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Keynotes & Featured Speakers

200 - Networking Breakfast - Welcome and Introduction
Carolyn Leighton, Founder/Chairwoman, WITI
June 2, 7:30 am - 8:30 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

Women In Technology International Founder Carolyn Leighton celebrates WITIís 25th Anniversary and launches the 2014 Women InTechnology Annual Summit with a warm greeting to all attendees!


206 - IBM Keynote Lunch - Wo(Man) & Machine: IBM Watson and the Future of Cognitive Computing
Alexa Swainson-Barreveld, Director, Emerging Watson Technologies, IBM
June 2, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6


207 - Combining Social + Big Data + Analytics = Socialytics!
Sandy Carter, CEO | CMO | Ecosystems | Business Development Information Technology, Silicon Blitz
June 2, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

Social is changing and evolving. In fact, Social has been lonely without data and analytics. Today's hottest Social trends are around Socialytics, which combine Social + Big Data + Analytics to help whip your business into bootcamp shape. Socialytics are essential to B2B and B2C companies! Like cardio balance weights in a workout, Socialytics teach you to have a balanced view of the elements and deep dives into Top 5 Trends driving business outcomes:

*Why trust and influence are paramount
*Velocity created by combining predictive capabilities and ideation
*How Social is the new production line
*The importance of social leadership for transformation
*Using social data to create personal marketing experiences

Bootcamp trainer and best-selling author Sandy Carter will share examples and proven best practices to whip your social muscles into shape. Don't be a social slug! Join our Socialytics Bootcamp and get socially fit.


301 - Keynote Breakfast - The Era of Big Data and Its Impact On Our Society
Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President, Big Data & Streams, IBM
June 3, 8:00 am - 9:15 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

The big deal with Big Data is the potential for this phenomenon to improve our day-to-day lives. Though still in its infancy, the concept of Big Data and advanced analytics promises to do just that. By incorporating the array of technology options now available, Big Data can solve a whole range of problems from discovering medical treatments to improving public transportation safety, while also enabling businesses to gain competitive advantage and customer satisfaction.


Luncheon
June 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6


WITI Summit Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

101- The WITI HackCamp
Bridget Boyer, Manager, International Sales, DHL
Zassmin Montes de Oca, Executive Director and Vice Chair, Women Who Code
Alaina Percival, CEO and Board Chair, Women Who Code
June 1, 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 4

All skill levels are invited to this NEW hands-on session where participants see demos, ask questions, and learn from one another about some of the hottest how-to tech questions. Get some help with "next step tech" issues you want answered, while also sharing what you know with others!


102 - What's Your Style of Leading Change? Boost Your Change Intelligence to Get Results
Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC
June 1, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm  •  Santa Barbara / Newport Beach

You know your IQ, you've probably heard of EQ, but what's your CQ? Just as each of us communicates, collaborates, and handles conflict in our own unique way, so do we each have our own style of leading change. And, just as we are much more effective in working with others when we understand ourselves and how we are similar and different than others - and can adjust accordingly - so we are much more confident and competent in leading change when we understand the various change leader styles. Through real-life examples you will:

* Learn the seven Change Leader Styles and assess your own
* Appreciate the strengths and blind spots of your style
* Identify targeted developmental opportunities for you to bolster your skills
* Determine ways to adapt to work more effectively with leaders of other styles
* Develop your Change Intelligence to lead successful and sustainable change for your organization, team, and career


103 - Developing and Using a Powerful Voice
Bill Lamond, Human Potential 2.0
June 1, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm  •  Seattle / Portland

Ready to move up? Voice is the power to present yourself with authority, to honor and express what is important to you, and to make your own, unique contribution to any conversation. Developing your Voice is a learned skill. It requires discovering who you are and honoring the unique perspective you bring to the table. The words you actually say are only 7% of Voice. In this session, you will discover and begin to practice the "invisible" 93% that makes Voice truly powerful and effective - self-confidence, style of delivery, physical energy, posture, tone, and point of view - that allows others to have confidence in you and supports your advancement to more senior positions and more satisfying professional and personal relationships.


105 - Employment and Benefits Negotiation for Women: Leveraging Your Worth
Karen Berntson, Principal, Berntson Law
Kim Gaxiola, Founder, TechGirl Financial
June 1, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm  •  Santa Barbara / Newport Beach

While every woman's career is unique, there are common professional milestones for many - from negotiating an offer of employment to asking for a promotion or a raise. Some may find themselves in a situation where they have to negotiate a severance agreement. Others may want to strike out on their own and start a business. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to negotiation, there are key issues to consider at each stage of employment. This workshop - led by both an attorney who specializes in employment issues and a financial planner who works with women in technology - is designed to give you a roadmap on how to pursue your life goals through effective management of your career and finances. To be discussed:
*Compensation and non-compensation issues to think about at each stage of your career
*The impact of your benefits over time
*How your career and financial management strategies go hand-in-hand.


