Elevate: FREE Virtual Conference – Livestreaming Friday, March 6, 2020 #girlgeekx #iwd2020

Leadership is hard, join us for a full day of real-talk advice and inspiration

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Inspiration

Join thousands of women sharing, empowering and lifting as they climb.

Learning

A full day of content on leadership and belonging, along with talks on healthtech, AI, and the future of work.

Connection

Use hashtag #girlgeekx to connect with like-minded girl geeks and allies.

SCHEDULE

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9:30am - 9:40am

Welcome to Elevate!

Join the team behind Girl Geek X – Angie Chang, Sukrutha Bhadouria, Gretchen DeKnikker and Rachel Jones – as they share their motivations for creating an event for mid-to-senior career level women, why it’s so important and where they are taking Girl Geek X next.

Angie Chang, CEO & Co-Founder of Girl Geek X
Angie Chang CEO & Founder / Girl Geek X
Sukrutha Bhadouria CTO / Girl Geek X
Gretchen DeKnikker COO / Girl Geek X
Rachel Jones Podcast Producer / Girl Geek X
9:40am - 10:10am

Lift As You Climb: Morning Keynote

As the head of D&I for a Fortune 1000 company, one of Carin Taylor’s practical tips for creating an inclusive environment is “focus on helping each other thrive.” Join Carin as she shares how we can create an environment of inclusion, belonging and equity within our own organizations.

Carin Taylor Chief Diversity Officer / Workday
10:10am - 10:40am

How to Quickly Ramp Up on Open Source

A few years ago, Intuit set out to engage its global engineering community in the open source movement. By fostering a culture of contribution and collaboration with technologists across its 17 global sites, open source has since become integral to Intuit’s tech culture. Intuit CTO Marianna Tessel, in conversation with Intuit Open Source Tech Leader Rocio Montes, will share how Intuit is tapping into its engineering community to advance the company’s mission to power prosperity for more than 50M consumers, self-employed and small businesses around the world. In this session, attendees will learn best practices for driving open source participation and applying its principles internally through an inner source model.

Marianna Tessel Chief Technology Officer / Intuit
Rocio Montes Staff Software Engineer / Intuit
10:40am - 11:00am

What’s Holding You Back Might Be You: Imposter Syndrome

If studies show that imposter syndrome plagues men and women equally, why doesn’t it feel that way? In this session, Sara Varni shares how she’s dealt with imposter syndrome at many stages in her career from climbing the ladder to SVP at Salesforce to her current role as CMO of Twilio, and the tips and tricks she’s learned along the way.

Sara Varni Chief Marketing Officer / Twilio
11:00am - 11:45am

Leveling Up: Becoming a Manager of Managers

You thought that becoming a manager was a huge challenge – until you become a manager of managers! Join this seasoned panel of women as they share the insights, tips, pitfalls and victories on their journey from a manager to a leader.

Bora Chung SVP of Product Management / Bill.com
Gretchen DeKnikker COO / Girl Geek X
Arquay Harris Senior Director of Engineering / Slack
Ines Thornburg AVP of Customer Success / Splunk
11:45am - 12:00pm

Checkr Coffee Break ☕

What do 1965 and 2020 have in common? Both had critical moments for the changing landscape of inclusive hiring in the U.S.: 1965 championed the Civil Rights Act outlawing hiring discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and 2019 was a critical year for the employment rights of previously incarcerated people. As we look at 2020, are your company’s hiring practices set up for successful fair-chance hiring in this critical moment in our history? In this session, you’ll learn about today’s hiring landscape, understand that women are the fastest growing populations in our prisons, and uncover your potential business impact and increased ROI through fair chance hiring.
Margie Lee-Johnson VP of People / Checkr
12:10pm - 12:30pm

Every Job is a D&I Job. Every. Job.

To build an equitable, inclusive company, every single person needs to do their part. Join Aubrey Blanche as she shares how you can turn your current job into a D&I job – and create more organizational change than an actual D&I role.

Aubrey Blanche Director, Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact / Culture Amp
12:30pm - 12:50pm

Investing in Others

From being the first in her family to go to college and deciding to study engineering on a whim to being the VP of Engineering at LinkedIn and supporting it’s 675M users, Erica Lockheimer will share tales from the trenches along with practical advice for those seeking to follow in her footsteps.

Erica Lockheimer VP of Engineering / LinkedIn
Shalini Agarwal Director of Engineering / LinkedIn
12:50pm - 1:00pm

Intel AI Coffee Break ☕

In this session, Banu Nagasundaram will share how optimizing connections to win is like Candy Crush at work.

Banu Nagasundaram Senior Product Marketing Manager / Intel AI
1:00pm - 1:30pm

In AI, Human Goodness Matters: Afternoon Keynote

Julie Shin Choi, VP and GM of the AI Platforms and Research Marketing team, will share her personal journey and discuss driving AI relevance and understanding. Her mission is to help organizations obtain the hardware and software tools to build AI applications that can solve problems at massive scale.

Julie Shin Choi VP & GM, AI Marketing / Intel AI
1:30pm - 1:50pm

Girl Geeks Gone Gov

Stories of how two middle-aged girl geeks found themselves working for the government at US Digital Service for the career adventure of a lifetime, and why you should think about a career in civic tech too.

