Session Speakers

Opening Keynote


Keynote: Humanity Is The Killer App: How The Robots & AIs Will Humanize Us

Bombarded by articles of job-killing robots and AIs going rogue, Automation’s real story escapes our view: but these technologies won’t rob humans of their value—on the contrary, they’ll give humanity the tools to create unprecedented levels of value.

Where mobile apps demand our attention, intelligent bots will act on our behalf. AIs will flip reactive “sick care” into predictive health care. Robots will enable the elderly to live independently, the disabled to move about freely, and doctors to never face borders again: they’ll simply perform surgeries remotely.

And the “CoBots” will give executives what has eluded them most—more time to focus on the innovations that matter.

Even this era’s most critical of success factors won’t be technological: it, too, will be uniquely human. A Reskilling Revolution—unrivaled in size, scope, and scale—is just around the corner. Join us for a lively discussion of how the Robots will liberate us, AIs will revolutionize us . . . and Automation will humanize us.

Keynote Speaker Bio: Christina “CK” Kerley, Futurist, Professor Rutgers Business School for Executive Education

Powerhouse speaker, futurist, and professor Christina “CK” Kerley pushes Fortune 500s AHEAD of the curve through the 10+ tech that will dominate the next 10 years.

A forerunner across 20 years of digital revolutions, CK’s electrifying performances have been featured at: Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Prudential, The United Nations, Best Buy, The Ad Council, Neutrogena, Verisign, Janssen, The ANA, The IAB, and IDG.

Along with being a top-rated faculty member on next-gen tech at Rutgers Business School for Executive Education, she has also guest lectured at Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Saint Peter’s, and Northwestern.

Her portfolio of tech spans: Mobile, IoT, Robotics, AI, Big Data, Wearables, Health Tech, Blockchain, Cloud, and Immersive Technologies (AR, VR, MR). Her eBooks were all firsts, with her unique views cited in various media outlets and business books.

Through her pro bono program, ImpaCKt, she partners with groups who are also committed to closing the digital divide.

Constantly reinventing her business—and herself—CK is always on-trend, ahead of the curve, and in pursuit of the next BIG thing.

For CK’s videos, speeches, and media, please visit: http://allthingsCK.com

Breakout Session Speakers


TED-Style Talk – Board Prep

You can pack a lot of advice in 20 minutes. Board prep and pursuit takes years, but in this session you’ll be given a myriad of strategies to implement immediately. The goal of a board seat is wanted by many, but the few who put the passion behind it, will achieve it.

Susan Wilson, Partner, James Drury Partners

Sue has over a decade of experience in board consulting and senior-level executive search. She joined the firm following several years as a member of the Consumer Goods Practice Group of a well-known executive search firm, where she recruited C-suite executives for some of the world’s iconic retailers. She also previously served for 12 years with the Target Corporation in Minneapolis in various roles involving finance, supply chain, and merchandising. Sue earned a BA in Business from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.


TED-Style Talk – Empathy is the New Black: How Brands, Organizations, and People Can Put Compassion Into Action and Find Success

Sexism. Ageism. Deep-seated, mind-clouding prejudices.

Furious customers and failed business launches. Partnerships abandoned out of fear, projects destroyed by misunderstanding.

Every problem that exists in the business world can be traced back to a single, common origin: Lack of empathy.

When we are unwilling to place ourselves in someone else’s shoes—unwilling to talk, listen, or understand another point of view—we remain paralyzed. Instead of finding solutions, we repeat the same mistakes. This impacts our professional reputation, team’s productivity, customer’s experience and organization’s performance.

Hear brand strategist, author and speaker Maria Ross explore the value of compassion as an engine for success. Learn how you as individuals and leaders can amplify empathy through your work and bring your organizations along with you to create a better world.

With fascinating stories from company founders, change-makers and brands we know and love, Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes organizations stronger and more sustainable.

You will learn:

  • How empathy helps you do good while doing well financially: Empathy is not just good for the world but it can be a competitive advantage. We’ll walk through the financial & organizational benefits of acting with empathy–and how you can persuade others in the organization to do the right thing.
  • How to avoid the “empathy veneer:” Rather than simply play to good press, there are three levels your organization (regardless of size) must address to truly act with empathy and walk your talk. And learn the crucial role you play to kick this into motion.
  • How to flex your empathy muscle: Five ways you and your organization can cultivate empathy in your own sphere of influence, big or small, so you can have a big impact on your team, brand and the world.
Maria Ross, Brand Strategist, Speaker and Author

Maria Ross is a brand strategist, speaker and author who believes cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive. She is the founder of Red Slice, a brand consultancy that helps startups and fast-growth SMB’s craft irresistible brand strategies that attract and engage their ideal customers. Maria inspires business leaders and entrepreneurs to use their platform or business, regardless of size, to be a force for good. Maria has appeared in numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, ABC News, Forbes.com and Entrepreneur. She is the author of several books, including Branding Basics for Small Business and Rebooting My Brain and is currently wrapping up her latest book, Empathy at Work. Maria lives with her husband, four year-old son and feisty Black Lab in the San Francisco Bay Area and works with clients all over the world.


TED-Style Talk – Where Next? Preparing for the Next Phase of Your Career

We all know men and women approach career advancement very differently. From the conversations we have, to the way we network, to how we make our “ask”, we couldn’t be more opposite. And because of those differences, it’s why we aren’t thought of when men are asked if they know any ‘good women’ in their network. We simply aren’t there. Please join us when our speaker, Kim Bohr, shares 9 steps to prepare yourself for the next phase of your career advancement.

Kim Bohr, CEO, The Innovare Group, Inc.

