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Adelaide Braddock

Vice President of Business Development, StratIS IoT
The Path to Smart Cities and the IoT Roadmap

Entrepreneur, spice junkie, travel guru. Smart Cities focused since before the term existed, Adelaide became Vice President of Business Development at STRATIS with the express priority of applying Smart City development to the Philadelphia portfolio. Her professional background and accompanying
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Andrea Goulet is the CEO of Corgibytes, a software development shop dedicated to maintaining and modernizing software applications. Named by LinkedIn as one of the top ten professionals in software under 35, Andrea is the founder of LegacyCode.Rocks and hosts
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Anjana began her career at Shoeboxed, a software company specializing in digitizing receipt management and bookkeeping needs with modern applications. Over the course of her five-year tenure she wore many different hats, ascending to three years as VP, Product. In
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Concetta Rand has an extensive background as a growth-oriented strategic marketer.  As CRO for iFundWomen, she oversees revenue management, marketing, and analytics. Passionate about the power of entrepreneurship, Concetta is committed to supporting and scaling iFundWomen’s vision and mission to close the funding and confidence
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Elaine Bolle

Board Director and Past President, RTP Capital
Mind the Gap – The Funding Gap That Is

ELAINE D. BOLLE is an active angel investor, board director and advisor leading domestic and global organizations from start-ups to $750M+ enterprises.   She has built and successfully exited several early stage venture backed companies including Achex, a payment processor, sold
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Emily Seibert is a Software Engineer. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science and has been concentrating on front-end development for two years. When she isn’t programming, Emily loves to hike and
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Jesica Averhart is the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle a non-profit established to educate and develop leaders that elevate the regional thought-leadership and activate change. Before taking the helm at  Leadership Triangle, Jesica served as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Capitol Broadcasting – working with
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Julie Burkett is a Principal Solutions Engineer focused on enabling MetLife’s digital transformation.  An innovator in the STEM field, Julie most recently led the infrastructure design and deployment of MetLife’s Global Sales and Servicing Platform. As a part of this
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Katie is an artist and a Ruby on Rails developer at Spoonflower.  She likes mentoring, SQL queries, and passing test suites.  With a background in sculpture and costuming, if she isn’t sewing, she’s building dovetail boxes in the wood shop.

Kelly Hoey

Author and Investor

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25
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Kelly Walsh attended the NC School of Science & Mathematics and UNC Chapel Hill. She dabbled in astronomy, physics, and computer science before finally graduating with a BA in philosophy. She joined Spoonflower in 2011 as a weekend printer operator,
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Kenya Oduor, Ph.D., is a user-experience practitioner and leader with 18 years of experience in the enterprise software industry. Kenya is a systems design thinker who enjoys problem solving at a product and organizational level. She looks for opportunities to
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LaBrina Loving

Cloud Solution Architect for State and Local Government, Microsoft
The Bots are on the Rise and How You Can Make Them Soar

LaBrina Loving is a Cloud Solution Architect for State and Local Government at Microsoft with over 18 years of experience in software development and consulting.  In her role, she works with partners with Health and Human Services Vertical Solutions to help
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Lenae is responsible for product strategy, design, and deployment of mobile transportation technologies for TransLoc, a transportation technology company based in Durham, North Carolina, that is focused on empowering public transit agencies to deliver the ultimate rider experience. Prior to
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Lexi Namer is the UI Design Instructor at The Iron Yard in Raleigh where she teaches code and design to students in an immersive setting. She recently received her Master’s degree in interactive media from the University of North Carolina’s
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Marlo Wilcox started her tenure at Spoonflower in 2015 and is excited to have joined during a time of extraordinary growth and change. Marlo has a Master;s degree in Human Resources Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a BA
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Meg Kenny

Director of Onsite Support, Strata MVPD/Comcast

Meg Kenny specializes in bridging the gap. Whether she’s acting as the conduit between user experience and software development, managing resources through a nationwide deployment, or integrating automation to enhance functionality, Meg excels at connecting. Meg is proud to be
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Meghan Macera

Product Designer, WillowTree, Inc.
Outside the Screen: Multimodal UX

Meghan Macera is a Product Designer at WillowTree, Inc., a digital agency located in Durham, NC and Charlottesville, VA. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Arts where she studied Graphic Design and played Division 1 Lacrosse.
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Radharani De

Developer, The Washington Post
Intro to React.JS

Radha De is a software developer for the Washington Post, where she builds applications in the MEAN stack for the Enterprise Systems team. She earned her BS in Chemistry at Duke University in 2009. While doing immunology research at the
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Sarah Anderson

Web & Communications Manager, National Archives and Records Administration
Mrs. Curie Makes a Discovery: Editing Wikipedia for Women in History

Sarah Anderson spends her days making history accessible and engaging to an online audience. This includes adapting physical programs and exhibits for the web, and using new technology to make the telling the stories of the records. She has worked
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Tia White

Sr. Technology Manager, Capital One
DevOps: What’s all the hype about?

Tia J. White joined Capital One in 2015 where she currently works on LIQUID TECH leading the Operational Excellence team. In this role, Tia is responsible for overseeing the Strategic, Risk, Production Support and Database Engineering teams to ensure the
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Ursula Mead is the CEO and founder of InHerSight, an anonymous company ratings platform for women. At InHerSight women have rated the female-friendliness of 50,000 companies in the US, and the platform uses that data to match women to companies
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With experience as an open-source DBA and developer for software-as-a-service environments, Valerie has expertise in web-scale data storage and data delivery. She is experienced in working with diverse, remote teams on multiple concurrent projects in changing environments. She currently works
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