Every professional should have a mentor. Mentors help drive you to the next level in your business career. Just as an old Chinese Proverb says:
"A single conversation with a wise women is better than ten years of study.”
The knowledge and experiences mentors have is intangible and honest, and can provide you with the knowledge and tools to pave the path for the next leadership role you want and deserve. Mentors share the challenges they've faced and how they’ve overcome them and the mistakes they’ve made and what they’d do differently.
Join us for Women in Technology – Speed Mentoring, where you will have the opportunity to sit down with at least one of the executives below (and meet the other mentors during the evening) and ask them questions about how they got to the leadership position they are in now, what challenges they faced and how they overcame them, what would they do differently, and anything else you want to ask. Mentors are across industries and their companies range from large to small, and startups to large corporations.
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Mentors (more to be announced):
Agility, Jamie Regehr, Director
AirCell, Dana Kirchmar, Director, Aircraft Engineering
Amadeus Consulting, Lisa Calkins, CEO & Founder
Aspire Executive Group, Kim Hill, Founder and CEO
Catholic Health Initiative, Jeanie Nordstrom, National Associate VP, Application Services
CenturyLink, Carla Stewart, VP, National Network Services
DU Women's College, Lynn Gangone, Dean
Genesis 10, Heather Chisholm, Quality manager Consultant
Hewett-Packard, Laura Cox, District Manager
IBM, Carita Watson, Global Transformation Executive
Level 3, Laurinda Pang, Chief Human Resources Officer
Magpie Software Services Corp, Margaret Burd, Founder, President & CEO
McKesson Provider Technologies, Donna Hogan, Director, Portfolio Planning & Management
MWH Global, Inc., Claire Rutkowski, Americas Regional IT Director
Pearson eCollege, Katy Kappler, VP, Product Platforms
Perficient, Inc., Mary Beth Ostasz, General Manager
ProfitStreams, Elise Howes, (former) CFO
RoundPegg, Natalie Baumgartner, Ph.D., Founder & Chief Psycologist
Starz Entertainment, Judy Batenburg, VP, IT Infrastructure & Operations
Technically Speaking, Inc., Jill Tietjen, President and CEO
TeleTech, Carol Kline, (former) CIO
UpLevel Communications, Carey Ungvary, Professional Mediator and Decision Coach
Women's Vision Foundation, Joanna Murray, CEO
Judy Batenburg, VP, IT Infrastructure and Operations, Starz Entertainment
Judy Batenburg is Vice President of IT infrastructure and Operations for Starz Entertainment. She is responsible for managing the corporate IT and web facing infrastructure, which includes the web infrastructure, network (WAN/LAN & wireless), systems, storage and telecommunications. She is also responsible for the Service Desk/Help Desk, Desktop architecture and engineering, and IT Procurement. Batenburg reports to Ray Milius, senior vice president of programming operations and IT of Starz Entertainment. Starz currently has an infrastructure of over 800 servers (over 65 percent of which have been virtualized through VMWare, and has over 1.25 PB of storage. Starz spans ten locations throughout North America. Prior to Starz, Batenburg was an IT director at IHS, overseeing global operations, help desk, infrastructure and IT program management. She started her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, where she oversaw the development and deployment of Lucent's global network and system management environment. She has given numerous industry presentations on managing global infrastructures, and was also interviewed on the MSNBC show Pick of the Week, for a segment that highlighted small business success stories. She also lends her leadership skills to others, by participating in the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Mentoring Program where she mentored two women. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Delaware.
Natalie Baumgartner, Ph.D.,Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, RoundPegg
Dr. Natalie Baumgartner is a Co-Founder and the Chief Psychologist at RoundPegg. RoundPegg is an online culture intelligence platform that quantifies the unique culture of organizations and then
provides tools to align employee hiring, development, and engagement. Natalie has been the human form of RoundPegg for over a decade, consulting on culture fit with investors, senior executives and
boards of directors. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and serves on the board of the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. Natalie is passionate
about helping people find "fit" in the workplace - and about the power that culture fit has to revolutionize how we work.