Kim Bohr is the CEO of The Innovare Group, Inc., a boutique strategic organizational consultancy that helps VC-funded startups and mid-sized growth organizations boost profits, performance, and team passion. With over 20 years of practical business application, Kim’s goal is to make business work better from the inside out. At the core of this effort is the strategic positioning and influencing of women in leadership roles and board-level positions.

Kim’s diverse business experiences – successes as well as failures – were gained serving on boards and working for global, corporate, VC-funded, non-profit, and family-owned businesses. Kim resides in Seattle, WA with her husband and son. She holds an International M.B.A from the University of Denver and serves on the National Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen based in Dallas, TX.


Digital Transformation

Digital transformation will be an ongoing “current state” for years to come. The spectrum of where companies fall on the curve is as vast as the sky. We have assembled leaders in this space, as well as, selected panelists from varied industries who will share their insights on overcoming obstacles and creating the necessary collaboration for success!

Moderator: Karan Sorensen, President of Sorensen Strategies, LLC

Karan Sorensen is an award-winning technology and business management executive. She has special expertise in executing innovation, digital, information and technology solutions, building businesses, implementing operational excellence programs, and developing leaders. Karan is a visionary and inspirational leader adept at shaping technical and business strategies, creating an energetic climate for growth and excellence, delivering large-scale goals, and motivating others to achieve their highest levels of growth and performance. She has a reputation for excellence in creating high performance global teams and organizations. She has lead several organizations in turn-around revitalizations and has been acknowledged for her accomplishments by CIO magazine and other executive and industry publications and organizations.

Karan is President of Sorensen Strategies, LLC, a strategic management-consulting firm specializing in businesses and organizational transformation, innovation and technology solutions and driving profitable growth and operational excellence for corporate and institutional clients. Karan has over 30 years of experience in executive and general management roles in Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. A proven leader and technopreneur, she also serves as a board member and advisor for technology start-ups, colleges and universities, business and industry standards organizations.

Prior to Sorensen Strategies, Karan served as Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Centocor R&D, and Life Technologies. At Johnson & Johnson, she also served as Total Oncology Digital Officer and Vice President of Global Infrastructure Programs. Her earlier career experiences included planning and implementing information technology, manufacturing and engineering solutions for Merck, Jacobs Engineering, General Electric and DuPont.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Moterum Technologies, RedZone Technologies, SAFE-BioPharma and the SC Better Business Bureau (Board Treasurer).

Karan earned a BS in Management Information Systems and Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, an MS in Management of Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has also been a guest lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, the College of Charleston, the Citadel, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Panelists
Jaclyn Ahearne, Global VP of Digital Strategy & Human Capital Leadership at BISSELL Homecare, Inc.

Jaclyn Ahearne, Vice President of Global Digital Strategy and Human Capital Leadership, joins us with a 30+yr. career. She is a visionary trailblazer, experienced leading eCommerce, Information Technology, Business Process Architecture, IT&S Enterprise Program Management, M & A, Global Talent Management, and Supply Chain teams through transition in highly regulated environments of global pharmaceuticals and U.S. based hospitals. Strong history of implementing transformational initiatives that use technology to consolidate applications, communize data and drive customer insights.

Jaclyn is a graduate with a BA from University of Michigan and MBA from the University of Notre Dame. As a lifelong learner, she is certified in ITIL, PMP, GPHR, Lean-Sigma and Information Security from Carnegie Mellon in 2017.

Jaclyn is a Board of Director for DA Blodgett St. John’s. DABSJ is a non-profit organization that has protected children from abuse and neglect since 1887.

Prior to her role at GE Healthcare, Daphne was Corporate Officer, Senior Vice President & CIO at Hospira, Inc. a global pharmaceutical and infusion technology company, located in Lake Forest, IL. She served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and had accountability for all aspects of Hospira’s enterprise digital & analytics technology.

Daphne began her career at IBM, serving in sales and systems engineering across multiple industries, and moved on to Johnson & Johnson where she served as CIO for three J&J companies.  Most of her career has been spent using digital technologies to transform business models, distribution channels and products, and is a strong driver on change acceleration, and leadership development.

She currently serves on the board of Masonite International Corp. & Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  In 2016, Daphne received the ‘Luminary Award’ from University of West Indies. In April 2014, she was honored by being named one of Illinois’ “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.  Daphne was also named Computerworld’s Premier 100 CIO in 2012.

Her inspiring life story of how she rose to success against the odds and her experience in leading businesses through digital transformations makes Daphne a much sought after speaker, mentor and sponsor.

Daphne has her MBA and BS from Illinois State University.

Alissa Johnson, Vice President Chief Information Security Officer, Xerox

As vice president and chief Information security officer of Xerox Corporation, Dr. Alissa Johnson is responsible for protecting the information assets of the $11 billion technology leader. In her role, she established, and currently leads, a corporate-wide information risk management program. She identifies, evaluates and reports on information security practices, controls, and risks in order to comply with regulatory requirements and to align with the risk posture of the enterprise.

Prior to Xerox, Dr. Johnson served as the first chief information security officer at Stryker Corporation, a multi-billion dollar medical technology company. At Stryker, she oversaw global activities related to information security. She also established the standards and governance around information security issues related to products. She managed all security transformation initiatives and worked closely with business leaders and heads of regional infrastructure to ensure security policy and strategy was implemented consistently.

Dr. Johnson spent three years as deputy chief information officer of the White House. Beginning in March 2012, she helped to modernize the Executive Office of the President’s IT systems, with cloud services and virtualization. She employed new cybersecurity strategies, and enhanced technology across the office of the President while serving as chair on multiple boards.

