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Women are impacting the global economy as never before, particularly though participation in private industry and science and technology. Private industry has only a handful of powerful women. In 2014 and 2015, only five percent, or 24 of the Fortune 500 largest companies had female CEOs. Yet, this is the most ever. Women are breaking into traditionally male dominated fields such as engineering, defense contracting, and information technology. Profiled below are women who are changing the professional landscape of privately held companies.

Featured Women:

Deborah Alderson

As Chief Operating Officer of Sotera Defense Solutions, Deborah Alderson has primary responsibility for and oversees SRA's four main operating groups: the Civil Government Group; the Defense Group; the Health Group; and the Intelligence, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Group. She has served in this role since July 2013.

Alderson joined SRA in 2011 with more than 25 years of government services experience. She has led large organizations focused on technical services, logistics, C4I, systems engineering and integration support for large federal customers, including the Department of Homeland Security and all branches of the Armed Forces. Alderson also enjoys a strong reputation for addressing complex and challenging demands for federal clients and large-scale operations.

Joanna Alexis

Joanna Alexis is the Founder, President, and CEO of Navstar Inc., which provides high-end technology solutions for the Federal Government. Navstar focuses on software development, systems engineering, and data management. Ms. Alexis had extensive experience in the commercial information sector before founding Navstar. Since its inception, the organization has supported the Intelligence Community and teamed with partners including Lockheed Martin, SRA, General Dynamics, and Deloitte. Navstar has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Small Technology companies, a Top Women Owned Business in Virginia and a top 500 Women Owned Business in America.

Anne Altman

Anne Altman is General Manager, IBM U.S Federal Government and Industries.  In this role, Ms. Altman is responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for driving IBM’s multi-billion business with Federal Government Clients in the United States.

Ms. Altman received the 2013 IES&BD Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Sales Excellence Award event on April 12, Ms. Altman’s three-decade career with IBM has been heavily influenced by the work she has delivered in the government market.  She previously served as General Manager for IBM’s Public Sector with responsibilities for global government, state and local agencies as well as education and health care.

Known as a transformational leader, she has often been tapped to address complex business challenges within IBM and on behalf of clients.  Most notably, she helped establish IBM’s footprint as a major force in the U.S. Federal market; and led the company’s server hardware business during the most important product launch in the history of the mainframe business – the System z mainframe.

With a strong foundation in technology delivery, Ms. Altman joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer.  She quickly distinguished herself as a technology strategist who understands how best to leverage the intersections of high performance computing, business analytics software, and research with the unique needs of government and private sector clients.
Ms. Altman is a recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to technology partners serving the Federal market.  In addition, her outstanding contributions to the information technology industry and its clients include: Federal Computer Week’s Top Federal 100, Washingtonian Magazine Top Tech Titans, Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women,  the AFFIRM Leadership Award for Industry, and the CIO Council’s Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year,  a Lifetime Achievement Heroines award from the March of Dimes and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; and the 2013 IES&BD Lifetime Achievement Award.

A recognized thought leader who has delivered congressional testimony on behalf of IBM on topics ranging from national security, technology in the military and intelligence communities, ‘smarter’ government, intelligent transportation, cloud computing, business analytics software, the role of innovation to drive economic growth and government R&D.

Her work has been featured in leading publications, including The Washington Post, Associated Press, Federal Computer Week, Business Week, The New York Times, Washington Technology, Government Computer News, InformationWeek, among others.  Ms. Altman has also contributed tokey government-related review boards for organizations such as the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Science Academy and the Private Sector Council.

Ms. Altman is committed to community service and serves on the Executive Committees of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, National Symphony Orchestra, and National Kidney Foundation.  She also on the Executive Council for the Dean of George Mason University’s School of Management.

Ms. Altman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University. In 2011 was recognized as Alumna of the year.   IBM has selected her as a senior member of the corporation’s Performance Team and Integration and Values Team.

A native to the Washington, DC region, she lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Xavier, a fellow technologist, and their two dogs and horse.  They have two grown children, Stephanie and Zachary.

Dr. Alison Astorino-Courtois

Dr. Astorino-Courtois has over 16 years of experience in quantitative political science and decision theoretic research. Dr. Astorino-Courtois has provided lead technical management and core support for a five DoD Joint Staff and STRATCOM Strategic Multi-layer Analysis (SMA) projects including recently completed Competing Analysis of Nuclear Strategy (CANS) for USSTRATCOM and Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations (I-VEO) for USCENTCOM. She has also worked a refocusing of DoD deterrence planning to the decision calculus of the actor(s) to be deterred and has designed and produced of a 2nd and 3rd-order effects analysis methodology tool for military analysts and planners.

Prior to joining NSI, Dr. Astorino-Courtois worked for SAIC where among other tasks she served as a STRATCOM liaison to U.S. and international communities. Prior to SAIC, Dr. Astorino-Courtois was a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX where her research focused on the cognitive aspects of foreign policy decision making. She has received a number of academic grants and awards and has published articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals including International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Psychology, Journal of Politics and Conflict Management and Peace Science. She has also taught at Creighton University and as a visiting instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Astorino-Courtois earned her Ph.D. in International Relations/Research Methodologies from NYU. Her BA is in political science from Boston College.

Maureen Baginski

Maureen Baginski is Vice President of Intelligence Services at Serco North America. Ms. Baginski entered the private sector in 2005 following a 27-year career in the Intelligence Community. From 2003 to 2005 Ms. Baginski served as the Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence (EAD I) where she built and managed the FBI’s first-ever intelligence program, including technology acquisition and workforce development. From 1979-2005, Ms. Baginski served in a number of positions at the National Security Agency, including Director of SIGINT, the third highest ranking official at NSA. Ms. Baginski s serves on the Board of Directors of Argon S&T. She is a member of the Defense Science Board, the Intelligence Science Board, the National Defense Intelligence College Board of Governors, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and is the Vice Chairman of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Intelligence Committee. Ms. Baginski is the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, two Director of Central Intelligence National Achievement Medals, the Director of Military Intelligence’s Leadership Award, and NSA’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award. In addition, Ms Baginski was the first-ever recipient of NSA’s Outstanding Leadership Award, an award voted on and bestowed by the NSA workforce. Ms. Baginski holds a BA and MA in Slavic Languages and Linguistics from the University of Albany. In June 2006, Ms. Baginski received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Albany for her service to the nation.

