Tech Up for Women Conference

An event for women's advancement in technology | November 15, 2018 | NYC Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, sponsors and supporters for making the inaugural Tech Up For Women Conference a magnificent success! We are now officially launched and well on our way to fulfilling our mission to empower women across all industries and job functions to "tech up." JOIN US IN 2018!

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Tech Up for Women is a one-day event for the advancement of women in technology through education, resourcing and networking.  The event will focus on new technological advances, cyber security and different financing avenues for startups and privately held companies. This event will provide resources and opportunities for women to improve their digital literacy and successfully compete and disrupt gender imbalance in work environments.  The purpose of the event is to take the fear factor out of technology and empower women to surf the technology wave.


Tech Up for Women, launches at the Metropolitan Pavilion West on November 14, 2017.  This event will provide resources and opportunities for women to successfully compete and disrupt the gender imbalance in work environments. Keynote speakers will share keen insights, and skilled-based trainers will offer the attendees the unique ability to learn about and test new tech products that will positively impact their career performance.   The event will give women the chance to learn, expand personal development, and create a stronger organizational culture by their increased technology knowledge.


To align yourself with other forward-thinking companies who are seeking to balance the gender equation in the workplace. The fastest way to achieve this goal is through technology.  Lead in your industry by advancing your company’s women. Tech Up for Women welcomes women in tech jobs as well as business women in the Fortune 1000 arena, eager to advance their careers. Supporters become an integral part of this gathering of women who seek to discover new technologies, develop greater skills to compete, and give both themselves and their companies a competitive edge.



By immersing them in leading-edge technologies through Keynote speakers, skilled based trainers and hands on exhibits. The exhibit area ranges from virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics to coding, new application products and services. Tech Up for Women introduces women to the what, why, and how of these products in a relaxed networking atmosphere.


Tech jobs are thriving in the United States. CompTIA released its annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry on April 3, 2017, and it concluded that tech workers, on average, earned $108,900 in 2016 — more than twice the national wage of $53,040.

Jobs in software, cyber security, and cloud computing are flourishing. Nevertheless, many of these high-paying jobs go unfilled.

56% of the national workforce are women and 55% of Twitter and Facebook users are women. 28% of proprietary software jobs and 25% of IT jobs are held by women.

11% of executives at Fortune 500 companies are female and only 5% of tech startups are owned by women.

Highlights of our 2017 Conference Agenda

*8:15 AM – 8:45 AM

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
: Evy Poumpouras, Former Secret Service, TV Correspondent, Negotiation & Diversity Trainer, CLH Faculty Member

Social Technology Trends Not to Ignore
Implementing and upgrading social media tools to your online presence can lead to significant positive results. Social Media is a combination of biology, psychology and technology.  Social media technology outlets influence and change our brains. A tweet, a text or an email, is to many a hit of dopamine. Successful social media is personal in nature, in that it grabs the receiver’s attention.  Successful social media for businesses need to use social media in the same fashion that it is used in consumer markets, it must be personal to get the customer to engage. Regan Cleminson, a Social Media Influencer expert will share her insights into lifestyle and business social media marketing.

Speaker: Regan Cleminson, RPR

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Where we are headed and the potential impact
Innovation & adoption of new technologies to impact, improve, & advance
New technologies are being created at record lightning speed. The tsunami of innovations is creating a steep learning curve and those who surf ahead of this wave will be the ones who succeed. Technology and market disruptors are forcing companies to adapt quickly to remain competitive. Wendy Chin will lead a discussion on new, exciting, innovative technologies and how companies can capitalize on the good things offered by new technologies.

 Moderated by Wendy Chin, Creative Tech

Rebecca Cameron, Nasdaq
Maria Tapia, IBM
Jeana Thomas, United Technologies Corporation
Katie Dixon, Microsoft

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Teching Up for Corporate Board Roles- sharing  the status of women serving on corporate boards as well as how technology expertise makes an ever-increasing difference.

Fireside Chat Speakers

Kathy Murray, Executive Forum
Nancy Calderon, KPMG

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
Ethical Implications of Evolving Tech Leadership
More and more, companies are considering the ethical implications of the technologies that they are creating and employing. Who is being influenced, harmed, or marginalized by the latest developments and trends? How can these considerations be made before the technologies are deployed? Join us for a conversation about this emerging awareness, and the unique role that women in leadership can play in the trend.

Moderated by Natasha Green, The Anita Borg Institute


Rachel Laycock, ThoughtWorks
Roseanne Malfucci, ThoughtWorks

10:50 AM – 11:05 AM
Enjoy this break to mingle and get to know people.

