Carolyn Leighton

Founder/Chairwoman, WITI

Acting Advisory Board Chair

Carolyn Leighton founded WITI in 1989 as a worldwide e-mail network for women in all technology sectors. At the time WITI was established, Ms. Leighton was President of Criterion Research, a research consulting firm for the high tech industry which she founded in 1984, as well as chair of the Core Competency Database Project at Stanford University.

Due to Ms. Leighton's leadership and vision, WITI has grown to be the premiere brand and worldwide organization dedicated to empowering women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

Ms. Leighton has 35 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur. In addition to WITI, she founded four start-ups in the high-tech, legal sectors and, most recently, the pet industry. She attended the University of Michigan and has a bachelor's degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College. Ms. Leighton was named one of the "Top 100 Women in Computing" in 1997 and 2000.

In addition to her continuing work with WITI, Ms. Leighton now runs a dog camp on the central coast of California.

Nimma Bakshi

Managing Director, Global Alliance, PriceWaterHouseCoopers LLP

Nimma Bakshi is a Managing Director with PwC's US Corporate Advisory Services. Based out of San Francisco, Nimma is a leader within PwC's Advisory Alliances Group, heading one of PwC's Strategic Alliances. He is also a contributing member of PwC's Global Technology Consulting Strategic Council.

With over 20 years of experience in the professional services sector, Nimma is recognized for his leadership of business transformation & technology alliances, negotiating partnering business models and operating high growth joint venture initiatives.

Nimma has managed alliance operations in across sectors spanning: technology and communications, health care and life sciences, financial services and insurance, energy and utilities, consumer products as well as the public sector. In doing so, Nimma has led multiple technology powered business innovation efforts & multi-party collaborative service models.

Nimma is experienced in discussing how alliances can leverage the impact of emerging technologies such as cloud computing and big data to impact business models and improve productivity. In terms of external organizations, Nimma is the Past-President of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, Silicon Valley (ASAP-SV). He is a certified alliance professional (ASAP CA-AM). Nimma is an active contributor to the Women In Technology, International (WITI) Annual Summits. He has also served on multiple corporate advisory boards in regards to business partnering.

Nimma's education includes a MBA with honors from the University of Chicago, a MS in Operations Research with honors, and BSEE from the University of Maryland. Nimma, his wife and children live outside of San Francisco, CA

Dr. Aditi Banerjee

Vice President of IoT, HCL

Dr. Aditi Banerjee is Vice President of IoT business at HCL. She is responsible for Global Business Development in HCL America across Lifesciences, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities Industries.

She has two decades of experience in Sales Leadership in Product and Engineering Services, Semiconductor Product Marketing and Technology Development.

Prior to joining HCL, Aditi led the Engineering Services business for Lifesciences, Healthcare, Semiconductor and Railroad industries at Infosys Limited. She successfully grew business in strategic accounts, expanded her portfolio in Global markets and acquired Fortune 500 clients. She drove revenue growth in IoT business across multiple industries, established ecosystem partnerships and won strategic deals.

In early part of her career, Aditi worked at Texas Instruments (TI) for 17 years in various roles. She was a World-wide Business Manager for Security and Authentication business and her business unit was in charge of definition, design, development and sales of ASIC solutions for Consumer Electronics, Medical Devices and Smart Grid markets. Prior to that, she managed Global Marketing for Analog and Embedded products/solutions in TI's strategic OEM accounts. Aditi began her career at TI in Research and Development of Semiconductor Technology and held a multitude of Engineering assignments. She holds 3 US patents and is an author of 13 Technical publications.

Aditi received her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, M.S. from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania and MBA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Aditi is a member of Advisory Board for Women in Technology International, Lead Co-Chair of the Engineering and Technology Chapter of International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, Industry Advisory Board member at Southern Methodist University at Dallas, Texas and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas. She serves as a speaker at International Conferences and Diversity Initiatives.

Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn

President and CEO, Peritus Partners

Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn is CEO and President of Peritus Partners Inc., an analytic platform and business IT consultancy. Leveraging her expertise in digital transformation and application of technology to drive competitiveness, she was IBM Vice-President and CSO, CRO, and Digital CMO at e-commerce, mobile, finance, and software companies. She has also been appointed to serve as Board of Director and Audit Chair for global public companies in Canada, US, and Europe and private health IT, energy, digital, and tech firms.

She was inducted to the WITI "Hall of Fame for Women in Technology", "Most Influential Silicon Valley Exec" Awardee, named "Top 100 CEOS in STEM," and invited speaker to the United Nations, Dow Jones, and British Chamber.

She attended the University of Houston earning a Doctorate degree in Computer Information Systems and Stanford University GSB Exec Program. She was appointed Visiting Professor on digital tech (AI, big data, cyber security) and marketing at the joint Columbia University, London School of Business, and Hong Kong University EMBA/MBA program.

Kelly Carnes

President & CEO, TechVision21

Kelly Carnes is a nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader, holding numerous leadership positions in technology business, government and law during her 18 year career in the technology industry. Currently, she is President and CEO of TechVision21, a global technology strategy firm whose clients include global companies, prestigious U.S. research universities, foreign governments and science and technology non-profit organizations.

Previously, Ms. Carnes served eight years at the highest levels of the federal government, first in the White House, and later, as a trusted technology policy advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce. Most recently, Ms. Carnes served as a top national advocate for technology business. As a presidential appointee, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Carnes frequently testified before Congress, represented the United States in negotiations with foreign governments, and served as a liaison to, and advocate for, the technology business community. She also directed the National Medal of Technology, America's highest award for technological innovation, and created GetTech, a Telly Award winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers.

Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career. As an attorney at a top national law firm, Ms. Carnes structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions. These included joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital transactions, technology development, licensing and marketing agreements, systems integration projects, and large-scale computer outsourcing transactions.

Ms. Carnes is known as a dynamic speaker and forceful advocate for industry on technology and competitiveness issues. She is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international technology and business conferences and has been widely quoted in the media. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

Amanda Coolong

COO and Chief Host, TechZulu

Amanda Coolong is a digital media executive best known for her role as COO and Chief Host of TechZulu, a new media company dedicated to highlighting innovative technologies in emerging markets. A born storyteller, she has interviewed hundreds of technology entrepreneurs through multiple platforms, from live streamed video to mobile, virtual worlds and VoIP chats.

An authority on new media, Amanda regularly moderates industry panels and mentors startups on the latest tools for audience engagement. She can be found producing live, interactive Web shows from well-known conferences like South by Southwest, BlogWorld, and CES. She is passionate about bringing greater context to news dissemination, and believes technology is the key.

Amanda is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Emerson College in Boston. She lives online as 'acoolong.'

Lake Dai

Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, PARTNER, LDV PARTNERS

Lake Dai is an Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a partner at the venture capital firm, LDV Partners.

For 20 years she has led product and engineering teams globally at Alibaba, Apple, Yahoo!, and Overture. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, and Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding several US patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization.

In China, Lake was employee #84 at Alibaba, launching the first generation of profitable marketplace and travel products. At Yahoo! China, her team launched the first generation of web and vertical search products, tripling Yahoo!'s market share within one quarter.

In the US, as a co-founder Shinect, a non-profit acceleration program designed to connect Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs to China's market, she has been helping companies build successful products and profitable businesses. She also mentors start-ups at various incubators including 500 Startups, Muckerlab, Lab360 and Shinect.

As Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she teaches Product Management of master's degree programs at Integrated Innovation Institute.

She is a Board Governor and Chairwoman of the US Chapter of non-profit Alibaba Alum which fosters entrepreneurship for Alibaba alumni worldwide.

Lake earned her MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and her B.S. from Beijing International Studies University.

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson (born 14 July 1951 in Zürich, Switzerland) is an authority on emerging digital technology.

Dyson is the daughter of Freeman Dyson, a physicist, and Verana Huber-Dyson, a mathematician, and the sister of the digital technology historian George Dyson. After graduating from Harvard in economics, she joined Forbes as a fact-checker and quickly rose to reporter. In 1977, she joined New Court Securities as "the research department," following Federal Express and other start-ups. After a stint at Oppenheimer covering software companies, she moved to Rosen Research and in 1983 bought the company from her employer Ben Rosen, renaming it EDventure Holdings. She sold EDventure Holdings to CNET Networks in 2004.