Previously, she served as associate vice president for the Enterprise Solutions Division at Catapult Technology, and as a deputy chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation. She began her career with the Department of Defense as a cryptologic mathematician.
Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Information Technology Management from Capella University; a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computer Networks from The George Washington University; and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Savannah State University. She is a member of IBM’s Security Board of Advisors.

Kimberly Tableman, Clinical Data Domain Owner, GlaxoSmithKline

Kimberly is a Clinical Data Domain Owner at GlaxoSmithKline with an eye towards leveraging data for competitive advantage. She has also worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, at ESPN and at Pfizer – where she took on roles of increasing leadership in Clinical Development Quality, Global Clinical Trial Execution, Business Operations and Development Analytics. She is passionate about providing leadership and partnering to move organizations forward. Kimberly is an RLF grad and earned a BSBA in Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategies from Columbia University.


Digital Transformation Live and Unplugged
Facilitators: CK Kerley and Karan Sorensen

(Limited to 20 CIOs) Pre-Registrants Only (max 20) – CIOs will have opp to submit their Digital Transformation Strategies 2 wks ahead of meeting to be reviewed by CK and Karan and then receive deep discussion on individual plans and trends/issues from 20 programs.

Susan Wilson, Partner, James Drury Partners

Jaclyn Ahearne, Vice President of Global Digital Strategy and Human Capital Leadership, joins us with a 30+yr. career. She is a visionary trailblazer, experienced leading eCommerce, Information Technology, Business Process Architecture, IT&S Enterprise Program Management, M & A, Global Talent Management, and Supply Chain teams through transition in highly regulated environments of global pharmaceuticals and U.S. based hospitals. Strong history of implementing transformational initiatives that use technology to consolidate applications, communize data and drive customer insights.

Jaclyn is a graduate with a BA from University of Michigan and MBA from the University of Notre Dame. As a lifelong learner, she is certified in ITIL, PMP, GPHR, Lean-Sigma and Information Security from Carnegie Mellon in 2017.

Jaclyn is a Board of Director for DA Blodgett St. John’s. DABSJ is a non-profit organization that has protected children from abuse and neglect since 1887.

Prior to her role at GE Healthcare, Daphne was Corporate Officer, Senior Vice President & CIO at Hospira, Inc. a global pharmaceutical and infusion technology company, located in Lake Forest, IL. She served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and had accountability for all aspects of Hospira’s enterprise digital & analytics technology.

Daphne began her career at IBM, serving in sales and systems engineering across multiple industries, and moved on to Johnson & Johnson where she served as CIO for three J&J companies.  Most of her career has been spent using digital technologies to transform business models, distribution channels and products, and is a strong driver on change acceleration, and leadership development.

She currently serves on the board of Masonite International Corp. & Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  In 2016, Daphne received the ‘Luminary Award’ from University of West Indies. In April 2014, she was honored by being named one of Illinois’ “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.  Daphne was also named Computerworld’s Premier 100 CIO in 2012.

Her inspiring life story of how she rose to success against the odds and her experience in leading businesses through digital transformations makes Daphne a much sought after speaker, mentor and sponsor.

Daphne has her MBA and BS from Illinois State University.

Karan Sorensen, President of Sorensen Strategies, LLC

Karan Sorensen is an award-winning technology and business management executive. She has special expertise in executing innovation, digital, information and technology solutions, building businesses, implementing operational excellence programs, and developing leaders. Karan is a visionary and inspirational leader adept at shaping technical and business strategies, creating an energetic climate for growth and excellence, delivering large-scale goals, and motivating others to achieve their highest levels of growth and performance. She has a reputation for excellence in creating high performance global teams and organizations. She has lead several organizations in turn-around revitalizations and has been acknowledged for her accomplishments by CIO magazine and other executive and industry publications and organizations.

Karan is President of Sorensen Strategies, LLC, a strategic management-consulting firm specializing in businesses and organizational transformation, innovation and technology solutions and driving profitable growth and operational excellence for corporate and institutional clients. Karan has over 30 years of experience in executive and general management roles in Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. A proven leader and technopreneur, she also serves as a board member and advisor for technology start-ups, colleges and universities, business and industry standards organizations.

Prior to Sorensen Strategies, Karan served as Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Centocor R&D, and Life Technologies. At Johnson & Johnson, she also served as Total Oncology Digital Officer and Vice President of Global Infrastructure Programs. Her earlier career experiences included planning and implementing information technology, manufacturing and engineering solutions for Merck, Jacobs Engineering, General Electric and DuPont.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Moterum Technologies, RedZone Technologies, SAFE-BioPharma and the SC Better Business Bureau (Board Treasurer).

Karan earned a BS in Management Information Systems and Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, an MS in Management of Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has also been a guest lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, the College of Charleston, the Citadel, and Stevens Institute of Technology.


C – We Can!

It’s hard when your career path feels more like a trek through the rainforest and it’s just you and your machete. Many of us can’t envision our futures because all we see are the roadblocks and pitfalls. Our panelists are leaders who serve as visible examples that we can overcome incredible obstacles to achieve individual and organizational success.
C – We Can: Be Authentic.
C – We Can: Be Examples.
C – We Can: Be Motivators.

Panelists
Anjana Harve, Head, Global Commercial IT Services & Operations at Novartis
Strategic leader with broad business knowledge and deep technical expertise, focused on improving business outcomes through IT strategies.

Passionate and dynamic with a penchant for inspiring, motivating and coaching teams to achieve uncommon results.

