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Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Ms. Bryant’s has enjoyed a very successful 20+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011 Ms. Bryant has helped Black Girl CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international non-profit organization with chapters in 7 US cities and Johannesburg, South Africa serving over 2000 African/African-American, Latina, and Native American girls. Ms. Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. In August 2012, Kimberly Bryant was also given the honor of receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. In 2013 Black Girls Code and was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of BusinessInsider.com’s list of The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology and was named to The Root 100 list, and the Ebony Power 100 list in 2013. Ms. Bryant was honored in 2013 as a Champion of Change by the White House for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and others.
Jeanette Horan was appointed Chief Information Officer of IBM in May 2011. Ms. Horan leads the development and implementation of a technology strategy in close partnership with the business. Her organization provides innovative capabilities for IBM’s workforce, drives IT operational excellence for the enterprise and supports IBM’s transformation agenda. Emphasis today is on the confluence of social, mobile, cloud and analytics; and how to use these technologies securely to personalize and enhance employee and client experiences.
Previously Ms. Horan was the vice president of Enterprise Business Transformation. In this role, Ms. Horan led IBM’s transformation program for key back office processes to accelerate IBM’s leadership as a globally integrated enterprise. In partnership with IBM’s Global Business Services and SAP, she led a multi-disciplinary, global team deploying simplified business processes worldwide.
Ms. Horan joined IBM in 1998, and has held leadership positions within the Lotus brand, Information Management and IBM Software Group Strategy. Prior to joining the CIO office in 2006, Ms. Horan was responsible for worldwide product development for the Information Management business in Software Group, and was the General Manager of IBM’s Silicon Valley Laboratory.
Prior to joining Lotus, Ms. Horan spent four years with Digital Equipment Corporation where she was vice president of development for the AltaVista business, bringing the Web search engine and suite of intranet products to market. She has more than 25 years experience in development and management roles in the computer industry.
As part of her business and personal involvement in the advancement of technology and service to the community, Ms. Horan serves on the board of Microvision Inc., an innovative display and imaging solutions company. She also serves as a director on the board of Jane Do No More Inc., an organization committed to improving the way society responds to victims of sexual assault.
A native of the United Kingdom, Ms. Horan earned a bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of London and an MBA from Boston University.
Rebecca Jacoby is Cisco’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President. Her extensive understanding of business operations, infrastructure, and application deployments as well as her knowledge of products, software, and services helps her advance Cisco’s business through the use of Cisco technology.
As CIO, she has made the Cisco IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped and elevated the role of IT at Cisco, resulting in great synergies of IT and Engineering through a history of Cisco on Cisco deployments.
Since joining Cisco in 1995, Jacoby has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, manufacturing, and IT. Prior to joining Cisco, Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley.
Jacoby holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
Sophia is a technology entrepreneur with over a decade of experience. Co-founder of backCODE, a Pasadena based serious games and software applications development company dedicated to developing creativity in an educational game environment and a founder of STEM Champions, a Pasadena based technology company dedicated to developing creativity in an educational game environment.
With strong commitments to both technology business initiatives and bringing women into technology, her life was changed when she started her first technology company in college. Working in software and web development since 1998, she became an entrepreneur. She speaks at, participates in or moderates numerous technology panels at various conferences, promoting women’s participation in startups, initiatives, conferences and entrepreneurship in technology.
She was named in Forbes in July 2012 as one of a select group of “Female Founders to Watch”, and again in March 2013 as part of a group of “Women in Gaming to Watch.”
She is passionate about growing her local technical community in Los Angeles as she has been watching it slowing growing over the past decade and becoming what it is right now – a powerful, highly networked group of like minded people who are developers, designers, technology and design entrepreneurs, investors and mentors.
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