ELEVATE Conference – December 6th, 2023

Careers are hard. Join us December 6, 2023 for real-talk
inspiration & networking online!

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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, systems design interviewing, resume tips, UX and design thinking for job search, & more!

Connection

Network with attendees & employers at ELEVATE Conference & Career Fair – Sign up for FREE to attend online!

Schedule

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WED, DEC. 6, 2023
8:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Eastern

Mentor Hour!

Meet & greet in the Mentorship Lounge with virtual ELEVATE MENTORS in engineering, product, no-code / operations, career development / upskilling, AI & more – discussing career stuff, interviewing, promotions, resumes, & more! Mentors are here to answer your questions!

See who’s coming & the table topics / expertise!

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
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
9:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Eastern

Keynote - Lift Her UP: It is time to ROAR into 2024

Playing off the theme of her popular ROAR podcast, Lakecia Gunter (Chief Technology Officer, Global Partner Solutions at Microsoft) will share the advice she’s found most impactful throughout her career — including the networking strategy that helped her land nearly every role she’s ever held.

She’ll walk us through how she overcomes imposter syndrome, how her team once stopped her from self-selecting out of a key opportunity, why and how you should build your own team, and the importance of reflection and codifying lessons learned so you can grow from your experiences.

Lakecia Gunter Microsoft
Lakecia Gunter CTO, Global Partner Solutions / Microsoft
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
9:40 AM Pacific / 12:40 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

The Race of Psychological Safety at Work

Why does the race of psychological safety matter at work? In this ELEVATE session, Agatha Agbanobi (Founder of Relevé) shares the psychological safety challenges experienced by racialized individuals in the workplace. Attendees will learn to identify 1-2 popular teachings of psychological safety that undermine the experience of racialized individuals, a crucial equity principle supporting differentiated solution design for psychological safety, and acquire skills for cultivating psychological safety through an anti-oppressive lens.

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Agatha Agbanobi Founder & DEI Consultant / Relevé
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
9:40 AM Pacific / 12:40 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

How To Pass Your Systems Design Interview

Unlock the secrets and pass your next systems design interview with flying colors. In this ELEVATE session, Sophie Novati (CEO & Founder at Formation) will identify the key scaling bottlenecks that is unique to each specific prompt. She will talk about using product requirements to justify design decisions, and explain tradeoffs between decisions, but be opinionated about recommendations. You won’t want to miss this talk if you are thinking about or current preparing for technical job interviews!

Sophie Novati Formation
Sophie Novati CEO & Founder / Formation
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Supercharge Your Resume: 5 Tips to Get More Interviews

Applying to jobs is a numbers game. If you play the numbers game, you are likely to win. In this ELEVATE session, Tal Flanchraych (CEO & Founder of ApplyAll) lays out the statistics about job applications. Her bulk-apply AI applies you to hundreds of relevant jobs to supercharge your job search, whether you’re looking to work at a startup or big tech company.

Tal Flanchraych
Tal Flanchraych CEO & Founder / ApplyAll
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Effective Tech Leads Empower Developers to Ship Projects Faster with Higher Quality

A technical project lead is in the unique position to scope projects for making progress against technology investments and technical debt, as well as increasing the effectiveness of every developer on the team. In this ELEVATE session, Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie (Chief Technology Officer at Affinity) will share proven techniques to set up projects in such a way that everyone on your team ships with high confidence and quality. She will talk about establishing the automated testing frameworks, data, and examples required to make it mandatory to add automated tests as part of every code change. She will also talk about how to ensure all developers have quick feedback loops to implement and test their changes, and prioritize technical debt and defects that will cause slow downs and problems later. To make progress against your engineering goals, ensure projects are built according to areas you’re investing in (e.g. converting code to TypeScript, adopting React and GraphQL, leveraging new frameworks, etc.)

