engineer at GlobalFoundries

    Women in Control
    Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Kansas and IEEE Women in Engineering Chair
    11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Texas Instruments & Innovation The Neuroscience of Success: 4 Steps to Mastering Your

    Michele Molitor, CEO, Nectar Consulting, Inc.
    Creating Influence and Impact
    JJ DiGeronimo, President, Tech Savvy Women
    12:15 PM – 01:45 PM LUNCH
    Track 1:
    Track 2:
    Track 3:
    Executive Leadership
    Track 4:
    Disruptive Technology
    Track 5:
    Location SJCC, 210AE SJCC, 210BF SJCC, 210CG SJCC, 210DH SJCC, 211AC
    01:45 PM – 02:30 PM How to create true innovation within a company
    Kira Makagon, Executive Vice President of Innovation, RingCentral
    PANEL – STEM Education & Opportunities for the Next

    • Moderator: Erika Jefferson, President and Founder, Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)
    • Nupur Prakash (India), Vice Chancellor & President, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women
    • Makgola Makololo (Africa), Deputy Director General, Department of Public Enterprises – South Africa
    • Ariunbolor Purvee (Mongolia), Founder & President, Mongolian University of Science and Technology
    Getting Your Boss To Listen To You; The Seven Disciplines Of The Trusted Strategic Advisor
    James E. Lukaszewski, President, The Lukaszewski Group Devision
    Security Innovation for a Multi-Cloud World
    Hemma Prafullchandra, CTO at HyTrust

    Áine Shivnan, Vice President Program Management, Qualcomm Research

    Design Thinking
    Archana Jain, Vice President, Verizon

    Out in the Open: Social Innovation, Diversity and Open Source

    • Bhaktipriya Shridhar Radharapu, Open Source Enthusiast
    • Judy Gichoya, Open Source Health IT Developer
    • Nithya A. Ruff, Head SanDisk’s Open Source Strategy Office
    Entrepreneur is a Verb
    Courtney Gras, Executive Director, Launch League
    02:45 PM – 03:45 PM PANEL: What is the Next Frontier: A Spirited (friendly)

    • Moderator: Cathy Chen, Senior Associate,
    • Kate Boeckman, Senior Manager, Strategic Product Management, Applied Innovation, Thomson Reuters
    • Maria Gorlatova, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University Electrical Engineering Department
    • Sarah E. Knoop, Senior Technical Staff Member, Manager of Mobile Health Solutions Innovation, IBM Watson Health
    • Julia Schwarz, Senior Researcher, Microsoft HaloLens, Microsoft Corporation
    PANEL – Global Advancement of Women in Tech

    • Moderator: Sabari Raja (Nepris), Co-Founder & CEO
    • Anar Simpson (Technovation), Special Advisor, Women Girls & Technology, Mozilla, Deputy, UN High Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment – ‎United Nations
    • Martha Alade (Women in Technology in NIgeria), Founder
    • Katie Mishra (Code Cirle), High School Student & Founder
    • Rovani Sigamoney (UNESCO), Assistant Programme Specialist, UNESCO Engineering Initiative (SC/UEI)
    PANEL – Defining Leadership

    • Moderator: Denise Douglas, Associate Dean at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University
    • Michelle Levesque, Staff Engineer, Google
    • Applied Materials
    • Brigadier General Miyako Schanely
    • Rashmi Char, Vice President Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated

    PANEL – Entrepreneurial Funding

    • moderator: Kimberly Weisul, Editor-at-large, Inc.
    • Trish Costello, CEO & Founder, Portfolia
    • Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups China
    03:45 PM – 04:45 PM Coffee Break & Exhibits & Energize Activities
    04:45 PM – 05:15 PM Lakshmi Puri – Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
    05:15 PM – 05:45 PM KEYNOTE – To Be Announced
    05:45 PM – 06:00 PM Nicola (Nicki) Palmer – Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless



    06:30 AM – 05:30 PM

    Registration & Office (Closed at Lunch)

