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Comcast Keynote Lunch
Lysa Dahlin, Sr. VP, HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Comcast Cable
June 3, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

How Do We "Do" Innovation, Anyway?
As technologists, innovation and speed drive our work, define our jobs, and shape our work environment. What does it take to be successful? How do we balance these critical deliverables with the equally important factors of quality work and high job satisfaction? Comcast's senior technology team shares thoughts and experiences as we discuss over lunch how we define success in these areas.


EMC Keynote Lunch - Empowering Social Change Agents
Heather Healy, Vice President and EMC Products Division CIO, EMC Corporation
June 4, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Ford Keynote Breakfast - Chatty, Charming, and Cheerful??
Amy Marentic, Group Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company
June 4, 8:00 am - 9:15 am

What's the most challenging career advice you've ever received? Enjoy breakfast and discussion with Ford Motor Company's Amy Marentic as she shares the best and worst advice she's ever received, as well as her love of engineering and how she's parlayed it into one of the most senior positions in the automotive industry.


Breakout Sessions

102 - Shifting from Manager to Coach: How to Coach for Success
Jeri Mersky, Ph.D., Founder, JLM Management Consultants
June 2, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

What does it take to manage and lead others in the fast-paced world of High Tech? Google's research says the most important behavior is to "Be a Good Coach." How do you develop a Coaching mindset and put Coaching principles into practice? This interactive workshop introduces you to a framework and methods for becoming the Coach that will lead your team to the next level.

A Coach can be a manager, but has a different mindset. Managers believe their power is the key to getting things done; Coaches know that their team has the power to get things done... in either a mediocre or excellent way. A Coach's job is to create clear direction, high motivation, amazing teamwork, and excellent results. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the needed mindset and skills that allow you to be a "good coach," even if your official title is C-level, manager, or supervisor.

Among the topics we'll explore:
* How coaching and managing differ.
* When should you "coach"?
* What are the key skills for any Coach?
* Why and what "communication skills" are necessary?


103 - The Feminine Principle in Leadership
Bill Lamond, Human Potential 2.0
June 2, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

The full power, Voice, and contribution of women is seen by the United Nations itself as the KEY missing ingredient for having our world provide opportunity for all human beings. The Feminine Principle - with its central premise that everything is related - gives rise to global thinking at its best. Still, because of the way that the traditional Feminine Principle has been constructed, even women at the highest levels of leadership struggle with three basic issues:

* a tendency to put everyone else first;
* the lack of freedom to Voice their own unique truth and lead from it without apology; and
* the automatic programming from the past that tells women what their role is and rigidly expects them to play it, whatever the cost to their greatness.

Learn how to formulate powerfully your own unique, personal model of being a woman and a first-class leader, free from the old "military" leadership models of the past and with the inclusiveness, style, grace, spirit, and fulfillment that women value and embody.


203 - The Emerging Faces of Women in Technology
Amanda Coolong, Chief Content Officer & Advisory Board Co-Chair, Women in Technology International
Angie Chang, Vice President, Partnerships & Mentorship, Hackbright Academy
Danielle Morrill, CEO & Co-Founder, Refer.ly
Sophia Viklund, Founder, backCODE
Jennifer Wei, Venture Investor
June 3, 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Hear from some of the up-and-coming women in tech as they discuss their industry challenges, the opportunities that excite them, and where they could most use the advice of the women who paved the way. To be discussed: what it's like to be a startup co-founder in Silicon Valley; winning over counterparts in a male-dominated investment community; the challenges and opportunities of being a female developer; empowering young girls to follow a STEM path; and more!


