For 25 years, Bethany Plaza has been an energetic and outspoken leader in the IT industry. She has played a pivotal role in helping individuals and business thrive, while solving Technology challenges. Drawing on her unique blend of solutions-oriented strategic thinking and person-centered leadership development, she has helped a wide range of organizations meet and exceed their goals in business.
Bethany has owned and sold 5 companies ï¿½ most recently she sold her IT Services company to a publicly traded company.
Bethany is a master of team dynamics and recognized as a Change Leader in the ever-evolving IT industry. Bethany is able to help leaders develop cohesive models that value and integrate the myriad skill sets located within the organization.
More than a savvy professional, Bethany is a leader of leaders. While her clients regularly need help in the mechanics of developing a successful organization, they also need wise companions to motivate and guide them; to instill hope and confidence in otherwise uncertain circumstances. Bethany makes it her mission to help these individuals find success and fulfillment for both their businesses and themselves.
Bethany also serves as a National Director for Women in Technology, International. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimaginable possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.
Lana L. Webb is a technology leader with over 25 years of experience. Her current role is that of Director, Technology Risk for Union Bank in Phoenix, AZ. In this role, Lana is responsible for managing and mitigating risks identified by second or third lines of defense within the bank or by any external regulator.
In Lana's previous roles, at Western Alliance Bank, she was most recently Director of Enterprise Data Management, ensuring all data in the bank was accurately and appropriately used. In her first two years at the bank, she was Director IT Governance, Application Development, Quality and Access Management, working with all internal business partners on strategic initiatives and leading the partnership with both internal and external audit.
Prior to that, she was Senior Technology Initiatives Leader for GE Capital; a role she held since 2014. At that time, she was responsible for analyzing technology contracts for divestiture activity, process simplification, coaching and mentoring teams and ensuring compliance. In prior roles at GE Capital she has been the CIO of the Franchise Finance P&L, Process and initiatives Leader on the infrastructure team, and a Senior Systems Analyst at NBC. In life prior to GE, Lana held positions in an array of businesses from start-ups to software vendors.
In addition to her formal responsibilities Lana coaches process simplification, ITIL, Agile, is the Co-President of Ellevate Phoenix, and is on the WITI advisory board for the Phoenix region.
Lana earned her bachelor's degree for Business from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
Sathish is a passionate technologist known for driving enterprise scale transformation by seeding innovation and delivering through high performing and supremely motivated teams. He started his career coding in mainframe assembler, continually learning and reinventing himself to currently leading an organization that deliver digital capabilities for American Express Globally.
Sathish was one of the pioneers of AXP's digital transformation. He led the launch of several unique, industry-first, ground breaking digital products enabling strategic partnerships with foursquare, Facebook, twitter, XBOX, Apple, Samsung, and TripAdvisor. He also led the development and launch of key AXP network platforms such as Card SYNC, Smart Offers, and Tweet to buy leading the American Express journey from payments to commerce. Sathish's team launched the ability for AXP Card Members to Pay with Points in NY city taxicabs, from within the UBER app, at McDonald's restaurants and several online retailers such as BestBuy.
Sathish's experience in several technology leadership positions with American Express, United & Singapore Airlines has led to a diverse functional background in e-commerce, financial services, technology, airline operations, reservations and inventory management. He is credited with several patents in the payments and digital technology space.
Sathish has built a sustained culture of innovation, start up and extreme agility within his organization. He is consistently recognized as an innovative, strategic leader with deep technical expertise, infectious enthusiasm and for the ability to build and motivate high-performing teams!
A self-proclaimed Telecom "brat" brought up in the traditional PBX world and fell in love with impactful technology, Jessica has been helping customers improve efficiency and improve their bottom line during her successful career. Believing that technology discussions are based on quality of life for either IT professionals or end users has powered Jessica into a consultative business woman. Having experience in the work/life balance struggle while raising and supporting 7 children and a household provides a unique perspective for clients. Experience in design and solutions ranging from infrastructure to advanced voice applications including the entire network, WiFi and physical security ensures that all applications can live happily on the network. Jessica also serves the Arizona Technology Council, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona and as a Band Booster, Football Mom and constant cheerleader for the youth of our community.
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