JJ DiGeronimoPresident, Tech Savvy Women
JJ DiGeronimo, President of Tech Savvy Women, is one of the most highly regarded speakers, authors and executive strategists to attract, retain and advance professional women. Through her keynotes and executive sessions, JJ shares effective leadership, influence and inclusion strategies to accelerate professional women.
JJ is a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine and has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, The Glass Hammer, Working Women Magazine, The Grindstone, ITWorld, Career-Intelligence and Rescue a CEO. She has shared her insights and discoveries with many corporations and women’s organizations. She’s was recently included in the Top 100 Women Visionary Leaders to Watch in 2016 by Innov8tiv’s, received the Innovation Award from the Small Business Network, recognized as one of the Top 25 People in Technology in “Inside Business Cleveland” and was awarded the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her book.
JJ includes these experiences along with hours of research in her book new book “Accelerate Your Impact” Aug. 2016. This complements her 2011 book, “The Working Woman’s GPS”. She also contributed to the book, “The Confident Woman, Tapping Into Your Inner Power” and hosts regular videos on TechSavvyWomen.TV.
Julie HaleyCEO, Edge Solutions
Haley’s invaluable 20-year career as a business and commercial litigation attorney with a focus on driving public sector initiatives and key lobbying efforts in support of education and sustainable growth across the southern US drive the success of Edge Solutions. In addition to her experience as a law associate at several top Texas law firms, Haley has committed years of service to key public service positions, including chief lobbyist for the Georgia PTA, Congressman Tom Price’s Citizen Advisory Board, the Fulton County Code Enforcement Board, and other education advocacy and advisory boards. Haley was named as the North Fulton Small Business Person of the Year in 2011, CRN’s Top 100 Women of the Channel in 2011 through 2014, and a finalist for Women in Technology’s Woman of the Year in 2011.
Linda HutchinsonNA Channel Sales Leader, Ciena
Linda Hutchinson is NA Channel Leader for Ciena Corporation, a network strategy and technology company. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of Ciena’s channel go-to-market strategy, partner sales, and field enablement for Value Added Resellers, System Integrators, Solution Providers, Tier 2 Distributors, and Managed Service Providers. With over 15 years of senior leadership in channel centric roles, she is known for “connecting the dots” to anticipate where high tech markets are converging and being a change agent transforming sales organizations into high performing teams.
Prior to joining Ciena, she was a director at F500 technology companies in variety of senior sales leadership, corporate strategy, global alliance, and channel development roles, and enjoyed a stint as an entrepreneur leading an information security and risk management consulting firm, S2R Execution Bridge.
She is an active WIT Girls (www.mywit.org) volunteer where she formerly led the Career Explorations team that is focused on raising STEM awareness within middle and high school girls to ignite their interest in pursuing STEM careers. Ms. Hutchinson received her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University and her MBA from Emory University.
Lisa MacKenziePartner, Executive Vice President, The Channel Company
Lisa MacKenzie is a seasoned executive with expertise in marketing, sales, product management and operations. Lisa was instrumental in The Channel Company's evolution from providing traditional media to offering a full portfolio of solutions and services. She brings her proven expertise to The Channel Company's extensive events portfolio - helping ensure that our events meet the evolving needs of our customers. Thanks to Lisa's leadership, The Channel Company attracts record audiences and receives high customer satisfaction scores. Lisa also repositioned our consulting, research and education offerings, resulting in increased profitability and new product launches.
Marie RourkePresident & Founder, WhiteFox Marketing & Communications
Karyn SchoenbartCEO, The NPD Group
Karyn Schoenbart, author of MOM.B.A., is CEO of The NPD Group, a global provider of information and advisory services to many of the world’s leading brands. She has over 30 years of experience in the market research field, with expertise in identifying and developing new business opportunities and client partnerships.
Pennie TurgeonVice President for Information Technology and CIO, Clark University
As Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Clark University (www.clarku.edu), Pennie is responsible for ensuring that Clark's IT resources are aligned with the strategic priorities of the University, and that IT services are reliable, sustainable, easy to use, and cost efficient. To accomplish this task, she works with Clark's faculty, administration, staff and trustees to provide leadership, direction, and overall coordination of all aspects of information technology. This includes administrative and academic information systems, academic and instructional support, high performance computing, media services, technology-enhanced classrooms, videoconferencing and web streaming, web applications development, computing labs, help desk services, networks, systems, and IT/data security policies. She also coordinates University requests for the procurement of IT resources, and is responsible for the management of vendor and partner relationships.
Adrienne WeissmanChief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships, G2 Crowd Inc.