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Hopperx1 New York City

November 4, 2019



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Hopperx1 New York City is a one-day locally organized event modeled after our Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This immersive event brings together women technologists at all levels – along with leading companies from industry, academia, and research – to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers.

Event MC

Jeanne Yurman

Jeanne Yurman is a New York-based media consultant and financial journalist with more than 18 years’ experience in broadcast news.

She is currently the New York host of Business Rockstars the nation’s largest video platform for entrepreneurs with interviews of some of the most accomplished CEO’s, billionaires, entrepreneurs, influencers and celebrities.

She is also the host of the Nasdaq Marketsite’s View From the Top, an interviews series, which profiles CEOs of Nasdaq’s listed companies.

Jeanne has worked for top media outlets including: CNN, CNN International, Reuters Television, NY1, Nightly Business Report and TheStreet.

Throughout her career she has reported extensively on the financial markets and the U.S. and global economies, interviewing newsmakers, leaders of Fortune 500 companies, economic and business experts, delivering daily live on-camera market reports and writing, editing and producing day-of business stories.

Jeanne got her start in business news as the U.S. markets reporter and bureau chief for CNN affiliate, the Business News Network, Canada’s number one financial news cable channel.

Prior to working in television she was vice president for political consulting firm, The Stevens and Schriefer Group, based in Washington D.C. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

In addition to her broadcast roles, she currently handles media relations on a consulting basis for growth stage financial technology and financial services clients.

She lives in Fairfield County, CT with her twin sons and yellow lab, Lulu.


Keynote Speaker

Randi Zuckerberg
Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author, and tech media personality.  She is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, developing technology, content, and live events all with the mission of putting intelligent, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial women and girls at the center of pop culture and media.

A Harvard graduate, Randi hosts a weekly business talk radio show, Dot Complicated on SiriusXM. She has two TV shows currently on air: DOT on NBC Universal Kids (winner of Kidscreen’s Best New Preschool Series) about a spunky little girl who uses tech to enhance her everyday adventures, and American Dreams on HSN, highlighting entrepreneurs around the country. She is the best-selling author of Dot Complicated, Dot., and Missy President, and recently released her fourth book, Pick Three (May 2018) which challenges the fallacy of a well-balanced life.

Randi travels the world, speaking about technology, entrepreneurship, her time as an early employee at Facebook, leading major marketing initiatives in the company’s formative years, and shockingly…how to unplug! When she’s not Facebooking or actual written-word booking, she can be found at the theater – as a TONY awards voter, investor in the award winning show Dear Evan Hansen, and board member for the American Theatre Wing and Lincoln Center – or doing her best to unplug at home with her husband and three young kids.

Fran Hauser
Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor and best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl. She’s held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and AOL. Now a startup investor who largely invests in female founders, Fran was named one of Business Insider’s “30 Women In Venture Capital to Watch in 2018.” Fran and The Myth of the Nice Girl have been featured on a wide range of outlets including NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, PEOPLE, Fortune, TIME, Fast Company, Oprah.com, Business Insider, Elle, and many more. The Myth of the Nice Girl was named Audible’s Best Business Book of 2018 and one of Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018, among other accolades. Fran is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and writes a regular career advice column for Refinery29.

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Iman Oubou
Iman Oubou is a Moroccan-American self-made entrepreneur, published scientist and former beauty queen (Miss New York US 2015 and 2nd Runner Up at the 2015 Miss United States pageant) on a mission to change the women’s media landscape.

Through her diverse experience in business, pageantry and STEM, Iman noticed gender disparities in the workforce and an omnipresent bias across printed and digital media representation of women which inspired her to launch SWAAY, a mediatech platform highlighting stories of female leaders challenging the status-quo, and championing the voices of female change-makers through substantive and inspiring, user-generated content.

Her podcast, Women Who SWAAY, which was syndicated by media conglomerate, Westwood One, was number 2 on iTunes in 2015, and was ranked in the top 5 best podcasts for women entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine.

Iman was named by CIO Magazine the number one “Female Entrepreneur to Watch” in 2018 and recently became the first ever “Visage Du Maroc” of 2018 (which translates to Face of Morocco), a new initiative uplifting female voices in Morocco and across the Middle East. In 2018, Iman was picked to be a keynote speaker at Harvard Women In Business and a keynote at MIT STEM Conference. She was also part of the first ever all-female judge panel at Miss Universe 2018.