11:05 AM – 11:15 AM

Some say that Blockchain may be the biggest technological innovation since the Internet, with tremendous implications for the global economy.  This presentation will cover some blockchain basics, as well as explore blockchain and cryptocurrency “hot topics” and future possibilities and use cases.

Speaker: Joshua Ashley Klayman, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Joshua is Co-Chair of the Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP and Chair of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
The now and the future of GEN Technologies: Curing Cancer and Stop Aging, Infinite Possibilities


Mary Tolikas, WYSS Institute
Georgia McGaughey, Vertex
Sabina Ewing, Pfizer

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Program:  Cyber Security

Keynote Speaker & Moderator: Lisa Sotto, Esq. Hunton & Williams LLP

In a world of increasing sophisticated cybersecurity threats, securing a website and protecting against intrusions, hackers and ransomware can prove a challenge. Lisa Sotto, the Managing Partner of Hunton and Williams Global and Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, ranked by Computerworld magazine for four consecutive years as the top law firm for privacy and data security, will help attendees understand best practices to protect websites, how to manage an intrusion and how best handle a data breach. Ms. Sotto will advised on cybersecurity risks, incident and policy issues, including proactive readiness. Lisa was selected to advise the Serbian government on global data protection law and draft the country’s data security and breach notification laws.

Cybersecurity – Everyone gets hacked, what can you afford to lose?

Runa Sandvik, New York Times
Tameika Hollis, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Jennifer Rothstein, Kroll
Rita Gurevich, Sphere Technologies

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Speaker: Evy Poumpouras

Negotiation & Body Language Confidence Building

How is it that woman are so under-represented in the femtech and fintech fields? What are the obstacles that keep women behind in these fields? Rather than focusing and blaming external obstacles, women need to turn the tables and take our power back. Women need to break into the tech industry by accessing your warrior mentality. Evy will first focus on internal assessments and psychological self-imposed barriers. She will also discuss practical techniques to build and strengthen your confidence code.

 1:50 PM – 2:15 PM
An examination of what’s truly driving gender inequity in the workplace

Speaker: Lydia Frank, PAYSCALE

Interestingly enough, Silicon Valley prides itself on its progressive views on climate change, same sex marriages, social, political and cultural issues, yet has not supported gender equality. The tech industry, headquartered in Silicon Valley, suffers a poor reputation and seems to relish in its “bro culture”. This environment favors young competitive alpha males at the expense of others. This frat culture does not openly engage women. Women are underrepresented in the U.S. Technology industry. Lydia will address how to improve the pipeline for women.   One way is to get women excited about entering STEM fields, and through education, work experience and networking break some barriers.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
A new look at qualitative and quantitative technologies


Shannon Platz, SAP
Shannon Platz will discuss how Executive Women need to focus on Data and Analytics to Advance their Careers and Companies

Lauren Kline, Factset Research Systems
Lauren Kline, FactSet, will discuss cloud to alternative data to blockchain, Lauren Kline will discuss how to not let technology outpace you and how educating yourself can give your career the edge.

2:45PM -3:45 PM
Financing Women: Let’s get past the 5%
Panelists: Angel Investor, VC, Banker, Golden Seed

Moderator: Kathy Murray, Angel Investor

Steve Garrow, Kayon Partners
Matt Watson, Indio
Jennifer Jackson, SBA
Sapna Shah, Red Giraffe Advisors

There is clearly a difference in the way women raise money vs how men raise money. Many factors are in play. Women founded businesses tended to be smaller and in low growth industries like retail and food, rather than technology. Women tend to be less apt to ask for venture funds and fund their businesses with personal savings. Less than 10% of venture capitalists are women.  Women tend to attribute their successes based on talents and resourcefulness. Women are judged on past performance and men on possibilities.  

Our well-seasoned Moderator and Panel will discuss how to beat the odds.

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Work like a tech genius to super-charge your company and career

Speaker: Tara Walker, Amazon

Marina Simonians, SAP

Rima Alameddine, nvidia

4:15 PM – 4:50 PM

Christine Furstoss, General Electric
Justine Santa Cruz, Satisfi Labs
Karen Kwan, Metavision

      Terry Van Duyn, General Assembly

4:50 PM – 5:00PM

How to use networking to your advantage in the tech world

Speaker:  Molly Ford Beck, Author, Blogger

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
An opportunity to demo a variety of new tech products and services, hands-on. Products in Robotics, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, New Innovations, Coding Resources, Engagement Platforms, and more. 