Dyson and EDventure specialize in analyzing the impact of emerging technologies and markets on economies and societies. She is mainly known for the following numbered sequence of media ventures:

  • Release 1.0, her monthly technology-industry newsletter, published by EDventure Holdings. Each year, Dyson writes several issues herself and edits the others.
  • Release 2.0, her 1997 book on how the Internet affected individuals' lives. Its full title is Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age. The revision Release 2.1 was published in 1998.
  • Release 3.0, her bimonthly column for the New York Times, distributed via its syndicate and reprinted in Release 1.0.
  • Release 4.0, her weblog. On March 4, 2005, this weblog moved to Dyson's Flickr account.

Dyson is an active member of a number of non-profit and advisory organizations. From 1998 to 2000, she was the founding chairman of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. As of 2004, she sat on its "reform" committee, dedicated to defining a role for individuals in ICANN's decision-making and governance structures. She has followed closely the post-Soviet transition of Eastern Europe, and is a member of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Council, along with Vint Cerf, George Sadowsky, and Veni Markovski, among others. She has served as a trustee of, and helped fund, emerging organizations such as Glasses for Humanity,, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Eurasia Foundation. She is also a member of the board for The Long Now Foundation, and is a part-owner of the First Monday journal.

Radhika Emens

CEO, Tanjah Partners

Radhika Emens is CEO of Tanjah Partners, a global management advisory company which focuses on high tech startups and small to medium sized technology companies around the world. Markets currently served include US, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, India, Latin America, Brazil and Japan.

Tanjah Partners provides strategic consulting and operational services to enable technology companies to:

  • Successfully enter new markets
  • Define the go-to-market strategy
  • Develop effective marketing for accelerating revenue generation
  • Define and validate their product roadmaps
  • Drive product revenue from sales, and
  • Attract quality Silicon Valley investment
  • Radhika is a seasoned business and marketing strategist who enjoys bridging global markets. She has worked with large and small technology companies, and has been a technology entrepreneur. She is savvy in international and multicultural contexts, is multilingual in 8 languages, and successfully leverages her multilingual and multicultural talents to further her clients' international business interests.

    She is US-educated with a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Chapman University, California and a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. She actively speaks on Doing Business Globally and Global Entrepreneurship at conferences and entrepreneur groups globally.

    She is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Plug and Play Technology Center (a Silicon Valley accelerator) where she mentors international startups, and she teaches an international business expansion course at NestGSV (a Silicon Valley accelerator). She is a lead organizer for Health 2.0 Silicon Valley Chapter, spearheading the effort on corporate partnerships for this innovation-centric HealthIT group. She also holds leadership positions with numerous Silicon Valley and international organizations as well as global women's organizations. She is a WITI (Women in Technology International) Advisory Board Member.

    Cathryn S. Gawne

    Attorney, Silicon Valley Law Group

    Cathryn S. Gawne, a shareholder of Silicon Valley Law Group, specializes in securities and corporate law. Her practice emphasizes the representation of entrepreneurs and middle market growth companies (both public and private) in connection with financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, partnership and joint venture organization and governance, and general business counseling. Her clients include entrepreneurs, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, investors, and non-profit associations.

    An active advocate for women in technology, Ms. Gawne currently chairs The WITI Foundation's Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (AWSEM) Project in collaboration with The Junior League of San Jose, Inc., a project designed to increase the interest of girls in science and technology. She is also a member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Ms. Gawne is the 2002 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is a frequent presenter at WITI events and for the USC School of Business and California AWED.

    Ms. Gawne has practiced securities and corporate law since her admission to the California Bar in 1982. She received her A.B. degree in International Relations from Stanford University and her J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law where she served as a Comment Editor on the UCLA Law Review. She is a Wisconsin native and an enthusiastic, though unskilled, golfer.