Dominique Simoneau Ritchie Affinity
Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie CTO / Affinity
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
10:20 AM Pacific / 1:20 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Framework for Strategic Personal Growth

Are you ready to take charge of your career and elevate your professional journey? In this ELEVATE session, Liliya Sabitova (TikTok) introduces a framework for strategic personal growth. She will share her three key components: personal skill assessment, understanding market needs in your profession, and creating a tailored action plan. Attendees will discover how this framework can propel your career by aligning your skills with market demands and crafting a strategic roadmap for success. She is attending ELEVATE in a personal capacity and not speaking on behalf of the company.

Liliya Sabitova TikTok
Liliya Sabitova / TikTok
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
10:20 AM Pacific / 1:20 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Standardizing UX: A Roadmap For Success

As companies’ UX offerings mature, so too do the capabilities, offerings and value it can bring to the product team. In this ELEVATE session, Duaa Gettani (Senior UX Researcher at Square) explores the approach to building out the UX function at Square banking, demonstrating how to take control over the growth and interaction between other disciplines that ensures you maintain control over the process, build a better understanding and ultimately get the best outcome for all.

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Duaa Gettani Senior UX Researcher / Square
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
10:40 AM Pacific / 1:40 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Combining Math, Art, and Technology: Roles in Data Visualization

What is data visualization, and what types of jobs are available? In this ELEVATE session, Michelle Maraj (Senior Business Intelligence Manager at Gigpro) will share her career path in data viz, and how she became a Tableau developer. She will talk about how to build a data viz portfolio and get your own internship / job.

Michelle Maraj
Michelle Maraj Senior Business Intelligence Manager / Gigpro
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
10:40 AM Pacific / 1:40 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Thinking Like a Designer: Strategies to Shine in Today's Job Hunt

No one is immune to layoffs, so here’s advice from a jobseeker who recently found a job in this economy. In this ELEVATE session, Olivia Ouyang (Product Designer at Finix) will share her 5-step design process for crafting a job search plan tailored to your individual skills and aspirations. Attendees will learn how to recognize the transferable skills acquired from previous experiences and match with the current market needs like the AI trends, and how to fight back imposter syndrome and burnouts during the job searching process.

Olivia Ouyang
Olivia Ouyang Product Designer / Finix
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Hardware for Accessibility: Rethinking Video Game Controller Designs

What is universal design is and how to apply it in a design process? In this ELEVATE session, Celeste Bean (Senior Hardware Engineer at Sony Interactive Entertainment – PlayStation) will recognize the  importance of hardware accessibility, using gaming controllers as a case study. Attendees will learn multimodal inputs / outputs and frameworks for implementing hardware accessibility.

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Celeste Bean Senior Hardware Engineer / Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation)
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Next-Gen Solutions: Leveraging AI for Smarter Security Risk Decisions

With the prevalence of specialized tools tailored to security monitoring and posture checking, there is an opportunity for organizations to automate the risk registry feeds and reporting structure. In this ELEVATE session, Nas Hajia (Security Architect at Autodesk) will review some of the commonly seen pitfalls and review options to avoid them. She will share lessons learned in the realms of People, Process, Technology, and Data that are shared between organizations.

Nastaran Hajia Autodesk
Nas Hajia Security Architect / Autodesk
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
11:20 AM Pacific / 2:20 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Venturing Out: Leaving Big Tech to Start a Startup

This former Google product manager for Google Shopping now runs her own social shopping startup. In this ELEVATE session, Anna Fuller (CEO & Founder at Halo) will speak about when is the right time to make the leap and leave your job. She will talk about going from idea to execution, from how to navigate the idea maze, to validating your idea by talking to customers and testing an early prototype and minimum viable product launch. Attendees will leave with tactical tips for setting up a company.

Anna Fuller Halo
Anna Fuller CEO & Founder / Halo
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
11:20 AM Pacific / 2:20 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

AI Product Management for the Enterprise Consumer

Have you ever wondered how AI is transforming the intersection of consumer and enterprise? In this ELEVATE session, Savita Kini (Director of Product Management, Speech & Video AI at Cisco) will talk about where is AI intersecting with the enterprise consumer. She will discuss how to navigate the consumer and enterprise product domains, as well as responsible AI in the enterprise domain, with lessons learned from consumer domain.

