October 18 New Brunswick

Women In Tech

Women In Tech

About

The inaugural NJ Tech Council Women in Tech Conference will take place on at Douglass Campus at Rutgers University. Following breakfast, the morning program will feature dynamic speakers and also provide the opportunity for networking and speed mentoring.

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Speakers

Erin Barrett

Scientific Affairs, Habit

Erin is an expert in nutrition, metabolic biochemistry, and associated diseases including obesity and diabetes. Prior to joining Habit, Erin was a scientific consultant with Exponent, Inc., conducting dietary intake assessments, evaluating the safety and efficacy of food ingredients and dietary supplements, and conducting critical reviews of nutrition science information. Before Exponent, Erin worked as a scientist in the Nutrition Science &Advocacy group at DSM Nutritional Products, a leader in the innovation and development of DHA Omega-3 products. There Erin developed substantiation dossiers and provided recommendations for structure function claims for omega-3 fatty acids and numerous healthy outcomes. Erin has her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MS in Clinical Research from Indiana University and her MS In Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University.

Jennifer Yates

AT&T Labs

Jennifer Yates is an Assistant Vice President of Inventive Science at AT&T Labs, heading the Networking and Service Quality Management Research organization. Her team of researchers is focused on inventing, prototyping, and driving new technologies and analytics that enable new services, enhance customer network experience, drive new levels of Operational automation and address complex cross-layer issues across AT&T’s network. Partnering closely with academia, internal AT&T teams, and broader industry partners, her team's cutting-edge innovations are widely deployed and utilized across AT&T’s global networks and the broader industry. Jen received her Ph.D. from The University of Melbourne, and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Western Australia, Jen moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1999 to pursue her career at AT&T. Jen has been honored with induction into the Women in Technology Institute Hall of Fame in 2016, the AT&T Fellow Award in 2012, the Science and Technology Medal in 2006, the Victorian Photonics Network Achievement Award in 2004, and was named a Top Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review in 2003. Jen holds over 30 patents for her groundbreaking research in networking.

Ann E. Ferracane

Lyft, General Manager, NJ

Ann is currently the General Manager of Lyft for the New Jersey region. Originally joining Lyft in late 2014 as a Senior Analyst, she has held roles as Senior Mgr of Analytics, Head of Business Intelligence, and Product Manager of Experimentation before taking the role of GM. Before joining Lyft, Ann worked in various data, strategy, and product roles at LinkedIn and Google - focusing on LinkedIn's Premium platform and fraud analytics for Google Wallet. Prior to joining the tech world, Ann worked as a developer and analyst for a commercial real estate econometric consultancy within CBRE. Ann relocated back east after several years in San Francisco. She has also lived in Boston and Philadelphia, where she studied Information Mgmt Systems at Harvard Extension and Finance/Economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Last but not least, she is an avid skier and enjoys comedy shows!

Judith Sheft

Associate VP, Technology Development, NJIT

Judith A. Sheft is the associate vice president of Technology and Enterprise Development at the New Jersey Innovation Institute at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is responsible for managing the university’s Office of Technology Development and creates programs and policies focusing on patent creation, intellectual property valuation, strategic use and protection of IP assets. She is also involved with economic development, having responsibilities for management of the university’s high technology business accelerator/incubator, the Enterprise Development Center, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. She is on the Board of Advisors to the NJIT Murray Women’s Center.Since 2007 she has been a member of the NJ – Israel Commission.She serves on the Board of the New Jersey Entrepreneurs Network and Einstein’s Alley.

Tara Alvarez

NJIT

Tara Alvarez, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering, is conducting neuroscience research that could help stroke victims recover their vision but also lead to diagnosis of other visual diseases. Alvarez seeks to understand how the brain learns when visually locating objects in three-dimensional (3D) space. Understanding the learning strategies that the human brain uses to control eye movement will also yield insight into the general problem of motor learning. Her research will lead to a better understanding of basic motor control and also discover how dysfunctions in the eyes’ three-dimensional tracking system affect motor learning. In 2005, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Alvarez an NSF Career Award. Alvarez is using part of her NSF grant to enhance the Vision and Neural Engineering Laboratory at NJIT and to design new courses for undergraduates in NJIT’s expanding biomedical engineering program. In addition, Alvarez has developed a one-week course for NJIT’s pre-college FEMME program which teaches grade-school girls, most of whom are minorities, the fundamentals of science, technology and pre-engineering concepts. Alvarez’s research will help people with a visual problem called convergence insufficiency, or the inability to easily fixate the eyes on a near target. A person with convergence insufficiency cannot read or look at a computer screen for more than twenty minutes without getting headaches as well as blurred and double vision. The condition has also been linked to learning disabilities. And as societies become more dependent on prolonged and close-up visual tasks such as computer use, there will be more of a need to help people with such vision problems.

Shannon Greco

PPPL, Princeton University

Shannon Greco is the Science Education Program Leader at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. She is an education outreach professional with over ten years' experience developing, implementing, and evaluating successful hands-on science and engineering education programs for informal science, K-12 students and teachers, and public awareness. Ms. Greco holds a Master of Science in Science Education degree, and her work focuses on increasing participation of women and minorities in STEM. She was recently recognized by the YWCA as a "Woman of Excellence" for her work toward their mission of "Empowering Women and Eliminating Raciscm." She also has a new baby girl and two young boys and has not slept in on a weekend in a very long time.

