2019 Technical Executive Forum Program Agenda

Intentional. Inclusive. Intersectional.

Building Inclusive Products and Services to Mirror the World We Live In.

Since 2007, the AnitaB.org Technical Executive Forum (TEF) has convened C-level technical executives from AnitaB.org Partner organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities their companies face in retaining and advancing women technologists. TEF is a key Organizational Transformation program, designed to guide organizations in their efforts to create diverse, inclusive and equitable tech workplaces. C-level technical executive participants connect, collaborate, and learn from experts and their executive peers on cutting-edge research and strategies towards advancing and retaining women technologists.

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TEF Speakers

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Ayanna Howard, Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair, School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing; Director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Co-founder and CTO, Zyrobotics
Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Pinterest
Steven Huang, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Culture Amp

TEF Lead Facilitator:

Rachel Williams, CEO and Co-founder, Miller Harper Williams; Head of EID Recruiting, X-The Moonshot Factory

TEF Roundtable Discussion Facilitators:

Lisa Lee, Vice President of Global Culture, Belonging and People Growth, DoorDash
Cynthia (Cindy) Owyoung, Vice President of Inclusion, Culture, and Change, Charles Schwab; Founder, Breaking Glass Forums
Maurice Wilkins, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fastly

Lightning Talk Speakers: 


Capital One

  • Julie Elberfeld, Senior Vice President, Card & Small Business Technology and Executive Sponsor, Diversity and Inclusion for Technology, Capital One Financial Corporation
  • Margaret Mayer, Managing Vice President of Software Engineering for Messaging, Conversational AI, and Innovation Platforms


  • Lisa Cochran, Managing Director and Head of Operations Digitization and Technology, Global Consumer Bank


PricewaterhouseCooper, LLP

  • Vicki Huff, Founder and Leader, U.S. and Global New Ventures
  • Jill Niland, Partner, Global Assurance New Products and Services, PwC


  • Oona King, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Walt Disney Animation Studios

TEF Graphic Recorders

Lead Graphic Recorder:

Emily Marko, Illustrator, Author, and Visual Strategist

Graphic Recorders:

Yen Azzaro, Co-creator, Y-Fi
Alicia Bramlett, Graphic Facilitator and Artist, Graphic Footprints
Rio Holaday, Culture of Health Leader, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Check out our previous TEF Themes below.

2018 TEF

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

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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: 

Panel Moderator & Roundtable Discussion Facilitator:

Lead TEF Facilitator:

Roundtable Discussion Facilitators: 

Lightning Talk Speakers: 

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2017 TEF

Theme: “Intersectionality in Tech”

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Keynote: “Why Tech Needs an Intersectional Approach to Build Truly Diverse Workforces and Inclusive Work Cultures”

Workshops: “Leave No Woman Behind: Understanding Intersectionality” and “Clearing the Path: Supporting Women of Color in Tech and Computing”

Panel: “Are You Ready to Advance Women of Color in Technology & Computing?”

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2016 TEF

Theme: “New Lenses for Driving Change: Innovative Levers for Advancing and Retaining Women Technologists”

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Keynote: “How to Harness the Strengths of Introverts to Transform How We Work, Lead, and Innovate”

  • Speaker: Susan Cain, Co-Founder of Quiet Revolution and the author of the bestseller “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking”

Keynote: “What’s in it for Men? Why Actively Engaging the Other 79% is Good for Women, Men, and Companies”

  • Speaker: Dr. Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities

Featured CEO Conversation: “Bold Goals: Changing the Landscape of the Tech Industry”

  • Speaker: Brian Krzanich, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center of Open Science; C-founder of Project Implicit; Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

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2015 TEF

Theme: “Fixing the Leak: Advancing and Retaining Women Technologists”

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Keynote: “Why Women Leave the Technology Profession”

  • Speaker: Dr. Nadya Fouad, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Keynote: “Implicit Bias and Barriers to Gender Diversity in STEM”

  • Speaker: Brian Nosek, Executive Director at Center for Open Science

Featured Executive Panel: “Strategies for Accelerating Gender Diversity”

  • Speakers:
    • Parker Harris, Co-founder, Salesforce.com
    • Pat McDonald, Vice President, Human Resources & Director, Talent Organization, Intel
    • Denise Menelly, Shared Service Operations Executive for Global Technology & Operations, Bank of America

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