PowerToFly has presented over a hundred events across the United States as well as in Canada and three events in London and yet we had never hosted an event in Philadelphia. That all changed on December 11th when PowerToFly partnered with Guru, a fast-growing startup based in both Philadelphia and San Francisco, to present a fun evening of learning and networking featuring several of Guru's women leaders.
Guru uses AI to help companies create amazing customer experiences and close deals. From Google Docs and Slack threads, to inside apps and the minds of your best and brightest, Guru captures your company's expertise to utilize in the future. Their impressive list of clients include Slack, Square, Zoom, Spotify, Dell, Shopify, Buzzfeed and many more.
This special gathering was hosted by PowerToFly's Lauren Hagerty and began with over an hour of networking over delicious bites and refreshments. Guests had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with members of Guru's tech and hiring teams as well as their own skilled peers.
After some brief opening remarks by Lauren, I audience was in for a real treat as the evening's keynote address was delivered by Rick Nucci, CEO & Co-Founder of Guru. Rick did a deep dive into Guru's mission and principals, leaving no question that this is a company that cares deeply about diversity, inclusion and supporting it's employees.
Next up, Jamey Harman, Customer Success Manager provided an overview of Guru's product and how it transforms information into technology through expert verification, knowledge alerts, suggested tags and other tools.
Our programming concluded with a panel discussion exploring the career journeys and current projects of several of Guru's women leaders including Bianca Feliciano Nedjar, People Operations Manager; Hillary Curran, Director of Customer Experience; and Mansi Pathak - Engineering Manager. Our esteemed speakers then stuck around to answer questions from our inquisitive audience.
This special evening, PowerToFly's last live event of the year, concluded with more networking time before we all called it a night.
On December 11th, two of PowerToFly's own sales leaders, Cristina Duke and Amanda Bender, traveled to San Francisco to co-host a lunchtime event with New Relic, a cloud-based platform that gives developers, engineers, operations, and management a clear view of what's happening in today's complex software environments. This event highlighted New Relic's women leaders in sales, technical sales, and marketing and featured an invite-only audience of skilled professionals also in those fields. (By the way, New Relic is hiring in those fields and you can view their open roles HERE.)
The afternoon kicked off with networking over scrumptious small bites and refreshments prior to welcome remarks by Cristina, PowerToFly's Head of Sales and Customer Success. Next up, New Relic's Tracy Williams, Vice President, Global Business Partner Group delivered a brief keynotes address where she dove deeper into New Relic's culture and diversity & inclusion programs.
Next up, Tracy joined an esteemed panel of women leaders throughout New Relic for an intimate fireside chat and audience Q&A. New Relic speakers included:
- Nada DaVeiga, GVP of Solutions Consulting
- Francine Anthony, Senior Director of Global Partner Marketing
- Sara Coady, GVP, Enterprise Sales
- Tracy Kraft, VP, Marketing
- Amy Morrison, Senior Recruiter and Corporate Wellness/Fitness Leader
While PowerToFly has supported Goldman Sachs' diversity and inclusion efforts for the past several years, we were excited that this December, we hosted our first live event together at Goldman Sachs' office in NYC's Financial District.
Goldman Sachs believes who you are makes you better at what you do, which is one of the reasons why PowerToFly loves working with them. For Goldman Sachs, it's all about bringing together people who are curious, collaborative, and have the drive to make things possible for their clients and communities.
This special one-night-only gathering was hosted by PowerToFly CEO Milena Berry and kicked off with ample networking time over passed hors d'oeuvres. The programming officially got underway with inspiring opening remarks by Goldman Sachs' Sinead Strain, Managing Director.
Next up, members of the Goldman Sachs team presented a behind-the-scenes look at one of their cutting edge products, Marquee, which provides institutional investors with leading market intelligence, risk analytics, proprietary datasets, and trade execution across multiple asset classes.
When the product demo concluded, we launched into a wide reaching panel discussion with three of Goldman Sachs' women leaders and one terrific male ally. Our speakers included:
- Ramanathan Narayanan - Managing Director, HCM Technology
- Stephanie Chang - Vice President, Eqs Cash Algo Strats
- Christine Whalen - Associate, Secdb Architecture
- Kome Emuh - Vice President, Sec Div Eng Mgmt & Strategy
Here's what one attendee had to say about her experience: "I now have a different, more positive impression of the culture at Goldman Sachs."
PowerToFly hosted one of its best attended events EVER on November 13th with iconic publisher Condé Nast, home to such legendary brands as Vogue, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and many more.
Held at Condé Nast's sleek offices inside One World Trade Center, and sporting the fantastic views that go with it, the night began with an introduction by PowerToFly's CEO Milena Berry and a video message by Condé Nast's Morgan Evans, Vice President, Engineering.
Following an insightful tech talk, the centerpiece of the evening was an open and host panel discussion featuring several women leaders at Condé Nast including:
- Danielle Virgin, Vice President, Data Products | Data Enrichment
- Chelsea Farnam, Senior Product Manager | Product Development - Consumer Marketing
- Lydia White, Design Director
- Tess Shapiro, Engineering Manager
- Monica Racic, Director of Production & Multimedia | The New Yorker - Editorial Website
Here's what one attendee had to say about the event: "Truly loved this event. I really liked how you were able to see another side of Condé Nast that not a lot of people really think about."
On October 16th, PowerToFly hosted our first event with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, in San Francisco.
Autodesk is a truly astounding company. From cars to skyscrapers to smartphones to even movie special effects, Autodesk's software makes it all possible. This intimate evening of networking and learning was hosted by PowerToFly's Amanda Bender and featured a diverse and impressive array of speakers from Autodesk.
The night kicked off with a warm welcome address by Queen Denchukwu, Manager, Global Diversity Partnerships and Alliances. Next up, our audience was treated to a special tech talk from Paula Berggren, Senior Exhibit Designer.
Following the evening's tech talk, Amanda moderated a panel discussion featuring several of Autodesk's women leaders including:
- Olivia Stuckman, Embedded Manufacturing Product Manager
- Tanu Chellam, Sr. Product Manager
- Mimi Hoang, Sr. Director of AutoCAD Strategy & Marketing
- Jessica Raedler, Conversational AI Lead