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Monday, April 22
 

10:00am

A Discourse on Ethics, Data, & Technology - Featuring DIG Digital Innovation Powered by Providence @Northeastern University Seattle - 401 Terry Ave N #103
Limited Capacity filling up

Artificial Intelligence (AI) drives much of the digital world around us and data fuels this technology. However, as advancements in AI accelerate there is a profound impact on society (for example, self-driving cars) and conversations around data ethics need to keep pace.  Topics we will explore include:

  • AI's impact on consumers, workforce and society at large 
  • The security and privacy of data
  • Key questions that need to be asked and answer
  • Shared responsibility and role of the tech sector, companies, customers and governments

Moderator
avatar for Padmaja Vrudhula

Padmaja Vrudhula

Industry Innovation Executive – Global Accounts, VMware
Ms. Vrudhula leads customer innovation across VMware’s strategic customers. She has several years of technical leadership, consulting, and process management experience. Ms. Vrudhula’s industry experience encompasses: retail, healthcare, life-sciences, high-technology, manufacturing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Raman Chandrasekar

Raman Chandrasekar

Part-time Lecturer, Northeastern University
Raman “Chandra” Chandrasekar is a freelance consultant, and teaches at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences in Seattle. Chandra has a background in research as well as engineering management, with a focus on addressing real-world problems in natural... Read More →
avatar for Becky Holman

Becky Holman

Director, CAR T Shared Services, Juno Therapeutics, a Celgene company
avatar for Denise Mamaril

Denise Mamaril

Sr Manager, Information Security and Compliance, Nordstrom
Denise is an information security professional specializing in compliance in the retail space. Denise has a passion for data security and privacy and works tirelessly to keep her customers' data safe. As a seasoned manager with over 25 years’ experience in operations, finance, technology... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Bonaci

Tamara Bonaci

Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Tamara Bonaci is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science in Seattle. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2015, specializing in security and privacy of emerging biomedical technologies. Since graduation... Read More →


10:00am

Take Your Seat at the Table: Building Credibility - Featuring Nordstrom Technology @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
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To grow your career you need to be part of the conversation and have a seat at the table. But how do you get the seat? During this session learn the importance of building personal and professional credibility and presenting your most confident and authentic self.


Moderator
avatar for Janice Lichtenwaldt

Janice Lichtenwaldt

Leadership Coach, I Am Virago, LLC
Certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach®, Janice partners with individuals and organizations to focus on emotional intelligence, deepened self-awareness, collaborative leadership, and building authentic confidence.Prior to launching her coaching practice, Janice enjoyed a 25-year... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shea Harty

Shea Harty

Managing Director, Empower Amsterdam
Shea Harty is the Managing Director of Empower Amsterdam. A non-profit organization that believes in creating inclusion and community for foreigners in different cities. They help unemployed professionals get back to work faster with free career coaching and workshops. The organization... Read More →
avatar for Harini Gokul

Harini Gokul

Director, Microsoft
Harini Gokul is a global technology leader, an investor and an advocate for advancement of women in the workplace.She is a cloud industry leader and has a broad portfolio of experiences driving global business strategy and customer transformation. Harini has built organizations and... Read More →
avatar for Brian Toba

Brian Toba

Sr. Director Technology, Nordstrom
Brian Toba is an entrepreneur, passionate about solving real world problems through technology. His experience extends from Marketing and Consumer Research at Procter & Gamble, through Software Development at Microsoft, to being the co-founder and CTO of BevyUp. In 2018, BevyUp was... Read More →
avatar for Alison J. Billings

Alison J. Billings

VP, Industry Development, Zipwhip
Accomplished wireless leader with extensive experience in strategic partnership development, product management and product development.Proven track record in delivering industry-leading products and services through partnerships and internal product development.


10:00am

Stay On Target, Stay on Targettttt!: Customer Acquisition in a Distracting World @WeWork - 501 Eastlake Ave E
We’ve all experienced the phenomenon. The magnetic draw to the new shiny toy… and away from our genuine goal. This is especially true when the going gets tough and you don’t know if you should pivot or dig in. During this session hear from startup founders, product managers, and marketers about how to keep your eye on the prize and keep distractions at bay while leaving space to make course corrections.

Moderator
avatar for Erica Jordan

Erica Jordan

Community Manager, Create33
I became hooked on digital media back when blogging had just become a thing. I started a travel blog on a whim and found myself making friends all over the world (and yes, I'm still friends with many of them). Though the blog no longer exists, my passion for using the internet to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jude Dai

Jude Dai

Founder, Immersive Square
Jude Dai came from product management background in both B2B and B2C spaces. In 2017, She found her true passion in entrepreneurship and started Immersive Square to serve curators and creators in events and functions that incorporate immersive technology and content. Jude believes... Read More →
avatar for Krystal Lin

Krystal Lin

Marketing Manager, Zipwhip
With 7 years of diverse experiences in paid media, analytics, content and strategic planning, Krystal currently leads paid social & display advertising and drives customer acquisition efforts at Zipwhip, a Seattle-based SaaS startup. Zipwhip's texting-for-business software enables... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Sampson

Andrew Sampson

CEO, Rainway, Inc.
avatar for Sara Itucas

Sara Itucas

COO, Legalpad
Sara has dedicated her career to creating technology solutions around work visas. She began her career in immigration software at Teleborder, a Y Combinator company that was acquired in 2013. In addition to building software and managing a network of attorneys at TriNet, Sara also... Read More →


1:30pm

Digital Transformation Cloudy with a Chance of DevOps - What’s Now, What’s Next - Featuring VMware @ ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St
In recent years, cloud, data analytics, and other advanced technologies have allowed companies to fundamentally alter their means of doing business.  Product companies want to offer services, financial companies want to become software companies, and every company wants to use data to personalize products/services for their consumers.  The underpinnings for this transformation are the seamless release of multiple features into production on a daily basis.  Embedding an "app-store" mentality into organizations which typically take a long time to perfect production environments and applications.  In this session, the providers of cloud services (Microsoft and Amazon) offer insight into market strategy and economics.  Application run-time and frameworks will be covered from the perspective of Kubernetes and containers.  We will also review the program aspects of driving a successful transformation.  Learn how you, your company, and your customers can be better prepared to navigate the environment in which cloudy with a chance of devops is the new norm.

Moderator
avatar for Padmaja Vrudhula

Padmaja Vrudhula

Industry Innovation Executive – Global Accounts, VMware
Ms. Vrudhula leads customer innovation across VMware’s strategic customers. She has several years of technical leadership, consulting, and process management experience. Ms. Vrudhula’s industry experience encompasses: retail, healthcare, life-sciences, high-technology, manufacturing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Kirst

Bill Kirst

Digital Change Leader, West Monroe Partners
Leading with compassion in a digital age. Change management expert providing strategy-focused technology solutions and consulting to clients. Experience includes digital change management, ERP change management, talent management, people development, workforce communications, strategic... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Marcum

Stephanie Marcum

Global Lead - Cloud Economics, AWS
Stephanie leads AWS global Cloud Economics. The program helps prospects and customers analyze benefits, build a business case for moving to AWS, and maximize value through AWS cost planning, management, and optimization. Prior to AWS, Stephanie was the Global Lead of VCE’s Global... Read More →
avatar for Shan Yang

Shan Yang

Member of Technical Staff, VMware
Shan Yang is a software engineer at VMware currently working on Project Olympus. She has worked on cloud native related projects at VMware for 3 years. She contributed heavily to the lifecycle operations and monitoring of Kubernetes clusters in various VMware projects.
avatar for Judit Pongracz

Judit Pongracz

Senior Marketing Lead, Microsoft
Judit is a long-time tech industry executive, having worked in both IT departments and marketing functions, straddling the tech and the business world. In her roles working for companies like T-Mobile, Dell and in more recent years, Microsoft, she developed a keen sense of customer... Read More →


1:30pm

Diversity by Design: Including Immigrant Women of Color in Tech - Featuring DIG Digital Innovation Powered by Providence @Northeastern University Seattle - 401 Terry Ave N #103
Limited Capacity seats available

Traditional organizational gender diversity efforts often ignore immigrant women of color. Through personal stories and data, our panel will illustrate what we're missing when existing conversations around diversity and inclusion in tech leave out immigrant women. We will propose ideas on how to best harness the diversity of, and effectively include immigrant women of color in your organizations.

Moderator
avatar for Ruchika Tulshyan

Ruchika Tulshyan

CEO, Candour
Ruchika Tulshyan is an award-winning journalist and author. She is the founder of Candour, an inclusion strategy company. Ruchika is passionate about designing equitable workplaces and working with global organizations to creating cultures that empower employees from diverse backgrounds... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Harini Gokul

Harini Gokul

Director, Microsoft
Harini Gokul is a global technology leader, an investor and an advocate for advancement of women in the workplace.She is a cloud industry leader and has a broad portfolio of experiences driving global business strategy and customer transformation. Harini has built organizations and... Read More →
avatar for Denise aguilar

Denise aguilar

Founder, Denise X Design
Denise Aguilar is an Afro-Latina serial entrepreneur and former Co-founder of a local automotive startup. Currently, her company, WeSteer, is a marketing business that helps drive traffic to fortune 100 companies to increase their online sales. Her body of work lies within multiple... Read More →
avatar for Mariana Alper

Mariana Alper

Software Engineer, Nordstrom
Mariana Alper is a Software Engineer in Nordstrom working in the Navigation Service and Experience team. Before transitioning into tech, Mariana completed a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico. Afterward, she was an adjunct professor of mathematics... Read More →
avatar for Tejaswini

Tejaswini "TJ" Marathe

Sr. Product manager, Amazon
Tejaswini (TJ) Marathe is a Sr. Product manager for Alexa International Expansion at Amazon. She is currently the lead product manager for launching Alexa in new and existing markets through which Alexa-consumer interactions can happen in new languages. Prior to working at Amazon... Read More →


1:30pm

Captaining Your Own MentorSHIP - Featuring Nordstrom Technology @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N, Seattle
Limited Capacity full
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Hear from a cross-generational panel of Women Tech leaders in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s about navigating the world of mentoring.



Moderator
avatar for Kate Sommer

Kate Sommer

Founder, Kate Sommer Consulting
Kate is a business leader and connector who spent the last decade creating and implementing marketing and brand campaigns for companies such as Nordstrom, Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and Starbucks.  Her passion is equipping women to live a life on purpose and helping them to navigate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fumiyo Conway

Fumiyo Conway

Sr. Engineering Manager, Highspot
I connect engineers with our customers through innovation, clarity, and empathy. Most of my days are spent by making sure my team has the skills, support and sparkle they need to be the best in the industry, by pushing boundaries, to think differently, and through building a personal... Read More →
avatar for Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison

Founder, SMA
I believe we learn more from our mistakes than our successes, and to be an effective mentor one needs to have some scars.  I’ll show you mine.  Risk-taking is my specialty, which is why I have had 5 distinct careers:  radio broadcasting, professional sports marketing, internet... Read More →
avatar for Marie Stuppard

Marie Stuppard

Client Service Lead, Slalom Consulting
Marie is a results-oriented, accomplished strategic leader and trusted advisor. She is an experienced business professional with over 25 years of proven abilities in consulting, client relationship management, and developing, launching and managing high-impact solutions across a broad... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Perry

Bianca Perry

ZGiRLS, Director of Philanthropy & Community Partnerships
DePaul University Integrated Honors Marketing & Sales Leadership 2017 graduate; award-winningentrepreneur; proven success in building brands; contributed to the growth of 5 social impact start-ups; former D1 soccer player; dedicated to elevating the next generation
avatar for Dheyvi Velagapudi

Dheyvi Velagapudi

VP of Design, Substantial
Dheyvi is VP of Design at Substantial, a digital product studio serving a diverse set of clients - from Fortune 50s like Google and Amazon to emerging start-ups and social impact organizations. As head of design, she leads both company and clients in understanding, delivering, and advancing design quality and impact throu... Read More →


4:00pm

The Right Crew: Secrets to a Successful Ally/Mentee Partnership - Featuring Nordstrom Technology @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
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We all have blind spots when navigating through our careers. Through proactive ally/mentee relationships these blind spots can be addressed. Get the inside scoop from our panel of successful ally/mentee teams. You’ll hear how their partnerships started, how they supported each other and the positive impact they had on each other. Learn what helped make these ally/mentee relationships thrive and how you can apply them in your own ally/mentee relationship.

