Held on Tuesday, September 14th in conjunction with WITI's National Summit in the Silicon Valley, this is a great opportunity to compete for a meeting with corporate executives that could potentially propel your career skyward. At the same time, you will be contributing to the Women in Technology Foundation which supports WITI's Hall of Fame and Next Generation programs for girls and young women to pursue careers in science and technology.
With 19 years of experience in software development and 11 years in management, Raji Arasu has played technology leadership roles at some of the Silicon Valley's leading Internet companies.
Currently at eBay, Raji leads a team of more than 250 people in developing the global trading platform on which sellers and buyers connect. With more than 90 million active users globally and a total worth of goods sold of $60 billion in 2009, eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything.
At eBay, Raji partners with the business and product teams in ideating and delivering next-generation features for eBay users while scaling the application to handle millions of transactions every day. Raji is also an executive sponsor for eBay Women in Technology, which advances the interests of technology-focused women within the company.
Prior to joining eBay, Raji led technology teams at several companies, including marchFIRST and Oracle. Through these experiences she developed a strong product background by engaging closely with customers, building end-to-end solutions and implementing e-commerce solutions for medium to large businesses in the early Internet days.
Janice Chaffin is group president of Symantec's Consumer Business Unit (CBU), which includes Symantec's Norton brand, the world's security market share leader for consumer software and services. In this role she leads engineering, sales, marketing, strategy, business development, support, and services worldwide for the consumer group. In FY '09 the CBU grew to become a $1.8 billion business.
Under Chaffin's leadership, the CBU developed and launched Norton's 2009 products, which have won more than 150 awards and are the fastest, lightest consumer security products in the industry. She has also led an effort to expand the consumer portfolio, both through acquisition and internal development, to drive more customer value in areas such as online backup, consumer PC services and software utilities.
Providing the best possible customer experience is a cornerstone of Chaffin's leadership. During her tenure, Norton customer satisfaction and loyalty has reached record levels. For two years running, Symantec has received a STAR Award for its outstanding support from the Service and Support Professionals Association.
Most recently, Chaffin served as Symantec's chief marketing officer. As Symantec's first CMO, Chaffin built a global marketing operation, which was named as a leader in the 2006 IDC Marketing Performance Matrix.
Prior to Symantec, Chaffin spent 21 years at Hewlett-Packard in general management and marketing leadership roles. She has been publicly recognized for her career accomplishments and community involvement, including being named 2009 Best Executive in the 6th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business and, in 2006, to Women 3.0 Magazine's "Top 100 Women in Corporate America." Chaffin is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is the President of the Saratoga-Los Gatos Chapter of National Charity League, Inc.
Chaffin graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego. She earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Smart Grid is a Cisco project that aims to enable connected utilities to supply electricity in a more efficient and sustainable way, allowing consumers to gain better efficiency and control of their energy consumption. In her role as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Laura Ipsen shapes Cisco's Smart Grid vision and strategy, builds an extensive product and services portfolio, and manages a strategic plan for communicating to Cisco customers, partners, shareholders, and employees.
Ipsen is also the co-chair of Cisco's EcoBoard, which leads Cisco's comprehensive "green" strategy related to the use of information technology to achieve a positive impact on the environment and climate change. In 2008, Ipsen received the Women Making History award from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer for her work on environmental issues. In addition, Ipsen leads Cisco's Women's Advisory Group, which identifies and recommends gender-focused strategies as part of Cisco's Inclusion and Diversity Council.
Previously, Ipsen established and managed Cisco's Global Policy and Government Affairs division for thirteen years and was responsible for developing Cisco's public policy agenda and advancing governmental policies in support of broadband and IP-based technologies.
Ipsen serves on the boards of the GridWise Alliance, the Public Affairs Council, One Economy Corporation, and the Technology Board for Pacific Research Institute. Ipsen is the past president and chair of the board of the Organization of Women in International Trade and the past chair of the Board of Directors for the Information Technology Industry Council.
Ipsen holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Virginia and has studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan.
Todd Pierce has more than 15 years of IT leadership experience from a broad range of industries, including commercial software products, health insurance, clinical care and government. As VP of Corporate IT, Todd Pierce manages Genentech's CIT group, including IT strategy, planning, application development, operations and networking. In addition, he chairs the company's IT Strategy Council. Pierce reports to David A. Ebersman, SVP and CFO. He joined Genentech in May 2002 as Senior Director, CIT Operations, and was promoted to the head of CIT in October 2002. While at Genentech, Pierce established a clear blueprint for CIT's mission, strategies, projects, and communication channels. He has also enhanced the company's IT systems by upgrading its corporate-wide email system; improving customer communications at the management, desktop and call center levels; and implementing a cellular data service network on all Genentech campuses. In addition, he helped form the IT Strategy Council, a cross-functional team of senior executives who coordinate and set direction for all of the company's IT activities.
Prior to joining Genentech, Pierce was CIO and Director of Information Systems for the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency. Pierce holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Austin College and a M.A. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Tama Ruiz holds the position of Vice President Information Systems at GEICO. She launched her career with GEICO in 1993.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Social Sciences from University of Maryland and attended the executive education program at Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
She is a Certified Systems Professional and Life Office Management Association member.
Randall N. (Randy) Spratt is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer for McKesson Corporation. As CTO, Spratt guides the overall technology direction for the company's healthcare technology products, and provide support and guidance for application development processes companywide. As CIO, Spratt is responsible for all technology initiatives within the Corporation. Spratt has been with McKesson for more than 18 years, most recently as chief process officer for McKesson Provider Technologies (MPT), the company's medical software and services division based in Alpharetta, Georgia. He also managed MPT's Business Development, Information Technology, and Strategic Planning offices, as well as MPT's Technology Services business.
Prior to joining McKesson, Spratt held executive positions of increasing responsibility at the start-up Advanced Laboratory Systems (ALS), culminating with the role of Chief Operations Officer. ALS was acquired by HBOC in 1996, which in turn was acquired by McKesson in 1999, and Spratt took on responsibility for HBOC's laboratory systems business shortly thereafter. Following the acquisition of HBOC by McKesson in 1999, Spratt relocated to Georgia to become part of the reconstructed management team.
Spratt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with a minor in computer science, from the University of Utah.
Hugh Westermeyer is responsible for technology for Charles Schwab Advisor Services and is the Chief Information Office for the Charles Schwab Bank. Schwab Advisor Services is a leading provider of custodial, operational and trading support for independent fee-based investment advisors. The Charles Schwab Bank provides banking and mortgage services and products. Mr. Westermeyer is responsible for overseeing technology strategy, development and delivery for these two enterprises.
Prior to this role he was the firm’s Chief Technology Officer responsible for technology strategy, application infrastructure and for delivery of technology to support Schwab’s internal customer service organizations. In other roles at Schwab Mr. Westermeyer has been responsible for the start-up of the Charles Schwab bank (a de novo institution), management of Finance & Corporate Administration applications and management of internal fraud mitigations systems. He started with Schwab in the Electronic Brokerage Technology organization where he played a number of software development roles related to the start-up and growth of Schwab.com. Mr. Westermeyer has been with Schwab for 14 years
Prior to Schwab, Mr. Westermeyer held positions in software management, software development, project management, process engineering and business analysis in the banking and international shipping & logistics industries.
Mr. Westermeyer received his bachelor's degree in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two boys and is an avid (but sorely out of shape!) road cyclist, SCUBA diver and snow boarder.
Join us in the Silicon Valley for a career-propelling, high-energy, must-be-there event in support of the Women in Technology Foundation!
* The Women in Technology Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Foundation
Hope to See You in Silicon Valley!