Midwest 2018 Speakers

Midwest Conference


Liz Brown

Co-CEO and Head of Design, WebJunto

(@lizbrownsays) Liz Brown is Co-CEO and head of design at Webjunto, a user-experience-focused design and development company based in Philadelphia. After receiving a master’s degree in urban planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at SUNY Buffalo; Read more->

Morgana Carter

Manager, Data Science and Data Solutions, Intel

(@_oneunit) Morgana Carter is a Data Scientist at Intel Corporation. Her professional projects have focused on People Analytics, Market Intelligence, and Systems Designs. Outside of work, some of her personal research topics include sports analytics, data visualization, and civic data analysis. Read More >

Teresa Cauvel

Co-founder and CTO, Neopenda

(@Neopenda_HealthTeresa is co-founder and CTO of Neopenda, a social enterprise startup creating high-impact, affordable medical devices for emerging markets. Teresa holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University (2016) and a Bachelors degree in Bioengineering from Santa Clara University (2014). Read More >

Tara Chklovksi

CEO and Founder, Iridescent/Technovation

(@technovationTara’s mission in life has been to transform the opportunities available to young people, especially girls, to reach their full-potential and impact their communities. Tara founded Iridescent in 2006 to empower underrepresented young people, especially girls, to become technology innovators and leaders. Read More >

Anelia Chtilianova

DevOps Manager, Physical Operations, Global Oil Americas Supply and Trading, BP

Anelia leads the delivery of the Trading Operations program in the Supply and Trading organization of BP. It is a global program with the objective to transform the operator’s role into the second most commercial role in supply and trading (after Traders). Anelia manages a diverse and globally dispersed team, based out of 4 locations (Chicago, London, Bangalore and Singapore) Read More >

Amanda Conrad

Director, Product Management, true[X]

(@aconraddesign) Amanda is the Director of Product Management at true[X] – an advertising technology company that has pioneered a better advertising experience for users, publishers, and advertisers. She is the product owner of true[X]’s ad serving platform, and has recently lead research and data initiatives that bring machine learning into ad serving. Read More >

Marie De Luna

VP Technology, SapientRazorfish

(@mmdeluna) Marie brings more than 23 years of experience in digital and web technical management, strategy, architecture and development.  She specializes in Marketing Technology, Enterprise Solutions, Architecture and Strategy, Digital Marketing; Advertising, Social Media, Content Management, E- Commerce and Cloud Technologies with a specialization on global multi-brand, multi-country, multi-language platforms. Read More >

Karen Gordon

Founder, CEO & Chief Design Facilitator, WE Design Think

(@GordonKaren) Karen Gordon is the CEO and Founder of WE DESIGN THINK, 50 ACTION 50, and CEOFluency. All three companies focus on having people, teams, and entire organizations innovate to create new economic value. Read More >

Sandhya Gorman

Senior Category Manager, Amazon Web Services

(@ITSandhyaAs a Senior Category Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Sandhya oversees the AWS Marketplace’s portfolio of emerging security and networking vendors. She joined AWS in 2017, bringing 20 years of technology industry experience, including senior roles at Brocade and Intel. Prior AWS, Sandhya was a Director of Strategic Alliances at Brocade. Read More >

Lauren Hasson

Founder, DevelopHer

(@LaurenRHasson) Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer, a career development platform for tech women by tech women, and a software engineer at a prominent Bay Area fintech company where she’s building their iOS SDK and working in information security. Read More >

Laura Janusek

Vice President of Product, Modern Teacher

(@LBJanusek) Laura Janusek is VP of Product at Modern Teacher, a company that provides technology-enabled solutions to support K12 school districts across the U.S. In this role, Laura manages the development and quality assurance team and oversees the development lifecycle, from ideation through live releases and enhancements. Read More >

Rokeya Jones

Director – Commercial Software Engineering, Academic, Microsoft Corporation

(@TeamRokeyaJ) Rokeya is a highly skilled technologist from Atlanta, GA. (USA) and now serves as a technology executive with a focus on engineering, product design and higher education strategy. Rokeya has worked as a technology leader for IBM, Disney and Verizon impacting millions of users with new product designs such as the Magic Band, mBrace, Drive Safe & Save just to name of few. Read More >