Closing Keynote

Rose Robinson

Rosario (Rose) Robinson
Rosario (Rose) Robinson is an innovative thought leader, speaker and global transformation change agent in technology and diverse workforce. As a woman technologist for more than 25 years and as the Women in Tech Evangelist for AnitaB.org, she helps further the organization’s mission for 50/50 women in tech by 2025 through stimulating storytelling, thoughtful dialogue and advocating for true representation in tech. Additionally, Rose is involved in social impact projects for criminal just reform, Computer Science education in minority servicing institutes and #Cancer advocacy.

Rose works with organizations to assist disenfranchised communities toward financial stability through innovative open source technology. She engages with the Industry Advisory Board she founded at Savannah State University Computer Science department helping increase awareness of Computer Science education, conference, scholarships and open source tech and community opportunities for student and faculty. And as a #BreastCancerSurvivor, Rose also advocates for healthcare access for everyone, more cancer research, early screening, improvements in patient care and support for caregivers.



Our objectives include

  • Deliver opportunities and tools that allow women to grow, learn, and develop across the entire technical career path, including student, academic, re-entry, and transitional stages
  • Advocate for solutions that benefit women across multiple dimensions, including race, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, and temperament.
  • Champion women technologists in industry and academia by calling for accountability, transparency, and lasting change.
  • Shatter cultural perceptions that limit women in their quest to build meaningful careers and claim positions of influence in technology
  • Strengthen our collective, diverse voices, showcase women Innovators. Hopperx1 New York City offers a platform for local women to present and discuss their work. Apply to give a talk or lead a workshop.

Questions? Email: hoppernyc@anitab.org

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NOTE: Please bring a laptop if you plan to attend any of the workshops.


Camille Fournier is the head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma, a financial company in New York City. Prior to joining Two Sigma she was the Chief Technology Officer of Rent the Runway, a transformative brand that offers unprecedented access to designer fashion, disrupting the way millions of women get dressed.

She is an open source contributor and project committee member for both Apache ZooKeeper and the Dropwizard web framework. Prior to working for Rent the Runway, Camille served as a software engineer at Microsoft, and most recently, spent several years as a technical specialist at Goldman Sachs, creating distributed systems for managing risk analysis and firmwide infrastructure.

She has a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Camille is a well-respected voice within the tech community, speaking on a variety of topics such as engineering leadership, distributed systems, scaling teams, and technical architecture. In 2017 she released her book, “The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change.”


Sarah LaFleur is the Founder & CEO of M.M.LaFleur, a women’s clothing brand, styling service and community that takes the work out of dressing for work. Underwhelmed by the limited workwear options on the market as a young woman working in finance, Sarah dreamed of a more practical, inspired wardrobe for herself and all professional women. She founded M.M.LaFleur in 2013 with a collection of thoughtfully-designed, polished pieces made from high-quality, easy-care material like machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant fabrics. With Sarah’s leadership,  M.M.LaFleur helps women harness the power of self-presentation to gain confidence, and to rethink the shopping process altogether through M.M.’s stress-free styling service. The heart of M.M.LaFleur’s mission is that when women succeed at work, the world is a better place.

Since starting M.M.LaFleur, Sarah and the brand have been recognized on Forbes’ CircleUp25 list of the most innovative brands, WWD’s 40 of Tomorrow list, Crain’s 40 under 40, Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and Inc.’s Design Awards.

Prior to founding M.M.LaFleur, Sarah worked in the luxury goods group of Starwood Capital in New York and Paris, and as a management consultant at Bain & Co.. She also served over a year in South Africa with TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.

Sarah graduated from Harvard with an Honors degree in Social Studies. M.M.LaFleur is named after her mother, whom she calls her biggest inspiration.


Rena Nigam, Founder & CEO, Meytier Inc. Rena Nigam is an entrepreneur and a specialist in building and scaling firms that focus on the re-imagination of businesses through technology. Through 2018, she was President and Board Member at Incedo, a fast-growing firm focused on Data Analytics and Emerging Technologies. In 2011, Rena co-founded a Digital Transformation focused firm called aSpark, which was sold to LiquidHub (acquired by CapGemini in 2018).

She started her career at Standard Chartered Bank and then spent over a decade as one of the early employees at Mphasis, a Financial Services focused technology services firm. In her last role at Mphasis, she was on the Executive team as the global head of their largest unit, Banking & Capital Markets.

Rena Nigam is currently Founder & CEO for a new start-up; Meytier, an Ethical AI based firm focused on eliminating unintended, unconscious bias in hiring to help enterprises achieve real diversity. Rena is a computer engineering graduate from the University of Bombay with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.


