November 16, 2017
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2017 WOMEN IN TECH COACHING OPPORTUNITIES  Building on topics of “Power of Influence and Culture of Welcome and Inclusion”, we are providing the opportunity for you to have a 1:1 coaching session.  Back by popular demand, our coaching program includes 16 professionally qualified coaches with a wealth of corporate, entrepreneurial, profit and non-profit experience.  You will find amongst this year’s list of professional coaches several with current or past CIO experience.  Your registration includes a private thirty-minute session with the coach of your choice (first come first serve so sign up early).  Registration is open now and the earlier you sign up; the more likely you will be to get the coach of your choice.  What a great 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 5:00 so you may customize your schedule.  Current Coaches are listed below.  To learn more about the program and to sign up, contact Sherry Lowry via email

cindi-walker_80Cindi Walker, M.A. Experience Business/Life Coach
Cindi Walker, M.A. Professional & Business Life Coach holds a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science- Psychology. For 15+ years (1989-2005), she owned & operated an adventure/experiential training (ropes) & consulting business, working with populations that included  juvenile probationers to staff of Fortune 500 corporations.  And trained staff at a wide range of institutions; schools, treatment centers, prisons, Boy Scouts, and business executives, in the art of experiential facilitation as a means of creating change; both individual and organizational.In addition, Cindi lead the establishment of standards on a national & international through a professional trade association ( A.C.C.T) where she paved the way for women in her field as the first solely female owned challenge course vendor and as a member of the Board of Directors for this pioneering professional organization.After a life changing health event, Cindi successfully transferred her education & counseling, business & group facilitation skills to a private practice as a Business/Life Coach, in 2001-2004. Coach training was acquired ” portfolio” style via mentoring, training and intensive study under the direction of Sherry Lowry, Master Certified Coach.Cindi has a passion for supporting people who are in life transitions, in recovery, and in processes of grief, loss, and illness. Her personal philosophy is :Learning to embrace the “what is”, letting go of “what isn’t” and moving into what’s next In reasonable increments.  A moment at a time.She is a cat person, with a standard poodle companion dog. Married ( to a man) for 35 years, with one daughter. And lives in Houston, Texas.
Adam LipmanAdam Lipman CEO Thoughtleadr Inc.
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.
lisa-walker_80Lisa Walker, Ph.D Lisa Walker Coaching & Consulting
Lisa helps leaders across industries improve self-awareness, leading to more efficient communication & positive work relationships, enhanced decision making, strong leadership, motivated teams, improved productivity and personal wellbeing.She combines her experience as a psychologist, mediator and collaborative facilitator to enable meaningful growth and change, aligned with her client’s business goals.  She specializes in helping leaders stretch beyond their habitual thinking, relating and problem- solving patterns. Her clients expand their awareness through the right combination of challenge and support, so they can articulate a clear vision of the future, overcome obstacles and excel at work and life. Being involved in InnoTech is a great way to enhance her effort of supporting IT leaders in developing those crucial people skills that allow them to harness the power of their teams and boost productivity and personal development.Lisa is a certified analyst for the following assessment tools: MBTI; Hogan; Birkman; EQI.20, EQi 360, EQi Team; Total SDI Strengths Finder and the Needling Brain Instrument (NBI).The university of Texas at Austin, Doctorate in psychology. Columbia Business School, Certificate in Executive Coaching. Marshall Goldsmith Certified Executive Coach.Lisa served on the faculty of UT Austin and currently serves as a Mentor for IC2 Institute, UT Austin Innovation Incubator. She has two grown kids and lives in Austin with her techy husband who dreams in algorithms.  She is an avid obstacle race runner (Spartan), enjoys Bootcamp-style workouts, gardening and cooking.