Martha Wilkes Digital Services Expert - Design / U.S.D.S.
Lisa Koenigsberg Digital Services Expert - Product / U.S.D.S.
2:00pm - 2:20pm

Jumpstarting Your ML Journey in Cyber Security

The terms AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) are the new software industry buzz words that promise to take your security and operations practice to the next level, but…do they? In this session, Melisa Napoles hits on what works and what doesn’t work when organizations embark on their ML journey. She’ll cover her favorite lessons learned from organizations who are successfully on their way to finding real anomalies within their practice and with more data and precision than ever before! Do you ever wonder if you’re behind, ahead or right at the helm of what all your peers are doing with ML? Come find out!

Melisa Napoles Solutions Engineer / Splunk
2:20pm - 2:50pm

The Next Million

As a background check company, the default design is to exclude people – but at Checkr, we have a high-level company goal to get one million more people into the workforce.  We believe everyone deserves a fair chance to work. At Checkr, we know first hand how difficult it may be for individuals with prior criminal history to find employment. We want to help provide fair chances for people with conviction histories. In this talk, we will discuss how working at a mission-driven company is core to the work that product, engineering, and design do every day.

Jess Zhang Engineering Manager / Checkr
Vivian Chen Software Engineer / Checkr
Michelle He Software Engineer / Checkr
Melanie Cernak Product Designer / Checkr
Krista Moroder Engineering Manager / Checkr
2:50pm - 3:10pm

The Imperative of Diversity in Clinical Trials

Genetic variation (eg ancestral background) may play a key role in how a patient responds to a drug or medical products, yet clinical trials often lack diversity. For instance, sickle cell anemia predominantly affects communities of African and Hispanic descent. Having these populations represented in clinical evaluation targeting sickle-cell ensures robustness and enhances predictability of how new treatments might perform on these demographics. Join Alekhya Pochiraju as she explores how non-Caucasian and underserved populations must be appropriately represented in clinical trials to ensure the efficacy of treatments for all populations.

Alekhya Pochiraju Biomarker Operations / Genentech
3:10pm - 3:30pm

The Link Between the Future of Work, Education and Care

“If you ask 10 different people what the future of work means, you will probably get 10 different answers” says Jomayra Herrera. In this session, she’ll share her thoughts on employment, education and child and elder care, how they intersect, and areas where she sees potential for innovation.

Jomayra Herrera Investor / Cowboy Ventures
3:30pm - 4:15pm

Military Transition: Vets in Tech

In this session, female vets will share their stories and experiences transitioning into the world of tech. With varied backgrounds, careers, roles, and branches, vets are hardly a monolith and their stories are as varied as they are similar. Join us as they share the challenges and upsides of their amazing journeys.

Claudia Weber Business Engagement Manager, IT Accessibility Office / Intel
Molly Laufer Director of Offline Marketing / HomeLight
Tiana S. Clark Director of Marketing / Microsoft
Mellisa Walker Field Readiness Architect / Workday
Theresa Piasta Founder / Puppy Mama
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SPEAKERS

Carin Taylor
Chief Diversity Officer
Workday
(she/her)
Marianna Tessel
Chief Technology Officer
Intuit
(she/her)
Sara Varni
Chief Marketing Officer
Twilio
(she/her)
Erica Lockheimer
VP of Engineering
LinkedIn
(she/her)
Julie Shin Choi
VP & GM, AI Marketing
Intel AI
(she/her)
Bora Chung
SVP of Product Management
Bill.com
(she/her)
Arquay Harris
Senior Director of Engineering
Slack
(she/her)
Aubrey Blanche
Director, Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact
Culture Amp
(she/her)
Jomayra Herrera
Investor
Cowboy Ventures
(she/her)
Margie Lee-Johnson
VP of People
Checkr
(she/her)
Rocio Montes
Staff Software Engineer
Intuit
(she/her)
Alekhya Pochiraju
Biomarker Operations
Genentech
(she/her)
Molly Laufer
Director of Offline Marketing
HomeLight
(she/her)
Melisa Napoles
Solutions Engineer
Splunk
(she/her)
Mellisa Walker
Field Readiness Architect
Workday
(she/her)
Tiana S. Clark
Director of Marketing
Microsoft
(she/her)
Theresa Piasta
Founder
Puppy Mama
(she/her)
Martha Wilkes
Digital Services Expert - Design
U.S.D.S.
(she/her)
Lisa Koenigsberg
Digital Services Expert - Product
U.S.D.S.
(she/her)
Banu Nagasundaram
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Intel AI
(she/her)
Ines Thornburg
AVP of Customer Success
Splunk
(she/her)
Shalini Agarwal
Director of Engineering
LinkedIn
(she/her)
Krista Moroder
Engineering Manager
Checkr
(she/her)
Jess Zhang
Engineering Manager
Checkr
(she/her)
Vivian Chen
Software Engineer
Checkr
(she/her)
Michelle He
Software Engineer
Checkr
(she/her)
Melanie Cernak
Product Designer
Checkr
(she/her)
Claudia Weber
Business Engagement Manager, IT Accessibility Office
Intel
(she/her)
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