Speakers

Sandy Carter

Sandy Carter

Vice President, Enterprise, AWS Amazon
Chairman of the Board, Girls in Tech

Sandy Carter is the Vice President of Amazon Web Services focused on Enterprise Workloads like Microsoft and helping companies with innovation and technology. One of the leading pioneers in the digital business revolution, Sandy was a driving force of Innovation at IBM for the last decade. She was responsible for connecting emerging technology companies and accelerators with enterprises to increase productivity while fostering a community of innovation. She is an extreme innovator and bestselling author publishing her 5th book Extreme Innovation: Three Superpowers for Purpose and Profit, built on her revolutionary research with Carnegie Mellon SV. Sandy was named Top 3 Innovation Influencer at SXSW in 2017, Top 5 Social Influencer at Social Media World in 2017, Top 4 Bot Influencer by BotsCamp in 2017, Digital Influencer in 2016 by Forbes, a Social Media Legend, Top 10 Women in Technology by CNN, and top 100 Influencer in AI, IoT, and Social Business by Onalytica.

Sandy is the Chairman of the Board of Girls in Tech. She was honored 2X with the AIT United Nations Member of the Year award for helping developing countries with technology. She is an Advisor to startups in AI, IoT, and AR/VR.

A trailblazer behind new business market entry and a recognized thought leader, Sandy has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Insider, Forbes, and Venture Beat.

Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne

CEO & Founder
Girls in Tech

Adriana is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization devoted to empowering, educating and mentoring women in the tech industry across over 60 chapters internationally. She is also a partner at Founders Den in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district where Girls in Tech’s offices are located.

No stranger to growing brands and building amazing companies, Adriana has also served in executive roles at RxMatch and QwikCart, Ogilvy & Mather and SecondMarket, the largest secondary trading platform, where she was responsible for branding strategy, event production, and digital media efforts.

In addition to working with technology start-ups like Indiegogo, SGN, Algentis, Democracy.com, Swyft, ImpulseFlyer and GUBA, Adriana has served as a strategic advisor for companies like NexTravel, StartupStockExchange, Numiyo Technologies, Palindrome Advisors, CharityBlossom, DooChoo, and Change.org. She is also on the advisory boards for Nailbot, Cocoon Cam and Roost.

Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of California at Davis, received a certification from El Tecnologico de Monterrey in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and participated in Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Adriana is also fluent in Spanish.

Coco Brown

Coco Brown

Founder & CEO
The Athena Alliance

Coco Brown guides leadership teams through periods of great change, accelerating growth and expansion within the constraints of broader economic and environmental conditions. With rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member, Coco possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member.

Coco is founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the boardroom by preparing executive women for board service and facilitating board matches. In addition to leading Athena, Coco is the founder and CEO of Executive Kinections, a CXO focused Silicon Valley consultancy that advises executive teams in the development of their visioning, organizational design, and strategic planning process.

Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank.

In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.