We’ve known since COVID-19 began that we would have an opportunity to rebuild our world the way it ought to be. And now, we’ve seen horrific reminders of what “normal” in the United States of America looks like. We need to do better.
Diversity Reboot 2020 is the free virtual gathering for women, allies, policymakers and business leaders who understand that talk is cheap: jobs and commitments from leaders are what we need now.
Watch It Again! Relive the excitement! All recorded videos of the summit are now available.
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Founder & CEO
Political Strategist and Author
United States Representative, State of Florida
President & CEO, SHRM
United States Senator, State of New York
CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest
Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
Global Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook
Executive Vice President at Hearst
Chief Talent Officer, ServiceNow
United States Representative, State of California
CEO, YWCA USA
Founder, President, and CEO, Global Policy Solutions
Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Founder & CEO, TransTech & Actress, “Pose”
Mayor of the City of Topeka & Congressional Candidate
Founder & CEO, BuzzFeed
Director of Program Strategy and Investment, Pivotal Ventures
Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging - Indeed
Head of Community, HER App
Founder + CEO of RebelMouse
Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University
CEO and Co-Founder
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Founder and CEO, FemInEM
Portfolio Manager, Managing Member, Gilder Gagon Howe & Co. LLC
Chief People Officer, Vice Media
Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, ESPN
Director of Talent Acquisition, Founder of TheValleyPearl.com, and Career & Leadership Coach
Publisher, Vox Media, Inc.
Head Of Innovation Lab at E*Trade
Executive Director, SumOfUs
SVP, Diversity & Inclusion, Pacific Western Bank
Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach
Sr. Local Communities Manager, Anita Borg Institute
CEO, The Female Quotient
Founder and CEO of WIE
Founder & CEO , The Muse
Co-Founder & CEO, WayUp
CEO, Grasshopper Bank
Author and Founder & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting
Author and Founder & CEO, Move The Crowd
Lawyer & Criminal Justice Reformer
Investor & Director, People Operations, Imply
Head of Growth
Full Stack Engineer, PowerToFly
Investor, Cowboy Ventures
Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Global Head, Strategy, Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi
Publisher & CEO, Diversity Woman
Head of Area 120 & Director, Google
Senior Vice President, MINDBODY
Chair and Co-founder, iRelaunch
Managing Director, Cleo Capital
Technology Product Director, Dow Jones
COO DineXpert, Former Washington Post Publisher
Author & Journalist
Editor, HBR.org and Managing Director, Harvard Business Review
CEO, Translator, Inc
CEO & President, LiveSafe
CEO & Co-Founder, Knotel
Executive Vice President, Managing Director,
Political Contributor, CBS
Founder, ThePLUG and Build the Good
Human Rights Campaign
Associate Director, Global Workplace Equality Program
Senior Software Engineer, Commercial Software Engineering
Chief Technology Correspondent, Axios
Reporter, Diversity and Inclusion at Forbes
Founder & CEO, The Juggernaut
Founder, ABK Creates
Founder, STORi Digital
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, North Base Media
AI Research Student, Sapienza University of Rome
Sr. Director of Engineering
Team Lead, Kibana Applications, Elastic
Assistant Director of the STEAM Learning Lab, Lesley University
Founder, Pierre Noir LLC
Software Developer & Consultant, Slalom
Senior QA Lead, Kantar
Software Engineer, Raytheon Technologies
Senior Editor for Membership and Innovation, HuffPost
Senior Vice President, Global HR
CEO, Organized SHIFT
Founder & CEO, The Memo, LLC
Head of Learning and Organizational Development, Quartet Health
Program Manager, Diversity, Aetna, a CVS Health Company
Consultant, Author and Speaker
Founder, Something Major
Senior Engineering Manager, Vrbo Marketing Data, Expedia Group
Principal Consultant & Career Strategist
Principal Recruiter, Raytheon Technologies
Partner, Davis Wright Tramaine LLP ,/
CEO, The Lioness Group
Director of Mentorship, PowerToFly
Founder, Tanagui LLC
Founder & CEO, RiverSound Solutions
Solutions Manager, Deloitte
Managing Editor of The News & Observer and The Herald Sun
Chief Financial and People Officer, Code for America
CoFounder & Lead Scientist, GetRaised
Coronavirus News for Black Folks
Lawyer & Director, American Negotiation Institute
Fair Chance Development Manager, Check
Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries
CTO & Co-Founder, LimeLoop
Partner, Upfront Ventures
Chief of Staff, Time Equities, Inc.
CEO, The Pre-Nursing Platform
President & CEO, Alliance for Health Policy
Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development
Founder, Racy Conversations
Historian | Antiracism Educator | Podcast Host | Racial & Social Justice Advocate | Facilitator
Director, Diversity & Inclusion | Learning & Development, MarketSource, Inc.
CEO, Blur Rail
Staff Engineer, Razorpay
Principal, BBI Engineering
Principal Consultant, Maria Mortati Experience Design
Software Engineer, Gatsby
VP, Business Development, GrayMeta Inc.
Sr Director, Platform Engineering, Tile
Senior Consultant - Atlassian CoE, Nagarro
Sr. Software Engineering Manager, Vrbo
Senior Quality Engineer, S&P Global
Principal, Crosslink Capital
Associate, Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Group, Cooley LLP
Creative Technologies, Designer, & Researcher
President, Musala Soft
Partner - Financial Services, EY
Head of Partnerships & Monetization Strategy, RebelMouse
Founder/COO, Instant Teams
Diversity and Inclusion Through Team Member Empowerment Strategies, Dell
Founder, Mama Glow
Author & Director, Better Life Lab, New America
EVP & Chief People Officer at Palo Alto Networks
Deputy Director, Transgender Strategy Center
Senior Manager - Financial Services, EY
Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness at CSS
Director of Organizational Change Management and Transformation, Fannie Mae
Managing Director, EY
Senior Software Developer, Unbounce
Software Engineer (Android), Wikimedia Foundation ,
Founder, Brown Girl, Tech World
Senior Manager – Financial Services, EY
Drag Artist & NYC Council Candidate
DJ & Co-Owner Intlx Productions LLC
Advisor and Design Strategist, The Ohzone, Inc.