Specialties:

  • High-Performance Business Leader skilled at streamlining processes, evaluating innovative solutions & delivering results through superior performance.
  • Change Catalyst charting strategic direction, influencing business partners and driving transformation through the organization.
  • People Leader who boosts performance through human capital development and improvement.
  • Thought Leader contributing ideas and insights around leading IT organizations. Speaking engagements / articles include topics around “Leading & Competing in the Digital Age”, “The future role of CIOs”, “Envisioning the modern enterprise”, “Three Es of Healthcare Consumerism”, “Success / Challenges of a Female Executive” etc
Dr. Helen Sun, CTO, STATS

Helen Sun is a technology strategist and thought leader. She is known as an expert in transforming businesses through innovative solutions applying artificial intelligence, cloud, analytics, and architecture.

Prior to her current role at JP Morgan Chase, Helen held the VP position for Cloud Compute, Information, and Architecture at Motorola Solutions. Helen also held senior leadership positions at some of the most innovative companies including Oracle, and Salesforce.

Helen is a published author of highly rated titles in big data and analytics including “The Big Data Handbook”, and “Master Competitive Analytics with Oracle Endeca Information Discovery”. Her 3rd title named “Pro Salesforce Analytics Cloud” was published in January 2016.

Helen is a frequent speaker at major conferences, including Oracle Open World, Hadoop Summit, and The Open Group events. Helen was also keynote speaker The Open Group Big Data Conference. She was the featured speaker at the 2015 University of Chicago “Women in Analytics” symposium.

Helen serves as co-chair at BGSU Computer Science Business Advisory Board. She was recognized as Chicago Business Woman of the Year in 2016.

Helen has strived to mentor women throughout her career. While at Oracle, Helen became the first woman to achieve “Oracle Enterprise Architect” status. She was subsequently honored as “Oracle Enterprise Architect of the Year” for her contributions on critical growth. After this achievement, Helen mentored other women at Oracle, who also achieved this elite status. During her tenure, Helen lead the development of Oracle Information Architecture Framework and Development Process, and published many white papers on Architecture, Big Data, Analytics, and Data Governance.

While at Salesforce, Helen was the head of global enterprise architecture. She created an EA framework, training, GTM strategy, certification process, and subsequently mentored architects to achieve certification.

Leona Thomas, COO, Wylei

Leona is a business transformation and enablement executive who focuses on shaping businesses for the future. With over 20 years successfully delivering industry leading business transformation initiatives and turnarounds, Leona brings a unique perspective on identifying new opportunities and impacts for organizations – and how to take advantage of changing environments. Leona is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and SVP of Product and Technology at Wylei, Inc. – a Predictive AI cloud-based machine learning and marketing automation pioneer. Leona joined Wylei just as they were preparing to leave their incubator community and launching, so she’s been helping build and steer the organization into its next phase of operations. Leona is a critical member of the leadership team building Wylei’s future as they continue to create innovative solutions that are revolutionizing digital marketing.

Before joining Wylei, Leona founded her own consulting practice leading strategic transformation initiatives for both branded non-profits and Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to this, she was the Global Transformation Director at Hibu leading critical Digital Transformation and Globalization initiatives. She also spent 10 years with CSC’s Strategic Management and System Integration Practices where she launched CSC’s Global Practice on European REACH Chemical Regulations, enabling companies worldwide to strategically negotiate sweeping chemical regulations and transforming the practice into CSC’s Global Chemical Compliance and Sustainability Practice.

Leona has also successfully led strategic transformation and turnarounds for companies such as SEI Investments, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Nautilus, Inc. (Bowflex), and State Street Bank. Leona has BSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as an Executive MBA from Drexel University and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Leona has never followed a “traditional career path”. As one of the few openly lesbian bi-racial women leaders who’s come up through engineering and technology, Leona has face many systematic and cultural barriers – even within organizations that would be considered a “safe space”. At times these barriers forced taking a different path or opting to change course; and yet at the same time, she’s also benefited from mentorship, the support of the community she’s built, and her own activism driving critical change/acceptance, and even changing corporate policies creating new opportunities for herself and others. One of her goals is that the next generations will never have to make the choices or face the limitations she has.

Beyond her professional initiatives, Leona has always made a commitment to serving her community. In addition to being on the SIM Women Summit Council, Leona is currently a long-standing Board Member and Chairperson for the William Way – Philadelphia’s LGBTQA Community Center serving over 60,000 people a year. She was president of Philadelphia’s Beta Gamma Sigma Alumnae Chapter, built WITI Portland Chapter’s Professional Development and Mentoring Programs and continually mentors both youth and adults within her communities.


Intersectionality

We think in terms of our own struggles, but if we’re not recognizing the individual journeys of others, how can we consider ourselves inclusive? Awareness creates curiosity which creates acceptance and inclusion. Listen and learn strategies that you can implement within your organization and team.

Moderator: Daphne E. Jones, Retired – Senior VP, CIO, GE Healthcare Diagnostic Imaging

Daphne E. Jones is an accomplished and seasoned executive with extensive experience using digital technologies strategically, entrepreneurially, and globally within multi-national corporations. She has over 30 years of experience in general management and executive level roles at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Hospira (now Pfizer) and General Electric.  In her tenure at GE, she’s served in roles such as Senior Executive for Future of Work, CIO for Product Engineering, Imaging, and Ultrasound, and served as CIO For Global Services –all comprising a $13B segment within GE Healthcare.

Prior to her role at GE Healthcare, Daphne was Corporate Officer, Senior Vice President & CIO at Hospira, Inc. a global pharmaceutical and infusion technology company, located in Lake Forest, IL. She served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and had accountability for all aspects of Hospira’s enterprise digital & analytics technology.

Daphne began her career at IBM, serving in sales and systems engineering across multiple industries, and moved on to Johnson & Johnson where she served as CIO for three J&J companies.  Most of her career has been spent using digital technologies to transform business models, distribution channels and products, and is a strong driver on change acceleration, and leadership development.