Moderator
avatar for Julie Jensen

Julie Jensen

Sr. Director, Capital One
Julie Jensen, Capital One’s Senior Director of Digital Design, is based here in Seattle. Julie earned her Bachelor’s of Science in English from the University of New Mexico and her Masters of Science in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington. She... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marina Taylor

Marina Taylor

Director of Product, Code.org
Marina leads the Product team at Code.org which includes Product Management, Design, Data, and Customer Support. Her team is responsible for Code.org's website and tools that support the Hour of Code and the curriculum that is used to teach introductory computer science classes to... Read More →
avatar for Alice Steinglass

Alice Steinglass

President, Code.org
avatar for Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes

Strategic Risk Management Executive, Amazon
Mr. Rhodes, a leader within Amazon Web Service with over 20 years of professional and ‘Big 4’ public accounting experience. Mr. Rhodes specialize in providing risk insight and opportunities to automate and streamline internal controls.Mr. Rhodes is a lifetime member of the National... Read More →
avatar for Pallavi Pangarkar

Pallavi Pangarkar

Director, R&D, VMware
Pallavi currently works as the Executive Ambassador in the Office of the CTO at VMware.  In this techno-functional role, she is responsible for leading, shaping and maintaining various executive level human and technology relationships across VMware, its top-tier strategic customers... Read More →
avatar for Jeannette Burgess

Jeannette Burgess

Snr Staff Program Manager, VMware
Jeannette Burgess is an executive facing, seasoned leader in the domain of Program Management. Currently, she is a Senior Staff Program Manager at VMware in the Office of the CTO.  She has over 20 years of experience in program management and leadership spanning government contracting... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Ghant

Chelsea Ghant

Program Manager II, Amazon


4:00pm

Hack the WiT Regatta- Learn How to Maximize Your Week and Gather Your Crew - Featuring The Riveter @ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St, Seattle
We get it, networking is hard. That’s why we’ve set up our conference differently than other conferences. Yes, you’ll learn, you’ll discover new technologies, you’ll hear from industry leaders from top companies, you’ll get startup advice, you’ll gather career tips and hear about career journeys, but what we’re hoping you gain out of this event are relationships that help move you forward.

Just moved to Seattle? Need a support system while making a transition in your life? Find yourself going on endless coffee dates, but not really creating a sustainable connection?

Hear WiT Regatta success stories straight from past attendees! Start the week off right and learn how to hack the WiT Regatta!

Moderator
avatar for Nadine Stille

Nadine Stille

Founder, CoachMe Vancouver
With more than 15 years of international work experience in 5 countries and across different sectors in both small and global companies, I have a unique background, transferable skills, and a growth mindset that are beneficial to my professional success. As a lifelong learner, I constantly... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Litwack

Laurie Litwack

Program Manager, Microsoft
Laurie Litwack is a problem solver, a mother of daughters, and a compassionate geek. Presently working in the Azure Information Protection team at Microsoft, Laurie focuses on making it easier for IT Professionals to protect their sensitive information, anytime, anywhere. She has... Read More →
avatar for My Le Goel

My Le Goel

Founder & CEO, Moxey Group
Founder of Flight, the first live, realtime, interactive mobile fitness app for personal training. www.takeflight.live
avatar for Blair Washington

Blair Washington

Physician, MCG Health
As a physician leader with a rare combination of experience across policy, research, patient care, teaching, and business, I am driven to transform population health. Particularly interested in leveraging technology to advance health, I also have experience creating quality standards... Read More →
avatar for Janet Attar

Janet Attar

Customer Success Manager, AppEsteem
Janet Attar is a Customer Success Manager at AppEsteem, a cybersecurity certification startup.  She previously worked as an Applications Engineer in the semiconductor industry, working with companies to develop silicon chips for small consumer electronics.  While she enjoys the... Read More →


6:30pm

Dr. Robot: The Intersection of Healthcare & Technology - Featuring Celgene @The Collective Seattle - 400 Dexter Ave
Healthcare costs are skyrocketing in the US while arguably, the quality of care is in decline. One solution, leveraging technology. From automating patient medical records to using AI to flag dangerous drug interactions, from employing real world medical data for rapid improvement in health outcomes to virtual doctors and telemedicine. There are unlimited possibilities! However, in order to create solutions that improve all of our health, we need diverse leadership and a representative workforce.  During this panel participants will talk about their experiences at the crossroads of healthcare and technology as well as how we can recruit more women, LGBTQ, and POC into these critical roles.  

Moderator
avatar for Teri Foy

Teri Foy

Corp Vice President, Celgene
Experienced biotechnology executive with excellent leadership and communication skills. Nearly twenty-five years in the biotechnology industry, developing novel therapeutics in the areas of immuno-oncology, autoimmunity, and inflammation. Extensive experience in immunology, pharmacology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nora Disis, M.D.

Nora Disis, M.D.

Helen B. Slonaker Endowed Professorship for Cancer Research, UW Medicine
Dr. Disis is the Helen B. Slonaker Endowed Professor for Cancer Research, Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences in the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW and a Member... Read More →
avatar for Jane Gross

Jane Gross

Senior Vice President and CSO, Aptevo Therapeutics Inc
Biotechnology professional with over 25 years of experience in research, discovery and development of protein therapeutics (bispecifics, monoclonal antibodies, cytokines, soluble receptors) for treatment of immuno-oncology, autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases. Set strategic direction... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Low

Daniel Low

Chief Medical Officer, MDmetrix
Pediatric Anesthesiologist, passionate educator. Dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes through teaching human factors, and innovation. Cofounded MDmetrix to empower physicians to transform care for patients by allowing them to learn from every patient’s experience... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Berson

Hannah Berson

Principal, Point B, Inc.
Hannah is a Principal at Point B where she leads the company's integration of Design Thinking into its consulting practice. She has over 25 years of international experience in innovation and strategy consulting to leading brands across the financial services, retail, telecommunications... Read More →
avatar for Bhagya Murali

Bhagya Murali

Sr Director - Cell therapy digital platform, Juno therapeutics
Results driven leader with broad experience in technology and platform management with deep expertise in strategy, integration and globalization, including: external stakeholder/customer engagement, multi-channel marketing operations, content delivery and management, insights & analytics... Read More →


6:30pm

Who Runs The (Fashion) World? Women in Tech! - Featuring Nordstrom Technology @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity filling up

Hear from senior women working at the intersection of fashion and technology. Nordstrom, Lululemon, Zulilly and Armoire share how the latest technologies - Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, etc. are influencing shopping trends, personalization, supply chains, multi-channel customer engagement and other facets of the fashion business.

Moderator
avatar for Ishita Chatterjee

Ishita Chatterjee

Director of Engineering, Nordstrom
Seasoned technology leader with a strong functional background in retail and extensive experience in in building and leading highly technical teams across e-commerce, web-services, retail merchandising and supply chain systems.Responsible for site/app-critical products and services... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wei Manfredi

Wei Manfredi

Senior Director of Architecture and Strategy, Lululemon
Wei is a long-term technology practitioner of architecture, strategy, roadmap development and execution in a wide variety of industries and business applications. As someone who leads the architecture and strategic planning for platform modernization and digital transformation, she... Read More →
avatar for Bindu Thota

Bindu Thota

Vice President, Technology, zulily
As zulily’s VP of Technology, Bindu leads a team of 60 engineers and product managers responsible for building the innovative solutions needed to launch over 100 sales and 9,000 new products each day. From driving product strategy around zulily’s self-service Big Data platform... Read More →
avatar for Ambika Singh

Ambika Singh

CEO, Armoire
Ambika Singh is revolutionizing the way women dress. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School, Singh makes women’s lives a bit easier with her high-tech, high-touch company, Armoire, which offers a true “wardrobe as service... Read More →
avatar for Anne Lifton

Anne Lifton

Manager Data Science, Nordstrom Inc.
Anne Lifton has 7 years of experience in data science, working across diverse industries including medical devices, industrial HVAC and retail. She has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Statistics. Anne has been active in evangelizing machine learning, regularly supporting... Read More →


 
Tuesday, April 23
 

10:00am

First Mate to Captain: Senior Level Interview Strategies - Featuring Tableau @ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St
Limited Capacity full
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Learn from this panel of experts how to communicate your content expertise, status and value. Discussion will range from leveraging the job description, correctly identifying your competition to exploring the difference between performing for the interviewer versus creating a thought partnership. Tactical discussion will include the importance of networking correctly for your seniority level along with the natural cycle of relationship building. Leaving no stone unturned, we’ll identify multiple tactics to help you nail the interview.

Moderator
avatar for Laura Close

Laura Close

Principal, Laura Close Career Consulting, LLC
Private career strategy and executive coaching firm for senior level professionals. Clients retain our group in preparation for landing an internal promotion or acquiring a new position.Global, online service and project management with live coaching, materials preparation, campaign... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Jewett

Mark Jewett

Vice President, Tableau Software
Mark leads product, partner, and community marketing at Tableau. With more than 20 years in technology covering startups to large enterprises in the US and globally, Mark’s expertise spans analytics and big data, cloud computing, datacenter infrastructure, and enterprise applications... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Hennessy

Cynthia Hennessy

AVP - Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T
As a lawyer for three decades, I have worked on many fascinating cases for all different types of clients. Currently in-house counsel for AT&T, I support some of the best clients I have ever worked with. Change and growth are crucial to any career, and key to effecting change is letting... Read More →
avatar for Cheyanne Johnson

Cheyanne Johnson

Program Manager, Amazon
Cheyanne Johnson is a cross-functional leader with more than 8 years of progressive management roles in multiple industries including mortgage, healthcare, and cloud computing. With experience building global sales support programs, she recently made a career shift from her director... Read More →
avatar for Deena Pierott

Deena Pierott

Founder, iUrban Teen & Founding Member BWiSTEM, iUrban Teen & BWiSTEM
Deena Pierott is a Social Entrepreneur and the Founder of the award winning and nationally recognized STEM+Arts program for youth of color called iUrban Teen which has chapters in five states, and most recently co-founded and launched Black Women in STEM 2.0. Before launching her... Read More →


10:00am

Storytelling for Business and Career: Take Your Message to the High Seas! - Featuring Nordstrom Technology @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
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Storytelling is a powerful business tool, and a powerful tool for advancing your career, expanding your leadership impact and nailing your product’s value proposition as well. Storytelling is the core skill that every professional and every business that wants to build an influential and lasting brand must master. Come listen, learn and practice your ability to create a powerful story that captivates and inspires your audience towards action.


Moderator
avatar for Kathleen Warren

Kathleen Warren

Project and Talent Specialist, Laura Close Career Consulting
Project Manager, Talent and Marketing Specialist for Laura Close Career Consulting, LLC. Kathleen brings a fourteen-year career in marketing in which she brought tech brands like Microsoft and T-Mobile to life through the art of storytelling. Longtime PNW native, Kathleen has a passion... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Davies

Jen Davies

Content Strategy Manager, Facebook
Jen is a Content Strategy Manager at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Jen worked at agencies including Razorfish and DigitasLBi, and spent almost 10 years at Expedia trying to figure out how to get a good deal on a flight. In her spare time, Jen is a Girl Scout Leader for a group of Juniors... Read More →
avatar for Christina Castillo

Christina Castillo

Retail Marketing Expert, Starbucks Coffee
A passionate champion of the human experience in retail and specialty product industry. Tested in data driven, analytical strategies to design, manage, and deliver positive outcomes at scale. Creative leader known for driving efficiencies and organizational process improvements. Dedicated... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Alvarez

Chelsea Alvarez

Content Lead, Ideoclick
As Creative Studio Manager for Ideoclick I'm always on the look out for the story inside the dry details and product specs. Storytelling requires a sharp eye and a sense of humor. Quality storytelling delivers value for our customers and applied towards internal stakeholders can be... Read More →
avatar for Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong

Founder, Editor, Longreads / Automattic
-Founder of Longreads, the first global community for finding and sharing in-depth storytelling on the web. Longreads has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards and was acquired in 2014 by Automattic / WordPress.com.-Editor for Automattic, with a focus on communications... Read More →


1:30pm

Leading from Every Chair: Multi-Dimensional Leadership - Featuring Nordstrom Technology @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
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This topic will also be presented on Wednesday 4/24 at 5:30pm-7:30pm at The Collective

Join this session to hear from conventional and unconventional leaders with vastly different leadership styles. Learn how they navigate rough waters, let out the sails to capture momentum and drop anchor when necessary. Bonus: Learn why you are already a leader, even if you don’t currently recognize it.