207 - Catching the Wave: Top 5 Trends in Converging Social Media, Big Data, Analytics
Sandy Carter, CEO | CMO | Ecosystems | Business Development Information Technology, Silicon Blitz
June 3, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

As Social Business ramps up around the globe, innovation is emerging at a dizzying pace. What are the latest trends in social business, and how are businesses and institutions integrating big data and analytics into their social business implementations? What are the next steps for promoting deeper engagement for enterprises that have implemented social business solutions? Social Business Scholar Sandy Carter has the answers. Drawing on IBM best practices and her extensive travels meeting customers across the globe, Sandy will explain the latest trends in social business, and how your organization can benefit from them. Packed with real-world examples, actionable intelligence, and insights from the latest research, this is a one-of-a kind presentation you won't want to miss.


208 - The Art of Enchantment: How to Use Likability, Trustworthiness, and Innovation to Change the World
Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva
June 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Few people are more innovative than author / entrepreneur / Twitter guru / original Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki. In this keynote, Guy shares his experience with Apple as well as his study of dozens of world-class companies whose underlying purpose is to set new standards of innovation and change the world. He'll explain how the power of enchantment enables you to maneuver through difficult decisions, break entrenched habits, defy the wisdom of crowds, and get colleagues to work for long-term, mutually beneficial goals.


303 - Women in Tech: Attracting and Advancing Top Female Talent
Roycie Earvin, Talent & Strategic Workforce Planning Lead, Cargill
Suzy Jessen, Director, Global Talent, Ancestry.com
Simin Rousteau, Director, Human Resources, Qualcomm
Montreece Smith, Diversity Recruitment Program Manager, CA Technologies
Jennifer Terry-Tharp, Moderator - Director of Talent Attraction, AT&T
June 4, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The statistics are alarming. Although women today comprise half the world's population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020. Over two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing-related degrees. Women represent a vastly untapped talent pool. Groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster than do homogenous groups, and the presence of women in a group is more likely to increase the collective intelligence (problem-solving ability, creativity) of the group.

This panel of leading technology companies shares insights and best practices on how they attract and advance women in technical roles. If you're a business owner or leader and looking to grow your team, you'll benefit from the ideas shared. Or, if you're a woman in tech searching for your next gig you'll learn how to identify signs of female-friendly companies as you choose your next employer.


304 - Creating Killer Apps: How I Did It and Brought It to Market
Lorraine Akemann, Co-Founder, Moms With Apps
Nikita Kapoor, Founder & App Creator, Sprite Labs
Libby Roin, Founder, Polk Street Press
Jennifer Wong, Founder and CEO, Alt12 Apps
June 4, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Need some inspiration? Hear from women who had an idea for an app, and combined it with the drive and determination and self-confidence needed to make it a reality. What obstacles did they have to overcome? What suggestions do they have for navigating a crowded app store marketplace? What advice do they have for those just starting out or midway through the process?


305 - Doing Business Globally
Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Managing Partner, DoubleNova Group
Donna Kawasaki, Global Executive, OwlUPs
Shana Lynch, Managing Editor, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Daniela Mielke, Vice President & Head of Global Strategy, PayPal
Sonia Oster, CEO, Aprentica
June 4, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Is your company's vision global? Are you currently doing business globally? Are you interested in other global markets? What are the benefits and challenges?

Doing business globally has never been more important. Companies are often attracted to the prospect of business growth, and look to increase brand value, acquire new customers, take advantage of favorable market/legislative/labor factors, and diversify geographic risk. Besides language and culture, there are other factors to understand, including local laws, and business installation processes. A company may also need to establish trusted on-the-ground sales support and infrastructure to facilitate logistics.

If you're entering the global market to promote your product or service, you'll need to grasp market fundamentals and economics, competitive landscape, and brand resonance and awareness building. A marketing campaign that works in your domestic market cannot be automatically assumed to work in the target country.

If you're expanding your business globally, many of these market considerations apply. Additionally, building the right partner/distributor/ channel relationships are essential. By aligning yourself with the right partners and leveraging their networks, you're able to establish trust and brand traction faster.

This session provides useful insights on global business for beginners and veterans alike.


