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.

Michelle Bailey


Michelle Bailey joined WITI as it’s new CEO in May 2021. Prior to WITI, Michelle served as Group Vice President, General Manager and IDC Research Fellow for IDC's Cloud and Datacenter services. Her focus is on articulating the short-and long-term impacts of emerging and disruptive technologies for Enterprise IT vendors, IT professionals and Cloud Service Providers. This includes building market models, conducting survey research and leveraging advanced data analytic capabilities to provide clients with prescriptive guidance on how digital transformation will impact their business as well as providing recommendations for how to future-proof their organizational strategy.

Prior to joining IDC, Michelle was Chief Research Officer at 451 Research where she was responsible for shaping the research agenda for over 100 analysts on a worldwide basis, spearheading the development of innovative research products around voice of the customer and building enterprise decision maker panels. She also served as Chief Data Scientist at a big data startup and consultant to CIO's to determine the business value of IT for their organization.

Dr. Aditi Banerjee

Managing Director at Accenture, Cloud & Digital Transformation Leader

Business lead for Industry X Technology in South Market Unit of North America covering all Industries. Responsible for Sales, Revenue, Profitability, Chargeability and Practice Leadership of highly capable team. Industry X and Intelligent Edge business focuses on driving transformation with our clients in Intelligent Products and Platforms and Digital Manufacturing, Analytics and Operations. We drive business using wide range of capabilities in Engineering Digitization, Cloud Engineering Platforms, Smart Connected Solutions, Product As-a-Service, MES, IIOT, Factory of the Future, Digital Industrial Workforce, Capital Projects and Autonomous Robotics. The business enables transformation using Cloud such Microsoft Azure. AWS and Google Cloud, Edge, Security and Analytics.

I am also responsible for Global Client Account Leadership where I have complete business responsibility of Sales, Revenue and Profitability across all Accenture services sold in the account Strategy, Technology (Infrastructure & Applications services), Interactive, Analytics & Operations.

Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn

President and CEO, Peritus Partners

Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn is the CEO and President of Peritus Partners Inc., global data analytics platform and business/IT/marketing consultancy group, recognized for leading companies to increasing business valuation, next level growth, or merger and acquisition ("M&A"). Prior she led a multi-billion-dollar P&L as IBM Vice-President, and was also recruited to multiple C-suite roles (CEO, CMO, CRO) at growth companies in digital consumer internet, mobile, and cloud software. She currently serves as an independent director of BMCH, a leading multi -billion dollar public corporation. Prior, she served on 7 private and public companies in the US, Canada, and Europe, including Audit Chair of 2 of 3 US public companies. In 2019, she as honored as one of the "Top 50 Directors" by the Nat'l Association of Corporate Directors. Thru 2018 YE, she was Visiting Professor in Digital Tech (cyber security, artificial intelligence, data analytics, blockchain) at the joint EMBA/MBA program at the University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, and London School of Business. She was also recognized as one of the "Top Silicon Valley "leaders. She holds a Doctorate in "Computer-based Management Information Systems and Organizational Change" from the University of Houston and post-doctorate courses at Stanford University.

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.

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 Silicon Valley tech startups. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding 7 US patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization.

In China, Lake was employee #84 at Alibaba, led the product team launched the first generation of profitable products at Alibaba. At Yahoo! China, her team launched the first generation of web and vertical search products of China, 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 Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and Product Management at master programs in College of Engineering.

She is on the Advisory Board of Women In Technology International (WITI), the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology. She is also a Board Governor and Chairwoman of the US Chapter of QCH, a non-profit organization which fosters entrepreneurship for Alibaba alumni worldwide.

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.

Steve Katelman

EVP of Global Strategic Partnerships, Omnicom Media Group

Steve Katelman is the EVP of Global Strategic Partnerships for Omnicom Media Group, with responsibility for ensuring that the OMG agencies have unparalleled exposure and competitive advantages with their largest global digital vendors.

Steve has been with Omnicom since 1996 and has 35 years of advertising agency experience. He focuses on digital strategies and investments for many of Omnicom's clients . He is considered a programmatic pioneer having launched OMG's trading desk (Accuen) in 2008. Steve was also instrumental in the launching of Annalect in 2010, Omnicom's Data and Analytics practice.

An active industry participant, Steve is Omnicom Media Group's liaison for the 4A's (American Association of Advertising Agencies) and the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau). Steve has been honored by ADWEEK as a "Top 50 Execs Who Make the Wheels Turn" list as well as one of the "12 Stars of Adtech".

Steve graduated with a degree in Advertising from the University of Nebraska has also wrestled a 1200 pound Russian black bear (he has proof). Steve currently resides in San Francisco.

Amrita Kimmi Grewal

Managing Director, Accenture

Kimmi Grewal is an Executive in Accenture's Strategy practice. She has over a decade of business experience advising global Fortune 500 clients on their strategic growth initiatives with specific focus on changes to their business model and operating model strategies. Kimmi also holds leadership positions within Accenture's North America Strategy Women's Initiatives.

Kathy Lomax

Vice President, Office of the CIO, First American Title

Kathy Lomax is Vice President, Office of the CIO at First American Title where she manages the business of IT within the Business Technology Services organization which includes budget, marketing and communications, training, service desk, organizational change management, portfolio management, IT performance, governance, process, and methodologies. As an IT executive with over 25 years’ experience in leading financial services and healthcare, she’s led a variety of global teams across IT disciplines including infrastructure, web administration, application quality management, application support, IT finance and vendor management. Prior to First American, Kathy served in roles as Deputy CIO at L. A. Care Health Plan, IT Vice President and Sr. Manager at Capital Group Companies, and as Administrative Director at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Ms. Lomax has extensive experience in overseeing large scale projects and programs leveraging globally distributed resources with an eye toward budget control and continuous improvement and has demonstrated a proven ability to build and transform departments into well-organized productive business units.

