2020 Speakers

 

 

TELLE WHITNEY
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TELLE WHITNEY

Women & Technology Expert | Speaker | Co-founder Grace Hopper Celebration
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Telle Whitney is a senior executive leader, an entrepreneur, a recognized expert on diversity andinclusion, and a true pioneer on the issue of women and technology. She has over 20 years ofleadership experience, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women inTechnology. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of Women and Technology.Telle co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference with Anita Borgin 1994 and served as CEO of the Anita Borg Institute from 2002 to September 2017. Shetransformed the Institute into a recognized world leader for women and technology.She has won numerous awards including the ACM distinguished service award, an honorary degreefrom CMU, and is an honorary member of IEEE. She serves on multiple boards and advisorycouncils. She is also the co-founder of the National Center for Women and Information Technology(NCWIT).Telle holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology and aBS in Computer Science from the University of Utah.
Sonita Lontoh
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Sonita Lontoh

SVP and Global Head of Marketing for HP’s 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing
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Sonita Lontoh is the SVP and Global Head of Marketing for HP’s 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing business. Sonita has almost two decades of experience focusing on how new emerging technology such as Industrial IoT and Additive are enabling digital transformation. Her experience spans both venture-backed Silicon Valley start-ups and Fortune 100 global technology and industrial companies.Outside of work, Sonita is passionate about advancing more women in technology and in increasing global technology cross-collaborations between the U.S. and emerging countries. She has been invited by the White House to speak at former President Barack Obama’s Global Innovation Summit and to attend an event honoring AAPI Women Champions of Change. In 2017, Sonita was inducted into the U.S. National Asian American Hall of Fame and MIT listed her as one of its Notable Women Alumni.Sonita earned her Master of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sallie Krawcheck
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Sallie Krawcheck

CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest,
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Sallie Krawcheck’s mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals (or,put more bluntly, to get more money into the hands of women), thus enabling them to livebetter lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and oureconomy. She is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital-first, mission-driveninvestment platform for women.  Ellevest is one of the fastest growing digital investmentplatforms and has been named a #24 on CNBC’s top 50 "Disruptor" list, #14 on LinkedIn’s50 “Most Sought-After Startups” ( #2 in New York), and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top100 Brilliant Ideas. Krawcheck is also Chair of Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong globalprofessional women’s network; and she is the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power ofWomen at Work.”Krawcheck, one of the few executives to find success in large complex companies and as astartup CEO, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business.  She hasbeen recognized by Inc. as a “Top Female Founder”, called "The Last Honest Analyst"by Fortune magazine, was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes,was # 9 on Fast Company's list of the "100 Most Creative People in Business and isconsidered one of the "Most Influential People in ESG Investing" by Barron's." She has beencalled one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazineand has landed on Vanity Fair’s “The 2018 New Establishment List.”Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck built a successful career on Wall Street: She was theCEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C.Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, Krawcheck was atop-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.Krawcheck received a BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at ChapelHill and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. She has two children and twocats.
Susan Kathy Land
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Susan Kathy Land

IEEE President-Elect 2020
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As a Program Manager for a United States Federal Government agency. Ms. Land has served three terms on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Board of Directors. She served as a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors (2013, 2016), as a member of Region 3 Executive Committee (2016, 2017), was President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams.Ms. Land is IEEE President-Elect, an IEEE Fellow, and is the author or co-author of a number of texts, papers, webinars all supporting sound software engineering principles and practical application of software process methodologies. For additional information: www.susankathyland.com
Erica Lockheimer
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Erica Lockheimer

VP, Software Engineering – LinkedIn Learning
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Erica Lockheimer has been at LinkedIn since 2010 where she held the role of Sr. Director ofEngineering heading the Growth Engineering team for over four years, with her focus onincreasing growth in new members and deepening engagement with members acrossLinkedIn's products. She started the Growth Team from the ground up to now a highperforming 120-person team. In 2018, she moved on to her next play at LinkedIn and isnow the VP of Engineering for the LinkedIn Learning team, formerly known as Lynda.com.She is also responsible for LinkedIn's Women In Tech (WIT) initiative that is focused onempowering women in technical roles within the company. Prior to LinkedIn, she worked atGood Technology as Director of Server Engineering to securely manage and synchronize e-mail and calendar data between Exchange and mobile devices. She loves the challenge ofstarting with something nascent and carving out the right strategy, hiring the best people,and plotting a course to drive results. In 2014 and 2015, Erica was voted amongst the top22 women engineers in the world by Business Insider. Erica is a San Francisco Bay Areanative, has 2 kids, loves to run and is a graduate from San Jose State University with a B.S.in Computer Engineering.
Anar Simpson
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Anar Simpson

Global Ambassador - Technovation; Strategic Partnerships Advisor - TechWomen
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Anar is a key influencer for Women, Girls and Technology. She is the Global Ambassador forTechnovation - which is building a pipeline of young girls to enter STEM careers which has nowreached over 100 countries. She was appointed as a Deputy to the UN High Level Panel onWomen's Economic Empowerment led this initiative at Mozilla. Anar works with governments,international agencies and technology companies on the digital inclusion of women. In additionshe has been instrumental in the growth, outreach and experience of the US StateDepartment’s TechWomen initiative which empowers, connects and supports the nextgeneration of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East with their counterparts in SiliconValley.Anar has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Communications,University of Calgary and a graduate of Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at theGraduate School of Business at Stanford University.Anar has been recognized for her leadership and outstanding contribution to closing the industrygender gap by the University of Calgary as a Distinguished Alumni, UN Women and ITUGEM-Tech Award, GSMA Global Mobile Leadership Award for her leadership and outstandingcontribution to closing the industry gender gap. In 2017 Anar was recognized as a Women ofInfluence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Lea-Ann W. Berst
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Lea-Ann W. Berst

