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Jeremy Wing with Payscape Advisors, Tricia Whitlock with Hypepotamus, Erica Baity with TechieChic, and Jeff Newlin with OutSystems


Jeremy Wing / Payscape Advisors Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Jeremy Wing is the founder of president of Payscape Advisors, which has grown from a local startup to a diversified FinTech company with $45 million in projected revenue and more than 225 employees. The company has been an Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter for three straight years and has secured positions on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing, privately-owned companies in the country.

Jeremy is a graduate of Dunwoody High School and the University of Alabama. During college, he began his entrepreneurial activities by founding CampusCard, a discount card marketed toward college students. Jeremy’s post-education professional experience began with a successful six year career at MTV where, as the Director of Business Development for the Southeast, he was the youngest director in the company’s history. It was during this time that Jeremy also founded the Peachtree Social Club, which still draws countless scores of Atlantans to social gatherings each year.

Tricia Whitlock / Hypepotamus Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Tricia Whitlock is with Hypepotamus, a publication that shares interesting and innovative people and ideas. Based in Atlanta, Hypepotamus is a voice of record for the innovation ecosystem. Spanning the technology and creative workplace, Hypepotamus focuses on surfacing promising talent, entrepreneurs and the innovative companies that shape the future and participate in building community. Whether it’s storytelling, highlighting a community event or surfacing a job, creating connectivity and awareness is central to the Hypepotamus mission. We invite all to participate.

Erica Baity / TechieChic Twitter

Erica is the founder of TechieChic, a company geared towards educating, training and staffing women in technology. Its vision is to reach gender parity in coding fields. To this effect TechieChic offers two programs, Girls Learning Code and Youth Code Academy, to expose the youth of the country to technological prospects and provide affordable learning options.

With over thirteen years experience in technology as a software engineer and data architect claiming several certifications, Erica has a sincere passion for educating and empowering girls and believes in cheering on women in technology. Outside of developing and growing her business, she enjoys being a mother to Sidney and Ethan and a wife to her fellow “techie” husband, Godfrey.

Jeff Newlin / OutSystems Linkedin Twitter Facebook Google+

Jeff Newlin joined OutSystems in 2011 as Vice President and General Manager of Americas. In this role, he is responsible for OutSystems American business where he drives continued growth and expands the organization. As a member of the executive team, he also plays an active role in the overall strategy of the company. Jeff brings over 20 years of experience in creating and continually evolving sales and services organizations as well as strategic and tactical operational management. Most recently, he held the position of Senior VP of Global Sales and Chief Revenue Officer at Silverpop, a provider of SaaS solutions for engagement marketing. Prior to Silverpop, he held positions at Cybrant, TenFold Corporation, Texas Instruments Software, and KnowledgeWare. Jeff holds BS in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University.



Peter Tokar with City of Alpharetta, J Cornelius with Nine Labs, Drew Morris with Pipefish and Brian Cochran with Atlanta CS


Peter Tokar / City of Alpharetta Linkedin

I have been at the City of Alpharetta for just over 2 years, previously I lived in South Florida for 13 years doing economic development. I grew up in Virginia, attended college at Liberty University, majored in Advertising, Marketing and Graphic Design. MBA from Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.

J Cornelius / Nine Labs Linkedin Twitter

J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features web designers and developers take for granted today. He’s passionate about efficient, usable, aesthetically pleasing design, and founded Nine Labs, an experience and usability consultancy, where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services. He’s also the President of the Atlanta Web Design Group and the creator of the Web Afternoon event series.

Drew Morris / Pipefish Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Prior to joining Pipefish, Drew Morris has been a consultant to private businesses since he was 15 years old. It was at 15 that he was approached to build a website for a local business in his hometown of Auburn, AL- launching his career. Over the past decade, he dedicated his career to programming in serverside software languages and building complex websites. Through the years, he has built an extensive clientele that continues to return for his reliability and job well done.

With over a decade of experience under his belt, Drew realizes the potential that web-based marketing and applications can have on a new business as well as the possibilities they have on growing existing businesses. Thus fueling his passion to develop amazing applications.

