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InnoTech Women in Tech Summit

2014 event information is below. Please check back for 2015 event information, coming soon.

8:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Registration for the 2014 Women in Tech Summit is $49.00 and includes a full day of dedicated sessions, a 30 minute one-on-one coaching session, access to all of the InnoTech Conference sessions, InnoTech keynotes, InnoTech exhibits and vendor seminars, and the 16th Annual IT Executives of the Year Awards Reception-hosted by AITP and the SIM – Austin Chapter.IMPORTANT NOTE: Access to the Austin Digital Marketing Summit & Austin CIO Gala Luncheon is not included with your Women in Tech Summit. Each of these special events requires separate registration and payment.
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2014 Women in Tech Summit Agenda – “Leading the Way”

All Day

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES Our coaching program includes 10 professionally qualified coaches with a wealth of corporate, entrepreneurial, profit and non-profit experience.  You may see their bios below. Your registration includes a private thirty minute session with the coach of your choice (first come first serve so sign up early).  What better opportunity to reflect, challenge your status quo and set some actions in place.Our coaches will be available throughout the entire day beginning at 8:30 and concluding at 4:30 so you may customize your schedule.

8:00am – 8:50am

InnoTech Keynote

8:00am – 9:00am

Optional Networking

9:00am – 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Joanne-Corum_80Joanne Corum, Sr. Director, AMAT
LM09_80Laura McCanlies, Sr. IT Business Solutions Manager, Tokyo Electron

9:10am – 10:00am

 Women in Tech Summit Opening Keynote
Join us for a fireside chat with BDP International CIO Angela Yochem.
Yochem_Angela_80Angela Yochem
Chief Information Officer, BDP International
Janelle-Monney_80Janelle Monney
Founder and Managing Partner, The Monney Group, LLC,

11:00am – 12:30pm

Women in Tech Summit Networking Lunch – Leading With Passion
Leading with passion as your fuel enables positive outcomes.  Jen Grogono, CEO at uDesign, Inc. and Natalie Gatz, National Account Manager at Insight Global, will share their stories on how leading with their passion has enabled their success.  Next we will embark on a networking journey facilitating passionate connections!
natalie_gatz_80Natalie Gatz
National Account Manager, Insight Global
Rhonda_80Rhonda Parouty
Senior Manager of Business Strategy and Operations, HP Software, Enterprise Security Product division
jen_grogono_80Jen Grogono
Chief Executive Officer, uStudio, Inc.
mikegeehan 80Mike Geehan
Cloud Consulting Manager, HP Software PSO

12:45pm – 1:45pm

 Barriers to Innovation and How to Break Them Down
Do you think you can be Innovative if your companies’ polices would just get out of the way?  What about removing those barriers?  Kerry O’Conner has taken on innovation in some of the most red tape covered environments….. Government!  She will walk through some of the common barriers and have the audience using some innovative thinking to find solutions to those barriers.  This will be an interactive session so please come with your heart and mind engaged.
kerry_80Kerry O’Connor
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Austin

1:45pm – 2:30pm

InnoTech Happy 45 Minutes Networking Reception
Network with your peers and enjoy free beer/wine and prizes

2:30pm – 3:20pm

Case Study “Leading Innovation: IT & Marketing”
The IT department builds things that scale and last, while marketing strives to provide solutions to answer customer needs – preferably before they know they need them. How can these organizations move forward together?   Come hear about the changes taking place at Freescale to help blur the lines between IT and Marketing and create one efficient team, focused on the customer.
Christine_80Christine Deliance
IT Senior Manager of Customer Experience & Digital Solutions
john_dixon_80John Dixon
Director for Corporate Marketing