Teresa-Bitner-headshot_80Teresa Q. Bitner PMP & M.Ed., ACC Professional Life Coach
Teresa coaches determined individuals through challenging changes and works to build resiliency within her clients. Teresa has been coaching and mentoring professionals for over 19 years in various roles as an IT software developer, team lead, manager, project manager, educator, mentor, and leader.  Teresa brings to the coaching relationship many unique and challenging life experiences including career transition, personal loss of first spouse and mother, grief, and resiliency.Primary Interest: Change happens in life and work. Building resiliency and learning steps for surviving and thriving amidst constant change sets apart great leaders.Teresa has a BS in Computer Science and M. Curriculum and Instruction – math and science.  She holds the following certifications: Int’l Coach Federation ACC Coach, Project Management Professional – PMP, Myers Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI) Qualified Practitioner, Coach U Graduate, and Now What Authorized Facilitator.Teresa is about giving back and service. She volunteers with International Coaching Federation (ICF) Austin Board Member – Community Outreach Director organizing pro bono coaching to local non-profits, Women for Change Coaching Community (W4C3) coach – providing pro-bono coaching to women in poverty, and Memorial Service Coordinator for Hill Country Bible Church Lakeline Austin, TX.  Teresa and Bill live in Cedar Park, TX and are proud parents of two grown sons, Korey (25), Kurtis (22) and stepmother to Sawyer (16).
vijay_2016_80Vijay George NMG Consulting
Vijay George has over 25 years of experience applying technology strategically across a range of sectors including utilities, government, manufacturing, IT Services and Management Consulting. Expertise — Strategic Planning, IT and OT Alignment, Public Sector IT Strategy and Business Case development, Telecommunications, Federated models for technology modernization, Regulatory Compliance, State and Local governments, Public Utility markets, Developing cross organizational models for modernization and cost sharing, Developing effective governance models and decision frameworks, Cloud adoption strategy for public entities, and Developing ERP and MRP modernization strategy. Vijay was recently VP for Texas Public Sector for Sogeti USA part of Capgemini S.A. before starting NMG Consulting. Vijay is the former CIO/CTO and Director of Innovation for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA). As a strategic member of the executive management team, he led the statewide ERP modernization initiative, government transparency programs and security and privacy modernization efforts. He had strategy and operational responsibility for the Innovation and Technology division for the state agency that supports the financial systems for the State of Texas including tax, accounting, payroll, treasury, and procurement for the $100B+ State government. Prior to the CPA, Vijay was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), where he was the executive responsible for multiple divisions including IT and Telecommunications. At LCRA he leveraged his experience in IT and OT to bring organizational alignment and bridge IT, Telecommunications and OT organizations together. Prior to LCRA, 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 leveraging information and operational technology in manufacturing and utility. 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 is also a Registered Professional Engineering in Texas (inactive). He serves on a variety of regional, industry, education and technology advisory boards and groups.
Finnerty_Steve_80Steve Finnerty President Finnerty Consulting
Steve Finnerty is currently president of Finnerty Consulting which is focused on helping people and teams achieve their potential. The emphasis of his practice is individual and team leadership development, coaching, strategy development, change management and influence without authority. Finnerty has been involved in the information systems profession for over 40 years and has held positions as the Senior Vice President for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at premier global companies including Applied Materials, Dell, Kraft Foods and Johnson Controls. His teams have been consistently recognized with industry awards including CIO 100, Premier 100 and 100 Best Places to Work.In addition to these professional experiences, Steve has been actively involved in several industry leadership positions. He is the former National President of the Society for Information Management (SIM) as well as a member of the Research Board, Council for Logistics Management and SIM Advanced Practices Council. Steve was recognized in 2011 as the IT Executive of the Year in Austin, Texas and is a founding member of the Austin SIM Chapter.. He has guest lectured and taught Supply Chain Management, IT Portfolio Management and Strategic Analysis at Northwestern Kellogg School and University of Texas McCombs School. Steve received his bachelors degree in Finance from Villanova University and his MBA from Lehigh University.
stan-tyler_80Stan Tyler Executive coach to business leaders
Stan supports business leaders who are self-aware enough to know that they are the biggest block to acting consistently on the things that matter most in their business and personal livesExpertise/Coaching Niche:

  • Selfish priority management
  • Thriving through business and life changes
  • Significant productivity improvement via designed habits and eliminating personal and business tolerations

For the last 30 years Stan has served as an Executive Coach to over 500 mid to senior executives and entrepreneurs. His emphasis has centered on:

  • Helping business leaders design businesses, careers and lives that are both successful and fulfilling.
