ELEVATE Conference 2024 (June 5)

Careers are hard. Join us June 5, 2024 for real-talk
inspiration & networking online!

FREE TO REGISTER!
Inspiration

Join thousands online at the ELEVATE Virtual Conference & Career Fair for mid-to-senior level women in tech globally!

Learning

Inspiring talks on leadership, engineering, interviewing, networking tips & tricks, career insights, tech trends, GPT & more!

Connection

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Schedule

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
8:00 AM (PT) / 11:00 AM (ET) ∙ All Tracks

Virtual Attendee Networking!

Meet fellow conference attendees with 1:1 SPEED NETWORKING for 7 minutes each session, with the option to extend the conversation.

Or, ease into a conversation without a time limit in the virtual SOCIAL LOUNGE – a place to meet like-minded attendees.

Angie Chang CEO & Co-Founder / Girl Geek X
Sukrutha Bhadouria, CTO & Co-Founder of Girl Geek X
Sukrutha Bhadouria CTO & Co-Founder / Girl Geek X
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
9:05 AM (PT) / 12:05 PM (ET) ∙ All Tracks

Keynote: My Non-Linear Path to Vice President of Engineering

Having cut her teeth at an early-stage startup, Rashmi Channarayapattna (Vice President of Engineering, Salesforce) set out to build her career after taking a short career break. She will discuss how hard work, good luck, and asking for what you want can lead to successfully building credibility and differentiating yourself at work – leading to multiple promotions under different managers. Attendees will learn how to evolve your leadership style while navigating challenges.

Rashmi Channarayapattna
Rashmi Channarayapattna Vice President of Software Engineering / Salesforce
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
9:40 AM (PT) / 12:40 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Reducing Bias in the Workplace

We all have unconscious and implicit biases. In this session, Boomie Odumade (Senior Director of Engineering, Movement Infrastructure Group) will teach you to recognize bias in self and others. She will share real examples.

Attendees will leave with takeaways about reducing bias in all aspects of employment, from interviewing to the day to day.

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Boomie Odumade Senior Director of Engineering / Movement Infrastructure Group
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
9:40 AM (PT) / 12:40 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

5 Practical Tips To Be An Effective Staff Engineer

Congratulations on your promotion to a Staff Engineer or welcome aboard if you just joined a new company in this pivotal role! Being a technical leader is a key milestone, but it comes with elevated expectations. Even if you’ve been the reliable go-to person for years, the new role demands more. What sets a Staff role apart from others? How can you get there, and once you’ve made it, what’s next?

Swathi Sundar (Head of Systems of Record Engineering, Benchling) will share her vantage point as an engineering leader who has seen and coached numerous senior/staff engineers reach their peak. She will share five pragmatic tips that can set you on the path to success!

Swathi Sundar
Swathi Sundar Head of Systems of Record Engineering / Benchling
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
10:00 AM (PT) / 1:00 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Finding Your Voice in Tech as a Non-Technical Woman or Non-Binary Product Manager

Sowmya Subramanian (Product Manager, Development Seed) will be speaking about empowerment through strategy. She believes in the power of building community and connection, and will share pathways to success.

Sowmya Subramanian
Sowmya Subramanian Product Manager / Development Seed
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
10:00 AM (PT) / 1:00 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

LLM-Powered Agents: The Next Frontier in GenAI

Dr. Shelby Heinecke (Senior AI Research Manager, Salesforce) will review how large language models (LLMs) work and what they can do. Then she will share a breakdown of LLM-powered agent, from the role of LLMs, memory, tools. Finally, she will share how to build agents and the latest research.

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Shelby Heinecke Senior AI Research Manager / Salesforce
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
10:20 AM (PT) / 1:20 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

How to Grow Your Career Through Experimentation

We’ve heard of career ladders and jungle gyms. Now, imagine your career challenges as a series of experiments with unexpected outcomes.

Margaret Wang Johnston (Engineering Group Director) will share her story and career takeaways as she transformed her career while learning to view unknown as experiments. She will share how to fail forward and tackle new challenges at work.

Margaret Johnston
Margaret Johnston Engineering Group Director /
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
10:20 AM (PT) / 1:20 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

Building Trust Through Collaboration: Empowering Customers For Responsible AI Development

Drawing parallels from the famous saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together”, we believe that it is imperative to empower our customers to be active contributors rather than passive recipients, as it is through the collective efforts of more people learning how to identify, raise and address concerns that we can resolve and develop ethical and responsible AI for everyone.