    Heather Healy

    Vice President and EMC Products Division CIO, EMC Corporation

    Heather Healy is Vice President and Business Unit CIO for the EMC Products Division and several Corporate functions. In this role, she leads the Business Technology Groups for Engineering, Manufacturing, Legal, Facilities, Licensing & Compliance, eBusiness, and emerging businesses. Heather is responsible for the strategic partnership between IT and these business functions, the exploration, definition, and delivery of technology-enabled business solutions to fuel revenue growth and innovation while improving business performance and efficiency.

    Prior to joining EMC IT, Heather lead the Strategic Planning organization in the Office of the CTO. In this role, Heather managed the development and execution of company-wide technology and business strategies, focusing on hardware, software, and services. Prior to joining the CTO's office, Heather spent several years in product management and business development within EMC.

    Before joining EMC, Heather held several key technical and managerial roles at Gensym Corporation, Oracle, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Heather is a past recipient of the Massachusetts High Tech Women to Watch award in recognition of Heather's technology and professional accomplishments, leadership and mentoring activities and her civic involvement.

    Heather holds a BS from University of Lowell and a Master's of Software Engineering from Brandeis University.

    Possessing a unique blend of technical and strategic experience and a passion for active mentoring, Heather speaks externally at many community forums with a focus on women in science and participates in the professional development of EMC employees globally.

    Niraj Kataria

    Diversity Executive

    Most recently Kataria worked as the Director of Diversity at JobTarget. In doing so he put together diversity packages for employers and also helped with the OFCCP packages for job distribution. These packages are sold to the employers and government contractors.

    Kataria is the former Chairman for DiversityInc. At DiversityInc he was responsible for starting the first print publication. For four years as the Chairman the revenues increased eight times since he started at the company. He also developed new products such as career center and newspapers partnerships for the up sell of diversity. Prior to DiversityInc, Kataria was President of IMDiversity, which also published The Black Collegian Magazine and The Black MBA magazine. Kataria raised $3 million of VC funds for the company and built one of the first diversity recruiting website. The company also built a workforce from 13 to 65 people in New Orleans.

    Kataria has 25 years plus experience working in Finance and with start-ups. The first 15 years were spent in Finance positions in various companies as Dun & Bradstreet, United Technologies, Gartner Group, and Moldflow. At Gartner Group Kataria worked in the finance department at the time of its IPO in 1992. At Moldflow, he was the Controller as the company prepared for an IPO from Australia to be listed on NASDAQ. With the two IPO experiences he moved to New Orleans to set up a dot com in the publishing industry -

    Kataria holds an MBA from University of Bridgeport in CT. He has spoken at various diversity conferences, emphasizing the business case for a diverse workforce and best practices for diversity in corporations and government agencies. He is an entrepreneur who enjoys working with venture capitalists and investment bankers when fundraising is needed for startups with growth potential.

    “I like working with growth companies and executing fresh ideas into reality," says Kataria, who resides in Southington, CT.

    Kathy Lomax

    Vice President and Sr. Manager, Capital Group Companies

    Kathy Lomax is a Vice President and Sr. Manager at Capital Group Companies, home of the American Funds family of Mutual Funds. As an IT executive with over 25 years' experience, she's led a variety of global infrastructure teams focused engineering and operations, quality management and currently leads the Investment Application Support organization. Ms. Lomax has extensive experience in managing large scale projects and programs leveraging globally distributed resources with an eye towards budget control and capacity management, and has demonstrated a proven ability to build and transform departments in to well-organized, productive business units.

    Ms. Lomax has served in a variety of global leadership initiatives including continuous improvement, IT service management design, infrastructure technology rationalization, IT role clarity/skills of the future, and IT offshoring as examples.

    Prior to joining Capital Group, Ms. Lomax served as Administrative Director at Loma Linda University Medical Center leading all aspects of IT Infrastructure including data center and print operations.

    Fueling her passion in supporting women, Ms. Lomax serves as the Regional Network Director for Women In Technology International (WITI), a professional advisory organization and the world's leading trade association for tech savvy women. WITI is focused on building, empowering and inspiring women through both technical and soft skill/leadership programming to help promote, support, and improve gender equality for Women in Technology. Ms. Lomax is also a founding member of Capital's ITG Women's Connect diversity community, fostering connections through local events, mentorships and a web portal for connecting, learning and sharing with over 350 women in IT.

