Speakers List

Speakers List

2020 Featured Speakers

Paul Zikopoulos

Paul Zikopoulos

IBM VP Cognitive Systems Professional Speaker & Author

Paul Zikopoulos is an award-winning professional writer and speaker who has been consulted on the topic of AI & Big Data by the popular TV show “60 Minutes”. Most recently, Paul was named to Analytics Insights’ “2019 Top 100 Global AI & Big Data Influencers” list and has appeared on over a dozen other global “Experts to Follow” and “Influencers” lists. You’ll also find Paul taking
a very active role around Women in Technology (including a seated board member for Women 2.0 … who he became involved with after his tweet was mentioned on “The View” TV show), general workplace inclusivity (completing an intensive D&I certificate at Cornell University), and Coding for Veterans. In addition, he sits on the Masters of Management Analytics & AI program boards at Canada’s prestigious Queen’s University.

Paul’s written 20 books on data analytics, Big Data, and AI (including 3 ‘For Dummies’ titles) and 360+ articles during the over 25 years he’s been focussed on data; he’s technical enough to know that NoSQL isn’t something you put on a resume if you don’t have SQL skills and he knows JSON is a technology … not a person in his department.

Paul’s always keeping with his grass roots … a newbie with no computer courses before coming to IBM. He knows on his dumbest days he’s never as dumb as he feels, and on his smartest days, he’s never as smart as he feels either. Ultimately, Paul is trying to figure out the world according to Chloë — his daughter, whom he notes didn’t come with a handbook and is more complex than that topic of Big Data and AI, but more fun too. Biographies tend to get blah, blah, blah, so find and follow him on Twitter: @BigData_paulz.

Kelly Lyndgaard

Kelly Lyndgaard

CEO & Founder, Unshattered.org

Kelly Lyndgaard has been a leader and trailblazer for women throughout her lifetime. Prior to creating the non-profit social enterprise Unshattered, she spent 16 years in the IT industry as an engineer and executive. 

Kelly is a physicist by training, but a problem solver and strategist at heart. Throughout her career she has kept her eye on social issues and ways to use business structures to solve them. She was inspired by the strength and commitment of women doing the hard work of recovery, but witnessed their difficulty in achieving long-term success. Kelly began Unshattered with the mission to end relapse by building pathways toward economic independence and sustained sobriety. By employing women in recovery to make handbags from repurposed materials – such as sets from Broadway shows, retired military uniforms, and premium industry scrap – Unshattered is closing the gap to help women in recovery thrive. 

In their 4.5 years of providing employment for women in recovery, Unshattered boasts a 0% relapse rate for their employees. They have been recognized as far as the White House, noted as #5 on Huffington Post’s Style and Beauty Gifts that Give Back, and featured on both CBS and NBC National News.  

Kelly is ignited by challenge in any arena of life, and loves nothing more than seeing potential where others do not and bringing it to life. 

Roshawnna Novellus

Dr. Roshawnna Novellus

Founder and CEO, EnrichHER

Dr. Roshawnna Novellus is the founder and CEO of EnrichHer, a financial platform that connects female entrepreneurs with lenders who want to earn a return on their investment while fueling the growth of women-led businesses. 

Dr. Novellus is a gender equality advocate who believes in economic empowerment and inclusive economic growth. Dr. Novellus holds a PhD in systems engineering with a minor in finance, a Masters of Science in information technology emphasizing information systems engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in business management economics, and a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering – Achieving Summa cum Laude in each. 

Dr. Novellus served on the Commission on Women for the City of Atlanta and was honoured as one of the “Women Who Means Business” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of the “40 under 30” by Georgia Trend, a Halcyon Fellow for Social Impact, one of the “Top 25 Disruptors and Innovators in Tech”, one of the “27 Black Founders and Investors to watch in 2019” by PitchBook, and LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology. 

Kate Brodock

Kate Brodock

CEO Women 2.0 & Founder Partner of WFund

Kate Brodock is Founding Partner of the W Fund, a VC fund that invests in women and underrepresented tech founders and CEO of Women 2.0, one of largest global brands focused on gender and inclusion in startups.

She’s been active in the tech startup ecosystem for 15+ years, and has played a central leadership role around representation in the sector, having led a global organization of 60+ chapters focused on women in entrepreneurship. She’s also an EIR at LaunchNY, and a long-time mentor for Techstars.