Savita Kini Cisco
Savita Kini Director of Product, Speech & Video AI / Cisco
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
11:40 AM Pacific / 2:40 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Building High Performance Teams

Have you wondered how to scale effective product leadership? In this ELEVATE session, Stephanie J. Neill (Vice President, Product, Twitch at Amazon) will discuss how a high-performance product team is crucial to shipping the right product at the right time. From evolving responsibilities and onboarding new team members, attendees will learn how product leaders can build teams with big impact, and what it takes to do the same at your organization.

Stephanie J Neill
Stephanie J. Neill VP, Product - Twitch / Amazon
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
11:40 AM Pacific / 2:40 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Prepping for Execution: Metrics Interviews for Product Managers

Feeling nervous about your product interviews? Prepping for execution and metrics questions? In this ELEVATE session, Tanvi Shah (Principal Product Manager at Upwork) will share why metrics are important, and how to find North Star metrics. Attendees will be able to practice answering questions around North Star Metrics after attending this can’t miss session!

Tanvi Shah
Tanvi Shah Principal Product Manager / Upwork
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

What Does "Being Innovative" Mean in Digital Transformation

Why is cultural change essential for a digital transformation? In her ELEVATE session, Anusha Dharmalingam (Executive Director and Senior Architect at Athenahealth) will discuss how cultural change is essential for digital transformation. She shares the importance of culture of a company when it goes through digital transformation, what “being innovative” means. She will reveal her ideas on how to build effective teams excited about transformation journey.

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Anusha Dharmalingam Executive Director & Senior Architect / Athenahealth
WED, DEC, 6, 2023
12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

From Good to Great: Strategies for Achieving Excellence in Technical Project Management

Do you believe in redefining technical project management for the digital age? In this ELEVATE session, Shayla Gibson (Technical Services Operations Manager at Treasury Prime) will talk about the various tools for technical project management, and discuss how to invest in the technical and the people skills. Attendees will learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

Shayla Gibson
Shayla Gibson Technical Services Operations Manager / Treasury Prime
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
12:20 PM Pacific / 3:20 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Harmonizing Passions: Navigating a Career Transition from Music to Cybersecurity

In this ELEVATE session, Danielle Good (Channel Account Manager at Thales) will discuss her career pathway from an opera singer to cybersecurity sales, the skills and principles she learned in the arts that she applies to technology, and the words of wisdom she learned from Anthony Hopkins and Julie Andrews.

Danielle Good
Danielle Good Channel Account Manager / Thales
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
12:20 PM Pacific / 3:20 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Speak to Impress: Elevator Pitch and Crafting Impact

In this ELEVATE session, Hana Rasheed (Senior Engineering Program Manager, Office of CIO, Cloud and Software Optimization at Adobe) will encourages attendees to craft their professional impact. She makes her case for planning your 30-60 second elevator pitch to make an impression, such as impactful data and numbers.

hana rasheed
Hana Rasheed Senior Engineering Program Manager, Virtualization, Data Analytics & Office of CIO / Adobe
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
12:40 PM Pacific / 3:40 PM Eastern ∙ Career Track

Are You Brave Enough To Write Your Eulogy?

Eulogy writing is a mechanism to reshape your life, define your own path, and live your fullest life. In this ELEVATE session, Eileen Grimes (Founder of Loved As You Are) shares her inspiring story. She will empower attendees with reflection prompts for those looking to build trust in themselves and dig in to living their fullest lives. She uses activities for how to move forward after introspection so as to move past the “stuck”

Eileen Walsh Grimes
Eileen Grimes Founder / Loved As You Are
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
12:40 PM Pacific / 3:40 PM Eastern ∙ Tech Track

Engineering Your Impact

How will you engineer your impact as a mid-to-senior engineering leader? In this ELEVATE Sesssion, Sumita Palanisamy (Director of Engineering at CarGurus) will impart her three keys for making an impact as a director. She will discuss the relationship hero, and make the case for being an objective player, and rethinking your organization. Attendees will be sure to get inspired and find their chart their own impact and path.

