20-21 October 2022 BCEC, Boston MA
6-7 September, 2018ICC Sydney, Australia
(We'll be announcing more every week!)
SVP and Chief Information Officer @ Akamai
Chief Technology Officer @ Best Buy Health
SVP Digital Technology, Schneider Digital Chief Architect and CIO for NAM @ Schneider Electric
Chief Technology Officer @ Vendr
Former VP Digital Products @ Santander Bank
VP of Engineering @ athenaHealth
Executive Director of Design @ IBM
Senior Director of Software Engineering @ Salesforce
Beth Logan PhD
Senior Director Data Science @ Roku
Senior Director & Global Platform Leader, Connected Care @ Elli & Lily
Director of Software Engineering @ Capital One
Senior Director of Software Engineering @ Datto
Director, Analytics & Data Science @ BMC Software
Head Of Engineering- Cloud Data Analytics & AI @ McKinsey & Co
Francesca Lazzeri Ph.D.
Principal Data Scientist Manager, Cloud and AI @ Microsoft
Head of Data @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Senior Engineering Manager @ Toast
Senior Engineering Manager @ The New York Times
Data Scientist, Inclusion and Diversity @ Starbucks
Senior Engineering Manager @ Babbel Inc.
Lead Product Marketing Manager @ UKG
Kate Prouty is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Akamai. As CIO, she oversees Akamai’s Information Technology organization, responsible for business transformation including global strategy, development, and operation of the applications and IT infrastructure that enable agile and efficient user experiences for Akamai's customers, employees, and partners. She is based at the company's global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prouty joined Akamai in 1999 and has led a long and distinguished career at the company, leading the transformation of Akamai's business processes with an emphasis on flexibility, agility, and user experience. She has been instrumental in developing systems that have been foundational to the company's growth and scale, including the implementation of Akamai's enterprise resource planning systems, the network statistics system that is used across the company to better understand how our customers are using our deployed network, and our network supply chain to ensure the smooth operation of the business and best serve Akamai's customers. Prior to becoming CIO, she collaborated closely with leaders across the company in HR, Finance, Platform Engineering, Product Development, Services, and Sales. She brings to the role an adept understanding of the criticality of security, risk, and compliance across the industry and Akamai's business.
Prior to joining Akamai, she held a variety of technology positions including in network administration, system administration, database administration, and software implementation at Fleet Financial and Digitas.
Prouty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Keene State College and is a graduate of the Greater Boston Executive Program at MIT's Sloan School of Management. She co-chairs the Executive Women's Network at Akamai and is a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit organization Delta Projects, which supports and empowers people with intellectual challenges.
Jean Olive is the Chief Technology Officer for Best Buy Health responsible for technology strategy and architecture, product design and delivery, digital transformations, and operational excellence. Jean's career has been centered on global companies with a mission to improve and save lives where she progressed through a variety of engineering, supply chain and leadership positions at Raytheon Technologies, Royal Philips, and Schneider Electric.
Jean is a champion for advancing women in technology and leadership, and inclusion and diversity as a competitive advantage. She advocates for women to help other women through coaching, mentoring, career opportunities and taking the path with a heart – love what you do. Jean and her husband Stephen have five grown children, enjoy lake life and traveling.
Jean received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, is a member of the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers and serves on the School of Engineering advisory committee.
Abha Dogra is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, driving commercial and non-commercial software products strategy and development. She is a Senior Product and Software development evangelist with extensive knowledge in diverse areas of Enterprise Solution Delivery and SaaS-based business services (XaaS), including Software Development, Enterprise Architecture, Product Development, Digital Transformation, Automation and more. As a strategic thought leader, Abha enjoys sharing her insights and expertise in Product Management and Engineering, technical and business planning, Enterprise Architecture, DevSecOps, Scaling Agile (SAFe), and global team development.
Currently, Abha holds a dual role at Schneider Electric; She is the North America Chief Information Officer and the SVP of Digital Technology. Her focus is to drive both digitization and digital transformation through an evolved organization operating model.
Kerry Munz is Chief Technology Officer at Vendr, a startup on a mission to help the worlds fastest growing companies revolutionize the way they find, buy, and manage SaaS. As CTO, Kerry is responsible for technical strategy, product delivery, and operational excellence across Engineering, Security, and IT to support Vendrs fast growth.
Prior to Vendr, Kerry was VP of Engineering at HubSpot, a marketing, sales, & services SaaS automation platform. Kerry led hundreds of engineers across multiple groups including Platform Infrastructure, Growth, Fintech, Business Intelligence, and the Revenue Product organizations. Kerry was responsible for HubSpot's cloud infrastructure of thousands of servers and services running in both AWS and Google Cloud and helped scale the company to hundreds of thousands of customers and $1B in sales.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Kerry also led teams and architecture at Cisco Systems, and was a key engineer for multiple security and networking startups. Kerry holds 5 patents related to communication software and security.