Nada Bakos

Nada Bakos is the current Principal Advisor and Owner of GlassGC, a strategic analysis, research, and communications consultancy. GlassGC specialized in applying the intelligence analysis framework to research and translating complex trends for the US Government’s most senior policy makers and executives and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to this, Ms. Bakos served as the Government Affairs Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role she was responsible for setting the geopolitical strategic priorities and execution of day-to-day operations. She directed assessments to remediate geopolitical or logistical risks and opportunities related to brand, and relevant issue trends in key markets. She was responsible for monitoring external risks to business and reviewing external communications documents, collaborating to craft media engagement strategy, writing backgrounder pieces and grassroots strategic plans.

Prior to serving at Starbucks Coffee Company, Ms. Bakos served as a Senior Analyst and Director n the Analysis and Targeting Operations Branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this role she was responsible for setting priorities and strategy for the group. She produced and assisted in managing all final documents, backgrounder pieces, and strategic plans and messaging. This work included supporting US policymakers through monitoring and assessing leadership, motivations, plans, and intentions of foreign actors through long term strategic intelligence products. Through her service she received 6 exceptional performance awards, a Team Award, and 2 exceptional accomplishment Awards.

Cookie Balcha

Cookie Balcha has spent a lifetime in business, community service, and in creative pursuits, standing strong for what she believes. Deeply motivated to fight injustice and solve problems, Cookie refuses to back down when matters of principle and honesty are at stake. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1983, Cookie moved to United States at the age of 16. The experience of living in an unstable economy, including witnessing people struggling to make ends meet, was the catalyst to serve the greater global community.

Cookie has been working with the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington® as Operational Manager. POB is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. POB screens more than 8,000 children annually for vision loss and strabismus, and 5,000 adults for glaucoma. POB also provides thousands of low-income and homeless persons with eyeglasses.  

In addition to her role at POB, Cookie studied and developed another career as a Real Estate Agent, owning her own property management company and working @home Real Estate. She fosters their ability to own or rent a home in the area so they can pursue their dreams and achieve economic success here. A mentor to several youth during her career, Cookie believes strongly in the importance of mentoring for children. Cookie also mentors adults who work at the POB Store in Alexandria. The Look Again store works with men and women through the Volunteer Alexandria program, enabling them to give back to the community through court-mandated community service. She provides a safe place and dignity to the participants of this program. Cookie hopes her experience of growing up Ethiopia can significantly reduce the number of people living in poverty and that they can have a growth strategy that is inclusive.

Mary Barra

Mary Barra is the CEO of GM, where she has been working since the age of 18 in a college co-op program. She graduated from Kettering University, then called the General Motors Institute, in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering. She started as a senior engineer at a Pontiac Fiero plant. GM then sent her to Stanford Business School for her MBA given her promise as a manager. Immediately after getting her MBA, she got her first job as a GM manager, running manufacturing planning. Then came a series of increasingly visible jobs, including executive assistant to GM's CEO in the mid '90s, fixing a troubled internal communications department, turning around an important and troubled Detroit plant, and bringing data and efficiency to the company's messy human resources department, which earned her a spot on GM's executive committee.

In 2011 came her biggest test: She was appointed senior vice president for global product development, determining the look, feel, and engineering of GM's most important products, despite having very little experience in designing or developing vehicles. Her manufacturing and quality background proved useful and resulted in an increase in the quality and perception of GM vehicles.

Tina Brown

Tina Brown is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Beast and Newsweek. She and Barry Diller of InterActiveCorp founded the Daily Beast in October 2008 and merged with Newsweek in 2010. Although born in Britain, Ms. Brown emigrated to New York in 1984 to edit Vanity Fair. Prior to this, she served as editor-in-chief at Tatler magazine. From 1992 to 1998, Ms. Brown edited The New Yorker. She has also served as founder and editor of Talk Magazine, author of The Diana Chronicles, and host of Topic [A] With Tina Brown. She has received four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club awards, ten National Magazine Awards, and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to oversea journalism.

Donna Bucella
In 2015, Donna A. Bucella joined Guidepost Solutions LLC as the president of its compliance business.  In 2013, Bucella joined Education Management Corporation as senior vice president, risk and compliance, and chief compliance officer. She practiced law with Foley & Lardner LLP and Steel, Hector and Davis LLP.  Her private sector experience also includes serving as senior vice president at Perot Systems Government Services, and as senior vice president at Bank of America.

Previously, Bucella was the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.  She also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Director of the Office of Legal Education for the U.S. Department of Justice, and Director of the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys.  Bucella’s additional government experience includes serving as Assistant Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison; being selected by the President of the United States and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to become the first Director of the Terrorist Screening Center which she created from inception and led it to full operational capacity as it exists today; and joining the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, after 9/11, as the first Southeast Area Director responsible for the operations of 80 federalized airports. She retired at the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves.

She currently serves as senior advisor for the Risk Assistance Network +Exchange (RANE) and is a member of various organizations including the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Bureau of Diplomatic Security for the U.S. Department of State; Infragard; Stetson University College of Law Advisory Board for National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law; and the American Bar Association. For several of these organizations she has served in an advisory capacity or as a member of its Board of Directors.