Jennifer Openshaw is the CEO of Girls With Impact, the nation’s only entrepreneurship and leadership academy for GenZ women and a nationally known author, commentator and financial innovator.

Jennifer served as CEO & Founder of Women’s Financial Network, the first online financial company for women, for which she was named among the Internet’s Top 25 Rising Stars by Internet World magazine. The company was acquired by Wall Street legend Muriel Siebert (NYSE:SIEB).

Jennifer has held top positions in media, government and the financial industry, including head of the Financial Women’s Association and, most recently, Partner & Chief Marketing Officer for Mercer’s When Women Thrive research platform. She started her career as press secretary to California State Treasurer Kathleen Brown and has advised Fortune 500 organizations including Microsoft and EY’s People Advisory Service.

Jen has served as a longtime columnist for Dow Jones’ MarketWatch and has appeared on multiple shows, including Oprah, CNN, and Public Television, where she hosted her own show.

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At 19, Kellie Scott Taylor is a Computer Information Systems major at Housatonic Community College, where she has achieved academic honors, and a proven business leader with a focus on social impact. She is the Founder of Cleo, an Uber-like app to locate trusted personal and beauty services on the go.

Kellie has focused on business and STEM during her college career. She’s a member of Girls With Impact, where she developed Cleo, an officer of HCC’s student senate.  She works in the Academic Affairs Office at Housatonic’s Community College, supporting the Dean.

She has served as an intern at Yale’s Women’s School of Campaign. She created and submitted a STEM-focused curriculum selected by Brown University to present at the prestigious Jewish Community Day School located in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also a member of NSBE, the National Society of Black Engineers.

Kellie is also extremely philanthropic. She served as co-president of Habitat for Humanity Fairfield Coastal County for 2 years. During her term, approximately $50,000 in grant monies was secured to further build in Bridgeport. She also participated in a mission, building projects in rural Jamaica. It is her ambition to make positive footsteps in the business/computer science world.


Milena is the Co-Founder and CEO of PowerToFly – the fastest growing global platform connecting women with companies that value work-life integration, female-friendly benefits, equal pay for equal work and environments where they thrive. Milena’s on a mission to partner with top 100 brands to bring them a slew of
diversity solutions provided through the PowerToFly platform.

Milena was born in Bulgaria and moved to New York City a week before September 11th to pursue a Masters at ITP NYU. Prior to co-founding PowerToFly, Milena has contributed to numerous startups, and had a blast being the CTO of Avaaz.org where she oversaw the technology to support growth to over 30 million members.

Milena is a frequent commentator on how companies can diversify their teams, especially in tech. Her work for
PowerToFly has been recognized in Business Insider and she was named Fast Company’s Most Creative
People in Business in 2015. Her biggest accomplishments are her four children who constantly push her to
rethink what work-life balance means.



Presentation Template
–> download Hx1_NYC-Speaker_Template


Speaker ready room Belasco is open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m
–> For keynote presenters, please be ready at the speaker ready room 60 minutes prior and you will be escorted to the general session room for photos and A/V instructions.
–> For all other speakers, please check in at the speaker ready room 2 hours prior to your session chair and meet your session chair in your assigned session room 15 minutes prior to the start or your session. You can find your assigned session rooms here.



Call for Speakers

There will be three conference tracks for Hopperx1 New York City covering a wide range of fields for every technical woman. These include Career / Diversity & Inclusion, Emerging Technology, and Startup/Entrepreneurship track.

Our Call for Participation is seeking high-quality submissions that showcase the latest trends and research, emerging technology, practical experiences, technical solutions and projects led by women in one of the domains highlighted below. We invite perspectives from academic, industry, entrepreneurial, governmental and non-profit sectors. Submissions that explore diversity, inclusiveness and ethical considerations surrounding the technical work are strongly encouraged.

The conference tracks include presentations, panels, and workshops.


The Call for Participation is now closed. Thank you for your interest. All applicants will be notified by August 30. 


There are three conference tracks for Hopperx1 New York City, including:


There has been an increasing awareness among companies when it comes to efforts with regard to Diversity and Inclusion. However, per the 2018 McKinsey “Women in the Workplace” report, that awareness has not translated into meaningful progress, and the proportion of women at every level in corporate America has hardly changed.