US Cyber Risk Services Leader, Deloitte
VP of Central Engineer, Packet
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist, a Fox News contributor, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and just completed a two-year appointment as the King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University. She previously served as interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee and of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. She managed the Gore campaign in 2000 and has lectured at more than 225 colleges and universities on race, diversity, women, leadership and restoring civility in politics. Brazile is the author of several books, including "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House." @DonnaBrazile
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) represents Florida’s 10th District in Congress. The first woman to serve as Orlando’s Chief of Police, she now serves on the House committees on Homeland Security, Intelligence, and the Judiciary. Demings is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus. She is a member of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Review Board and the Elections Security Taskforce. Besides serving as a Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Congresswoman Demings’ leadership positions include serving as Assistant and Regional Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of Candidate Recruitment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She recently made history as one of the first women and first African Americans to serve as an presidential Impeachment Manager. Rep. Demings has been a leader on numerous issues, including bipartisan and bicameral work in Congress to reaffirm America’s commitment to media diversity.
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and CEO of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a member of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and Chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red Cross and authors the weekly "Ask HR" column in USA Today.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has served as Senator for the State of New York since 2009, having previously served in the House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Washington, Senator Gillibrand has led the effort to appeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”; successfully advocated for compensation for 9/11 first responders and fought to reform the justice system for sexual assault survivors in the military and on college campuses.
Sallie’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals, thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and our economy. Sallie is the CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest is a mission-driven digital-first investment platform, built by women for women and the Chair of Ellevate Network, a global professional women's network. Prior, Sallie served as President of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America.
Reshma is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. A lifelong activist, Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She is the author of three books, including the International Bestseller “Brave, Not Perfect, Women Who Don't Wait In Line”.
Maxine Williams is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. In this role, she and a team of Diversity and Inclusions specialists develop strategies to attract, retain and support the growth of underrepresented people at the company. Maxine’s team works towards increasing the cognitive diversity—different ways of thinking based on people having different backgrounds, experiences and information—of all teams across Facebook
Eve is currently Executive Vice President at Hearst with responsibility for global legal operations, strategic enterprise deals, Oracle HCM technology operations, compliance and training, labor relations, corporate human resources and government affairs. She is the co-founder of Hearst Lab, an initiative to fund and support early stage women led businesses that build products, platforms or marketplaces in a manner that utilizes technology and information in new ways.
Jacqueline is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Sweater”. Her second book “Manifesto for a Moral Revolution” will be published in May 2020. In 2001, Jacqueline founded Acumen with the idea of investing philanthropic “patient-capital” in entrepreneurs seeking to solve the toughest issues of poverty.
Pat Wadors serves as Chief Talent Officer for ServiceNow, the digital workflow company making work, work better for people. That purpose, as well as Pat’s longtime focus on building healthy companies that scale, drives her vision to create amazing employee experiences for ServiceNow’s 10,000+ people around the world.
Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. Rep. Chu currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to taxes, revenues, Social Security, and Medicare.
Alejandra is the CEO of YWCA USA. She has over two decades of professional experience in Washington, D.C., having served in senior leadership in two presidential administrations. In 2014, Alejandra was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency, becoming the first Hispanic American woman to lead the agency.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is Founder, President, and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a mission driven strategy firm. She previously served as the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings has announced a run for Congress in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District to succeed her late husband Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.
Professor Bohnet, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, is the Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet is also the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program.
Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality and a current star in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series “Pose” Making TV history, the show features the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series – five transgender women of color cast to play five series regular roles, including Angelica’s role as ‘Candy Abundance’. Ross is also the President of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that helps people lift themselves out of poverty through technical training and digital work creating a social impact and bringing economic empowerment to marginalized trans and LGBTQI+ communities.
Michelle De La Isla has served as Mayor of Topeka, Kansas since 2018. Previously, she served on the Topeka City Council from 2013-2018. De La Isla is the city’s first Latina, first single mother and second woman to serve as mayor. She is currently a Democratic candidate for Congress to represent Kansas’s Second Congressional District.
Jonah is an Internet entrepreneur and co-founder & CEO of BuzzFeed. Prior to BuzzFeed, he was a co-founder of The Huffington Post.
Goli is the President & CEO of New York Public Radio. Previously, Sheikholeslami served as CEO of Chicago Public Media and as a senior executive for The Washington Post. She has held senior leadership roles across public and private media over her extensive 25 year career, helping both legacy institutions and new players grow and thrive.
Dr. Renee Wittemyer is the Director of Program Strategy and Investments for Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress for women and families in the United States. Renee leads the development and execution of innovation-focused investments and partnerships in areas ranging from women and tech, caregiving solutions to adolescent mental health.
LaFawn Davis is Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed. She leads Indeed’s strategic efforts to remove bias and eliminate barriers to entry by focusing on inclusive features and accessibility in products to help all people get jobs—and create a diverse and inclusive work environment for Indeed’s employees. Having spent more than 15 years serving in D&I leadership roles at innovative global technology companies — Google, Yahoo, PayPal and Twilio — LaFawn has cultivated her passion for diversity through strategy and data insights — and deepening relationships and strengthening communication channels within underrepresented communities in the technology industry. LaFawn is a frequent speaker and advisor at events and conferences worldwide. She was recently named one of Fast Company’s Queer50 – a ranking of the most influential and innovative queer women and nonbinary people transforming the world of business, tech, and beyond.
Shana is a black, queer womxn who is the Head of Community for HER App, the largest social and dating app for LGBTQ+ womxn and queer people. With a community of over 5 million users worldwide, Shana has worked from the ground up to launch and grow a community that supports the wants and needs for this rainbow filled group.
Özlem is an opinion leader in women empowerment in Turkey. Özlem is also focused on financial literacy and inclusion of women. Economic development and sustainability has always been in her focus. She has various roles including social entrepreneurship, management positions as well as board, committee and community memberships.
Andrea founded RebelMouse in 2012 and has since worked with such brands as Axios, The Dodo, United Airlines and BlackRock. Previously, she was the CTO of HuffingtonPost. Andrea a proud mom of four and an advocate for the rights of transgender and gender fluid people.
Eileen Donahoe is the Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPI) at Stanford University, FSI/Cyber Policy Center. She served as the first US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during the Obama Administration, and as Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch.
Frida Polli is an award-winning Harvard- and MIT-trained neuroscientist turned startup founder. She completed her predoctoral training in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at MIT. After a decade in academic neuroscience, Frida sought to apply neuroscience and data science to real-world problems. She is now CEO and cofounder of pymetrics, a startup that uses advances in cognitive neuroscience to create analytics-informed decision-making and performance-enhancement software for the human capital field. Frida earned her BA from Dartmouth College, MBA from Harvard Business School, and PhD from Suffolk University. She is the proud mother of two girls.