    08:30 AM – 08:45 AM Welcome/Introduction

  • Karen Bartleson, IEEE President & CEO
  • 08:45 AM – 09:00 AM Future of Technology – Stefanie Tompkins, Acting Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Maria Klawe – President, Harvey Mudd College
    09:30 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break, Exhibits & Career Fair
    10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pitch Bootcamp – Learn to Pitch with the Founders Institute
    Track 1:
    Track 2:
    Track 3:
    Executive Leadership
    Track 4:
    Disruptive Technology
    Track 5:
    Location SJCC, 210AE SJCC, 210BF SJCC, 210CG SJCC, 210DH SJCC, 211AC
    10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Accelerating Innovation

    • Randi S. Sumner, Senior Director, IEEE Strategy & Entrepreneurship
    • Allan Tear, Founder, Betaspring
    • Melissa Withers, Managing Director, Betaspring
    7th Level Engineering: How to shift to a mastery vs
    performance mindset to get success

    Sandi Mitchell, CEO, APEX Leadership Mastery
    Women Changing the Face of Leadership: 3 Strategies to Meet
    the New Business Revolution

    Patti Cotton, Founder & CEO, Women Who Take the Lead
    Rethinking the future: The power of Super Grid
    Catalina Spataru, Lecturer, UCL Energy Institute

    Power Grids
    Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, ComEd

    Paulina Chan, Principal & CEO, Global Mutual Innovation Consortium

    Topic TBD
    Deanna Hearns, Principal Group Program Manager, HoloLens and Mixed Reality Experiences, Microsoft
    Entrepreneurship – Women Start Ups/Leadership
    Jenny Ta, Founder & CEO,
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PANEL:
    Innovating Against the Current

    • Jean McManus, Executive Director for Emerging Technologies, Verizon Labs
    • Osnat Benari, AOL
    • Parissa Pandkhou, Verizon
    • Gina Otts, Verizon Labs
    PANEL: Why Innovation, Exploration, Experimentation & Embracing Risk is Good for Philanthropy
    Leah Jamieson
    PANEL – TBD PANEL – Social Entrepreneurs

    • Moderator: Tulsi Dharmarajan, Vice President Product Management & Design, Verb Inc.
    • Samantha Snabes, Co-founder: Catalyst at re:3D Inc
    • Jean Anne Booth, CEO and founder, Unaliwear
    • Eileen Carey, CEO and founder, Glassbreakers
    12:30 PM – 02:00 PM LUNCH
    02:00 PM – 04:00 PM Pitch Competition hosted by VMware and Women Who Code
    Track 1:
    Track 2:
    Track 3:
    Executive Leadership
    Track 4:
    Disruptive Technology
    Track 5:
    Location SJCC, 210AE SJCC, 210BF SJCC, 210CG SJCC, 210DH SJCC, 211AC
    02:00 PM – 02:45 PM Not Applicable Lead from the Stage + Present Like a Pro!
    Angela Lussier, CEO, Speaker Sisterhood
    LEADERSHIP – Conscious Leadership – The New

    Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda, CEO, Compelling-Conversations, Training & Diversity Consulting
    The Future of Medicine
    Robin Farmanfarmaian, Angel Investor and VP, Invicta Medical

    Conquering Cancer with Data
    Darya Chudova, PhD, VP of Bioinformatics at Guardant Health

    Neurofeedback PEMF and emerging electronic technologies to improve wellness
    Ali Farhin, Certified Neurofeedback Provider, Frisco Neurofeedback

    Sharon Stubbs, MD, Medical Director
    Entrepreneurship in the Enterprise
    Kathy Herring-Hayashi, Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm

    Entrepreneurship in Palestine
    Nadiah H. Saba’neh

    The Business Model of You!
    Hillary Barnhart, Senior Director, AGS Equipment, Applied Materials, Inc
    03:00 PM – 03:45 PM Retaining High Tech Women Once They’re in the Door
    Karen Holtzblatt, CEO, InContext Design
    Negotiating Career Success: 3 Relationships that Matter
    Rosina L. Racioppi, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
    03:45 PM – 04:15 PM Coffee Break & Exhibits & Energize Activities
    04:15 PM – 04:45 PM Sallie Krawcheck – ‎CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest
    04:45 PM – 05:15 PM KEYNOTE – To Be Announced
    05:15 PM – 05:35 PM Conference Closing

  • Pitch Winner Announcement – Supported by VMware & Women Who Code
  • Winning Pitch Presentation
  • Closing & welcome to San Jose Tech Museum
  • 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM NETWORKING RECEPTION – at San Jose Tech Museum (separate guest
    tickets available)