This track provides a platform for attendees to discuss their experiences, strategies and thoughts that have helped advance careers. Proposals that present a unique perspective with clear takeaways are preferred. Topics of interest for the career track include but are not limited to:


  • Automation-proof your career
  • When men mentor women
  • Workplace trends in gen Z
  • Social entrepreneurship at work
  • What is your brand?
  • Stepping into the spotlight
  • Fomo sapiens
  • Career 2.0: transitions, returnships
  • Psychological safety at work
  • #futureready
  • The role of the gig economy in solving the working mother’s struggle
  • Couples that work
  • Work after #Metoo
  • Make yourself Heard
  • Managing burnout

Diversity and inclusion

  • Intersectionality and its impacts
  • LGBTQI in the workplace
  • Employee resource groups: identity or label?
  • Designing workplaces for diversity
  • EQ, IQ and Empathy in the workplace
  • Deep vs Surface level diversity: optics and thinking

This track provides the opportunity to create awareness around technical innovations and research, industry trends , biggest challenges , untapped opportunities and new skills needed to advance careers in these area.  Below are few technologies that we would like to focus on . We welcome technical and non technical submissions, talks, workshops, tutorials, and demos that describe theoretical foundations, practical implementations, novel applications, and open source efforts in emerging technologies. We also welcome submissions that discuss the intersection of these emerging technologies with other existing fields and career growth opportunities.

Artificial Intelligence

  • Building Trust
  • Applied AI Versus Generalized AI  : challenges and opportunities
  • Industry challenges of  adapting AI.
  • Building new skills in Organisations as AI takes over.
  • Impact of AI on business and society
  • Interacting with AI
  • AI Application Areas Banking, Healthcare, IoT.
  • Natural language processing
  • Neural Networks

Machine Learning

  • Unsupervised Machine Learning Versus Supervised
  • Deep Learning.
  • Reinforcement Learning.
  • Predictive Learning.
  • Knowledge discovery and data mining
  • Search and recommendation
  • Handling developer Bias
  • Privacy
  • Data accuracy and contamination
  • Architecting data pipelines


  • Blockchain Application Areas  financial transactions, the Internet of Thing, manufacturing, supply chain management, transportation, Healthcare.
  • Security, privacy, and trust of blockchain.
  • Future of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
  • Achieving standardization and interoperability across Blockchain implementations
  • Challenges in adoption : Scaling and performance
  • Intersections of blockchain and AI.
  • Smart contracts, distributed ledger, Consensus

Data Science

  • Data pipeline (e.g. from acquisition to prediction)
  • Heterogeneous data integration
  • Data management, including quality and lineage
  • Infrastructure, cloud, and distributed applications
  • Data Scaling
  • Data analysis (e.g. statistical, in situ, real-time)
  • Streaming algorithms and other novel algorithms in support of data science
  • Cloud and distributed data analysis

Other Topics

This track will also consider submissions in other emerging disciplines. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Technologies @ scale
  • Crypto-Anchors
  • Open Source

While women founders still get only 2% of VC funding, recent research by BCG & MassChallenge shows that startups “founded by women are significantly better financial investments” and return more than 2x more for every dollar of funding than all male teams.

NYC is both the best city for women entrepreneurs according to Dell’s 2018 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index and, as of 2019, New York City is also the best place on the planet for technology and startups, beating out San Francisco thanks to unparalleled access to large pools of both capital and talent.

Here and now is the best place for a woman to start her new business! The Startup/Entrepreneurship track provides a platform for attendees to learn and discuss a variety of topics to help understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Proposals that present a unique perspective with clear takeaways are preferred. Topics of interest for the career track include but are not limited to:



Careers in Startups

  • Finding and validating a great startup idea
  • Moving from corporate to startup and vice versa
  • Finding the right co-founder & building an early stage team  
  • Building a minimum viable product or prototype
  • Growing & scaling your startup quickly: marketing, PR, & Biz Dev
  • Fundraising & pitching the right way for an early stage startup
  • Sources of funding: VCs, Angels, Friends & Family, accelerators & incubators, alternatives

Submission Requirements

Speaker selection for any Hopper conference is highly competitive. To improve your chances of being selected, we recommend that you closely follow the speaker submission requirements.

General Requirements

  • Word count: Abstract – maximum 400 characters. Proposal – maximum four pages; three pages for submission content and one page for speaker bios. Only abstract will be published to attendees. We will not edit these, so please pay attention to formatting and grammar.
  • Font size: Minimum 10-point font. Use a common font such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
  • Audience: Use for career-related submissions to indicate your target audience. Understanding of the audience and tailoring the submission as such ensures a higher chance of success. If your submission is accepted, the audience label will be at the discretion of the track co-chairs.
  • Expertise level: Use for technical submissions to indicate if the proposal is aimed at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels. If your submission is accepted, the audience label will be at the discretion of the track co-chairs.
  • Templates: Download a starter template from the “Session Formats” tab.