106 - GPS Your Career: Navigate Your Path to Career Success
Bonnie Marcus, President and Founder, Women's Success Coaching
June 1, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm  •  Seattle / Portland

Are your talent and hard work getting you where you want to go? WHAT do you need to do NOW to reach your career goal? It's time to be intentional, proactive, and think strategically about reaching your career destination. Yogi Berra said, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else." Do you want to continue hoping your career will be successful without a strategy or direction? Or are you ready to take control of your career and learn how to move it forward in a way that works best for you?

This workshop will help you to:
*Understand the importance of strategic thinking in career planning.
*Learn specific strategies and tactics to help you reach your goal including networking and self-promotion.
*Create an action plan for your career.
*Learn specific tips to stay motivated and focused on your career.


201 - VISA Breakfast Keynote - Leading with Purpose and Passion
Bonnie Marcus, President and Founder, Women's Success Coaching
Puja Jaspal, Vice President, Human Resources, Technology, Visa Inc.
June 2, 8:00 am - 8:30 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

Before you can lead authentically, you have to find your own passion and purpose. Being truly aligned with your passion and purpose gives you more confidence and this leads to more success. It's a journey; some women achieve a good balance early on, while others seem to hold themselves back. This thought-provoking interview provides insights on how successful women in technology are breaking down barriers and achieving their potential by finding their passion and purpose.


202 - Big Data and The Internet of Things: Get Ready to Connect!
Susan Etlinger, Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group
Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CIO, Adobe
Kris Rinne, Senior Vice President, Network & Product Planning, AT&T Services, Inc.
Karen Walker, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Cisco
Tao Ye, Senior Scientist, Pandora
June 2, 8:30 am - 9:30 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

The ever-empowering Internet has enabled not merely the accumulation and analysis of information; "Big Data" is also the rapidly-growing ability to extract meaning: to sort thru masses of numbers (and video images, text, and more) to find a hidden pattern, an unexpected correlation, a surprising connection. Taking shape in conjunction is "The Internet of Things," a catch-all phrase to describe adding connectivity and intelligence to devices in order to give them special functions. The forecast is for 50 billion THINGS to connect to the Internet by 2020. What are some of the far-ranging impacts these developments might have on our lives?


203 - Insiders' Insights on Technology Trends
Nellie Bowles, Associate Editor/Tech Culture, Re/code
Kim Polese, Chairman, ClearStreet
Kara Swisher, Co-CEO, Revere Digital
June 2, 9:45 am - 10:30 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

In this "fireside chat" format, some of the world's most powerful women in technology will share their views on the most likely technology trends taking shape - and what impact they'll likely have.


204 - Women Leaders in Tech: How/Why Did They Choose a STEM Career?
Abbie Lundberg, President, Lundberg Media
Cora Carmody, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Jacobs Engineering
Cindy Elkins, Vice President/IT Americas, Genentech
Marie Gutgesell, Global Watch CIO, Nielsen Research
Sheleen Quish, former CIO, Ameristar Casinos
Theresa Wilson, EVP and CIO of Consumer Lending Technology, Wells Fargo
June 2, 10:30 am - 11:30 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

If high school girls do as well as boys in math and science, why do women comprise just 26% of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs? Why are women shying away from careers in STEM - and more importantly, what can we do about it? Is gender imbalance in STEM the result of a stereotype that can be addressed with proactive, supportive intervention in the formative years of a young girl? Or is it something more deeply rooted? This panel of women - leaders in technology all - will tell the stories of why (and when) they chose careers in technology, and the conditions and experiences that kept them engaged. They'll talk about their own mentors, hard-earned lessons learned, and the keys to their success. They'll share pragmatic, actionable ideas of what's already working and what more needs to be done to grow the ranks of Women in Technology.


208 - Personal Innovation and Business Leadership
Adrian Ott, CEO, Exponential Edge
Carolyn Crandall, Vice President, Marketing, Maxta
Anasuya Morrill, Veteran Tech Executive & Business Leader
Hayley Tabor, VP Global Industry Solutions, EMC
June 2, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

Each member of this distinctive panel has enjoyed entrepreneurial success and/or big-business innovation. Perhaps even more importantly - they exemplify how leading with team-based values set a foundation for growth within their organizations and for the personnel they lead. Each in her own way has a resolute collaborative belief system, with a focus upon leadership methods that foster empowerment and talent development. This session will explore some of the panel's long-lasting insights. Session Organizer: Nimma Bakshi, Senior Director, PwC


210 - "AHA!" Moments and Success Stories of Women in Technology
Orna Berry, Corporate VP, Growth and Innovation, EMC Centers of Excellence United States and, EMC Corporation
Jennifer Cambern, Vice President, Product Management and Chief Product Owner, ADP
Lama Nachman, Principal Engineer, Intel Labs
Lauren States, Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University
June 2, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

WITI loves a good success story! Come hear women relate personal stories from their own experiences: growth challenges, lessons learned, and rewards they earned on their way to success. Also included: some of the greatest "AHA!" moments in their jobs that transformed the way they thought about things...