Moderator
avatar for Elan Bailey

Elan Bailey

Managing Director, Thrive Learning And Development
elan is the founder and Managing Director of Thrive Learning and Development. She champions individuals and organizations to show up at their best and thrive at work. She is also the creator of the Thrivify App -- a mobile-supported coaching (app)roach that develops transformational... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carey Jenkins

Carey Jenkins

CEO, Substantial
Carey Jenkins had an unconventional path to CEO of Substantial, a Seattle-based digital product studio. In 2012, she joined the client services team, and six years later became CEO. As the sixth female employee hired at Substantial, Carey is proud that Substantial has grown the female employee base to 37% overall and 40% on the leadership te... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Glazer

Nicole Glazer

Sr Director, Celgene
avatar for Joe Beda

Joe Beda

Principal Engineer, VMware
Doing cloud native stuff at VMware
avatar for Jyoti Shukla

Jyoti Shukla

Vice President of User Experience, Nordstrom
Jyoti Shukla was named vice president of user experience in September 2017. She and her team of designers, researchers, and writers support Nordstrom's digital platforms: web, mobile, and in- store.Jyoti joined Nordstrom in August, 2014 as a senior manager of UX Design. In March 2016... Read More →


1:30pm

Side Hustle Success: Why Knot Dive into Your Side Hustle Now? - Featuring Even Hotels @WeWork - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Are you tied up in knots about starting you side hustle. The gig economy era is now, learn what it takes navigate a successful Side Hustle, inside or outside your company. Panelist, Q&A, and interactive group breakout session.

Moderator
avatar for Gina Fresquez

Gina Fresquez

Speaker, Author, Success Coach, Gina Fresquez International
Gina Fresquez, MS, best selling author, speaker, and clarity & success coach is committed to empowering ambitious female founders and corporate leaders to discover their unique gifts, strengths, and internal compass to help them make bold decisions with more confidence, ease, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan G. Blanco

Jonathan G. Blanco

Founder & CEO, TF Blockchain
Jonathan is a blockchain product management thought leader. As Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of EVERY*, a decentralized retail protocol, Jonathan is hyper focused on architecting the productization and tokenization strategy, behind retail blockchain technology, in order to... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Gerson

Rachel Gerson

Radiologist, Health Innovation Consultant, Rachel F. Gerson Radiology, PLLC
I am a board certified radiologist with expertise in musculoskeletal radiology and women’s imaging with more than 15 years of clinical experience. I have worked in highly diverse clinical settings including private practice, tele-radiology, academics, and internationally. My passions... Read More →
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Humaira Ahmed

CEO, Locelle Digital Inc.
Founder and CEO of Locelle - a networking app for women in STEM. ‘Locelle’ is now available in both (Android and iTunes) app stores!!!With a background in Software Engineering and Marketing, I have worked with many tech companies in sales and marketing roles. The one thing I found... Read More →
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Lestraundra Alfred

Social Media Manager, The Riveter
Lestraundra is a Social Media Manager, Podcast Host, experienced corporate communicator and wellness advocate. She started her first blog The Balanced Berry in 2014 to share her love of fitness and nutrition with others. After years of feeling dissatisfied with the lack of diversity... Read More →


4:00pm

Hiding in the Bathroom: Emotions in the Workplace & How to Manage Them @ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St
Limited Capacity full
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What happens when you start to feel frustrated, worried, disappointed, or just plain mad at work? For many women the answer is to “hide in the bathroom” and cry. Why? Because up until now showing emotions in the workplace has been seen as a weakness. Yet, women and men are emotional creatures. During this panel discuss we’ll discuss when it is appropriate to express true emotions at work, how embracing vulnerability can improve your career, and tips for keeping things professional while remaining authentic to yourself.

Moderator
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Julie Lynn Try

CEO, jlBrand Marketing
“Everything I do centers around helping entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life and life to their dreams. To inspire creativity so that we all benefit from a happier universe.” Julie Lynn Try, JL, is a marketing consultant with experience working with corporations as large as... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeremy Flores

Engineering Manager, Mighty AI
Jeremy is a programmer and engineering leader at Mighty AI in Seattle, WA. Believing technology as the means rather than the end, Jeremy takes a human-centric approach to both people leadership and software development. With 15 years experience, he utilizes technology as a medium... Read More →
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Robin Quinn Keehn

Founder, Raising Quit-Proof Kids, LLC
Robin Quinn Keehn has had years of experience running businesses that center around teaching and mentoring. A former music & dance studio owner with more than 60 employees and thousands of students, Robin has a passion for helping parents, teachers & coaches raise kids that stick... Read More →
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Carol Madison

Director Of Software Development, Amazon Web Services
High EQ servant leader with demonstrated history of creating heterogeneous, inclusive teams. With a focus on people and results, I have been fortunate to work with and learn from intelligent and actionable teams. Comprehensive background in:• Voice of the Customer (trained at GE... Read More →
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Pearly Tang

Founder | Principal, Excel Student Solutions
As a ten year veteran of global higher education Pearly has taught 5000+ students from 15+ countries through programs she instructed, created, or directed. Now she spends her days creating innovative curriculums for schools, organizations, and businesses; advising learning institutions... Read More →
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Monica Guzman

Cofounder, The Evergrey
Mónica Guzmán is co-founder and director of The Evergrey, a daily newsletter that helps 11,000+ Seattleites make the most of their city. She is a former columnist at The Seattle Times, GeekWire, The Daily Beast and The Columbia Journalism Review, and studied how to connect journalists... Read More →


4:00pm

The Thrill of Startup Life: Founders Talk Hiring Talent @WeWork - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Does the thought of being a cog in the wheel of E-Corp make you want to run screaming? Do you laugh in the face of risk? Then this is the session for you! Several startup founders will discuss their version of the ideal startup employee, what skills are important as well as the necessary mindset required for success. Hear a match? Bring your resume and make a connection.

Speakers
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Rovina Broomfield

Manager, Product Management, Amazon.com
Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of building businesses and brands in the tech and e-commerce industry. Strong communication skills, passionate leader and strategist with professional-skills in Product Management (Scope, Build, Launch), Retail, Market Research, and... Read More →
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Brit Berry-Pusey

COO, Avenda Health
Commercialization strategy. Partnerships and M&A. Contract Negotiation. Corporate development. Brittany Berry-Pusey has devoted her career to bringing good ideas into the light and seeing to their success. She facilitated technology commercialization as co-founder of the UCLA Business... Read More →
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Anthony P. Rotoli

Director of Talent Acquisition & Head of Expert Interviewer Network, Karat
I'm energized by two things, about equally: The tech industry, and recruiting fantastic talent. Fortunately, these two worlds collide perfectly for me! I love finding and fighting for the very best, and watching our industry change the world everyday.
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Shannon Swift

Founder/CEO, Swift HR Solutions, Inc.
Shannon Swift is the CEO of Swift HR Solutions, Inc., a provider of strategic HR services and products for early stage companies. Shannon has more than twenty years of human resources experience, combined with successful executive level management and business development roles. Prior... Read More →
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Daniela Luzi-Tudor

CEO, WEconnect Health Management
Daniela Luzi Tudor is a serial entrepreneur. Ms. Tudor is the co-founder and CEO of WEconnect Recovery and creator of WEconnect mobile app and the WEconnect outcomes data platform, an on-the-go custom support and connection system for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction... Read More →


6:30pm

The MotherSHIP MAIN EVENT @The Collective Seattle - 400 Dexter Ave N
A resource reception featuring over 40 orgs from our vibrant city that support women and girls in tech - all during one night, under one roof. Connect with industry leaders who can help you find new opportunities, provide you with valuable networking and powerful insights to push your career to the next level. Participate in a variety of exciting events including: virtual reality demo, speed coaching, live pod-cast and professional headshot photo session. Connect with new and old friends at the connection cafe OR just relax while will sipping on drinks.

 
Wednesday, April 24
 

10:00am

Charting a Course to the End of the World - Evolving & Strengthening Your Technical Knowledge @Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Limited Capacity full
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New programming languages, machine learning, AI, virtual reality, augmented reality, new stacks, new server and cloud technologies - What are these things going to do in the next few years. What type of skills and roles will be needed? Join our session to learn how to develop your skills to steer your career and company to take advantage of these new technologies.

Moderator
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Padmaja Vrudhula

Industry Innovation Executive – Global Accounts, VMware
Ms. Vrudhula leads customer innovation across VMware’s strategic customers. She has several years of technical leadership, consulting, and process management experience. Ms. Vrudhula’s industry experience encompasses: retail, healthcare, life-sciences, high-technology, manufacturing... Read More →

Speakers
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Nikki Le

Program Manager, Technical Learning and Development, Google
Nikki Le leads the Education Research, Evaluation, and Assessment group at Google, designing cutting-edge technical education and professional development programs in emerging technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and core skills like leadership... Read More →
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Yu Sheng

R&D Manager, VMware
I am leading a team to build world-class Kubernetes service. I focus on building cloud-native applications, solving hard problems, and building a strong team.
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Ellie Fields

Sr. Director, Development, Tableau Software
Product leader, currently leading product development teams at Tableau responsible for building analytics that reach more people. Responsible for product strategy and execution for mobile apps, collaboration, alerting, server experience, onboarding and Tableau Public. Previously... Read More →
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Soundarya Rajendran

Lead Instructor, Flatiron School
I am a computer science major interested in research in Data Science and Visualization. Using different technologies to recognize patters in data and show casing them to different teams is something I enjoy. I am continuously learning new things to improve my knowledge and give back... Read More →


10:00am

Career And Parenthood How To Balance The Tension @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
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Learn and discuss different stages of parenthood, staying true to your career and passions, nurturing and growing families. Parenthood has evolved with gender balance dramatically over the past 40 years. Workplaces are trying to keep up. During this session hear from working parents who have learned how to leverage flexible work schedules, remote working, setting boundaries, and to manage their commitments while staying true to themselves.

Moderator
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Ellenore Angelidis

Long-time Amazon Executive (former), Founder and Executive Director of Open Hearts Big Dreams, Amazon
Versatile executive with two decades of proven experience in delivering results as well as building high performing teams in business, product and program management, human resources, not-for-profit and legal roles across US and EU. Founder of Open Hearts Big Dreams a 501(3)(c) not... Read More →

Speakers
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Mary Young

Scientist II, Celgene
I am a systems immunologist at Celgene using high-throughput technologies to understand the immune environment in multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and solid tumors. I have a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Colorado, where I studied the structural requirements for T cell receptor... Read More →
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Yoojin Ivanovic

Software Developer, Facebook
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Gina Fresquez

Speaker, Author, Success Coach, Gina Fresquez International
Gina Fresquez, MS, best selling author, speaker, and clarity & success coach is committed to empowering ambitious female founders and corporate leaders to discover their unique gifts, strengths, and internal compass to help them make bold decisions with more confidence, ease, and... Read More →
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Rene Fresquez

Design Technologist, Katerra
I am a creative problem solver at the intersection of technology and design. Digital technology is more central to our daily lives than it ever has been in history. Our lives are tied to these digital tools we create and it will be through critically thoughtful design that we benefit... Read More →
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Anika Anand

Director of Product, WhereBy.Us
I cofounded The Evergrey, a local media project that's out to help Seattleites make the most of their city and is a local brand of WhereBy.Us, a media startup that builds local media brands for growing cities. I'm now the storytelling director at WhereBy.Us where I help oversee the... Read More →


1:30pm

Deciphering Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies @Northeastern University Seattle - 401 Terry Ave N #103
Limited Capacity full
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The explosive growth of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies has fostered a new marketplace and created new foundations and trends for our global economic and social systems. While these tech platforms remain largely cryptic concepts for most people, they are arguably becoming mainstream. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are experiencing increasing uptake from regular businesses including Whole Food and Expedia, and Blockchain is being piloted by dozens of governments. Join our discussion to learn about where are we heading with these platforms and what you can do to prepare yourself to use them in your day to day. Will they stick around to become mainstream, remain a high-risk 'fad' for a niche market, or fade away as quickly as they emerged? Should the average person even care? Educate yourself.