Producer, Pioneers in Skirts
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Lea-Ann W. Berst is the producer of Pioneers in Skirts.A Raleigh, NC-based producer, writer, and activationmarketer, Lea-Ann spent 17 years of her career in thetech corporate arena at IBM, Memorex Telex, andKyocera before transitioning to business consultingfor mid-to-large sized companies.When not in a conference room, Lea-Ann contributesto non-profit boards, guest lectures on the topic ofmarketing practice, and produces narrative shorts andsocial impact documentaries.She is a winner of several technical and leadership awards – including the NC Triangle Women in Businessaward and the prestigious IBM Award of Excellence.Lea-Ann entered her career at a time where she had to fight for many of her career achievements. When sheheard her daughter Ashley’s story, she was frustrated to realize that the years of championing her daughter tobe and do anything she wanted wasn’t working. Lea-Ann was shocked to hear that Ashley was fighting harderthan she did!That’s when Lea-Ann joined Ashley to share Ashley’s story; revealing the career obstacles she and many otherwomen still have to deal with today.Now that the film is completed, Lea-Ann is focused on building partnerships and tactics designed to deepen andadvance the impact the film will have on our culture.
Ashley Maria
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Ashley Maria

Director, Pioneers in Skirts
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Ashley Maria is the director of Pioneers in Skirts.Ashley is a filmmaker known for her work as a writer anddirector and location sound mixer for feature & shortfilms, new media, and television commercials. A winnerof the prestigious Directors Guild of America (DGA)award, she has also been recognized by the DGAWomen’s Steering Committee as representing The Futureof Women in Film.When not on set, Ashley is a directing instructor atUCLA’s Film School and a sound instructor at theAmerica Film Institute’s Young Women in Film program.Ashley was also twice selected as a North Americandelegate to attend the United Nation's Commission onthe Status of Women - the principal global policy-makingbody dedicated exclusively to gender equality and theadvancement of women.
Patty Burke
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Patty Burke

Innovation and Venture Catalyst
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Patty is an Innovation and Venture Catalyst with The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) focused on leadership trends and new service innovation. She is the co-author of Beating the Odds: Surviving and Thriving as a Woman in STEM, a new book that tells the personal stories of how technical women succeed in today’s workplace. Patty also co-developed CCL’s pioneering Advancing Technical Women course that has helped thousands of technical women advance in their careers. Prior to joining CCL, she was an innovation and corporate venture capital consultant working with venture capitalists, startups and global corporations. She was previously VP Marketing at Symantec and at start-up Ramp Networks where she led marketing and corporate positioning strategy from product introduction to NASDAQ IPO and acquisition. Patty was an instructor for CalTech Industrial Relations and advisor to entrepreneurial programs at California College of the Arts/Design MBA and San Jose State University Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. Patty has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and currently resides in San Jose, California.
Kelly Simmons
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Kelly Simmons

Senior Faculty, CCL
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Kelly joined the Center for Creative Leadership as an Associate Coach in EMEA in 2008, and as Senior Facultyin San Diego, California in 2015. She began her working career as a Manufacturing and Supply Chain engineerat Hewlett Packard Company in San Diego, USA and Guadalajara, Mexico where she led projects based in Asiaand South America.Kelly is a specialist in applying systems thinking to organizational, team and individual leadershipdevelopment. She has merged a solution focused approach with learning and development, culture change,coaching and facilitation to engage organizations to meet the wide range of situations that they face.Prior to joining CCL, Kelly led the set up and operation of the consulting and training departments of twostart-up boutique consulting firms in Barcelona, Spain. She has been on the faculty at EADA business schoolin Barcelona, Spain for 10 years, and has designed and delivered leadership and organizational developmentprograms across Europe and the United States. She has worked within the tech/high tech/biotech, finance,manufacturing, consumer products, healthcare, energy and alternative energy sectors.Her specialization in organizational systems shows up in the chapter she co-authored in the book, “Seeingteams as Human Systems” in the 2008 publication of “Do you Work or Collaborate?” (“¿Trabajas ocolaboras?) by Profit Editorial, 2011. She has spoken twice about Systems Thinking in Leadership at the IEEEInternational Women’s Leadership Conference in the Silicon Valley (2014 & 2015).
Enric Bernal
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Enric Bernal

Latin America Manager, CCL
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Enric brings an extensive an international business experience working with multinational and Fortune 500 accounts across several industries such as Manufacturing, Logistics, Electronics, Biotech, Automotive, Financial Services, Retail, Utilities, and Government. Prior joining CCL, Enric worked for Hewlett-Packard for 13 years occupying several executive positions in Spain, USA and Mexico within operations, strategic marketing, business development and consulting. Enric is an expert in organizational culture and executive alignment. He co-founded and lead an innovative Organizational Development consultancy focused on organizational culture transformation that continues to develop internationally: Pinea3 Living Organizations. Enric was also the Director of Executive Education at EADA business school (Spain), designing and delivering custom leadership development programs for top European corporations such as Electricité de France (EDF). Enric, throughout his career, lived and worked in Japan, France, The Netherlands, USA, Mexico, and Spain and speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and French fluently.