Throughout her career, Bucella has been the recipient of numerous awards, decorations, and military medals including the Legion of Merit and the United States Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award, the highest award given by the Attorney General.  She is a frequent speaker and instructor on topics related to investigations, compliance, intelligence and terrorism.  Bucella received a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Dawn Cappelli

Dawn Cappelli, CISSP, is Technical Manager of the Insider Threat Center and the Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Management team in the CERT Program at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. Her team’s mission is to assist organizations in improving their security posture and incident response capability by researching technical threat areas; developing information security assessment methods and techniques; and providing information, solutions and training for preventing, detecting, and responding to illicit activity. Her team members are domain experts in insider threat and incident response, and team capabilities include threat analysis and modeling; development of security metrics and assessment methodologies; and creation and delivery of training, courses, and workshops. Dawn has 30 years of experience in software engineering, including programming, technical project management, information security, and research.

Joan A. Dempsey

Joan A. Dempsey is a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she lead’s intelligence business. Prior to this she lead intelligence efforts with the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She has served as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management under the Clinton Administration and the Executive Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under the Bush Administration. Prior to that she spent 17 years in the Department of Defense, in a variety of positions.  She has received the Security Affairs Support Association William O. Baker Award, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of Defense, and the American University Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. For more information see here.

Sheri A. Donahue

Sheri Donahue is with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division where she is the Program Manager for Security and Intelligence overseeing government and contracted efforts for numerous customers. She manages a $64M portfolio of Intelligence and Intelligence related projects for Navy, SOCOM, Air Force, OSD and other Intelligence agencies of the US Government fusing science and technology with Intelligence to provide knowledge solutions for the warfighter.

Prior to that, Ms. Donahue served as the Director of Customer Support for DisastersNet, Inc. which produces a web-based, automated incident management system. In that role she worked with clients to automate their incident management procedures specific to their respective organizations, designed and led the training programs, developed exercises and advised on exercise execution. Prior to that, she was employed by Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) where she was contracted to serve as the Managing Director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) and as the Executive Director and President of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA).

Ms. Donahue has been an active member of InfraGard since 2003. She has been part of the National Board of Directors since 2004 in various roles: as a member of the Board, as the first National Managing Director, and as an officer of the corporation – Secretary (2004-2010) and currently President. In addition to her work with the local chapters, she has worked with representatives of the FBI, DHS, ATF, INTERPOL, INSA, ASIS and many other National organizations to integrate efforts toward critical infrastructure protection and national security. She has worked with academia (e.g., UMUC, AMU) to provide training and continuing education opportunities to the 52,000 members of InfraGard and their families to ensure the education is made available to improve the skills of our critical infrastructure owners and operators.

Ms. Donahue received her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1990. She served as an engineer and special programs manager for the Department of the Navy for 16 years coordinating program protection efforts for several Navy projects and returned in 2011 as Program Manager. Ms. Donahue has worked closely with the intelligence community in the protection of Navy and DoD technologies as well as homeland security efforts. She has organized local and regional security conferences as well as acting as technical advisor with Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (IOSS) for OPSEC training videos for first responders.

Additionally, she has been actively involved with several other organizations including Intelligence and National Security Alliance, iKeepSafe Coalition, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Oksana Farber

Oksana Farber has built a recognized career as a respected professional in human resources, operations management and as a chief security officer. She is currently the CEO and president of Trident Master Executive Development, a reputable and distinguished consulting business development, human resources and security firm. Oksana plays a significant business partnership role in helping small and mid-size companies, and executive leaders establish strategic work force planning, deployment and development, and she is markedly instrumental in assisting to help protect their organizations’ assets from loss. She works with and counsels hundreds of high-potential, talented and ambitious executives in change management and continuous development. As an active member of ASIS International and the Society for Human Resource Management, Oksana served as the first elected female secretary officer in the ASIS New York City Chapter and later served a full term as chairperson of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council. She has made numerous contributions to the Department of Justice, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, INTERPOL and the IACP for information sharing partnerships between public law enforcement agencies and the private security sector. She currently serves as committee chairperson of the ASIS Matt Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership Excellence. Oksana also serves on the Wounded Warrior Project Host Committee. Ms. Farber is a City University of New York graduate and majored in Mathematics.

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa in 1981, the fourth of five children. At the age of two, Tulsi and her family settled in Hawai'i where as a teenager, she co-founded the Healthy Hawai'i Coalition, a non-profit teaching children to take care of themselves and the environment. An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi ran for the Hawai'i State Legislature in 2002 and became the youngest person ever elected. A year later, Tulsi joined the Hawai'i National Guard to serve Hawaii’s citizens and our country.

In 2004, Tulsi voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow Soldiers of the 29th Brigade eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. Tulsi was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan's Officer Candidate School, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas tour. Tulsi continues to serve as a Captain in the Hawai'i National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team. In between her two tours, Tulsi worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka, where she advised the senator on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veterans’ affairs.

In 2010, Tulsi ran for the Honolulu City Council and served as Chair of the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee and Vice Chair of the Budget committee. Representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, Tulsi is one of the first two female combat veterans, first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.

Linda R. Gooden

Ms. Linda R. Gooden served as an Executive Vice President at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. Ms. Gooden served as an Executive Vice President of Information Systems & Global Solutions at Lockheed Martin Corporation from January 2007 to April 2013. Ms. Gooden served as Deputy Executive Vice President of Information and Technology Services of Lockheed Martin Corp., since October 2006 and also served as its Vice President. She served as President of Lockheed Martin Information Technology at Lockheed Martin Corporation from September 1997 to December 2006. She served as Vice President of Lockheed Martin's Software Support Services unit since 1994 and earlier held other positions of increasing responsibility. She served as Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions Inc. She joined Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1980.

Ms. Gooden was employed as a Software engineer for General Dynamics of San Diego in support of engineering systems. She has been a Director at Washington Gas Light Co. since April 1, 2013. She serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Millennium Corporation. She has been an Independent Director at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. since February 2009 and WGL Holdings Inc. and WGL Holdings Inc. since April 1, 2012. She serves as a Member of the Board of Regents at University System of Maryland, The. She serves as a Director of Professional Services Council. She served as a Director of Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd. and Lockheed Martin UK Limited. She actively supports professional, academic, and civic organizations, serving on numerous executive boards including Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International; Information Technology Association of America (ITAA); University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and Robert H. Smith School of Business' Center for Electronic Markets & Enterprises; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Prince George's Community College Foundation; Maryland Business Roundtable for Education; and the Executive Leadership Council. She serves on Executive Board of Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees.

