Breaking through Barriers: Climbing the Tech Ladder

Join WITI, McKesson & 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)

Kathy McElligott is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of McKesson Corporation. As CIO, McElligott is responsible for all technology initiatives within the corporation. As CTO, McElligott guides the overall technology direction for the company's healthcare technology products, and provides support and guidance for application development processes companywide.

Prior to McKesson, McElligott served as the CIO of Emerson, a St. Louis-based global manufacturing and technology company, where she managed the company's information technology strategy and information security for its global operations, including hardware, software, and services, as well as its telecommunications and data center infrastructure. In her 15 years at Emerson, McElligott held a variety of executive positions including vice president of Information Technology for Emerson Industrial Automation and vice president of Information Technology for Emerson Power Transmission. Previously, McElligott spent 22 years with General Electric, holding multiple information systems leadership roles, ultimately becoming CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines.

McElligott sits on the board of directors at ArcBest, a publicly traded $2.8B freight transportation and logistics company. McElligott is also a member of the Arizona State University Industry Engagement Catalyst that provides strategic directions for ASU Fulton School of Engineering's programs and partners with other key business and technology leaders to set the course for engineering and technology in the region and beyond.

McElligott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer science from Kent State University and a master's degree in business management from Xavier University.

Emilie Ray currently serves as the president of McKesson's Transformation Office with more than 18 years of experience in the healthcare technology industry, including both the hospital and retail pharmacy segments. She is leading McKesson's multi-year transformation initiative working to support the operating model of the company, in addition to supporting the priority growth areas around expanded supply chain and commercialization services for pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers; enhanced solutions for the rapidly-growing specialty pharmaceutical market; and new offerings that will strengthen and expand the role of retail pharmacy in patient care delivery. Before this current role, Emilie served as the President of McKesson's Pharmacy Technology and Services business which included four retail pharmacy technology businesses serving community, retail, and health system pharmacy. Prior to that, she held a variety of progressive leadership roles within the former McKesson Automation business in software development, product management, and marketing working to deliver inpatient pharmacy technology to health systems across the country. Prior to McKesson, Emilie worked as a systems analyst with Deloitte Consulting working in the public sector.

Emilie serves on the Board of Directors for Innovation Works, the largest seed stage investor in Southwest Pennsylvania dedicated to service growth-focused tech entrepreneurs throughout the Pittsburgh region. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Women in Business Leadership.

Emilie received her undergraduate degree in Information Technology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Renee Schroeder leads Schwab's Core Technology Solutions organization which develops and maintains a variety of products and websites. Her teams are responsible for technology capabilities for Trading, Schwab's Core B/D Asset Transfer and Servicing, Banking, Retirement Plan Services, Charles Schwab Investment Management, Corporate Brokerage Services, and Client Reporting Solutions.

Before joining Schwab, Schroeder worked for USAA, where she led applications development, systems maintenance and customer support for USAA's Brokerage & Mutual Funds; Institutional Trading; Life, Health, and Annuities; and Wealth Management systems. Early in her career at USAA, she led Enterprise PMO, Software Development Methodology and Software Development Practice functions at the company. Schroeder has many years of Agile software development methodology experience and was a member of USAA's Agile Executive Steering Committee.

Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from St. Mary's University. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. Schroeder holds FINRA Series 99 registration.

Rebecca Caleb (Becky) is a Digital transformation leader with over 16 years in the information technology and financial services industry. She is currently the Senior Vice President at Bank of America leading the execution and delivery of multi-year transformation initiatives across Consumer, Small Business and Wealth Management Technology. She specializes in strategic enterprise wide transformations aimed at modernizing software delivery, promoting enterprise business agility, innovation and operational excellence for creation of better products and client experience.

She has an extensive background in Information Technology and Management, having held various leadership roles in implementing large scale technology integrations, portfolio management, driving agile transformations, application solutions development, testing strategies, infrastructure and business process reengineering at the bank and in prior organizations.

Becky is the co-chair for Asian Leadership Network, an employee resource group (ERG) for North Texas at Bank of America. She is an active mentor and advocate for diversity and inclusion, empowerment of women in technology as a part of LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) for Women, Women in Technology & Operations, Girls Who Code and Inter-Generational (IGEN) groups.

She holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Northern Kentucky University and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering.

Moderator: Angela Harris is currently the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Randstad US, with responsibility for talent management and development to advance organizational effectiveness for both the Randstad Technologies Group. Prior to being appointed to this role in 2014, Angela served as Vice President of Human Resources for Randstad US. Angela brings nearly two decades of experience and expertise holding leadership roles and advancing HR service delivery and excellence within some of the largest staffing companies in the industry. During her career, Angela has served as Director of HR for Spherion, Senior Director of HR for Todays Staffing from, and Vice President of Aurum Technology's HR Group for the six years prior.

In addition to her HR and staffing experience, Angela also served nearly 10 years in customer service and relations in the Banking and Auto industries. Her background includes establishing and centralizing customer call centers for banking operations, as well as holding leadership roles in Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Angela has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in communications from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She lives in Dallas and is active in her community, where she is a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program.