Women In Technology - Leadership, Diversity and Innovation

Join the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Women In Technology International (WITI) for a panel discussion with Research Triangle Park area female leaders and executives.

Although certain IT and STEM jobs have not been traditionally held by women, the last three years have seen an increase that current women in technology hope to see gain momentum as we move into 2016.

As demonstrated by events and organizations like the Women in Technology Summit and Girls Who Code, women are interested in and excel in the technology field. By making women in IT a priority with real goals and accountability, companies and universities can help close the gender gap.

The feature presentation will be a panel where leaders share their career insights and experiences on:
o Determining the role diversity plays in their own career development and/or the organizations they lead
o Challenges and opportunities for Women executives in leadership and technology roles
o How their organizations leverage innovation, diversity and changes in technology to impact business results

Featured Speaker(s)

Kathryn Robinson

Kathryn Robinson excels at helping senior teams and their organizations identify, develop, and implement innovations in business models, offers, segmentation, and communications necessary to enter a new market, grow a startup, or re-energize a line of business. She is able to quickly assess and grasp the big picture, identify obstacles or potential for growth, and then develop and assist teams in implementing an executable plan.

Kathryn's experiences, success, and enthusiasm for finding innovation opportunities and bringing their potential to life through a pragmatic framework for success make her an excellent partner for leadership teams seeking to capture growth or enhance value in the markets they serve. Her keen ability to move from assessment to strategy and to results driven execution have been honed through her prior leadership experiences.

Tracy Doaks

Tracy Doaks joined DIT as Deputy State CIO and Chief Services Officer in November of 2015. In this role, Tracy leads the Shared Services Division (SSD), and focuses her efforts on the delivery of hosting services, network and voice connectivity and other related services to state agencies.

Prior to joining DIT, Tracy worked for Duke Medicine where she served as the Senior Director of Service Delivery. Her primary responsibilities included providing leadership and oversight in the execution and delivery of application and infrastructure for Duke Medicine. Tracy previously worked for the state of North Carolina as Assistant Secretary of IT and CIO for the North Carolina Department of Revenue, where she led all aspects of strategic IT planning, implementation, support and risk. In addition, her past work experience also includes managing clinical informatics at Blue Cross and developing applications at Accenture.

Victoria Thio

Victoria Thio is a Senior Software Engineer Manager working at IBM for over 32 years. She is a software development manager for Counter Fraud Management products in the IBM Analytics Business Unit and provides functional direction to a world-wide team. She has held positions as a software engineer for 18 years, a Quality Software Engineer staff member for 3 years, and as a manager responsible for development, test, build, install, and information development for 11+ years.

Victoria is passionate about enabling and inspiring women to pursue and be successful in STEM careers. She is an IBM Women in Technology RTP Co-Chapter lead, an IBM NCSU Pathfinder Mentoring Core Team member, and a Women and Math Mentoring Planning Committee.

June Boersma

As Lenovo’s Director of North America Customer Experience and PMO, June Boersma is responsible for the region’s customer service center, inbound sales teams and driving strategic projects around growth and improving customer experience. She is passionate about ensuring every customer interaction with Lenovo is handled with excellence and enthusiasm. June has been with Lenovo and IBM’s Personal Computer division acquired by Lenovo for 20 years in a variety of Operations, Sales Support and Finance roles.

June obtained her Bachelor of Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She is married with three high school-age children. She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and is involved in a variety of community volunteer efforts.

Nasrin Azari

Nasrin leads Mobile Reach in delivering enterprise mobile software solutions to corporate, SLED, and Federal organizations to support their mobile IT Professionals. Mobile Reach's Splitware Mobility Platform produces and supports NATIVE mobile applications that are rapidly developed and iterated for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry devices; these mobile applications are used to connect end users to a variety of enterprise applications, including BMC, ServiceNow, OMNITRACKER, HP, Peoplesoft, and others.

Teresa Spangler

Simply put, I love people; connecting people, helping people and discovering new growth opportunities for individuals, teams and companies. My history is rooted in commercializing disruptive technologies.

Innovative and compassionate business leader with proven results leading through change, uncertainty, disruptive markets and emerging trends. Strong experience leveraging technology, analytics and big data to support driving revenue results and building product/solution strategies. Connecting partners, companies and people building unbeatable partnerships impacting top line growth. Savvy in interactive & technology enabled marketing, e-Commerce & website and app evolution. Digging into a long-term corporate growth strategy while keeping an eye on the TODAY ball is a unique quality.

Schedule of Events

5:30pm - 6:30pm Networking and refreshments
6:30pm - 7:10pm Dinner and AITP business
7:10pm - 8:30pm Women In Technology Panel
8:30pm Meeting Ends

(*Dinner included in registration fee).