Sneak Preview of the 2017 Women in Technology Summit

23rd Annual Women in Technology Summit

Come be part of the Sneak Preview of the 2017 Women in Technology Summit Event.

There will be micro-coaching circles, learn about speed mentoring, micro-panel, micro-keynote, networking reception, as well as to hear more about the entire Summit that will be happening June 11th - June 13th, DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose California.

Sneak Preview 1
Dealing with Difficult People

Frank Del Fiugo, Founder, Del Fiugo Consulting

Sneak Preview 2
Panel: How has attending the Summit impacted us?"

Moderator: Ronni Eloff
Panelist: Coleen Kane
Panelist: Helay Rahimi
Panelist: Karen Cornwell
Panelist: Janet Tsai

Sneak Preview 3
Speed Mentoring/Networking

Facilitator: Coleen Kane
Membership & Events Chair, WITI Regional network
VP of Recruiting + Strategy, The Mice Groups

Preview 4
Coaching Circles

Coach: Dada Nabhaniilananda (The Monk Dude)
Topic - How Meditation Reduces Unconscious Bias'

Coach: Sue Steinfeld M.A, ACC, CPCC
Topic - Impostor Syndrome and overcoming it

Tech/Mentoring Circles
Mentor: Ashleigh Johnson
Topic - Resume Critique / Tips and Tricks for a better Resume

Mentor: Jerrica Nicolas
Topic - Preparing for an Interview

Mentor: Anna Paderna
Topic: Resume Critiques


Featured Speaker(s)

Frank Del Fiugo
Frank Del Fiugo
Del Fiugo Consulting

Frank Del Fiugo is the founder of Del Fiugo Consulting, an executive coaching firm that helps today's leaders acquire a psychological understanding of individuals to help drive organizational and personal performance. Mr. Del Fiugo has decades of experience working with emotionally charged situations, addressing and resolving personal and professional conflict, resolving peer disputes, addressing communication deficiencies, and fostering leadership development. He works with public and private companies in Silicon Valley, southern California, and nationally.

Mr. Del Fiugo is a professional speaker and provides training on leadership, stress management, dealing with difficult people, and high impact communication. He is also the author of a book focused upon aggression and anger management. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and his Master's degree in Psychology from JFK University.

Coleen Kane
Coleen Kane
Regional Network Membership & Events Chair - WITI Silicon Valley
VP of Recruiting + Strategy - The Mice Groups
As the VP of Recruiting & Strategy, I bring to the role more than 20 years' experience in recruiting and staff augmentation, specializing in technology and healthcare technology, specifically in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) space. My primary role is to oversee the recruiting functions and develop processes and review and update growth forecasts.

I lead efforts to effectively manage client resources, contractors, and third party providers while defining strategies to develop and refine service offerings, revenue opportunities and the resources required to deliver those services.

In the end, it's all about client satisfaction and putting in place the processes to measure performance and anticipate needs.

My role also includes client and relationship management and business development. Responsible for further enhancing existing industry partnerships and services while working to establish new relationships that support The Mice Groups clients' needs and growth.


Janet Tsai
Janet Tsai, PMP
Aerospace Defense

Janet Tsai is a detailed-oriented team leader who is passionate about team building and employee development. A trusted advisor, coach, and mentor, she advocates positive thinking, and she champions and raises awareness in support of diversity and inclusion.

Within her 18+ years of working in the aerospace industry, Janet has performed in various roles from Security Administrator, IT technical support, project management, and IT business process and planning, staffing, training, incident management, and to managing IT Special Projects. She also serves as the chairperson for the Employee Resource Group Council (ERG) supporting 11+ ERGs. She is a frequent guest speaker and trainer for a variety of different groups. ERG awarded her as 2013 Woman-of-the-Year.

A graduate with honors, Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from University of California at Irvine. Janet is also certified in A+ PC Technician, HP Warranty Administrator, HP Warranty Technician, Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Yellow Belt.


Karen Cornwell
Karen Cornwell

Karen Cornwell is the foremost authority on product development and product management for customized engineering services. Karen specializes in strategic Product Management, Marketing, and Business Development with an emphasis on entering new markets, creating new services, and expanding the pie beyond the sum of the parts. She loves to work across business boundaries and get multi-functional groups to create strategies that turn market opportunities into product vision and market growth driven by a relentless focus on customer needs. Karen has helped teams to deliver customer centric products along with the tools needed to maximize product value in the eyes of the customer while inspiring and leading global teams to exceed individual and corporate objectives.

