Sylvia Acevedo is the CEO of the Girls Scouts of the USA. A talented technology executive who has held positions with some of the world’s most respected companies, Sylvia previously founded CommuniCard LLC, and served in executive roles at REBA Technologies, Dell, Apple, and IBM – and she began her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sylvia was one of the first Hispanic students, male or female, to earn a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University and holds a bachelor of science degree with honors from New Mexico State University. Over the years Sylvia has spoken across the country about the importance of helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Sylvia joined the Girl Scouts Board of Directors in 2009 and became CEO in 2017, bringing both her business career and childhood experience as a Girl Scout to the role.
Camille Fournier is a Managing Director and Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma. She is the former Chief Technology Officer of Rent The Runway and a former Vice President of Technology at Goldman Sachs. Fournier earned an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a maintainer of the Apache ZooKeeper open source project, writes the Ask The CTO column for O'Reilly Media, and is a regular public speaker and advocate for greater diversity within technology and leadership. Her book, "The Manager's Path," was published by O'Reilly in early 2017.
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Sarah Meyohas is an artist working across media. For her latest project, Cloud of Petals, she staged a performance at the site of the former Bell Labs. Sixteen workers photographed 100,000 individual rose petals. The massive dataset they compiled was used to map out an artificial intelligence algorithm that learned to generate new, unique petals forever. The Cloud of Petals exhibition becomes a site for contemplation about a post-human reality and the future of labor in the face of automation. The exhibition traveled to Disjecta Contemporary in Portland, Oregon, and the film was featured at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival.
Previously, her 2015 cryptocurrency Bitchcoin and Stock Performance at 303 Gallery have also explored networks of information, power, value, and communication. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Vice, Fortune, Nowness, The Atlantic, and she has appeared on CNBC, PBS, and CBC. She was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Meyohas holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in finance from the Wharton School, and in 2015 received an M.F.A. from Yale University.
Benedetta Piantella is a designer turned humanitarian technologist. She has been involved in international development for the past ten years, ever since her experience of surviving a tsunami in 2004. She has also been teaching for the past decade in different disciplines and to different age groups, from Lego Robotics and Electronics to K-12 students to HCI, Physical Computing and Engineering for Development to undergraduate and graduate students. She founded two R&D companies focused on producing sustainable solutions to social problems worldwide and built partnerships with organizations such as the UN, UNICEF, The Earth Institute, Universities and multiple NGOs and Community Based Organizations. Her design research and practice focus on applying systems thinking and user-centered design to insure equitable access to life-sustaining resources, often through connected devices, real-time data and distributed infrastructure. She is currently faculty at the Design for Social Innovation Program at School of the Visual Arts and a Technologist in Residence at Cornell Tech.
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Nirupama Mallavarupu is the founder & CEO of MobileArq, which is a fundraising and communication platform for school districts, PTA Councils, and schools (moderator).
Calla Carter is a senior computer science student at Bryn Mawr College and the president and founder of Sudo Hoot, Bryn Mawr’s computer science student organization.
I am a Sophomore at Stony Brook University pursuing a Computer Science and Applied Math degree. I am currently the Webmaster of WiCS and a mentor for the College of Engineering. Next year I will be the VP of WiCS. I worked at Digital Media Academy (a kid's tech program) for three summers and interned for my local cable station (WHoH-TV) for three years. This summer I will be an intern at Morgan Stanley. In High school I was the president of Film Club for two years. I have a passion for the artistic side of tech (film, web design, etc.) as well as the logical side of tech!
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Alicia Thomas is the founder and CEO of Dibs, a B2B digital platform that gives studios quick and easy access to real-time pricing for the boutique fitness classes their clients want. A former developer and director of data strategy at Citigroup, Thomas chose to start a company in the fitness industry because she knew she would have a competitive advantage. Thomas graduated from UCLA with a BSc. in Math and Economics with a specialization in Computer Science, and got her M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Liz Maida is the CEO and co-founder of Uplevel Security. Maida has also served as the company's CTO. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University and dual Masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her graduate school research examined the application of graph theory to network interconnection.
Beth Ferreira, a Managing Director at FirstMark Capital, invests in a broad range of consumer companies, including next-generation commerce, consumer tech, and mobile startups. Prior to FirstMark, Beth was the Managing Partner of WME Ventures, the venture capital arm of WME IMG and led investments in Glossier, Daily Harvest, Masterclass, and Hush. Prior to this role, Beth was Chief Operating Officer at Fab and ran operations in the early days of Etsy. Beth also held positions at Flatiron Partners, BCG and UBS. Beth holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Dianna Liu is the founder of ARIX Technologies, a start-up engineering robotics and data analytics to assist oil & gas refineries in their predictive maintenance and operational decisions. She was formerly an engineer with ExxonMobil, having experience both in commercial operations on their trading floor as well as a field engineer at one of their refineries, and ARIX was inspired by many unmet needs she personally experienced on the job. She holds dual Mechanical and Biomedical Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees from Duke University and is about to graduate from the Yale School of Management with an MBA. Aside from ARIX, she’s also the founder and a co-owner of an active 17-year old online horse game.
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Karen Xiao is a Deployments Engineer at Mark43, a civic technology company reinventing public safety software applications from the ground up, delivering unparalleled data integration and efficiency gains to first responders. After graduating from Harvard in 2014, Karen joined PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has since been at Mark43 for over two years.
Suzie Grange is Co-founder and Lead Product Engineer https://www.mavenclinic.com, the digital clinic for women. Maven offers instant access to women’s health and wellness providers via video chat and private message, and comprehensive fertility, maternity, and back-to-work programs for employers. A self-taught engineer, Suzie has a degree in Music Technology and after initially learning to code as a teenager, chose to pursue software development as a career path in her mid-twenties. Originally from the UK, she worked for art and fintech startups in London before moving to the USA in 2014 to build Maven.
Noelle Francois is co-founder and Executive Director of Heat Seek NYC, a civic technology nonprofit operating at the intersection of data, the internet of things (IoT), and housing justice. Recognizing that the #1 housing maintenance issue in NYC is inadequate heat in the wintertime, Heat Seek builds and deploys web-connected temperature sensors and a corresponding web app to document when an apartment's temperature dips below the legal limit set forth in the city's housing code. The organization assists tenant organizers, legal service providers, and individual tenants across all five boroughs in using their sensor data to demand safe, healthy housing.
Noelle received a BA in Sociology and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary, and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.