Dara is an emergency medicine physician, professor and advocate for the advancement of women in medicine. While treating patients, Dara became infected with COVID-19 and has become a leading advocate for the risks the pandemic poses to healthcare workers’ mental health. Additionally, Dara is the Founder and CEO of FemInEM.
Shaiza Rizavi is a managing member and portfolio manager at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. (GGHC), a New York-based growth-equity brokerage and investment management firm dedicated to individual investors. Ms. Rizavi serves on the boards of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History, the Calhoun School, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Acumen.
Daisy is the Chief People Officer at Vice Media and the Founder and CEO of Auger-Dominguez Ventures, a consultancy that takes global companies and social impact organizations from inclusive workplace culture theory to practice through organizational psychology, strategic planning and capacity building.
Kevin Merida is a senior vice president at ESPN and editor in chief of The Undefeated, the nation’s premier platform exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. Since its launch in May 2016, The Undefeated has won numerous awards for its content, produced seven television specials, six music videos, two New York Times bestselling children’s books, and convened more than a dozen townhalls and other live events on topics ranging from the achievements of black female athletes to social activism in sports.
Jasmine is an award winning, ambitious, results-driven, leader and speaker with 14 years of progressive experience in global talent acquisition; building consensus at senior levels within organizations. She currently serves as Director of Talent Acquisition (US & Canada) for a Fortune 500 company.
Melissa Bell is an American journalist and technologist. She helped launch the Indian business newspaper Mint, and held several positions at The Washington Post, starting in 2010. In 2014, co-founded the news and opinion website Vox where she currently serves as publisher.
Jeanne Jang is an executive with proven track record for creating new businesses in digital and emerging tech. She has experience in both technology and finance industries. In her current position, she works closely with startups, VCs, and enterprises, as the head of Ventures and Labs at E*TRADE.
Emma recently became the Executive Director of SumOfUs, a global non-profit advocacy organization and online community that campaigns to hold corporations accountable on issues such as climate change, workers’ rights, discrimination, human rights, animal rights, after eight years as Deputy Director of Avaaz.
Dee leads PWB’s corporate diversity and inclusion strategy focused on creating and implementing innovative, sustainable plans that promote inclusion, diversity and equity across stakeholder groups. She develops and manages education and engagement programs for internal and external audiences, including candidates, employees, clients, partners, suppliers and community groups. Represent PWB as diversity ambassador.
Rick C. Wade is vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences.
Natasha collaborates with community volunteers around the world to ensure events are being created and organized to attract, retain and promote women in the technology fields. In addition she works on curating speakers for the Male Ally Summit and teaching individuals to code under Code with AnitaB.org Initiative.
Shelley Zalis is an internationally-renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace. As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, helped elevate feminine values in the workplace and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and role model to women and leaders in her industry. Today, through The Female Quotient, Zalis is advancing gender equality across many industries and career levels with the Equality Lounge®, pop-up experiences at conferences across the globe.
Dee Poku-Spalding is an entrepreneur, community builder and women’s advocate. She was born in the UK and raised between London and Accra. She is the Founder and CEO of WIE, an influential membership network and platform for women leaders. Dee also founded The Other Festival, a platform for female makers and creators and Black Women Raise, an initiative designed to increase access to capital for black female founders.
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of The Muse and loves helping people find careers they actually enjoy. She has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship topics to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.
Liz is the co-founder and CEO of WayUp, the go-to platform for early-career professionals (students & recent grads) to explore opportunities, receive advice, and get hired by employers. Prior to founding WayUp 6 years ago, Liz worked at Google in India as a Product Marketing Manager.
Adda is the founder and CEO of Skillcrush, an online tech-education company helping our students make a career change into tech. Skillcrush has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, Fast Company and PBS, amongst others.
Judith is the CEO of Grasshopper Bank, a digital banking service. Judith was on the founding executive team for Square 1 Bank in 2005, responsible for venture capital services globally. She previously worked at Imperial and Comerica.
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Jennifer's second book, How to Be an Inclusive Leader, is a shortlist O.W.L. Award and Nautilus Book Award winner in Business categories, and provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.
Rha Goddess is THE entrepreneurial soul coach behind hundreds of breakthrough changemakers, cultural visionaries, and social entrepreneurs. In 2011 Rha founded Move The Crowd, an entrepreneurial training company dedicated to creative and cultural entrepreneurs working at the intersection of values, profitability and social impact.
Janos Marton is a lawyer and criminal justice reformer who has spent his career fighting against powerful interests and standing up for New York communities. As Special Counsel to the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, Marton investigated Democrats, Republicans, and special interests. Janos is a candidate in the 2021 Democratic Primary for Manhattan District Attorney, taking place on June 22, 2021.
Rachel finds joy in building meaningful impact for the greater good through focus, team play, shared values, and being inspired by others. Currently Director, People Operations at Imply, Rachel previously served as Chief Talent Officer at PowerToFly.
Lauren Guilbeaux is a sales leader and growth strategist helping companies center their sales strategy in empathy and true connection to their customers. As a trans woman in the technology space for over 12 years, Lauren is personally committed to spearheading the diversity and inclusion strategies needed to create necessary corporate culture shifts. Lauren is currently Head of Growth at ThinkHuman where she helps companies develop inclusive leaders through cohort based training and coaching that elevates emotional intelligence and creates long lasting behavior changes.
Princess is a software developer and artificial intelligence enthusiast based in Nigeria. Before joining PowerToFly, she served as the Network Director for Women Who Code and Program Manager for FavCode54.
Jomayra has experience working with early and growth-stage companies both as an investor and an operator. She is incredibly passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs to help grow and scale their companies. Prior to Cowboy, she spent nearly 3 years as an investor at Emerson Collective.
Craig is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He has worked in Africa and Southeast Asia as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects examining access to medical care and human rights. An ebola survivor, Dr. Spencer serves as Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at @ColumbiaMed, teaches public health at @NYPhospital and serves on the board of @MSF_USA.
Bridget is responsible for global strategy, client engagement and business development efforts at Citi, where she is actively engaged in Citi’s gender equity and inclusion initiatives. Bridget is also co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems.
Dr. Sheila Robinson is Owner and Publisher of Diversity Woman Magazine, a professional business magazine for women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs of all races, cultures and backgrounds. Dr. Robinson is a former Marketing Director with the textiles division of global chemical giant DuPont, where she traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad tracking apparel trends displayed at industry events.
