Advancement of Women In STEM Programs - Challenges & Opportunities

In corporate America, studies have shown women start to fall behind on day 1 and keep losing ground with every step. There continues to be a need for us to do more - as individuals and as organizations. We need commitments to more than just programs on gender and diversity. We need an awareness of the underlying causes and as importantly what steps can be taken to get us to the place where all women are equally represented.

At WITI our mission is to empower women to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. As part of an ongoing partnership, WITI and IDC joined together to conduct a survey on how gender viewpoints differ in the workplace. The survey touches on a variety of topics to better understand what factors have helped shape employees' careers and what challenges they face in the workplace. To better understand where gender might result in different points of view, the survey was fielded to both women and men.

Come join WITI, Randstad Technologies and Nationwide as we present a panel of insightful, influential women to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in STEM fields. Some of the topics our panelists will cover based on our findings in this year's research: job security, influence of mentors, career advancement and Inhibitors, navigating different points of view and lessons learned.

Featured Speaker(s)

Missy Meyer, AVP Document Solutions, Nationwide
Melissa (Missy) Meyer is currently Associate Vice President with Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio, where she serves as the Digital Transformation and Enterprise Applications Leader for the Document Solutions Department. In this role, Missy is responsible for leading a 400-associate team in providing print/finish/mail, image capture, and document composition services for all Nationwide businesses. She also works closely with business executives to drive strategy, automation, and continuous improvement efforts. Missy has a strong passion for driving a diverse and inclusive workforce, evidenced by her leadership of the Women in IT group.

Missy has worked at Nationwide for over 30 years and has served in a variety of areas, including Application Development, Data Center Management, Production and Availability Services, IT Business Management, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, Infrastructure Operations, and Office of the Enterprise CIO. Missy is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Business (double major in MIS and Human Resource Management).

Keri Speciale-Corbin, Senior Director, IT Infrastructure & Service Management, DHL Supply Chain North America
With over 18 years of experience in Information Systems Management, specializing in Keri is an accomplished leader, speaker and mentor. Her project experience includes small to large-scaled multimillion dollar programs in both the application and infrastructure spaces, including mergers/acquisitions, divestitures, IT security and core facility build out.

Currently, Keri is the Head of DHL Supply Chain North America IT and Service Management Build Organization, with a focus on improving relationships with the Vendors, Operations and customers, developing leadership standards and formalizing internal deliverable management.

Tracy Jones, Director Technology Governance, ascena Retail Group Inc.
Tracy Jones has been serving as Director of Technology Governance in the newly formed Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance (CSRC) team at ascena Retail Group Inc. since March 2017. Her role was created to establish consistent technology governance practices across all ascena brands (these brands include Justice, Ann Taylor, Loft, Catherine's, Lane Bryant, Maurices, and Dressbarn), delivery management strategy for all projects initiated within the CSRC team, as well as budget and capacity management functions for the team. In addition she has created centralized Third Party Risk Management and Security Education programs for the enterprise.

Tracy has a diverse background working in retail, technology consulting, and 15 years in the financial industry. She currently serves on the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Board of Directors. Her educational background includes a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Technology Management, both earned from the University of Maryland.

Amanda Egnot, Engineering Manager, Beam Dental
A mom, a musician, and an engineering manager, Amanda has nearly 15 years of experience delivering software. She’s been part of teams large and small, primarily in the insurance industry, delivering software using methodologies from Waterfall to Scrum to Kanban. Amanda is an empathetic leader who is passionate about building empowered teams and improving team culture through advocacy, trust and accountability. From technical talk, to process, to team building, to music and mom stuff, Amanda loves to talk shop and connect with other humans.

Katie Sasso, Data Scientist,Columbus Collaboratory
Katie received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2017. During her Ph.D. program Katie worked with the Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights (NCACI) and used her research and statistics skills to provide data-driven insights and solutions to strategic questions within Nationwide Insurance. Since that time she has been applying her training in statistics and experimental design to a broad range of problems across the many different industries represented by the Columbus Collaboratory's member companies. Her project work spans a variety of use cases from predictive modeling and natural language processing to automation and UI building.

Closing Remarks:
Heather Holliday, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Heather is the Communication Lead for an organization of 700 technologists around the world within the Centralized Transaction Operations & Document Management organization at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role, Heather works with executive leadership, business operations partners, and colleagues within the organization. Through various communications channels, she showcases the organization’s expertise, highlights their accomplishments, and communicates about important initiatives and changes within the organization. Heather is passionate about improving the employee experience and using her skills to make a difference at work and in the community. She enjoys solving problems and views challenges as opportunities to learn or try something new.

Troy Therien, Vice President, Midwest, Randstad Technologies

As the Vice President of the Midwest region,Troy oversees account management for 300+ clients. During Troy's twelve year tenure with Ranstad Technologies he has moved up the ranks first as a recruiter, and then an Account Manager, Branch Manager, Managing Director, Regional Managing Director and now Vice President, Midwest. Troy's experience includes serving small, mid-sized, and large accounts across all industry verticals.