  • Helping clients find ways to produce results far beyond what is normally possible

Previously he worked in the information systems field with McDonnell Douglas Automation, Computer Management Corporation and the University of Oklahoma. Education Ongoing participation in professional coaching coursework – Coach Ville, Coach University, and the College of Life Planning. BBA – University of Oklahoma Personal Stan’s addictions include his wife Patricia, their children, four granddaughters and golf

Kelley-Russell-DuVarney_80Kelley Russell-DuVarney, MA,ACC Founder of Vantage Coaching
Once again the issue of gender politics is emerging into public view with regards to the tech industry, and in part, it has afforded me the opportunity as a coach to partner with many more women in tech in 2017. As a woman that spent her 20’s in the tech industry and then went on to research the topic of Gender in Tech in grad school, partnering with women to leverage their unique strengths, values, talent and experience to reach success as they choose to define success, has been immensely rewarding. I’m also fortunate to coach entrepreneurs and leaders wishing to develop individual personal brands in order to stand-up and stand out in their areas of expertise and to facilitate workshops around Austin on similar topics. Recently, I’ve begun to utilize my training in Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology Based Coaching to partner with teams and organizations interested in creating coaching cultures in the workplace.As a coach, I’ve facilitated custom programs for attendees of UT Austin’s MBA Professional + Program, Leadership Austin’s Emerge Program, and working with St. Edward’s Department of Mental Health and Wellness and the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium. I am currently the President of the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) Greater Austin chapter as well as a member of the Southeast Regional Committee. My goal as president of one of more than 140+ chapters in 135 countries around the world is to elevate the visibility of credentialed coaches in and around Central Texas. You will find ICF-Greater Austin coaches donating time to coach non-profit leaders through our partnership with Mission Capital as well as at the Texas Women’s Conference.Personal Info: Native New Englander, runner, research/stats enthusiast, prolific reader, life long learner, sports enthusiast, gardener
ryan-schoenbeck_80Ryan J. Schoenbeck, Ph.D., P.C.C.
As a credentialed International Coach Federation executive and mentor coach, Ryan J. Schoenbeck, Ph.D., P.C.C. works with leaders who expand their contributions and help create and amplify leadership with all those they contribute with around the world. He has been in business for over 10 years and he has worked and contributed to the professional development of and created innovations in organizations for over 33 years. Ryan has been an active member of 12 professional organizations. He has helped design global leadership conferences and he has participated in 37 leadership conferences. Ryan has given 43 titled leadership and organizational development talks. He has taught 21 graduate and three undergraduate leadership courses in four universities. He co‐designed the Masters of Art in Organization Development at St. Edward’s University (now within the Bill Munday Business School). Ryan has convened global community conversations for over 20 years.
carrie-vanston_80Carrie Vanston Executive & Energy Leadership Coach; Culture Consultant & Speaker
Carrie Vanston helps people overcome obstacles by increasing their leadership skills and energy levels so they can achieve the goals they feel most passionate about quicker and with less stress. She also helps small to mid-sized companies with culture and organizational development challenges.Carrie’s clients include motivated and ambitious individuals seeking a promotion, new job, new business, better leadership skills, or other big changes in their lives. Her expertise is shifting clients’ fight and flight energy to higher levels so they can tap into win-win and intuition led energy. Clients say that working with Carrie has changed their viewpoint of their lives, changed how they see people around them, and gave them a new frame of reference to be the person they want to be.Carrie provides pro-bono coaching to ICF’s Austin Community Outreach, Mission Capital’s Next Level Leadership Academy, and Catchafire’s social good organizations. She is an Academy of Culture Ambassador and a National Speakers Association Academy member.Carrie is a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC’s prestigious coaching program and co-author of the award-winning book MiniTrends: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.