Speakers
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Mike Achenbach

Staff Engineer II, VMware
Mike is a Staff Engineer at VMware, working on the VMware Blockchain Service.Mike has a long and varied history in the Software industry, with experience in Scientific Computing, compilers, Voice User Interfaces, and Enterprise Applications. He has had roles in Development, Operations... Read More →
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Sadie Raney

Co-Founder & COO, Strix Leviathan LLC
I have a lifelong fascination with learning and taking on challenges. I write business cases for the University of Washington Foster School of Business, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I find Case Writing to be an excellent combination of my love of writing and desire... Read More →
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Andrea Louie

Attorney, --None--
I'm excited about issues at the intersections of law, business, and technology. I've worked on both the legal and business sides of early stage companies. I've counseled from both inside and outside of startupsI'm interested in blockchain technology and the legal implications surrounding... Read More →
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Miriam Berhane Russom

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
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Scott Olson

Director of Project Solutions & Talent, Truffle
Scott Olson has over 10 years in Talent Acquisition and Project Solutions in multiple industries including Aerospace, IT, Healthcare, NFL, Gaming, and Blockchain.  He's developed out many candidate-focus programs ranging from "finding your best-matched job" to "getting noticed in... Read More →


1:30pm

Shifting the Culture In Male Dominated Industry - Featuring Wave Business @ WeWork - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Limited Capacity full
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In today's male-dominated tech industry, business are starting to recognize the benefits of developing and fostering a workplace culture where traditionally under-utilized talent can thrive. From education to HR policy to day-to-day leadership, companies are working hard to figure out how to effectively support inclusion and shift their workplace culture. In this session, we'll learn and explore the crucial building blocks that create effective and long-lasting cultural change in male-dominated workplaces.

Moderator
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Stephanie Redivo

Senior Program Manager, Stephanie A Redivo
Stephanie is a fearless Diversity and Inclusion leader with over 20 years of software experience. She motivates employees to become more inclusive through awareness and vulnerability. Her Diversity and Inclusion journey started in 2011 when she became the GIRLsmarts4tech Grade 7 sponsor... Read More →

Speakers
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Noah Addy

Director of Engineering - Concur Mobile & Hipmunk, SAP Concur
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Cynthia Tee

Senior Director of Engineering, Nordstrom
Combining her love of fashion and technology, Cynthia is Senior Director of Engineering at Nordstrom where she is responsible for services that power checkout, payments, and order management. With a passion for building inclusion and belonging in our tech industry, she is a trained... Read More →
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Vanessa Galasso

Global Business Operations Manager, Amazon Web Services
Action oriented executive with strong analytical, financial and operational management skills with experience performing a variety of strategic front office and infrastructure roles within a global organization. Skilled project manager with international experience and a successful... Read More →
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Jennifer Palecki

Head of People, Highspot
Innovative, creative and versatile Human Resources Professional with 15 years of progressive experience in human resource management and strategic leadership. Exceptional ability to align talent and team capabilities to support key objectives and achieve strong business results. Reputation... Read More →


3:00pm

Co-Storm Interactive: Connections That Make Things Happen @Expedia - 645 Elliott Ave W
Limited Capacity full
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The concept behind CO-STORM is about how much more we’re able to see (brainstorm) for each other, than we see for ourselves. There’s a creative back and forth energy in getting outside your own head. Fresh eyes see our blind spots and filters. They also mirror back to us what’s really going on. A CO-STORMER’S insight can clarify what steps to take next, highlight your strengths, and make you see what should happen naturally. It can solve a problem in your field with an outsider’s perspective. During this session, each participant will have time for an introduction and a chance to discuss their most pressing pain point, project or idea in a safe and empowering environment. Your CO-STORM partners will brainstorm with you on solutions and positive changes.

This session includes an incredible group of mentors, ready to give back by sharing their experience and expertise.

Download the Co-Storm guide to get you started.




Speakers
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Jen Hope

CEO / Coach, B. Slayer
Jen Hope is obsessed with creating successful momentum that produces confident leaders. Blending humor, positivity, and accountability, she coaches executives and entrepreneurs to open the door to success by saying “Yes” to themselves. Her fierce support, strong business and marketing... Read More →
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Wendy White

Vice President, Expedia
Wendy White is vice president of marketing for Egencia, Expedia Group business travel. A business-to-business tech executive, she’s led teams all over the globe for tech giants Intel, Motorola, Microsoft and CenturyLink. Wendy has a deep connection to both the startup landscape... Read More →
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Shea Harty

Managing Director, Empower Amsterdam
Shea Harty is the Managing Director of Empower Amsterdam. A non-profit organization that believes in creating inclusion and community for foreigners in different cities. They help unemployed professionals get back to work faster with free career coaching and workshops. The organization... Read More →
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Elan Bailey

Managing Director, Thrive Learning And Development
elan is the founder and Managing Director of Thrive Learning and Development. She champions individuals and organizations to show up at their best and thrive at work. She is also the creator of the Thrivify App -- a mobile-supported coaching (app)roach that develops transformational... Read More →
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Jacqui Silvio-Barnes

Sr. Director SEO, Expedia Group
Jacqui is the Senior Director of Search Engine Optimization for Brand Expedia. Her global team leverages data, builds technical platforms and develops content to create helpful customer experiences that achieve strong visibility in organic search. Prior to joining SEO, she led strategic... Read More →
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Helen Bakker

VP, Technology, Expedia Group
Helen is an energizing and passionate leader who thrives in aligning business strategy to platform design and architecture. With Expedia Group for 14 years, Helen is currently Vice President of Technology and Analytics for Expedia Group Media Solutions.  Her career, always rooted... Read More →
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Lori Hofmann

Director, Expedia Group
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Shirley Hong

Chief of Staff, Expedia Group
avatar for Mamtha Banerjee

Mamtha Banerjee

Senior Director of Technology, Expedia
Mamtha Banerjee is currently Senior Director of Technology at Expedia where she leads a team of 150+ engineers working on an extensible multi-channel virtual agent platform. Mamtha is also a Mentor at the University of Washington’s Master’s program in Entrepreneurship. Mamtha is... Read More →
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Angela Bultemeier

Principal Program Manager, Expedia Group
Angela Bultemeier is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience in solution development and delivery, business partnership development, team building, and mentorship. Angela has a passion and successful track record for leading and motivating large and small teams, project... Read More →
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Arpita Banerji

Senior Director, Expedia
 am a Senior Director at Expedia Group, leading a team of highly skilled and respected Program Managers. We are assigned to large complex initiatives within the company lasting anywhere from 6 to 12 months, and then we move on to the next opportunity. To be successful in our roles... Read More →
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Jeri Johnson

Principal Product Manager, Expedia
I have been working in technology and internet development for over 20 years.  My journey with website development started many years ago as Eddie Bauer’s first Webmaster.  Since then, I have spent the last 15 plus years working in program and product management developing a wide... Read More →
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Jill Randall

Director Global Salesforce, Expedia Group (Egencia)
Jill Randall is the Director of Global Salesforce at Egencia which is the Corporate Travel Brand for Expedia Group. She is responsible for building and managing the Salesforce platform to drive improved business results. Jill has been with Expedia Group for 12 years, previously holding... Read More →
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Leslie Ekas

VP Technology, Expedia Financial and Core Transactions Services
Leslie leads a global team of software professions that manage Expedia’s Financial Core and Transactions Services. Her team delivers an integrated suite of hardware and software solutions for the eCommerce Platform including Ordering, Loyalty, Coupons, and Tax, as well as the Financial... Read More →
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Lisa Ohashi

Principal Program Manager, Expedia Group
I’ve been a Program Manager with Expedia for 3 years. I started my career as a Software Engineer and have worked in a variety of technical and program roles during my 20 year career. Before doing “computer stuff”, I worked as a community organizer with non-profits and was a... Read More →
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Natalya Pemberton

Principal Program Manager, Expedia Group
Since joining Expedia in 2006, Natalya has held several roles, all with a common denominator: cross-functional collaboration on complex issues. She is currently a Principal Program Manager, helping Expedians collaborate to solve tough organizational puzzles, so they can deliver great... Read More →
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Nisreene Atassi

Global Head of Communications, Brand Expedia
Nisreene Atassi is the Global Head of Communications overseeing Public Relations and Social Media globally for Brand Expedia. Atassi has been with Expedia for two years has more than 15 years of experience working in the communications marketing space. Nisreene specializes in creating... Read More →
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Sarah Laiwala

Sr. Director Product Mgmt, Expedia Group
Sarah Laiwala is a life-long learner, visionary, problem solver, volunteer, mentor, and mother. She has 15 years of professional experience in technology. She has a proven track record of building leaders, innovating, setting strategy, collaborating, and launching consumer-facing... Read More →
VB

Virginia Benson

Director of Strategy, Expedia Group
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Wendy Alexander

Dir, Product Manager, Expedia Group
Wendy is a Director of Product over the core financial solutions at Expedia Group. She is responsible for innovating with the speed of the business while providing integrity driven Finance solutions. She understands the complexity and interconnected nature of Legal, Accounting, Treasury... Read More →



4:00pm

Toxic Tech: Mindful Strategies To Build Resilience @WeWork - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Limited Capacity full
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We are surrounded by a swirling sea of 24/7 connectivity, making it difficult to navigate our professional and personal lives well. What can we do to ensure we thrive? How can we protect ourselves from drowning in these turbulent waters? What role are you allowing technology to play in your life? Our Toxic Tech panelists will share tips and techniques to help you weather the storm.