Session Formats


Panels let a group of individuals convene and discuss/offer opinions on a specific core point of contention. Diverse, cross-organizational, or interdisciplinary panels are strongly encouraged to ensure breadth and depth in discussion.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, government, or non-profit
  • Number of panelists: One moderator and three to four panelists. No two people from the same organization (company or institution) can be on the same panel. Please indicate in your submission if the moderator has had previous experience moderating a panel.
  • Presentation time: 60 minutes.
  • Template: Use the Panel Starter Template to guide you.

Presentations allow a subject matter expert to share their in-depth knowledge about a particular technical or career topic.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia government or non-profit and PhD students.
  • Number of presenters: One presenter per presentation. Tag-team presentations are not permitted.
  • Presentation Time: Plan on 25 minutes including Q&A.
  • Template: Use the Presentation Starter Template to guide you.

Workshops are presenter-lead, structured training followed by in-depth discussions, exercises, or problem solving. They are interactive by nature and typically require 2 to 3 facilitators.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, government or non-profit.
  • Number of presenters: Two to three facilitators.
  • Audience size: Please indicate your preferred and maximum audience size for an effective workshop.
  • Presentation Time: 60 minutes.
  • Template: Use the Workshop Starter Template to guide you..


We welcome people of all genders and backgrounds to attend Hopperx1 NYC. General registrations will go on sale September 18. To make attendance accessible to all, we will provide flexible registration options, including:

  • General registration (full day, career fair and lunch)
  • Student registration (full day, career fair and lunch) 
General registration includes access to all programs, career fair and lunch.

General Registration $250 Includes all programs, career fair and lunch SOLD OUT
Student Registration $99 Includes all programs, career fair and lunch SOLD OUT



Volunteers are an important part of Hopperx1 NYC. Each volunteer works between 3 and 5 hours (divided in several shifts), helping with various conference management activities.

In exchange for their time and help, volunteers receive a complimentary registration to Hopperx1 NYC. When they are not on duty, volunteers are allowed to attend sessions, visit the career fair, and take advantage of everything the conference has to offer.

The volunteers work multiple short shifts, up to five non-consecutive hours during the conference. They must attend an orientation and commit to their assigned shifts. Shifts cannot be exchanged on site. Volunteers may sometimes miss sessions in order to make Hopperx1 NYC run successfully.

Volunteers receive a complimentary registration to Hopperx1 NYC, but they must pay for their own transportation, lodging, meals, and other expenses.

Application Process
Due to limited space in the program, our selection process is competitive. We factor in availability, interest, commitment to the program, and experience volunteering in big events. You must be 18 years or older to apply.


Fill out the application form. Decisions will be emailed during the week of Oct. 7, 2019.


If we accept you into the Hopperx1 NYC Volunteer Program, you must:

  • be available for volunteer tasks during the entire conference on Monday Nov. 4, 2019;
  • attend the mandatory orientation meeting at 7:30 am on Monday Nov. 4, 2019;
  • dedicate 3-5 hours of your time to volunteer assignments during the event
  • commit to the assignments we will give you
  • pay for your own expenses during the conference (you will receive complimentary registration to the event)

If you attend Hopperx1 NYC and do not perform your volunteer assignments, you will be billed for the full amount of one registration (student $99, general $250).


Sponsors are a key facet of our community and through Hopperx1 NYC play an important role in building a collectively strong, diverse and inclusive tech community.

As a Sponsor, your organization gets an opportunity to support an event aimed directly at improving Diversity and Inclusion in the tech industry. It is a great way to showcase your commitment and support for women in tech, engage and encourage your current employees by giving them an opportunity to leverage all the conference has to offer and recruit top local-talent at our career fair.

Sponsor Levels & Benefits

Prospectus is available to download.

Download to see our corporate level sponsorships.

If you are interested in sponsoring Hopperx1 NYC, please contact: BusinessDevelopment@AnitaB.org

Our Sponsors


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Tabletop Exhibit Guide

Check out important information on your tabletop exhibit participation as a sponsor. View Tabletop Exhibit Guide.

Exhibit Map

Learn where all each sponsor’s table will be located at the Hopperx1 New York City Exhibit. View the Exhibit Map.




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