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Leading Through Relationships with Effective Communication
Leading Through Relationships explores the importance of being a productive and motivated team member that effectively communicates and builds long-lasting relationships.
Terry-Woodworth_80Terry Woodworth
Assistant Vice President | Enterprise Infrastructure & Business Intelligence, USAA
mnievaardpic_80Michele Nievaard, Assistant Vice President of Business Solutions, USAA
Laura Webb Professional Photo 80Laura Webb, Director of Business Development, Sactech
Carrie MCCaslin 80Carrie McCaslin
Director, Keller Williams Realty International

3:30pm – 4:20pm, Room 10C

How to Be a STEM Role Model and Super Hero
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals are creative problem solvers essential to our health, happiness and safety. Explore how to describe your technology career in a way that excites kids, college students, and the public about engineering. Participants will learn the “Recipe for Role Model Success” (Techbridge’s Role Models Matter Curriculum) and fabulous in-person and online resources to engage as a STEM role model and STEM super hero in classrooms, after school programs and beyond.
TriciaBerry_80Tricia Berry
Director, Women in Engineering Program (WEP)


Closing Comments
Our coaching program includes 10 professionally qualified coaches with a wealth of corporate, entrepreneurial, profit and non-profit experience.  You may see their bios below. Your registration includes a private thirty minute session with the coach of your choice (first come first serve so sign up early).  What better opportunity to reflect, challenge your status quo and set some actions in place.Our coaches will be available throughout the entire day beginning at 8:30 and concluding at 4:30 so you may customize your schedule.
Current Coaches Include:
Aruni photoAruni Gunasegaram
VP of Client Services & Operations at Querium Corporation
Aruni is currently the VP of Client Services & Operations at Querium Corporation, an educational technology company based in Austin, Texas.  She was co-founder and President of Isochron Data, a web & mobile application company targeting the vending & packaged ice industries where she closed the company’s first $1 million in customer contracts, raised $15 million in equity financing, and built a team of 40 employees. Later, she founded Babble Soft, a web & mobile application company targeted at parents.Previously, Aruni served as the Director of Operations at the Austin Technology Incubator where she worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and managed internal operations of the incubator.  She is currently one of two UT MBA+ Project Coaches where she assists student teams in project scoping and definition with both large enterprises and start-up companies.  She consults for numerous start-up companies in the areas of operations, client services, fundraising, and growth. As an adjunct lecturer at UT Austin’s McComb’s school of business, she helped launch the first undergraduate entrepreneurship class.  She is a blogger at as well as a published author. She is also a key founding parent of the Magellan International School as well as an amateur singer/songwriter with songs published on iTunes. You can find Aruni on LinkedIn here: arunisita
 Sam CoursenSam Coursen
Consultant, Former CIO
Sam Coursen has broad experience across multiple business areas including information technology, professional consulting services, support services, product management, and R&D. With thirteen years of successful experience as Fortune 500 CIO, he has a proven leadership ability and a focus on delivering business results. This focus has involved significant experience managing global operations and high performing, result oriented professional organizations. Sam credits this to a deep knowledge and experience in all aspects of IT application and infrastructure technologies (including both Oracle ERP and SAP ERP) plus extensive knowledge and experience in IT vendor management and outsourcing.
 stephen_elkins 80Stephen Elkins
Chief Information Officer, Communications & Technology Management, City of Austin
Mr. Stephen Elkins serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). As CIO, Mr. Elkins oversees the Department’s use of information technology to improve performance and manage risk across the City’s overall organization. Mr. Elkins leads the Department’s enterprise architecture, information systems, information technology governance, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department. Mr. Elkins came to the City of Austin with over 17 years of senior management experience at Applied Materials. His career includes managing global service operations and leading a global technical training center. In his earlier days at the City, he served as the Manager for the Project Management Office at CTM. He was then appointed as Director of the Small, Minority Business Resources department, prior to this appointment as CIO.
 Vijay's-Photo-80Vijay George, P.E.