Michelle leads Area 120, a startup incubator at Google with 25+ teams building new products and businesses at Google. Michelle is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Influencer Series, an invite-only community of technology leaders.
Regina currently serves as Senior Vice President at MINDBODY, your source for fitness memberships, workout classes, wellness services, beauty appointments, while also serving as the Vice Mayor for the City of East Palo Alto. Previously, Regina worked as Chief of Staff at both eBay and Facebook.
Carol Fishman Cohen is the Chair and Co-founder of career reentry firm iRelaunch, which works with over 100 global employers to build and expand their in-house return to work programs, and engages with a community of more than 80,000 "relaunchers." Her TED talk "How to get back to work after a career break” has over three million views and has been translated into 30 languages. Cohen hosts the 3,2,1 iRelaunch podcast, which has released140 episodes that have been downloaded over 200,000 times.
Sarah Kunst is the managing director of Cleo Capital & a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine. She has served as a senior advisor at Bumble where she focused on their corporate VC arm Bumble Fund and on the board of the Michigan State University Foundation endowment.
Patricia is the Principal Technology Product Director and Engineering Manager for Dow Jones Professional Information Business. She is also the author of “Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential” and has delivered keynotes on the topic of goal achievement to schools, conferences, corporate audiences, as well as fundraisers.
Katharine is an experienced business leader with a background in law and the media industry. Trained as an attorney before moving into business and operations, Katherine first served as VP of the advertising department and then as CEO and Publisher of The Washington Post. She is currently COO of DineXpert.
Heather is a veteran journalist covering entrepreneurship in emerging industries, diversity and gender equity. Her latest book, The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream will be published by Currency in August. She is also the co-author of Geek Girl Rising: Inside The Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).
Maureen Hoch is the Editor of HBR.org and the Managing Director of Digital Content for Harvard Business Publishing. She leads Harvard Business Review’s award-winning digital newsroom and the HBP Content Lab, which drives editorial innovation across the company. Among her previous roles, Maureen was the Managing Editor for Digital News at the PBS NewsHour and the Global Web Editor at the World Bank.
Natalie Egan (she / hers) is the CEO & Founder of Translator, a leading Diversity & Inclusion software platform for corporations, schools, and non-profits. Prior to Translator, she was the CEO & Founder of PeopleLinx, a venture capital backed social selling / HR-Tech company that was acquired in 2016.
Carolyn Parent has spent over 20 years in technology industries as an entrepreneur and sales leader. As CEO and President of LiveSafe, she is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the mobile safety and communications company while expanding into new markets.
Amol Sarva is the CEO and co-founder of Knotel, the world’s leading flexible workspace platform. Founded in 2016, Knotel is now in 200+ locations with over 4 million square feet across four continents. Prior to starting Knotel, Amol co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience and built a building in New York called East of East.
Kristy is the CEO of Ellevate Network, a global community for professional women, where she drives the vision of an organization redefining how women network in a digital age and hosts the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business.
Licy is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BCW where he drives healthcare policy and helps shape strategic direction on diversity, inclusion and belonging. Prior, Licy founded and served as President of The Do Canto Group, a majority-minority public affairs firm. An expert in public affairs, policy and diversity and inclusion, with over twenty five years of experience at the international, national, state and local levels across the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, Licy is an accomplished, values driven leader with unparalleled experience in developing and leading integrated public affairs and communication campaigns. He also served as Health Practice Chair and Principal at The RabenGroup, the Chief Executive Officer of The AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, and managed and helped set the leadership direction for strategic policy, communications, and advocacy investments in executive and senior government affairs roles for the American Cancer Society and the nation’s Community Health Centers. He also is the recipient of multiple industry awards and citations for his leadership, policy and public affairs acumen, including being named to The Hill Newspaper list of most influential leaders in Washington, D.C. consecutively over the last ten years.
Jamal Simmons has spent most of his career at the nexus of politics and media. He is currently a political contributor to CBS News. Until early 2020, Jamal produced and hosted several segments for Hill TV where he interviewed presidential candidates, congressional leaders, celebrities and activists for the digital platform.
Sherrell Dorsey is a data journalist, social entrepreneur, and speaker. She is also the founder of ThePLUG, providing in-depth reporting and analysis on the Black innovation economy. As the founder of Build the Good, a community development consulting company, Sherrell runs BLKTECH Interactive—North Carolina’s first hub supporting over 2,000 Black entrepreneurs and technologists.
Milagros Chirinos is the Associate Director of the Global Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In this role, she oversees HRC’s Equidad MX and CL — two in-country programs designed to promote LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces in Mexico and Chile respectively as well as ongoing expansion efforts across the world. In her three-year tenure, Milagros has deepened HRC’s efforts in the Latin American region, played a leadership role supporting the HRC Global and Workplace programs, and enhanced international business relations. Previously, as HRC Deputy Press Secretary for Global Affairs and Spanish-language Media, Milagros expanded the organization’s global communications network and helped create HRC’s first Spanish-language webpage with vital resources tailored to the Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S.
Labrina is an experienced IT professional with over 18 years of experience delivering solutions on the Microsoft platform. Ms. Loving is a thought leader in many areas including Cloud Architecture, Portals and Collaboration, Enterprise Search, Custom Web and Mobile Development, and more.
Ina is the chief technology correspondent at Axios. She authors the daily Axios Login newsletter and brings years of Silicon Valley experience to offer a smart take on tech. Prior to joining Axios, she was senior editor for All Things Digital, a senior staff writer for CNET Network's News.com, and worked for Re/code.
Ruth is a reporter covering the various aspects of diversity and inclusion in business and society at large. Previously, she was a reporter at CNBC, where she focused on leadership and strategic management. Ruth is a proud alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, receiving honors for her investigative thesis on the alarming number of physicians dying by suicide.
Afrika is the founder of ABK Creates, a Creative Studio specializing in documentary film projects and special event productions. Previously, Afrika served as a Field Producer for C-SPAN and Legislative Assistant for Arts and Entertainment for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Carla is the founder of STORi Digital, an AI-backed partnerships discovery tool. She previously held roles at United Entertainment Group and CAA. Carla is also the founder of CoffeeXChange, a peer-to-peer program that commits executives of color to each other’s projects.
Marcus is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of North Base Media is an investment firm specializing in journalism-related media and technology companies serving growth markets, especially in the developing world. He was executive editor of The Washington Post from 2008-2012.