    Adrian Ott

    Award-Winning Author & CEO, Exponential Edge, Inc.

    Adrian Ott was called, "One of Silicon Valley's most respected (if not the most respected) strategists." by Consulting Magazine. As CEO of Exponential Edge Inc. consulting, she was named Silicon Valley Enterprising Woman of the Year by NAWBO-SV in 2011 for her work assisting relentless visionaries to achieve market leadership and differentiation for their companies.

    Adrian is also the award-winning author of The 24-Hour Customer: New Rules for Winning in a Time-Starved, Always-Connected Economy (HarperCollins) which was named a Best Business Book of the Year in 2011 by Library Journal and USA Book News.

    Adrian is an expert contributor to Fast Company. Her award-winning work has also appeared in Harvard Business Review, Strategy & Leadership Journal, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, The Washington Post, and Forbes. She keynotes frequently at private client events, for major universities (U.C., Harvard Business School alumni, USC, Rice University), industry groups such as TEDx, and was the commencement speaker for Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in 2011

    Prior to founding Exponential Edge, she was an HP executive who was recognized in an annual report for "infusing HP with new revenue streams, new technologies, and new business models." She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley.

    Danny Phillips

    President, Present Sky LLC

    Danny Phillips is an award-winning media industry executive with 20+ years of US/international business experience in both operational and strategic leadership for digital and mobile platform development, marketing, trade show, consumer show, conference, continuing education, marketing services and publishing environments.

    He led some of the largest content brands in the European technology sector for both International Thomson and EMAP in London, prior to moving to the United States in 1996 to join Advanstar as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for media divisions serving the technology, automotive, licensing, entertainment and healthcare industries in the US, France, Brazil, Germany, the UK and Hong Kong.

    Danny now runs his own media consultancy - Present Sky LLC, specializing in M&A guidance and planning for strategic media buyers and investment management firms.

    Danny is 51 and lives in Laguna Beach, CA with his wife Marnie and son Cain.

    Sheryl Root

    Director, MS in Technology Ventures, Associate Professor, Integrated Innovation Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley

    Sheryl Root is a leader in Stanford's Executive MBA Program, Director of Hewlett Packard's Executive Account Management for Business Strategy, Director of the Strategic Change office at HP, and owns a winery in Napa Valley.

    Dr. Ruth J. Simmons

    President, Brown University

    Dr. Ruth J. Simmons is the 18th president of Brown University, and she is the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution. Previously, she served as president of Smith College, the nation's largest undergraduate women's college and one of the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country.

    Dr. Simmons was the 12th child born to sharecropper family in East Texas. When she was of school age, the family moved to Houston, where her father found employment as a factory worker and her mother worked as a maid while Dr. Simmons entered public school. With strong family and community support, Simmons continued her education, earning her bachelor's degree summa cum laude at Dillard University in New Orleans and her master's and doctorate in Romance languages and literatures at Harvard University. Her effort to understand how her own society could countenance racial cruelty and legally enforced segregation led her to a lifelong interest in humanities and other cultures. She studied in Mexico and France and later served as an interpreter for the U.S. State Department.

    Dr. Simmons has had a long and distinguished career in higher education. She has been a member of the faculties of the University of New Orleans, California State University, Northridge, Spelman College and Princeton University. Simmons has worked tirelessly toward opening higher education - particularly elite private institutions - to disadvantaged minorities, a mission she has described as "a matter of national salvation." At Smith, she established the nation's first engineering program at a women's college and started Meridians, a journal focusing on the concerns of minority women. Her achievements in higher education have brought her dozens of honors and awards including Danforth and Fulbright fellowships and nine honorary doctorates.