Mary Malone

Principal Engineer, Product Development, Comcast

(@MaryMaloneFidil) Mary Malone, is Principal Engineer in the Technology, Product, Xperience [TPX} organization at Comcast in Philadelphia, PA. She earned a B.A. in Computer Science from La Salle University and M.S. in Computer Science from Villanova University. Read More >

Bethany Pagels-Minor

Senior Product Manager, Sprout Social

(@bethany_minor) Bethany is a product manager and has worked in technology roles within numerous multi-million dollar organizations. They currently work on a development team focusing on social media management at Sprout Social. Read More >

Shannon Kreps

Director Product Marketing, 3D Results

(@skreps2000)  Shannon is a strong product and technology solution evangelist with a passion for customer engagement. A seasoned expert in product marketing and management with a particular focus on data analytics, she has over 20 years in the software industry (how did that happen??). Read More >

Kayte Malik

CEO/Co-Founder, Dresscode Tech

(@kaytemalik) Kayte Malik is the CEO and Co-founder of Dresscode. Dresscode believes there is beauty in innovation and technology. The company merges fashion and technology to excite and educate women and girls about computer science, coding and STEM. Read More > 

Johnny Palmer

US Resourcing Lead, BP

For over 15 years, Johnny Palmer has worked in the Energy industry as a Talent Acquisition Consultant specializing in Commercial, Legal, Engineering, and Finance business units. Read More >

Lauren  Pierce

Workforce Development Program Manager, Creating IT Futures

(@createITfutures) Lauren joined Creating IT Futures in 2017 bringing with her a varied background in workforce development as a career counselor, assessment counselor, facilitator and disability specialist. Having worked in DuPage County, IL, and Dallas, TX, assisting diverse populations of job seekers Read More >

Alexandra Prodromos

Executive Director, Chicago Blockchain Center

Alexandra Prodromos is the Executive Director of the newly created Chicago Blockchain Center, a public-private non-profit partnership that serves as a leading educational resource and startup incubator of blockchain focused companies in the Chicago/Illinois tech ecosystem. Read More >

Christine Rodos

Former, Global Partnerships Manager, Pangea Money Transfer

(@crushrodos)  Christine is an experienced finance and technology professional from Chicago, IL. She spent nearly 10 years in a B2B role at Wells Fargo managing portfolio risk and growing the book of commercial business. Read More >

Kat Rokhlin

Senior Manager of Programming and Engagement, 1871

Kat Rokhlin is the Senior Manager of Programming and Engagement at 1871 where she focuses on curating and coordinating meaningful programming for startups and looks for opportunities to improve the member experience for 1871 companies. Read More >

Estela Segura

Global Business Analysis Manager, BP

Estela is a Business Analysis Manager in Global Oil Integrated and Supply Trading responsible for managing Business Analyst capability and capacity across IT Trading Operations system projects in Chicago, London, and Singapore. Estela assumed this role in August 2015 and is based in Chicago IL. Read More >

June Sugiyama

Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation

(@VodafoneProject) June Sugiyama has been the Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation for the last 17 years where she drives the Foundation’s initiatives to Improve People’s Lives, Support the Development Sector, Spark Innovation, and Empower Women and Girls. Previously, she served in several roles at Vodafone’s predecessors, AirTouch and Pacific Telesis International. Read More >

Emily Triplett Lentz

Blog Editor & Content Strategist, Help Scout

(@emilytlentz) Emily Triplett Lentz is on the marketing team at Help Scout, where she runs the blog and other editorial efforts. Her writing has appeared in Inc., Lifehacker, Entrepreneur, The Muse, The Next Web, Signal v. Noise, The Startup and other publications. Read More >

Kim Vertucci

DevOps Manager, BP

In her role at BP, Kim leads global programs and projects, managing a development team, coordinating efforts across regions and acting as the business manager for the GOA Chief Information Officer. Read More >

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Founder, TechGirlz

(@TWelsonRossman) Tracey is the founder of TechGirlz. She is also a founding member of, and Chief Marketing Officer for, Chariot Solutions, a Philadelphia-based Java and open source software development and consulting firm. Tracey has created the branding and marketing strategy for Chariot, helping it to grow from 10 employees in 2002 to 50. Read More >

CM Winters

Librarian, City Colleges of Chicago

CM! Winters is a Librarian and a Chicago Blockchain Project advisor. She is a staunch advocate for innovative civic engagement gleaning her areas of subject expertise in blockchain technology, organized labor, and information/news literacy. Read More >