Margaret Burd, President & CEO, Magpie Software Services Corp
Margaret A. Burd is a recognized leader in building and growing organizations that are constantly improving, acquiring skills, and implementing new and best-in-class development practices. Ms. Burd founded Magpie TI, a software development services company, and served as its CEO for nine years prior to the merger of Magpie TI with Green Energy Corp in August 2010. In July, 2012, Magpie was spun out of GEC and Ms. Burd is once again President & CEO of Magpie. She was previously Director of Engineering at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, leading development for mobile internet and other telecommunications applications. She was responsible for managing customer contracts and relationships while running an organization with an $18M annual budget, up to 100 people at multiple (including international) sites, and as many as 10 simultaneous projects. . Earlier Margaret gained over 15 years of experience in software development at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories as a developer, project manager, and technical manager. While at Bell Labs she was an inventor on two patents. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Missouri State University.
Lisa Calkins, Chief Executive Officer, Amadeus Consulting
As CEO of Amadeus Consulting, Lisa Calkins has created a distinctive model for value-added technology consulting leading to many positive, long-term client relationships. Lisa co-founded the company in 1994 with the values that remain essential to the company today: Mutual respect for co-workers and technology solutions that achieve real-world business results. Lisa is a dedicated community leader and respected mentor to many colleagues and associates. She is a past president of the Colorado Federation of Business and Professional Women, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic self-sufficiency by advancing careers, building businesses and advocating workplace equity. Lisa also served two terms as president of the Boulder BPW, one of largest local business organizations in the country. Lisa recently participated in the CIO Insomnia Project which highlights the concerns that keep technology leaders up at night. http://www.roberthalftechnology.com/cioinsomniaproject
Lisa is very active at the DaVinci Institute, a local non-profit futurist think tank. Lisa has participated as a panelist investigating the future of mobile apps, and was chosen because of her passion and knowledge in the industry. She also joined the DaVinci Institute’s Council of Luminaries, where she devotes her time serving as a mentor to businesses looking to make their visions a reality. Lisa has also served as a panelist on user experience and creative discussions, as she has a passion for how creative and technology intersect to make beautiful and usable applications. Lisa and her husband Rob are certifiedscuba diving instructors and enjoy diving together under exotic seas around the world. Lisa learned passion and creativity from her mother and competitiveness and kindness from her father. She brings those values to her leadership of Amadeus Consulting. Lisa has been interviewed and spoken on many topics in the tech world. As a top Women-owned business leader, a popular topic for her includes how women can be successful in the tech world, traditionally a male-dominated industry. She also has presented about mobile app development and user experience development.
Heather Chisholm, Quality manager Consultant, Genesis 10
Heather is currently consulting as a Quality Manager for Genesis10 on a contract for 3M. Before joining 3M Heather was a Senior VP Change Management Executive for Bank of America working on a start-up Joint Venture with Wells Fargo to build an ACH (Automated Clearing House) transaction processing platform. She has over 25 years experience in Information Technology in the financial software and services industry working for companies including First Data and Checkfree. Heather began her career at United Banks in Colorado providing product and technical support for banking applications. She moved to Atlanta and led a consulting team providing ACH and technical support to many financial institutions throughout the US before moving back to her home state of Colorado in 1996. Heather attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for her undergraduate degree in Education and UCD for post graduate studies in Business as well as other local colleges for IT studies. Recently she served as a volunteer examiner for Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, the local alliance for the National Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and is a member of the Denver University Women's College IT Advisory Board
Laura Cox, District Manager, Hewett-Packard
Laura Cox and her team are responsible for growing revenue, margin and customer satisfaction in the Industry Standard Server (x86) line of business for HP in the Rocky Mountain District.
Laura has more than 15 years in sales, sales leadership, and marketing roles in her career. Laura has been with HP for 8 years where she has had the opportunity to work in many different groups; Inside Sales, Volume Sales, Personal Systems Group, Technology Solutions Group and most recently Laura has been the Account Manager for a few large corporate customers in the Media & Entertainment Vertical.
Laura holds a B.S. in Marketing/Communications from San Jose State University and a Masters Degree from University of Colorado. Laura lives in Colorado with her husband and 3 daughters.
Kim Hill, Founder and CEO, Aspire Executive Group
Focused on excellence in business and leadership, helping you make this your best year yet!
Kim is inspired to partner with key stakeholders to achieve enduring, transformational change. Kim helps her clients with strategic and troubled projects, and strategic and troubled teams, both crucial for long-term success and personal fulfillment in business.
Kim has an unparalleled, 27 year track record as a technology leader, leading multi-year organizational change and technology initiatives with global companies like Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Allied Signal Aerospace (now Honeywell), and Corporate Express (now Staples). Kim is the CEO and Founder of Aspire Executive Group, where she is an executive and leadership coach, strategic projects consultant, high performing teams expert, speaker, and facilitator.