She currently serves on the board of Masonite International Corp. & Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  In 2016, Daphne received the ‘Luminary Award’ from University of West Indies. In April 2014, she was honored by being named one of Illinois’ “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.  Daphne was also named Computerworld’s Premier 100 CIO in 2012.

Her inspiring life story of how she rose to success against the odds and her experience in leading businesses through digital transformations makes Daphne a much sought after speaker, mentor and sponsor. Daphne has her MBA and BS from Illinois State University.

Panelists
Frank Carbajal, Founder & President, EsTiempo & the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit
Frank Carbajal is Founder and President of EsTiempo and the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit and coauthor of Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation. An inspiring collection of success stories from the country’s most prominent Latinos, Building the Latino Future offers insight and advice for Latinos in any industry who want to succeed spectacularly.

As a part of the Ken Blanchard network of keynote speakers and a former member of the Silicon Valley Coaching Federation, Frank Carbajal provides small business owners, CEOs, executives, managers, and directors, with the framework and tools necessary to achieve their personal best.

Frank holds an MA, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management. Currently, Frank sits on the Advocacy Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Link: www.svlls.com

Due Quach (Zway Kwok), Founder and CEO of Calm Clarity

Due Quach (Zway Kwok) is an author, social entrepreneur, and mindful leadership expert. The founder and CEO of Calm Clarity, she uses science to help people and organizations break self-limiting patterns and become the highest expression of who they can be. A refugee from Vietnam and a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton MBA program, Due overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and meditation. After building a successful international business career in management consulting and private equity investments, Due studied various contemplative traditions in India and other parts of Asia to create the Calm Clarity Program in order to make mindful leadership accessible to people of all backgrounds. She now leads Calm Clarity workshops in inner-city high schools, university lecture halls, and corporate executive board rooms alike. The remarkable mind-hacking insights she gained from her inspiring life journey are now widely available in her highly acclaimed book,Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment and Joy.

Due is also the founding chair and co-executive director of the Collective Success Network, a nonprofit that collaborates with the wider business community to mentor, support, and empower low-income, first-generation college students to graduate from college and build professional careers, and to create innovative approaches to foster socioeconomic inclusion and diversity.

Shelina Ramnarine PhD, Manager, U.S. Scientific & Medical Affairs Strategy, Janssen Scientific Affairs

Shelina Ramnarine PhD is a Manager, U.S. Scientific & Medical Affairs Strategy at Janssen Scientific Affairs. She entered Janssen as a Postdoctoral Real-World Evidence Alliance Data Scientist and has 3 years’ experience collaborating with technical, scientific, and commercial colleagues to deliver innovative solutions and strategic initiatives. Shelina graduated from University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in Biology and Statistics, followed by a PhD in Human and Statistical Genetics from Washington University in St Louis. Shelina is passionate about healthcare benefitting all individuals.

Shelina’s passion for social intrapreneurship grew as a result of her TEDxJNJ talk “Why Activism Matters” and lives on through her co-created social impact blog entitled ‘Throw a Stone’, an internal Johnson and Johnson platform that allows employees to discuss social impact issues important to them.

As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Shelina is also passionate about personal development and global perspectives. Shelina enjoys being a student of the world and is a 2017 alumna of One Young World.


C-Suite Bootcamp

If you’ve got a drill sergeant yelling in your face, you better listen. We’ve gathered our group of C-Suite drill sergeants to share their “truths” on how to sail over the last hurdles to joining the C-suite. Not every truth is easy to hear, but most of us need to hear it and then put the advice into action!

Panelists
Cindy Finkelman, CIO, FactSet Research

Cindy Finkelman is currently the Chief Information Officer at FactSet Research Systems, a leading provider of financial data and analytic applications for investment management and investment banking professionals around the globe. In this role, Cindy is responsible for internal technology strategy and delivery, the company’s Project Management Office, the Security function that supports FactSet’s products and Enterprise Risk Management; and works in partnership with senior business leaders throughout the company to build strategic, effective and efficient capabilities through innovative and transformational programs. Cindy was recognized as CIO of the Year by the 2017 Markets Media Women in Finance Awards, for her transformative impact on the company, her mentoring of women technologists and her philanthropic work.

Cindy is a senior IT executive with 20+ years of diversified management, technology and operations experience and has a proven track record of designing and delivering technology driven transformational programs in many blue chip firms. Prior to joining FactSet, Cindy was the Business Unit Chief Information Officer for the Corporate functions of New York Life Insurance Company, where she was responsible for all information technology services for the Corporate Center and the initiation and subsequent delivery of numerous transformational programs that enabled substantial business capabilities. Past positions also included head of Global Operations and Systems for HR at ALICO where she was hired to build a world-class infrastructure and service delivery capability in preparation for an IPO; and Chief Technology Officer for Global HR at Merrill Lynch where she was responsible for modernizing the global HR infrastructure with the delivery of strategic global solutions and upgrading the IT capability measured with a balanced scorecard. Cindy has also held leadership positions at Marsh & McLennan, Prudential, Booz Allan & Hamilton and MetLife in IT strategy, application & infrastructure management. Cindy’s passion is for people development; she has sponsored various mentoring programs and held key leadership roles in various Women in Technology initiatives.

Cindy has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in Corporate Strategy & Entrepreneurship, and a BS from the State University of NY at Albany. Cindy is currently a Board member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) NY chapter where she is responsible for the Program Committee and actively participates in SIM Women. She also serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for Hearts of Gold, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to permanently improve the lives of NYC’s homeless mothers and children, and is helping to build scale in that organization. Cindy lives in New York City with her husband, two children and their dog.