Diana L. Gowen

Diana L. Gowen is the senior vice president and general manager, Public Sector of CenturyLink. In this role, Ms. Gowen oversees all efforts needed to execute on CenturyLink's solutions for its federal government customers, Sales Operations, Proposal, Program Management and Contracts and Procurement. Ms. Gowen has more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the communications industry. She began her career working in the federal government for both civilian and defense agencies in the United States and abroad. Before joining CenturyLink in 2005, she was president of government solutions for Corvis and Broadwing Communications.

Previously, Ms. Gowen served as vice president of MCI Government Markets, where she led the sales and program efforts for the defense, advanced programs and most of the civilian agencies. Before her tenure at MCI, Ms. Gowen was an executive at AT&T, where she focused on sales, marketing and product management, including an assignment in Bell Lab's Venture Technology organization. Ms. Gowen received a bachelor of science and a master of business administration from the University of Maryland in College Park. She is an active member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics

Maria das Graças Silva Foster

Maria das Gracas Silva Foster is the current CEO of Petrobas-Petroleo Brasil. She is the first woman to head a major oil and gas company.  She has served in this role since her election the Board of Directors in 2012 and appointment by Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff as President of Petrobas. Prior to this, Foster served as the President of Petrobas Distribuidora SA, Director of Investor Relations and Executive Manager of Petrochemicals and Fertilizers.

In 2003, Foster was appointed as the Secretary of Oil, Natural Gas, and Renewable Fuels in the Ministry of Mines and Energy.  Foster joined Petrobas in 1978 as an intern and hired in 1981. She has also served as an aide and advisor to President Rouseff after developing a relationship in 1998 over similar political leanings.  Foster earned a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Fluminense Federal University in 1978 and eared a Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1979. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Getulio Vargas

Barbara Fast

Barbara Fast is a CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government Fellow.

Ms. Fast served more than 32 years in U.S. Army where she retired at the rank of Major General. Her position required a range of expertise in intelligence, operations and security systems, including secure information and intelligence processing, networks and decision making in a U.S. and multinational environment.

Ms. Fast's decorated military career included key leadership roles with the U.S. Army, joint commands and the National Security Agency. She also served as the intelligence director for the Coalition Joint Task Force in Iraq, and led the development of tactical and national intelligence solutions for a broad community of stakeholders.

Since 2008 she has served as an executive in the private sector leading integrated intelligence, cyber and security solutions for multiple U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence and civilian organizations. Ms. Fast currently serves as senior vice president and senior advisor on cybersecurity at CGI and a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Cyber Council, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the National Security Agency Advisory Board. She also is a member of the American Public Education, Inc Board of Directors.

Natalie M. Givans

Natalie Givans is a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. Ms. Givans has 30 years of experience in system security engineering, cybersecurity, information and mission assurance, as well as in communications, information, and transmission security. She is a subject matter expert in the defense, national security, civilian agency, and health domains, and a senior leader in the firm’s Cyber Technology Center of Excellence.

Ms. Givans was an active member of the System Security Engineering Capability Maturity Model (SSE-CMM) project, focused on ensuring that security is integrated into all acquisition and systems development lifecycles from their conception. She was an author of the SSE-CMM, which obtained its approval as ISO Standard 21827.

Captain Dawn Halfaker

Captain Dawn Halfaker (retired) is the current President of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Board of Directors. Prior to this election in 2011, she served as the Vice President of the Board.  She is a combat-wounded veteran of the war in Iraq. Before joining WWP, she founded Halfaker and Associates in 2006, which offers information technology, operational security, program management, and logistical solutions for government clients. She has served in multiple leadership positions across the globe and deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division, where she commanded a military police platoon. In 2004, she was wounded during a combat patrol outside of Baghdad. She earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Ms. Halfaker served as military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee, advising the chair on Department of Defense issues and legislation. In 2005, she worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where she initiated research to provide advanced capabilities to warfighters and the military.  She also serves on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Committee for OIF/OEF soldiers and families, focusing on the improvement of VA policies and care of veterans. Ms. Halfaker is also a member of the Advisory Board for Humana military Health Systems, ThanksUSA, and Paradox Sports.

Ms. Halfaker earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 2012 she was recognized as an Ernst & Young Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year ® Award Winner, Aspen Institute Scholar Award winner, Civilian Job’s Most Valuable Employer for Military, Women in Technology Leadership Award Winner, Heroine in Technology Finalist. In 2011, she was named as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and one of Worth Magazine’s Top Entrepreneurs to Watch.  She has been featured on HBO, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.  

Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson is CEO and President of Lockheed Martin Corporation, which she assumed on January 1, 2013. In her 30-year career at Lockheed Martin, she has held a variety of positions, with increasing responsibility and leadership, in both operations and management. She has been on the Board of Directors since November 2012. She sits on the Board of Directors of DuPont as well. She is a member of the Association of the U.S. Army Council of Trustees, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and the sits on the Steering Committee for the Defense Industry Initiative. She has been on Fortune Magazine’s 50 most powerful women in business list in 2010, 2011, and 2012. For more information see here.

Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson is the current president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc. and COO of BAE Systems plc. She is the first woman to lead a major defense contractor. Her entire career has been one of firsts: from the first woman manager at Ford Aerospace to the first female corporate officer and company president at General Dynamics. Trained as a systems engineer, she has spent over 40 years in the defense industry.  She sits on the board of Band of America and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and C200. She was names on of the 50 most powerful women in Business by Fortune Magazine in 2010.  For more information see here.

Heather Issvoran

For over a decade, Heather Issvoran has worked  with local, state, tribal and federal homeland security officials from across the country to  ensure the Center enrolls the top candidates for its graduate and executive programs. Her responsibilities include contract support for recruitment, public affairs, agency outreach, as well as student and alumni relations.

