Session Descriptions

Women in IT

Dr. Fay Cobb Payton is an award winning professor of information technology at NC State with an extensive background in STEM and healthcare research. Megha Mehta worked as a software engineer for Blackberry and is now a Product Marketing Manager at Cisco. You’ll leave this session feeling inspired and ready to take your career in technology to the next level. Dr. Zeydy Ortiz, Founder and Chief Scientist of DataCrunch Lab, will moderate the session.

Women in Science

Dr. Kelly Smith is the Director of Microbials Development at AgBiome. She will discuss her journey as a biotechnology innovator and impart words of wisdom for the next generation of scientists. Dr. Beena Thomas, first year Jenkins MBA student, will moderate the session.

Women in Supply Chain

Dorothy Hurt and Jessica Maloney are Senior Buyers at RJ Reynolds, with experience in risk mitigation, strategy & planning and research & development. In this session, they will share industry trends, career successes and lessons learned.

Women in Entrepreneurship

Is your startup ready to go to the next level? Do you have an innovative idea, but don’t know how to implement it? Learn from Dr. Rosanna Garcia, Amanda Keister, Nicole Schwerbrock and Awamary Lowe-Khan as they share expert best practices on entrepreneurship. Jelyse Dawson, second year Jenkins MBA student and Founder of Workout@Work, will moderate this session.


Do you want to improve your negotiation skills? In this workshop, Amber Banks, VP at Carolina Small Business Fund, will lead a discussion on proven techniques to negotiate effectively for what you want. Smeeta Hodge, Senior HR Business Partner at HP, will moderate the session.

Women in Marketing

Whether you’re in B2C or B2B marketing, you don’t want to miss this session! Modupe’ Rouse Congleton, Head of Global Logistics Marketing & Communications at Cisco, will share her journey as a marketing influencer in the tech industry.

Women and Power

Want to hear from the Wonder Woman of Amazon? Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Gina Poole, Chief Marketing Officer of Game Development at Amazon.

Managing finances

What’s in your wallet? Join Kelli Holloway, Manager of Member Education & Outreach at State Employees’ Credit Union, for a crucial conversation on navigating your personal and professional financial life. Niru Sanghani, second year Jenkins MBA student, will moderate this session.

Building Alliances

Is networking an art or a science? Shana Overdorf, Executive Director at Partnership to End Homelessness, will share insights on how to attract the right people, tap into the power of your network and feel more comfortable when building new connections.

Gender Equality

Natalie Bullock Brown is an award winning and Emmy nominated producer and filmmaker. Her first feature length documentary, baartman, beyonce’, & me, examines perceptions of beauty standards and their impact on black women. Join her for an intimate conversation on the impact of gender equity. Margo Dawson, former project manager at Wellesley College Center for Research on Women and YWCA Study Circles on Race & Ethnic Relations, will moderate the session.