Fueling her passion in supporting women, Ms. Lomax led the WITI (Women in Technology International) Orange County regional network for 4 years, earning her a seat on the Global Advisory Board Member since 2017. Additionally, Ms. Lomax has served on the board of SCSIM (Southern California Society of Information Management) since 2018 and is currently serving as Programs Chair.

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.

René Redwood

CEO, Redwood Enterprise LLC

René Redwood directs initiatives resulting in judicial, legislative, commercial, and political wins for public and private sector organizations. Ms. Redwood facilitates discourse on the case for equity and fairness, promotes policies that valuate human resources as an asset, and applies research and experience in identifying promising practices to reduce risk from and in organizational culture. Rene works with employers and nonprofit sector to transforms the workplace and communities with a focus on building and restoring trust with internal customers and external constituents; and conducting assessments, monitoring, training, and strategic guidance on racial justice, gender equity, unconscious and systemic bias, and abating barriers to individual and institutional success.

René Redwood is the CEO of Redwood Enterprise LLC, a consulting practice that provides data informed strategies to deliver people and process solutions to support the client mission. Redwood Enterprise provides services to mitigate barriers to inclusion; foster cultures to enhance performance in the workplace and respectful behaviors in community; improve workforce and customer satisfaction; and promote measures for organizational accountability and societal impact. Rene is often described as smart, strategic and energetic, and has been featured in Time Magazine, Elle, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, American Editor, ...

Ms. Redwood served on a court appointed Task Force to oversee a Fortune corporation's compliance with a historic discrimination settlement agreement and currently chairs the Equality Task Force for a Federal agency. René is a chemist by training and has been an executive or director for: a prominent polling and consulting firm; the Presidential Glass Ceiling Commission (Civil Rights Act of 1991, Title II); a coalition of leading legal defense organizations; congressional district offices; and political operations for a national party.

René Redwood is honored as a Freedom's Sister for "continuing the legacy of African American women for courageous, spirited trailblazing that has helped to shape our country" (by Ford Motor Company Fund and Smithsonian Institute) and received the "Women-Owned Business, Servant Leadership Award". She serves on: the Investment Committee for Ms. Foundation for Women; Board Chair Emeritus of NARAL Pro-Choice America; member of Parity Portfolio's Advisory Committee for Social Impact of Matterhorn Group at Morgan Stanley; the Advisory Board for the WNBA Washington Mystics; and on the Small Business Advisory Council and Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Committee for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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.

AJ Thomas

Head of People Products, Strategy & Operations, X, the moonshot factory

X creates radical new technologies to solve some of the world's hardest problems. AJ has the wonderful opportunity of leading the Human Experience Design (HxD) team at X. Made up of team members across People Innovation (XPI), Total Rewards, L&OD, and People Strategy & Operations.

AJ also serves as the Founder and Chief Explorer at BrainCandy Labs powered by Women in Technology International. BrainCandy Labs is a community of diverse and aspiring explorers focused on providing opportunities for young people pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics with a simple mission of bringing one million acts of curiosity to power the design of the future.

Prior to X, AJ served as the vice president of people and culture at, where she lead the overall talent acquisition, employee education, culture, talent development, and HR operations organization. Previously, she has also worked at several technology and brand recognized companies, such as T-Mobile, Nimble Storage (now HP Enterprise), Iron Mountain, Adecco and Infinera. In these organizations, she served in several leadership positions and tours of duty, including product, sales, marketing, employee development, global talent, employee engagement, internal communications and leadership effectiveness. She holds credentials at several of the nation’s leading institutions: San Jose State University, Stanford University and NYU, where she majored in business, advanced program management, integrated systems and organizational leadership.

Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill

Technical Executive

Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill is a Technical Executive with 30+ years of experience in: Security; Risk Management; Enterprise Products and Services. She has managed teams that built leading edge products including:

- The first database benchmark using experimental design techniques, the Wisconsin Benchmark which won the VLDB Best Paper Award;
- One of the first wireless LAN's with radio, antenna and IP Layer encryption at Sun Microsystems;
- The first Firewall Appliance, the Sun Microsystems SunScreen SPF 100 which also included a certificate authority and one of the first commercial IP Layer VPN's, SKIP, which won the LAN Magazine Product of the year Award;
- The first round-trip email marketing system with interactive Java applets that was a precursor to PayPal at Messagemedia;
- The first Managed Security Service at Counterpane Internet Security;
- The first virtualized automated test environments for application stacks, the StackSafe Test Center which won an ITIL Pink Elephant award.

Dr. Turbyfill was the first member of WITI in Silicon Valley and is a member of the WITI Hall of Fame. She is currently spearheading a Future of Work initiative as an Entrepreneur in Residence at WITI.

Dr. Turbyfill is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Elizabeth Xu, PH.D.

CEO & Board Director, CP Group

Dr. Elizabeth Xu, who is a world-renowned global technology expert, has over 20 years of experience in developing, deploying and supporting software-as-a-service, big data, and mobile enterprise software. Before she joined the C.P. Group, Dr. Xu was CTO at BMC Software and was responsible for the company's Central Technology Organization and Digital Service Management BU Engineering Organization.

Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu was group vice president of product engineering at Acxiom. She was the Global SVP of product development at Rearden Commerce, a partner at Business Innovation Services, and the Global 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. Recently, Dr. Xu was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) 'Hall of Fame' and in 2015 was selected as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's '100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley'.