Drew graduated with his B.A. in French from Auburn University (Magna Cum Laude); he also studied Graphic Design and Business. Drew now lives in Atlanta, GA and continues to contribute to the business world as Lead Developer for Pipefish. He is fluent in many computer technologies including JavaScript, SQL, Python, PHP, Ruby, CSS, and HTML, as well as fluent in English and French. He can be found regularly at technology-based events in the Atlanta area. His other hobbies include guitar, piano, painting and archery.

Brian Cochran / Atlanta CS Twitter

Brian Cochran is CEO and Founding Partner of Atlanta CS. In that role he is responsible for making sure Atlanta CS continues to help organizations remove the technology constraints from their business. During his 15-year career, Brian has worked with Fortune 100 companies and startups alike in industries ranging from healthcare and financial services to social media. He specializes in Big Data technologies, Internet Of Things solutions, cloud adoption, enterprise integration, strategy, and technology assessments.

Brian has led numerous large-scale efforts to construct mission critical applications starting with proof-of-concept all the way through enterprise rollout, training, and operational support.

Through his own entrepreneurial ventures, and with Atlanta CS, Brian has also worked with numerous startups, and has extensive experience in helping startup founders smoothly go from idea to MVP and beyond.

Prior to Atlanta CS, Brian served as Lead Architect of Online Insight. In this role he led development of advanced analytics and e-commerce automation products targeted at the financial services and health insurance industries.

Mr. Cochran holds a BS in Computer Science with Highest Honors from Georgia Tech and is a private pilot.



Special Edition: Preparing Women for the STEM Workforce


Two years ago, for the first time in history, women surpassed men in obtaining bachelor’s and advanced degrees. While this is an important step in the professional development of women in the workforce, the gender gap in the STEM workforce has grown, and women hold less than one quarter of all STEM jobs today.

Join us to learn how women in today’s STEM industries–women like you–can help close the gap and make a lasting impact on our industry and the business world in general.

Carmen Hodnett Risk Manager | Burnette Insurance

Carmen has been associated with Burnette Insurance for over 14 years. Previous to joining Burnette, she worked in various management positions in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In 1985, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Georgia State University followed by her Master’s in Management (with a concentration in Organizational Behavior) in 1991.

In 2013, she became qualified as a CRA, a Certified Risk Manager. As a CRA, she serves as an outsourced risk manager for middle market, growth-oriented businesses, using diagnostic and consultative risk management. She has assisted numerous employers in the Atlanta area with their compliance efforts and helped them develop proactive risk management policies and procedures.

Carmen teaches workshops certified by HRCI for PHR and SPHR CE (continuing education) credits and has made numerous presentations at Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) meetings. She has served in various chair positions for SHRM in both the Atlanta and Gainesville areas. She currently serves as the 2014 Women in Technology Forums and Socials Program Chair.

Her interests and hobbies include running and weight training, along with various family activities.

Natoshia Anderson Director of STEM Initiatives | Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Dr. Natoshia Anderson currently serves as the Director of STEM Initiatives at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. A Georgia native, she was educated in DeKalb County and graduated with honors from Lithonia High School. She attended Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

She began a career as a Mechanical Design Engineer. She was worked from a manufacturing company and several Architectural Design Engineering firms including Stevens, Wilkinson, Stang, and Newdow, one of the oldest AEC firms in the state and Heery International, one of the best-known firms in the state. Her work includes designs for piping, plumbing, HVAC, and fire protection. She has designed for almost every type of building including drug stores, high-rise buildings, residential dwellings, stadiums, high schools, clean rooms, manufacturing plants, hotels, and military installations. She has over 8 years of designing experience in the industry. In 2003, she obtained an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

In 2004, she decided to leave the engineering profession to teach. She entered into the TAPP (Teacher Alternative Preparation Program), obtained her teaching certificate and began to teach Mathematics in high schools. She also began teaching engineering graphics technology and engineering classes part time at Georgia Piedmont Technical College during the summer.