One of Kim’s core passions is transformational leadership . In 2010, Kim was accepted into a year-long 2011 leadership development program with Jack Canfield, well-known co-author of the Chicken Soup books and world-wide personal and professional development coach, and continues to work with him on his assisting team. Kim loves living her life with her partner, Juan, at their horse ranch in Colorado.
Elise Howes, (former) CFO, ProfitStreams
Elise Howes is a finance executive with a strategic bent. She has pulled together people, processes, systems and financing for mergers and acquisitions, Fortune 100 companies, as well as for over 75 start ups. She knows it's not the size of the problem but the quality of the team and level of creative collaboration that determines success. She has worked in the aerospace, energy, telecommunications and software development industries. She ran a successful business consulting practice for five years, working with CEOs in marketing, manufacturing, professional services, energy, and retail. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy (Univeristy of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana), a Masters Management (J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University), is an Accredited Valuation Analyst (through National Association of Certified Valuation Analyasts) and has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.
Joanna Murray, CEO, Women's Vision Foundation
Joanna Murray brings over twenty-five years experience in the corporate, nonprofit and educational sectors to her current role as President and CEO of Women’sVision Foundation.
Women’sVision provides expert leadership development tools and an inspiring community of peers and mentors to career-minded women seeking to maximize their professional potential. Women’sVision believes that shared leadership of businesses between women and men is the key to sustaining economic prosperity. The Foundation connects, mentors, and inspires career-minded women because developing and retaining women leaders at all stages of their careers translates into satisfied and successful workers, sustainable workplace cultures and profitable business results."
Previously, Joanna was a founding partner with Ki ThoughtBridge, a national consulting firm that offered leadership education, change management and the resolution of conflict to Fortune 500 and national non-profit clients.
Joanna’s additional experience includes, serving as the Vice President for Trustee Leadership Development, a company that focused on non-profit excellence, and serving as the founding Executive Director of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she lead such hallmark programs as Leadership Denver and the Chamber’s annual Leadership Exchange program. Prior to her roles in the business sector, Joanna worked in higher education, including five years as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Denver.
Joanna holds a Bachelor of Science in English and a Masters of Science in Education and Organizational Development.
Mary Beth Ostasz, General Manager, Perficient, Inc.
Mary-Beth has more than 16 years of consulting management experience. She joined Perficient in 2007 with its acquisition of BoldTech, where she had worked since 2001. Prior to BoldTech Mary-Beth served several years at Accenture. Mary-Beth has held a variety of leadership roles in her career in areas including resource management, business development, director of operations and now general manager. Her broad experience base has proven valuable in her work with sales and delivery teams as they effectively sell and deliver on client engagements.
Laurinda Pang, Chief Human Resource Officer, Level 3 Communications
Previously, Ms. Pang was senior vice president of Human Resources at Global Crossing where she led the global programs that supported the firm's Strategic Imperative to focus on its people as the drivers of its future growth. Ms. Pang also served as vice president of Global Crossing Customer Experience Re-engineering where she was responsible for all aspects of global business transformation affecting customer experience. Prior to that, as vice president for Global Crossing Investor Relations, she was responsible for communicating with shareholders, bondholders and financial analysts. She also served as vice president of operations and chief of staff to the CEO for Global Crossing, and was a member of the executive team that restructured Global Crossing during a critical phase in its history. Prior positions with Global Crossing included leadership roles in product management, sales and sales operations. In addition to restoring Global Crossing's reputation in the financial markets, she has contributed to the success of its UK business and enhanced the customer support infrastructure in North America. She holds a B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University.
Claire Rutkowski, Americas Regional IT Director, MWH Global, Inc.
Claire Rutkowski is a Global IT Director and Leader at MWH Global with responsibilities across 35 countries that span six continents. Claire has a background and core foundation with large scale IT Projects and Program Management. During her 13 year tenure at MWH, she has progressed and developed from the Help Desk, to Project Management, to Regional and now Global Director. Claire is a certified IT project manager and PMP, and is passionate about excellence in both project execution and service delivery. In the project arena, Claire implemented a PMO, providing numerous benefits to the business, including consistency of project delivery, reduced overhead in planning and managing projects, and increased project success rates. Claire increased project manager direct time utilization, resulting in $460,000 annualized savings. In the service arena, Claire reduced field service ticket queues by 50% in just two months, and was responsible for creating and implementing a "Service Rampage” program, doubling customer satisfaction ratings within 4 months. Claire has been a featured speaker at Oracle and PMI conferences, written several articles for PMI publications, and brings a wealth of experience with her. She has a no-nonsense "get it done” attitude and is known for providing practical advice, tools and tips that make a difference. Claire demonstrates true level 5 leadership and inspires those that she works with and influences. A truly motivational and dynamic IT professional.
