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ABI.NY – Women Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit

April 4, 2016 · 8:00 am - 7:00 pm PDT

 ABI.NY – Women Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit

Women in Tech Creating the Future
April 4, 2016 – MIST in Harlem
46 West 116 Street, Harlem, New York 10026

“We are on a quest to accelerate the pace of global innovation by working to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it.”

Innovation is more than something that occurs within small startups. Established companies are now installing Innovation Centers of their own to encourage creativity. At a time when input from women technologists is crucial to success, we have organized a conference to answer this need. In the ABI.NYC – Women Entrepreneurship Summit for 2016 we have combined relevant skills and subjects for an event in which entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, research and products of women technologists will facilitate an exchange to foster personal and professional growth. To further the optimum progress of women’s scientific communities we have paid special attention to inclusivity.

Don't miss out on this innovative event for women in computing and our male allies in New York City!


Note: If you are looking for a job, please bring your resumes and questions for the sponsors at the event. 


Speakers and Presenters

9:00 – 9:50 am

Keynote: Peggy Wallace, Managing Partner of Golden Seeds

10:00 – 11:00 am

Morning Panel

Moderator: Kelly Hoey, Investor, Author, & Speaker at J Kelly Hoey

Asmau Ahmed, CEO of Plum Perfect

Dr. Miri Park, Co-founder and COO of Chromis Fiberoptics  (TBD)

 Shelly Jones,  Vice President, Director of Digital for Black Enterprise at Black Enterprise

 Heather Marotta, Senior Manager, Publisher Solutions at Google

 Our Sessions

Women in Industry: What do you do? Why do you do it? And can I do it?

Women are succeeding in all professions—including the “hot” fields: Fin-Tech, Data Science, and Cyber Security. These women will discuss what they accomplish on a daily basis, the prerequisite skills, and the steps necessary for you to secure a position in the area of your choice.

Professional Women: My Stories

Women technologists are diverse in appearance, age, and employment history. Join us to hear their stories about the past, present, and future of women in the field of computing.How are their stories similar to yours? What can you learn from their experiences?

Advice for Dreamers & Doers: Building Blocks for Success

Good advice can help us pursue our passions and advance to higher-level positions.

Community & Individual Development

The importance of community and individual development  is evidenced by the fact ABI.NYC started this January with four events. In these events many women talked about wanting to get more involved and how to start projects of their own, be it at work or outside of work.  This track is meant to have the flow of ideas from community leaders to life coaches inspire us to do more, and also to keep women in the field of technology passionate about projects started at work or projects started during their down time.

11:15 – 11:45 pm

Quiessence Phillips, AVP, Information Security – Incident Response at Barclays

Jessica Forbes, Director of Product Design at Grubhub

Kathleen MurrayMcMorran Strategists  LLC., EF Angels

Casey Taylor NY Tech Meetup

Maureen ErokwuLesbians Who Tech Advisor, Founder at Vosmap

12:00 – 12:30 pm

Dr. Michelle Strah,  Director Enterprise Architecture, NBCUniversal

Dr. Sinziana Eckner, VP Core Modeling, J.P. Morgan Chase

Iva Vukicevic, Ph.D., Data Scientist, Macy’s, Inc.

Cassidy Williams, Software Engineer at Clarifai + Lady Storm Hackathons

Chrys Wu, Developer Advocate at The New York Times

Anie Akpe, Founder at Networq app

Esosa Ighodaro, CoFounder at  CoSign

Precious Williams, Perfect Pitches by Precious

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30 pm 

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Cassia Martin, Senior Security Architect at Two Sigma

Lauren Bugeja, User Experience Lead  at Google

Stella McGovern, Cofounder at Crowdzu

Jessica Perilla, Founder & CEO at JPD Studio

Kate Landon, Director of Programs at The New York Women Foundation

Erin Kidwell, Co-Chapter Lead at Girl Develop It & Developer

Barbara LivarWomen Who Code

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Elif Kongar, Associate Professor of Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering  at Bridgeport University

Hillary Green-Lerman, Data Scientist at Knewton

Marianne Kosits,  Managing Principal, Program Management Office Revenue + Data Engineering at Time Inc

Alicia Syrett, Angel Investor at Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Anna Cianciara, Sr Software Engineer – Natural Language Processing Team at Bloomberg LP

Majora Carter,  CEO, StartUp Box QA

Gesche Wai-Yi Haas, CoFounder of  Dreamers & Doers

Moderator: Esin Kiris, Technology Architect – Product Design & Strategy  at Syncsort (Panel)

Meltem Dincer, Vice President Smart Content Strategy at John Wiley (Panel)

Debra Danielson, Distinguished Engineer – M&A Strategy CA Technologies (Panel)

Tanya Kravtsov, Director of QA at Audible (Panel)

Christine Short, Senior Vice President at Estimize  (Panel)

Closing Keynote: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Reception:  5:00 – 7:00 pm

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April 4, 2016
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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MIST Harlem
46 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026 United States
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