The summer job became full time in the fall of 2006. While taking over the Engineering Graphics program, she increased the program’s enrollment by 40%, increased the retention and graduation rates by 30 and 20% respectively. She revamped and redesigned the curriculum to make sure that the students were learning skills that the industry would currently need and updated equipment and software. She also brought new members to the advisory committee. In 2010, she received her Doctorate in Education, from the University of Phoenix, with a focus on Educational Leadership. Her dissertation entitled “An Analysis of African American Gifted Girls Achievement in Mathematics and Science Classes”, examined the factors that could lead girls to underachievement in math and science and ultimately would lead girls away from STEM careers. In 2013, she was asked to become a part of the College’s new administration as the Director of STEM Initiatives. In this capacity, she is responsible for recruiting and retaining students in the College’s 27 STEM programs.

She is passionate about STEM, in particular, recruiting and retaining more women into STEM and STEM-related careers.

Valarie W. Mackey IT Performance Leader | The Coca-Cola Company

Valarie W. Mackey is an Information Technology Global Leader at The Coca-Cola Company having overarching accountability for IT solutions within the Human Resources, Legal, Public Affairs and Communications, Workplace Services, and Sustainability business functions. She is also responsible for the strategy to optimize IT employees performance through Training, Development, Critical Experiences, Communication, and Engagement. Valarie joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2005 as a Program Manager and has continued to be active in initiatives outside of her day to day role such as leading STEM programs and events for Coca-Cola’s IT Organization. She has a passion for leading global team members and associates, providing career guidance, promoting cross team collaboration and embracing diversity.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Valarie was a consultant for Ernst & Young (later Cap Gemini Ernst & Young) where she focused on strategic planning and execution, project management and business development. It is very important to Valarie to be involved in the community. She actively participates in activities with Non-Profit Organizations. She is also PTA Vice President of Communications for her children’s elementary school.

Valarie holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from North Carolina A&T State University. She resides in a suburb outside of Atlanta, GA with her wonderful husband, Malcolm and active twins Jordan and Jorah.

Denise Reese Director, Business Development; WIT Foundation President | Endava US LLC

Denise Reese is Director, Business Development with Endava US LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Endava UK Limited, a leading IT Services and Consulting firm with operations in London, Germany The US and Central Eastern Europe. In her role, Denise leads all Business Development activities for Endava in the Atlanta market.

Denise has spent more than a decade in Sales and Strategic Alliances for several major IT Services and Software organizations and has held positions both in The United States and Europe. Her experience spans multiple disciplines including Identity and Access Management, IT Security and Regulatory Compliance Management.

Denise has built a brand rooted in developing trusted advisor relationships with her clients. This, coupled with a keen ability to build repeatable and sustainable revenue generating opportunities, has afforded Denise with the opportunity to achieve significant milestones for the firms she’s worked with. During her tenure with Wipro Technologies, a leading IT Services, Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing Organization headquartered in Bangalore, India, she secured Wipro’s 1st and largest Hospitality Client in the US and was a multi -million dollar contributor to the RCTG (Retail, CPG, Transportation and Government) Business Unit.

Denise holds an MBA in Strategic Management from The Henley Business School in The United Kingdom. Her dissertation research focused on the importance of businesses adapting a sound IT Security and Risk policy. During her MBA Program, she completed her International Business Experience in Hong Kong. This allowed her the opportunity to analyze and provide strategic direction to Asia-Pacific companies in multiple industries including Manufacturing, Retail, and Public Sector.

Tracy Zucco Director of Human Resources | Brambles Group

Tracy Zucco serves as Director, Human Resources, IT for the Brambles Group, supporting the Information Technology strategy by developing, leading and enabling the IT people and change agenda. Her responsibilities include advising on and supporting all aspects of HR to ensure IT people, processes and systems are working effectively.

Prior to joining Brambles, Tracy has led a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years with increasing responsibility as an HR professional, including organisational design and transformation, talent acquisition and retention, employee development, performance management and employee and labour relations. Most recently, she served as Director, Human Resource Business Partner, Global Information Technology for the Coca-Cola Company, supporting an IT organization of 2,000 employees in more than 15 countries.

In her role with Brambles, Tracy serves as a consultant and advisor to the Chief Information Officer and the IT leadership team in implementing employee strategies. In addition, she works closely with all levels of IT management by focusing on performance and talent management, employee engagement and the planning of Brambles Employee Survey follow-up actions. She also ensures alignment to HR employee relations practices.