Daphne E. Jones, Retired – Senior VP, CIO, GE Healthcare Diagnostic Imaging

Daphne E. Jones is an accomplished and seasoned executive with extensive experience using digital technologies strategically, entrepreneurially, and globally within multi-national corporations. She has over 30 years of experience in general management and executive level roles at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Hospira (now Pfizer) and General Electric.  In her tenure at GE, she’s served in roles such as Senior Executive for Future of Work, CIO for Product Engineering, Imaging, and Ultrasound, and served as CIO For Global Services –all comprising a $13B segment within GE Healthcare.

Prior to her role at GE Healthcare, Daphne was Corporate Officer, Senior Vice President & CIO at Hospira, Inc. a global pharmaceutical and infusion technology company, located in Lake Forest, IL. She served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and had accountability for all aspects of Hospira’s enterprise digital & analytics technology.

Daphne began her career at IBM, serving in sales and systems engineering across multiple industries, and moved on to Johnson & Johnson where she served as CIO for three J&J companies.  Most of her career has been spent using digital technologies to transform business models, distribution channels and products, and is a strong driver on change acceleration, and leadership development.

She currently serves on the board of Masonite International Corp. & Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  In 2016, Daphne received the ‘Luminary Award’ from University of West Indies. In April 2014, she was honored by being named one of Illinois’ “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council.  Daphne was also named Computerworld’s Premier 100 CIO in 2012.

Her inspiring life story of how she rose to success against the odds and her experience in leading businesses through digital transformations makes Daphne a much sought after speaker, mentor and sponsor.

Daphne has her MBA and BS from Illinois State University.

Mary LeBlanc, Former Global CIO, Novartis Pharmaceutical

Mary is the President and Principal Consultant for Bridger Val Associates LLC, providing consulting services to IT and other c-suite executives who are planning and implementing large scale programs in support of strategies that call for significant changes from the status quo. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Easton Technology Management Center at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mary’s experience includes Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles in multiple global environments and industries including Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Agribusiness, Oil & Gas and Chemicals. Most recently Mary was the Global Pharma CIO for Novartis Pharmaceuticals based in Basel, Switzerland where she drove several significant digital health initiatives.

Before joining Novartis, Mary was Senior Vice President and CIO for Avis Budget Group. Her experience also includes senior level IT positions at Pfizer/Pharmacia, BASF and American Cyanamid where she built business focused global IT teams and led large scale change initiatives focused on the integration of systems and operations that were the consequence of several mergers and acquisitions.

Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

Warren Lenard, VP IT, Finish Line

Warren Lenard is a senior IT leader who has worked for large and mid-size organizations spanning vertical markets such as retail, entertainment & media and legal. He serves as a mentor for up and coming leaders, is very active in various councils and charitable causes.

Warren currently works for Finish Line based in Indianapolis as Vice President of Technology and Operations. He is responsible for Infrastructure & Engineering, Quality Assurance, Service Operations and Support Services. Over the past year, Warren has lead his organization through a massive cultural change in transitioning the company to a truly collaborative organization.

In addition to corporate IT roles Warren successfully worked as a consultant at various periods in his career building business solutions for the likes of insurance and collection firms as well as retail organizations. He currently serves as the President of the Society for Information
Management (SIM) Indianapolis Chapter.

Kelly Lyman, CIO, PECO

Kelly Lyman is responsible for Information Technology at PECO, including strategy & planning, project delivery, daily operations, and implementation of the High Value Technologies for PECO including Smart Meter/Smart Grid, Outage Management etc. She also has responsibility for the IT Real Time Systems (Transmission SCADA, Gas SCADA, Outage Management, Geographical Information Systems etc.) across all Exelon owned utilities (BGE, ComEd, PECO, Pepco, Delmarva Power, Atlantic City Electric) including IT Real Time operations support, strategy and implementation of all Real Time Solutions.  Kelly has recently transitioned from her role as the IT Lead for the Merger and Acquisition of PepCo Holdings Inc.  Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest competitive energy provider.  Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Professional History:

Prior to her current position, Kelly Lyman was Director of IT Solutions, leading the IT components of PECO’s Smart Grid/Smart Meter project including the extensive private Smart Grid Communications Network deployment in support of the Meter Deployment across the PECO region.  She joined PECO in 2010 after spending two years with Exelon Generation as the Director of Information Technology Projects. Kelly Lyman’s background includes over fourteen years of energy industry experience and more than 20 years of extensive Leadership experience within operations, manufacturing and large complex programs.  She was the lead for Operational Excellence at NRG Energy, Inc, responsible for leading multiple project teams to deliver large, complex technical solutions and process improvement initiatives as a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Kelly was also responsible for the deployment of the EZ Pass solutions for the NJ Turnpike Authority, Atlantic City Expressway, Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Richmond Metropolitan Authority (Smart Tag)

Specialties: Leadership, Strategic planning, Innovation, Motivational Leadership, Employee Development, Portfolio-Program-Project Management, Organizational Leadership and Effectiveness, Change Management, Security (Cyber, Physical, NERC etc), Process Improvement (Six Sigma Black Belt), Training, Coaching and Mentoring

Civic Involvement:

Kelly holds several Board of Director seats for non-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Tech Impact and is actively engaged with Leadership Philadelphia, SIM (Society of Information Management) and GPSEG (Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group).  Kelly is an active member of Project Manager Institute (PMI) and the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP). She is an active volunteer for organizations including Philabundance, In2books program for children, Autism Speaks, and is a Big Sister and Executive Sponsor for the BBBS (Big Brothers Big Sisters) Beyond School Walls program at PECO.