Daniela Steinsapir (Senior Manager, Experience Architecture, Autodesk) will share insights and learnings about customer trust and concerns regarding enterprise data sharing, intellectual infringement, and future of creativity. She highlights the positive impact of customer participation and our experience of collaboration with an AI ethicist and their key role in fostering a thought-provoking experience. Attendees will learn her tips and tricks for designing and executing this hands-on research exercise, which creates conditions for designing with customers instead of for customers.

Daniela Steinsapir
Daniela Steinsapir Senior Manager, Experience Architecture / Autodesk
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
10:40 AM (PT) / 1:40 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Connect to Thrive: The Power of Building Networks

Find your tribe, you are not alone!

Eirini Syka Lerioti (Senior Developer Relations Program Manager, ASML) believes you should always have a plan. She will share how to think outside of the box (e.g. who is in your current network? what’s the value you get from your connections?) and how to be part of something bigger (e.g. communities, networks, associations).

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Eirini Syka Lerioti Senior Developer Relations Program Manager / ASML
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
10:40 AM (PT) / 1:40 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

How Secure Are Your Networks? Integrating Security In Your SDLC, Threat & Vulnerability Management & AI

Manali Rane (Product Line Manager, Nokia) is SD-WAN and Security Product Line Manager at Nokia. She’ll delve into the current security landscape, emphasizing the importance of integrating security within the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). She will discuss how early detection and fixing of vulnerabilities can be achieved through this integration and will share essential tools for secure coding, security testing and tackling security threats. She will also discuss and review Vulnerability Management processes through examples and share the challenges organizations face in Threat and Vulnerability Management, proposing AI-driven solutions. Plus, she’ll shed light on exciting trends in network security, highlighting the vast career opportunities in network and cybersecurity.

Manali Rane
Manali Rane Product Manager / Nokia
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
11:00 AM (PT) / 1:00 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

From SWE to Executive Director: Data Products Platform

Sweta Sinha (Executive Director, Data Products Platform, JP Morgan Chase) will be speaking about her journey from software engineer to executive director of data products platform at JP Morgan Chase.

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Sweta Sinha Executive Director, Data Products Platform / JP Morgan Chase
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
11:00 AM (PT) / 2:00 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

From Code to Consequences: The Human Impact of Software

Data privacy is a human right. When Privacy data is mishandled it creates a ripple effect where the harms are not obvious or immediate on those impacted.

Christina Liu (Senior Security Engineer, Cisco) believes that we as software engineers and members of the tech industry should be doing our utmost to protect data privacy. In her talk, she will cover the current challenges to securing personally identifiable information, including challenges from AI, and provide practical tips on how to protect it.

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Christina Liu Senior Security Engineer / Cisco
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
11:20 AM (PT) / 2:20 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

A Tale of Agility, Conflict Resolution, Survival Skills Tested in a Multi-Year Snowflake Migration

You won’t want to miss this hands-on engineering manager’s talk on successfully leading the Data Engineering team through multiple technology migrations and deliverables. She is passionate about building productivity tools to aid her team with mundane work.

Nataliya Nadtoka (Manager, Data Operations, Basis Technologies) shares her takeaways for mastering the unknown and shares her strategies for planning excellence. She also will talk about the balancing act of guiding multi-year migrations and CI/CD transformations. She believes in the acronym “NAP”, which stands for Navigate, Adapt, Progress – sharing her tips for overcoming technical challenges, conflicts, and building strategic partnerships.

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Nataliya Nadtoka Manager, Data Operations / Basis Technologies
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
11:20 AM (PT) / 2:20 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

Navigating the Maze of Technical Interviews for Staff Software Engineer

With the goal of empowering participants, don’t miss this comprehensive understanding of what constitutes a successful technical interview and how to navigate the multifaceted aspects of the evaluation process.

Vandana Sharma (Solution Architect, Flexton) will reveal her holistic evaluation approach to technical interviewing. She will share how to understand the importance of evaluating technical skills across various dimensions, including algorithms, coding, system design, and domain-specific knowledge. She will combine practical application of knowledge and industry-relevant expertise, highlighting various resources and tools for technical interview preparation.

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Vandana Sharma Solution Architect / Flexton
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
11:40 AM (PT) / 2:40 PM (ET) ∙ All Tracks

Employer & Company Introductions!

Employers will share more about a company’s culture, values, and mission, as well as the opportunities for growth and development within the organization. Learn about how the company grows employees professionally, any initiatives or projects that the company is working on, more about the roles and teams hiring, and the interview process!