Moderator
avatar for Jacqueline Touma

Jacqueline Touma

Founder & CEO, Curious Enterprises LLC
My heart is marketing, my head is technology and my passion is innovation. I have worked with and in organizations from Fortune 50 to Fortune 500 businesses, to start-ups and individual entrepreneurs. Having started my career in Bell Canada, I moved to the US in 2001 to work for Microsoft... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zulna Heriscar

Zulna Heriscar

Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Zulna L. Heriscar is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft Corporation for Azure ISV-GTM – in this role, she is focused on expanding partnerships for Microsoft and its ISV/IP partners, drive the industry conversation around SaaS, and develop and execute a strategy to drive... Read More →
avatar for Ellie Wu

Ellie Wu

Sr. Dir., Customer Experience Transformation, SAP Concur
From hyper-growth SaaS to multinational corporations, real impact comes from distilling complex challenges into executable elements. Ellie counsels leaders and teams on how to seize these opportunities for cross-functional teams resulting in an organizational flywheel powered by your... Read More →
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Lika Dutta

Principal, HoshinIQ
Lika Dutta is the Founder and CEO of HoshinIQ, an executive advisory firm focused on driving sustainable growth and business transformation through partnering with forward-thinking CxOs.Before launching HoshinIQ, she was a General Manager and a P&L owner leading a global portfolio... Read More →
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William Staerker

Director of Marketing, Philips Oral Healthcare
William Staerker is currently a Director of Marketing at Philips Oral Healthcare, where he leads a team of Marketers to develop campaigns, events, and content to increase brand equity, endorsement, and recommendation by Dental Professionals and Key Thought Leaders. William worked... Read More →
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Jorge Chavez

Sales Director, Microsoft
Jorge is an empowering and servant leader, collaborative evangelist and sales visionary responsible for Visual Studio revenue and DevOps strategy at Microsoft Corporation. Originally from Mexico City, he now proudly calls Seattle his home.  
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Meagan O'Leary

Microsoft
I consider myself a full-stack leader accomplished in delivering global, transformative and innovative business processes and platforms. I engage the world with curiosity, energy and enthusiasm to reimagine solutions and lead digital journeys. Applying critical and design thinking... Read More →
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Priyanka Raha

Founder + CEO, PopSmartKids
After a successful fifteen year career in the tech industry and noticing the amount of exposure her two young boys were giving to their tech devices Priyanka took her passion for technology and her children’s future and launched her startup, PopSmartKids in February 2018. With PopSmartKids, she is driving the Mentoring-Over-Monitoring revolution and is committed to promoting digital citizenship and responsible online behavior. This May will mark the company’s official launch date of, PopSmartWrite, an interactive learning tool... Read More →
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Teela Samuel

Student, Northeastern University
Teela Samuel, originally from Washington, DC, moved to Seattle in 2018 to attend the ALIGN Master's in Computer Science program at Northeastern University. Like all of the students in the ALIGN program, her previous education and work experience falls outside of the science and engineering... Read More →


4:00pm

To Seek Funding or Not to Seek Funding, That Is The Question @ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St
According to TechCrunch, an embarrassing 2.2% of venture capital went to all-women founding teams or solo female founders in 2018 and only 10% went to startups with a least one woman founder, as reported by Recode. Given these statistics, is it worth the effort for female founders to seek venture capital? Join this session to hear from company founders and current investors as they discuss the upsides and downsides of seeking funding.


Speakers
avatar for Fahim ul Haq

Fahim ul Haq

ceo & co-founder, Educative
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Laura Clise

Founder and CEO, Intentionalist
Laura Clise is a corporate intrapreneur turned social entrepreneur with a passion for instigating impact at the intersection of business and society. She is the founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online platform and guide that connects consumers to local businesses and the diverse... Read More →
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Ambika Singh

CEO, Armoire
Ambika Singh is revolutionizing the way women dress. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School, Singh makes women’s lives a bit easier with her high-tech, high-touch company, Armoire, which offers a true “wardrobe as service... Read More →
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Kerry Murphy

Chief Marketing Officer, The Riveter
A driven entrepreneur, creative thinker, marketing industry innovator, writer, politico and unabashed food fiend, Kerry Murphy has been working hard to rewrite the rules her whole life. As the Chief Marketing Officer of The Riveter, Kerry is working to build awareness of the company's... Read More →
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Elisa La Cava

Senior Associate, Madrona Venture Group
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Rebecca Lovell

Director, Create33
With more than 20 years of management and operating experience, and over a dozen years running and supporting startups in Seattle, Rebecca currently serves as Director at Create33, a founder center conceived by Madrona Venture Group. She was previously Director of the City of Seattle's... Read More →


4:00pm

Be Flawsome! Turn Flaws into Awesome @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity filling up

Tyra Banks coined “Flawsome” to describe someone who embraces their “flaws” and knows they are awesome regardless. Nobody wins when you play small. During this session you’ll hear from people who have overcome tidal waves by making intentional choices to be bold, stand out, make mistakes, and still show up. Learn how leaders at multiple career stages sailed into a world without limitations, embraced their greatness and decided to say #notsorry.  Following a 45min panel, stay for an audience breakout and interactive workshop where you will explore and discuss how “Flawsome” plays into your life.




Speakers
avatar for Moji Igun

Moji Igun

Founder, Blue Daisi Consulting
Moji Igun is the founder of Blue Daisi Consulting. Her company serves small businesses by identifying opportunities to reduce waste and creating strategic plans to implement sustainable practices. She considers herself a life-long learner and has a diverse background in engineering... Read More →
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Aman Bhutani

President, Brand Expedia Group
Aman Bhutani is the President for Brand Expedia Group, responsible for the overall global strategy and operations for many of the full-service brands at Expedia Group, Inc., including Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Wotif, ebookers and CheapTickets.Bhutani joined Expedia in 2010. Prior... Read More →
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Shadae Holmes

UI Lead & Software Engineer, Chef Software
Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. UI Team Lead at Chef Software. Rad at Accessibility, Management, Motivational and Technical Speaking.
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Gina Fresquez

Speaker, Author, Success Coach, Gina Fresquez International
Gina Fresquez, MS, best selling author, speaker, and clarity & success coach is committed to empowering ambitious female founders and corporate leaders to discover their unique gifts, strengths, and internal compass to help them make bold decisions with more confidence, ease, and... Read More →
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Liangxiao Zhu

Engineering Director, Facebook
Liangxiao is an Engineering Director at Facebook. She is leading the effort on building Ads Product Platform to enable Facebook Ads foundation, Ads personalization, Business Graph and management, and Developer Platform. Prior to join Facebook, she was at Microsoft, where she tech... Read More →


5:30pm

Leading from Every Chair: Multi-Dimensional Leadership - Featuring Amazon Web Services (AWS) @The Collective Seattle - 400 Dexter Ave N
Join this session to hear from conventional and unconventional leaders with vastly different leadership styles. Learn how they navigate rough waters, let out the sails to capture momentum and drop anchor when necessary. Bonus: Learn why you are already a leader, even if you don’t currently recognize it.


This topic will also be presented on Tuesday April 23rd at 1:30pm-3:30pm at ThinkSpace

Moderator
avatar for Janice Lichtenwaldt

Janice Lichtenwaldt

Leadership Coach, I Am Virago, LLC
Certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach®, Janice partners with individuals and organizations to focus on emotional intelligence, deepened self-awareness, collaborative leadership, and building authentic confidence.Prior to launching her coaching practice, Janice enjoyed a 25-year... Read More →

Speakers
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Erik Rucker

Sr. Director, Product Management, Amperity
Team Founder, Solution Generator, Productivity Accelerator. Passionate about software, customers and teams. I lead teams building some of the world’s most popular productivity applications on iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, and SaaS. Tested product leader, advisor, innovator. Leads... Read More →
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Ellenore Angelidis

Long-time Amazon Executive (former), Founder and Executive Director of Open Hearts Big Dreams, Amazon
Versatile executive with two decades of proven experience in delivering results as well as building high performing teams in business, product and program management, human resources, not-for-profit and legal roles across US and EU. Founder of Open Hearts Big Dreams a 501(3)(c) not... Read More →
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Shanis Windland

VP, Diversity & Inclusion, VMware
Shanis Windland is the new VP of Diversity & Inclusion at VMware. Shanis joined VMware in December, coming from the Heptio acquisition. Shanis is a vigorous advocate of diversity AND inclusion - and will be a strong leader for VMware on this journey. Shanis lead a panel discussion... Read More →
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Rajalakshmi Subramanian

COO & VP Engineering, Pro.com
Raji Subramanian is the COO and VP of Engineering at Pro.com a technology-driven home improvement service that is fundamentally changing the entire remodeling and construction experience for homeowners. Prior to joining Pro.com she spent a significant portion of her career with Amazon’s... Read More →
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Dorothy Nicholls

VP, Amazon QuickSight
Dorothy loves to make beautiful products that people love to use.  A native of Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States to study Computer Science and started her career working on databases and database applications at Oracle.  She joined Amazon in 1998 where she helped build... Read More →


6:30pm

Embracing Your Inner Wonder Woman @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity filling up

A roundtable discussion about navigating through you careers, stepping up to new opportunities, and how to be a "Wonder Woman" who has it all. We'll hear authentic stories from some Wonder Women of Tech.

Moderator
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Gina Fresquez

Speaker, Author, Success Coach, Gina Fresquez International
Gina Fresquez, MS, best selling author, speaker, and clarity & success coach is committed to empowering ambitious female founders and corporate leaders to discover their unique gifts, strengths, and internal compass to help them make bold decisions with more confidence, ease, and... Read More →

Speakers
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Shivani Kailesh Patel

Data Scientist, SAP Concur
Shivani is a Data Scientist at SAP Concur where she works on developing machine learning algorithms for the ExpenseIt Product. She holds two bachelor’s degrees (speech and hearing sciences and math), as well as a master’s in statistics from Oregon State University. Shivani is... Read More →
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Nathalie Hennequin

brand design, Eve's apple
Ever since I can remember I have been observing and drawing people. Eventually this curiosity translated into a career in branding and design, which I refer to as visual psychology: how do you express in a visual concept what is said in a ‘thousands’ words?Six years ago I set... Read More →
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Jessica Owens

Software Engineer, Snapchat
As a Developer, I am deeply committed to building useful tools to bring people together. I believe in the power and promise technology has to help find solutions to age old and new issues, and I believe it takes a village to build sustainable and bright systems. I am a builder.
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Hema Lee

Senior Engineer, Nordstrom
Hema is a Senior Engineer at Nordstrom and a member of the Engineering Platform organization. Currently, she's deep in the world of securing service to service communications across all of Nordstrom's compute infrastructure. Previously, her work spanned developing components for distributed... Read More →


6:30pm

Women in Tech Trivia, brought to you by The Evergrey @The Collective Seattle
Get those thinking caps of yours on, it's time for some light-hearted competitiveness with Women in Tech Trivia, brought to you by The Evergrey.

Can you guess what year it was when the first woman ever received a PhD in computer science? Do you know what percentage of workers in the tech sector are women? Which company doesn't have a woman CEO - Youtube, IBM, or Hulu?

Facts will be learned. Laughs will be had. Friends will be made. It's trivia time!
So, come by yourself or bring a team with you, this is a fun night of the WiT Regatta you don't want to miss.

The Evergrey is a locals guide to keep up with all things Seattle. We work to curate the news, stories, and experiences that help you further connect with all the amazing people and things happenings in our wonderful city.

 
Thursday, April 25
 

10:00am

Disruptive Vision: People Over Profits @ Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Limited Capacity seats available

When people think of business cases and products, they traditionally focus on direct profits - often at the expense of customers. But this short-sighted approach creates an adversarial dynamic that benefits no one. “People over profits” has become the battle cry of the disruptor – and it works. If you prioritize customers in the short-term, with an eye on keeping costs low, you create a win-win partnership in the long-term. We'll explain why this credo makes sense, using a mix of theory and real world examples. Then we’ll work with you to develop your own People over Profits vision and give you the tools to make it happen at your workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Schlesinger

Katie Schlesinger

Principal Data Scientist, Capital One
Katie Schlesinger enjoys examining data in new, creative ways to determine the underpinnings of trends and behaviors. As a Principal Data Scientist for Capital One, she creates models to help customers become more financially healthy. Collaborating with partners in Design, Research... Read More →
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Anjaly Poruthoor

Business Manager, Capital One
Anjaly Poruthoor is a business manager with Capital One. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a hunger to try something totally new – like business analytics at a major bank. Since then her roles have been filled with smaller pivots, from classic... Read More →


10:00am

Jump Ship: How to Successfully Change Careers Midstream @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity filling up

What floated your boat early in your career may give you a sinking feeling now. Seasoned professionals will discuss how they navigated a successful career change and the impact it has had on their professional and personal lives.

