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Sallie L. Krawcheck

CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest

Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a recently launched digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, a many-thousand-strong global professional woman's network. And she is the Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women. Krawcheck has been named among the top ten of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People" list. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and of Smith Barney.

Lakshmi Puri

Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Ms. Lakshmi Puri (India) is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Having joined the leadership team in 2011 at the inception of UN Women, she has contributed strategically and vitally to building this new and dynamic entity. She is directly responsible for the leadership and management of the Bureau for Intergovernmental Support, UN System Coordination, and Strategic Partnerships, and was the Acting Head of UN Women from March to August 2013.

Throughout her career, Ms. Puri has interacted with global leaders, decision-makers and opinion influencers at the highest levels. She has developed transformative partnerships with governments, civil society, academia, youth, private sector and the media. She has been a dynamic mobilizer of resources for UN Women and the gender equality agenda.

Over the years, Ms. Puri has received awards and accolades for her work as a human rights advocate since she first became engaged in the global development, human rights, and humanitarian discourse, policy-making and norm setting. She has been the recipient of the innovative NOVUS Award for championing the SDGs, especially for Excellence and Leadership on Gender Equality, as well as the Millennium Campus Network 2015 Global Generation Award as Inspiration for Youth. In recognition of her contribution to furthering the mission of the United Nations, her deep-seated commitment to human rights, as well as the global impact of her work, Ms. Puri was awarded the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award 2016 by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, San Diego Chapter, which the architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had founded.- See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/directorate/ded-intergovernmental-support-and-strategic-partnerships#sthash.jtw0EeC5.dpuf

Peggy Johnson

‎Executive Vice President, Business Development at Microsoft

As executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for Microsoft and its customers. Johnson works with external partners around the world, ranging from start-ups to large-scale enterprises, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation and unlock shared value. In this capacity, she also manages Microsoft’s relationship with the venture capital community and oversees strategic investments through the company’s corporate venture fund, Microsoft Ventures.

Prior to this role, Johnson spent 24 years at Qualcomm, where she served as a member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee. During her time at Qualcomm, Johnson held various leadership positions across engineering, sales, marketing and business development, and ran the Qualcomm Internet Services business unit. Most recently, Johnson was executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president of global market development, where she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships for the company.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Johnson worked as an engineer for General Electric’s Military Electronics Division.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University. She represents the United States on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council and serves as a board member for Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. She has been recognized by multiple organizations, including Silicon Republic (“40 Powerful Women Leading Tech Around the World”), Business Insider (“26 Most Powerful Female Engineers in 2016”), Connected World Magazine (“2014 Women of M2M List”), Women in Technology International (“2013 Hall of Fame Award”) and STEM (“100 Women Leaders in STEM, 2012?).

Read more at https://news.microsoft.com/exec/peggy-johnson/#EwF0Yl1DfwrLm0es.99

Maria Klawe

President of Harvey Mudd College

Maria Klawe became Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served in various roles from 1988 to 2002. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Klawe is a member of the board of the nonprofit Math for America, the chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. Recent awards includethe 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

Danielle Brown

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Intel

Danielle Brown is Intel’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and a VP in Human Resources. She leads the strategy and execution of Intel’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative.In this role, Danielle is responsible for leading the team’s efforts around Intel’s bold goal to achieve full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in our US workforce by 2020. Previously, Danielle served as the Chief of Staff and Technical Assistant for Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel Corporation for 2.5 years, where she was responsible for providing strategic and operational support to Intel’s CEO and executive leadership team.She has held several leadership roles in the Human Resources organization, including Intel’s Executive Talent Management, Global Learning, and Operations organizations. Danielle has led Intel’s Network of Executive Women (iNEW) initiative for several years and is actively involved in developing Intel’s female leadership pipeline.

Nicola Palmer

Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless

Nicola (Nicki) Palmer is Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wirelesscompany in the United States. She is responsible for planning, engineering, buildingand operating Verizon Wireless’ industry-leading voice and data networks and overseesthe design and deployment of the company’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s largest andthe world’s most advanced wireless data network.

Palmer began her career at Bell Atlantic in 1990 and has held a number of leadershippositions in engineering, operations, and program management supporting advanceddata and IP products. During her career she also was responsible for the planning,design and operation of Verizon's global voice, data and IP networks, which span morethan 2,600 cities in 150 countries touching six continents. She also led the engineeringand operations of the fiber-to- the-premises (FTTP) network, which enables Verizon'sFiOS data and TV services.

Active in a number of organizations including the National Academy Foundation, Palmeris a staunch advocate for women in business and promoting education and careers inScience, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She has been recognized byFierce Wireless as one of the industry Women to Watch in 2016, as well as one of theMost Influential Women in Wireless in both 2012 and 2013.

Palmer earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Penn State Universityand an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. Sheresides in NJ with her husband and three children.

Karen Bartleson

2017 IEEE President and CEO

Karen Bartleson has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, specifically in electronic design automation. Karen retired as Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company, where her responsibilities included creating programs for technical standards development, software tool interoperability, and creating and maintaining strong relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide. Prior to Synopsys, Karen brought her exceptional professional and leadership skills to bear at United Technologies Microelectronics Center and Texas Instruments.

Karen was President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014. During her tenure, she led the development of a new strategic plan, furthered the principles of the OpenStand market-driven standardization paradigm, and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration.

As a member of and leader within the IEEE Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014, she chaired and led the development of the strategic plan for the IEEE Internet Initiative Committee, whose charter is to raise IEEE’s influence and profile in the areas of Internet governance, cyber-security, and cyber-privacy policy development. She was also a member of the IEEE Strategy Committee, overseeing the development of the role of IEEE in global public policy.

In 2016, Karen was also appointed to the new U.S. Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Bartleson, an IEEE senior member, and 16 other leaders from the fields of banking, economics, law, and technology are tasked with recommending ways to advance economic growth and job opportunities in the digital age.

Karen has published numerous articles about standards and universities and has authored the book “The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards” (Synopsys Press, 2010). In 2003, she received the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. She earned a B.S. in Engineering Science with a concentration in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 1980.