Katie Ledoux
Katie Ledoux Chief Information Security Officer / Attentive
neha srivastava
Neha Srivastava Staff Software Engineer / Attentive
Margho DK
Margho Dunnahoo-Kirsch Director of Recruiting / Attentive
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
12:00 PM (PT) / 3:00 PM (ET) ∙ All Tracks

Meet Recruiters & Staff at Virtual Employer Booths!

Learn about their job opportunities! Meet recruiters, staff & more at the discussion tables in the virtual Employer Booths (12pm-1pm Pacific Time / 3pm-4pm Eastern Time).

ELEVATE’s partner companies are actively hiring for many roles, from featured jobs to a variety of roles across the company. Let them know you’re interested during BOOTH HOUR!

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Margho DK
Margho Dunnahoo-Kirsch Director of Recruiting / Attentive
Katie Ledoux
Katie Ledoux Chief Information Security Officer / Attentive
neha srivastava
Neha Srivastava Staff Software Engineer / Attentive
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
1:00 PM (PT) / 4:00 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Pivoting into Product

This former civil engineer pivoted to become a senior product manager in just 3 years.

Shannon Cassidy will share her four approaches to breaking into product management from an unrelated field. She will teach attendees how to leverage your experience to gain credibility with a new network, and share her tips to get your resume through the application portal and in the hands of a hiring manager.

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Shannon Cassidy Senior Product Manager /
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
1:00 PM (PT) / 4:00 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

Create Your Own Custom GPT on OpenAI's ChatGPT

Explore the endless possibilities that come with having your own custom Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) model, from enhancing productivity to fostering creativity and innovation within your organization.

Dimitra Charalampopoulou (Machine Learning Engineer, Intel) will share how to familiarize yourself with GPT technology. Attendees will discover how to customize your GPT model to suit specific use cases and domains, such as generating content for marketing, customer service, or educational purposes.

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Dimitra Charalampopoulou ML Engineer / Intel
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
1:20 PM (PT) / 4:20 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

How Chasing Curiosity Led to an Unexpected Journey in Cybersecurity

Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.

Ashleigh Lee (Cybersecurity Product Marketer) will share her unique journey in cybersecurity. She challenges three assumptions she had entering the industry:

  • the only way to be a “real” practitioner in cyber is to be a hacker in a hoodie
  • the only way to make progress is to become super technical
  • technology can solve everything
Ashleigh Lee
Ashleigh Lee Cybersecurity Product Marketer /
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
1:20 PM (PT) / 4:20 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

Responsible Use of Generative AI

Pratibha Rathore (Tech Lead, Applied Research Scientist, Meta) will speak about generative AI, natural language understanding, computer vision, optimization, and simulation to develop innovative AI systems for various sectors, including legal, trust and safety, and adversarial detection. She works closely with diverse teams to ensure AI solutions meet quality standards, perform well, and align with business goals and user requirements. Her contributions include detecting platform threats, enhancing content moderation accuracy and efficiency, and optimizing enterprise operation workflows.

Pratibha Rathore
Pratibha Rathore Tech Lead, Applied Research Scientist (AI/ML) / Meta
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
1:40 PM (PT) / 4:40 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Customer Facing Roles in Tech

Starting her career in technical support, transitioning into marketing roles and then finally to technical customer facing activities, Rosie has worn many hats in the Technical Sales Organization over the last decade

Rosie Sennett (Staff Solutions Engineer, Splunk) has made the transition from back office to front and back… and has lots to share. She will teach attendees how to learn what is expected of you, learn what is expected of your customer, and learn what your customer will of you.

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Rosie Sennett Staff Sales Engineer / Splunk
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
1:40 PM (PT) / 4:40 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

Scaling Key-Value Stores: Adaptive Strategies for Diverse Access Needs at Any Scale

Vidhya Arvind (Staff Software Engineer, Netflix) will speak about key-value store data model for building abstraction, and adapting to the changing data shape. She will teach attendees how to modify the strategies when access pattern changes.

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Vidhya Arvind Staff Software Engineer / Netflix
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Performance Review: How to Stand Out

Jessie Heng (Senior Engineering Manager, Snowflake) will speak about performance reviews and how you can stand out. She will cover what happens in performance calibration, what can you do to stand out during calibration, what can you to do prepare your manager.

Jessie Heng
Jessie Heng Senior Engineering Manager / Snowflake
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

Identifying PII in LLM Models

Shubhi Asthana (Senior Research Software Engineer, IBM) will speak about identifying personal identifiable information (PII) in large language models (LLM)s. She will be speaking about protecting PII with on LLMs, sharing how OneShield has created a guardrail solution for privacy concerns. She will discuss PII taxonomy, categories, use cases, and more.

