Rich Hua is a global strategist and innovation evangelist for Amazon Web Services. He has spent decades training and mentoring people in leadership and interpersonal skills—from CEOs to aspiring managers to young professionals. Rich has trained tens of thousands of Amazonians on emotional and social intelligence and delivered some of the most popular and highly-rated talks within Amazon. His EQ training is now an integral part of onboarding for all new AWS employees in the U.S.
I have been working in the HR field in a variety of roles. My passion for HR comes from my need to help others and ensure an exceptional employee experience. My current role offers me the unique opportunity to streamline cyclical HR processes, and to build out programs that fill employee needs.
An experienced technical leader with a passion to increase women technologist population and build diversity.
Charis Loveland works at AWS as a business development manager on the cloud intelligence team specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML). She has a decade and a half of experience in product management, AI, data analytics, new product introduction, file and hardware storage, and software development. After launching a crowdsourcing platform for Azure ML at Microsoft, Charis founded Rue La La's data science team where she created and executed a roadmap and strategy to create personalized experiences and segment customers. Charis co-founded an ML startup and has taught several business courses at General Assembly as well as online courses about data science at MIT, Dartmouth, and Columbia. Charis serves as a coding instructor, mentor, and advocate for early STEM education and volunteers for several nonprofits that help promote greater diversity in the technology industry.
Liat Berry is a technical product manager at Amazon Web Services, leading initiatives in the storage and cloud computing space. Prior to AWS Liat was spearheading Natural Language Understanding and Automatic Speech Recognition model development for the Alexa Machine Learning team. Liat has a diverse background including hardware engineering for Apple, EZ-Chip and Mellanox, and business strategy work at Santander bank. She holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
I'm just a small-town girl from upstate New York, who moved out to Boston after college graduation to work for a Fortune 100 Company (wow, was that intimidating!!) Now, I have worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance (Boston, MA) for roughly 3.5 years. I started as an intern, went through a full-time development program, and am now a recruiter for our undergraduate Technology roles!
I have been with Liberty Mutual for 5 years and have spent most of that time supporting the Tech Organization from a campus recruiting standpoint. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 and have spent a majority of my career in various Human Resources functions. Within the last couple of years I became a certified yoga instructor and love the balance of spending time studying and teaching yoga and working in a corporate environment.
Alon Grinshpoon is the CEO and founder of echoAR (www.echoAR.xyz), a cloud platform for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) that provides tools and network infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy AR/VR apps and content. Alon received his MSc in computer science from Columbia University specializing in computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. Alon received his BSc in computer science and electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University specializing in software engineering, computer networks and cyber security. Alon is a former Mellanox engineer, graduate researcher at the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory of Columbia University, and research and teaching assistant in the fields of computer networks and distributed cloud networks. Alon is a Techstars alum, NYC Media Lab alum, a Startup Leadership Program (SLP) fellow, and member of the Virtual World Society. Alon is a speaker on emerging technologies and has given talks at major AR/VR tech conferences in the US and Israel.
Sara Faatz leads the developer relations team at Progress. With more than 20 years in the software development space, she has built community, partner, content and influencer programs from the ground up. She is a mom, a wife, and a woman in tech who believes in her core that a strong community is the greatest gift.
Alyssa is an Angular Developer Advocate & GDE. Her two degrees (Web Design & Development and Psychology) feed her speaking career. She has spoken at over 30 conferences internationally, specializing in motivational soft talks, enjoys gaming on Xbox and scuba diving in her spare time.
Rashmili Vemula was born in Hyderabad, India and moved to South Carolina with her family at the age of 8. She has a background in Computer Science and has built her career as an IT Business Analyst in software development. With her experience, Rashmili recently took on the role of Strategic Marketing Manager at her current company to market their custom software development services. Through her experiences within the tech space in various domains, Rashmili knows the importance of being nimble to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving market. A facet of staying competitive is through diversity of thought. Rashmili continuously advocates for diversity and inclusion of women and minorities, as she is both, within the technology industry. In her free time, Rashmili co-hosts a podcast, Carolina Desi, which aims to share their immigrant experience and of growing up in the American South. It has become a light-hearted way to advocate for the South Asian diaspora from a millennial perspective.
Anum Ahmad is a passionate student with an interest in technology and design. She enjoys using her skills in her work as an activist in the Women is STEAM movement, as well as equity in religious diversity to create projects for social good.
Daniela Becker is a Senior Product Manager at AWS, where she focuses on hybrid cloud storage solutions. She is excited about helping customers leverage AWS to overcome their storage challenges. Prior to AWS, Daniela worked in the Security & Privacy space as a Research Scientist. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Hamburg University of Technology and her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and yoga.
Etienne is a human-centered research and strategy leader passionate about people and the power of their stories to create inclusive experiences for all. She is currently a Principal Researcher at Amazon, and has previously led research teams at Uber, Method Products, and The Clorox Company. She is the founder of Redefining Having it All, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports female empowerment through celebrating the beautiful diversity of women’s ambition globally.
Jenna Pederson is a Senior Developer Advocate for Amazon Web Services. She works to empower developers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring their idea to life through technology. Jenna is a community builder at heart and is passionate about making space for more underrepresented folks in tech and entrepreneurship to come as their full selves. She is a proud Co-founder Emeritus of Hack the Gap and serves on the Minnestar Board of Directors.