Women in Tech Dare to Be: Celebrating International Women's Day '23 is a gathering of women in tech to celebrate international women's day and get inspired by success stories, network, and learn new skills.
As part of the Women Techmakers campaign to celebrate International Women's day around the globe, we invite women and allies to join us in this celebration along with their communities. This event is put together by a group of amazing, passionate women who have the undying courage to create extraordinary things. At this event, we have inspirational speakers, a #DareToBe-themed women's panel, and workshops to help you create amazing assets for yourself! Join us! All are welcome!
3:00 - 3:45, Technical Workshop: Introduction to Kotlin, Madona S. Wambua: Google Android Expert
3:45 - 4:00, Coffee Break
4:00 - 4:45, Applied Skills Workshop: Reframing Your Narrative, Erica Hanson: Global Head of GDG, Google
4:45 - 5:00, Coffee Break
5:00 - 5:30, Keynote 1: The unknown Benefits of Risk Taking, Erin Willimas: Director of Customer Engineering, Google
5:30 - 6:00, Keynote 2: Building tech products for Gen Z, Jacquelin Hansel: Product Manager at Youtube, Google
6:00 - 6:05, Raffle: Win Prizes
6:05 - 6:30, Keynote 3: Spark your Zeal, Nadia Carta: Head of Industry Data, Google
6:30 - 7:00, Women Panel #DareToBe with:
Carolina Castro, DevRel @ Google
Vidya More, Head Of Engineering @ Xero
Diana Agu, COO @ Curain HealthCare Services
Jean Zu, Dean at School of Engineering and Science @ Stevens Institute of Technology
7:00 PM Mix and Mingle over Dinner
Snr. Android Engineer & Android GDE
Global Program Lead
Director Customer Engineering
Head of Industry
Madona is an Author, Keynote Speaker, Senior Android Engineer, and Google Developer Expert for Android with over years of experience building Android Applications. She is also a GDG NYC Lead, Women Tech Maker Ambassador, a host of Tech Talks with Madona, and a developer who enjoys sharing her Android knowledge and teaching others how to make Android applications.
Jacquelin is a Product Manager at Google building music experiences on YouTube for millions of users. She is leading a team responsible for music search, voice & conversational experiences at YouTube, and working on cutting-edge technologies like large language models.
Before Google, she worked as a product lead in an early-stage creator economy startup called Pico that is rethinking the way creators are being monetized and communicating to their audience. Previously, she was a client-facing product manager at Palantir leading multi-million data projects with global companies, and worked as a senior data analyst at Lyft transforming the transportation industry.
Jacquelin has a B.Eng. in Engineering Management from the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen in Germany and a M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jacquelin is passionate about data-driven product management, the creator economy, and making tech more diverse and inclusive. In my free time, She is building a community of data enthusiasts through her educational content on social media (@datadrivenjac), hosting tech community events, and building a scholarship for underrepresented groups.
Nadia is Google’s Head of Industry in the US. She is responsible for driving sales strategy & business development for data & tech services with WPP agencies. Since joining Google in 2009, Nadia has led transformative multicultural global programs focused on designing and launching new products & sales strategies across US and EMEA. In her current role, Nadia spearheaded Google’s Digital Transformation program which focused on pivoting WPP’s data & tech services go-to-market, resulting in the recent relaunch of a new global central operating company, Acceleration, as a dedicated Google consulting center of excellence, servicing Uber, Dell, Office Depot and all of WPP’s client book of business. Nadia is a trusted advisor of WPP’s GroupM ExCo for Data & Tech related decisions including M&As, Talents Acquisition & Organizational Strategy.
Nadia holds a Masters's Degree in Marketing, Brand Strategy and Management from IULM in Milan, and she is a certified member of the International Coaching Federation with a diploma from Erickson Coaching. Nadia is a member of the Professional Women Network and the co-chair of Google’s Head of Industry Council for the Americas. She is a member and mentor for She Runs IT.
Nadia is a successful executive coach, TedX, and motivational event speaker, mentor, and sponsor for underrepresented groups and young talents. Passionate about leadership, with Jeff Lakusta she created 99 Humans: a multimedia platform centered on humanizing leadership across industries (live soon!). Spiritual well-being and mental and body health are the core focus for Nadia, and a life dream is to open a Life-Changing Rehab Center: a well-being retreat that will offer coaching, digital detox, physical activity, and incredible food.
