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What started as a networking platform for women IT leaders has grown into an exclusive event that cultivates an open exchange of innovative thinking, ground-breaking technologies, and mentoring toward personal and professional goals.

Our conference will present panels divided into three tracks!

On three tracks, the event will feature almost 30 panels, with more than 40 speakers, as well as career advisor sessions and other activities. This map can help you find your way around here.

Fabira Rawhani

Chief Information Officer & Independe Boarder Member

Gretchen O'hara

VP US AI & Sustainability Strategy Microsoft

Jin Zhang

Engineering Director

Uma Meyyappan

SVP, Head of Digital Innovation
LPL Financial

Jane Harper

Associate Vice President of Info Security Risk & Business Engagament
Eli Lily and Company


In these two-day event, professional career advisors are available to support you with personalized guidance on achieving professional goals. Book your one-on-one, 45-minute advisory session today!

Hana Campos

Hana Campos Career Advisor & HR Analyst at Avenue Code

Arthur Fonseca

Career Advisor & People Development Analyst
at Avenue Code

Davi Bufalo

Talent Acquisition Director
at Avenue Code

Luiza Castro

Talent Acquisition Manager
at Avenue Code

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Hepsi Premkumar

Vice President of Strategy and Operations

Hepsi Premkumar is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations and Chief of Staff to the General Manager of Cisco AppDynamics and Full-Stack Observability. In her role, she is responsible for navigating and driving transformative and business-critical initiatives for the organization. Hepsi manages strategy, technical program management, data insights, business operations, university hiring and talent training, and internal and executive communications teams. Hepsi has been with Cisco for 15 years and was most recently the Senior Director of Cisco Cloud Networking Technical Program Management and Operations. She also serves as the Chair of Howard University’s Computer Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board, representing Cisco.

Panel # 1


Breaking Through: The Journey from Within


This panel discussion will offer valuable insights into the personal journeys of successful tech industry leaders, their strategies for self-confidence and resilience, approaches to embracing change, promoting diversity and inclusivity, and balancing innovation with stability in an ever-evolving industry, serving as a timeless source of practical advice for aspiring professionals in the tech sector.

Rama Akkiraju

VP, Enterprise AI & Automation

Rama Akkiraju has 20+ years of leadership experience at IBM as an IBM Fellow and Master Inventor. Formerly CTO of IBM Watson AI Operations, Rama developed AI services such as Personality Insights, Tone Analyzer, Emotion Analysis, and Sentiment Analysis. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from New York University.

Rama has co-authored 100+ technical papers, holds 50+ issued patents and 25+ pending, and has received multiple awards, including being named one of Forbes ‘Top 20 Women in AI Research’ in 2017. In 2022, Rama was named ‘USA Industry Innovator of the Year 2022’ by Women in AI and ‘AI Industry Leader of the Year 2022’ by Women Leaders in Data & AI (WLDA).

Panel # 2


Empowering Journeys: The Path to Tech Executives


The panel discussion is expected to provide a comprehensive view of leadership in the modern corporate landscape, touching upon personal growth, resilience, empowerment, diversity, innovation, and the challenges of digital transformation. The diverse experiences and strategies shared by the panelists will offer valuable insights for both aspiring and current leaders in various industries.

Jessica Wakefield

VP of Engineering and Operations

Jessica Wakefield is the VP of Engineering & Operations at Sony Interactive Entertainment. She leads globally diverse teams who deliver the PlayStation platform facilitating business operations, empowering decision-making, and providing crucial insights for PlayStation products and services. With over 100 million monthly active users, 47 million active subscribers and 15 million daily concurrent users for a $16+ billion-dollar business.

As a site leader and global lead for the Women @ PlayStation eNet/Employee Resource Group (ERG), she is also a notable cultural champion making PlayStation the best place to play and work. Pri