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Join us for, “A Diverse Spin on Technology”

Make plans now and register for this exciting event that will feature an evening dedicated to learning about “A Diverse Spin on Technology.” This talk will feature nine industry leaders showcasing three powerful and timely topics that include:

  1. Diversity & Inclusion
  2. Digital Cloud & Big Data
  3. Agile Transformation

You won’t want to miss this lineup created by organizations dedicated to innovation, leadership, diversity and technology.  REGISTER TODAY and enjoy:

  • 1 Great Event
  • 3 Timely Topics
  • 9 Dynamic Speakers
  • 3 Dedicated Organizations
  • Plus Food and Door Prizes!

This event is hosted by Citi and sponsored by DFW*ATW and GeekMeet.

Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 6 PM – 8 PM
Location: Citi, Citi Café, 6400 Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX, 75063.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Use Royal Lane entrance and you will need a valid, government issued, photo ID for entry.


Program Speakers:

Topic:  Diversity & Inclusion

Tabatha Hill, Tech HR, Capital One Financial Services

At Capital One, Tabatha serves as a strategic advisor to the CIO where she leads the Care & Inclusion strategy for technology.  She is responsible for ensuring the technology organization supporting Capital One’s Financial Services division continues to transform, is well-managed and equipped to meet the challenges of a 21st century technology organization. This includes providing direction to the business on organizational design, leadership coaching, appropriate controls and risk management, as well as supplying the team with best practices and centers of excellence to advance their engineering capabilities.

Debbie A. Young, MBA, Infrastructure Tech Analyst, Citi

Debbie has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Leadership in Technology, Business Operations, Project Management, Marketing Operations, Compliance, Mainframe, Server Optimization, Script Driven processes, Infrastructure, Product Launch, Risk Based Lending, Underwriting, SDLC, Issue resolution, Executive Reporting, Change Management, Release Management, Desktop Application Optimization, offshore/outsourced Compliance SAR, KYC, SOX, BSA, Vulnerability Threat Assessments, SharePoint design and reporting, and Disaster Recovery. She has worked with/for Transamerica, American Express, Wells Fargo, Chase, JP Morgan, Bank of America, U.S Small Business Administration and most recently Citi.   Debbie began her formal career with the United States Department of Justice where she worked in the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney managing the transition of manual court transcripts/proceedings to a digital format for several years while attending Howard University.

Shama Sarada, Senior Vice President, Technical Program Management, Citi

Shama is responsible for the Technical Program Management (TPM) function for the Global Digital teams and leads an organization of amazing Sr. Technology Program managers who are obsessed about the customer and responsible for execution of product launches from ideation to delivery. She’s been with Citi for 14 years and over the years been a part of all Lines of Businesses within Consumer Banking, Being at the forefront of digital first initiatives. She has BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University. Her and her husband moved to Dallas 14 yrs back and they have a 17 yr. old. Shama is an avid music lover with a bachelor’s degree in Hindustani Classical (vocal).

Topic: Digital Cloud & Big Data

Joanne Boisjolie, Global Information Director, PWC

Joanne is an Executive with over twenty-five years of experience.  She currently works for PwC as a Global Information Director, responsible for the internal Master Data Management initiatives. Before joining PwC, she held various technical leadership positions driving Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Enterprise Data Warehousing, Master Data Management, Data Integration, Data Quality Improvement, Enterprise Architecture and Predictive Analysis. Joanne holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Management Information Systems from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She has also taken executive management courses from Yale School of Management and is an active PMP certification holder.

Latonya Davis, Head of Operating Systems & Virtualization Engineering, Citi

Latonya Davis is Head of Operating Systems & Virtualization Engineering within Citi CATE Cloud & Platform Services Organization. The Operating Systems & Virtualization organization is responsible for continuously adding value by providing end to end Operating System & Virtualization Services that are the building blocks of many strategic engineering initiatives. These initiative include, but are not limited to, the Cloud & Platform Services strategy (ECS, Hybrid, Private & Public Cloud), the Data Services strategy, and the Security & Fraud Services Strategy.  Latonya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of North Texas. She lives in Grand Prairie, TX with her husband and two children.

Lestan D’Souza, Director of Digital Omni Channel Analytics (Digital/Data), Citi

Lestan D’Souza is the Global Digital/Omni Channel Data Service Lead within the GCT Data & Analytics organization. Lestan leads all engagement with the GCB Digital teams globally to define and drive the data priorities for the businesses and customers. Owning much of the Big Data and Real-time transformation platforms and feature roadmap. Lestan works in close partnership with Global Consumer business leaders and technology partners to drive overall service and holistic engagement in the Data & Analytics organization.  An 18 year veteran of Citi, Lestan was previously the Head of Global Analytic Innovations in the GCT Data & Analytics organization.  Before joining GCT in 2015 from Enterprise O&T, he held a variety of roles including Development Lead and Solutions Architect in Global Wealth Management, Director of Innovative Solutions, and Global Head of Solutions Development within Corporate CTO.

Topic:  Agile Transformation


Allison Pollard, Principal Consultant, Improving

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.


Alyce Reopelle, SVP Program Management Global, Citi

With an unending passion for learning, training and helping others, Alyce’s passion has grown to sharing her knowledge and experience with others in an effort to help them learn, grow and consider the possibilities. It was in the 1990s that she was forced down the path of project management; it was not a path she wanted to take but was glad she was made too. Growing through the ranks of project management, she saw her passion emerge in PMO, and later to helping others and organizations realize the benefits behind possibilities.  She has a Master’s Degree with a specialization in Project Management and is working on her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning with a specialization in Organizational Leadership. She has written articles with PMforTODAY and has her Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, Agile Master Certification, Negotiation Certification and others.

Heather M. Sepolen, PMP, VP, Global Services Delivery Operations & Strategy, Rimini Street

With over 20 years of enterprise software experience Heather Sepolen is an industry veteran.  She has global experience in Enterprise Leadership, Program Management, Application Development, Customer Success, Digital Operations, Systems Integration and Service Delivery and is a certified Project Management Professional.  Heather is driven by her foundational belief of keeping customers and employees at the core of every effort.  Heather successfully moved Tax, Legal, and Regulatory Product Delivery team away from a Waterfall Development process, changing the way updates are designed and delivered by leveraging an Agile Framework. Moving to Agile enabled the team to transition from siloed task managers into forward-thinking cross team leaders.  Since moving to Agile, there has been an increase in productivity and release quality, which has been attributed to better communication, task ownership, and a higher level of employee satisfaction.

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