Shruti Shah

Partner, KPMG

Shruti Shah is a Partner at KPMG, based out of New York. She assists multinational companies in designing and implementing governance, risk, and compliance programs through various corporate transformation initiatives to improve performance and reduce risk and compliance exposures. Her clients include some of the top PE firms and Asset Management firms in the US. She started her career in Tax over 20 years ago—and decided to reinvent herself after leaving the workplace to start a new career in consulting which offered many new opportunities as well as challenges. Shruti is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events which not only focus on the advancement of women but also in the advancement of women in private equity. She is the author of two thought leadership articles published in 2017 and 2015: Safeguarding Private Equity Firms and Internal Audit Hot Topics for Private Equity. Over the years, Shruti has volunteered my time for causes such as domestic violence, breast cancer awareness, and diabetes. She currently is a board member of the YWCA of Union County, which is a New Jersey-based domestic violence organization. Shruti currently resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.

Andrea Lobo

Rowan University

Dr. Lobo is Professor of Computer Science at Rowan University. She studied Computer and Information Sciences at Universidad de Costa Rica and at the University of Delaware, where she obtained her PhD in 1996. Her research in Computer Networks and Computer Science Education has resulted in dozens of peer-reviewed publications and numerous invited presentations. In the past five years, Dr. Lobo secured over three-quarters of a million dollars in external funding and supported more than 20 undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Lobo is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded SimAcumen, a Rowan Innovations Company. ​

Vikki Hazelwood

Professor, Stevens Institute

Since arriving at Stevens in 2004, Dr. Vikki Hazelwood has lead a grass roots effort to create and implement an environment of excitement, creativity, and entrepreneurship among Biomedical Engineering students—both at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has created a lab for Translational Research in Medicine, which successfully launched a start‐up company, SPOC Inc., and has spawned several patents and patent applications, all of which have intimately engaged students throughout the process. Students who work in Prof. Hazelwood’s lab are involved in developing solution to an unmet medical need. They are guided to work on projects that will contribute to the improvement of public health, in an entrepreneurial and/or humanitarian manner. As physiologic systems engineers, the teams work in close collaboration with physicians and other expert clinicians to develop technologies that better recognize and interpret physiologic function. Many such projects are focused upon the goal to prevent injury or disease, and to improve procedure or therapeutic outcome efficacies. At Stevens, Prof. Hazelwood has demonstrated her teaching excellence as the recipient of several awards including: Two-time recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Professor, the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, the student’s award for Distinguished Senior Design Professor, as well as the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame Advancement of Invention Award. Prof. Hazelwood is a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors. In addition to several patents and innovations, a large body of archival publications she is the co‐author of two books. She received her doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from NJIT and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers. Her research emphasis is in Translational Research, focusing on the development of efficacious medical devices and physiologic methods, which improve public health, especially obesity prevention and pain management. Her successes include the clinical use of several developments for minimally invasive evaluation, earlier stage detection of disease, and assistive technologies for the handicapped. Prior to joining Stevens, Prof. Vikki Hazelwood has held executive positions in sales and business development for several medical device companies focused on drug delivery technology and surgical techniques for orthopedics and interventional cardiology. Prof. Hazelwood has worked closely with surgeons and area hospitals in a clinical setting, and has collaborated on numerous projects with medical device companies.

Terri Goss Kinzy

VP for Research, Rutgers

Terri Goss Kinzy Ph.D. serves as Vice President for Research where she oversees the offices responsible for research and sponsored programs, corporate contracts, grant and contract accounting, facilitation of major research initiatives, corporate engagement, research IT, research office finance and communications. She has previously served as director of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School /Rutgers/Princeton MD/PhD Program and Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Research at RWJMS. She serves on the executive committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology political affairs advisory committee, is a regular Hill Day participant and was a member of the Summit on the Sustainability of the Biomedical Research Enterprise. She is currently a Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Pediatrics at Rutgers RWJMS where her NIH funded laboratory studies eukaryotic translation elongation.

Shelley Goldman

AT&T

An AT&T veteran with vast experience in the frontiers of technology, Shelley Goldman has over100 technology patents to her credit, ranking first among female patent holders at the tech giant. As a coach specializing in STEM, she makes it a priority to work with women, girls and minorities to encourage and educate them about opportunities in the STEM field. Shelley blogs for the Huffington Post, has put out a YouTube video and continually mentors students through Girls Who Code and Aspire in her attempt to reach other women and minorities and encourage them in STEM. She has also spoken at colleges, Hackathons, YWCA and AT&T events on the importance of STEM. Perhaps her most successful mentee has been her own daughter, Rachel, whom she inspired to become an engineer and who earned an MBA in computer science from Columbia. Shelley is a graduate of City University of NY – Baruch College (BBA) and Columbia University (MBA). She has participated in Columbia Senior Executive Programs and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University. Shelley has received numerous awards including the Research Excellence Award for development and deploying services. Her projects have gained international recognition and have been mentioned in publications as diverse as Fortune Magazine and Data Briefs. Ever mindful of the need to give back to her community, Shelley has previously served as regional president of an international charity and presently serves on the board of her local sisterhood organization. She is a wife, proud mother of two and most recently has taken on her most prestigious role yet, grandmother.

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Schedule

 
 8:00 am

Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast

 8:30 am

Welcome

 08:35

Featured Speaker

Erin Cernkovich-Barrett, Habit
 8:55 am

Q&A

 09:15

Corporate Panel

Moderator: Shelley Goldman, AT&T
Alicia Abella, AT&T
Shruti Shah, KPMG
Ann Ferracane, Lyft

 10:00 am

Q&A

 10:15 am

Break/Speed Networking

Alison Yablonowitz

 11:15 am

Academic Panel

Moderator: Andrea Lobo, Rowan University
Tara Alvarez, NJIT
Terri Goss Kinzy, Rutgers
Vicki Hazelwood, Stevens Institute of Technology
Shannon Greco, Princeton

 12:15 pm

Q&A

 12:30

Future networking/mentor database

Judith Sheft

Sponsors

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Conference Sponsors

Registration

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