Part of Karen’s success, and one of her passions, is her understanding of the power of diversity. It offers the best solutions and is key piece to understanding customer needs. Karen speaks and designs programs for companies who want to improve their diversity leverage to enhance market growth and innovation, while watching their employee engagement spiral upwards.

Karen has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech industries of Silicon Valley. She has a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Engineering along with an MBA. Karen is also a proud Mom of a middle school boy and his younger twin brothers. She is an avid Scuba Diver and Camper, as well as a persistent gardener.


Helay Rahimi
Helay Rahimi
Social Media Director / Sacramento Regional Network
Management Consulting / KPMG

Helay Rahimi sits at WITI Sacramento Network Leadership Council and serves as the Social Media Director and supports establishing strategic alliance partnership. She is Microsoft and Cisco certified professional with academic excellence and proven record of professional work experience. She is a management consulting professional at KPMG with several years of diverse technical and business experience serving Fortune 100 client engagements with focus in Technology enablement, and Data & Analytics services.
She is multilingual and her knowledge and experience also includes strategically aligning IT with business goals helping to create opportunities that facilitate change, drive profitability and delivery of quality products. She has been an active member of KPMG Network of Women at her workplace and is passionate about technology and encourages women to embrace challenging and rewarding roles in the technology industry. Additionally, Helay serves at the leadership board for the TDWI Silicon Valley Chapter and stays up to date with trends in Data space.
Aside from her corporate and professional association work, Helay is active in pursuing healthy lifestyle, philanthropy activities and big advocate of promoting literacy and giving back to community.


Dada Nabhaniilananda
Dada Nabhaniilananda (The Monk Dude)

Dada is a yoga monk, a meditation instructor, an author, a keynote speaker and a musician. Born in New Zealand, he was ordained as a monk in India in 1979. Dada has performed and spoken in more than 40 countries, including in Brazil in 1992 where he appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama before 10,000 people. His book on meditation, Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind, is available in twelve languages. Dada has taught meditation at UC Berkeley, California, and speaks on mindfulness and creativity at corporations including TEDx, NVIDIA, LAM Research, Google, CISCO and Facebook.

Sue Steinfeld
Sue Steinfeld
Leadership & Executive Success Coach
Steinfeld Coaching

Sue Steinfeld is a Leadership and Business Success Coach, supporting leaders and entrepreneurs to increase their impact. She works collaboratively with clients in the areas of leadership development, relationships, increasing clarity, goal setting, and strategy. Ms. Steinfeld supports clients to lead from a place which honors their values and personal mission. She brings 16 years of experience leading teams for Whole Foods Market, Northern CA as the Director of Technology & Director of Learning and Development. Her education includes an M.A. in Psychology from Boston College; as well, she is a Certified Coach through Coach Training Institute (CTI).

Ashleigh Johnson
Ashleigh Johnson
Technical Recruiter

Grew up in the DC area and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011. She has supported HR and staffing initiatives in government defense and healthcare before joining Randstad in February of this year

Jerrica Nicolas
Jerrica Nicolas
Account Manager
Randstad Technologies

Jerrica Nicolas is a sales professional in the thriving tech industry. She is currently an Account Executive at Randstad Technologies. Her number one goal is to align the needs of clients to the right candidates and services. Before Randstad, Jerrica sourced net new customers at GoodData, an analytics distribution platform. Prior GoodData, she launched marketing campaigns, managed proposal teams and accounts at DeVine Consulting, and IT consulting company supporting the government sector. Jerrica graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelors in Public Relations and a minor in Women's Studies.


Anna Paderna, SHRM-SCP
Head of Human Resources - Electronics Research Lab
An affiliate of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Anna Paderna has over 15 years of Human Resources experience, much of it in the Silicon Valley. Her HR roots started at a top international law firm. Since then she’s established HR at hi-tech startups, ramped up high-growth organizations, and been through mergers and acquisitions. She is currently Human Resources leader at the Electronics Research Lab, an R&D site where autonomous vehicles and other electronic innovations are being developed. Here, she strives to strike a balance between the two very diverse cultures of high tech Silicon Valley and the #1 automaker in the world.

Schedule of Events

6:00pm - Checkin and Refreshments
6:15pm - 6:30pm - Overview of the 23rd Annual Women in Technology Summit with Q/A
6:35pm - 7:00pm - Sneak Preview 1 - Frank Del Fiugo
7:05pm - 7:30pm - Sneak Preview 2 - Panel
7:35pm - 7:55pm - Sneak preview 3 - Speed Mentoring/Networking
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Sneak Preview 4 - Coaching Circles/Mentoring Circles
8:30pm - Networking