As a champion and mentor for women in technology and women in leadership, Kerry has spoken at Grace Hopper, Google NEXT, and multiple women leadership panels. She loves to teach about Infrastructure as Code, leadership development, and the art of negotiation.
Elizabeth Garber is a Customer Experience and Innovation expert leading initiatives that will change the landscape of Digital Identity. In 2021, she co-edited/co-wrote the GAIN Digital Trust whitepaper, which called for a globally interoperable solution to high-trust identity online. It was signed by 150+ global identity experts. She co-chairs the OpenID Foundation’s GAIN technical Proof of Concept, which explores the challenges of global interoperability. She also participates in working groups with the Open Identity Exchange and Institute of International Finance.
Fun Fact: beyond Digital Identity and banking, Elizabeth is passionate about re-designing work to cultivate inclusive teams with the power to change the world.
Bela Labovitch is a passionate technologist and engineering leader whose career in software spans many decades. She is currently a Vice President of Engineering at athenaHealth, a healthcare technology company that aspires to build an ecosystem that provides accessible, high-quality and sustainable healthcare for all. She has held a variety of positions - CTO, VP, Architect and developer at companies that range from start-ups to larger enterprises. Bela has a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Brandeis University.
Bela is particularly interested in attracting and keeping women in the technology field and raising women leaders. She is on the steering committee of the Women's Leadership forum at athena and founded their Women in Technology initiative. She is a STEM mentor and speaks at organizations such as Girls Who Code. In 2019 and 2020, the Healthcare Technology Report named her as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare.
Bela serves on the Board of the non-profit Parents Helping Parents and is a long-time parental stress counselor. She is a mother, runner, yoga practitioner, reader and avid traveler.
Erin Buonomo is the Executive Director of Design at IBM, focused on the design of AI-powered enterprise solutions in the asset management and engineering domains. In this role, she is on a mission to help clients transform and build more resilient and sustainable business operations by marrying human-centered design and technology to deliver intelligent workflows and insights. She leads a global, multi-disciplinary team of design professionals tackling complex problems and designing innovative experiences utilizing Design Thinking.
Erin has been with IBM for 17 years and held a variety of roles leading initiatives and teams to deliver enterprise software and innovations at scale. She has experience that ranges from strategic product planning, organizational leadership, and agile product design and development. Erin holds a M.B.A from Bentley University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is passionate about fostering inclusivity and building future leaders through her activity in women and local community groups.
Fun Fact: Avid Peloton fan and mom of twins
A pioneer in the software industry, Pam is currently a Senior Director of Software Engineering at Salesforce, leading several teams in the areas of scale. The life cycle of Pam's career includes large companies, startup companies and consulting firms. A mentor to women engineering students, she gives freely of her time implementing technical solutions to move non profits to the cloud. In a career where she was often the only woman at the table, with unstoppable determination and strategy, she evolved from a software engineer into senior leadership, always with a passion for building top notch products and healthy cultures. Pam holds a patent for her work at Groove Networks, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft.
Fun Fact: In her free time, Pam enjoys Trail running and Alpine Touring with her Border Collie Maggie Mae!
Beth leads the Data Science Team at Roku. The team develops automated algorithms that provide business value, particularly in newer areas where there is high uncertainty.
Beth is a seasoned Data Scientist and leader with 20+ years of experience in a variety of big data fields: advertising, speech, music, biology and medical. She has over 30 publications and 13 issued patents.
Fun Fact: Beth loves being outside and can often be found walking or running in Boston or hiking in New England.
Fariha is an empathetic and collaborative leader who thrives in fast paced, innovation-led organizations. As an expert in personalization technology, she has created innovative marketing solutions for the healthcare, insurance and consumer industries. Also, as an agile pioneer, she has led the successful integration of corporate acquisitions at the technical, product and process levels.
Fariha's career spans large companies, startups, non-profits and government organizations. As Partner for Product & Program Velocity at Digital Innovation Inc, she worked to create an innovative product design and development process to complement the firm's internationally recognized corporate innovation framework.
As President of the Boston chapter of OPEN, she is responsible for building and promoting an ecosystem for professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs in the Boston area, to grow their careers and business.
She is currently leading a team that is responsible for development and go-to market for innovative solutions in the digital health space, for a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company.
As a Director of Software Engineering at Capital One, Marina is partnering with risk and audit technical executives and business leaders on building innovative data driven products that empower our customers with intelligent risk insights. In this role, she is leading and growing new engineering teams for Risk and Audit organization in Boston, MA.
