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Changing the Face of Technology with Women

2019 Women in Tech Summit

 9:00 AM: Busting Innovation Myths 

 No industry, even the more traditional slow to change ones, is immune to the fact that consumers are demanding greater control. Changes in technology and customer   expectations are driving broad implications; Innovation is no longer an option and requires a “full-stack” approach that places the customer at the center. Discover powerful ways   to drive full stack innovation and create magical moments for your customers as we bust the myths around innovation.

Neenu Kainth, SVP, Digital Product and Innovation, Mr Cooper 

Neenu Kainth is a seasoned customer experience leader, organizational architect, and product innovation expert with over 20 years of experience driving digital innovations at Fortune 500 companies. As SVP of Digital Product and Innovation at Mr Cooper, Neenu leads Mr Cooper’s digital innovation strategy and execution in the Home Loans industry. During Neenu’s tenure at Mr. Cooper, Neenu and her team have launched an award-winning website and mobile apps that expanded Mr. Cooper’s digital footprint while delivering improved customer experiences and revenues. Neenu is a recognized leader in the home loan industry and winner of the Women of Influence by Housing Wire Magazine.

Prior to Mr Cooper, Neenu has held executive level roles at Verizon and Comcast, where she was responsible for the growth of Digital products including customer experience, development, pricing, revenue and cost management.  Neenu holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Neenu is a foodie and a history buff. She enjoys traveling across the country and world with her husband and 9-year-old daughter to develop their understanding of all humans. Neenu signs up for various marathons to, in her own words, “support her foodie lifestyle”.  

10:30 AM: Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)

Valerie Freeman, Founder and CEO, Imprimis Group, Inc. - Moderator
Valerie Freeman is the Founder and CEO of a group of specialized companies whose services include staffing, search, outsourcing, project management and consulting.  The companies operate under the brand names Imprimis Group, BravoTech, Freeman+Leonard and ANSERteam and operate all over the U.S.  Over the years, the companies have been named to the Inc.500/5000, Dallas 100, WPO Fast 50, and Cougar 100 (Univ. of Houston). 

Recently, Valerie was named to D CEO’s Dallas 500 Business Leaders,  Power 50 women in Dallas by the Texas Diversity Council and in past years has also received the Tech Titans Community Hero Award, Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts, Maura Award from the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Athena Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber, and WBE of the Year Award from the Women’s Business Council of the Southwest.  She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance of Technology and Women and was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame. University of Houston, Valerie’s Alma mater, named her a Distinguished Alum. She is also a founder and serves on the Investment Committee of Texas Women Ventures and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Prime Women Media. Valerie currently serves on the Board of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Council of the Alliance of Technology and Women and the Strategic Advisory Council of the Women’s Business Council of the Southwest.

Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, The Law Offices of Mary N. Chaney, P.L.L.C., The Cyber Security Law Firm of Texas - Speaker

Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, has over 20 years of progressive experience within the fields of law, information security, privacy and risk management. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with her B.S.B.A in Information Systems and received her J.D. degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Ms. Chaney spent several years practicing law in Washington, D.C. focusing primarily on anti-trust and intellectual property rights infringement cases. She transitioned to serve her country by becoming a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she investigated cybercrime and served as their Information Systems Security Officer. Ms. Chaney obtained her Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2008. In her corporate career, she has held senior level information security roles with Comcast, Johnson & Johnson and GE Capital.

Voluntarily, Ms. Chaney is the Chairman and CEO of Minorities in Cybersecurity, Inc. which focuses on leadership and career development for minorities and women. Ms. Chaney also holds several advisory board roles, she serves as a member of the CompTIA¬© Cybersecurity Advisory Board (CCAB), Post University and ChickTECH. In each of her volunteer endeavors Ms. Chaney strives to improve the cyber security community by ensuring both students and professionals have the resources they need to excel in their careers. Academically, Ms. Chaney is an adjunct professor with the University of Cincinnati where she teaches courses to assist with the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Professionally, Ms. Chaney owns her own cyber security law practice, The Law Offices of Mary N. Chaney, P.L.L.C., The Cyber Security Law Firm of Texas, where she specializes in helping, the Board of Directors, CIO, CISO and General Counsel of any company, understand each other and to legally protect the enterprise from cyber security risk.

