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The Women in Technology (WIT) Conference is a virtual event celebrating women across Colorado’s growing tech community. Participants will hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discourse on thought leadership, innovation, opportunities and challenges surrounding women in today’s tech workforce. Enjoy two jam-packed half days of direct access to executive-level women and community leaders from all corners of Colorado tech and beyond, as well as the opportunity to network with other women in technology. 

The virtual WIT Conference will include:

  • Renowned Keynote Speakers
  • Technology-focused General Sessions
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities
  • A Digital Journal
  • A Digital Photo Booth
  • Sponsor Expo


Thursday, September 24, 2020
1 – 6:00 PM

Friday, September 25, 2020
9 AM – 2 PM



Watch Our 2019 WIT Conference Video


Who Was There?
Take a look at the impressive group who attended the 2019 Women in Technology (WIT) Conference!

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    Aetna Digital
    Arrow Electronics, Inc.
    Ascent Services Group, Inc.
    Bank of America
    Box, Inc.
    CapTech Ventures
    Charter Communications
    City & County of Denver – Technology Services

  • City of Aurora
    City of Lakewood
    CoBank, ACB
    Colorado Secretary of State
    Comcast Business
    Compri Consulting
    Cooley, LLP

  • Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP
    DCP Midstream
    Dell EMC
    Ernst & Young
    FPT Software
    Gagen MacDonald

  • Google Cloud
    Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT)
    IMA Financial Group, Inc.
    Janus Henderson Investors
    Microsoft Corporation

  • Moss Adams (Formerly Hein & Associates, LLP)
    North Highland
    Pinnacol Assurance
    Slalom Consulting
    St. Vrain Valley School District

  • Tech Data
    Techtonic Group
    University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
    Vail Resorts
    Verizon Wireless
    Xilinx, Inc.

  • Zayo Group
    Zivaro (Previously Global Technology Resources, Inc)


“I always look forward to the CTA Women In Technology Conference. It is fantastic to spend the day with such an inspiring group of women. You meet ladies who have accomplished so many great things in their careers or in their communities. You see the next generation of women who want to make an impact. I feel fortunate to be associated with all the talented women we have in our Colorado community.”

– Kim Brown Wilmsen, CIO of Global Infrastructure, Arrow Electronics


Thursday, September 24

Friday, September 25

Program is subject to change.


Chief Customer Officer, ANGI Homeservices // Cofounder, Angie’s List

Angie Hicks

Chief Customer Officer, ANGI Homeservices // Cofounder, Angie’s List

Angela R. Hicks Bowman, who goes by Angie Hicks, is the Chief Customer Officer at ANGI Homeservices. Previously, Ms. Hicks cofounded Angie’s List in 1995 and served both as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer (from May 2000) and on its board of directors (from March 2013) leading up to the merger with IAC’s HomeAdvisor in October of 2017 to form ANGI Homeservices. ANGI Homeservices and HomeAdvisor are headquartered in Denver, CO and Angie’s List remains headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.

Ms. Hicks Bowman earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from DePauw University, which has honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and with the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. In 2009, Ms. Hicks Bowman won the Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award for entrepreneurial accomplishments, and in 2014 she was chosen to deliver the annual Hazelett Women in Leadership Forum lecture.

In 2016, Ms. Hicks Bowman was named the Women Tech Founder of the Year, and in 2017 she received both the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award. Ms. Hicks Bowman is also a co-founder and past board member of The Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program and a current member of the ANGI Homeservices board of directors.


Manager - Data

Kayla Andersen

Manager – Data & Analytics, CapTech


  • I am a manager within the Data & Analytics group at CapTech, a technology consulting firm. I specialize in big data engineering and machine learning, though I often flex into other analytics practice areas when I needed. I love having the opportunity to frame business problems and provide impactful data solutions for companies across a wide variety of industries, challenges, and technologies. Prior to CapTech, I was a machine learning engineer for the consumer shopping app Ibotta and a GIS Analyst for the civil engineering consulting firm CDM Smith. Through my career, two things have stayed constant: (1) I’m driven by solving interesting problems and (2) I’m in constantly in awe of how powerful data can be.

Project Manager, IT Infrastructure, HomeAdvisor

Emily Cellar

Project Manager, IT Infrastructure, HomeAdvisor


  • Emily Cellar is the Lead Project Manager of IT Infrastructure at HomeAdvisor. She joined HomeAdvisor in May 2017 and oversees the project managers at Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor along with IT Infrastructure and InfoSec projects. Prior to joining HomeAdvisor, Emily acted as the Project Manager for the National MS Society where she advocated the mission of the organization by supporting executive-level strategy leads in managing projects, change management and strategic initiatives. Earlier in her career, Emily held the role of IT Project Manager for TSYS. Emily was a speaker for the National MS Society’s Everyday Matters program and currently mentors an apprentice in IT Infrastructure at HomeAdvisor through CareerWise Colorado.

