2018 Technical Executive Forum Program Agenda

It’s Time to Step Up: Amplify. Empower. Innovate.

Technical Executive Forum (TEF) participants have long analyzed and studied the barriers facing women in the technology and computing industries. Now, we want to move beyond admiring the problem. As a collective, we want to understand the practices we can instill today to improve the industry tomorrow.

TEF 18 will focus on movements in technology, driving transparency, and opportunity for intersectional tech ecosystems, and data-driven leadership for strategic transformation. Participants will discuss how to foster intersectional allies and leaders, and how to ultimately create a culture of results in the tech industry.

TEF has consistently focused on the retention and advancement of women technologists. Each year, the TEF program caters to both returning and new participants by intentionally weaving prior year themes into the conversation with an intersectional lens. Previously, TEF participants have taken deep dives into intersections of temperament, gender partnership, and race throughout the technology and computing industry. TEF provides executives with a call to action to integrate into their leadership and bring back to their sphere of influence within their  organizations.

View the full 2018 TEF Agenda.

TEF Speakers

Distinguished Guest:
Professor Anita Hill, Senior Advisor to the Provost, Brandeis University; Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies, Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management

Featured Speakers:
Joy Buolamwini, Poet of Code; Founder, Algorithmic Justice League
Michelle Kim, Co-founder and CEO, Awaken
Cathy Polinsky, Chief Technology Officer, Stitch Fix

Panel Moderator & Roundtable Discussion Facilitator:
Y-Vonne Hutchinson, CEO, ReadySet; Co-founder & Advisor, Project Include

Lead TEF Facilitator:
Dr. Virnitia Hendricks, CPC, Head of Client Services & Operations, Quotidian Group

Roundtable Discussion Facilitators: 
Cynthia (Cindy) Owyoung, Founder & CEO, Breaking Glass Forums; Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Charles Schwab
Rachel Williams, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, StubHub

Lightning Talk Speakers: 
Kristy Friedrichs, Chief People Officer, New Relic
Molly Gantz, Senior Director of Talent & Development, Thomson Reuters
Puja Gubbi, Software Engineer, Microsoft
Yasaman (Yassi) Hadjibashi, Managing Director, Global Consumer Technology Head of Data and Analytics, Citi
Sarah Hubbard, Program Manager, Microsoft
Courtney Kissler, Vice President of Digital Platform Engineering, Nike
Alex Kroman, Senior Vice President, Engineering, New Relic
Brigette McInnis-Day, Chief Operating Officer SAP SuccessFactors, SAP
Shuchi Sharma, Global Vice President and Head of Gender Intelligence and Equality, SAP
Ross Smith, Director, Engineering, Microsoft