shetek Annual conference 2021
SHETEK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2021
October 26 & 27
1:00 – 5:30 PM EDT
Presented Live on
Join us virtually on October 26 and 27 for a two-day virtual deep dive into the latest tech opportunities, topics, and trends!
Expand your career journey, grow as a leader, and explore new avenues alongside some of the top women and allies in tech today.
Virtual networking, group activities, and SheTek awards and recognition will round out this top event for women and allies in tech!
Speakers, Moderators, & Panelists
New Jersey Chief Innovation Officer
Director, The Governance Lab
President and CEO at New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA)
SheTek Power Team Member
Vice President of Information Technology at a leading Healthcare products company
SheTek Power Team Member
PamTen President and CEO
Co-Directors, Satyana Institute
Co-Founders, Gender Equity and Reconciliation International
Former Assistant Dean/Director, The Douglass Project for Women in STEM at Rutgers University
Adjunct Instructor – Energy Industry Fundamentals, Rowan College at Burlington County
SheTek Power Team Member
Founder and CEO, Innovation+
Advisor, Tech Council Ventures
Executive Project Manager at PamTen
Non-Profit Program Director at SheTek
Data Analytics, Visualization, and the Role of AI
Current Industry Trends and Workforce Development
Gender Balance in the Workplace
Rise, Climb, Lift – Become a Leader with the Support of a Mentor
A Conversation with the Next Gen SheTekkies
Entrepreneurship and Bootstrapping
Dr. Beth Simone Noveck
New Jersey Chief Innovation Officer Director, The Governance Lab
Beth Simone Noveck serves as the State of New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer – a position she was appointed to by Governor Philip D. Murphy in August 2018. In this capacity, Dr. Noveck, a native of New Jersey, focuses on enhancing innovation in government and in the Garden State’s economy. Using better data, more collective intelligence and agile technology, her team leads projects, designs policies, and advises agencies on innovative strategies to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. Dr. Noveck serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Future of Work Task Force and sits on the Governor’s Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council.
In addition to her role as New Jersey’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Noveck is a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, and is a Visiting Senior Faculty Fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. She also directs NYU’s Governance Lab, an action research center studying the impact of technology on governing. Previously, Dr. Noveck served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer, and as director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron later appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel named her a member of her ten-person digital council.
She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018” by Apolitical. Previously, she was selected as one of the “Foreign Policy 100” by Foreign Policy as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. Dr. Noveck has written multiple books, and has been published extensively, on how technology can improve governing.
Michele Siekerka, Esq.
President and CEO at New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) SheTek Power Team Member
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, leads the nation’s largest, most influential employers’ organization, advocating on behalf of New Jersey’s large and small businesses for policies that will make New Jersey more affordable and regionally competitive.
Under Siekerka’s leadership, NJBIA’s award-winning research on outmigration documented the loss of $20.7 billion in wealth from New Jersey over 11 years and set the agenda in Trenton for the enactment of a series of important pro-business reforms, including the recent repeal of the estate tax, and the adjustment of the state income tax threshold for taxing retirement income.
Siekerka has also been at the forefront of efforts to build more effective workforce development alliances in New Jersey between academia, business and government. The NJBIA Postsecondary Education Task Force’s yearlong study of New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation millennial outmigration produced a 13-point action plan in 2018 that is driving policymakers’ discussions on how to retain our future workforce by enticing more young adults to pursue education and careers in New Jersey.
Siekerka came to NJBIA in 2014 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where she served in the critical position of Deputy Commissioner, following her service as Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Management. During her time at DEP, Siekerka was a principal player in the state’s charge to restore New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy with the responsibility of coordinating funding, outreach and resources for rebuilding environmental infrastructure.
An attorney by trade, Siekerka’s background includes serving as the president and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, senior legal counsel and vice president of human resources with the Automobile Association of America, and as a partner in a Mercer County law firm.
Siekerka is the co-founder and co-chair of Opportunity New Jersey. She also serves on the board of directors of Investors Bancorp; Choose New Jersey; the New Jersey Innovation Institute; Junior Achievement of New Jersey; Young Audiences of NJ; and Better Choices Better Care.
Siekerka’s leadership has been recognized through her inclusion in Power and Policymaker list rankings by Insider NJ, Politicker NJ and NJ BIZ, as well as being cited as one of the 17 People to Watch in 2017 by the Bergen Record. She was also among NJ Biz’s 2015 Best 50 Women in Business.