2018 CTA/Galvanize Scholarship Winner

Sonja Chacon

2018 CTA/Galvanize Scholarship Winner


  • Sonja Chacon is a recovering entrepreneur, marketing and sales professional who made the plunge to become a software engineer. Originally from Taos, New Mexico, she is a CU Boulder alumna and has been living in Denver for 14 years. She loves to travel and is a published poet. She is passionate about technology and the role that plays in our everyday lives.

Director, Work[place] Forward - Global Inclusion

Yolanda Chase

Director, Work[place] Forward – Global Inclusion & Diversity, Arrow Electronics
  • Yolánda L. Chase, SHRM-SCP, CPM, CM serves as Director, Work(place) Forward – Global Inclusion & Diversity for Arrow Electronics. Chase joined the company in 2015 and is responsible for developing then driving inclusive workplace and employee experience strategiesacross the enterprise. She is also focused on ensuring that diversity and inclusion is positioned as a key business imperative as Chair of Arrow’s Global Inclusion & Diversity Council.

    When organizations are looking to build next generation human capital strategies that align with the growth goals of the business on a global scale, that’s when Yolánda puts her 28 years of HR expertise to work, developing solid bottom up workplace inclusion and diversity program frameworks, or optimizing and “leveling up” existing ones. Yolánda wholeheartedly believes in the value and purposeful work associated with inclusive and diverse workplaces. Her passion for creating cultures where everyone can thrive when they bring their whole self to work, is the driving force behind her work ethic. She has built a solid reputation as a trusted advisor expert spending many years consulting in leadership capacities for a variety of industries within the public, private, non-profit, and government sectors.

    Drawing upon her SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification, project management and business genetics certifications, complimented by her BA education in Organizational Development from Regis University – Yolánda demonstrates her adept knowledge in strategic planning and program improvement by crafting solutions designed to evolve business practices that ultimately promote employee personal and professional well-being and equity for all.

Managing Director

Sherry Comes

Managing Director & Conversational AI Practice Lead, Deloitte Consulting


  • Focused on bringing extreme digital innovation to my clients. I specialize in creating the future intelligent workforce with human centered AI, conversational intelligent assistants and intelligent process automation. As a leader of the Applied AI practice, my work involves leveraging disruptive technologies to improve my clients business outcomes. In this role, I champion CXO conversations, foster new ideas, participate in design thinking workshops, meet with advisors, thought leaders, and analysts, as well as mentor, coach and lead high performing teams to deliver my clients improved business outcomes on time and under budget. I am passionate about creating the next generation workforce, both virtual and human.


Shana Cordon

Founder & Lead Coach, The Moxy Lab


  • Shana is the founder and lead trainer of The Moxy Lab, which develops leaders who communicate with presence and impact. Shana implements programs for Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, and international non-profits. Clients learn to listen skillfully, speak cogently, and collaborate effectively for greater productivity, engagement, and profit.

    With both a scientific and artful approach—Shana is a Certified ECHO Listening Consultant and holds an MFA in Theater—she brings a wholistic perspective to coaching and training. A meditation practitioner since childhood, and instructor since 2001, she integrates tools for greater mindfulness and personal development.

    When she’s not transforming individuals and multinational institutions, Shana can be found improvising on stage, hiking through the mountains, and exploring the world with her camera and beloved husband in hand.

EVP Human Resources

Kate Hyatt

EVP Human Resources & Chief People Officer, Healthgrades


  • Kate Hyatt is a Human Capital Executive with extensive global experience including EMEA and APAC
    regions. Kate speaks French and Italian. She is an expert in leading business transformations through the use of innovative people strategies.

    In her role as Chief People Officer at Healthgrades, Kate has transformed the human resources function into a strategic business asset. The Healthgrades award-winning Human Resources function includes talent acquisition, talent management/succession, employee relations, compensation, benefits, performance management, diversity & inclusion, facilities management, and leadership development. Kate’s team has implemented AI and machine learning processes to enable improved efficiency and effectiveness. Under Kate’s leadership, the company’s wellness approach and program has been reimagined using challenges, incentives and gamification achieving a 300% improvement in participation.