Additionally, she develops and coordinates Center communications on the national level for print, broadcast, and web-based media, working closely with both the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security leadership on these endeavors.
In her previous position in contract support for  the Center as the Director of Program Operations, Ms. Issvoran provided logistical planning, coordination and execution of the Center’s master’s degree programs, executive leaders programs, conferences, and workshops. In this role, she enhanced and streamlined program operations, working with government partners to accommodate additional programmatic goals.

Prior to the Center, Ms. Issvoran worked as the Director for Human Resources for FamilyCare of Monterey Bay. In this position she was responsible for day-to-day operations and human resources for 40 employees and 5 physicians. She also successfully helped lead the company through a bankruptcy and corporate re-organization.

Tina Jordan

Tina Jordan has been with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) since January, 1995. She joined CSC as a Management Consultant specializing in Business Process Reengineering, Business Process Improvement and Strategic Planning engagements. Her clients included the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Defense. In 1998, Ms. Jordan moved from CSC’s Federal Consulting Practice to work various Senior Staff positions within CSC. She reported to the President of CSC’s Defense Mission, Engineering and Integration Division managing strategic initiatives, proposals and the interface with the Business Unit’s Field Verticals. In 2005, Ms. Jordan transitioned to CSC’s Government Relations Office as CSC’s Defense Group Government Relations Executive. In this capacity, Ms. Jordan represented CSC’s $2.5B Defense Group programs on Capitol Hill. In 2008, Ms. Jordan became the Director, Alliance and Vendor Management. Ms. Jordan currently manages the relationships with all partners and vendors selling to, through and with CSC’s North American Public Sector. In addition to her responsibilities at CSC, Tina Jordan recently served as the President of the Washington DC Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Prior to joining CSC, Ms. Jordan worked for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). From 1990-1992, she executed the Total Quality Management effort for the Defense Contract Management District West. From 1992-1993, Ms. Jordan developed and implemented a Command-wide Customer Liaison Program for the Defense Contract Management Command. And from 1993-1995, she developed and instituted the methodology for DLA’s Strategic Planning process and managed DLA’s Activity Based Costing initiative. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Arizona State University and graduated with honors with a Master of Science degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

Christine LaGarde

Christine LaGarde is the head of the International Monetary Fund since 2011 (her term ends in 2016). Prior to this, she served the Minister of Finance for France. She is the first woman to hold Finance and Economy Minister post in a G-7 country. Ms. LaGarde holds a law degree from the University of Paris and a Master’s degree at the Institute of Political Studies at Aix-en-Provence. After her completing LaGarde joined the law firm Baker & Mckenzie in 1981. By 1987 she had made partner, in 1991 she was the managing partner of the Paris office, became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee in 1999 then of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004. In 2005, she left the firm to accept an appointment as France’s trade minister. She was then briefly made minister of agriculture before being shifted to the finance ministry position.

LaGarde is champion for pension reform and dedicated to managing continuing fall out from the economic crash of 2008. From July to December of 2008, she chaired The Economic and Financial Affairs council. She is also noted for her launch of a work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. In 2000, she was named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.


Barbara Linney

Barbara Linney is a Member of Miller Chevalier in the International Department. She has been advising U.S. and foreign clients on international trade and business issues for nearly 20 years.

Ms. Linney serves clients across a broad spectrum of industries, with particular focus on the defense, aerospace, oil and gas, and maritime industries.

Her practice involves representing clients before various federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, and State, as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is the current CEO of Yahoo! and the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. After graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S. in computer science, she worked USB Research Lab and SRI International. In 1999 she joined Google. She was Google’s first female engineer. There, she was involved in nearly all of the services that Google offers, including maps, books, images, toolbar, and mail. In July 2012, Ms. Mayer was appointed President and CEO of Yahoo! She sits on numerous boards including that of Walmart, New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Museum of Art. She has been named to Fortune’s 50 most powerful women in business since 2008.

Ellen McCarthy 

Ellen McCarthy became the President of Noblis National Security Partners in November 22, 2015.
Noblis, Inc. is a leading provider of science, technology, and strategy services.

Before joining Noblis NSP, McCarthy served as a member of the NGA’s command leadership team, providing oversight for the execution and development of strategic direction, plans, programs, technology and research and development. Before this assignment she served as the NGA Chief Operating Officer where she oversaw the Agency’s daily business activities and advised the Director on a wide variety of issues related to strategic planning, programming and budgeting, corporate governance, and partner engagement.

Prior to the NGA, McCarthy served as the President of INSA where she led a number of initiatives that supported government policy and program development relating to cyber security, counterintelligence, acquisition, and homeland security intelligence. McCarthy has also held leadership positions with the Human Capital Management Office, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the United States Coast Guard, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and Atlantic Fleet.


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Sharw is the Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, an Indian biotechnology company. Biocon was founded in 1978 after Mazumdar-Shaw, a brew master, began manufacturing industrial enzymes. She transformed the company into a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company with a portfolio that includes research and product development on diabetes, oncology, and auto-immune diseases.  Within a year of founding, Biocon was manufacturing and exporting enzymes to the US and Europe, the first Indian company to do so.  Biocon has since grown to a billion-dollar company and the 7th largest biotech employer globally

Mazumdar-Shaw founded the Biocon Foundation in 2004 to implement health and environmental programs to benefit the economically weaker sections of society. She has received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth, Express Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit Award for Dynamic Entrepreneur, the Economic Times “Businesswoman of the Year” in 2004, and the 80th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2012. She has also received honorary doctorates from University of Abertay, Dundee, University of Glasgow, and Heriot-Watt University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Bangalore University and a brew master degree in malting and brewing from Melbourne University.