Sumita Palanisamy
Sumita Palanisamy Director of Engineering / CarGurus
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
1:00 PM Pacific / 4:00 PM Eastern

Mentor Hour!

Meet & greet in the Mentorship Lounge with virtual ELEVATE MENTORS in engineering, product, no-code / operations, career development / upskilling, design / UX, data science / AI / ML / LLMs & more – discussing career stuff, interviewing, promotions, resumes, & more! Mentors are here to answer your questions!

See who’s coming & the table topics / expertise!

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
WED, DEC. 6, 2023
2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern

Networking Hour!

Stop by the Fluid Lounge for another way to mingle with attendees.

Angie Chang CEO & Co-Founder / Girl Geek X
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SPEAKERS

Lakecia Gunter Microsoft
Lakecia Gunter
CTO, Global Partner Solutions
Microsoft
Tal Flanchraych
Tal Flanchraych
CEO & Founder
ApplyAll
Sophie Novati Formation
Sophie Novati
CEO & Founder
Formation
Michelle Maraj
Michelle Maraj
Senior Business Intelligence Manager
Gigpro
Dominique Simoneau Ritchie Affinity
Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie
CTO
Affinity
Savita Kini Cisco
Savita Kini
Director of Product, Speech & Video AI
Cisco
Liliya Sabitova TikTok
Liliya Sabitova
TikTok
duaa gettani square
Duaa Gettani
Senior UX Researcher
Square
Agatha Agbanobi Releve
Agatha Agbanobi
Founder & DEI Consultant
Relevé
Nastaran Hajia Autodesk
Nas Hajia
Security Architect
Autodesk
Olivia Ouyang
Olivia Ouyang
Product Designer
Finix
Anna Fuller Halo
Anna Fuller
CEO & Founder
Halo
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
Allison Colyer
Allison Colyer
Senior Software Engineer
sweetgreen
Devin Nicholson
Devin Nicholson
Senior Full Stack Software Engineer
BILL
gloria chen
Gloria Chen
Senior Software Engineer
EasyPost
Sneha Natekar
Senior Partner Engineer
GitHub
Divya Prabakar
Divya Prabakar
Product Manager, Electric Vehicle Growth
TrueCar
shannon cassidy
Shannon Cassidy
Senior Product Manager
Split
karly bolger
Karly Bolger
Senior Product Manager
One Main Financial
neha dobhal
Neha Dobhal
Senior Product Manager
Intuit
Dana Stodgel
Dana Stodgel
Principal Technical Program Manager
Amazon
hana rasheed
Hana Rasheed
Senior Engineering Program Manager, Virtualization, Data Analytics & Office of CIO
Adobe
joya joseph
Joya Joseph
Engineering Manager
Big Health
richa gandhi
Richa Gandhi
Software Development Manager
GoDaddy
anna
Anna Konovalova
Project Management Expert
carrie browde
Carrie Browde
Business Program Manager
Google
Katerina Papadimitriou
Katerina Papadimitriou
Partner Success Manager
Autodesk
Siobhan Dolen
Siobhan Dolen
Solutions Consulting
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Cheryl Marquez
Cheryl Marquez
Senior Digital Program Manager
Cohesity
Madhuparna Datta
Madhuparna Datta
Application Engineer Architect
Cadence
Sandra Chen
Sandra Chen
Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain
Square
Walyce Phillip
Walyce Almeida
Program Manager
Amazon Web Services
Elena Leonova
Elena Leonova
SVP, Product Management
Spryker
Liesel Mendoza
Liesel Mendoza
Founder & CEO
The Mentoring Club
Saskia Hoffman
Saskia Hoffmann
Cybersecurity Leader
Bletchley Park
tamar bobys
Tamar Bobys