    While at Staples, Kate lived in Amsterdam where she oversaw change management and divisional restructuring for the European business unit resulting in doubling of top-line revenue and reducing G & A by 40%. In her current role as Chief People Officer at Healthgrades, Kate has led strategic resource allocation projects identifying over $30M in cost savings to allow reinvestment in key growth initiatives including website product development and rebuilding the CRM platform. She was also instrumental in an extensive reorganization of the company including the replacement of three C-level executives and two CEO transitions.


    In addition to having worked in technology for many years, Kate has gained expertise in cyber security and HITRUST certification through her membership on the Healthgrades Executive Information and Security Compliance Council. Kate is well-versed in incorporating social media and ESG factors into corporate strategy. This work along with Kate’s experience overseeing both internal and external communications position her as a functional expert and an top-notch business executive.


Chief Information

Aleta Jeffress

Chief Information & Digital Officer, City of Aurora


  • Aleta Jeffress is the Chief Information and Digital Officer for the City of Aurora. She has over 20 years as a successful executive business leader and technologist building relationships between business and technology to enable digital transformation and market growth. She drives innovative strategies for business and IT leadership, and has developed teams for Cybersecurity and Project Management Offices from the ground up. Her career began in startup software companies where she started in a call center environment and moved through private and public sector organizations in the areas of software quality, development, product management, and ultimately leadership.

Director of Digital Experience

Karyn Lu

Director of Digital Experience & Chief Diversity Officer, Four Winds Interactive
  • Karyn Lu is the Director of Digital Experience & the first Chief Diversity Officer (a new, annually rotating role) at Four Winds Interactive. Prior to FWI, she spent nearly a decade at CNN, and with several startups & nonprofits, in roles ranging from UX to digital strategy to futurist. She has been a TEDx & Creative Mornings speaker, and her work has earned a Webby Award & a CES Innovation Award.


Frannie Matthews

President & CEO, Colorado Technology Association


  • Frannie Matthews serves as the President & CEO for Colorado Technology Association, the state’s premier non-profit tech organization advancing the Colorado technology industry through advocacy, economic development, community building, and workforce development.

    Prior to her role at CTA, Frannie spent nearly 20 years at IBM, most recently as the IBM Senior Location Executive for Denver. As a public sector, healthcare, and life sciences sales leader for the western region, she was responsible for growing the IBM portfolio within the territory. She has over ten years of sales management and leadership experience with regional high-performance teams. Industry verticals have included higher education, state and local, healthcare, and telecommunications.

    Technology solutions have always been her point of strength. Frannie has expertise in the areas of SaaS, cloud, analytics, high-performance computing, mobile, social, and security solutions.

    She has a passion for helping the next generation and has a particular interest in S.T.E.M. education. Frannie has taught high school-level Junior Achievement courses and works with University of Colorado students through the Leeds School of Business Professional Mentoring Program and Professional Selling course. She also mentors a high school student at the IBM sponsored PTECH program at Skyline High School.

    Frannie has been a member of the University of Colorado Wellness Center Board and currently serves as a board member of Colorado Technology Association. She is also an active member of the Colorado Business Roundtable’s InnerCircle. Governor John Hickenlooper appointed her to the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

    Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and earned her Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

GIS Analyst, City of Lone Tree

Kyoko Oyama-Chenhalls

GIS Analyst, City of Lone Tree



  • Kyoko Oyama-Chenhalls is a GIS Analyst for the City of Lone Tree. She is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Technologist through the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. She originally received her Certificate in GIS from Pikes Peak Community College and has a background in government administration.

    Kyoko is very active in the GIS community and is Board Secretary for the Rocky Mountain Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (RM-URISA), where she is serving her second term. She was also elected as Colorado’s Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
    This year she will serve as Conference Co-Chair for the GIS in the Rockies conference, a regional conference for Geospatial professionals.

    She is passionate about seeing women succeed and leveraging the power of networking.

Partner Development - Google Brain, Google

Zeenat Patrawala

Partner Development – Google Brain, Google


  • Zeenat is currently on the business and partner development team at Google Health, and prior to at Google Brain, a machine and artificial intelligence (AI) research institute. She has been instrumental in driving forward the healthcare initiative at Google to provide best in class machine learning tools to a host of healthcare applications, including diagnosing various diseases through computer vision technology, cell painting technology for drug discovery, and using machine learning on unstructured EHR data to name a few core projects. Zeenat also serves on the board of the Northern California Club of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is an advisor to companies in the healthcare space including SwipeSense.

    Prior to joining Google, Zeenat spent nearly a decade in the healthcare industry in the corporate development and business development capacity. She was most recently led Corporate Development at Raptor Pharmaceuticals, and was instrumental in the acquisition of Quinsair, the largest acquisition in the company’s history at nearly $400M.