Vijay George is the CTO and Director of Innovation and Technology for the Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA). This division provides technology services and the communications backbone for the 3,000 employee organization that supports the financial systems for the State of Texas including tax, accounting, treasury, and procurement for the $100B State government. Prior to the CPA, Vijay was the Chief Information Officer for LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), where he was the Executive responsible for divisions including IT and Telecommunications. Prior to that, he ran two start-up software development and technology consulting firms that focused on the manufacturing and utility sectors. He started his career as an electrical and controls
engineer with Alcoa.He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MS in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edwards University.He serves on a variety of regional, industry, and technology advisory boards and groups including TASSCC, Government Technology Southwest, SIM (Society of Information Management), and Leadership Austin.
 Adam LipmanAdam Lipman
Chief Operating Officer, Chaotic Moon Studios
Adam has a diverse background that spans multiple industries. He spent over a decade with one of the world’s largest biotech companies as both a technologist and a leader of a global team. Most recently he spent two and a half years as Chief Operating Officer for one of the top mobile software development studios in the world. While there he led this game changing software development company to new heights and helped shape the digital presence of many of the world’s leading brands. Currently Adam is CEO of Thoughtleadr Inc., a company that provides a software and analytics platform for a form of digital advertising termed native advertising. As a dedicated lifetime learner, throughout his career Adam has enjoyed growing his own knowledge base but also teaching, mentoring, and coaching. Adam holds a BS in Molecular Biology and an MBA from UC Davis.
 Sherry LowrySherry Lowry, MCC, MA, MS,
Master Certified Coach and Entrepreneur
Seven times entrepreneur, Sherry Lowry primarily is a strategist and a mentoring collaborator for founders, executives and high potentials.Primary interest: the organization’s most talented becoming the best possible leaders-of-self and others for greatest potentiation organizationally. Once self-managed and self-led, they find the whole room stops to listen when they speak. Their own best ideas become not just actively pursued, but received and acted upon with zest.Sherry’s expertise is catalyzing others to put capabilities and best selves forward. This grew through creating and fully developing her own staff and serving clients in six previous businesses throughout N.America and other English-speaking countries. The largest of these she and her staff grew to 20,000 clients. As a volunteer, Sherry helped found the now 17,000+ member International Coach Federation, serving 3 Board terms and carries their
highest credential of Master Certified Coach (MCC). Her mainstream education includes two Master’s degrees and creation and refinement of three coach-specific training entities. She’s also personally has helped train over 3,650 business mentors and coaches along the way. She serves on the All Blind Children of Texas Board as well as that of a number of local startups and the Advisory Board of Austin Women in Tech.
 Janelle-Monney_80Janelle Monney
Executive Coach, Former SVP of Operations
Certified Executive Coach, Janelle Monney, helps motivated high achievers work differently and more effectively. She partners with individuals, entrepreneurs and corporations to develop customized programs designed to build on their strengths and acquire needed skills. Her focus is on accelerating the pace of change, increasing accountability and delivering results in a global and
multi-cultural environment (and hopefully in doing so, bringing a little more flexibility and joy to life!).Janelle is the founder and managing partner of The Monney Group, LLC, based in Austin, Texas. It is her demonstrated ability to deliver results combined with her unique mix of education and depth and breadth of business experience that differentiates The Monney Group. She has 28 years corporate experience serving Fortune 500 companies (including four years as a Senior Vice President and seven years as a Vice President) leading more than five thousand people in global teams in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Japan. Her functional areas of experience include sales, operations, supply chain, quality, information technology, human resources, marketing and communications. She has more than a decade leading major transformation and business process optimization initiatives and is an expert in managing and embracing change.Today, Janelle serves a diverse customer base ranging from large corporations to start-ups. She works with both profit and nonprofit organizations and currently has customers in the healthcare, education, high technology, mobile applications, consulting and software industries. A skilled public speaker, Janelle’s list of speaking engagements includes InnoTech, Austin Technology Council CEO Forum, Microsoft High Tech Summit,
