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Julie Ann Horvath
Julie Ann is currently a designer and fronted developer at &yet and is also the creator and organizer of Passion Projects. Passion Projects is a monthly talk series designed to promote and celebrate the work of amazing women in the tech industry. Inspiring! As a developer, she writes CSS, builds clean interfaces, and constructs static websites. She has been interested in technology since a young age and she loves encouraging other women to pursue their dreams in this field!
Science Communicator Emily is an American science communicator and YouTube educator. She currently stars in and educational YouTube channel called "The Brain Scoop." Graslie is now employed by the Field Museum as their first-ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent.
“I am a film junkie, fashion fanatic and a pop culture addict who also happens to be tech obsessed.”- Christina Warren. Christina is a Senior Tech Analyst at Mashable, where she writes about technology, mobile computing, design and development. She focuses on the relationship between new media and technology and often reports on the effects that new technological applications have or will have. Christina has written fun articles such as “Wi-Fi Camera Dropcam Can Now 'See' Humans.” Cool!
Saadia is a marketing and communications strategist. She is the president of Black & White Logic Inc., a tech company that designs, develops, implements and maintains internet based software. She also founded Revvly, which creates online ticketing solutions for clients in the live entertainment and conference registration industry. Furthermore, she is the founder of TechGirls Canada, which encourages girls to pursue careers in technology.
Sara Chipps is the Chief Technology Officer at Flatiron Schools and Labs, which teaches students how to be entry-level developers. She got interested in technology when she was 11 years old because she loved getting to know other people on BBS (what was used before the Internet). She was so amazed and inspired by what she could do on BBS, that she decided to follow her passion and started learning how to code.
Since Junior High, space has fascinated Natalie Panek. She has interned at NASA, where she worked on a mission to Mars and on MDA Space Missions’ Next-Generation Canadarm robot. Currently, Panek is a Mission Systems Engineer at MDA Space Missions where she works on space robotics and space exploration programs for Canada.
Ruchi was the first woman engineer Facebook ever hired! While she was born in India, she went to college at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Engineering. She has always loved engineering and technology, and in 2005 she joined Facebook, when it only had 20 employees and 5 million users. She saw Facebook expand to thousands of employers and billions of users! While at Facebook, she helped develop the “News Feed.” Currently, Ruchi is the Vice President of operations at Dropbox.
Allison has designed for Dropbox, Codecademy and Treehouse. Her projects can be found on Dribbble, which is an online community where designers show their work. She also created Origins, Dropbox's talk series for women working at the intersection of design and technology. Allison believes that diversity is something that matters especially when it comes to web design, and she encourages young women interested in these fields by mentoring them.
Hilary Mason is fascinated by algorithms. Her strong interest led to her to the role Data Scientist, though “data science” was not called that at the time of her starting. Mason worked as Chief Scientist for Bitly and is Scientist Emeritus for them, which includes advising a team focused on current Internet interests, research , exploring and engineering. She also co-founded the non-profit, HackNY. Along with her role as Scientist Emeritus, she is a Data Scientist in Residence at Accel.
When Jackie Balzer was 18, she spent her free time creating websites, and that’s what she continues to do today. Balzer is currently a Front-End Developer for Behance, a website designed to help share creative professionals’ portfolios.
Leah Culver created her first webpage at the age of 15, but it wasn’t until a programming class in college that she realized she loved coding. Culver co-authored OAuth and OEmbed API specifications. Currently, she is a Developer Advocate at Dropbox and an iOS and Python developer.
Verizon Mina currently leads over 1,700 employees spread throughout the United States. The team is responsible for the overall end-to-end build of Verizon’s Wireline network infrastructure & circuit level provisioning across the network. Central to Mina’s successful leadership is her belief in the positive influence technology can have on children. She strongly supports community outreach efforts that help at risk & disadvantaged children with mentoring, training & exposure to technology.
Bonnie Bassler began her career in biochemistry after losing her mother to cancer. She focused on bacterial communication in graduate school. Bassler’s research was was derided as “fringe” or “crazy” science, but she persevered and discovered AI-2, which revealed that nearly all bacteria communicates. Her discovery of quorum sensing has illustrated a new way of thinking about bacteria. Bassler is currently a professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.
It wasn’t until her senior year of College, when an article discussing Stanford’s Campus Icons included a bullet point about the blonde in the upper-level computer science classes—Marissa Mayer herself—that she realized how unique she was. Mayer was attracted to the field because she got to think of a problem in a myriad of ways. But as far Mayer can remember she has always been good at math and science. She was the first female engineer for Google, and now she is the CEO of Yahoo.