Our 2017 Keynote Speakers & Panelists

Mary Tolikas, Ph.D., M.B.A. is the Operations Director at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. She is responsible for the implementation and management of the research and program development operations of the Institute and, working in collaboration with Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, she is responsible for…

Tameika N. Hollis is the Executive Director for the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions, a division within Northrop Grumman’s $10.7B Mission Systems sector. In this position she is responsible for ensuring a portfolio of over 100 programs spanning the federal, defense, and intelligence markets which operates at the highest performance standards. Ms. Hollis applies her experience…

Matt Watson is the President & COO at Indio, a technology platform building digital tools for traditional insurance brokers. In this capacity, Matt is responsible for a wide spectrum of verticals including customer retention, product strategy, hiring and fundraising.  The company recently raised institutional financing from New Enterprise Associates, Compound Ventures…

Rita Gurevich is the founder of SPHERE Technology Solutions. Rita went to Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, where she earned her dual degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. She went on to the financial services industry where she gained extensive experience in architecting, managing and supporting infrastructure systems. Rita then…

Mary McCaffrey is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, where she is also the Sector Liaison for Golden Seeds various investment areas. Mary began her career as translator at the National Security Agency, and later as a Project Manager at two major special interest groups responsible for winning and overseeing various education related government grants.

Leonora Valvo is a veteran of the event tech space with an unyielding drive to help event professionals work more efficiently at every stage of their business. The founder of event software giant etouches, Leonora has cemented her influence in the events market with follow-up product Swoogo, an event software platform that translates her extensive understanding…

Rebecca Cameron is a Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Nasdaq.  In her current role, in addition to strategic planning, she is responsible for leading efforts focused on influencing the company culture with emphasis on supporting innovation and product development. Seeking to drive organic growth…

Maria Tapia is an experienced leader with over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. Throughout her career, she has re-invented herself several times. Maria began her career with IBM as an Applications Programmer in Southbury, CT supporting IBM internal security applications. Maria was also a project manager in the technology services…

Justine Santa Cruz’s mission is to improve people’s lives through technology. As VP of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at Satisfi Labs (, Justine is responsible for forging new partnerships with major brands, communication platforms and digital agencies. Satisfi, an intelligent data deployment platform, uses…

Katie Dixon is a global business professional focused on enabling customers and partners to achieve their unique business outcomes. A data access expert, Katie brings deep technical expertise on platforms including Microsoft, Informatica,, Oracle and SAP BI. She helps organizations unlock data silos to use…

Natasha Green is currently a community manager at, an entrepreneur, and a former mathematics teacher for the New York City Department of Education. She has touched on each letter in the acronym S.T.E.M and wants to improve the lives of youth in the New York city area.

Sapna Shah is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes angel and early-stage seed investments in retail tech, fashion tech and e-commerce startups and offers advisory services to early-stage companies…

Rachel Laycock is the Head of Technology for North America at ThoughtWorks and is based in New York. She has over 12 years of experience in software delivery, having worked on a wide range of technologies and the integration of many disparate systems. At ThoughtWorks, she…

Marina Simonians is the Head of Global ISV GTM Strategy at SAP with over 25 years of both technical/architecture background as well as strategic customer & partner facing engagement roles in software & hardware industries. . Marina has been involved with…

Evy Poumpouras is an on-air contributor for CNN, NBC, CBS and FOX regarding interview and investigative techniques. She is a former Special Agent for the U.S. Secret Service and investigated numerous financial crimes during her tenure. In addition to her fraud investigations, her presidential protective details included President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama…

Named among The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” Lisa Sotto chairs the firm’s top-ranked Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and is the managing partner of the firm’s New York office.  She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.  Lisa was voted the world’s leading privacy advisor in all surveys by Computerworld magazine and was recognized…

Kathy Murray, Founder & Co-Chair of Executive Forum Angels, is an experienced and creative business growth executive, angel investor, and advisor. Kathy’s background includes senior management roles at publicly traded firms and partnerships such as PwC, Aetna and FARO Tech. Kathy is also President of Harvard Business School Women’s Association of NY and…

Wendy Chin has over 25 years of senior management experience working in Fortune 50 companies and leading start-up businesses. Wendy is the Managing Partner of Creative Technology Group with a key focus in Cyber Security advisory practice. She also managed and developed an NLP-based travel assistant called Ezzie, and created the business strategy…

Jennifer Jackson currently serves as the Supervisory Economic Development Specialist for the New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  In this capacity,  Jennifer is responsible for developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with small business stakeholders with federal, state, regional and local government organizations…

Lydia Frank is Vice President of Content Strategy for PayScale, the leader in modern compensation data and software. PayScale creates products that help employees and employers understand market pay and have more open and mutually beneficial conversations about compensation. While at PayScale, Lydia has collaborated with a number of media partners to showcase…

Georgia McGaughey is the Global Senior Director of the Modeling & Informatics group at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., comprised of computational chemistry, cheminformatics and methods development.  She is also a member of the Research Leadership Team, which sets the strategy for the research arm of the company…