Shubhi Asthana
Shubhi Asthana Senior Research Software Engineer - Cloud Services & Analytics / IBM Research
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
2:20 PM (PT) / 5:20 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Be Visible: Overcoming the Queasiness of Self Promotion

Do you feel queasy when you have to self-promote?

Lade Tawak (UX Researcher) will share why self promotion is important and introduce her 3-part framework for how to promote your work in a way that feels authentic to you. Attendees will receive practical tips for building visibility in the workplace.

Lade Tawak
Lade Tawak UX Researcher /
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
2:20 PM (PT) / 5:20 PM (ET) ∙ Tech Track

DataOps: DevOps for Data

Chisom Nwokwu (Software Engineer & Author, Microsoft) will speak about what DataOps is – and why it is important. She will dive into DataOps principles (e.g. collaboration, automation, continuous integration) and how solving data management challenges (e.g. slow deployment, inconsistent data quality) can lead to automating workflows and ensuring continuous improvement. She believes we can achieving cross-functional collaboration with DataOps, illustrating the importance of fostering collaboration between data teams.

Chisom Nwokwu
Chisom Nwokwu Software Engineer & Author / Microsoft
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
2:40 PM (PT) / 5:40 PM (ET) ∙ Career Track

Self Advocacy for Introverts

Shradha Doshi (Senior Manager, Product Owner, Comcast Business) will share how negative connotations around introversion inhibit from taking actions to career growth. She will help attendees heal negative outlook toward being introverted, revealing how they can be leveraged. She will share how introverts can self advocate with confidence and alignment.

Shradha Doshi
Shradha Doshi Senior Manager, Product Owner / Comcast Business
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
3:00 PM (PT) / 6:00 PM (ET) ∙ All Tracks

Networking!

Stop by the FLUID virtual lounge in for another fun way to mingle with fellow attendees.

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SPEAKERS

Rashmi Channarayapattna
Rashmi Channarayapattna
Vice President of Software Engineering
Salesforce
boomie Odumade
Boomie Odumade
Senior Director of Engineering
Movement Infrastructure Group
Katie Ledoux
Katie Ledoux
Chief Information Security Officer
Attentive
Margaret Johnston
Margaret Johnston
Engineering Group Director
sweta sinha
Sweta Sinha
Executive Director, Data Products Platform
JP Morgan Chase
vidhya arvind
Vidhya Arvind
Staff Software Engineer
Netflix
neha srivastava
Neha Srivastava
Staff Software Engineer
Attentive
rosie sennett
Rosie Sennett
Staff Sales Engineer
Splunk
shelby heinecke salesforce
Shelby Heinecke
Senior AI Research Manager
Salesforce
Swathi Sundar
Swathi Sundar
Head of Systems of Record Engineering
Benchling
Margho DK
Margho Dunnahoo-Kirsch
Director of Recruiting
Attentive
Pratibha Rathore
Pratibha Rathore
Tech Lead, Applied Research Scientist (AI/ML)
Meta
dimitra
Dimitra Charalampopoulou
ML Engineer
Intel
Shubhi Asthana
Shubhi Asthana
Senior Research Software Engineer - Cloud Services & Analytics
IBM Research
Eirini
Eirini Syka Lerioti
Senior Developer Relations Program Manager
ASML
Jessie Heng
Jessie Heng
Senior Engineering Manager
Snowflake
christina liu
Christina Liu
Senior Security Engineer
Cisco
Manali Rane
Manali Rane
Product Manager
Nokia
Ashleigh Lee
Ashleigh Lee
Cybersecurity Product Marketer
Daniela Steinsapir
Daniela Steinsapir
Senior Manager, Experience Architecture
Autodesk
Chisom Nwokwu
Chisom Nwokwu
Software Engineer & Author
Microsoft
nataliya
Nataliya Nadtoka
Manager, Data Operations
Basis Technologies
Sowmya Subramanian
Sowmya Subramanian
Product Manager
Development Seed
Lade Tawak
Lade Tawak
UX Researcher
Shradha Doshi
Shradha Doshi
Senior Manager, Product Owner
Comcast Business
shannon cassidy
Shannon Cassidy
Senior Product Manager
Angie Chang
CEO & Co-Founder
Girl Geek X
Sukrutha Bhadouria, CTO & Co-Founder of Girl Geek X
Sukrutha Bhadouria
CTO & Co-Founder
Girl Geek X
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