Moderator
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Christine Haskell

Principal, Christine Haskell Consulting
Christine Haskell, PhD champions the need to deeply engage in your work as a form of unique personal expression before you sign up to fail-fast and fail-forward. Her approach emphasizes reflection, awareness and analytical skills as forces for personal and professional mastery and... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Roberts

Lead Instructor, Interim Director of Education, Ada Developers Academy
Hello! My name is Dan Roberts, and I am a computer science educator and software engineer in the Pacific Northwest.I am currently the Lead Instructor and Interim Director of Education at Ada Developers Academy, a non-profit software bootcamp in Seattle with the mission of closing... Read More →
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Amy Leigh Morgan

Sr. Copywriter, Projectline Services
Amy Leigh is a copywriter, content strategist, teacher, and hypnotherapist who specializes in being interested in things, then learning everything she can about them. This propensity has led her through a variety of careers and projects, from teaching people to write fairy tales to... Read More →
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Blair Washington

Physician, MCG Health
As a physician leader with a rare combination of experience across policy, research, patient care, teaching, and business, I am driven to transform population health. Particularly interested in leveraging technology to advance health, I also have experience creating quality standards... Read More →
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Rebecca Yang

Global Operations, Facebook
Rebecca currently works on Facebook's Global Trust and Safety Operations team. Prior to Facebook, Rebecca served as a U.S. diplomat in Istanbul, where she covered human rights, religious freedom, and domestic politics. She led her team through unprecedented security challenges, including... Read More →


10:00am

Ship Shape! Lean, Agile, Scrum insights @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Hear from industry leaders, practitioners of agile, and scrum masters. Gain insights into emerging trends in Agile software development and crucially - how Agile strategies are best implemented for managers of people, products and programs. Uplevel your approach to delivery and efficacy.


Moderator
avatar for Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson

Co-Founder & CEO, Temenos+Agility
With over thirty years experience in the tech industry – from developer to project manager and pioneering Agile Transformation coach to Temenos Facilitator, Susan consistently seeks ways to bring authenticity and compassion to software and product delivery. Following the Agile Manifesto... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angie Connell

Angie Connell

Director Technical Portfolio Management, OpenMarket
Angie directs Technical Program Management, Data & Insights, and Customer Onboarding at OpenMarket, a tech company that sends text and RCS messages worldwide. She is passionate about building high performing teams, creating exceptional programs, making data visualizations that are... Read More →
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Radha Chandrasekhar Mathur

Product Manager, Google
A technically savvy product manager with 12+ years of enterprise software products experience across search as a service, distributed storage software, and storage management software domainsSkilled at breaking down high level and complex requirements with many unknowns into well... Read More →
avatar for Akshay Lazarus

Akshay Lazarus

Sr. Product Manager - Technical, Amazon
With 16+ years of professional experience, Akshay is a Sr. Product Manager at Amazon. He started his career as a developer, and over the years, played a variety of roles that lends him a unique perspective into the Agile and Lean mindset. His experience as a Certified Scrum Master... Read More →
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Gretchen K Wagner

Operational Excellence Manager, ServiceNow
From the inner working of cloud systems to the outer working of managing people, every day I get to run at the nearest hard problem, double-wielding people skills and technical acumen.I manage technical programs and lead development teams to simplify, standardize, and stabilize software... Read More →


10:00am

IGNITE Girls Exclusive Event at Nordstrom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

WIT Regatta is proud to host IGNITE girls at Nordstrom!

50 IGNITE girls will be attending a special WIT Regatta Event present by Nordstrom discussing - Being Brave is More Important Than Being Perfect.

At IGNITE Worldwide, we send a message that successful women are brave, not perfect. It takes courage to not give up when things get hard. And when you get bad grades, or make mistakes, you can recover and go on to be successful. Hearing the stories of real women counteracts the nonstop negative messaging girls are told on the internet, TV and media.

* This event is by invite only.

Speakers
avatar for Cathi Rodgveller

Cathi Rodgveller

CEO, IGNITE Worldwide
IGNITE’s mission is to create opportunities to spark girls’ excitement about technology careers and inspire them to new possibilities. IGNITE lights them up. Girls in grades 6-12 from all backgrounds interact with professional women in technology careers during the school day... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm

1:00pm

In Their Own Words: Stories of Underrepresented Voices in Tech - Featuring Valorem @Northeastern University Seattle - 401 Terry Ave N #103
Limited Capacity filling up

What if your identity didn't fit into the conventional confines of the workplace? What part of yourself do you hide? What part do you refuse to hide? How can you help colleagues and employers accept who you are?  "What is your identity and how do you express it at work?" Gain a different perspective as each storyteller shares their personal experiences.

Moderator
avatar for Andre Player

Andre Player

Managing Director, Valorem Reply
Andre Player has crafted a career from a two-fold passion — a passion for people and for connecting them with the solutions that make their businesses more successful. He is an innovative marketing professional who specializes in providing creative and effective strategies that... Read More →

Speakers
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Brian Toba

Sr. Director Technology, Nordstrom
Brian Toba is an entrepreneur, passionate about solving real world problems through technology. His experience extends from Marketing and Consumer Research at Procter & Gamble, through Software Development at Microsoft, to being the co-founder and CTO of BevyUp. In 2018, BevyUp was... Read More →
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Dina Levitan

MBA Student, University of Washington
Dina has ten years of experience in the tech industry, most recently at Google as an engineering leader working on products such as Gmail, Calendar, and Google Compute Engine. Throughout her career, she's been a strong advocate for inclusion, having built a global mentoring program... Read More →
avatar for Marnie Weber

Marnie Weber

Sr. Technical Product Manager, Expedia Group
As a Senior Technical Product Manager at Expedia Group, Marnie Weber is living her dream job every day.  In her unique role, she helps engineers and engineering leaders become excellent storytellers, and she drives other global initiatives that strengthen leaders and foster employee... Read More →
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Jodi-Ann Burey

Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Riveter
Jodi-Ann Burey is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at The Riveter, a membership workspace and community platform built by women, for everyone. She leads the development of a robust programming portfolio that powers The Riveter’s mission to redefine... Read More →
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Barbara Toorens

Consultant, Humanista Projects LLC
Barbara Toorens is an entrepreneur at heart with 10+ years in the IT sector and an appetite for communications, partnerships and strategy. She launched Humanista Projects, her second marketing and communications consultancy, in July 2017 after spending 7 years in Europe bridging the polarities of business, environmental sustainability, social responsibility and the IT sector. Barbara’s work spans industries, disciplines, and continents and has part... Read More →
avatar for Shaundra Crittenden

Shaundra Crittenden

Software Engineering Student, Flatiron School
Shaundra’s been playing the “what if?” game her entire life. And she’s bringing that drive to experiment and create to her burgeoning career in software development. Though a builder at heart, Shaundra’s up for some heavy dismantling—like tearing down obstacles to opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Kara Ottewell

Kara Ottewell

Software Development Manager, Amazon
Kara got into computer programming in the 1980s, writing experimental control software, and data analysis for her Ph.D. in High Energy Particle Physics. She was a physics researcher at CERN, DESY and the University of Manchester. Her first software job was at a small Stockport company... Read More →


1:30pm

The Sails Are Set – Where to Next? An Interactive Workshop to Create Your Personal Vision @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As a Leader, a well-articulated Vision is vital to all that we do. And having that Vision come from you and your team is critical to create a sense of belonging and alignment. Join Siraj Sirajuddin and Susan Gibson in this 2-hour workshop where we’ll explore past influences and clean our slate of all that baggage that’s been sabotaging us, so that we can get to the good stuff! Articulating our personal visions and creating an action plan to put that vision into motion.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson

Co-Founder & CEO, Temenos+Agility
With over thirty years experience in the tech industry – from developer to project manager and pioneering Agile Transformation coach to Temenos Facilitator, Susan consistently seeks ways to bring authenticity and compassion to software and product delivery. Following the Agile Manifesto... Read More →


1:30pm

Launch It Broken, Fix It Live: Put the Life Vest On and Jump! @Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E, Ste 500
Limited Capacity seats available

As the saying goes, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs & executives on how they keep momentum up by focusing on “good enough” when launching their project. There will always be something to “fix” or improve so why wait? Jump in, the water feels fine!

Moderator
avatar for Janet Attar

Janet Attar

Customer Success Manager, AppEsteem
Janet Attar is a Customer Success Manager at AppEsteem, a cybersecurity certification startup.  She previously worked as an Applications Engineer in the semiconductor industry, working with companies to develop silicon chips for small consumer electronics.  While she enjoys the... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Marvick

Co-Founder & CTO, CoffeeBreak
Michael is the CTO and Co-Founder of CoffeeBreak, an app that connects professionals for knowledge sharing, inspiration, and opportunity. He’s passionate about technology, and using it to empower people of all backgrounds.Michael grew up in the Seattle area, moved to Portland for 5 years, and came back in 2017. Before CoffeeBr... Read More →
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Priya Vaidyanathan

CEO / Founder, SnapCurry
Priya is the founder and CEO of SnapCurry - a healthy Indian cuisine focused Meal kit company. Prior to starting SnapCurry she held various Product and Software Engineering roles across Microsoft and Amazon. She is always drawn to the hardest problems in areas she knows nothing about... Read More →
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Betsy Ludwig Abdallah

Executive Director, Women's Entrepreneurship, Northeastern University
20 years of international experience addressing strategy, operations, sales and marketing issues as an executive, investor, entrepreneur and management consultant. My core area of expertise is launching innovative products with operational excellence in a rapidly changing landscape... Read More →
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Julie Pham, PhD

VP, Washington Technology Industry Association
Cambridge-trained historian, Forbes.com blogger, venture philanthropist, and marketing professional with a superior track record in driving results in fast-paced, demanding environments and in influencing diverse stakeholders. Harvard Business School's Young American Leaders Program... Read More →
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Stevi Deter

Senior SDE, Providence St. Joseph Health
Stevi is a senior software engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the field. At the Providence St. Joseph Health Digital Innovation Group. she’s the technical lead for a team focused on the caregiver experience for on demand virtual and at home health care. Before DIG, she... Read More →


1:30pm

It’s Not Them, It’s You: Why Your Team Members are Breaking up with You and What You Can Do about It @ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St
Studies tell us that about 50% of people leave their companies to get away from their manager. Clearly those people were in toxic relationships – but that’s them, not you... right? Actually these same statistics tell us there’s a 50% probability that someone who left your team did so because of you.

Employee engagement and loyalty can’t be bought with a great salary or benefits, but there is something that smart managers can do to make the relationship work.

This hands-on, interactive workshop takes a seriously FUN approach to developing leadership skills. During the two-hour session, participants will be invited to solve the puzzles of creating a positive environment where employees can feel supported and successful, and where you’ll learn to be the best boss you can be!

If you’re a leader, or aspire to be one someday, you need to be part of this workshop. Laura and Kirsten will show you what you can do to inspire loyalty and retain your staff.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Sukorokoff

Laura Sukorokoff

Organizational Development Manager, Hyperwallet Systems
As the Organizational Development Manager for Hyperwallet, I engage and challenge people to learn, grow, and maximize their possibilities. I’m fortunate to be in a role where I can promote strengths, focus talents, and make a difference. The “soft skills” i.e. leadership, coaching... Read More →
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Kirsten Anderson

Integrate Play Solutions, Integrate Play Solutions
My purpose, and life's work, is to help create places people love to show up. I am often referred to as The LEGO lady or The Play expert but it all comes down to Happiness at Work. I get asked a lot about how integrating play at work looks and how a playful mindset helps the bottom... Read More →


4:00pm

Changing The Game: Increasing The Representation of Women In Games And Digital Media - Featuring Chef @ATLAS Workbase - 500 Mercer St
Does increasing representation in video games result in changes to how games are made? A lack of diversity in video games has historically been a problem in the industry, but one that development teams are increasingly willing to address. Join a panel of decision makers and creators as they discuss the steps they’ve taken to shift towards better diversity in their games and how that shift has been received by their fanbase.  We’ll explore whether their approaches to hiring, narrative and visual design, and community interaction have changed, and discuss any community support - or backlash - that has occurred as a result of the changes.