    Zeenat has a BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, an MBA in from Melbourne Business School and a MS from a joint program (Health,Science,&Technology) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

DCI Fellow, Stanford University

Maria Popo

DCI Fellow, Stanford University


  • Maria Popo is an entrepreneur recognized for developing five successful startups inside Foxconn, 3Com and 3M plus two companies from the ground up. Maria is known for leading and growing businesses- from small regional companies to large multinationals.

    Maria is currently a Distinguished Career Institute (DCI) fellow at Stanford University. She is one of 25 highly accomplished individuals accepted into the program from across the world. She is on a technology and social impact design pathway where she is exploring creation of new futures.

    Prior to Stanford, Ms. Popo was CEO and President of Ubee Interactive Americas, a manufacturer of wireless broadband solutions. Maria grew Ubee from a startup of zero dollars to over a billion dollars in revenue.

    Maria is also active in the entrepreneurial community and has mentored in programs such as TechStars, RVC Accelerator, UpRamp, and The Commons.

    Maria lives in Palo Alto and is married with two adult children. In her spare time she enjoys running and hiking, having summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2016.

COO, Haave

Nora Pykkonen

COO, Haave


  • Nora Pykkonen is a serial entrepreneur in the Tech world as a founder of business transformation specialist Slalom Consulting, and Haave, a company specializing in Natural Language Processing, Deep and Machine Learning. She leads Digital Transformation for Proudfoot, enabling both private and public sector enterprise to transform operations for delivery of integrated services to customers through initiatives such as Smart Cities, involving large scale IoT, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. Nora is also founder and Executive Director of Leanin.Team delivering Mental Health services for resilience and crisis management for youth in Jefferson County.  

Distinguished Engineer - Cognitive Science, IBM

Beth Rudden

Distinguished Engineer – Cognitive Science, IBM


  • I am a passionate Distinguished Engineer and IBM executive leader. I am consummate advocate of our worlds’ need for the responsible stewardship of data and science, diversity in leadership and human centered design of Cognitive, AI and IA systems. I develop and lead teams of data scientists, data engineers, data architects, data analysts and consultants who develop and deploy big data solutions for IBM’s clients.

    My current role is to transform the worlds largest IT Shop, GTS through the application of Cognitive Science. I bind my background and training in anthropology, language and data science to develop models for the cultural transformation of our ~100k strong workforce. I measure my success by the adoption of my models and seek every opportunity to develop our humans.

    I have a Masters in Anthropology from University of Denver and a Classics (Greek and Latin) Degree from Florida State. I have over 40 patent publications, including the integration of analytic algorithms into information systems to create decision support automation, cognitive role based visualizations, and container based distributed analytics for privacy -> taking the algorithm to the data.

    I am the executive for our LGBT+ and Womens BRG in Boulder, Colorado and have many ties to the PTECH and STEM communities, I am an active member of many organizations including our IBM Academy of Technology and Women in Technology.

Group Technology Officer

Jack Sepple

Group Technology Officer & Senior Managing Director, Accenture (Retired)
  • John (Jack) Sepple was the Group Technology Officer for Accenture Operations and Senior Managing Director for Accenture Cloud. Jack’s deep expertise and reputation as a leader and innovator in the Technology industry are significant assets which he brings to both the Global Cloud and Group Technology Office roles.

    From 2011 to Feb. 2019, Jack served as the Global Senior Managing Director of Cloud focused on helping clients plan, implement and manage cloud services, including infrastructure-, platform-, software- and business process-as-a-service for this +$9B component of Accenture. This includes developing Accenture’s strategic approach, investments, implementation of new methodologies and development of the Accenture Cloud Platform, Accenture’s multi-cloud management platform that centralizes the procurement, provisioning, billing, management and governance of enterprise cloud resources. During his tenure, Accenture has consistently received the highest ranking for cloud professional services especially as it relates to rotation to public cloud capabilities. Jack has also established alliances with some of the most influential partners in the Cloud ecosystem including AWS, Microsoft, Google, ServiceNow, Oracle, SAP, Workday, HPE, Cisco and VMWare.

    From 2013-2015, Jack served as the Global Managing Director for Infrastructure Services growing this business significantly by over $800M to $3.2B. In his Infrastructure Services role, Jack had global sales, revenue and profit responsibilities and managed teams across consulting and outsourcing to help clients transform their infrastructures end-to-end—from data center and workplace to network, security and operations—to take advantage of high growth technology trends including analytics, automation and cloud.