Account Executive
Amazon Web Services
Ashley Wichman
Ashley Wichman
Employee Engagement Lead
Caitlin Anderson
Caitlin Anderson
Senior Manager, Internal Communications
Autodesk
Judalyn A.
Judalyn A.
University Recruiter
Equinix
Kristi allen
Kristi Allen
Chief of Staff, CCO
Intel
Megan Guth
Megan Guth
GRC Manager
Trace3
Meighan Agosta
Meighan Agosta
Career Coach & UX Researcher
MASI Consulting
Nirmayee Dighe
Nirmayee Dighe
Business Analyst
Deep Rastogi
Deep Rastogi
Product Manager
dipti patel
Dipti Patel
Career & Leadership Coach
Impact Forward
Gizem Kaymakci
Gizem Kaymakçı
Product Designer
Lyrebird Studio
nicole husain lighthouse labs
Nicole Husain
Chief Operating Officer
Lighthouse Labs
Cheryl Aranha
Cheryl Aranha
Principal Software Engineer
Intuit
Dotty Nordberg
Dotty Nordberg
Senior DevOps Engineer
Pure Storage
Nihara Thomas
Nihara Thomas
Principal Software Engineer
Posit PBC
new relic girl geek sarah hudspeth
Sarah Hudspeth
Solutions Architect
Chronosphere
diane huang canva
Diane Huang
Product Lead
Canva
rekha venkatakrishnan amazon
Rekha Venkatakrishnan
Head of Product
Amazon
Tanny Ng
Tanny Ng
Senior Product Manager, Data & Analytics Platform
WP Engine
Ying Ge
Ying Ge
Senior Product Manager
Intuit
deanna alcorne
Deanna Alcorn
Senior Product Design Manager
joselle ho
Joselle Ho
Senior Manager, UX & Design, Health Innovation Technology
Blue Shield of California
keri fullwood
Keri Ashton Fullwood
Head of UX, US
Air India
Meenakshi Ganesh
Meenakshi Ganesh
Product Marketing Manager
Salesforce
amina penoff
Amina Penoff
Data Scientist
nina lopatina spectrum labs
Nina Lopatina
Director of Data Science
Nurdle
sara wetzler
Sara Wetzler
Senior Director, Product Analytics & Data Intelligence
Procore Technologies
Brienna Ransom
Brienna Ransom
Quality Engineering Leader
fatema kothari
Fatema Kothari
Director, Engineering & Program Management
Microsoft
julia hu
Julia Hu
Director of Engineering
Madhura Belani
Madhura Belani
Product & Business Development Executive
Ana Rottaro
Ana Rottaro
Ana Rottaro
Clockwise
maia jones
Maia Jones
VP, People, Places & Culture
Alphawave Semi
mariane bekker
Mariane Bekker
Founder & CEO
UPWARD
saima jamshed
Saima Jamshed
Director, Office of Project Management
Magnit Global
Belisa Mandarano
Director of Development Operations
liz garcia
Liz Garcia
IT Process Manager
Impossible Foods
Carla Sexton
Carla Sexton
Electronic Health Record Interoperability & Exposure Project Manager III
T-Rex Solutions
Jo Gruszka
Jo Gruszka
Director of Project Management
Khushboo Malik
Khushboo Malik
Senior Manager, Global Procurement Operations
Salesforce
Padmini Misra
Padmini Misra
Senior Engineering Manager
Arista Networks
fatemeh saremi
Fatemeh Saremi
Senior Software Engineer
Autodesk
Benita Bankson
Benita Bankson
Senior Director, Program/Portfolio/Product Management
Gap Inc
Danielle Good
Danielle Good
Channel Account Manager
Thales
Tanvi Shah
Tanvi Shah
Principal Product Manager
Upwork
Sumita Palanisamy
Sumita Palanisamy
Director of Engineering
CarGurus
anushadharmalingam
Anusha Dharmalingam
Executive Director & Senior Architect
Athenahealth
Stephanie J Neill
Stephanie J. Neill
VP, Product - Twitch
Amazon
celeste bean
Celeste Bean
Senior Hardware Engineer
Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation)
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