Kate has spoken at and been featured in 100s of places, including SXSWi, Web Summit, Collision Conference, Fast Company, Techcrunch, MSNBC, IBM, TechCrunch and Al Jazeera America.

She’s a very non-professional (but adventurous!) athlete and musician, loves a good meal with bubbly, craft beer and friends, and lives with her husband, a startup-web-developer-turned-beer-guy on a hops farm in Upstate, NY and their two boys.

Jennifer Gibbs

VP, Global Chief Data Office, TD Bank CEO Jennifer Gibbs Coaching

As an accomplished data and technology executive, Jennifer Gibbs gained incredible experience leading large global teams, managing multi-million-dollar budgets, presenting to C-suite executives, and showing up as the only woman in far too many meetings. She loves the challenge of navigating change and uncertainty and greatly value the trusted relationships she has had the privilege of building over the years. Jennifer has been recognized in Forbes’ “Women Defining The 21st Century AI Movement”, Corinium’s “Top 50 Data & Analytics Professionals – USA & Canada”, and RE*WORK’s “30 Influential Women Advancing AI in Canada”. 

One of her greatest achievements was learning how to go after her dreams while having her own back. This very personal mindset transformation inspired her to become a Certified Life Coach and an Entrepreneur. Through her career coaching business (jennifergibbscoaching.com), she is thrilled to further pursue her greatest passion: empowering women to continue to dream, achieve, and fully embrace their awesome. 

Jennifer has an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from the University of Windsor, an Executive MBA from Ivey Business School, Western University and a Life Coach Certification from The Life Coach School. She is a proud family focused and nature obsessed Canadian. Jennifer was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, where she was taught the importance of working hard, playing hard and laughing often.

Stephanie Trunzo

Stephanie Trunzo

Stephanie Trunzo, GSP Transformation & Offerings, Oracle Tech & Nonprofit Board Advisor/Founder

Stephanie has 20 years experience, from executive roles at Oracle and IBM to leading her start-up through a public company acquisition. She thrives building aligned, high-performing teams and compelling storytelling platforms. 

As GVP of Transformation at Oracle, Stephanie leads the continued shift to a model that is both outcome-driven and client-focused, transforming both Oracle and its clients to star in a modern cloud story. She is re-imagining businesses without boundaries – cloud-first and human-first. At IBM, Stephanie was the Global Head of IBM Garage, a network of over a dozen innovation hubs purpose-built to meld industry practices, startup culture, and IBM’s expertise. Prior to that, she founded and led her digital transformation start-up through a public acquisition to Globant.
As Managing Director, she led Globant’s largest portfolio, and pioneered incubators for AI
and cognitive. 

While Stephanie is a tech geek across Cloud, AI, and emerging tech (she holds 20 patents), she is also a seasoned speaker (in forums like Forrester, InfoWeek and UN Women) and storyteller with
a commitment to usability and design thinking. Stephanie was affectionately dubbed “the prototype” for the Chief Digital Officer role by the CDO Club. She is an active advisor, giving back to non-profits and early start-ups, including TechGirlz, WomenNC, and InsureLife. Her writing can be
found in publications like Fast Company, Forbes, and Huffington Post and she teaches at several universities including her alma maters, Carnegie Mellon University & the NCSU Jenkins MBA. 

Stephanie’s roles have spanned design, business, and technology, enabling her to sit at the intersection of the transformations she helps to drive for clients. She brings an entrepreneurial
spirit to the intrapreneurial changes many companies need and most notably instrumental in building her company, PointSource, into a top digital transformation force, leading the company
to be acquired by Globant (NYSE: GLOB) in 2017. In addition, Stephanie pioneered incubators for
AI and cognitive, executive insights and analytics, and open standards platforms for modern architectures. 

At a personal level, know that Stephanie is an avid yogi, animal-lover, and family is everything to her. She’ll often remind you to be one version of yourself, that business can be virtuous & in case of singularity, be polite to the robots (her safeguard in case they actually do take over the world).

Helen Stoumbos

President/CEO, The Guelph Games Co-Founder, Canada Women’s Soccer Alumni

As a Hall of Fame Canadian national team soccer athlete, Helen has learned many lessons competing on the world stage. Lessons that impacted her soccer career but also translated into all aspects of her life.