211 - Rocket Science, Political Science, and a Bit of Elbow Grease
Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
June 2, 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

SpaceX is the American space transport company founded by PayPal co-founder and Tesla founder Elon Musk, with the goal of revolutionizing rocket and space technology to take space exploration to the next level. At the helm of SpaceX is President and CEO Gwynne Shotwell, responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. Gwynne joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 50 launches, representing nearly $5 billion in revenue. Gwynne is currently a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Space Security, and the Federal Aviation Administration Management Advisory Council. WITI has invited Gwynne to share the inspirational story of her rise within the aerospace industry to become an influential leader of one of the country's most innovative companies.


302 - High Tech and High Touch: Using Technology To Improve Human Connection
Barbara Trautlein, Principal, Change Catalysts, LLC
Anousheh Ansari, CEO & Co-Founder, Prodea Systems
Rebecca Bompiedi, SVP/Business Transformation, Philips Lighting Americas
Michelle Crosby, Co-Founder & CEO, Wevorce
June 3, 9:15 am - 10:00 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

This session showcases women involved in technological innovations being brought to market as a means to help families and communities live healthy, be happy, and enjoy life to the fullest. Included: energy-efficient and health-focused technology innovations from Philips; apps for in-home smart devices, networked appliances, and mobile lifestyle devices from Prodea Systems; and Wevorce, which takes a high tech approach to making divorces more amicable for families.


303 - Understanding Your Value Proposition: The Key to Marketing Yourself in Business Today
Bonnie Marcus, President and Founder, Women's Success Coaching
June 3, 10:15 am - 11:15 am  •  Seattle / Portland

How do you expect others to understand your value if you don't get it yourself?
This interactive workshop takes personal branding to a whole new level. It's one thing to identify your personal brand, but how do you use it to advance your career? Bonnie Marcus shows you exactly how to discover your value proposition and communicate and demonstrate your value for increased credibility and visibility at work and in your community.

You will learn:
- How to identify your unique value proposition.
- How to effectively communicate your brand value to create influence.
- Specific ways to demonstrate and leverage your value proposition in the workplace and in the community for career advancement.


304 - Unleashing the Power of Big Data to Capture Customer Loyalty and Robust Revenue
Rob Enderle, President & Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President, Big Data & Streams, IBM
Cheemin Bo-Linn, President and CEO, Peritus Partners
Yael Garten, Manager, Mobile Data Science, LinkedIn
June 3, 10:15 am - 11:15 am  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

Industry veterans present an integrated framework on how to quickly capture customers and build loyalty by unleashing the transformative power of today's innovative big data technologies. Visualize what your own functional role should be as you hear from chieftains directly responsible for product development, marketing, advertising, and finance describing their action plan that translated the big data value proposition into revenue. Hear case studies of success and how to avoid potential missteps. Preview the "Top 5 Issues, Solution Attributes, and ROI Benefits."


305 - INTRApreneurship: How to Succeed with Entrepreneurial Efforts Inside Today's Corporations
Sheryl Root, President and CEO, RootAnalysis;, Assoc Professor, Carnegie MellonSV + Stanford Univ
Sandy Carter, CEO | CMO | Ecosystems | Business Development Information Technology, Silicon Blitz
Lake Dai, Operating Unit Lead, Search, Quixey Inc
Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Managing Partner, DoubleNova Group
Ekta Sahasi, Vice President, Business Innovation Center, Konica Minolta
June 3, 10:15 am - 11:15 am  •  Salon 4

What are the challenges of creating new ideas, new businesses, and new markets inside corporations today? This panel of women, experienced in the area of innovation and new business creation, will share the challenges they have faced and the actions taken to address them. They'll explore new methods being tried to sustain innovations and creative talent. Also discussed: the skills and strengths needed to achieve success.