With over 20 years of experience, Marina held engineering leadership roles at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters), Computershare, Genscape and Linedata where she was recognized for her passion for new technologies. In her last role, as a head of new platform engineering team, Marina led Linedata's effort in building the first cloud native real time trading platform, delivering a first Linedata production solution in a public cloud and building innovative continuous integration and delivery processes. Marina has extensive expertise in platform engineering, evolving legacy systems to cloud microservices architecture and leading agile transformations.
Marina holds a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University of Engineering and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Sr. Director of Software Engineering by day, mom of two by night. Five years ago, I joined Datto, where I lead the Datto SaaS Protection team. Previously, I've spent over a decade in a variety of technical roles, with experience in SaaS application development, backup and recovery, 3rd party integrations, high-scale e-commerce, digital marketing, marketing automation, multivariate testing, data warehousing, and custom software development.
My passion is working with talented and diverse teams. Bringing people together and working across functions to drive continual business success fuels me. Through these partnerships, I am constantly learning to better understand problems and opportunities, and leading across teams to solve for them.
I hold a firm belief in cultivating an engineering culture of trust and respect. In fostering an organization with higher levels of psychological safety, my teams are able to amplify delivery of extraordinary business results through collaborative partnerships.
In my personal time, I enjoy visits to the Caribbean, reading, roasting marshmallows with my kids, enjoying food from around the world, and making unforgettable memories (think sky-diving, snorkeling, laser tag with our engineers).
When not focused on leading the evolution of the fastest growing product at Datto, I actively support and promote women in technology and underrepresented employees. I believe in the power of inclusion, am an avid advocate of agile principles, and a proponent for servant leadership.
Glenda Carnate has over 20 years experience in data science for-profit, government, non-profit and academia. Currently, she is the Director of Data Science at BMC Software, focused on accelerating BMC Software’s inclusive and hyper-customer-centric ADE (Autonomous Digital Enterprise) mission. With this wealth of experience, her goal (both personal/professional) is always to accelerate and improve decision capabilities both for the enterprise and the common good through data-centric and human-centric AI. In addition, she serves as the Lead Ambassador for the State of MA for the global organization Women in AI, nonprofit working towards gender-inclusive AI that benefits global society. She is grateful and humbled for having received the Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Public Service from the Governor's Office of the Commonwealth of MA for her C-19 work.
On top of advancing women’s voices in AI, high on her priority list is neuro-diversity. Please reach out to her on anything neuro-diversity as she'd like to learn from you.
Fun Fact: She schedules her yoga/pilates like it's a 6am meeting every day. She has a strong bias towards pistachio ice cream and French macarons (and describes tastes and textures like it's a lab project).
Neema Uthappa was born and raised in Coorg, a picturesque countryside in Southern India, also known as the 'Scotland of India'. Brought up in a tight-knit family and influenced by a culture considered even in a country as diverse as India, she has always boldly ventured down the road less traveled. An engineer by education, Neema began her career as one of the first 3 women executive officer s(works) in the Indian Navy, followed by stints in key management roles across various industries such as Real Estate, Banking, Healthcare, Utility etc. Neema has held several Senior leadership positions in various large corporations in the US like American Express, McKesson Corporation and is currently the Head of Engineering/Associate Partner with McKinsey & company. She has excelled in the corporate world and has been awarded 2 US patents and Platinum Genius medal by American Express.
Neema has always sought simplicity in life, breaking things down to basics. Her creative mindset has inspired her to pursue such varied interests as painting, wine making, artwork, and has penned several of her life experiences in a book called “The Cinderella Elephant”, a collection of short stories.
She volunteers as board member for Girls In Tech Organization and ASU Art member during her free time.
A Fun Fact: Neema is a certified Hypnotherapist, who has trained under world famous hypnotherapist Marisa Peer and can help people overcome problems such as OCD, Stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorder, pain management etc. in both adults and children through effective use of the RTT Technique.
Francesca Lazzeri, Ph.D. is an experienced data and machine learning scientist with over 15 years of experience in academic research, tech industry and engineering team management. She is author of the book "Machine Learning for Time Series Forecasting with Python" (Wiley) and many other publications, including technology journals and conferences.Francesca is Adjunct Professor of machine learning at Columbia University and Principal Data Scientist Manager at Microsoft, where she leads an organization of data scientists and machine learning engineers building intelligent applications on the Cloud, utilizing data and techniques spanning from IoT, time series forecasting, computer vision, natural language processing, reinforcement learning and open-source frameworks. Before joining Microsoft, she was a Research Fellow at Harvard University in the Technology and Operations Management Unit.