309 - Contracts: How To Get Them, Keep Them, Expand Them!
Lisa Castillo, Supplier Diversity, AT&T
Madison Gunter, Supplier Diversity, Cisco Systems
Pam Isom, CEO/President, ICE Safety Solutions
Lou Rosas, Senior Supplier Diversity Manager, AT&T
Barbara Wichmann, Founder & CEO, Artemia Communications
June 4, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Apply for a meeting with AT&T!

Big corporations are looking for women-owned businesses to supply the products and services to help them grow. The opportunities are out there - but sometimes navigating to find them can be a challenge. Learn how to take advantage of supplier diversity, which means that companies must ensure diverse businesses are engaged throughout their supply chains. This highly interactive panel will work with you on strategies to get these contracts, keep them, and help expand the relationship for years to come.


311 - Big Data: What You, The Consumer, Should Know
Cheemin Bo-Linn, President and CEO, Peritus Partners
Hulya Farinas, Ph.D., Sr Principal Data Scientist, Pivotal Labs
Rachel Kalmar, Ph.D., Data Scientist, Misfit Wearables
Laurie Robbins, Database Architect, Gems-N-Technology
June 4, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Big Data is BIG today. Consumers are generating more data than ever before, and not just the unstructured data in documents, messages, and emails. Think of all your social media posts, online profiles and social sentiments, online purchase data, and your engagement with content of various sorts. Additionally, consumers should be aware of how the data is being generated and how it is being used. What privacy issues should you be aware of? Companies are more interested than ever in harnessing the power of this exponentially growing data - to obtain actionable intelligence about their customers and gain a competitive advantage for their business.

This panel describes three areas of Big Data from the consumer perspective:

* The source of Big Data such as social media, Internet searches, and geo-data: How does it work? Who has access to it? What control (if any) do consumers have to what's made available to external sources?
* The consumption of Big Data: How are companies using this data? How is it different from other data? What impact will it have on consumers, and how will they be affected?
* Big data applications benefiting consumers: What applications exist that use Big Data, and are a direct benefit to consumers?


312 - Change Intelligence: Empowering Women to Put the Power of CQ to Work in Their Teams and Careers
Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC
June 4, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Do you struggle to balance getting your current work done with excellence against strategizing toward future goals? Are you frustrated that while you coach your team toward great results, you often feel stymied toward attainment of your personal career aspirations? As women, we often put the needs of others (staff, manager, organization) ahead of our own.

* How can we prioritize the many competing demands on our time and attention?
* How can we best put our positive power to work, at work?

Women who develop their Change Intelligence (or CQ) are better able to juggle conflicting priorities. Come learn how to help those around you be more productive as well as bolster your career success.

Through real-life examples you'll:

* Understand the common tendencies that unintentionally keep us from achieving what we want.
* Develop your CQ to positively impact your career, your team, and your organization through positive, proactive self-promotion.
* Emerge as a more competent and confident (and less stressed and frustrated) leader of change.


WITI Celebrates!
June 4, 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

A rare opportunity to mix, mingle, and enter fabulous raffles over yummy desserts - with Summit attendees, speakers, exhibitors - to schmooze, share lessons learned, and maximize networking opportunities!


Schedule Event

Networking Breakfast
June 3, 7:30 am - 8:30 am


WITI Summit Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

104 - Mobile Strategy and Development Workshop
Bess Ho, Partner, Archimedes Labs
Amanda McConnell, Head of Product, rent.com
June 2, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

What is your mobile strategy? From smartphones to Google glass, connected devices are now a critical component to reaching and engaging with your consumers. Learn how the mobile landscape is evolving and the questions you need to ask to develop a mobile strategy that works for your business goals. Industry experts Bess Ho and Amanda McConnell will walk you through the current trends in mobile and discuss key issues surrounding mobile today, including when to go responsive, tablet and eReader apps, and do I still need a web site?