A Robbinsville resident, Siekerka earned a B.A. in Political Science and German from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
Vice President of Information Technology at a leading Healthcare products company SheTek Power Team Member
Stacey Stewart is a Vice President in the Information Technology function at Bausch Health. She is the executive owner for data governance aimed at bringing together business and technology stakeholders to deliver data solutions that are value driven and scaleable for use across the company.
Stacey brings 27 years of diverse strategic and operational experience in Data Management, Analytics, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Sales & Marketing. Stacey has worked in many functions in technology and data management including enabling areas such as Connected Visibility, Agile Applications, Performance Management, Cognitive Analytics, and Predictive Modeling. Stacey received the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award in 2016. She is a frequent speaker at industry and data governance conferences and is a passionate advocate in high school forums to educate students about opportunities in STEM related careers. She has held transformational roles at Johnson & Johnson, Coopers & Lybrand, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and American Standard. Stacey received a Bachelor of Science cum laude from the University of Delaware with a degree in Economics and Management Information Systems.
SheTek Founder PamTen President and CEO
Chaya is President and CEO of PamTen. She is a technologist, philanthropist, visionary, mentor, entrepreneur and, above all, a passionate human being. She holds a MBA and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University.
PamTen Inc., founded in 2007 provides technology information services to a diverse set of clients, from small businesses to large corporations and has been ranked as an Inc. 5000 company, placing them among the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. PamTen is a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE).
SheTek is a PamTen program spearheaded by Chaya to create opportunities for women and girls to have careers in IT. From education in the classroom, to decisions made within the boardroom, the mission of SheTek is to have women equally represented in the technology industry.
Chaya combined her business acumen and passion for charity to found SOFKIN (Support Organization For Kids In Need – sofkin.org) , a non-profit organization that creates loving and caring homes for destitute and under privileged children. SOFKIN operates in The United States and in India and supports over 100 beautiful children. SOFKIN children are given medical attention, cared for, fed, educated, and sheltered within a nurturing environment. Chaya remotely manages the operations of the NGO on a daily basis and the children are treated no different than her own. SOFKIN has youth groups established In New Jersey, Philadelphia, and India, where the students from local high schools and colleges volunteer for the organization.
In addition to her work at SOFKIN, Chaya serves as a trustee on the board of MAHER (maherashram.org), a non-profit organization aimed at supporting destitute women and children, and Satyana Institute (satyana.org)supporting communities through gender reconciliation and inter spiritual training and workshops.
Her support of other women inspired Chaya to found the Global Women’s League, a networking organization that creates a platform to inspire, influence, and empower women with leadership skills through affiliations with successful leaders and like-minded organizations. She mentors young high school and college graduates in pursuing their professional career. Chaya’s primary focus is to encourage women and girls to enter into the technology field where only 22% of IT jobs are filled by women.
Chaya is currently serving as a board member on many professional and women empowerment associations including the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, Technology Committee of Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; Women In Technology of NJTech Council; and Mentor at the Leading Women Entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the NJBIA and AICC. Chaya mentors young women aspiring to move into leadership positions in the corporate world through other partner organizations & universities such as ‘Wings For Growth’, ‘Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and Ration Valley Community College.
Her expertise has led her to be an honored speaker at programs across the world. Some of her engagements include: Commission on Status of Women – CSW, United Nations, USA; Inspiring Young Girls-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, NJ; Bootstrapping for Success – StratAp, India; Access to Justice-India’s Unique Challenges – Harvard Business School, USA; Start Up Leadership – She-Tech, India; Cultivating Leadership Skill in For-Profit & Not-For-Profit Sectors – Harvard Law School, USA; Risk Management in the Global Era of Uncertainty -Humber Chapter, Canada; Money Vs Mysticism-Inter-spiritual Global Conference-Italy; Pursuing your passion & career-Gayathri Women’s Engineering College, India; and others.
Chaya’s personal and business awards include: Executive of the Year from NJBIA, Best 50 Business Women in Business from NJBIZ, Woman of Achievement Award – from Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program, New Jersey Smart CEO Future 50, 20 Most Promising Web Development & Design Service Providers by CIO Review Magazine, NJBIZ 50 Fastest Growing Companies 2015, Unstoppable Woman Entrepreneur Award from LWE (Leading Women Entrepreneurs), and E&Y Women Entrepreneurship Finalist.