Sherry LowrySherry Lowry, MCC, MA, MS
Seven times entrepreneur, Sherry Lowry is a strategist/mentoring collaborator for founding teams, owners, executives & high potentials.Primary interest: the organization’s most talented becoming the best possible leaders-of-self & others for greatest potentiation organizationally. Once self-managed & self-led, the whole room stops to listen when they speak. Their own best ideas become not just actively pursued, but received & acted upon with zest.Sherry’s expertise is in catalyzing others putting capabilities & best selves forward. This grew through fully developing her own staff & client service throughout N.America & six other English-speaking countries. The largest organization she & staff founded grew to 20,000 clients.Volunteer-wise, Sherry helped foundation the origin of the now 30,000+ member International Coach Federation, serving 3 Board terms. She carries their highest credential of Master Certified Coach (MCC). Mainstream education includes two Master’s degrees & creation of three coach-specific training entities. She has helped train over 3,700 business mentors & coaches along the way.Austin resident, community-active serving on Boards, with Cherry Creek Community Garden, she is fortunate to have all 3 generations of family local. This includes both sons, her only daughter-in-law – an Austin native, two grandboys, a rescued grand-dog, along with a most precious grand-kitten.
laura-di-tomasso_80Laura Di Tomasso MBA, ACC, CPC
Laura coaches motivated professionals who wish to step into their full potential. Laura has been working with professionals for over 30 years in various roles as an accountant, consultant, business development, product manager and coach. Throughout Laura’s career her focus has always been on helping others live into their highest potential. Laura utilizes her years of experience across industry such as banking, security, electronic manufacturing and software, to meet her clients where they are in their professions.Primary Interest: Engaging with professionals to be more of who they are and tapping into their potential. Laura believes when she impacts just one clients, she impacts everyone that client encounters. This inspires her to bring the best to every client and ensure a positive impact on our world.Laura has a BA in Accounting, and an MBA in Finance. She holds an Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is a certified professional coach from inviteCHANGE.Laura is involved with her professional community as a volunteer ICF Austin Board Member. She provides pro-bono coaching through the ICF Austin Chapter community service. Laura is a New Jersey born transplant to Texas.
shelley-pernot_80Shelley Pernot True North Coaching and Development
Shelley Pernot is the owner of True North Coaching and Development, a firm dedicated to helping folks lead inspired and engaged lives. She is an ICF certified career coach in Austin who works with individuals longing for more fulfillment and also helps organizations drive higher employee engagement through mindfulness training. She is a recognized expert on mindfulness who has collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin and NYU to develop programming for business leaders.  She is also the author of Running on Empty:  The Irreverent Guru’s Guide to Filling up with Mindfulness, a unique, practical and witty Bridget Jones meets Jon Kabat-Zinn perspective on finding meaning and fulfillment in today’s crazy world.
Edna-Harris-Headshot_80Edna Harris, MC, PCC DISC Trainer Therapon Certified Counselor
My Special Coaching Interests are with Educators and Business Leaders who are interested in exploring other possibilities in their work environment or in their personal/work relationships, managing up, developing staff, discovering your strengths.Expertise/Coaching Niche: I love working with Leaders who desire to always show up as the best person they can be or become in all aspects of their lives.Experience: 31+ years as a Public School Leader, 16 years as Director of Staff Development for Round Rock Schools; Leadership Coach for 17 years; Co-author of Results Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders, 2010; Consultant and Presenter.Education/Certifications:  BS/MA+ in Educational Leadership; International Coach certified; DiSC trainer; Therapon Certified counselorVolunteer/Personal Information: Board Member for two organizations–Coaching for Results, 2002-2013; Real Marriage Program, 2010-current.I live in Round Rock and have two grown, married children.  I enjoy remodeling projects and working in my yard.  I currently host an International student from Haiti who attends ACC.
