Women in IT: Making Your IT Workplace Appealing to Innovative and Problem-Solving Women

Julia King
Contributing Editor
CIO, Computerworld, Network World

Julia King is a national award-winning business and technology journalist with more than 25 years’ experience covering IT executive leadership and advancing discussion of digital disruption and business innovation. Ms. King was the founding executive editor of the award-winning ComputerworldROI magazine and for 10 years served as chief content creator and moderator of Computerworld's flagship IT Leadership event, the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference.

Prior to joining Computerworld in 1994, Ms. King worked for national business and technology magazines and as a daily newspaper reporter. Her IT reporting has earned her a Jesse H. Neal Award, often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of the business press. Most recently, she received a 2014 Folio Gold Award for Editorial Excellence. She is also the recipient of numerous national editorial awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors. She is a frequent presenter and panel moderator at IT executive and technology industry conferences. She is editor of a book titled Executives’ Guide to the Wireless Workforce, which was published by John Wiley & Sons. Ms. King holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, both from University of Pittsburgh. She is based in the Philadelphia area.

Nadine White
Director, Business Relevance Office of Inclusion & Collaboration
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Nadine joined Cisco 8 years ago and currently serves as Director, Business Relevance in the Office of Inclusion & Collaboration. In this role, Nadine is responsible for leading the engagement, adoption and amplified impact of Inclusion & Collaboration (I&C) programs and culture across all levels, functions and regions at Cisco. Her team leverages extensive big data to create business relevant strategies and solutions that deliver inclusion excellence; drive broad adoption and integration of inclusive leadership behaviors and best practices; and instill leadership commitment and accountability. These efforts have led to the formation of a consultancy team built to discover and implement innovative practices with scale across the enterprise; establishing Inclusion Leadership Teams globally; and tripling the delivery of diversity business reviews and leadership exposure to diversity data insights.

Prior to joining the Office of Inclusion & Collaboration, Nadine served as Global Inclusion Excellence & Innovation Strategist in Cisco’s Worldwide Sales organization. Prior to that role, as Chief of Staff and Operations Manager in the Learning & Development Solutions Group, she drove learning operations to promote talent enhancement within the Engineering team. She ensured cross-functional collaboration and provided strategic direction and leadership to support the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives. Nadine also held Senior Manager positions in both Cisco’s Worldwide Channels Marketing and the US & Canada Channels Marketing organizations, leading cross-functional teams to develop, launch and drive adoption for an online partner marketing solution which exceeded goals within the first quarter of launch.

Before joining Cisco, Nadine experienced increasing levels of responsibility for marketing communications and brand strategy at Saturn (General Motors), Nokia and Verizon. In these roles, she demonstrated success with development and execution of global product launches, integrated communications and brand strategies. She was also a diversity ambassador, creating and serving on diversity councils at Saturn, Verizon and Progress Energy.

She received a Bachelor degree in Marketing & Accounting from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA in International Business from Baylor University and her Diversity Management Certification from Cornell University. Nadine is active in the community and an alumnus of both the Leadership Raleigh (NC) and Leadership Gwinnett (GA) programs. Nadine serves on the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Club Atlanta and Voices of Virtue and is on the Advisory Board of Executive Women of Goizeuta at Emory Goizueta Business School. She has also served on the board for Playspace Children’s Museum (NC), on the Advisory Board for Palmetto Grant Consulting (GA) and on the Executive Thought Leader Advisory Board for Executive 50 and Cornell University.

Tricia Stone-Lively
Sr. Recruiter

Tricia Stone-Lively serves as a Senior Recruiter Team Lead for CDW, a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions in the United Stated, Canada and the United Kingdom. CDW is a Fortune 500 company, generating net sales of more than $12.9 billion in 2015.

She has over sixteen years of experience in Talent Acquisition. Tricia currently works with the Data Center Solutions, Mobility and Cloud groups within CDW’s Strategic Solutions and Services (S3) organization. She is responsible for attracting and hiring talent nationally and has been an integral part of building the S3 practice. Prior to joining the S3 Recruiting team, Tricia assisted in building the Non AM Sales organization and the Account Manager group.

