Lightning Talks: Emerging Technologies

Join WITI Bay Area for an afternoon of exciting lightning talks! Three incredible women who are experts in their own field will dive into topics such as crypto, AI, and cybersecurity.

Q&A and networking to follow! This event is open to all!

Featured Speaker(s)

Moderator: Estrella Bahns is a Sr. Account Manager at Randstad Technologies and has been a part of WITI since 2017. With Randstad - the largest HR Services organization in the world - Estrella works with local industry leaders to identify technical talent and solutions throughout the Bay Area. Estrella is originally from the island of Molokai, Hawaii and moved to San Francisco in 2009 to pursue a Hospitality and Marketing Business Degree. She has served as a member of the Host Committee for the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy group at her alma mater - University of San Francisco.

Meeta Dash is a customer-centric product leader with a track record of launching innovative products that solve real business problems. As VP Product at Verta, she is building MLOps tools for data science teams. Prior to Verta, Meeta held several product leadership roles at Appen, Figure Eight, Cisco Systems, Telefonica and Computer Associates with a focus on machine learning, analytics and monitoring.

Topic: AI - Stepping out of the shadows

From personal assistants and smart cars to drone delivery, artificial intelligence is touching every part of our lives. The promise of AI is no longer limited to research labs and academic papers. In this session, we will talk about what the most innovative companies are doing with AI and the real-world business values that they are driving.

Sarah Harvey is the engineering lead for the privacy engineering team at Square. Her background includes 10+ years of security/privacy infrastructure design, engineering, and research. Her current focus is in researching and designing security and privacy visibility tools to aid in risk modeling and development of new privacy-enhancing infrastructure.

She can be followed for cats and tech humor on Twitter: @worldwise001.

Topic: Data Privacy

What is anonymity? What is pseudonymity? What does it mean for data to contain identifiable information? Watch this short lightning talk to learn tips and tricks in the field to preserve privacy of datasets and how to avoid some common pitfalls.

Najah Roberts is an Experienced Chief Visionary Officer with an extensive background in the financial services industry. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Team Building, Public Speaking, Management, and Leadership. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master's Degree in Business. Her passion is educating the community and making sure that information is given to those that have been marginalized.

Topic: Crypto - Bitcoin vs BlockChain

What is Blockchain? Bitcoin vs. Blockchain, Is Blockchain Secure? Blockchain vs. Banks? How is Blockchain Used? Blockchain for the communities.

Schedule of Events

3-3:05pm (PT) - Networking and WITI Intro
3:05-3:35pm - Lightning Talks!
3:35-3:45pm - Q&A
3:45-4pm - Wrap Up and Virtual Networking