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Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and at the industries major events including WISE Symposium, Women's Enterprise Center, NY Daily News Small Biz Big Impact conference, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, WITI, Webgrrls, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0 Summit; BlogWorld, BizTechDay and has been a featured tech expert and appeared in INC Magazine, on the NBC Today Show, in Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay, O'Reilly, SmartMoney SmallBiz and on TechRepublic's Women's Radio and BlogWorld Radio.
Digitalwoman.com is an Internet consulting practice helping small and mid-sized companies get online, manage their brands, and leverage the “Power of Internet" to realize their strategic online goals.
Nelly resides in New York City. Back to top
Maria inherited her intellectual curiosity and sense of adventure from her Cuban parents. Growing up, her family lived abroad and traveled the world - by the twelfth grade, Maria had been to 9 schools in 3 different countries, and studied in English, Spanish and French - never missing a beat ...... although living abroad in those days meant missing some ”important” American pop-culture.
Once Maria completed a BA in Art History from Mt. Holyoke College, she began her career at a local TV affiliate in Miami, within a year, she left to New York to seek fame and fortune on Madison Avenue. Maria worked on the Account side and briefly on the client side. After returning to Miami, she worked at Telemundo Network, and established a Department that managed all of the client sponsored content. After the shows where canceled, Maria packed her bags and was off to shoot a short film in Guatemala City and the colonial city of Antigua. The short was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and won several Awards.
Maria hasproduced hundreds of commercials for US companies and global clients. This has taken her to locations throughout the world. Maria has also produced for TV, corporate videos, short films, documentaries, online content and worked on several feature film projects. Her forte has been in managing global teams and logistically challenging projects - always coming up with creative and sometimes unorthodox solutions to challenges.
Other career highlights include; working as the Senior Producer on the Army’s US Hispanic initiatives for 3 years, Executive Producer for the launch team of Nickelodeon Latin America, and the launch team for SKY Latin America. As an entrepreneur, she has founded 2 companies, most recently LA based Reel Reps, a marketing and sales company specializing in B2B. Under her leadership, she grew the client base and sales in one year, exceeding projections by over 40%.
Maria believes that the old paradigms in advertising and communication are evolving, and that new business models are being shaped, advertising is moving into a new space where the convergence of advertising and entertainment meet. In order to succeed in this new order, businesses must take advantage of global resources and talent, and have a global mindset. Maria is excited about the next chapter in her career, her professional experience, relationships and education make her uniquely poised to take advantage of the new business environment. Back to top
Ms. Orange has authored several articles on various social, technological, economic and political trends. She has also written extensive White Papers on The Human/Machine Interface, The Future of Family & Household Formation and Climate Change & the Travel & Tourism Industry. She also frequently addresses a number of corporate, organizational and academic audiences.
Ms. Orange is a member of the Junior Committee for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, The World Future Society and Fashion Group International, and was chosen as one of the first Susan Schiffer Stautberg Foundation Fellows. She serves as a Board member on the Career Advisory Board presented by DeVry University, the Advisory Board for the Young Luxury Marketing Council, and is a frequent columnist for Yahoo! Sports’ online magazine ThePostGame.com. For four years she served as Co-Chair of the Adjunct Board of Directors for ThinkQuest NYC, an organization that brought technology to New York City students.
Ms. Orange received her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY. Back to top
Kristin has a Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University focused on designing online environments. She earned a liberal arts certificate from Stanford University that centers on global and cultural studies and later earned a certificate in web technologies from the University of Washington's extension program. She also audited an information systems class at UC Berkeley and studied creative writing at Duke University.
Kristin is on the steering committee for the New York City Webgrrls chapter of Webgrrls International. In her role as the Team Webgrrls Outreach Coordinator, she leads the program that teaches underprivileged girls about technology and shows them how fun and exciting technology can be. She has been a mentor with the iMentor program in the Bronx and was an active volunteer in the Global Communications Gallery at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. She also volunteered at IBM's annual EXITE Camp (Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering), which teaches middle school girls about careers in engineering.
