Breaking through Barriers: Climbing the Tech Ladder

Join WITI, Walgreens & Randstad Technologies as we bring together influencers and decision makers for a collaborative discussion to reframe how we think and what we do about the gender and diversity gap in the tech sector.

We will explore ways to advance women of all levels, backgrounds by addressing leadership and empowerment, creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and tangible next steps you can take action on.

Featured Speaker(s)

KEYNOTE: Suzzette Jaskowiak, Divisional Vice President - Pharmacy, Healthcare and Customer Engagement Technology for Walgreens, is responsible for the technology that enables 10,000 stores to process more than 3 million scripts on a given day. In her role, Suzzette leads both operations and application development Retail Pharmacy, Specialty Pharmacy, Heathcare Clinics and Techincal Field Services. She created and is the executive sponsor of Walgreens DiversIT resource group. With more than 25 years of experience across application development, infrastructure and operations, Suzzette has a broad spectrum of experience in consulting, technology and the creation and management of lines of business for organizations as diverse as Accenture, ABN AMRO and Forsythe. Suzzette is committed to encouraging girls to participate in STEM through organizations like Girls Who Code, Lumity, Girls on the Run and her local school districts.

Lori Hess serves as Vice President of Solutions and Client Delivery at AIM Specialty Health. Lori is touted as a strategic, results-oriented professional, with a solid background in business and system analysis, product development, implementations, software development lifecycle, strategic planning, and team building. A respected and dynamic leader utilizing technology and process to advance and exceed corporate, financial and service goals. Lori's zest for challenging herself starts every morning at 5 AM with rigorous strength and fitness workouts preparing her for her next competition! We will all learn more about "this" side of Lori on May 15th!

Kim B. Holmes, as a seasoned intrapreneur, has worked in financial services delivering enterprise class technology solutions in the insurance and banking sectors, both domestically and internationally. After 19+ years in as a Director in Business Technology at Discover Financial Services, Kim recently moved into a role in Talent Acquisition at Discover, focused on events and diversity recruiting. Kim is passionate about driving innovation through inclusion, working to create educational and professional opportunities for women and people of color. Kim was a founding co-chair of Discover's women's employee resource group and recently completed her term as chair of BOLD - Black Organizational Leadership at Discover. In 2016 Kim was recognized by Wnet - Women in Electronic Transactions - as its 2016 Diversity Champion. Kim currently mentors entrepreneurs at 1871 - Chicago's center for technology and entrepreneurship as well as high school students as part of the National Black MBA Association's Leaders of Tomorrow program. A graduate of Shimer College, Kim also earned a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from North Park University where she earned the designation of Certified Nonprofit Professional.

Dr. Jacqueline Kunzler is the Chief Quality Officer and Head of Compounding Operations/Quality at Baxter International, serving as a member of the Executive Leadership team, and on the Board of Directors of Baxter Healthcare Corporation and the Baxter International Foundation. Prior to her current role, she led Quality Compliance and headed the R&D Safety and Efficacy organization (Life Sciences)-interacting with Global regulatory agencies including FDA, SFDA, and MHRA . Her background includes undergraduate degrees in Biology and Medical Technology, a MBA in Healthcare Administration, MS in Toxicology and PhD in Cell Biology/Neuroscience. She recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton, U of Penn, and is boarded by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Sue Granquist is currently the Director of the Partner & Product Program Management Office for CDW. She is a proven leader in program management, business operations, medical device development and wireless telecommunications, with a focus on new program and product launches. Sue has an extensive focus on business process management reengineering (BPM), human capital and transformation in addition to being a Project Management Professional (PMP) with specialties in hardware and software engineering, operations, risk management, cost containment and global business programs. As a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in medium to large companies, Sue has managed both US-based and global project teams ranging in size from 3 to 72 professionals, for industries such as healthcare, telecommunications, consumer products and supply chain.

After years of project management experience, Sue received her Master’s Certification in Project Management from George Washington University in 2003 and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 2009, adding on a specialization in Marketing in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Aurora University in Aurora, IL. Sue is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is currently on faculty at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management while pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Global Business Practices and received The Distinguished Alumni Award for Service Achievement in 2012, Contribution to Learning Excellence awards in 2015 and 2016 and The Distinguished Faculty Award in 201. Sue i s also the Senior Contributing Editor for Black Gate Magazine where she has written a weekly pop-culture column since 2000.

Chris Martin
is the key stakeholder in driving business development and oversees the execution of the company's overall sales strategy with a specialized focus on retail account growth. Chris has been instrumental in the company's initiatives tied to utilizing big data to develop intelligent sales models for the entire organization.

With over 15 years in the staffing and HR solutions industry, Chris started his career with Randstad back in 2002. He moved up the ranks first as Account Manager, then as a Branch Manager, Regional Manager of Permanent Recruiting overseeing teams in the Mid-Atlantic to the NYC Metro area, and then transitioned to support all of Randstad U.S. by establishing the company's Enterprise Solutions group. In this role, Chris sold across service lines offering new business development and strategic account management to key customer around the country.

Chris graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the Isenberg School of Management.