Viola Maxwell-Thompson, President, ITSMF

Viola Maxwell-Thompson is President and CEO of IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), a national organization committed to increasing the representation of black professionals in the technology industry. Their members, who are CIOs and other senior-level technology executives, are from Fortune 500 companies, the public sector, Academia and privately-owned technology companies.

Prior to joining ITSMF, Ms. Thompson was a partner with E&Y LLC’s Management Consulting Practice, where she specialized in organizational development, process re-engineering and technology deployment. Ms. Thompson is often featured in the media for her expert insights on a variety of business topics, including diversity and the retention of executives; work-life balance issues; and career management as a female executive of color. She has been quoted in numerous leading industry and consumer publications.


Alternative Talent Pools

The digital revolution will create new jobs and require more talent than our colleges are generating. Hear from our panelists on identifying and sourcing from non-traditional hiring talent pools such as Workforce Dev programs, Co-Opting colleges, Leadership Dev Org’s, and military placements.


Sanjay Khatnani, Managing Partner, J2 Solutions

Sanjay Khatnani is a managing partner and founder of J2 Solutions, a successful technology and business consulting firm based in the greater Philadelphia area, where he provides strategic direction to the company, forms and manages partnerships, works with clients to deploy technology solutions that drive organizational growth and manages recruiting operations. Khatnani brings a unique combination of attributes to this role, with more than a decade of IT consulting experience, an in-depth knowledge of the sales and marketing function and a natural ability to develop and nurture relationships.

Under his leadership, J2 saw a 554% growth over a three-year period. The company was named one of the fastest growing companies on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list and also ranked #9 on the 2014 Philadelphia 100 list. Khatnani has been quoted in CIO Magazine and technology business book, “Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social and Cloud-based World,” by Gregory Smith.

Prior to forming J2 in 2002, Khatnani ran the pre-sales organization for Niku Corporation’s northeast division. There, he led a team of six in the development and support of client opportunities, and provided subject matter expertise in all aspects of technical pre-sales activities.

In 1998, as a manager with Connaissance Consulting, he was tasked with developing the consulting organization strategy and build-out to support the most efficient use of the staff. As a direct result of his efforts, he increased the consulting delivery utilization rate from 60% to over 90%—driving bottom line growth for the company.

His earlier career experience includes positions with Deloitte Consulting in sales and marketing, IT consulting and human resources.

Khatnani sits on the advisory council of Tech Impact, a community-based organization that empowers non-profits to use technology. He is a regular speaker for the organization’s ITWorks, an award-winning IT training program for young adults, and is a board member of Philadelphia Society of Information Management (SIM) chapter.

Education: B.S., Marketing, George Washington University

Panelists
Patrick Callihan,
Executive Director, Tech Impact

Patrick Callihan is the executive director of Tech Impact, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world.

Since joining in 2008, Patrick has grown the organization by expanding technology capacity-building services designed for nonprofits and adding workforce development programs that directly impact several communities. Highlights include the development of national, cloud-based computing service offerings, designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, and workforce development programs that benefit disenfranchised youth.

Tech Impact’s flagship workforce program, ITWorks, serves young people ages 18-26 years by providing training that prepares them for careers in information technology. Most recently, Patrick led the development of Zip Code Wilmington, the first coding school in Delaware and one of the first nonprofit coding schools in the nation. That training model was extended to Las Vegas, where the program is called Punchcode.

Tech Impact is headquartered in Philadelphia and maintains field offices in Wilmington, DE, Washington, DC and Las Vegas, NV.

Prior to joining Tech Impact, Patrick held the position of marketing director at CAI, a privately-

held Information Technology firm located in Wilmington, Delaware. He began his career at Discover Card Services, Inc., where he held numerous positions in management and technology disciplines.

Patrick currently serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and is a volunteer for the Delaware Division of the Arts. He also teaches a nonprofit technology course as part of a public policy certificate course at the University of Delaware.

Patrick graduated from the Goldey-Beacom College of Business in 1992, and his background includes over 30 years of technology leadership and operations management.

Suchita Dadhich,
Founder, Innovation Enablers LLC

I have been privileged over two decades of service to have been recognized by the IT industry and the wider public community for my courageous, bold, and energetic leadership methodology  that has delivered a results orientated positive impact.

This self-developed ethos has been recognized for pioneering thought leadership for women in technology (STEM).  My  dedication for inclusiveness as a society allows me to leverage my core beliefs within my leadership style to tackle the  BIG challenges with innovative and intersectional ideas for a win for everyone.  To date this thought process  has driven my conscious life as a passionate builder of positive capability fueled by a contagious entrepreneurial spirit.

In sharing my commitment to creativity and innovation I have developed a deepened understanding to religiously practice the need to challenge the most basic assumptions. Through this approach, an infectious realization of successfulness to thrive in today’s uncertain environments is born.

The leadership I champion is through spreading STEM capabilities and making education available to everyone in our community. My personal innovation modeling practices help clients and the community find their soul of innovation® to BE ESSENTIAL as part of the future workforce.  The vision is to strengthen STEM education by providing culturally responsive content that responds to the unique needs of various types of learners. In this sense, Focusing on the principles of equity, inclusion, and quality education, by creating programs and opportunities to support continuous accessibility to teaching and learning of 21st century skills and prepare more students for career success in STEM areas by meeting their diverse needs.

Current Projects;

NASA Space STEM Camp in North Philadelphia, initially to launch NASA Space STEM within the Mid Atlantic.

Representing foster children to ensure they have equal access to quality public education,

Improve the school to prison pipeline by providing foster and low income children quality education opportunities, advocate for more adequate and equitable state funding for the most vulnerable children.

