October 11 NJIT

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

About

The NJ Tech Council Women in Tech Conference will take place on October 11th at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Following breakfast, the morning program will feature dynamic speakers and also provide the opportunity for networking and speed mentoring.

Sponsorship Opportunities.

Days
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Schedule

 
 8:00 am

Registration/Breakfast

 8:35 am

Featured Speaker

Zakiya Smith Ellis, Secretary of Higher Education, State of NJ
 8:55 am

Keynote

'Women in the Workforce Gaining Momentum'

Jeanne Meister - Founding Partner, Future Workplace
 9:20 AM

Corporate Panel

Shelley Goldman, AT&T [Moderator]
Lisa Giffin, KPMG
Kay Fernandes, Konica Minolta
Felisa Palagi, Internet Creations
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

 10:00 AM

Break/Speed Networking

 10:15 AM

Academic Panel

Mimi Brooks, LDS
NJIT
Rashmi Jain, Montclair University
Maria Alvarez, Robert Half

 11:00 AM

Networking - Million Women Mentors

Kim Case, R&D Council of NJ
 12:00 PM

Conclusion

Speakers

Zakiya Smith Ellis

Secretary of Higher Education, State of NJ

Zakiya Smith Ellis has been nominated by Governor Phil Murphy as New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education, where she will be responsible for policy development and coordination of other higher education activities for the state. Smith Ellis previously led work at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation focused solely on higher education, to advance federal policy to increase attainment and to develop new postsecondary finance models, focusing on issues of affordability. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Zakiya served as a Senior Advisor for Education at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she was tasked with developing, informing, and promoting President Obama's higher education policy. She also served in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the U. S. Department of Education, where she developed programmatic, policy and budget solutions to respond to pressing challenges in college access, affordability, and completion. Before transitioning to work as a political appointee, Dr. Ellis served as Director of Government Relations for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, where she authored reports on the efficacy of financial advising in college access programs, on community college transfer and articulation, and on the ability of low- and moderate- income families to afford college more broadly. Earlier in her career, Zakiya worked directly with students in various capacities across the K-12 system, and her goal is to always bring those insights to her current work. She worked on staff in various capacities for Teach For America, helping to train new teachers, and for the federal GEAR UP program in East Boston, Massachusetts, providing college preparation and financial aid information to high school students. Ellis was introduced to federal policy as an intern on Capitol Hill with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, working for her former hometown Congresswoman. Zakiya has been featured on C-SPAN and Fox Business News, profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse Issues in Higher Education and was twice named to Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30. She recently completed a three-year term as an appointed memberon the board of directors for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Dr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and secondary education from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeanne Meister

Founding Partner, Future Workplace

Jeanne Meister is Founding Partner in Future Workplace, an HR Advisory and Research firm. She is the best selling author of four books, two books on Corporate Universities and two books on the future of work. Her most recent book is, The Future Workplace: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees This book was awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for Human Resources professionals in 2017 and most recently The Future Workplace Experience book was named as the receipt of the Bellwether award, by the Community College Futures Assembly as the best book for higher education on the future of work. Jeanne is also a Contributor to Forbes and her column can be found here: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister/. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given by Association For Talent Development honoring her body of work in corporate universities and preparing executives for the future of work. Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Estonian. Jeanne is a sought after expert on the future of work having appeared in CIO, CNBC Power Lunch, CNN, Fast Company, Fox Business, Harvard Business Review, NPR, SHRM Magazine, MarketWatch, Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and WPIX, New York. Jeanne is on the Corporate Advisory Board for edX, a partnership of Harvard and MIT. Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture (www.accenture.com) Jeanne is a graduate of University of Connecticut and Boston University. Jeanne lives in New York City and Columbia County, NY.

Felisa Palagi

COO, Internet Creations

On a Post-It at Felisa’s desk: “Inspire. Empower. Respect. Give this to the team every day.” Felisa believes everyone should be inspired to be their best, authentic selves to achieve more than they think is possible. Felisa Palagi is the Chief Operating Officer at Internet Creations, New Jersey’s Salesforce expert in service and sales, and one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing private companies for five consecutive years. Felisa is responsible for developing and delivering on the company strategy, ensuring the ultimate client experience, and supporting an inclusive, diverse culture. Palagi relocated to Hamilton, NJ from Boston, MA a year ago after leading the Service Lifecycle Management division of PTC, the $1.2B IoT platform leader. She has a 20-year track record of working in, and consulting to, hundreds of global companies, from startups to the Fortune 500. Felisa’s companies have experienced triple-digit growth, transformations from laggards to industry leaders, and successful acquisitions. Felisa believes in leveraging technology to drive value and is often found at the cutting edge. For example, her current passion with Salesforce includes Community Cloud that increases engagement across customer, partner and employee channels; and with Salesforce Lightning Experience which encourages smarter productivity so employees are more efficient. Felisa is also a recognized thought leader in operational areas such as increasing service revenue, decreasing field service costs, and driving user adoption. In addition, she believes strongly in inspiring women in tech (WIT). Felisa served on the Leadership Team of the 16,600-member Boston Business Women, helped the WIT Employee Resource Group rise to prominence at a billion-dollar tech company, and has mentored countless women over the years to successfully advance in their careers. Felisa’s vision for New Jersey is to be the tech leader in diversity and inclusion.

Shelley Goldman

Program Director, AT&T

Shelley Goldman is a trailblazing woman with over 100 patents to her credit. An AT&T veteran with vast experience in the frontiers of technology, she makes it a priority to encourage woman and minorities in STEM 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 MS in computer science from Columbia. Shelley is currently responsible for developing metrics focused on measuring the migration of AT&T’s network to 75% software based by 2020. She previously provided the “Voice of the Customer” to AT&T Labs and led the AT&T Emerging Technologies Forum. ETF provided a venue for AT&T Labs to introduce new concepts, ideas and technologies forming a bridge between tech innovations and the business environment. No stranger to either space, Shelley has served AT&T through stints in marketing research, customer satisfaction, and mobility as well as at Labs. 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.

Mimi Brooks

CEO, Logical Design Solutions

Mimi Brooks is CEO of Logical Design Solutions (LDS), a consulting firm that envisions and designs enterprise digital solutions. Since founding the company in 1990, she has led LDS to become a recognized brand among the technology-focused management consultancies, and the trusted partner to Fortune 500 business clients. LDS’ solutions are used by global organizations in all industries – and by people in challenging work environments with diverse needs, interests, and expectations. In these inside-the-enterprise contexts, LDS is considered a best-of-breed consultancy with deep expertise and a 25-year commitment to experience design and innovation. Brooks has spoken at dozens of industry conferences and often keynotes Conference Board events. Most recently Mimi presented to executives attending the Conference Board Organizational Design Conference in New York City. She also addressed The Conference Board Innovation Masterclass in Atlanta, where she presented to executives that lead R&D and Innovation for some the world’s largest companies. Brooks is a former AT&T executive with a career-spanning focus on organizational design, technology-driven business transformation, and research on the changing behaviors of business users. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, and is an author on topics such as digital business strategy, omni-channel experience design, and the governance and sustainability of global, digital programs.

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