Jessica Nemmers, Manager of Information Security, Commercial Metals Company - Speaker

Jessica Nemmers leads the Information Security organization at Commercial Metals Company (CMC), a global metals recycler, manufacturer, and fabricator. Jessica has had the opportunity of building an information security and data protection program designed to meet the unique needs of a steel manufacturing company. With over 22 years in the IT industry, Jessica leveraged business, leadership, and technical skills to become a trusted partner to her customers.

Jessica began her IT career with Perot Systems (now NTT Data) as the Global IS Training Manager, leading training programs in Leadership, Customer Service, Accent Neutralization, and ITIL Foundation Certification. Jessica led IT teams in the US, India, Romania, and Mexico, and was a founding member of Perot Systems Mexico. Jessica also held positions in new business development, data center operations, and IT communications allowing her to leverage her unique ability to translate technical solutions to non-technical audiences. She holds a B.S. in Business, HR Management, along with CISSP and ITIL V2 and V3 Foundation certifications.  

Prior to her IT career, Jessica was a professional ballerina and performed across the southern United States with her company. Almost 20 years after her retirement, both of her sons chose to study classical ballet after attending a ballet performance. She is now a proud “dance mom” and loves watching her sons perform on stage, especially in “The Nutcracker.”

Carol Weaver, Senior Consultant Digital Academy, Information and Digital Systems, Toyota Financial Services  - Speaker

Carol Weaver is currently focused on building a new Toyota Financial Services (TFS) Digital Academy to create a shared learning platform and Think Tank for Digital and Technical Skills, as well as to support Toyota’s move to an agile business capability model. Before assuming this role, she served as National Manager for Information Security Operations at TFS. Prior to joining Toyota, Carol was Vice President for IT Security Global Operations for GM Financial. Before GM Financial, Carol served in various roles at Acxiom Corporation, including Information and IT Security, Network Architecture, Audit and Compliance.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling and boating.

11:30 AM InnoTech Luncheon 

Lunch Speaker - Jayson Street, Vice President, InfoSec for SpherNY: Shoulder Surfing A Cyber Heist! 

Jayson E. Street, is the author of the book series "Dissecting the hack", and serves as a Global Ambassador for the Defcon Groups – The longest running hacking conference in the world. Additionally, Jayson serves as the Vice President of InfoSec for SphereNY. Highly sought as a global industry leader, he speaks at dozens of venues each year in the technical, business and academic arenas. Some examples from the past twelve months include: Defcon, DerbyCon, GRRCon, National Chamber of Commerce Events, National Banking Industry Events, National Private Security events as well as several other 'CONs and colleges on a variety of Information Security subjects in the United States and across the world. Jayson has been recognized for various achievements over the years including his nomination as of one of Time's persons of the year in 2006.

Lifetime Achievement Awards from DFW*ATW at InnoTech 2019

DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW*ATW) announces that Ellen Barker, SVP and CIO with Texas Instruments, is the winner for the DFW*ATW 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes women who share in the mission of DFW*ATW by empowering women in technology through education, networking and mentoring.

Ellen is responsible for the Information Technology Services organization at Texas Instruments. In this role, she manages the information technology strategies and operational management of applications and infrastructure worldwide that enable TI’s changing business needs.

Ellen is an advocate for increasing the number of girls entering a college degree program in science, technology, engineering and math. She partners with the DFW*ATW as a frequent speaker and by serving on the Advisory Board. Texas Instruments is a long-time sponsor of DFW*ATW.

1:00 PM: (IN)tersectionality - Living at the Intersection

Innovative leaders on what it takes to inspire, create and thrive while advancing equity and inclusion.

Aries Webb-Williams, Founder, The Service Boutique, LLC - Moderator

Aries Webb-Williams is a Service Delivery and Customer Experience Executive, that empowers quality obsessed teams for technology organizations. She is founder of, The Service Boutique, LLC, where she helps organizations improve service delivery by coaching teams on process re-engineering, communication best practices and relationship building.

She is a people protector, advocating for the best experience possible. Aries is also creator, host, and producer of The Scratching and Surviving Podcast. Created to highlight her story, the stories of others, to expose people to positive influencers, and to serve as a place to discuss various topics in a healthy way.