Phebe Novakovic

Phebe Novakovic is the CEO and Chairman of General Dynamics, a role she assumed on January 1, 2013. She served as the President and COO since May, 2012. She joined General Dynamics in 2002, and has held a number of positions since then. Prior to joining, she served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. She sits on the board of Abbott Laboratories, Project HOPE, Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the Naval Historical Foundation. For more information see here.

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM.  Mrs. Rometty was appointed President and CEO effective January 1, 2012. She became Chairman of the Board of Directors on October 1, 2012.
Mrs. Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions in IBM, most recently as Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Sales, Marketing and Strategy. In this role, she was responsible for business results in the 170 global markets in which IBM operates and pioneered IBM's rapid expansion in the emerging economies of the world. As part of this, she established IBM’s Growth Markets organization, which is expected to contribute as much as 30 percent of IBM revenues by 2015.
Prior to this, Mrs. Rometty served as Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts. In recognition of her leadership in the professional services industry, Mrs. Rometty was honored with the Carl Sloane Award 2006, given by the Association of Management Consulting Firms. 
In prior leadership roles, Mrs. Rometty served as general manager of IBM Global Services, Americas, as well as general manager of IBM's Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector.   
Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations; the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University; and the Board of Overseers and Board of Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook where she is responsible for running business operations, including sales, business development, and communications. She has also served on its board since 2012, the first woman to do so. Prior to this she was Vice President of Global Online Sale and Operations at Google, where she was involved in launching the philanthropic arm of Google, She was named to the Time 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. While attending Harvard University, Larry Summers became her mentor, and while he was Treasury Secretary, she was his chief of staff from 1996 to 2001. She has also worked at the World Bank and McKensey & Company. She sits on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, and The Center for Global Development. For more information see here.

Jean Schultz

Jean M. Schultz is the Founder, President and CEO of E&M Technologies, Inc. and Wraidd, LLC. Ms. Schultz is a expert in biometric technologies and is recognized across the government for innovative and strategic biometric expertise. Ms. Schultz has over 25 years of experience in architecture, systems integration, software programming, program management and expertise in Public Key Infrastructure, biometrics, smart cards and information security. Ms. Schultz has specialized in the development of information exchange - providing interagency enterprise-wide implementation for counter-terrorism biometrics – and works with these communities on special identity management and biometrics initiatives. Ms. Schultz has been integral in the development of standards for smart cards, cryptography, biometrics modalities and the fusion of biometric modalities with the National Institute of Technologies and Standards. She has been involved in the full life cycle of identity management systems specific to biometrics, PKI, smart cards and physical security systems to include architecture, R&D, T&E and implementation for the warfighter.

Additionally, Ms. Schultz has been influential in a variety of interagency activities such as interoperability of enterprise systems (US VISIT IDENT, FBI IAFIS, DoD ABIS), and facilitated open architectures and the enhancement of interagency information sharing. Ms Schultz holds a BA in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Information Security and is currently pursing a Doctorate in Cybersecurity. Ms. Schultz has been published in Government Computer News, Federal Computer Weekly and other Army publications.

Roshni Sherbondy

Roshni Sherbondy has over 20 years of federal government and private sector experience in counter IED technology research, development, test, and evaluation. She has supported Defense, Transportation Security, Physical Security, Boarder Security and Law Enforcement Markets. This support has included prioritization, vetting, selection, development, and evaluation of several detection technologies, including computed tomography, x-ray, millimeter wave, terahertz, short/long/near infrared, gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry, and ground penetrating radar. Mrs. Sherbondy has also written standard operating procedures for use of technology for aviation security. Mrs. Sherbondy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a MS EE from George Washington University.

Jill Tummler Singer

Ms. Jill Tummler Singer recently completed 27 years of direct Federal Service and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Tummler Singer Associates, LLC., a woman-owned consulting firm. Her last federal assignment was as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) where she was responsible for Information Technology, Information Assurance, and Information Management.

Ms. Singer has served in several senior leadership positions within the Federal Government including Director of the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service, U.S. Department of State and Chief of Systems Engineering, Architecture, and Planning for CIA’s global infrastructure organization. She has held industry positions with Science Applications International Corporation, Inc. (SAIC), GE Aerospace, and IBM. She received her MS in Systems Analysis and BS in Computer Science from the University of West Florida. She is a graduate of several leadership programs including the Federal Executive Leadership Program and the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Executive Leaders Program.

Ms. Singer currently serves as an Executive-on-Ground for the UVA McIntire School of Commerce and as a member of the AFCEA Cyber Committee. She has received numerous awards including CloudNow Legacy Award (2013); Top Ten Global Breakaway CIO (2012); Top Ten Women in Cloud (2012); Ten Most Powerful Women in Federal Technology (2011); CIA Mentor of the Year (2010); CIO Executive Council “Ones to Watch” (2010); and CIO Magazine Stand-Out Award for Collaboration and Influence (2010).

Mary Sturtevant

Mary Sturtevant is Vice President, Intelligence, Joint, and Science & Technology Programs, in Lockheed Martin Washington Operations. Mary directs the Corporation’s government relations and marketing efforts with the Washington-based Intelligence, Joint C4ISR and S&T customers. Mary is also responsible for the development of integrated government and legislative affairs strategies to support the Cybersecurity market.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in October 2006, Mary served as an Intelligence Community Senior Executive with leadership experience in the White House, U.S. Congress, and leading national intelligence agencies.

Kristina Tanasichuk

Kristina Tanasichuk founded the Government & Services Technology Coalition and Consortium in 2011 after several small business CEOs in the Federal homeland and national security market approached her about how they could band together to face an increasingly competitive market. She is responsible for the growth, content, strategy and manages the day-to-day operations of the Coalition of over 100 companies. She has nearly 20 years of lobbying and advocacy experience on the Hill, on behalf of non‐profit associations and coalitions.

Tanasichuk is also the president and founder of Women in Homeland Security, a professional development organization for women in the field of homeland security that has grown to nearly 2000 members in 2 years. She serves on the Board of Directors for the InfraGard Nations Capital chapter, the U.S. Coast Guard Board of Mutual Assistance and served as a trustee for the U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation. She is also a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens’ Academies.

