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Paula Gould, PEG PR for WITI | 323.570.0734

WITI Announces Keynote Speakers From Comcast Cable, Intel, SpaceX and NewME Accelerator for Women Powering Technology Summit at the Marriott Santa Clara, June 3-5, 2012

Santa Clara, CA - (PRWeb) May 9, 2012 -- WITI (Women in Technology International), the leading global trade association for professional, tech-savvy women announced today the keynote speakers and schedule of events for next month's Annual Women Powering Technology Summit. The Summit takes place at the Marriott in Santa Clara, California, June 3-5, 2012, during National Women in Science and Technology Month.

The Summit will feature keynote presentations from WITI's Founder and Chairwoman Carolyn Leighton, as well as Dr. Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow, Intel Labs Director for Intel Corporation; Angela Benton, Founder of NewME Accelerator and Black Web 2.0; and Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. The Comcast Cable Keynote presentation will feature executives Lysa Dahlin, SVP of Human Resources, John Schanz, EVP and CNO, and Grace Killelea, SVP of Talent for Comcast Cable.

The 3-day Women Powering Technology Summit will present educational, technical and developmental workshops, informative panel discussions as well as thought-provoking speaking engagements with some of today's most influential and revered leaders in technology and business. Amanda Coolong, host and COO of TechZulu, will return as Master of Ceremonies.

The WITI Summit will span topics such as Social Business, Global Strategy, Data Security, Emerging Markets, Venture Capital and Workforce Diversity. WITI workshops will provide valuable how-to's and best practices for application and mobile development, social business strategy development, Cloud-focused IT transformation, strategic planning, leadership and career development, funding opportunities for entrepreneurs, self-publishing for authors and more.

"WITI members are key leaders and contributors to technology and business innovation. Every year, our global community of smart, professional, tech savvy women gather at our annual Summit to explore new possibilities, and develop strategies around advancing the business of technology through partnership and collaboration," said WITI Founder and Chairwoman, Carolyn Leighton. "WITI's membership, corporate partners, sponsors and Summit attendees represent a powerful network of business advocates and advisors dedicated to the development of women leaders worldwide."

The Women Powering Technology Summit features revered VIP events such as the Executive Auction fundraising event, Taste of Technology Reception, Founder's Reception and the prestigious Women in Technology Foundation Hall of Fame Awards, which honors women who have accomplished remarkable feats in their respective fields, in science and technology, while maintaining a dedication to encouraging the advancement of women. Educational and career development events will include the NextGen Micro-Conference on June 4, dedicated to inspiring girls to take an interest in STEM; and the WITI Career Fair presented by JobTarget on June 5, to help jobseekers meet companies dedicated to hiring top women talent.

Keynote Presentations:
  • Dr. Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow; Director, User Interaction & Experience, Intel Labs, Intel
  • Angela Benton, Founder, NewME Accelerator, Founder/Publisher, Black Web 2.0
  • Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
Comcast Cable Keynote Presentation:
  • Lysa Dahlin, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Cable
  • Grace Killelea, Senior Vice President of Talent, Comcast Cable
  • John Schanz, Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer, Comcast Cable
WITI Summit Workshop Leaders, Speakers, and Panelists:
  • Maya Baratz, Senior Product Manager, ABC News
  • Sloane Berrent, Vice President of Digital Marketing, Lippe Taylor
  • Tara Tiger Brown, Co-founder, Teach Me Stuff
  • Sandy Carter, Vice President Social Business Evangelism and Sales, IBM
  • Sophia Chung, Software Engineer, Facebook
  • JJ DiGeronimo, Author, The Working Woman's GPS
  • Laura Anne Edwards, Founder, and Alura Entertainment, LLC
  • Nicole Enright, VP, Strategic Operations, Avnet
  • Patricia Florissi, Vice President, Americas & EMEA CTO, Distinguished Engineer, EMC
  • Jen Friel, Owner/Lifecaster, Talk Nerdy To Me Lover
  • Cindy Gallop, Founder & CEO, IfWeRanTheWorld
  • Heather Healy, Vice President and EMC Products Division CIO, EMC Corporation
  • Joan Hestenes, Platforms IT Leader, Life Technologies
  • Bess Ho, Founding Partner and Mobile Architect, Archimedes Labs
  • Jessica Hunt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, HighTable
  • Brigette Jackson, VP GM Michigan/Indiana, T-Mobile
  • Betty LaMarr, Executive Coach, Nadisa Associates
  • Cameron Lester, General Partner, Azure Capital Partners
  • Marina Levinson, Founder and CEO, CIO Advisory Group, LLC
  • Sonita Lontoh, Head of Corporate Marketing, Trilliant
  • Amanda McConnell, Head of Product,
  • Kathryn Minshew, Founder & CEO, the Daily Muse
  • Joanne Moretti, Vice President Sales Excellence & Dean of HP Sales University, Global Sales, Hewlett-Packard
  • Patricia Nakache, General Partner, Trinity Ventures
  • Maria Ogneva, Head of Community, Yammer
  • Stephanie Palmeri, Senior Associate, SoftTech VC
  • Nicole Perlroth, Reporter, The New York Times
  • Melanie Polkosky, PhD, Human Factors Psychologist, IBM
  • Sue Robins, Owner, Ascend Training Solutions
  • Sheryl Root, President and CEO, Root Analysis; Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon - SV and Stanford University
  • Rinki Sethi, Security Engineer, eBay
  • Rachel Sheinbein, Partner, Energy and Materials, CMEA Capital
  • Lauren States, Vice President and CTO Cloud Computing and Growth Initiatives, IBM Corporate Strategy
  • Rakel Sölvadóttir, Founder and CEO, Skema
  • Candice Tal, CEO, Infortal
  • Pemo Theodore, Media Producer & Startup Coach, EZebis
  • Patty Toland, Partner, Filament Group, Inc.
  • Alexia Tsotsis, Senior Editor, TechCrunch
  • Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University
  • Ekaterina Walter, Senior Social Media Strategist, Intel
  • Sharon Wienbar, Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners

WITI will make updates to the schedule of events leading up to the Summit. For the latest information, please visit: Event hashtag is #WITISummit.

WITI Summit sponsors include: Amazon, Avnet, Caesars Entertainment, Comcast Cable, FedEX, FICO, GEICO, IBM, JobTarget, LinkedIn, Robert Half Technology, T-Mobile, Thomson Reuters and TiVO.

About WITI

WITI is the world's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of exceptionally successful women leaders, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other succeed. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. For more information, please visit Follow @WITI on Twitter. Like WomenInTech on Facebook. + WITI on G+. Active WITI members can also join the WITI LinkedIn Group.