L. Michelle Smith, Founder, no silos communications, LLC - Speaker

L. Michelle Smith is an author, speaker and leader who thrives at the intersection of culture, technology and business. She is the founder of "no silos communications, LLC", the parent company for a series of media, content and tech brands. She has more than 25 years of experience as a communicator and integrated marketer at global agencies, her own boutique agency and a Fortune 10 technology, telecom and media company.

She is also the creator, producer and host of The Culture Soup Podcast which features human interest interviews with some of the most innovative names in tech, business and culture.  Michelle is also The 30 Minute Mentor (#30MM), a program that organizes growth cohorts for entrepreneurs and mid-level, corporate professionals hoping to grow their leadership skills and business acumen.

Cheryl Orange, Director of IT Effectiveness & Customer Integration, FedEX - Speaker

Cheryl Orange is Director of IT Effectiveness & Customer Integration with FedEX.  She has direct oversight over the organizational agile transformation, business planning, financial management, organizational compliance, customer integration support and communications.

As one of six founding members of the FedEx African American Committee, which focuses on bringing programming and events to help raise knowledge and awareness to corporate America, Cheryl helped to bring insights from influential speakers such as Dr. Susan Taylor and Dr. Terrence Roberts to enlighten and educate audiences around the company.  Ms. Orange is dedicated to working in the community and mentoring the next generation of leaders and volunteers through various middle and high school programs. Cheryl received numerous awards including, the most recent, 2018 Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Award. She is also one of the D CEO Magazine 2018 - 500 most powerful leaders in the DFW area.  

Tynagia Polk, Sr. Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas - Speaker

Tynagia Polk is the Sr. Manager Diversity & Inclusion for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Tynagia leads the internal consulting services and collaboration with talent acquisition on diverse workforce sourcing strategies, engages business stakeholders and HR business partners on best practices for growing, building, and retaining talent. She oversees the Enterprise STEAM Advisory Group and STEAM programs. She is also responsible for the company diversity and inclusion awards and recognition, employer branding, and strategic partnerships in diverse communities.

Tynagia is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Texas and 2013 graduate of Leadership Pipeline, both programs are managed by Leadership Women.  She served as a Greater Dallas Advisory Board Member of the Texas Diversity Council for three years.  She also served as a board member for the African American business resource group at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and the Women of AT&T employee resource group. Tynagia earned a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Florida A & M University. She is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and obtained a Leadership Certification in Emotional Intelligence (EQ). 

2:00 PM: Democratizing Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - Auto Navigator

Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the next big thing in technology. In this presentation, I will share how Capital One embraced these technologies and democratized it within the organization to produce a product that not only addressed the needs of our customers, but also fundamentally transformed our approach to product development.

Rukus Esi, Vice President, CTO, Consumer Auto and Refinance, Capital One

Rukus is Vice President and CTO for Capital One Auto Finance’s Consumer and Refinance Businesses and is responsible for Consumer Originations technology, Shared Technology platforms and Auto’s Data Infrastructure. Since joining Capital One in September 2017, Rukus has led his organization to migrate to the public cloud, use open source technologies to revamp the loan decisioning engine, creating a new platform for reporting, and introduce new products into the marketplace. Under his leadership, Rukus’s organization has made significant strides in developing products from a customer-back perspective through implementation of industry best practices. Rukus also started and leads the Blacks in Technology chapter in Plano, TX, and leads our People Leader Development work streams within our organization. Rukus is passionate about developing professional talent and driving Capital One’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Prior to joining Capital One, Rukus was the CIO of FedBid Inc, a $2B e-Commerce marketplace, where he led all aspects of technology strategy and delivery. Rukus has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a M.S in Software Engineering and a B.S in Computer Science from George Mason University.

3:30 PM: Embracing Data Overload to Become a Data Driven Organization

Exploring Examples of Innovative Companies Adopting a Data Driven Culture

A guiding principle employed by successful organizations is to use the mountains of company data to improve business results.  Achieving this aim requires implementing sound enterprise data management, advancing data analytics maturity and promoting a data-driven culture. This session will focus on the latter, using strategies adopted and lessons learned in adopting a data-driven culture for better business outcomes. We will discuss current examples and use case from various industries – healthcare, automotive, consumer goods and financial services.

Lisa Danzer, Data Strategist, Pure Storage - Moderator

Lisa Danzer is a Data Strategist with Pure Storage and President Emeritus of DFW*ATW.  Her mission is to build a better world with data. In her current role with Pure Storage, she works with clients across industries to help them access and use their data for better business outcomes.