Oluwatoyin "Yetty" Sanni is currently an AI and Robotics research student at Sapienza University of Rome, a GHC 2020 Scholar & a 2019 Google WTM Scholar. Prior to her studies, she's worked as a software developer and technical team lead at Andela. She was also the co-founder of TechInPink, an initiative dedicated to mentoring & supporting young women interested in programming. She was also a co-founder of the Lagos women in machine learning and data science meetups/workshops.
Ronit is a Sr. Director of Engineering at Smartsheet. She brings more than 20 years of engineering leadership within both corporate and startup companies. She has a strong understanding of how to connect business and product visions, while building, leading and enhancing software development groups to reach their objectives. Ronit came to the Seattle area to join Amazon in 2014 where she led Alexa's Skill Conversational Tooling, Amazon's Choice and other AI innovative initiatives. Prior to Amazon, she was a Director of Engineering at Conduit, an internet monetization company and at TTI Telecom where she led Engineering for Network Performance and Faults systems. Ronit is passionate about helping people reach their career goals, promoting women in engineering and creating an inclusive work environment. She is a trained life coach and uses coaching at work and at home. In her free time Ronit co-leads a meetup to empower Jewish professional women, she plays in a women’s Catchball league and enjoys the outdoors with her family.
Raya Fratkina is a Director of Engineering at Elastic, specializing in Kibana Data visualization and discovery capabilities. at Elastic, focusing on Kibana Data visualization and discovery capabilities. Prior to that, she managed development teams, product, and projects working on online shopping, product search, and dialog systems.
Dr. Nettrice Gaskins was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked for several years in K-12 and post-secondary education, community media and technology before enrolling at Georgia Tech where she received a doctorate in Digital Media in 2014. She proposed a model for ‘techno-vernacular creativity' as an area of practice that investigates the characteristics of this production and its application in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning.
Katy is a visionary leader of transformative high-impact teams and a thought leader and mentor to start-ups and rising professionals. She works as a Senior Program Manager Lead at Google in New York City, where she has been awarded several patents for pioneering sustainability efforts. Katy is a talented Interior Designer with her firm Pierre Noir LLC and has over 20 years of experience. She is a LEED Green Associate accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council and is certified in Sustainable Building Design by the highly acclaimed Pratt Institute
Crystal is a software developer and consultant at Slalom, a co-organizer of the Strange Loop Conference, and a diversity in tech and business advocate. As a Detroit Public Schools graduate, Crystal is passionate about equal access to education at all levels. She started her career in teaching in St. Louis, Missouri as a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member and taught middle school math in St. Louis Public Schools for four years. After her time in the classroom, she wanted to explore a career that would allow her to bring together her love for creativity, science, and community — technology was just that!
Wendy is an award-winning Technology Evangelist with over 20 years of experience in engineering. She is a member of AnitaB.org and on the Software Engineering board for Grace Hopper Celebration as well as having served as Secretary for the State of Connecticut Chapter of Society of Women Engineers. Wendy has a passion for advising young women in engineering offering mentoring, resume assistance, and mock interviewing to help open doors for underrepresented groups.
Lola is a Software Engineer at Raytheon Technologies. She has previously held positions at United Technologies, ControlScan, icitizen and Healthways. She has also worked as a Programming Mentor at Walton Robotics and as a TechLead/Webmaster with Technologists of Color.
Leezel a data-driven bridge journalist, consultant and entrepreneur at the intersection of editorial, product, audience development, business development, marketing and sales. She currently runs Membership & Innovation at HuffPost. Previously she worked at CNNMoney, CBSNews.com, VICE News, NowThis, ABCNews.com, KCBS/KCAL and The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Southern California.
Leah manages a fully distributed team that spans 37 countries, and sincerely honors leading the team that builds nurtures, and supports the growing number of Elasticians around the world. Prior to Elastic, she led HR at Plum Organics through a period of high growth following an acquisition by Campbell Soup Company
Landi Spearman is an unmistakable presence who closes the gap between success and uncertainty. She is an Executive Advisor, Generational Change Management Expert, Author and award-winning Speaker on Leading & Managing SHIFT in the Workplace. Leveraging her deep Business Acumen, Operations and Leadership experience across industries, she created Organized Shift™ to help competitive, growth-oriented companies accelerate the ROI of change.
Minda is a sought after speaker and thought-leader, frequently speaking on topics of Advancing Women of Color, Leadership, Equity, and Entrepreneurship. Minda is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color
Jes is passionate about creating fundamental change in People Operations. As Co-Founder of The Rise Journey, she works with growth stage companies to design and implement strategies to build the best team and develop a sustainable organizational culture. Prior to joining Quartet Health, Jes was Director of People and Culture at TodayTix.
Mary is a Program Manager of Diversity at CVS Health, with a primary focus on Individuals with Disabilities. She is dedicated to delivering strategic, creative and diverse recruitment strategies, ensuring CVS Health has a best-in-class recruiting model.
Svetlana Kouznetsova is an independent accessibility strategy consultant based in NYC area. Sveta has worked with businesses for over 10 years to make their web, media, and events usable and accessible to more people. Sveta is also a founder of Audio Accessibility and provides consultation and training on quality captioning and other types of communication access to media and events.
Tiffany is the CEO & founder of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise to rebrand disability through the power of community and the founder of the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, which awards monthly micro-grants to disability projects ($37.5k to 38 projects in 8 countries). She also served on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council.
Randi Braun is an executive coach, consultant, speaker, and the Founder of Something Major. She has coached leaders across the Fortune 500, financial services and real estate investment firms, law firms, start-ups, non-profits, and trade associations.
Francesca is currently Senior Engineering Manager, Vrbo Marketing Data at Expedia Group. In addition to roles at Vrbo and HomeAway, Francesca served as Software Group Manager at National Instruments and has mentored elementary students in robotics.
Desiree Booker is the CEO and Principal Consultant of ColorVizion Lab LLC, a consulting firm providing diversity recruitment solutions to companies and career coaching for people of color. Noting the extreme lack of diversity in executive roles across industries, Desiree has dedicated much of her career to preparing multicultural leaders for career advancement opportunities. Prior to assuming her role as CEO and Principal Consultant, Desiree worked with global brands such as NBCUniversal, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, WarnerMedia, and Gartner. She created and launched Turner Real Talk, a national educational platform that positioned WarnerMedia (formerly Turner Broadcasting) as a diversity employer of choice and engaged more than 500 Black, Latino, and LGBTQ students nationwide.
