CIO Women: Rising to the Top of the IT Stack

Join WITI San Diego as we present a panel of CIO women, who will talk about the role, how they got there, what's different (or not) for them as women in the role, and what advice they would give to other women aspiring to the role.

Featured Speaker(s)

Bio, panelist Jeanette Sanchez, CIO, AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.:

Jeanette Sanchez is the Chief Information Officer for AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. and is responsible for the design, delivery and support of AMN technologies. Jeanette and her team are responsible for the deployment of next generation technologies that will enable business growth, improve client and healthcare professional experience, operational productivity and team member collaboration. Jeanette also oversees AMN's governance and security framework for AMN technologies and supporting programs.

Prior to AMN, Jeanette was Vice President, IT at CareFusion responsible for all technologies in the Medical Systems $2.3B operating unit and corporate functions (HR, Finance, Legal, QRA and R&D). Prior to her role at CareFusion, she served as Vice President Global Business Solutions at Mattel responsible for supply chain and corporate technologies. Prior to Mattel, she was Vice President of Americas IT for Bausch & Lomb and also worked for Edwards Lifesciences, Baxter International and Allergan.

Jeanette was recently awarded the 2015 Top Tech Exec Award for Public Large Business and the 2013 California National Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Women of California. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mental Health Systems and is a member of HIMSS and Society for Information Management. Jeanette holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and resides in Carlsbad with her husband Noah.

Bio, panelist Jan Marshall, CIO, Cubic Corporation:

Jan Marshall is a recognized leader in information technology with nearly 40 years’ experience in the field. She is a technology innovator with a deep understanding of tech strategy, program management, and organizational and governance processes. As leader of a team overseeing Cubic IT applications, infrastructure, and process excellence, she is responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives to our more than 8,000 employees around the world.

Jan has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing IT for various organizations. Most recently, Jan founded jlm Coaching and Consulting, a firm focused on transformational leadership and guidance of IT organizations. Jan was CIO for Southwest Airlines from 2006 to 2012, during which time the company transformed its financial platform, rewards program, website, mobile capability, and social presence in the industry. During her leadership tenure there, Jan drove the culture from continual turnover to one recognized by the industry in 2010 as a Best Place to Work in IT. Prior to Southwest Airlines, Jan was with The Feld Group/EDS for eight years, focused on applications strategy. She supported clients in Transportation, Consumer Goods, Financial Services, and Manufacturing industries.

Jan earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences from Purdue University and an MBA in Management Information and Services from the University of Dallas. She served on the Southern Methodist University and SAP Independent Executive Advisory Councils. Jan has received several prestigious IT industry recognitions, including being named to the 2011 Top 25 CIO of the year list and Computerworld’s Top 10 Breakaway CIOs in 2011

Bio,panelist Dana Di Ferdinando - CIO

Ms. Di Ferdinando, most recently the CIO at Intrexon, brings more than 25 years of professional experience in the management, engineering, analysis and implementation of integrated solutions for life sciences and technology companies. She led the development of the next generation of Intrexon’s proprietary technologies and managed their global IT portfolio. She also was CIO at Arena Pharmaceuticals, where she managed IT functions and oversaw enterprise business technology initiatives and application development efforts at Arena’s U.S., European and Asian locations.

Prior to Arena, Ms. Di Ferdinando held executive positions at major consulting and analytics companies Deloitte & Touche and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Ms. Di Ferdinando holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Bio, Moderator Donna Kruse, Region Manager, Teleproviders:

Donna Kruse joined TeleProviders in 2009, tasked with moving the firm upmarket into the large enterprise space. Based in the San Diego market, Donna is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience working with enterprise customers. Her tenure with companies including AT&T, Lucent Technologies and most recently Qwest Communications earned her numerous sales achievement awards as well as customer accolades.

In her role at Teleproviders, Donna helps her customers navigate the complex and often confusing process of sourcing co-location, cloud computing and connectivity solutions. Her expertise in is in high demand with enterprise clients in Southern California. Vertical areas of expertise includes Restaurant/Retail, Insurance/Financial and Medical Device firms.

Donna is an active member of Women in Business, AITP (Association of IT Professionals) and WITI (Women in Technology International), where she has hosted events, led training sessions, and moderated panel discussions on a variety of technology and business topics. She has also presented at multiple conferences including the San Diego Technology Symposium and the Channel Partners conference. Donna is also a member of Cloud Girls, a vendor-neutral community of female technology advocates focused on cloud education.

She holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Iowa.

In her free time, Donna enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, experimenting with new recipes using her husband's organic garden produce, and spending time with family and friends.

Schedule of Events

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Registration/networking/lunch
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Panel discussion
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Q&A, close

Questions: Jennifer Beckey, Network Director, 858-518-0859