Dr. William Keepin
Dr. Cynthia Brix
Dr. William Keepin and Dr. Cynthia Brix
Co-Directors, Satyana Institute Co-Directors, Satyana Institute Co-Founders, Gender Equity and Reconciliation International
Dr. William Keepin and Dr. Cynthia Brix are co-founders of Satyana Institute and Gender Equity and Reconciliation International, which has organized over 275 intensive trainings for transforming gender relations between women and men on six continents, including working with senior leaders in government and corporate sectors. Cynthia is an ordained interfaith minister with a background in public relations, wellness management, gerontology, women’s issues, and race relations. Will is a mathematical physicist with a background in environmental science, global warming, and applied transpersonal psychology. They have published several books, including Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, and Women Healing Women: A Model of Hope for Oppressed Women Everywhere.
Sally Nadler, SPHR
Former Assistant Dean/Director, The Douglass Project for Women in STEM at Rutgers University Former Assistant Dean/Director, The Douglass Project for Women in STEM at Rutgers University Adjunct Instructor – Energy Industry Fundamentals, Rowan College at Burlington County SheTek Power Team Member
Sally is a well-respected energy industry and workforce development professional within the state of NJ with a broad range of both Corporate and Higher Education Talent Management and Workforce Development experience. She is a recognized leader and passionate advocate for gender equity and women in STEM.
From 2017-2019, Sally led the nationally recognized Douglass Project for Women in STEM as they implemented and expanded multiple gender equity initiatives at the undergraduate level in the Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Public Health, Pre-Med, and Scientific Research areas.
Prior to her retirement from PSEG in 2016, she had over 35 years’ experience in a diverse range of operational, technical, and managerial positions for the company. As the Manager of Workforce Development, Sally was responsible for overseeing a cross section of talent acquisition pipeline initiatives for PSEG including the college relations and diversity outreach functions, which included the company’s recruitment initiatives for women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities. During her tenure, she led the design and implementation of many award winning, best practice and industry recognized outreach and recruiting programs, as well as multiple internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings and initiatives.
In 2013, Sally was appointed by the governor to serve on the NJ State Employment and Training Commission (SETC), on which she still serves today, and was named the chair of the NJ State Energy Sector Partnership Council, SESP, where she oversaw the allocation of grant funding for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Training Programs. Sally was also appointed to serve on the NJ Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education, of which she served as chair through 2019.
She holds an AAS degree in Business Management from Middlesex County College, a BS in Management from Rutgers Business School, a Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University, as well as her SPHR Certification.
Founder and CEO, Innovation+ Advisor, Tech Council Ventures
James is among the primary leaders of the East Coast’s innovation ecosystem. Over the past 20+ years, he has helped nurture the region’s entrepreneurial, innovation, and technology communities. He has been recognized as a Power 100 List leader and a Top 100 Influencer for the past few years. James also hosts the A Few Things podcast.
Before launching Innovation+ he was the CEO of the NJ Tech Council (TechUnited:NJ) for over 5 years and grew the organization to over 1,000 member companies.
Prior to this, James led the top-ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for over 10 years. He currently leads Innovation+, a curated global community of entrepreneurs and innovators. He also serves as an advisor to startups, growth companies, higher ed institutions and investors, including Tech Council Ventures and Jumpstart Angels.
James is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author of Lessons from the Great Recession. He has written thought leadership articles for Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Grit Daily, Star-Ledger, ROI, NJBiz and other publications and has been widely quoted regionally/nationally and interviewed on TV (ABC, MSNBC, NJTV and My9).
James frequently speaks at regional and global conferences and serves on several boards. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
Elaine TanimuraExecutive Project Manager at PamTen Non-Profit Program Director at SheTek
Elaine is a highly skilled project manager (PMP) with over 25 years’ experience managing complex, multi-function, global projects. Prior to joining PamTen, Elaine worked extensively with a global human capital management company working in roles that utilized her project management, program management, and client service skills. She is on the Board of the Project Management Institute New Jersey Chapter where she leads the community, corporate, and education outreach efforts. She also has a passion for social responsibility and serves in a leadership position with the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell.