Agenda

September 15 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST

9:00 am

Introduction | State of the State

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network
Adriana Gascoigne, Founder & CEO at Girls in Tech

9:12 am

Opening Remarks

Speaker(s): 
Sandy Carter, VP at Amazon Web Services

9:19 am

Meditation, Breathing, and Focus

Speaker(s): 
Sonja Montague MacKay, Founder at The More Human Company

9:31 am

The Battle for the soul of AI-A Call to Action

Bias in AI is real and well documented. Who controls AI now? and how do we ensure inclusivity and power sharing in the future?

Speaker(s): 
Roselyn Carson, Global Leader, Black Senior Recruiting & Retention at McKinsey & Company

9:48 am

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Licenia Rojas, Former CIO at AMEX

10:05 am

Improbable is not Impossible

Identify your superpower by using lessons learned from Kimberly Ellison-Taylor and her journey from the inner-city of Baltimore to stages around the world.

Speaker(s): 
Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, Executive Director – Finance Thought Leadership at Oracle

10:22 am

Community
Fireside Chat with Maria Town

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Interviewee: Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities
Interviewer: Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network

10:49 am

Break

Stretching Session with Nike, Networking, and Expo Hall

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network

11:06 am

Experience
Breakout Session Track 1

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Sabrina Atienza, Head of Voice AI at Pegasystems, and former Founder and CEO of Qurious

11:06 am

Experience
Breakout Session Track 2: Reasons We Resist: A Closer Look at Procrastination and Ways to Overcome It

You wouldn’t be where you are today without some capacity to plan and execute. All of your successes and learning up to this moment are a direct result of your willingness to engage and take action. Even so, you may find yourself stuck at times, stalling on great intentions, unable to move forward. You may label yourself an “overthinker,” but is that really the full story? When we find ourselves idling indeterminately, even when an underlying impulse for movement or change is there, we need to take a closer look.

This breakout session will explore key reasons why we procrastinate on plans big and small, to help dissect and diagnose the root causes of our own internal resistance. Strategies will be discussed to help overcome these barriers in order to reengage and gain momentum, to keep us moving towards fulfillment and our best life.

Speaker(s): 
Marnie Rosenberg, Founder at The Crossroads Coach

12:03 pm

Community
AWS Panel Interview: The Blueprint for Success – Building A Transformative Career in Tech

Panelists share their personal journey in tech, what they’ve learned from the challenges they’ve encountered, and tools of the trade to help aspiring technologists and professionals thrive personally and professionally.

Speaker(s): 
Panelist: Crysta Dungee, Head of Inclusion Diversity and Equity Programs at Amazon Web Services Startups
Panelist: Mayumi Hiramatsu, VP of EC2 Networking at Amazon Web Services
Panelist: Kim Majerus, Leader of US Education, State and Local Government at Amazon Web Services
Moderator: Sandy Carter, VP of Worldwide Public Sector Partners and Programs at Amazon Web Services

12:35 pm

Lunch Break

Lunch + Networking + Musical Performance

Speaker(s): 
Dave Kim, Founder & CEO at Dave Kim Music

12:57 pm

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Glenda Pfirter, Global Vice President of IT at Lamb Weston

1:14 pm

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Alissa Abdullah, PhD, SVP & Deputy CSO at Mastercard

1:31 pm

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
McKesson

1:48 pm

Break

Networking, 30 Seconds of Tranquility, and Expo Hall

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network

2:05 pm

Experience
Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Judy Buchholz, Head of Commercial Sales for the Americas at Pegasystems

2:22 pm

Its Not Easy

Jacqueline is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at NielsenIQ and has been named one of top 50 most powerful black women in business.

But, it wasn’t always this way. Early in her journey, while in college, Jacqueline worked as a tomato inspector, video store manager and property manager…all at the same time. Hard work and exhaustion were unquestionable facts of life. What was harder, was the challenges she would face as she progressed into leadership positions as an educated Black woman with a passion for change.

Navigating race and gender bias is not easy, but Jacqueline vowed she would not let it hold her back. Today, Jacqueline continues to challenge bias, redefine the face of the C-suite and is passionate about building teams with diverse backgrounds, skills, gender and ethnicities.

Speaker(s): 
Jacqueline D. Woods, CMO at NielsenIQ

2:39 pm

Experience
Breakout Session Track 1 – Creativity in Writing Software

In this Breakout Session, Ed will speak as to why writing software is fundamentally a creative activity involving problem solving where the only limits are our imagination. The outcome of solving a problem using software may be automation, but the process of getting there is a creative one.

Speaker(s): 
Ed Schofield, Founder and CEO at Python Charmers

2:39 pm

Experience
Breakout Session Track 2 – Late Nite Art: A creative learning and development lab

Join us for an unforgettable, creative experience guided by Adam Rosendahl of LATE NITE ART. Develop meaningful connections, build creative confidence, and explore visual forms of communication. LATE NITE ART’s proven process has helped build psychological safety and spark imagination with over 100 companies across 12 countries.

Speaker(s): 
Adam Rosendahl, Chief Experience Officer at LATE NITE ART

3:36 pm

Break

Networking, 30 Seconds of Tranquility, and Expo Hall

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network

3:43 pm

Empowering Women in the Workplace

As the head of Product and Mobility strategy for Hyundai, Olabisi Boyle, will share her career journey as a female leader in a predominately male industry. With a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace she will share the challenges she’s had to overcome in order to have a seat at the table and offer tips and advice for those looking to make similar moves in their career.

Speaker(s): 
Olabisi Boyle, VP of Product & Mobility at Hyundai

4:10 pm

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Laura Drabik, Chief Evangelist at Guidewire Software

4:27 pm

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Nike

4:44 pm

Topic to be announced…

Speaker(s): 
Cisco

5:01 pm

Year in Review + Wrap up & Conclusion

Virtual Hackathon and Startup Challenge Winners Announcement

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network
Adriana Gascoigne, Founder & CEO at Girls in Tech

5:06 pm

Networking Function

Chat with your new contacts and visit the Expo Hall

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host, The Innovator’s Network

5:31 pm

End of Program

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host of The Innovator’s Network

We Believe in You

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Learn & Grow

Build your skills and explore personal development opportunities.

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Providing Inspiration

Hear executives, partners and luminaries share their vision for innovation.

Fostering Education

Expert-led workshops, best practices and exclusive product announcements.

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