Kaley is an experienced Principal Recruiter with a demonstrated history of working in the Telecommunications industry. Before joining Raytheon Technologies, Kaley held positions at Nexius and Experian. She holds a Master's focused in Management from The University of Phoenix.
Lynn has devoted her legal career to helping companies succeed. She is the co-lead DWT’s NextGen Tech initiative and founded DWT’s Project W with the mission of providing women entrepreneurs with the tools, connections, and expertise necessary to build successful businesses.
Dawn Leaks is CEO of The Lioness Group, a mass media company dedicated to creating innovative ways to empower and engage women around the globe. Under her direction, the company’s popular digital magazine, Lioness, has grown exponentially, adding live and virtual events, coaching, mentoring, training and leadership programming to its offerings.
Limor recently became the Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly. Previously, she served as Director, Cloud Compute and Engineering Manager at DigitalOcean. Limor also volunteers with Plato where she mentors managers and leaders.
Helen’s background includes over twenty years working in recruiting, education in Women and Gender Studies, as well as African American Studies. She is the founder of Tanagui, whose primary focus is to offer services that result in breakthrough resume and interview mastery for women over 40.
Ursula is the Founder of RiverSound Solutions, whose mission is to create computing software for personal growth and education and where she leads the software and curriculum development for interactive storytelling. Ursula is a part time faculty member at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School.
Rita Taylor, a six year veteran of Deloitte, is an experienced Information Systems professional with a unique combination of technical expertise, functional experience, managerial experience, business leadership and production support to lead the delivery and implementation of mission-critical software systems.
Jane Elizabeth is the Managing Editor of The News & Observer and The Herald Sun in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, Jane She led the American Press Institute’s project to improve and expand accountability journalism. She is a former deputy local editor at The Washington Post; and has taught journalism at Old Dominion University, the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University. Jane’s work as a reporter, editor and manager at a total of five metropolitan U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics and government.
Jacqueline E. Kalk represents and counsels management clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, crowdsourcing and virtual companies. Jacqueline’s practice encompasses a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus on independent contractor classification and wage and hour litigation and analysis. Additionally, Jacqueline has published articles on employment law issues, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, and speaks on a national basis to human resource professionals regarding employment law and wage and hour issues. She is a faculty presenter for the Institute of Applied Management and Law (www.iaml.com).
Margaret is a shareholder in Littler's Denver office. She represents clients in a variety of industries including transportation, manufacturing, retail, government contracting and the oil and gas industry, in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state equivalents.
Zeryn is the Chief Financial and People Officer at Code for America. Prior to joining Code for America, Zeryn worked in various roles on the business side, most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Achaogen, a public biopharmaceutical company focused on the unmet need of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections.
Matt has applied behavioral science to practical problems at startups, Fortune 500 companies and served as the Chief Behavioral officer at Clover Health. An in-demand speaker, Matt is the author of the book, Start at the End: How To Build Products that Create Change.
Patrice is the founder of Coronavirus News for Black Folks, a weekly newsletter that aims to empower our community by circulating existing coronavirus (COVID-19) news and stories as it relates to the Black Diaspora. She is a former host and writer for BuzzFeed. With over 10 years of experience at both media companies and startups, Patrice also brings a thoughtful perspective and blend of self-starting, creative chops and digital data-savvy. She's entrepreneurial at heart and a team player recognized for viral stories, dynamic ideas, and an impassioned, intersectional approach. In 2017 alone, Patrice’s writing garnered more than 34,000,000 views, including viral hits like “Just A Friendly PSA That You Don’t HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don’t Wanna” and “9 Types Of Street Harassment You've Probably Experienced If You're A Woman.” She’s also produced, directed, and starred in videos for BuzzFeed’s As/Is YouTube channel, which has more than 9,000,000 subscribers. Her work can also be found at The Huffington Post, NBC, EBONY.com, BET.com, OkayAfrica, and more.
Kwame Christian Esq., M.A. is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute where his responsibilities include conducting engaging negotiation and conflict management training seminars and providing individual negotiation/persuasion coaching for young professionals. His book, “Nobody Will Play With Me: Finding Confidence in Conflict”, is an Amazon Best-Seller and has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety, and emotion often associated with difficult conversations through a branded framework called Compassionate Curiosity.
Lauren is currently Fair Chance Development Manager at Checkr, who uses advanced background check technology, companies of all sizes can better understand the dynamics of the changing workforce, bring transparency and fairness to their hiring. Prior to joining Checkr, Lauren served as Director, Reentry Division for the City and County of San Francisco - Adult Probation Program.
Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM, co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC, President of TKS Ventures LLC, and Faces & Voices Inc. She serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership, Coalition for Public Safety and The Marshall Project.
Chantal is a Co-Founder of LimeLoop, providing AI Driven Logistics for E-tailers. LimeLoop is re-imagining the ever-growing e-commerce economy, addressing the significant frustrations both retailers and consumers face with current wasteful and unintelligent shipping methods. Chantal also serves as Director for the San Francisco chapter of Women Who Code and is a member of the Steering Committee for Bay Area Blacks In Tech.
Aditi leverages her operating experience and global perspective to invest in and support the highest-potential founders and teams. Before joining Upfront, Aditi was a product manager on the Next Billion Users team at Google, in a hybrid role leading investments in and building product for companies in emerging markets
Natalie Diaz joined Time Equities in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Director of Public Relations, and is now Chief of Staff. Her responsibilities include assisting Francis Greenburger in his work with Time Equities, Inc., Sanford J. Greenburger & Associates, Omi International Arts Center, and the Greenburger Center for Social & Criminal Justice. Diaz oversees HR strategy, including policy around hiring, diversity, and inclusion, marketing, internal and external communications, and public relations for Time Equities. She also founded the firm’s Change Committee, Women’s Equity Committee, and an internal mentorship program.
Celeste is the CEO of The Pre-Nursing Platform, an organization dedicated to helping fellow Pre - Nursing students that are looking to go into Nursing or apply to Nursing School. Currently, Celeste works as a Registered Medical Assistant.
Sarah is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment.
Before joining PowerToFly in 2019, Dionna served as the Head of Global Talent Strategies & Recruitment Programs at Delta Air Lines. Dionna was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regular featured speaker at conferences. She is most proud of being the mother of five outstanding children.