In addition to several HR certifications, Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology degree from the University of South Florida, and she is a 2014 candidate for the Master of Science, Human Resources Development degree at Villanova University, USA.



Special Edition: Georgia CIO Leadership Association


Curt Carver / Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Linkedin Twitter

Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., is the vice chancellor and chief information officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). In this capacity, he oversees a statewide educational infrastructure and service organization with more than 250 innovators and an annual investment in higher education of more than $70 million. He also provides technical oversight for the USG Shared Services Center.

With a mix of military and academic experience, Carver has led the transformation of USG Information Technology Services by partnering with USG business owners, institutions, and other state agencies. The introduction of private cloud services, entrepreneurial offerings, new learning management system, new data systems, social media, unified communications, strategic partner engagement, and a focused and aligned financial model has been well received in Georgia and around the nation.

Through his leadership, he’s garnered national recognition for the University System of Georgia including the 2012 Global CIO Break Away Leader Award, 2012 and 2013 Georgia State Technology Innovation Award, 2013 InformationWeek500 Top Innovative Organizations (ranked in the top 10), 2013 InformationWeek 20 Best Ideas to Steal, 2013 N2N Champions of Innovation, 2013 Atlanta Telecommunications Professional Leadership Impact Award, 2013 InformationWeek Chiefs of the Year, the 2014 ComputerWorld Premiere100 IT Leaders, and the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100.

Prior to the USG, Dr. Carver served at the U.S. Military Academy – West Point in a number of positions including interim vice dean of education, vice dean for resources, associate dean for academic computing, and IT program director. Carver led efforts that were successful in more than doubling student participation in international experiences and substantially expanded programs addressing the needs of at-risk students. In addition, he coordinated significant revisions to the curriculum, facilitated the completion of the construction of a $72 million library and learning center, secured funding for a $182 million renovation of the science building, and supported efforts to accredit the institution regionally.

Carver’s 27-year military career includes appointments as platoon leader, senior signal officer, company commander, battalion operations officer, division deputy G6, and military mentor. He lived in Korea and Italy, and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as a strategic mentor to build their respective national military academies.

Throughout his career, Carver has been engaged in the active leadership of military, academic, research, and service organizations. He has served as a member of a number of governing bodies or executive boards including the Computer Science Accreditation Board, Computer Accreditation Commission, multiple CIO Executive Summits, and the Federal Information Assurance Conference. He is a senior-level member in the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional societies and continues to play an active role in shaping the national agenda in technology, education, and the interaction between the two.

Carver has authored many journal articles and conference papers, as well as hundreds of plenary presentations, and is a frequent keynote presenter. He has received numerous national and international honors and awards for military, teaching, and research excellence throughout his career.

Jay Ferro / American Cancer Society

Jay is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society has more than 900 local offices nationwide and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. Jay is responsible for the people, strategy and operations of the Global Information Technology organization.

Prior to joining ACS in 2012, Jay served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AdCare Health Systems, a rapidly growing and recognized innovator in health care facility management. Jay spent the previous 7 years at AIG (American International Group), most recently as VP and CIO for AIG Aerospace, a leading global aerospace insurer. At AIG, Jay implemented numerous improvements that have delivered substantial value to the organization while managing significant organizational change in a turbulent market environment. In addition to his role as AVP of Information Technology with AIG Personal Lines, Jay was selected as CFO for Operations and Systems in 2006 and led multiple global IT Finance and Governance Standards initiatives that resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the organization.

Jay continues to be a thought leader in the Information Technology arena and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, both in Atlanta and Nationwide. In recognition of his accomplishments, Jay was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as Chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.

His commitment and dedication to community involvement is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In 2007, he founded the non-profit group, Priscilla’s Promise, in honor of his late wife, which raises funds for cervical cancer education and research, and currently serves as its Executive Director. In 2011 he was elected to the Board of Directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization which helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community, and in 2013 was named Board Chair.

Jay earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Masters of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. Jay continues to be involved with his alma mater, both as a mentor for young alumni and as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for the Terry College of Business.

Jay lives in the Metro Atlanta Area with his 3 sons: Trey, Connor and Alex.