Jill Tietjen, President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
Ms. Tietjen is the President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. She has spent 35 years in the electric utility industry, and provides planning consulting services to electric utilities and organizations serving the electric utility industry. Ms. Tietjen serves as an expert witness before public utility commissions and other government agencies.
Ms. Tietjen’s previous employers include the University of Colorado at Boulder, Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Hagler Bailly Consulting, Mobil Oil Corporation’s Mining and Coal Division, and Duke Power Company. She graduated from the University of Virginia (Tau Beta Pi, Virginia Alpha) with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (minor in Electrical Engineering) and received her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Ms. Tietjen is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.
Ms. Tietjen regularly speaks on women in engineering, historical women in engineering and science, and leadership topics. Her book Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America (HarperCollins, 2008) is a local bestseller and is featured on C-SPAN2/Book TV. Her introduction to engineering textbook, Keys to Engineering Success, was published by Prentice Hall in 2001. She is the co-author with Betty Reynolds of the Setting the Record Straight series of which three volumes have been published.
She served as the 1991-1992 National President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). As Jill S. Baylor, she is a contributing author to the 1995 book She Does Math!
Ms. Tietjen has received numerous awards and honors including the 2001 Woman in Technology Award from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Subaru, and News4; Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumna Award, and she was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council. Ms. Tietjen serves on a number of non-profit boards and was Chair of the Board for Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Transmission Corporation of Tucker, Georgia and serves as an outside director for Merrick & Company.
She has been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Ms. Tietjen is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Technology.
Carey Ungvary, Professional Mediator and Decision Coach, UpLevel Communications
Carey Ungvary (rhymes with "Sung Very”) is the founder of UPLevel Communications, a Denver based management consulting company. She is a certified Professional Mediator for business related conflict negotiations and is also a Decision Coach, assisting executives to analyze, refine, and deliver healthy decisions and communications in the workplace. Specializing in the distinct needs of Startups, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Reorganizations she is able to quickly restore balance where organizational change has taken place. Prior to UPLevel, Carey worked for 25 years in technology and communications companies at the Director level in Sales, Business Development and Marketing positions. She is considered one of the women vendor pioneers of the cable television industry, receiving numerous awards for Top Sales and Achievement. She has Bachelor of Business Administrations degrees in Management and Marketing, Economics and Psychology minors from James Madison University. She is co-chair of the Volunteer Liaison Committee for the Colorado Human Resource Assn. and a member of the Mile High Business Alliance.
Carita Watson, Director and Global Transformation Executive, IBM Global Technology Services
Carita held several management positions in IBM before joining ISSC Boulder in 1992. She moved into the executive ranks of IBM in 1996 when she was appointed Director, Enterprise Services, Service Delivery Center - West. In this role, she provided leadership for an organization of more than 1,600 technology professionals.
Carita was named to her current position, Systems Server Operations Global Transformation Executive, in May 2007. In this role Carita is responsible for providing leadership and project oversight to a team of executives and service leaders world wide who are commissioned to re-engineer and transform the IBM IT delivery model.
In February 2011, Carita was assigned as the IBM Senior State Executive for Colorado. In her role as Senior State Executive, Carita provides leadership for IBM in the community across the state, linking our Corporate Citizenship and Spirit activities with strategic IBM initiatives, and leveraging the resources of IBM to achieve strategic business goals. This position is essential to IBM's business interests, to our success in both the internal and external community. Carita also serves as the IBM senior location executive for Denver. In this role, Carita coordinates cross functional activities and Corporate programs for IBM employees in the Denver area.
A graduate of the Women’s College, University of Denver, Carita holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, cum laude, and a master's degree in computer information systems. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for The Women’s College, University of Denver; Colorado State University Industrial Advisory Committee, and the board of directors for INROADS, Rocky Mountain Region. Previous board of director assignments were the University of Colorado President’s Leadership Class; the Colorado Leadership Alliance; the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and the Advisory Board for the University of Denver, School of Computer Science.