306 - Wearables: The Technology, the Opportunity, and YOU
Ben Bajarin, Director of Consumer Technology, Creative Strategies
Laura Borel, Product Manager, Jawbone
Alan Zeichick, Principal Analyst, Camden Associates
June 3, 10:15 am - 11:15 am  •  Santa Barbara / Newport Beach

Watches! Jewelry! Wristbands! Wearables technology is exploding as a market, and not only as a geeky fashion statement. Since the Consumer Electronics Show in January, dozens of exciting new products have emerged, and nearly every major tech player has announced a wearables strategy (or is rumored to be entering the space soon). Come to this expert panel and learn what's driving this new product category - and what it's going to mean for entrepreneurs, IT professionals, software developers, and interface designers. If wearables are the future, you won't want to miss out.


307 - Strategic Networking: How to Identify and Cultivate the Workplace Relationships That Count
Bonnie Marcus, President and Founder, Women's Success Coaching
June 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  •  Seattle / Portland

Do you just network with people you like, or do you network to help you move your career forward? Women are great at building relationships, but miss out on many opportunities because of their hesitancy to see networking as a leadership skill - and one that is critical for their advancement. Cultivating relationships and mobilizing them on their behalf is a key exercise of leadership. Learning how to identify the decision makers and influencers in your organization and building relationships of trust and confidence are necessary in order to successfully navigate the workplace.

In this session, you will learn:
*The importance of strategic networking for your career
*How to identify and create your power network in the workplace
*How to build relationships of trust and influence
*How to leverage relationships for your career advancement


308 - Hard-Earned Advice FOR Entrepreneurs FROM Entrepreneurs!
Amanda Coolong, Chief Content Officer & Advisory Board Co-Chair, Women in Technology International
Angie Chang, Vice President, Partnerships & Mentorship, Hackbright Academy
Holly Liu, Co-Founder and Chief of Staff, Kabam
Barbara Martin, President and CEO, Walrus Link
Chia-Lin Simmons, Marketing & Business Development Executive
June 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  •  Salon 1-2

Hear successful and up-and-coming women in tech discuss how they overcame their industry challenges - including advice for seasoned pros who have been ITCHING to become entrepreneurs, but are too scared to try. Bring your questions!


309 - Beyond Coding: Uncovering Today's Most Influential Technical Jobs for Women
Michael Winwood, CEO, Optomi
Jennifer Ceran, Vice President, Finance, Box Inc.
Petra Hofer, Chief of Staff to the CTO, eBay
Colleen Lindow, Vice President, Payment Operations, YapStone
Erin McCune, Payment Strategy & Financial Process Improvement, Glenbrook Partners
Yanrong Wang, Senior Director, Advanced Risk Science, PayPal
June 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  •  Salon 4

Today's conversations about women in technology often center around the fact that there are not enough women in engineering roles. While this is true, and more women should be encouraged to pursue these opportunities, there are also many women who have found success in a variety of high-level technical management roles. This panel will bring together experienced women who have other types of leadership roles in technology alongside their female peers in engineering. All of these women play instrumental roles in helping their companies stay relevant in a fast-changing world by applying their domain expertise, tools, and technologies to solving customer problems and building the next big thing.


310- Content Marketing: Blogging for ROI
Suzanne Baran, Content Strategy Director
June 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  •  Santa Barbara / Newport Beach

The Internet continually changes the way we share and consume information and this has a major impact on marketing. Companies that are mired in silo-ed business models need to find ways to become collaborative and nimble. More businesses are learning how to effectively reach consumers via the Internet, to engage with them in new and creative ways. Adaptive businesses have found success in creating a digital footprint by publishing original content. This does NOT mean planting advertisements throughout external content. Savvy digital marketing tactics offer branding and audience growth. Come learn:

* The top content marketing trends to dominate 2014
* Why digital marketing knowledge is critical
* Why content is at the forefront of digital strategy
* How to evangelize the importance of content marketing for your brand, product, service, or sector
* Tips and tricks of the trade


313 - The Women Empowering Code for America
Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing, Code for America
Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
June 3, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6

Code for America (CfA) is a non-partisan, non-political, non-profit organization that enlists the talent of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing communities. CfA projects provide a way for technological solutions to infiltrate old, off-line ways of doing things, and bring Internet speed and agility to the platform of government. Successes include an app that reduces a telephone directory-sized book about Boston schools into an interactive tool for parents to zero in on schools for their children. This session showcases Code for America Founder's Jennifer Pahlka, and Director of Community Organizing Catherine Bracy, to discuss how this inspiration became a significant reality - and how it's continuing to change government for the better, with tech and geeks.


Special Events

Founder's Reception
Carolyn Leighton, Founder/Chairwoman, WITI
June 1, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm  •  Poolside

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 Awards Induction Banquet
June 2, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  •  California Ballroom Salon 5-6


WITI Celebrates!
June 3, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  •  Sedona

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!


And more to be announced soon!

* Speakers and Sessions are subject to change