Professor in Digital Humanities Mary Flanagan is an artist, author, educator, and designer. She is the inaugural chair holder of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College and is the director of the Tiltfactor Lab, an innovative game research laboratory. Her art has been exhibited around the world and was featured in the video game art documentary 8 BIT.
Lockheed Martin Sondra Barbour is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business Services and Chief Information Officer for Lockheed Martin. She leads all internal information technology operations, including protecting the corporation from cyber threats, as well as the Corporation’s Financial Services and the Environmental, Health and Safety organization.
Raytheon Lynn is President of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems. Prior to her role at IIS, She was Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Quality for Raytheon Network Centric Systems, and was responsible for the function’s strategic direction, leadership and operations. Before joining Raytheon, Lynn held officer-level positions with ADC Telecommunications and served as a Texas Instruments Vice President for Quality at the Defense Systems and Electronics Group.
AT&T Rinne is responsible for service platforms, wireless device requirements, network performance analysis, and industry standards development at AT&T. In 2011, she was named as “The Most Influential Woman in Wireless” by Fierce Wireless and was listed in the Global Telecom Business Power 100 list of the most powerful telecom executives.
CISCO As CTO, Padmasree helps define Cisco's technology strategy and works closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors to drive innovation across the company. In her role as SVP, Engineering, Warrior co-leads Cisco’s Engineering organization alongside SVP, Engineering, Pankaj Patel. Together, they set the vision and strategy for the organization, as well as lead a team of 22,000 engineers to execute on the group’s strategic priorities.
NASA Astronaut Anne is a NASA astronaut from the class of 2013. She is also a Major in the U.S. Army. She is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (BS Mechanical Engineering); the University of Bath (MS Aerospace Engineering) and the University of Bristol (MS International Security), both in the United Kingdom. McClain is an OH-58 helicopter pilot, and a recent graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Aerospace Corporation Dr. Wanda M. Austin is President & CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security space programs. The Aerospace Corporation has nearly 4,000 employees & annual revenues of more than $850 million. Austin has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s in systems engineering & mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, & a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of South California.
Symantec Janice leads Symantec’s Consumer Business Unit, which includes Symantec's market-leading Norton™ brand. Since assuming her role in 2006, she has expanded the Norton portfolio to address the post-PC era of multiple devices and exploding data. Under her leadership, Norton has received nearly 600 awards for its superior products, and grown revenues for 14 consecutive quarters. Janice previously served as Symantec’s first Chief Marketing Officer and spent 21 years at Hewlett-Packard.
BAE Systems Named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the past three years, Hudson leads operations for BAE with 2011 revenues of $14.4 billion and approximately 43,000 employees in six nations. She began her defense career after receiving her bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Florida.
Department of Defense Dr. Stubbs was appointed as the Director of Science & Technology Initiatives in 2011. Her prior appointment was as the Director of Requirements and Strategic Integration. Both appointments are in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Stubbs has over 25 years of military, private and public sector experience in Technology Transfer, Quality & Supply Chain Management. Laura was also the first African-American Naval Nuclear Power School instructor in the U.S. Navy.
Boeing Laurette is Vice President of Engineering, Flight and Controls, for Boeing Defense Space & Security (BDS). Previously, she was the director of BDS Flight Engineering for tactical aircrafts, tankers and transports, rotorcraft, space exploration spacecraft and satellites. Laurette began her career as an aerodynamics engineer supporting Boeing’s 737, 757 and 777 jetliners, JSTARS surveillance/radar aircraft, B-52 Stratofortress, C/KC-135 Stratotanker, and RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.
Marathon Oil Annell is the Vice President of Global Exploration at Marathon Oil Corporation. Immediately before joining Marathon Oil, Annell was Vice President, Americas Exploration, at Shell Exploration and Production Company. Prior to Shell, she held the positions of Vice President, Worldwide Exploration in Houston, and Vice President, North America Exploration in Denver, for Kerr-McGee Oil and Gas Corporation.
Bayer Rebecca has directed Bayer Corporation’s, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education partnerships and flagship program Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) since 2000. She is Board President of Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching in Pittsburgh and serves as an advisory committee member for the National Governors Association’s STEM Center and Chairs the Diversity and Underrepresentation Committee for Change the Equation.