Prior to founding the Government Technology & Services Coalition she was Vice President of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC), the premier organization for the largest corporations in the Federal homeland security market. She was responsible for thought leadership and programs, strategic partnerships, internal and external communications, marketing and public affairs. She managed the Council’s Executive Brief Series and strategic alliances, as well as the organization’s Thought Leadership Committee and Board of Advisors.

Before joining HSDBC, she founded and served for two years as executive director of the American Security Challenge, an event that awards monetary and contractual awards in excess of $3.5 million to emerging security technology firms. She was also the event director for the largest homeland security conference and exposition in the country where she created and managed three Boards of Advisors representing physical and IT security, first responders, Federal, State and local law enforcement, and public health. She determined conference curriculum, established all of the strategic partnerships, and managed the communications and media relations.

Tanasichuk began her career in homeland security shortly after September 11, 2001 while at the American Public Works Association where she managed homeland security and emergency management issues before Congress and the Administration on first responder issues, water, transportation, utility and public building security. Prior to that she worked on electric utility deregulation and domestic energy issues for a boutique lobbying firm and as professional staff for the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Tanasichuk has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute, several Washington, D.C. associations representing both the public and private sectors, and the White House under President George H.W. Bush.

Tanasichuk also speaks extensively representing small and mid-sized companies and discussing innovation and work in the Federal market at the IEEE Homeland Security Conference, AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference and Homeland Security Course, and the Security Industry Association’s ISC East and ACT‐IAC small business committee.
She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. Recently she was honored by the National Association of Woman Owned Businesses as a Distinguished Woman of the Year Finalist and nominated for Military Spouse of the Year by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011. She is also fluent in Ukrainian.

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White is the Chair of the Security and Exchange Commission. Chairman White specializes in prosecuting financial institutional frauds and international terrorism cases. Prior to her confirmation as Chair of the Security and Exchange Commission, she served as a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She is the first woman to serve in this position. Under her leadership, the convictions for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and American Embassies in Africa were both settled. Chairman White has also Chaired the Department of Litigation at Debvoise & Plimpton and clerked for the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court.

In 2012, Chairman White was named Regulatory Lawyer of the Year by the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards and received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. She is the recipient of the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Distinction in Public Services and the “Women of Power and Influence Award” given by the National Organization for Women. Chairman White is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International College of Trial Lawyers Mary Jo White received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, a Masters Degree in Psychology from The New School and a Law Degree from Columbia University.

Janet L. Yellen

Janet L. Yellen took office as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on October 4, 2010, for a four-year term ending October 4, 2014. Dr. Yellen simultaneously began a 14-year term as a member of the Board that will expire January 31, 2024.

Prior to her appointment as Vice Chair, Dr. Yellen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Twelfth District Federal Reserve Bank, at San Francisco.

Suzan F. Zimmerman

Suzan F. Zimmerman is Senior Vice President of Strategic Campaigns for CACI International Inc, a $3.7 billion information solutions and services company. She leads CACI's business development focus on evaluating, bidding, and capturing large market opportunities through collaboration across all of CACI's business groups. Previously, Ms. Zimmerman served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development for QinetiQ North America, Inc., where she was responsible for managing 45 account executives, while building the backlog of over $2 billion. Her other responsibilities included strategic direction pertaining to technical innovation and creative bidding.

Prior to joining QNA, Ms. Zimmerman spent 16 years as Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Her responsibilities included developing international and domestic business strategies, focusing on the most advanced software development, systems integration, and telecommunications capabilities.

Prior to SAIC, she spent several years as specialist in IBM, marketing large systems to DoD and national accounts, including Time Life Books, General Electric's Space Division, and the Government of the District of Columbia. During that time, Ms. Zimmerman served on the Ada Advisory Board in the Pentagon reporting to Dick Cheney, then Secretary of Defense. Ms. Zimmerman holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Michigan State University.

Colleen Arnold

Colleen Arnold is Senior Vice President, Sales & Distribution for the IBM Corporation, accountable for revenue, profit, and client satisfaction in North America and IBM’s industry client teams globally.  In this role Ms. Arnold has responsibility for IBM’s worldwide results, which exceeded $100 billion in 2013.  She is also responsible for IBM’s global sales transformation team.

In her previous role as Senior Vice President, Application Management Services, Ms. Arnold led IBM in providing clients with an integrated approach to managing their application portfolios, including the build out of IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) delivery capability model.

Ms. Arnold held many other senior positions at IBM, such as General Manager of Northeast Europe, including Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and South Africa, where Ms. Arnold was responsible for revenue, profit and client satisfaction for the full range of IBM products and services in these regions. Ms. Arnold also served as General Manager, IBM Global Services Australia and New Zealand, where she also led a team delivering the integrated technology for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In other positions, she played a key role preparing IBM clients for the Year 2000 transition and led IBM’s efforts in the emerging business areas of wireless computing and digital media.

Ms. Arnold is a member of IBM’s Performance Team of senior executive leaders and has served as a member of the IBM Chairman’s Strategy Team, the Client Experience Team and IBM’s Technical Leadership Team. She brings more than twenty-five years of global leadership and IT client knowledge to her current position. Ms. Arnold serves on the Board of Directors for Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care.  In that capacity, she serves on the Governance and Nominating committee, and she has also served on the company’s Audit committee and its Human Resources and Compensation committee.

Renée J. James

Renée J. James is President of Intel Corporation and is part of the company's Executive Office.

James has broad knowledge of the computing industry, spanning hardware, manufacturing, security, software and services, which she developed through product R&D leadership positions at Intel and as chairman of Intel's software subsidiaries. James has also been an overall leader in the development and implementation of the corporate strategy.