Throughout her career, Tricia has built an exceptional reputation for sourcing top performers and consistently delivering “best in class” candidate slates. She has been recognized multiple times for her performance and ability to deliver results. She is a member of numerous industry groups including Corporate Recruiters, Women in Technology and Technology Recruiters. Tricia is also a lead facilitator of CDW’s Hiring the Best Management Academy Training program.

Eric Seltzer
Senior Manager, Americas & Executive Talent Acquisition

Eric is responsible for all recruiting activities within the Americas region including: strategy, operations and partnering with the business to fill open positions across the various sites.

Eric joined Polycom in 2015 with 20 years recruiting experience. Prior to Polycom, Eric was the Manager of Talent Acquisition-Americas for Franklin Templeton Investments, a global asset manager with over $750 billion in assets. He has also worked at GAP Inc., Excite@Home and other Silicon Valley companies. Eric’s background includes executive level recruitment for many of the functional areas. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Sacramento. Eric is based in San Jose, CA.

Marisa Zona
Talent Acquisition Leader

Marisa Zona is a Senior Talent Acquisition Manager for CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education (NASDAQ: CDW).

Specifically, she is responsible for CDW's talent acquisition strategy, operations and recruitment delivery programs supporting the Strategic Solutions and Services organization of over 1,800 coworkers (encompassing all client facing technology coworkers within Server and Storage, Unified Communications, Cloud, Network Infrastructure, Security, Wireless, Software Licensing and Mobility solutions) with approximately 400+ hires annually. Marisa also leads CDWs recruiting systems strategy, implementation and deployment. Marisa joined CDW in 2011 with 17 years of talent acquisition experience in both corporate recruiting and executive search. She has demonstrated success in designing, deploying, re-engineering and managing recruitment programs for high performing teams. Prior to her role with CDW she held various talent acquisition leadership positions in the professional services and technology industries. Marisa has successfully deployed ATS, Assessment, and CRM platforms that support various recruitment strategies for attracting top talent. Marisa holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. She serves as an active panelist and member the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Society of Talent Acquisition & Recruitment and the Human Capital Institute.

Ingrid Smith
Senior Director, WW Talent Acquisition

As the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition for Polycom, Ingrid is responsible for designing and executing global talent acquisition strategies to identify and recruit top talent that will embrace the vision, goals of the business, AND drive Polycom’s growth strategies.

Ingrid’s expertise is running high impact Talent Acquisition teams for technology companies. She is focused on the design and implementation of cutting edge recruitment strategies, methodologies, processes and tools that connect talent with opportunity on a global scale.

 Jennifer Fannin
Senior Director, HR for American Sales, Services and Marketing

Jennifer Fannin is a Human Resources senior leader with approximately 20 years of experience in multiple functional areas of Human Resources. Jennifer has held leadership positions in several high tech telecommunications, information technology, and engineering companies. She has a solid record of accomplishments emphasizing a broad range of employee related matters to include OD, leadership development, restructuring, coaching and training, strategic planning, merger and acquisition, web based systems planning, policy and procedure creation, employee relations, EEO and affirmative action, and recruitment. She is currently Senior Director of Human Resources at Polycom, supporting clients in Sales, Marketing, and Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Global Professional HR certification.

 Kristyn Hogan
Director, Collaboration Partner Sales
Americas Partner Organization
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Kristyn Hogan is Director, Collaboration Partner Sales for the Americas Partner Organization (APO). Her responsibilities include planning and developing the Collaboration partner go-to-market strategy within the Americas.

Kristyn works closely with Cisco's Global Partner Organization, Business Entities, and Sales Teams to accelerate partner adoption of Cisco’s Collaboration solutions, both on premise and cloud, including Video, Unified Communications, Contact Center, and WebEx. Kristyn drives Cisco’s Collaboration solution channel strategy and partner execution by developing and delivering enablement, profitability and demand generation offers, with a strong emphasis on software acceleration and adoption.