105 - The Lost Art of Being Human: How To Make the Matrix Work FOR Us Instead of Against Us
Kim Castle, Host /Creator, KimTV
June 2, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Technology impacts virtually every aspect of our lives today. It's made our lives better, richer, and more productive. It's given us greater access to the world, to knowledge, and to each other; especially with advent of social media.

With over 2 billion people on the planet connected through the web and media-rich devices like smartphones and tablets, we should feel more connected. But we don't. In fact, studies now suggest that we have never been lonelier. And this growing loneliness is cutting us off from each other with every tweet, text, or update.

Learn a simple yet powerful solution for fostering a real and lasting connection with your customers - without the need to get rid of the devices that feed our growing addiction. It all starts with fostering something you were born with and born for. If you sense a subtle growing gap in your role in technology, even if you can't put a name to it, you won't want to miss this thought-provoking session, which will explore:

* Identifying the human gap in technology
* How to effectively steer a highly captive social-media/device-savvy audience
* The real power of brand in today's wired age
* How to capitalize on the tech-created phobia that now affects 66% of people on the planet
* How to apply brand strategy at the corporate and entrepreneurial level
* Why women have the advantage and the responsibility to steer technology for human good
* What you can do immediately to affect your role in technology and impact the whole


202 - The Fastest Track to the C-Suite
Anna Baird, CFO, Say Media
Penny Herscher, CEO/President, FirstRain
Lisa McVey, CIO, Enterprise Information Systems, Enterprise Medical Imaging, Automation, McKesson Corporation
Laura Sanders, General Mgr., Delivery Engineering/Technology; CTO, Global Technology Services, IBM Corporation
Cynthia Stoddard, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Adobe Systems
Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC
June 3, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

How can women position themselves as credible candidates who break through the glass ceiling or into a Board seat? How can your organization leverage the proven power of women's leadership at the most senior levels? Learn the road traveled by C-Level executives:

* Hear specific tactics you can apply tomorrow to make a difference for your career - and those of executive women - and the bottom line of your organization.
* Get exposed to what works, how to best channel your strengths, and showcase your effectiveness.
* Walk away with actionable strategies for positive self-promotion and a plan for the next steps in your career.
* Get yourself on the radar to achieve the influence and impact you were meant to: transition to the best-kept secret to the next big success.


204 - Science Serving Society: Reflections on Four Years at the Helm of a Federal Agency
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., Haas Distinguished Visitor, Stanford University
June 3, 10:45 am - 11:15 am

Dr. Jane Lubchenco was part of the "Science Dream Team" appointed by President Obama immediately after his election in 2008. She spent four years at the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after spending all of her professional career in academia. NOAA is a scientific agency that uses science to provide services such as weather forecasts and warnings (the National Weather Service) and navigation charts and to be a steward of oceans and coasts (e.g., by managing fisheries in federal waters, responding to oil spills such as the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and working to restore oceans to health). She will describe some of the challenges she faced during her tenure, some of the successes and failures, and some of the lessons learned.


210 - Building a Business Network... and Beyond
Heidi Roizen, Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Lisa Stone, Co-Founder & CEO, BlogHer
June 3, 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Silicon Valley entrepreneur, executive, and venture capitalist Heidi Roizen is also a "networker" of such caliber that she is the protagonist in a Harvard Business School Case Study on the topic. In this sparkling interview, Heidi shares her insights not only on building and maintaining a business network, but also what she's learned from being on both sides of negotiating table - along with lessons from venture capital which entrepreneurs as well as corporate executives will find invaluable.


211 - Where Technology Is Going
Catherine Ball, Ph.D., Vice President, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Ancestry.com
Marian R. Croak, PhD, Senior Vice President, Applications and Services Infrastructure, AT&T Labs
Michelle De Hertogh, Senior Director, Global Alliances & Service Provider Marketing, EMC
Liz Gannes, Senior Editor, AllThingsDigital
Laurie Yoler, SVP, Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies
June 3, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Informed insiders from leading technology companies provide perspectives on the latest developments in mobile, Big Data, telecommunications, storage, cloud, and more.


302 - Thinking Big: Get Noticed with Strategic Alliances and Partnerships
Nimma Bakshi, Managing Director, PwC
Adrian Ott, CEO, Exponential Edge
John Soper, President, New Paradigms Marketing Group
Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC
Norma Watenpaugh, CEO, Phoenix Consulting Group
June 4, 9:15 am - 10:15 am

According Harvard Business Review, a key skill for senior executives is the ability to create a "big vision" that extends beyond their organization and takes the business to the next level. According to this research, an unwillingness to take risks and think big is a key reason many women don't get invited into the C-Suite. Few products and IT initiatives today exist in a vacuum; ecosystems rule the day. This session explores the elements of identifying and building a successful ecosystem of alliance partners, R&D licenses, joint ventures, and other corporate collaborations. We'll cover the following:

* How to develop a bigger vision roadmap for your offering
* Identifying key partners
* Identifying the win on both sides of an alliance
* Working towards clearly defined, mutually beneficial goals
* Managing executives and other colleagues in the process


306 - 10 Strategies for Success in your Ventures: As Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, or High-Value Consultants
Joey Tamer, Consultant, Expert, JoeyTamer.com
June 4, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This workshop explores the not-so-often-mentioned disciplines required to step beyond "making a living" to creating success, freedom, and wealth - by working smarter, not longer or harder. These are the real "secrets" to success in any venture:

1. Creating your own personal power, authority, and value.
2. Finding and closing new clients, customers, strategic allies continuously.
3. Designing creative value-based fee and pricing structures that drive exceptional revenue.
4. Controlling your receivables (getting paid in advance for your product or service).
5. Simplifying and shortening your close of new clients and customers with clear and simple deal memos.
6. Defining the work you will deliver (and not deliver) without giving in to "scope creep" from your clients or unusual expectations from your customers.
7. Profiling and screening your prospects and target markets to avoid wasted time and cost, delaying your ramp-up to real revenue.
8. Knowing when and how to fire a client, reject a prospect, or refund a customer.
9. Setting boundaries, and saying no.
10. Keeping your Zen distance.

Come learn Joey Tamer's secrets for success from her 25-year practice in technology and in supporting clients to maximize their ventures. Included: lots of real-life stories of successes and failures, plus time for discussion.


310 - Young Women in Research: Innovations Impacting Tomorrow
Sharon Chou, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University
Medha Ghatikesh, M.S. Software Management, Carnegie Mellon U/Silicon Valley
Lata Krishnamohan, Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon U/Silicon Valley
Gladys Mercier, Director of Software Management, Carnegie Mellon U/Silicon Valley
Aditi Modak, Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon U/Silicon Valley
Sheryl Root, President and CEO, RootAnalysis;, Assoc Professor, Carnegie MellonSV + Stanford Univ
Priya Sundararajan, Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon U/Silicon Valley
Jia Zhang, Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon U/Silicon Valley
June 4, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Enterprising graduate students showcase their innovative thinking in technology research projects, including:

- Grabbing energy from the air to charge your cell phone
- Capturing both sunlight and heat for energy
- Dynamic storytelling for children
- Maximizing physical therapy while improving your golf swing
- Finding the path to pursue your passion
- Expanding your video viewing audience
- Securing your smartphone via user authentication

Following the presentations, poster exhibits of each project - accompanied by their researcher - will be on display in the Exhibit Hall for discussion and follow-up.


Special Events

Founder's Reception
Carolyn Leighton, Founder/Chairwoman, WITI
June 2, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Night at the Summit features welcoming words from WITI Founder Carolyn Leighton, offering a friendly networking environment for attendees to meet Summit speakers, VIP guests, and colleagues from around the globe.


Hall of Fame Reception

Hall Of Fame Awards Induction Banquet
June 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


And more to be announced soon!

* Speakers and Sessions are subject to change