Karen Fleshman, Esq. is an attorney, activist, single soccer mom, and a nationally recognized expert on racism, feminism, workplace fair practices, police brutality, and politics. In 2014, Karen founded Racy Conversations, a workshop facilitation company, to help people feel more willing and able to communicate honestly with each other, and to do so with increased empathy and understanding.
Lettie is a Black woman, historian, racial and social justice advocate, educator, living near Wilmington, North Carolina. She is the owner and host of the podcast "Sincerely, Lettie" where she discusses history that has been whitewashed and break it down to connect the past to today. Lettie has a BA in History (2011) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a MA in History (2015), and a MA in Conflict Management & Resolution (2020), both from UNCW as well.
Bridges is responsible for efforts to ensure that MarketSource is best positioned to leverage the diversity of our highly talented workforce and create extraordinary outcomes for its customers. His aim is for MarketSource to give businesses the ability to connect with the end consumer easier and faster. He served in a variety of leadership roles at Cox Automotive where he successfully built and expanded diversity-focused talent programs that spanned the U.S., as well as, launched a for-profit, diversity and inclusion initiative within CARE International that focused on delivering inclusive solutions to domestic and global clients.
Tana is currently serving as CEO of Blue Rail, a scalable organization committed to delivering low-carbon travel experiences to our customers. She is passionate about the role of design in the digital transformation of business practices for greater efficacy.
Devi is a lead engineer, software consultant and trainer based in India. She is currently a Staff Engineer for Razorpay, a converged payments solution company, and for five years worked as Lead Developer/Architect at PowerToFly.
Sasha is a Principal at BBI Engineering where they previously served as Lead Creative Programmer. They specialize in interactive museum exhibits. Sasha previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in Interactive Design at the California College of the Arts.
Maria is an experienced designer and artist, working with public institutions large and small. She has created projects for such sites as the Walker Art Center, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neurosciences, the the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, and the Exploratorium. She teaches in the graduate Interaction Design program at the California College of the Arts. She has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Design from Stanford University.
Brittney is a Software Engineer at Gatsby but six years ago, she was a single mom living in a shelter. Now, Brittney is a self-taught software engineer, public speaker, event organizer, and mentor. She has also served as an Organizer for Girl Develop It.
Gloria is VP of Business Development at GrayMeta – an intelligent metadata solutions company powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to GrayMeta, she held roles at Endeavor Streaming, Fox Networks, Miramax, Accenture and Deloitte. Gloria is the Founding President of Asian Americans in Media (AIM) and Director-at-Large for Women in Cable Telecommunications’ New York chapter (WICT – NY)
Josie is an award-winning Director of Product and Platform Engineering with an extensive background leading and supporting the creation of innovative, consumer-facing products. At Tile, she has spearheaded all aspects of Tile location-finding technology integrations.
Padmini Janaki is a product and growth enthusiast empowering women in the technology space, for the past 10 years. She was awarded as the Women of Impact recently at the INSEAD campus by PMF. She runs TheProdcast (podcast) and Loud Techie (YouTube channel) which provide content related to Tech, Product and Life.
Nour is a Norway-based tech professional with 16+ years of experience in the areas of agile/scrum methodologies, all things Atlassian, Jira, Confluence, Service Desk administration, consultancy, and process definition.
Julie is an experienced Technical Software Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the payment and financial industry. Before joining Vrbo, she held roles at Dover Fueling Solutions, Systems Management Solutions and National Instruments.
Mikki is an experienced Senior Quality Engineer at S&P Global. In addition to S&P Global, she has held engineering/developer roles at Charter Communications, Axion Health, Galvanize and more.
Gabby is a Principal at Crosslink, a leading early-stage VC firm based in San Francisco, where she leads investments in early-stage enterprise and consumer technology companies, including SaaS, marketplaces, internet services, and digital healthcare.
Danielle advises technology and high growth companies throughout their lifecycles on incorporation and formation; seed, strategic and venture capital financings; corporate governance; mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. She also regularly represents investors in financing and restructuring transactions.
Maggie McGrath is the editor of ForbesWomen, Forbes' vertical dedicated to covering all angles of female entrepreneurship. Previously, she was in charge of covering - and helping to oversee coverage of - the food and drink industry. She has edited the 30 Under 30 Food/Drink list since 2015 and the Just 100 since 2017. She's worked at Forbes since 2013 and in that time has written on everything from the student debt crisis to Triple Crown-contending (and winning) horses.
Ari is an artist, designer, creative technologist, researcher and educator. Ari is the founder and producer of Afrotectopia, a social institution innovating at the intersections of art, design, technology, culture and activism and is currently incubating experimental audio-visual and computer vision works in the Experiments in Arts and Technology track at the New Museum, in partnership with Nokia Bell Labs and Rhizome.
Elena is the President of Musala Soft, а software services company with development based in Bulgaria and Macedonia and multinational clients. She is also an active community member engaged in projects dedicated to the promotion of the Bulgarian and European business climate.
Steven is a Principal at EY with over 15+ years of experience in the digital practice and client experience transformation. He has advised many of the top financial brands in the world on their enterprise digital strategy and provides extensive expertise around wealth management, asset management, retail brokerage and insurance verticals. Steven has led the creative and user experience on many enterprise scale transformational digital programs including the largest financial services merger in history.
Adepeju works at the intersection of tech and media, with 13+ years of business development, digital revenue strategy, and client services experience. Also a speaker, moderator and writer, prior to joining RebelMouse, she served as Sr. Manager, Sales Strategy at AOL Advertising.
Erica is the COO and Founder at Instant Teams, where she is working daily to create remote work options for untapped talent pools of professionals and delivering the best remote workforce solutions to companies. Instant Teams builds remote teams (in just 5 days) with pre-vetted, skilled professionals from the military community. Prior to starting Instant Teams, Erica served as Community Director at Purepost, Inc.
LaToya is skilled in Technology Management, Sales, Partner Management, Go-to-market Strategy, and Social Media Consulting. She is an Empowerment Strategist working on Diversity and Inclusion for Dell Technologies. She is formerly the Founder & CEO of Pretty Geeky Inc.
Lynn is a startup veteran with more than 15 years of experience building and growing consumer Internet businesses. Prior to founding UrbanSitter, Lynn served as founder and CEO of Xuny.com and VP of Business Development at Bridgepath.com. At Gap Inc., LaSalle Partners, and Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Lynn gained extensive business and transaction experience. Lynn is passionate about connecting people with each other. Uniting babysitters and parents is her latest quest.