During her 25 plus year career at Intel, James has spearheaded the company's strategic expansion into providing proprietary and open source software and services for applications in enterprise, security and cloud-based computing. In her most recent role as executive vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group, she was responsible for Intel's global software and services strategy, revenue, profit, and product R&D. In this role, James led Intel's strategic relationships with the world's leading device and enterprise operating systems companies. Previously, she was the director and COO of Intel Online Services, Intel's datacenter services business. Early in her career James also served as chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove.

James is Vice Chair of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. She also serves as a non-executive director on the Vodafone Group Plc Board of Directors and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. She served 7 years as independent director on the VMware Inc. Board of Directors and was a member of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the C200.

In 2014 James was ranked 21st on Fortune's Most Powerful Women in Business list, and she is ranked 45th on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list. She holds a bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Oregon.

Diane M. Bryant

Diane M. Bryant is senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group for Intel Corporation. Bryant leads the worldwide organization that develops the data center platforms for the digital services economy, generating more than $14 billion in revenue in 2014.

In her current role, she manages the data center P&L, strategy and product development for enterprise, cloud service providers, telecommunications, and high-performance computing infrastructure, spanning server, storage, and network solutions. Bryant is building the foundation for continued growth by driving new products and technologies– from high-end co-processors for supercomputers to high-density systems for the cloud, to solutions for big data analytics.

Previously, Bryant was corporate vice president and chief information officer of Intel. She was responsible for the corporate-wide information technology solutions and services that enabled Intel's business strategies for growth and efficiency.

Bryant received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from U.C. Davis in 1985 and joined Intel the same year. She attended the Stanford Executive Program and holds four U.S. patent.

Ruth M. Porat

Ruth M. Porat joined Google as senior vice president and chief financial officer in May 2015. Prior to joining Google, Ruth was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley, where she was known as one of the most powerful and connected female executives. With 28 years of experience at Morgan Stanley, Ruth held several roles in her career there including vice chairman of Investment Banking and global head of the Financial Institutions Group. Ruth is vice chair of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and serves on Stanford’s Council of the School of Humanities and Sciences. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy.

Ruth earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the Wharton School and a master’s degree from London School of Economics.

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Meg Whitman

At Hewlett-Packard, Ms. Whitman has served as Chairman of the Board of since July 2014, as President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2011 and as a member of the Board since January 2011. From March 2011 to September 2011, Ms. Whitman served as a part-time strategic advisor to Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers, a private equity firm. Previously, Ms. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc., from 1998 to March 2008. Prior to joining eBay, Ms. Whitman held executive-level positions at Hasbro Inc., a toy company, FTD, Inc., a floral products company, The Stride Rite Corporation, a footwear company, The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company, and Bain & Company, a consulting company. Ms. Whitman also serves as a director of The Procter & Gamble Company. 

Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman, 59, has been chair of the board of directors and chief executive officer of DuPont since 2009.  She was named CEO on Jan. 1 and board chair on Dec. 31, 2009. She is the 19th executive to lead the company since DuPont was founded in 1802.

Prior to being appointed chair of the board and chief executive officer, Ellen served as president, executive vice president and a member of the company’s office of the chief executive.  She has led the company’s focus on growth in emerging international markets, led double-digit growth of the company’s Safety & Protection business portfolio, started-up two successful high-growth businesses known today as DuPont Industrial Biosciences and DuPont Sustainable Solutions and run several industrial businesses.  Ellen began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager for the DuPont medical imaging business.  Prior to joining DuPont, Ellen worked for Westinghouse and General Electric.

She is a board director of United Technologies Corp.  Ellen is chair of the U.S. China Business Council and member of the U.S. India CEO Forum.  Ellen is executive committee member of the Business Council and board member of Catalyst, Inc.  She is a board member of Change the Equation (CTEq), a national coalition of more than 100 CEOs committed to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning (STEM) for U.S. pre-kindergarten to grade 12 students.  Ellen is on the board of trustees of Tufts University and the board of overseers for Tufts School of Engineering.

Ellen has been named as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of the 50 "World’s Most Powerful Women" by Forbes.

Susan D. Wojcicki

Ms. Susan D. Wojcicki has been Chief Executive Officer of YouTube, LLC at Google Inc. since 2014. Ms. Wojcicki served as Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce at Google Inc. from April 2011 to 2014. She served as Head of Advertising at Google Inc. She served as Vice President of Product Management at Google Inc. and was responsible for the product management of AdSense as well as Google Book Search, Google Video and the syndication of Google products to partners worldwide. She joined joined Google in 1999 as the 16th hire and the company's first marketing manager and was the force behind Google doodles. She also product-managed the licensing of web search, site search and enterprise to Google's first customers, and was responsible for the initial development of Google Image Search. Prior to Google, she worked at Intel, and served as a management consultant at both Bain & Company and R.B. Webber & Company. Earlier, she served as a Product Manager and Developer for the educational software company MagicQuest. Ms. Wojcicki has been a Director of, inc. since December 5, 2014. She served as a Director of HomeAway, Inc. from 2011 to December 13, 2012. She is a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors. 

Safra A. Catz

Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She has served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, since 2008.

Lisa Su

Dr. Lisa Su is AMD’s president and chief executive officer and also serves on the company’s board of directors. Previously, she was chief operating officer responsible for integrating AMD’s business units, sales, global operations and infrastructure enablement teams into a single market-facing organization responsible for all aspects of product strategy and execution. Dr. Su joined AMD in January 2012 as senior vice president and general manager, global business units and was responsible for driving end-to-end business execution of AMD’s products and solutions.

Prior to joining AMD, Dr. Su served as senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and was responsible for global strategy, marketing and engineering for the company’s embedded communications and applications processor business. Dr. Su joined Freescale in 2007 as chief technology officer, where she led the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts.

Dr. Su spent the previous 13 years at IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions, including vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Prior to IBM, she was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center (SPDC).

Dr. Su has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has published more than 40 technical articles and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) in 2009. Dr. Su was named “2014 Executive of the Year” at the EETimes and EDN 2014 ACE Awards and was honored in MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators in 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for Analog Devices, the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).