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Women in Tech - How to Navigate in Your Challenging Moments
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Women in Tech - How to Navigate in Your Challenging Moments

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm
Where: eBay Inc.
625 Sixth Avenue
New York, New York  10011
United States
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Women in Tech

How to Navigate In Your Challenging Moments

A panel of extraordinary women leaders who are changing the face of technology will share their stories of making it in a male-dominated field. Join us on Thursday, October 19 and learn how female entrepreneurs can get in the door to pitch and get funding and how corporate executives can successfully seek mentor support and find the right connections to help break through the glass ceiling. You will gain valuable insights on how to be empowered.



Brenda Cortez:  Web Developer, Koneska Health (Women Who Code NYC)
Brenda has been a member of the Engineering team at Koneksa Health since November, 2015. Prior to joining Koneksa Health, Brenda was a Systems Administrator at a major Financial Services company. She studied Electrical and Computer Engineering and received her B.S. from the School of Engineering at Rutgers University. Brenda is passionate about increasing the number of women in the field of technology. Her passion led her to join the Women Who Code NYC network around the time it was first stablished in March 2014. She later became one of the Directors and has since seen the network grow to nearly 9,000 members by mid-2017.

Phyllis Kolmus, Deputy Group Director, AT&T
Phyllis runs a multi-­company team of software engineers and IT analysts at AT&T. She served on Women in Technology’s Board for 5 years and as President from 2013-­2014. She serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Columbia University’s Information and Knowledge Strategy Masters’ program and successfully advocated bringing Columbia’s Girls in STEM initiative to DC and devotes much of her energy to attracting and retaining women in STEM. Prior to joining AT&T, Phyllis was a founder and principal of Kolmus Associates and also founded CyberPatriot Girls. She started her career at the OECD in Paris and joined The World Bank thereafter. Phyllis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, and studied at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris.

Grace Lee: Founder, Wishpoints Inc. and Health Enovations Inc. (Moderator)
Grace is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and subject matter expert with 20+ years of experience in product development and launch, predictive analytics, business design, healthcare, technology innovations, and customer, patient, and business data analytics in Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Healthcare. She is the founder of Health Enovations, Inc. and Wishpoints, Inc.

Josie Lee, Senior Global Product Specialist, eBay, Inc. 
Josie is a Sr. Global Product Specialist at eBay, leading product marketing strategy for eBay's Display Advertising Products. She received her MBA from Cornell Tech where she was a member of their inaugural MBA class. Prior to business school, she spent 9 years working in the digital advertising space on both the agency and publisher side of the business, focusing on search engine marketing, e-commerce, and recruitment media at Razorfish, Google and LinkedIn. Josie also holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University where she studied Sociology and played rugby with an amazing group of women.

Andrea Turner Moffitt (CBS '07): Co-founder, Plum Alley
Andrea Turner Moffitt is the co-founder of Plum Alley Investments. Core to our mission is investing in innovative companies with gender diverse founding teams where our members can have a multiplier effect as they invest their capital. As a former investment banker and hedge fund analyst, Turner Moffitt has extensive investing background across various asset classes. An honors graduate from Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs, Turner Moffitt is the Co-chair of Columbia Business School's Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Alumni Circle and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also been actively involved in High Water Women and 100 Women in Hedge Funds and serves as a member of the board of Newcomb College Institute Dean’s Advisory Council at Tulane University.

Isa Watson: Founder & CEO, Envested
Isa Watson is the Founder and CEO of Envested, which has been featured in outlets such as Fast Company and Forbes. Prior to founding Envested, Isa was a VP of Strategy and Business Development at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. She has worked at Pfizer both as a diabetes research chemist and clinical trial strategy analyst. Isa earned an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MS in Pharmacology from Cornell University and a BS in Chemistry from Hampton University. She has been named Top 40 under 40 by Hampton University and the Toigo Foundation and has been named one of the Top 40 leaders of the NC Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. In her free time, Isa enjoys traveling and volunteering. She is a classical pianist of 25 years and is the youngest-serving member of the MIT Sloan Executive Alumni Board.

Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm (approximately 6:00-7:00 presentation; networking opportunity after panel)
Location: eBay Inc., 625 Sixth Ave., NY, NY 10011 (bet. 18th and 19th Streets)
Tickets:  CBSACNY Members: $30; Non members $45; more at the door, if space is available

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This event has been organized by Shameka Volkers, Chair of the CBSACNY Women in Business Committee. Special thanks to Betty Wong.

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