    Dr. Darlene Solomon

    R&D/Technology Manager, Life Science and Chemical Analysis Director, Life Science Tech Labs, Agilent Technologies

    Darlene Solomon has a dual role at Agilent Technologies. As Research and Development/Technology Manager for the Life Science and Chemical Analysis group and Director of the Life Science Technologies Laboratory (LSTL) at Agilent Labs, Solomon is responsible for research and development, strategy, investments, and product development processes in the life sciences. Her business expertise spans the life science, bio/pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. She has worked with technologies including mass spectrometry, microanalytical, micro/nanostructures, microfluidics, DNA microarrays, biosensors, separation science, and bioinformatics.

    Dr. Solomon serves on the External Advisory Board for National Science Foundation's Nanobiotechnology Center and the Policy Board for DARPA's Center for Biochemical Optoelectronic Microsystems. She is also on the advisory boards for the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at University of California, Davis, and the Ibis Institute for Women's Leadership. In 2001, Dr. Solomon was inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and the California Analytical Separation Science Society, and serves on the executive advisory committee for these organizations, now in their Agilent incarnations.

    Dr. Solomon holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Stanford University, a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she has completed Stanford's Executive Development Program. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and numerous Who's Who editions.

    Karenann Terrell

    Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Walmart

    Karenann Terrell is executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart). She has responsibility for the largest segments of the global Walmart Technology portfolio including Information Systems Division (ISD), Global Back Office Solutions, and Data and Analytics.

    Under Karenann's leadership, more than 5,000 world-class Walmart technologists support over 11,500 retail stores and membership clubs worldwide, under 72 banners in 28 countries. Information systems supporting the company's 2.3 million global associates are also maintained.

    The teams also power the domestic and international supply chains, merchandising, finance, real estate and enterprise infrastructure. Karenann leads a global team that develops innovative technology solutions that are integrating the digital and physical shopping experiences so customers get the products they want, in the way they choose, whether it be in stores and clubs, online or via mobile devices.

    Karenann joined Walmart in 2010 as executive vice president of information systems. She was promoted to chief information officer in February 2012.

    Prior to joining the company, Karenann served as chief information officer of Baxter International, Inc., where she was responsible for the company's global IT function, supporting businesses worldwide. Previously, Terrell was chief information officer of the Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America. She began her career with General Motors, where her responsibilities included manufacturing and engineering for the Cadillac brand.

    Karenann is a member of the board of trustees for the New York Hall of Science, a hands-on science and technology center. She also serves as executive sponsor of Walmart's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives.

    Karenann was most recently named the winner of the 2016 Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership, presented by the prestigious Fisher CIO Leadership Program at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. In 2013, Karenann was named "CIO of the Year" by the National Association of Software & Services (NASSCOM) and selected as a member of Fortune's Executive Fantasy League "Dream Team" starting line-up. She was previously named one of the "100 Most Influential Women in the Automotive Business" by Automotive News, as well as "outstanding engineer" at Kettering and Purdue University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees, respectively, in electrical engineering. In 2015 she was recognized by her alma mater as a distinguished alumna.

    Elizabeth Xu, PH.D.

    CTO & SVP Of Technology, BMC Software

    Elizabeth Xu drives technology as the Chief Technology Officer/Chief Architect and Senior Vice President of Technology at BMC Software. Responsible for BMC’s Central Technology Organization, she is a seasoned business and technical leader with over 20 years of experience in software-as-a-service, big data, and mobile enterprise software. Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu was group vice president of product engineering at Acxiom. She had also served SVP of product development at Rearden Commerce, a partner at Business Innovation Services, and SVP of product development at Vitria Technology. Dr. Xu’s career also includes several years at IBM developing the IBM Content Management Suite and DB2.

    A teacher, author, and mentor as well, Dr. Xu teaches “Ten Steps to a Successful Career” for Stanford Continuing Studies, and co-authored “Myths of the Promotion: 10 Steps to a Successful Career.” She holds one patent and has won several awards for leadership and community service. She was chosen for Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and is the recipient of 10 Stevie Awards for achievement in business.

    Dr. Xu serves as an advisor and board member for several organizations, including the National Asian Association SF and the Be The Change Foundation. She founded the Successful Women Acceleration Network (SWAN) and is a founding member of the Corporate Executive Initiative. Dr. Xu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Space Physics, two Master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and has completed the Executive Education Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.