Diane-Winn_80Diane Winn, PCC President – Leadership Coach – Mentor
What holds you back from bringing the best version of yourself to the workplace?  To your home life?  What stumbling block has shown up at this juncture of your career?  Diane Winn, certified Leadership coach, mentor, facilitator and speaker has over 20 years of success providing the support leaders and executives need to reach their potential.  She understands firsthand the responsibilities and challenges leaders undertake, particularly women in business. As a full-time professional coach and mentor operating her own consultancy since 2004, Diane is passionate about supporting you on your path to success. Her focused efforts aid in identifying the blind spots that hold you back and provide the tools to grow beyond current limitations.
synthia_80Synthia Smith
Synthia Smith is an executive coach and change consultant for people who want to bringing something new into being or aren’t willing to settle for the status quo.Primary interests: Those who dream big and want to deliver with sustained energy and deep satisfaction. Leaders who want their people to flourish and innovation to thrive.  Challenges where personal, team or organizational change & learning is key.  People who want to bring meditation-based practices to their personal and work lives.Synthia’s expertise: Helping people develop themselves and those around them, transform their culture, and find balance in their lives.  She has a special ability to reframe challenges in a way that enables her clients to create their own solutions.Since 1995, Synthia has consulted/coached thousands of individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, and global corporations. She served with two global consulting companies, founded two training/coaching companies and brings 30+ years as a geologist, global training manager, executive coach, organizational change consultant, and transformational trainer.Synthia has 300+ days of coach training, multiple coaching certifications, academic degrees (Psychology, Geology & French), and a Certificate of Completion in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Yoga and Dzogchen including four one-hundred day silent, cloistered retreats.Synthia enjoys Austin with her husband Steve, five foundling kitties and abundant hill country wildlife.  Synthia frequently travels to Russia to support a major company in transforming their safety culture and is mastering neuroscience applications to creating trust, innovation and high performance.
Amanda_Justice_1_80Amanda Justice (AJ) – Architecture, Strategy, Transformation and Governance Executive
For the last four years, AJ has been working on a series of engagements with local organizations in Austin including Seton, LCRA and now presently at ERCOT where she is leading a team of Enterprise Architects who drive the strategic direction for ERCOT.Prior to ERCOT she worked for LCRA and Seton as a Strategy & Planning executive for the Office of the CIO standing up a strategic IT planning office for these organizations.In 2013, AJ was a pivotal force in helping a Texas based organization go public called Cyrus One. She was tasked with working with the world’s largest real estate brokers, Global 1000 companies and partners to help CyrusOne become the largest datacenter co-location company in the world.AJ spent many years in Systems Integration & Management Consulting where she served as a Global Account Director & Trusted Advisor for some of largest companies & most prestigious CIO’s in the world. Through her years in consulting, she was responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars and global teams with over 150+ resources and projects including business, digital & mobility transformations, cloud enablement and full scale ITO & BPO initiatives.AJ began her career at Trilogy here in Austin. She held a number of roles in her 6 years there including as performance database engineer, Frontline Help Desk Manager, Client Partner and finally the Director of the Post Deployment Group where she was responsible for running the most profitable & successful business unit in Trilogy’s history.AJ is an active philanthropist and entrepreneur in the Central TX area and participates on numerous Boards such as Innotech, Austin Women in Technology, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Austin Planetarium, and Association for Corporate Growth.AJ attended the University Of North Carolina Of Asheville and participated in The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, known as CSAIL, which is the largest research laboratory at MIT and one of the world’s most important centers of information technology research. AJ is a graduate of Leadership Austin Class of 2013 and in 2014 was awarded the Austin Community Leadership award which was given by the Association for Information Technology Professionals & the Innotech Board of Directors