Helen was a member of Canada’s National Soccer team for 8 years and was a key member of Canada’s first ever world cup team in 1995 where she went on to score Canada’s first ever world cup goal. Although her career ended abruptly with a knee injury, she quickly transitioned into the broadcast TV world first as a commentator for Women’s Soccer then as a partner in 2 media production companies. Her motto: “Everything begins with what makes you happy”.

Today, Helen is the president/CEO of The Guelph Games, Canada’s Premiere Masters sport event for athletes over 30. A festival of sport that brings together two of Helen’s passions: competitive sport and celebrating healthy living. 

Helen is also the President and one of the founders of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Alumni Association.

Natasha Tolub

Natasha Tolub

Co-founder HI-LO Lifestyle Owner Richmond Hill Art School

Natasha’s multi-faceted career and entrepreneurial impact to date have been wide in scope and deeply meaningful in nature. Contributing to her successes by enriching her worldview, Natasha has moved among three continents, explored a number of vastly different fields, and enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and two daughters.

Now in her 50s, her most recent business venture has launched her on yet another passionate journey that has enormous impact – where the prime focus is empowering women towards bulletproof physical and mental wellness in a globally challenging time: HI-LO. More on this below – but first, the pre-history: in her previous career chapters, Natasha’s much-lauded creativity was well-received in her many years at the IBM Toronto Lab as a Media Designer. She then pursued her calling for educating the young by opening one of the largest and most recognized Art Education establishments in Ontario – Richmond Hill Art School – where hundreds of students of all ages develop fine art skills,
both in physical studios and now online.

Today, Natasha’s entrepreneurial journey brings her to answering a great need for confidence-building voiced by women worldwide; the launching of the “HI-LO Lifestyle” warmly answers this call. The “HI-LO Lifestyle” is a transformative system of eating, moving, and feeling that leads to a resilient body, a sharper mind, and a deeper sense of self. The “HI-LO Lifestyle” integrates a proprietary and revolutionary line of foods, snacks, and supplements that enhance immunity, mental, and physical performance which Natasha personally developed with her team. Excited to share the new system with the world, she is launching a closed-beta of her HI-LO Boot Camp Retreat, scheduled to open to the public in early 2021 in Ontario.


Allen Ali

Sr. Solution Architect at DataRealm

Allen loves to learn, and is a creative problem solver, with years of experience developing and integrating solutions for industrial / manufacturing data and reporting systems. If something makes data that could be used to drive efficiencies, Allen will find a way to collect and report it. He is currently leading a team investigating and developing solutions for Augmented and Mixed Reality in manufacturing.  He is always excited to find new “lego bricks” to use in solving problems.

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Lora Crestan

Lora Crestan

Coach & Leadership Strategist

Certified coach with over 30 years of global retail leadership and coaching experience, focused on helping clients define the future of their work and clearly identify what they need to make that future a reality.

Lora works with leaders to define the future of their work. The ability to draw on experiences of working with clients for more than 10 years as a coach in private practice, and in fast-paced global retail she can share the challenges and issues of work and life.

Using her background in operations & the ability to tap into potential on her teams honed Lora’s coaching skills and led to a new career in leadership coaching. Leveraging operational acumen and ability to build teams & processes, even in uncertain times, her coaching practice focuses on leaders who are growing teams and businesses that will exceed their expectations.

Lora’s strength lies in unlocking vision and clarifying what it takes to make that vision a reality. Navigating this rapidly changing world of work Lora will unlock new ways to work and live so that business leaders team can continue to build resilience, be purposeful & innovative, create impact, and feel whole.

In coaching, Lora focuses on what makes her clients unique, how to give them the power to bring their genius to work and life. Lora coaches clients to see the possibilities that are in their control and more importantly, provide them with an accountability partner to help measure your success along the way. In Lora’s coaching process, incremental improvements over time lead to measurable and lasting change that drives her coaching clients towards their business goals. Lora’s mantra is “nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Along with her coaching practice, Lora is Director of Partner Success at Actionable.co, a habit building platform consultants and coaches around the globe use to create sustainable change with their clients.

Lora is a certified coach, and has a BAA from Ryerson University. Lora lives in Windsor, Canada.