Latham was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert and supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is the founder of Mama Glow, a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminious Living and Crowning the Queen releases on paperback from Hay House on June 16.
Brigid Schulte is the author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, which named one of the notable books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, and won the Virginia Library Association’s literary nonfiction award. She now serves as the founding director of The Good Life Initiative at the nonpartisan think tank, New America, and director of The Better Life Lab.
Liane joined Palo Alto Networks as chief people officer in September 2018. Previously, she served as chief people officer at Uber Technologies, Inc. where she helped transform the culture during a period of significant turbulence. Prior to that, she served as chief administrative officer and operating partner at SoftBank Group International. For nearly ten years before joining SoftBank, Liane led People Operations for Google’s Global Business and became Google’s first female vice president in human resources.
Aryah Lester, nationally awarded author, as well as a speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience from New York living in Washington DC. Ms. Lester was the last-standing 2-term Chair for the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group, former Chair-Elect of the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, and is an Advisory Board member of Unity Coalition (UC|CU). Ms. Lester is a board member of Equality Florida's TransAction Florida committee, and helped to create the TransArt series with the Betsy Hotel, the LGBT Visitors Center, and UC|CU.
Swa De is a Senior Manager in EY’s Financial Services Technology Transformation Strategy practice with more than 13+ years of technology consulting experience primarily in the areas of IT strategy, mergers and acquisitions, planning and operations, technology portfolio modernization, IT infrastructure transformation roadmap and governance, program / project management and information security.
Dwight is the Director of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) at Common Securitization Solutions (CSS). He has over 10 years of experience in the field of Talent Development, Inclusion and Diversity and Human Resources. His expertise lies in diversity, inclusion and change management with extensive experience supporting organizational development across the human resources (HR) sector. He is adept at leveraging excellent communication and strategic planning abilities to implement methods-based and data-driven solutions to increase the pace, certainty, and sustainability of successful organizational change. He has previously worked for Rolls-Royce as the Head of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion and is extremely passionate about incorporating I&D into an organization’s day-to-day work.
An execution focused leader and strategist with over 20 years of experience in delivering large-scale business and technology transformation initiatives in financial services, hospitality and telecommunication industries including cloud-based digital and core solutions enabling customer relationship management, point of sale systems, customer onboarding, loan processing and underwriting, service provisioning, and portfolio management.
Sue Baldock has served in multiyear business transformation executive role; drove an organizational carve-out comprising simplifying the business architecture, rationalizing technology and instituting an Agile execution framework. Sue is certified as a project management professional, Scrum MasterSAFe Agilist and Lean Six Sigma Sensei, and she has served as a guest speaker/facilitator at ProjectWorld® & the World Congress for Business Analysts®.
Stella is Senior Software Developer at Unbounce. Previously, she served as Software Architect at Hearst and Chief Technology Officer at Mi Aguila. Stella is also the co-organizer of RubyConf Colombia.
Sharvani is an Android Developer and a Sun Certified Java Programmer with extensive industry experience and a primary focus is Application and Web Development. Before joining Wikimedia Foundation, Sharvani served as Senior Android Developer at PowerToFly.
Amber Takahashi is the founder of Brown Girl, Tech World, a digital safe space and non profit organization for brown women & girls navigating the tech industry, and an advocate for women in technology. She is also currently a software engineer at Swift.
Payal is a Senior Manager in the IT Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She leads the IT Investment Management, Portfolio Prioritization and IT Governance service offerings as a part of the CIO services practice. She has over 8 years of experience in the financial services consulting industry and has worked for GSEs, Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance clients in the USA, Canada, Europe and India.
Marti Allen-Cummings (They/Them) is an activist, community board member, gig worker and drag artist running for city council in uptown manhattan. Marti has been working in NYC for 13 years after moving to the city at age 17 to pursue a performing arts career. They know what it’s like to make it in new york living paycheck to paycheck and without insurance. For over a decade, marti has been deeply involved in the community - advocating for LGBTQIA+ Young people through the ali forney center and aiding new yorkers experiencing homelessness. Throughout the pandemic, Marti built upon that experience to plan PPE handouts, grocery deliveries, coat drives and mutual aid efforts. During the 2016 election Cycle, Marti started organizing and Their political activism energized the community and has brought people together who are seeking progressive change in the nation’s politics. Marti currently sits on community board 9 serving the people of Upper Manhattan, and IS an advisor on the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board.
Marie Faustin is an NYC-based comedian and actress. She has appeared on Broad City, Comedy Central Stand-Up, MTV’s Girl Code, VH1, The BET Awards and TruTV. She co-hosted Viceland’s nightly variety show VICE LIVE, as well as Oxygen’s Very Real Talk. Marie was named a 2018 Comedian You Should Know by Vulture. She was also selected as one of Just For Laughs Montreal’s New Faces in 2017. Marie co-hosts the weekly podcast The Unofficial Expert as well as the notable and long-running stand-up showcase Comedy at the Knit at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. She has also appeared on podcasts like Las Culturistas, Inside The Closet, Girls Gotta Eat and more.
Sydnee Washington (@Justsydnyc) is a comedian, actor, and very hot model based in New York. She co-hosts both The Unofficial Expert podcast and Comedy at the Knitting Factory on Sundays. She also recently completed the Comedy Central Digital Creators Program and appeared on Comedy Central’s 2018 Up Next stand-up showcase series.
Amoré Querida is the co-owner of @intlx, Intlx Productions LLC, a production company based out of Harlem NYC, founded by Harlem School of The Arts Alumni J. Bada (Cellist & Pianist) and DJ/Producer Amoré Querida in 1998. Recognized not only as a collector for her classic golden era, soul, funk, rare groove break sets, she has also gained notoriety for her razor sharp scratching and remixing skills.
Alison is a designer, author, and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in design research, branding, and product innovation. Her clients include BOSE, Google X, Boston Dynamics, and several cutting edge new businesses
Deborah, a principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP, is the US Cyber Risk Services leader for Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory. Deborah has more than 25 years of information technology experience spanning numerous industries, with an in-depth focus on government and public services, life sciences and health care, and financial services.
Shweta is passionate about People and Technology. She has 12+ years of experience in building world-class high performing teams and promoting a culture of openness and innovation. Before joining Packet, Shweta served as Director of Engineering, Networking at DigitalOcean.