Steve Garrow is the host of the award-winning Provocateur’s Lab workshops. Steve is Managing Partner of the business development and investment firm Kayon Partners, and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Berkley Innovation Lab at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He holds talks with corporations, communities, and universities on the habits…

Tara Walker is a technical evangelist for Amazon Web Services, dedicating her time helping developers build apps, games, and technical solutions in the AWS cloud. She has most recently been working on evangelizing cloud computing, mobile, gaming, IoT, serverless architectures, AI technologies, and cross-platform development…

Mandy Antoniacci is an Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Columnist, and Activist. Her body of work has earned her global recognition and exclusive discussions with elite sport figures and social leaders around the world – Pittsburgh Steelers’ Owner Art Rooney, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Mark Cuban – covering topics such as…

Lauren Kline is Vice President, Senior Strategist, for FactSet’s Content and Technology Solutions. Specifically, Ms. Kline is responsible for analyzing market research and determining the direction of the FactSet content, cloud and technology strategy. Since joining FactSet in 2006…

Joshua Ashley Klayman is Of Counsel in the Financial Transactions Group and is a founding member and the head of MoFo’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group. Ms. Klayman is resident in the New York office and is a member of the firm-wide Women’s Strategy Committee, as well as Co-Chair…

Sabina A. Ewing is Vice President, Business Technology (BT) for Pfizer’s Corporate Functions and Business Services. Her responsibilities include the BT partnership and delivery of technology solutions for the Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, and Legal divisions as well as…

Runa Sandvik is the Director of Information Security at The New York Times. Her primary focus over the past year has been the newsroom and helping reporters better understand the challenges they are facing. Runa loves to travel and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world. She is a former developer with The Tor Project, a technical advisor…

Nancy Calderon is KPMG’s Global Lead Partner for IBM, responsible for building and managing the firm’s global relationship with the company. In this position, she manages a global team of 500 partners and professionals in more than 50 countries providing a range of services to this Fortune 50 company and its customers via alliance offerings, including Cloud…

Jennifer Rothstein is a Senior Director with Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice, based in the New York office. Jennifer develops and broadens the strategic partnerships established with insurance companies, brokers, and law firms that specialize in cyber liability insurance. She leads cross-functional activity to facilitate new business opportunities…

Dr. William Cox is CEO of Management & Excellence SA (M&E) in Madrid and M&E Global Inc., in New York ( M&E was established in 2001 with the support of the IE Business School, Madrid, and has become recognized as a pioneer in financially quantifying the risk/return of human capital. M&E’s leading service is SMART ROI…

Molly Beck is founder of podcast creation site Messy Bun; the author of Reach Out; the creator of the lifestyle blog Smart, Pretty & Awkward; and a marketing expert who provides digital strategies for companies including Forbes, Venmo, Rice University, and Hearst. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Parade, Huffington Post, Redbook, and more.

Jeana Thomas is the Executive Director of Global Digital Sales and Service Systems at Otis Elevator. In her role, Jeana partners with key business functions to drive Otis service and sales business through digital tools and IoT solutions that benefit Otis’s global customers and the employees that keep nearly 2 billion people on the move every day. Charged with leading…

As the lead for the digital marketing department at RPR, Regan Cleminson leverages her varied content marketing experience to help brands exceed sales and business goals faster and move effectively. Acknowledged for developing innovative strategies across the consumer, publishing, and lifestyle industries…

Karen Kwan is the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Meta. As a founding member, Karen has overseen the company’s growth from three people to its current 140+. She has led a wide breadth of functions over the years, including finance, operations, marketing, wellness, HR, IT, and administration. Prior to Meta, she worked at Experian CheetahMail…

Terry VanDuyn’s career has been focused on creating products that intersect technology, health, and education. Terry is a Senior Product Manager at General Assembly. Previously, she worked at What to Expect as a Senior Product Manager, and with Johnson & Johnson as a Health Content Developer. She is an advisor for…

Shannon Platz is SAP’s Global Vice President for Platform Ecosystem, responsible for sales and marketing strategy and revenue generation via digital solutions focused on analytics, databases, big data, cloud, IoT platforms and applications. Shannon manages a global organization to set the platform strategy across the partner ecosystem.

Christine Furstoss is the vice president of engineering and technology at GE Additive, where she is responsible for driving additive design, materials development and manufacturing processes for the technology, as well as developing the next generation of…

Native New Yorker Roseanne Malfucci has been building web products that make a difference IRL for over a decade. A strategic partner to multiple organizations, Roseanne uses a combination of systems thinking, organizational psychology, and personal contextualization…

Rima Alameddine leads the Enterprise business for Nvidia for the Eastern half of the US and Canada. Along with her team she’s responsible for helping Fortune 500 customers grow and transform their businesses by leveraging Artificial Intelligence…

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