Moderator
avatar for Brian Sommer

Brian Sommer

Attorney, IME Law
Brian is an attorney at IME Law, a technology and entertainment firm creating future ready law in video games, social media, film, television, interactive and immersive media.In the video game space, Brian represents award-winning developers, producers and studios whose games have... Read More →

Speakers
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Amber Osborne

CMO, Doghead Simulations
Amber Osborne is a Seattle, WA based award-winning CMO of virtual reality meeting software rumii, at Doghead Simulations working alongside Call of Duty Co-Founder, Chance Glasco. She is also Former Co-Founder and CMO of a machine learning based social media software company, Meshfire... Read More →
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Dedipya Laidlaw

3D Animator, Valorem
Dedipya Laidlaw is a 3D animator/motion designer at Valorem Reply in Seattle. As an artist, her biggest motivator is to bring about an emotional response in people through her work and to build a memorable experience. She has almost a decade of experience working across many platforms... Read More →
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Sherry Floyd

CEO, Endeavor One, Inc.
Entertainment Executive with 22 years spanning production, business and development in games, film and advertising. Responsible for building best in class teams who make award winning experiences.
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Janet Lin

SVP & General Counsel, NCSOFT
Janet Kim Lin is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for NCSOFT West.  NCSOFT is a premiere digital entertainment company and global publisher that operates some of the most successful and influential MMO and mobile games in the world, including critically acclaimed titles... Read More →


4:00pm

Back from the Void: Resilience After Not Meeting Expectations @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity filling up

Most of us will experience tough feedback in our careers and life, whether from peers, managers, our reports or (most often) ourselves. Join us for a real conversation about navigating the lows and returning to the highs of performance in the office and in life. This session is ideal for both managers and individual contributors who want to learn more about professional and personal resilience.

Moderator
avatar for Emilia Palaveeva

Emilia Palaveeva

Principal, F Collective
I am a Marketing and Business Strategy executive with deep and broad expertise in emerging technology, innovation, and design. As an independent consultant, I help organizations refine and communicate ideas that differentiate them in a crowded marketplace and build strong relationships... Read More →

Speakers
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Shea Harty

Managing Director, Empower Amsterdam
Shea Harty is the Managing Director of Empower Amsterdam. A non-profit organization that believes in creating inclusion and community for foreigners in different cities. They help unemployed professionals get back to work faster with free career coaching and workshops. The organization... Read More →
avatar for Zuzka Bodik

Zuzka Bodik

Data Science Manager, Data Science Manager
As a data science manager on Facebook's Marketplace team, I help connect people to products and services they love through Facebook. I extract value from big data to drive product direction - leveraging my strong analytical background & business acumen. I move fast and I am scrappy... Read More →
avatar for Travis M. Mears

Travis M. Mears

Enterprise Purpose Strategy, Imperative
What do you get when you cross a former dean of students “wanna be”, part-time Crossfit Coach, culinary connoisseur and disruptive thinker? Just add 2 tbsp surprise + 1 ½ tbsp wit + a dash intellect – whisk together and that’s Travis!In his current role, Travis supports enterprise... Read More →
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Bridgette Boudreau

Executive Coach, Bridgette Boudreau, LLC
I’m an executive coach with a spiritual bent. I believe that meaning matters, and that we all have a unique life purpose we’re here to express. I believe that a deep life is more fulfilling than a big life. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place where my clients can lay their... Read More →
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Lada Gorlenko

Director of UX Research, Smartsheet
I am an organizational psychologist who helps businesses build better experiences for customers, partners, and employees. I am a practitioner, a manager, a trainer, and a community builder. "Back from the Void" is a special topic for me: as a manager, I had to deal with employees... Read More →


4:00pm

Engineer to Leader: Navigating the Uncharted @Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E, Ste 500
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past decade engineers have found their roles evolving to be more high profile and mission critical. The role of engineering leader can vary dramatically from company to company, industry to industry as can the path toward leadership. Sometimes planned but more often forced due to a gap or sudden growth, engineers can find themselves in a leadership role for which they have little or no training. During the session’s first hour four engineering leaders will share their personal journeys of transitioning from engineer to leadership. The group will discuss strategies to navigate this critical role and tools to make engineering leaders successful, which in turn leads to happy, high performing teams. During the second hour we’ll break up into small groups to share personal stories, ask questions and get feedback from the panel participants.


Moderator
avatar for Mamtha Banerjee

Mamtha Banerjee

Senior Director of Technology, Expedia
Mamtha Banerjee is currently Senior Director of Technology at Expedia where she leads a team of 150+ engineers working on an extensible multi-channel virtual agent platform. Mamtha is also a Mentor at the University of Washington’s Master’s program in Entrepreneurship. Mamtha is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rita Khawand

Rita Khawand

Sr Software Development Manager, Amazon
I work in the Monetization space for Amazon Marketplace. We work on solving complex problems through innovative solutions and automation. I am looking for talented Software Development Engineers, System Engineers, and Application Engineers to join my team. If you want to work on something... Read More →
avatar for Madhu Dutta

Madhu Dutta

Director of Software Engineering, Capital One
Madhu is a Director of Software Engineering at Capital One for the Retail and Direct Bank division here at the Seattle technology site. She currently leads an engineering organization that is responsible for building green field Financial Technology products. She is a diversity and... Read More →
avatar for Katie Thickpenny

Katie Thickpenny

Senior Dev Manager, Zillow
I am passionate about delivering simple, intuitive, and delightful experiences through technology. Software is most successful if people are able to use it to quickly and confidently accomplish more so they can get back to doing what they love!As a manager I am responsible for three... Read More →
avatar for Tim Prouty

Tim Prouty

VP of Engineering, Convoy


6:30pm

When Women Turn On Each Other: Why This Happens & How to Fix It - Featuring Pro.com @The Collective Seattle - 400 Dexter Ave N
We’ve all seen it: women undermining other women. It happens more often than we’d like to admit and we ask, “Why would they do that?” Join this session to hear from women leaders to understand what drives this behavior and how we can work together to change it.

Moderator
avatar for Genessa Krasnow

Genessa Krasnow

Communications Strategist + Experience Designer + Founder, Let Her Speak
As an Experience Designer, Storyteller and Presentation Coach, my work is rooted in creating dynamic, interesting and memorable events and speakers. I work with individuals and teams to craft the most impactful, inspiring and powerful communication messages, whether they are spoken... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mona akmal

Mona akmal

CEO, Mad Alice
Mona has played many different engineering and product roles at startups like Amperity & Zulily, non-profits like Code.org and large companies like Microsoft. She recently started her own company, Mad Alice - we can't say too much about it except that it combines Mona's 3 passions... Read More →
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Amanda Squires

iOS and Diversity @ Fb / Owner of Atlas Birth, Facebook
Amanda Squires Gil is an iOS Sourcer and Diversity Recruiter at Facebook. Amanda has her BA in Human Services and Social Justice and has completed her Certificate in International Human Rights from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Amanda lives in Seattle Washington with... Read More →
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Nicola Mucci

Clinical Psychologist | Psychotherapist, Nicola Mucci, Psy.D., LMHC
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages who bring a variety of concerns to psychotherapy for deep exploration, understanding, and relief. My therapeutic practice focuses on offering a relational psychoanalytic perspective towards understanding how past... Read More →
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Akriti Chadda

Student, Northeastern University
I am a Graduate Student in Computer Science at Northeastern University. Previously, I have spent time as a Research Intern And Visiting Researcher at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Washington Seattle and The Allen... Read More →


6:30pm

#WhatWouldChadDo? Negotiate, Navigate, & Neutralize Situations - Featuring Foster School of Business @Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E, Ste 500
Limited Capacity filling up

Our collective female experience, backed by research, shows women and men behave differently in the workplace, at women’s expense. Studies show women tend to follow the rules more closely than men, do not push for salary increases at the same rate as men, and underestimate the value of networking to get ahead. During this session learn from experienced leaders how to negotiate, navigate and neutralize these situations. Let’s take a page out of our male colleagues’ playbook and ask ourselves “#whatwouldchaddo?”

Moderator
avatar for Nathalie Hennequin

Nathalie Hennequin

brand design, Eve's apple
Ever since I can remember I have been observing and drawing people. Eventually this curiosity translated into a career in branding and design, which I refer to as visual psychology: how do you express in a visual concept what is said in a ‘thousands’ words?Six years ago I set... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nouka Puriël

Nouka Puriël

Cloud Design & Construction, Commercial, Equinix
avatar for Nicole Grogan

Nicole Grogan

Chief Peopple Office, Intellectual Ventures
Nicole Grogan is the chief people officer at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where she is accountable for the human resources and corporate communications organizations. Ms. Grogan joined IV in 2010 as senior vice president of human resources. With a global workforce of more than 500... Read More →
avatar for Vinaya Kansal

Vinaya Kansal

Senior Engineering Manager, Supply Chain, Nordstrom
Vinaya Kansal is a Sr Engineering Manager at Nordstrom, building next Gen Supply Chain Tech Fulfillment services to achieve faster delivery options for maximum customer satisfaction. She has worked in a breadth of cross-functional roles and engineering disciplines, including mobile... Read More →
avatar for Nick Peddy

Nick Peddy

VP, Engineering, Capital One
Nick Peddy leads the Emerging Products team in Capital One's retail bank, which is transforming the way we think about banking. Previously, Nick was steeped in the odyssey that is California’s Silicon Valley startup world, building furiously and wearing many hats as the CTO/Head... Read More →


6:30pm

Navigating Immigration and Working Visas - Turbulent Waters @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
The current climate around immigration policy can lead to confusion, vulnerability, and a great deal of uncertainty and stress. Hear from experts in the field of immigration law, hiring managers, recruiters, and non-US employees about their own journeys and get tips on how to avoid potholes when securing a work visa. This is also an opportunity for hiring managers to learn more about what is necessary in order to hire non-US talent.

Moderator
avatar for Ashley Hum

Ashley Hum

Partner, Formula Resources
Impacting technology through people in recruiting and talent development. Love building relationships and helping people achieve their goals.

Speakers
avatar for Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang

CEO, Boundless Immigration
Xiao Wang is the co-founder and CEO of Boundless, helping families navigate the complex legal immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably than ever before. Prior to Boundless, he held leadership roles at Amazon Go, Providence Equity, NYC Department of Education, and... Read More →
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Lola Zakharova

Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
Lola S. Zakharova is a partner at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless. She assists companies in securing temporary work visas and employment-based permanent resident status for international talent. She also represents U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents wishing to sponsor family... Read More →
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Jennifer Leick

Recruiting Director & HR Business Partner, Intellectual Ventures
Highly accomplished business-oriented Senior HR Professional with deep and broad expertise across people management, employee relations, leadership development and coaching, change management, reductions in force, performance management, HR program implementation, complex project... Read More →
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KoKo Huang

Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
KoKo Huang finds creative solutions that strike a balance between the needs of innovative employers who face the challenges of an increasingly global workforce and immigration compliance.


 
Friday, April 26
 

10:00am

Experience a New Reality: The Story of VR & AR @Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E, Ste 500
Limited Capacity seats available

Seattle has established itself as a hub for virtual and augmented reality. This talk will bring together VR/AR experts to discuss how these bleeding edge technologies are disrupting different industries. Learn how you can leverage them to drive transformation and ROI within your respective companies and industries. These new immersive reality technologies will be at your fingertips. Come experience the different applications for yourself!


Moderator
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Elizabeth Scallon

Head of WeWork Labs, Northwest, WeWork
Elizabeth Scallon is the Head of WeWork Labs, Northwest. WeWork Labs is a global entrepreneurship program connecting global innovation hubs, while providing fierce local support for startups and entrepreneurs. Startups in Seattle will be able to leverage the WeWork Labs global platform... Read More →

Speakers
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Xuny Haley

Manager, UW CoMotion
Xuny Haley is the Manager for University of Washington's CoMotion Labs at HQ, an incubator space that exclusively incubates spatial computing startups. She has worked for a variety of startups for three years, ranging from VR software startups to Ultimate Frisbee broadcasting startups... Read More →
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Jesse Havens

Manager Immersive, Valorem Reply
I’m a versatile, multi-faceted creative leader with a background in 3D art for game development and a goal driven individual with a vision and passion for delivery of exceptional experiences with the highest quality standards. Whether on the micro level or observing from afar while... Read More →
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Katherine Tully

Software Engineer, Pixvana
Katherine is a Software Engineer at Pixvana, where she works on a team creating a cloud-based video platform for 360 video creation.  
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Rene Fresquez

Design Technologist, Katerra
I am a creative problem solver at the intersection of technology and design. Digital technology is more central to our daily lives than it ever has been in history. Our lives are tied to these digital tools we create and it will be through critically thoughtful design that we benefit... Read More →
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Martina Welkhoff

Managing Partner, WXR Fund
Martina Welkhoff is an entrepreneur and early-stage investor with growth and acquisition experience. She’s a Founding Partner at the WXR Fund, a venture fund focused on women-led spatial computing companies, and a Venture Partner at Jump Canon, a San Francisco fund focused on underrepresented... Read More →


10:00am

Become the CEO of Your Life: Learn How to Build Your Personal Board of Advisors @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session is for anyone who wants to level up, personally or professionally. You’ll learn why and how to identify the right people to help you accomplish your goals and will walk out of this session equipped with a personalized action plan for building your personal board of advisors.