In Nadia you will find an inspiring companion who will energize and maximize everyone surrounding her with her bright sunshine yellow spirit. She has two daughters (Lavinia & Olimpia) and lives in Manhattan, New York with her life Partner Fabio.
Head of Engineering
Curain Healthcare Services
CEO / Chief Listening Officer
Dean of the School of Engineering and Science
Stevens Institute of Technology
Developer Relations Program Manager
Vidya is a Head of Engineering at Xero and leadings teams in US and UK. Prior to Xero, she worked with Big 4 consulting firms EY, PwC, KPMG, CapGemini as well as financial firms like Bank of America (Merrill lynch) & Citibank. She has around 18+ years of experience in software development and held roles ranging from software engineer to solution architect to engineering leader.
Vidya grew up in India and studied electronics engineering at the Mumbai University. She also studied general management program at Harvard Business school.
Vidya has been acting as a diversity ambassador for women in tech at Xero. With diversity and empowerment a key focus of her engineering leadership, Her management philosophy is to be Be Kind, have compassion, dedication, empathy & respect towards her team members.
She is always eager to coach and mentor other women in tech to help bridge the gender gap.
Diana Agu studied Law & Criminology in London, UK but climbed the corporate ladder working in project & business management. She has held varied jobs such as Head of PMO, COO, Chief of staff and more recently Global Head of Strategy for Marketing, Communications & People with Financial Services Insights & Data at Capgemini, an organization with an annual revenue of about $500M and 5000 employees globally, where she owned the people agenda, helped shaped the Marketing & Communications portfolio and increased brand and capability awareness. Diana has spent the last 15 years in various leadership positions climbing the Corporate ladder within Technology and Financial Services. She recently pivoted to Healthcare and manages Synergy Homecare Clifton, which is part of Curain Healthcare Services where she is CEO. Curain Healthcare Services is an emerging Healthcare company that focuses on Healthcare Solutions, Advocacy and bringing therapeutic services to those in need especially children with special needs.
Diana is very passionate about her volunteer work, she is an active member in Church, supports 2 non profit start ups and is on the board of the iREAD program from Agape House of Worship that is part of the Adopt a school program. Diana designed and managed the Acclerator Hub program for Positive Planet US, (US Non profit) a key program focused on empowering minority women entrepreneurs to start new businesses. She also founded the Women Leaders Roundtable (WLR), a women led diversity group while at Capgemini for executive women. She has curated many programs for women, young people and professionals to grow their career in the market place. One of Diana’s more recent project is a Return to work program for women within Capgemini financial services that recruits and trains women coming back into the workplace after taking parental leave.
Diana has also successfully launched many initiatives that helped improve gender diversity and employee engagement. She was the head of diversity for her team in Capgemini and is a mentor, champion, a speaker and a change maker.
Jean Zu graduated with B.Sc. in 1984 and M.Sc. in 1986 from Tsinghua University. After two years of working as a lecturer and researcher at Tsinghua University, she came to Canada for Ph.D. study. She obtained her PhD from the University of Manitoba in 1993. Jean Zu joined the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in January 1994 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Full Professor in 2004. From June 2008 to June 2009, she served as Associate Chair for research. She served as Chair of the Department from July, 2009 to April, 2017. Since May 1, 2017, she serves as Dean of the School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Jean Zu’s research has been focused on mechanical vibrations and energy harvesting. She has successfully collaborated with many different companies on research projects with a focus on automotive applications. She has published 340 papers including 180 journal papers and has supervised over 60 graduate students including 36 Ph.D. students. She is a Fellow of CAE, ASME, EIC, CSME, and AAAS. She served as President of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering from 2006 to 2008, served on NSERC Grant Selection Committee from 2004 to 2007, and served as the Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics from 2007 to 2013. She served as the President of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) from 2012 to 2014. In 2019, she was chosen as Notable Women in Technology by Crain’s New York Business.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology
Software Development Engineer
Stevens Institute of Technology