    From 2010-2012, Jack served as Global Managing Director of Network Services as well as the executive sponsor of the Accenture & Cisco Business Group. His responsibilities included establishing Accenture’s enterprise network strategy as well as overall sales, solution development, and delivery excellence.
    During his tenure, Accenture was first recognized as a leader in Gartner’s Communications Outsourcing Services.

    From 2005-2009, Jack served as the Accenture Client Account Lead for Telstra Corporation where he played a key role in Telstra’s large ($11B) and aggressive Network and IT Transformation; transforming Telstra into a next generation, converged telecommunications carrier. During Jack’s tenure, Telstra became a Diamond Client account for Accenture. Based on the Telstra experience, Jack serves as a subject-matter expert for large-scale transformational deals across Accenture.

    Prior to 2005, Jack was a key member of the Communications, Media and High Technology leadership team that included Client Account and Technology Account lead roles for Level(3), DirecTV, Qwest, US West and Southwestern Bell (now AT&T).

    Jack is an established leader in the global business community and serves as a subject-matter expert for large-scale, transformational business and technology programs that have encompassed cloud, call center, billing, network, data center, mobile, infrastructure and outsourcing services.

    He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where he is Chairman of the Board for the Masters of Information Technology program.

    Jack and his wife Valerie have two children and are active in their local community of Denver, Colorado.


Elizabeth Suarez

Coach & Author, Negotiation Unleashed
  • A highly sought-after speaker and coach, Elizabeth Suárez is dedicated to helping professionals unleash their potential by transforming them into skilled negotiators and decision makers. After climbing the ranks of corporate America, she authored the best-seller book “The Art of Getting Everything” and launched Negotiation Unleashed – a coaching and training platform for professionals.

    Elizabeth is renowned for being a speaker and coach who can address complex and sensitive issues with respect, humor and frankness. Her straightforward approach inspires audiences to take action and implement what they have learned to make a difference in their lives.

    Elizabeth holds an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University. She completed the Executive Management Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has a mediation certificate from the Colorado Bar Association.


John Swieringa

EVP & COO, DISH & Sling TV


  • As Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer John Swieringa oversees DISH’s In-Home Services organization, which conducts residential and commercial installations, as well as the company’s customer experience and billing, and Information Technology. Additionally, he oversees Manufacturing, which performs equipment retrieval and refurbishment.

    John is the executive sponsor of the DISH Women’s Network which focuses on providing women at DISH an environment to foster relationships and professional growth through networking, education and career-development.

    John joined DISH in 2007 and was responsible for enterprise information technology strategy and operations as the company’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to this role, he oversaw software development and enterprise systems architecture as Vice President of IT Application Development and Architecture.
    John spent the first 10 years of his career working in Corporate Finance for DISH and other Fortune 500 companies, before making the switch to IT and operations.

    The Colorado Technology Association named John 2015 CIO of the Year, and he was additionally recognized in the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Forty Under 40 list. In 2014, he was recognized by IDG’s CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council as a recipient of a CIO Ones to Watch™ Award honoring CIOs who have demonstrated leadership, drive innovation and delivered value to their business.

    John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. John enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

VP, Inclusion

Faye Tate

VP, Inclusion & Diversity, CoBank


  • Faye Tate is the Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity at CoBank. CoBank, headquartered outside Denver, is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U. S. agriculture, rural infrastructure and rural communities. Faye is well known in the field of inclusion and diversity, having a proven track record in successfully developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategic plans. Faye is a member of the Board of Directors for The Arc of Colorado and The Arc of The United States. The Arc’s mission is “to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their inclusion and full participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.”

    Faye has received many honors for her work to include being named one of the 25 Most powerful Women is Denver by the Colorado Women’s Chamber and a Woman of Distinction by the Girls Scouts of America (Colorado). She is a graduate of Leadership Denver and has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Social Responsibility Award, the Ally Award from One Colorado and the Paul Hunter Award from the Colorado Human Rights Campaign. She also received The Trailblazer Award from The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver.

    Faye is a member of the Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Colorado Women’s Forum, an Associate Member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Denver Chapter, a Sustaining Member in The Junior League of Denver and a member of The Links, Incorporated, Denver Chapter.

    Faye is originally from Petersburg, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Faye received a Juris Doctor Degree from The Antioch School of Law in Washington, D. C. Family is extremely important to Faye! Faye enjoys all facets of the arts, particularly music and dance. Faye is the mother of one amazing daughter, Elleana.



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Interested in sponsoring WIT in 2020? Contact Jason Delp at 303-592-4070 or jason@coloradotechnology.org.