Prior to Pure, Lisa spent 6 years at Hewlett-Packer Enterprise where she was a Practice Leader and a Solution Executive working on solutions for strategic outsourcing opportunities. She also spent 12 years at Sun Microsystems in various technical and management roles. Lisa is currently on the advisory board member for the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW*ATW). In 2017, Lisa received the Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology award for her work fostering the technology community in Dallas. Lisa has a BS in Business Administration and a Master’s in management information systems from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).  

Sylvia Karmanoff, Chief Technologist, Automotive Industry, Americas DXC - Speaker

Sylvia Karmanoff is the Automotive Industry CTO for DXC Technologies. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation and digital transformation strategy for automotive industry clients in the Americas. 

Throughout Sylvia’s career, she has applied emerging technologies to create innovative solutions that incorporate artificial intelligence, big data analytics, Internet of Things, and remote monitoring and control to improve vehicle design, accelerate productivity, and enhance product capabilities within medical device, logistics, oil & gas, and automotive industries. Sylvia is a trusted advisor to government and industry organizations, helping to define visions for autonomous vehicles and associated infrastructure. In addition to holding executive positions at Intel, General Motors, and other firms, Sylvia founded and ran a consulting practice, leveraging and applying technologies, such as analytics, IoT, VR, AI, miniaturization, and wearables to help clients expand into new markets.

Carina Reyes, SVP, Managing Director, JLL Technology Consulting - Speaker

As Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Carina leads JLL's Technology Consulting Practice.  With more than 20 years experience in the technology industry, Carina’s team works with a variety of customers in defining a digital transformation roadmap for the workplace.  She leads from the lenses of customer, focusing on user experience, the right smart workplace solutions at the right time and achieving actionable insights with BI and quality data management. Carina's area of consulting expertise covers a wide range of topics including digital transformation strategy and roadmaps, workplace experience solutions, IOT and smart buildings, global IT infrastructure deployments, solution consulting and design, workplace security, and business intelligence and data transformation.

Prior to Xerox, Carina was a Director at Cisco as a Service Delivery Executive for Fortune 50 global enterprise accounts.  She provided strategic consulting and program leadership in the area of collaboration solutions for workplace transformations, and IT infrastructure and security services. By leading her teams towards consistent delivery and service excellence, she became a trusted advisor to her key clients.  Past achievements include winning the industry CIO100 Award in 2008 for transforming the experience, giving employees a seamless transition from the office to the home, resulting in placing Cisco #1 and #2 top places to work for telecommuting in Forbes and Fortune in 2007 and 2008. Carina graduated with her Master of Science Information Technology in Cybersecurity at the Florida Institute of Technology.  She also received her Bachelor of Science in Organization Psychology/English from Brigham Young University.  She is ITIL certified.

Yasaman Hadjibashi, Head of Data and Analytics, Global Consumer Technology, Citigroup – Speaker

Yasaman (Yassi) Hadjibashi, Head of Data and Analytics, Global Consumer Technology (GCT) group at Citi, has a team dedicated to leveraging technological innovation and services, enabling growth and reducing pain points for Citi customers worldwide. She leads the establishment of new data and analytics capabilities for the bank, drives maturity and efficiency across existing data competencies, and oversees the portfolio of global data initiatives.

Prior to Citi, Yassi was the Group Chief Creation Officer, Barclays Africa Group, where she defined and led the group's innovation agenda across all business units, functions, and geographies. Before this, she was the first ever Chief Data Officer, Barclays Africa Group, where she built the new Data Products and Platforms team, leveraging the latest in big data, artificial intelligence, and analytics technologies. Her portfolio won the prestigious 2017 Gartner Excellence Award for best global advanced analytics and data science team, and the 2017 Gartner Eye on Innovation award for most innovative

digital business model. 

Yassi is an alumna of the U.S. Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a leadership development initiative designed for leaders from diverse backgrounds, who share a commitment to helping solve society’s greatest challenges. Yassi also founded, a global initiative dedicated to helping children improve their academic engagement through personalized, virtual mentorship. In 2018, she was named the Global Leader of the Year at Information Age’s Women in I.T. Awards for her leadership, innovation, and business success. Yassi earned her Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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