She is also Advisory Board Member of the AI-CUBE (Artificial Intelligence and Big Data CSA for Process Industry Users, Business Development and Exploitation) project, the Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative, machine learning mentor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and active member of the AI community. You can find her on Twitter: @frlazzeri
Fun Fact: I love ballet and I studied it for more than 10 years when I was a child. I think that ballet is a very strict and classical dance form and requires a lot of practice and rehearsal.
Veronika Durgin is a database professional with over two decades of experience. Her passion for all things data led her on an incredible journey from a Junior SQL Server DBA to her current role as the Head of Data. Multiple stops on that path of database administration, data engineering, platform architecture, data modeling, and analytics and insights taught her to appreciate the complexities, synergies, and tremendous value each functional area brings to the business.
As a Certified Data Vault Practitioner and Snowflake Data Superhero, you will see Veronika occasionally blogging and often speaking to anyone who would listen about both Snowflake and Data Vault.
Outside of work, Veronika spends time mentoring high school kids and young professionals who want to get into the data field. Veronika holds a master's degree in software engineering and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two boys, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Fun Fact: I have a weakness for nice shoes and have a very large collection to prove it.
Pooja is a Senior Engineering Manager on Payments teams at Toast. Her teams build systems that enable restaurants to process payments seamlessly through the Toast platform. She is passionate about building teams that deliver impactful software while nurturing leaders on her teams and believes that the secret sauce to successful teams is a feedback-driven culture. Over the course of her career, Pooja has accumulated over 13 years of experience managing engineering teams as well as writing code.
After being on parental leave when her second baby was born during the pandemic, Pooja struggled at first on her return to work. She realized that planning for her return from leave was as important as planning for going on leave. With a supportive manager who was eager to learn how to best support a new mom's return, she was able to take some more time to plan a successful comeback to work.
Outside of work, Pooja is learning how to paint using watercolors, but only after 8:30 PM when both her little children are asleep.
Kelly is a Senior Engineering Manager at The New York Times, leading the Operations Engineering Reliability team. Having started her career in technology as a teenager running nightly magnetic reel to reel tape backups and growing into increasingly technologically complex roles before pivoting to leadership, she is a passionate advocate for women forging or finding their own career path in technology. Her interest in operations management is driven by her love for making people’s experiences interacting with technology exceptional, her innate problem-solving capabilities, and her persistent obsession with analyzing and translating data for consumption by stakeholders at all levels of technical expertise. Prior to joining The Times, Kelly was a Director who established system reliability practices in Technology Operations at OptumRx, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.
Outside of her love for her career in technology, Kelly is also a wife and mom to three young children, with six (mostly rescue) dogs and two cats! Kelly’s personal areas of interest include mental health advocacy, sobriety/recovery, London, all things music, and enjoying the outdoors.
Fun Fact: Kelly's hobbies over the years have ranged from participating in an acapella group, to caring for and showing horses owned by William Shatner, to donning indigo-colored hair and full-sleeve tattoos.
Anna Learis is a data scientist who works with the Inclusion and Diversity team at Starbucks to establish and support data-driven inclusion and diversity strategy. Anna has led initiatives around executive success and retention predictors, employee sentiment, the candidate recruiting funnel, and more. They believe that a robust use of HR data is crucial for a company to best recruit and retain talent as well as set the company apart in an extremely competitive candidate's market.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Anna worked at Capital One on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging People Analytics team. Anna holds a B.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and has a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. They currently live in Rhode Island with their fiance and cat.
Fun Fact: Anna founded the first mental health publication, Mentality Magazine, at any Big Ten University.
Pooja Salpekar is a Senior Engineering Manager at Babbel Inc.
With over nine years of software development and team leadership experience, Pooja drives technical strategy for the teams to meet company OKRs and partners with PMs to advise, innovate and deliver on key priorities.
Pooja is leading two cross-functional engineering teams in NYC and Berlin, Germany to drive customer engagement and conversion. She is enabling software teams to deliver the features in smaller iterations that target the key performance metrics of users’ journeys.
Rachel Rapoza has over 12 years of marketing experience at small start-ups, SMBs, and enterprise technology companies. She currently serves as the lead product marketing manager for UKG, a large B2B tech company, where she is responsible for developing messaging and positioning and driving awareness for their solutions. Between her career that has spanned across all the marketing disciplines, from events to demand generation to product marketing, to her experience of going through multiple mergers and acquisitions - she's developed a unique set of skills and perspective on messaging and positioning. Outside of her day job, she also serves as the Chair of PRIDE at UKG – UKG's employee resource group dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community.
Fun fact: Outside of work I love to stay active by playing hockey and golf.
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