Freescale Technology Forum, Texas Conference for Women and the Money and Power Conference.
 Galen MetzGalen M. Metz, FLMI, AIAA, AIM, ACS
Retired CIO, Healthcare Information Technology
Galen is currently retired and living in the Austin area, after 30 years of healthcare IT management. Most recently he served as CIO of Group Health Cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin, with responsibilities for the electronic medical record system, health insurance system, self-service web and mobile solutions, business intelligence, and technology infrastructure.Under Galen’s leadership, Group Health Cooperative was named to the InformationWeek 500 in 2010 and 2011, recognizing innovation in technology. This included winning the data analytics category across all industries in 2010. In 2012, Galen was named to
Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders.Galen has delivered presentations at a dozen national technology conferences, and his articles have appeared in national technology publications.In retirement, Galen serves as a strategic advisor to IT startups in the healthcare space, including the Garage in Orlando, Florida. The Garage has developed patient engagement solutions and a Google Glass application for surgeons.
 delena-spencer-bio_2011-(4)Delena Spencer
Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance & Accounting
Delena Spencer is a Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance & Accounting specializing in the placement of highly skilled accounting and finance professionals on a direct hire basis. She is passionate about helping people find the next step in their careers while finding great talent for companies. Prior to joining Robert Half, Ms. Spencer worked at Freescale Semiconductor as
VP Finance in the Supply Chain Organization. In this role, she was responsible for over $2 billion of spend for Freescale’s manufacturing, procurement, logistics and facilities organizations. During her tenure, she drove 100 bps/quarter company gross margin improvement by leading the company’s gross margin initiative. Ms. Spencer also spent 17 years at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in increasingly responsible global financial management positions. Her last role was VP, Finance and Operations for TI’s largest analog business, where she drove both top-line revenue growth and margin improvement, achieving 40% operating margin for the first time in business history. During her time at TI she demonstrated leadership in multi-billion dollar P&L management, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, Merger’s and Acquisition Project Management and Integration, Supply Chain Operations, Financial Compliance and Business Analysis. Ms. Spencer has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Mgmt and Administrative Sciences, Economics, from University of Texas, Dallas, and a BS in
Finance from Indiana University.
Vickie Strong Vickie Strong 2014
Vice President of Human Resources
For Vickie Strong, the field of human resources has always held a vast amount of interest and potential. To be able to build a fully functional Human Resources department from the ground up and see it fulfill its role as part of a support structure for management and employees is incredibly challenging. Vickie has done this for three different organizations in her career!Vickie entered the world of Human Resources over 20 years ago after having spent a number of years in the accounting field. She has been involved in many industry sectors including Technology, Nursing Home, and Intermediate Care for Adults with Mental Retardation, as well as the public sector. She has a passion for the Human Resources field, and a high level of respect for the impact and difference that a well oiled Human Resources department can make for a company and its employees.A graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, with a BBA major in Business Management, Vickie has also earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources certification (GPHR), as well as the Certified Compensation Professional certification (CCP).A leader in the ASI community for many years, Vickie has led the ASI Human Resources team for the past ten years and has been instrumental in the evolution of ASI becoming global organization.

Her commitment to the ideals and values embodied by ASI also reflects her passion for the non-profit sector and its causes. She has volunteered for several causes including the Chairman of the Board for the Association for Retarded Citizens, Coach for Special Olympics Texas, Board of Directors – Greater San Marcos Youth Shelter, Chamber of Commerce San Marcos, Longhorn Foundation, Texas Exes and the Edison Learning Center Early Childhood Development Center – Board of Directors. For her, there is nothing like giving back to the community and doing what she can to further their causes and make a difference.

Vickie is an avid Longhorn football fan and can often be seen wearing her burnt orange. She is married to her best friend Dennis.

Thank you to our 2014 Women in Tech Summit Chairs:

Joanne Corum

Senior Director, Applied Materials


Laura McCanlies

IT Business Solutions Manager, Tokyo Electron