Freelance technologist and entrepreneur

Boards:

LaSalle University’s Science and Technology Division

Arts and Community Network (ARCONET)

NASA STEM: Challenger Learning Center

North Penn Diversity and Inclusion

@SuchitaRDadhich

LinkedIn.com/SuchitaRDadhich

(M)215.390.6751

Sarah Harris,
VP, Operations

Sarah Harris has over 15 years of experience in Operations and Technical Program Management execution. She has led departments across the enterprise including: human resources, program management, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, operational excellence, and quality.  At Goodrich Corporation, now United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS), she was Director of Programs, managing multi-million-dollar military and commercial programs including the U2 spy plane imaging system–where she had P&L responsibility.  Most recently, she was Director of Operations for three independent subsidiaries of United Technologies in businesses as diverse as laser targeting, drones, and medical imaging. In this role, she was solely responsible for manufacturing execution, Sales & Operations planning, Quality, Inventory, and Supply Chain. Sarah’s passion is improving corporate performance by driving continuous improvement methodologies into engineering and manufacturing environments in both small company and large, multi-national corporate environments.  She brings to the business a deep knowledge of Lean Manufacturing for highly technical production lines—having driven Continuous Improvement for a $1B division of Goodrich.  She currently manages Operations, Manufacturing, and Continuous Improvement for both Valcor Engineering and Electroid Corporation. Sarah has a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Rider University.

Keynote


A Rebel with a Cause

Our panel of “Ones” saw a need and started an organizataion or initiative inside their company which has translated into amazing groups with amazing business results. Who among your team will be the “one” that will inspire others into action? Is it you?

Closing Keynote – Panel Moderator, Elisa Camahort Page

Known as the co-founder and COO of scrappy start-up-turned-global women’s media company BlogHer, Inc., Elisa is now advising entrepreneurs, thought leaders, authors, and organizations big and small as they bring their big ideas to life. Elisa’s first book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, co-authored with Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson, is being published by Ten Speed Press this September. elisacp.com

Keynote Panelists
Patrice Gans, Founder & Executive Dir., Random Hacks of Kindness Junior

Patrice Gans is the founder and executive director of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, (www.rhokjr.org) a non-profit organization that provides 4th – 8th grade students an opportunity to collaborate with computer science mentors and community subject matter experts to prototype innovative technical solutions for local non-profit organizations’ real-world challenges.

Since the incorporation of RHoK Jr in 2015, Ms. Gans has hosted 30 hackathons throughout Connecticut and New Jersey. In turn she has trained 300 high school students as computer science mentors, partnered with close to 300 community nonprofits and inspired over 1000 4-8th grader girls and boys to code for social good.

Prior to launching of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Ms. Gans taught computer science at Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown, CT. She has served on the board of directors of the Computer Science Teachers Association as their national K-8 representative and has written numerous blog entries about her experiences teaching computer science at the elementary and middle school level. She has been a member of Representative Elizabeth Esty’s STEM Advisory board since 2017.

Ms. Gans is passionate about exposing students to coding and computer science concepts as early as possible and has taught age-appropriate computational skills using Robotics, Scratch and App Inventor.

Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC

Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC is the Founder of the Heartworks Foundation; a grassroots movement of women committed to replicating and sustaining the palpable kindness witnessed in the wake following September 11, 2001. Inspired by the healing that takes place through gratitude, receiving and giving, the group offers support to people experiencing acute illness, injury or grief. The Heartworks Foundation was created by Megan McDowell in honor of the kindness shown to her family after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks which took the life of her brother-in-law, John Farrell. Megan lived at her sister’s home for six weeks after the attacks and witnessed the community and what felt like the world show up for her sister and four nieces and nephews. Heartworks is a daily, active gesture of remembering those lost on 9/11 and the response from our nation in the months that followed. Heartworks focuses on the power that kindness plays in resiliency and connection during this age of technology, political unrest and social change.

Philemon Padonou, Founder CodeToHope

A firm believer in community capacity building, I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives either through the lines of code I write as a software engineer or through the non-profit I founded called CodeToHope. I am a changemaker, a disruptor, an innovator, and someone who lives to empower and enable current and future leaders.

Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder, TechGirlz

A Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions, a leading Philadelphia area enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm, and the Founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology.

She also work to strengthen the community as a whole. She is the Founder and current Chair of the annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference.

She is also a Founding Board Member of Philadelphia Startup Leaders, and co-founder of the Women in Tech Summit.

She is a board member for the Phila. Economy League and VIce Chair for Creating IT Futures. She is a Commissioner on the PA Women’s Commission. She is also a contributor for Women @Forbes.

A Very Special “Extra” Session and Event


Seven Principles of Moth Storytelling

Whether you are looking to motivate your team, secure budget funding, or demonstrate your culture in action, storytelling is a powerful leadership tool. SIM Women has asked the Peabody Award winning storytelling organization, The Moth,to facilitate an afternoon storytelling workshop at the SIM Women Leadership Summit! This workshop is open to the first 50 registrants and you’ll learn the Seven Principles of Moth Storytelling while building your own story on the theme of STRENGTH.

SIM Women StorySLAM

SIM Women StorySLAM – where five select workshop attendees will compete in a storytelling competition which will be judged by SIM Women members! We will also hear short stories from key leaders and the founder of SIM Women. STRENGTH stories will be the perfect culmination to a day of leadership training and deep learning!

The Moth

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Through ongoing programs in more than 29 cities, The Moth has presented over 30,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 550 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students and adults in underserved communities through their Education and Community Programs and develops innovative applications for Moth storytelling through their Corporate Program. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 47 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is heard on over 450 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette) was an international bestseller and its new book All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown from The Moth (Crown) is available now.

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