Moderator
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Kate Sommer

Founder, Kate Sommer Consulting
Kate is a business leader and connector who spent the last decade creating and implementing marketing and brand campaigns for companies such as Nordstrom, Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and Starbucks.  Her passion is equipping women to live a life on purpose and helping them to navigate... Read More →

Speakers
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Anthony Suarez

CTO, Code.org
Anthony Suarez joined Code.org as Chief Technology Officer in 2018. His engineering teams are responsible for Code.org’s software products, including Code Studio and the Hour of Code, which allow millions of students globally to learn computer science.Anthony is passionate about... Read More →
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Julie Averill

Washington STEM Board, lululemon
Julie Averill is lululemon’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. She joined lululemon in May 2017 and brings more than 25 years of experience leveraging innovative technology to transform retail businesses and enhance guest experiences.Julie comes to lululemon... Read More →
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Cecilia Ambros

Head of Creative Studios, Amazon Advertising
Cecilia Ambros is the Head of Creative Studios, Amazon Advertising NA. She led Global Design as a Studio Director at Nike, Inc. for various performance sport categories (NFL, Men’s Training and GlobalFootball). In her prior work as an independent consultant, her clients included... Read More →
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Nikila Srinivasan

Director of Product Management, Small & Medium Businesses (SMB) & Advertiser Growth, Facebook
Nikila Srinivasan leads the Ads Growth team at Facebook and has been responsible for helping 7 million small business owners establish their businesses on Facebook and reach potential consumers globally. At Facebook, she championed the need to invest in small businesses in emerging... Read More →


10:00am

Navigating Big Tech: Learn from the Recruiters - Featuring WGU Washington @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
Enjoy a panel of professional recruiters from big technology companies. Listen to their insights and reflections from the recruiter's lens on: What makes a great candidate, whether application portals still work in 2019, things they wish candidates knew more often to do, ways we should be considering the impact of ATS on resumes, and a discussion of trends in recruiting at big tech companies. Invaluable breakout sessions included, each small group moderated by a professional who can add value to this important discussion.

Moderator
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Laura Close

Principal, Laura Close Career Consulting, LLC
Private career strategy and executive coaching firm for senior level professionals. Clients retain our group in preparation for landing an internal promotion or acquiring a new position.Global, online service and project management with live coaching, materials preparation, campaign... Read More →

Speakers
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Ipsita Paul

Recruiter, Facebook
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Patrick Monk

Technical Recruiter, Airbnb
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Lindsay Thomson

Recruiting Manager, Amazon
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Jennie Stearns

Executive Recruiter, Microsoft
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Laura Luzan

Principal Technical Recruiter, Providence St. Joseph Health
Laura Luzan is currently a Principal Recruiter for Providence Digital and Innovation, a group that focuses on delivering hiring high tech talent that will directly impact technology as it relates to healthcare.  Laura has more than 20+ years of experience in Talent Acquisition where... Read More →


1:30pm

Celebrating The Wave of Women Engineers - #ILookLikeAnEngineer - Featuring Valorem @ThinkSpace - 1700 Westlake Ave N
#ILookLikeAnEngineer was a trending tag in 2018. Today engineers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders. More and more women are claiming their space in the world of engineering. Hear stories from a few of these amazing women engineers, how they succeeded, what challenges they faced, and what we can all do to continue the momentum!


Moderator
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Padmaja Vrudhula

Industry Innovation Executive – Global Accounts, VMware
Ms. Vrudhula leads customer innovation across VMware’s strategic customers. She has several years of technical leadership, consulting, and process management experience. Ms. Vrudhula’s industry experience encompasses: retail, healthcare, life-sciences, high-technology, manufacturing... Read More →

Speakers
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Beatriz Diaz Acosta

Engineering Manager, Facebook
Beatriz Díaz Acosta has a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and has navigated a variety of technical and management roles in her career. She has experience from both large corporations and startups, in science, engineering, and program management roles. She first joined Microsoft... Read More →
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Lucy Suddenly

Student Technologist, Flatiron School
Bright, analytical software engineering student at Flatiron School.
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Abby Kaske

PM, Valorem Reply
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Pratima Rao Gluckman

Engineering Leader, VMware
For the last two decades, I've worked in the software engineering field, where I've developed and driven software solutions for both Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies. Since 2008, I've worked in senior leadership for VMware, including roles as Engineering Leader for... Read More →


1:30pm

True Allyship: Be a Better Ally All the Time, Every Day - Featuring Highspot @Capital One - 501 Eastlake Ave E, Ste 500
Limited Capacity filling up

True Allyship is not defined by intent, but by impact. The question to ask yourself is: How do I ensure that I'm having the impact of an ally?

Join us for a lively discussion about this leading question as we dive into the concept of privilege, our unconscious biases, and why intent can only go so far. Our all male panelists  will share their experiences, the barriers they've faced and overcome while imparting valuable advice on how you can act with impact as an ally every day, in the workplace and beyond.

Moderator
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Sonia Dara

Women in Business and Technology Podcast, Microsoft
Sonia was raised by her immigrant Indian parents in Atlanta, Georgia, and while in high school she began to pursue a professional modeling career in New York and Europe with Elite Model Management and IMG. While studying Economics at Harvard, she became the first South Asian Sports... Read More →
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Colleen O'Brien

Marketer, Microsoft M12
I am a strategic thinker, strong communicator, and customer advocate with experience in product marketing, agency management, partnerships, cloud technology platforms, social community management, website content development, and driving cross-functional initiatives.I have seven years... Read More →

Speakers
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Anthony Suarez

CTO, Code.org
Anthony Suarez joined Code.org as Chief Technology Officer in 2018. His engineering teams are responsible for Code.org’s software products, including Code Studio and the Hour of Code, which allow millions of students globally to learn computer science.Anthony is passionate about... Read More →
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Scott Ehnert

CTO, Moz, Inc
Engineering and Operations leader with technical background in Network Engineering and datacenters. Focused on developing leaders, maturing organizations, and fostering healthy workplace culture.15 years of network operations / network engineering. 10 years of project management.9... Read More →
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Jeremy Modjeska

Sr. Director, Engineering, Highspot
Jeremy is an experienced leader of high-performing, inclusive teams, and a returning WiT Regatta panelist. He heads engineering at Highspot, the highest user-rated sales enablement platform, and an award-winning workplace recognized by Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Comparably. Highspot... Read More →
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Krish Srinivasan

Chief Financial Officer, PCC Community Markets
Seasoned finance, strategy and communications executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in public and venture backed firms, with high profile roles at Remitly, Lyft, Amazon and Microsoft. Strong track record of delivering results; building and scaling operating processes... Read More →


2:30pm

#Relationships Are The True Currency: Discover Your Treasure Chest @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

To sail a ship successfully you need a crew working together, in relationship, toward a greater purpose. This is the core principle of the WiT Regatta. Learn how cultivating and tending to your relationships keeps your ship on course and offers you safe harbor in a storm.

Speakers
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Anthony Kerr

Brand Manager | Founder, Kimberly-Clark | The Collective Seattle
At his nine to five, Anthony Kerr is a Brand Manager at Kimberly-Clark where he focuses on digital marketing strategy for brands such as Huggies Diapers and Pull-Ups Training Pants. Anthony moved to Seattle from the Washington D.C. area in 2013. Upon arrival, he immediately noticed... Read More →
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Makenzie Davies

CEO, davies + dixon, LLC
With a background in branding, experiential marketing, PR and sales, I have worked with Fortune 500 companies to create communication strategies locally and nationally. I managed and trained B2B sales teams for more than 300 independent contractors in central America and developed... Read More →
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Lorena Soriano

Co-Founder, Global Girls Give
Lorena is a community leader, Forbes 30U30 Fellow, and ardently supports women chasing their dreams. Born in Mexico, she moved to Nevada as a child and, at a young age, advocated for herself when opportunities were not made available to her due to assumptions and stereotypes. A believer... Read More →
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Zeynep Tuck

Producer/Editor, MSN, Microsoft (through Aquent)
Zeynep is a content strategist and editorial manager. In the media, agency (PR) and client sides (travel and tech), she has led creative and data-minded teams in the production and execution of creative, multi-channel content programs for over 15 years. Zeynep has steered global... Read More →
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Cathi Rodgveller

CEO, IGNITE Worldwide
IGNITE’s mission is to create opportunities to spark girls’ excitement about technology careers and inspire them to new possibilities. IGNITE lights them up. Girls in grades 6-12 from all backgrounds interact with professional women in technology careers during the school day... Read More →


3:30pm

Pitch Event: Batten the Hatches – We’re Hitting the High Seas! - Featuring Volition @WeWork - 501 Eastlake Ave E
Like great explorers sailing uncharted waters, take a chance and present your 3-minute pitch at this Pitch Event, hosted by Volition. Ten (10) companies will have 3 minutes to present their idea in front of the audience and receive valuable feedback. Whether you have a pitch or not, come support these fabulous women demonstrating courage and learn about all the fabulous things our community is creating.

Volition Pitch Nights, which have been running in Vancouver and Calgary since 2016, provide a comfortable space for entrepreneurs to gain practical experience and feedback on their pitch, in front of a live audience and industry panel. The audience votes on the top three companies to receive valuable prizes from local sponsors.

Make sure you fill out the survey to pitch!

Moderator
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Paul Brassard

Managing Partner, Volition
An almost 20 year veteran of entrepreneurship, Paul has immense experience in business development, growth and marketing strategy, and specializes in investor prep, pitch and presentation coaching.With a love for teaching, a passion for passing on knowledge and a desire to help others... Read More →
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Elizabeth Scallon

Head of WeWork Labs, Northwest, WeWork
Elizabeth Scallon is the Head of WeWork Labs, Northwest. WeWork Labs is a global entrepreneurship program connecting global innovation hubs, while providing fierce local support for startups and entrepreneurs. Startups in Seattle will be able to leverage the WeWork Labs global platform... Read More →

Speakers
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Ellie Fields

Sr. Director, Development, Tableau Software
Product leader, currently leading product development teams at Tableau responsible for building analytics that reach more people. Responsible for product strategy and execution for mobile apps, collaboration, alerting, server experience, onboarding and Tableau Public. Previously... Read More →
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Emily Kruger

VP, Product, Operiant
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Ravs Kaur

Chief Development Officer, leading Engineering and Product, Stealth Mode Startup
Experienced engineering and product leader with a proven track record of shipping high quality products, providing technical and strategic leadership to large organizations and building highly effective teams. Now, I'm on a journey to bring together machine learning and organizational... Read More →


5:00pm

TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Facebook!) - Wellness Party hosted by Facebook @Facebook - 1101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle
After an energy-filled week of connections, storytelling, mentorship and idea-sharing, we want to go out with a BANG! Let's close out the incredible week with a 'treat yourself' evening filled with energy-filling events, relationship-building, and celebration! This is not the end, but rather the beginning, of the next chapter for you as we hope you have gained more connections, mentors and friendships. Join us for one last afternoon for Hip Hop Yoga with “The Six” and Silent Disco, more snacks, and connections – plus a few other surprises as we go into the weekend with good energy and a lot of new friends.