As a weekly contributor to the Webgrrls International Blog, Webgrrls Wisdom, Kristin focuses on how users interact in and with online environments and how designers can create information spaces that are innovative and easy to use.
Kristin currently lives in New York City. Back to top
In addition to her day job as a search engineer, she serves as newsletter editor for the San Francisco Association for Women in Science and as working group chair for the revision of IEEE Standard 1517. Elena's research interests include parallel computing, out-of-core computing, data mining, and information retrieval.
For more information about Elena, please visit: http://sites.google.com/site/laneyrstrange Back to top
Today Jaime is the General Manager of Systems Integration and Identity and Access Management (IAM) Professional Services for SunGard Higher Education. She joined SunGard in 2006 to create this new division, where she educates her clients on how to use technology to become, what she has coined, "Service-Oriented Institution". She also runs a private company which produces Impact Oceans, an information source and consultancy that helps individuals become better leaders, public speakers and entrepreneurs.
Since starting her career, Jaime has led complex enterprise software projects around the globe needing rapid development and expansion for companies such as Key Energy, PepsiCo and Boots Well Being. Previously at bTrade, Jaime led the development of a first generation supply chain global data synchronization product that was key to bTrade's acquisition by Click Commerce. She has also worked on other start-up teams, including the initial development team of Hotwire.com via Scient.
Jaime has been noted as one of the 25 most important women in technology in Texas and California by Tech Magazine and was a finalist for the 2006 Tech Titan community hero award for her volunteer work with the Alliance of Technology and Women (ATW). She currently serves on the board of the Harvard Women's Leadership Project Alumni Network, and previously the VP Membership for the Alliance of Technology and Women, President of the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce and Board Member for the Harvard Clubs of Dallas and of San Francisco.
Jaime Chambron's blog posting(s) is/are her personal opinions and not those of her current or former employers. Back to top
In April 1995, the company also organized the first Internet networking group for women, Webgrrls International, Inc., which now boasts over 100 chapters around the world throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and across the United States.
In addition to consulting major corporations and non profit organizations about Internet, online marketing and ecommerce strategies, he is an advisor to several real world and Internet companies and venture capitalists about Internet business and the New Media industry.
Kennedy is frequently asked to speak on behalf of the US State Department to foreign government representatives on the Internet industry and entrepreneurship and is a speaker around the country on topics such as marketing, building community and ecommerce. He has been featured in publications including Wall Street Journal, Information Week and Entrepreneur's Business Startups, in online publications including Salon.com, Techweb.com and cnet.com and has appeared in television and radio segments about the importance of understanding the women's market online.
Cybergrrl, Inc. and Webgrrls International have been featured in publications including People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News and World Report, Newsweek, The New York Times and on CBS CNN, CNNFN, Cnet, Discovery Channel and LifetimeTV.
Kennedy resides in New York City. Back to top
My experiences have made me a diverse and well-rounded individual, yet I still look forward to acquiring more knowledge in the years to come. I believe that we never stop learning, because it is an integral part of living. Being a part of Webgrrls International is definitely a boon to my life experience. Back to top
Allison, who holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. from Columbia University's School of Journalism), is a recognized expert in the areas of information marketing; web and SEO copywriting; blog ghostwriting and developing accessible and affordable tools such as books and training programs for marketing DIY-ers (do-it-yourselfers) everywhere.
Allison and Get It In Writing have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and WomenEntrepreneur.com. Allison and a business partner are also currently developing a fun, hip and very relevant online community for working moms.
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Allison lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband and two children. Back to top
Prior to joining Royce Funds, Charlene was Business Analyst at ACL Services, the principal provider of Audit Analytics software. In this role, she led ACL's strategies and initiatives for improving the CRM interface design, sales analytics and training programs and resources.
In 2004 Charlene joined Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a leading enterprise search software company. Here her focus was on managing the company-wide Intranet development project, highlighting user-friendly design and proper information architecture.
She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, education in Web Design & Usibility and is currently working on completing the UBC Award of Acheivement in Web Analytics, a program developed by UBC and the Web Analytics Association. Back to top
Lisa is also co-writer/editor of SubwaySquawkers.com and a Yankee-Mets fan! Back to top