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American Express Company

A Look at Our Event with American Express

On November 14, 2018 American Express partnered with PowerToFly to present our third networking event together. After sold-out events in Florida and Arizona, it was amazing to host an evening at American Express' New York office and the night did not disappoint.

As our guests came in from the cold (there would be a huge snowstorm in NYC the next day), they were invited to receive a complimentary headshot photo (a must when looking for new opportunities) before helping themselves to an impressive buffet spread.

PowerToFly's CoFounder & CEO Milena Berry kicked off the night by officially welcoming everyone and introducing Katrina Roberts, SVP of Technology and Unit CIO at American Express. "This is my second family," explained Katrina, a twenty-seven year veteran of the company. "We work together to achieve amazing outcomes and it does feel like a true team. So that's one of the reasons I've stayed. The second is the challenges are endless. I never stop learning. I'm still learning all the time and I'm always given the opportunity to develop."

When Katrina wrapped her moving keynote address, the audience was treated to a pair of product demos highlighting innovative American Express technology. First up, Shek Lee, American Express Engineering Director spoke about the American Express Chat Bot and the role machine learning plays to help the company deliver customized customer experiences. As Shek explained, "the digital concierge learns your preferences over time and then provides personalized recommendations to help you book your travel."

The next product demo began with a hilarious television commercial starring Tina Fey and featuring Amex's "Pay It, Plan It" tool. American Express Vice President Anna Knizhnik broke down this great feature that allows Card Members to pay for small purchases right away, or make a plan to pay for larger purchases over time.. "People love Pay it, people love Plan it," Anna said. "They can manage their balances and manage their large purchases in a very responsible way. That is one example of the powerful backing of American Express."

Milena then brought back Katrina for a panel discussion where they were joined by American Express technology Vice Presidents John Ahn, Urvashi Tyagi and Divyangi Anchan. After Milena asked the panel some questions, we had a few minutes to open the floor to some very perceptive audience questions. Katrina, who serves as the Global Sponsor for American Express' employee network WIT (Women in Technology) shared how diversity and equality is part of Amex's DNA: "It's about creating safety, comfort, sharing common challenges and creating a sense that we can change things, not just from senior leadership down, but across the organization."

Once the panel wrapped up, our attendees still had plenty of time to network with the American Express team and to ask some more follow up questions. As our guests departed into the soon to be snowy air, they walked away with gift bags and memories of a great night.

American Express is hiring! Follow Amex on PowerToFly to learn more about open opportunities.

PowerToFly's CEO Milena Berry welcomed our attendees.

Katrina Roberts, a twenty-seven year veteran of American Express provided the evening's keynote address.

Shek Lee, American Express Engineering Director, lead a product demo about ChatBot

American Express Vice President Anna Knizhnik discussed the "Pay It, Plan It" feature.

Our panel discussion featuring from American Express: Katrina Roberts, Divyangi Anchan, Urvashi Tyagi and John Ahn.

Divyangi Anchan and Urvashi Tyagi

John Ahn and moderator Milena Berry

Katrina Roberts answers an audience member's question.

Our amazing panel.

Attendees had plenty of time to network.

Attendees had the chance to not only meet members of the American Express team but their peers as well.

Slack Technologies Inc

A Look Inside our Evening with Slack’s Women Sales Leaders

As a completely remote company, PowerToFly relies on Slack even more than email to connect our global team. That's why it was a thrill to partner with Slack to present an invite-only night for women in sales at one of their two New York City offices.

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New York Life Insurance Company

New York Life + PowerToFly: An Evening for Women in Data Science & Analytics

This event is intended for women working in data science & analytics. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please email hi@powertofly.com

Are you working in data science or data analytics? Then please join New York Life and PowerToFly for this exclusive evening of panels and networking featuring women leaders from New York Life's data teams.

The event will take place on October 25th from 6pm to 8pm at the New York Life Insurance Company's HQ, located at 51 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10010 (Ben Feldman Auditorium, 13th Floor).

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Cocktails & Light Food
  • 6:30pm - Kick-Off from PowerToFly's CoFounder & CEO Katharine Zaleski
  • 6:35pm - Welcome & Introduction by New York Life's Alex Cook, SVP/Head of Retail Life Department
  • 6:40pm - Panel Discussion featuring from New York Life
    • Michelle Bottomley, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
    • Glenn Hofmann, VP & Chief Analytics Officer
    • Beth Schumacher, CVP Human Resources/Training
    • Mary Louie, CVP & Lead Data Scientist
  • 7:05pm - Audience Q&A

This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with New York Life's data and hiring leaders and to of course network with your fellow women in tech over food and drinks. New York Life is hiring but you don't need to be looking for a new opportunity to attend - if you'd just like to come to network, that's great too.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to that particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About New York Life Insurance Company: New York Life Insurance Company is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States. Founded in 1845, New York Life is headquartered in New York City, maintains offices in all fifty states, and owns Seguros Monterrey New York Life in Mexico. New York Life is one of the most financially strong and highly capitalized insurers in the business. New York Life have steadfastly refused to ask agents and employees to conform themselves to a single way of doing business. Instead, everyone is expected to bring his or her own cultural and intellectual perspectives to the table.

Audible

Network With Audible’s Women Product Leaders

This is a great event for Product Managers and Directors of Product Management. If you would like to be considered for an invite, please email hi@powertofly.com with your information.

Based on your impressive background, Audible and PowerToFly would like to invite you to an exclusive evening with Audible's Consumer Tech Team on October 17th from 6pm to 9pm at Audible's HQ, located at 1 Washington Place, Newark, NJ 07102. Even if you aren't looking for new job opportunities, this will be an excellent event to learn more about Audible's tech innovations and to network with your peers.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Event Check-In & Networking over Cocktails & Light Bites
  • 6:40pm - Kick-Off with Vincenza Pizzo-Eaton, SVP, Product Experience and Joe Berger, VP Product
  • 6:50pm - Product Demo on Original Member Benefits with Charlotte George, Senior Product Manager
  • 7:20pm - Panel Discussion, moderated by PowerToFly CoFounder & CEO Milena Berry, featuring
    • Josh Berzok - Sr. Director, Product Management
    • Kalpana Banerjee - Sr. Director, Product Management
    • Sureshmi Shlapakovsky - Director, Product Management
  • 7:25pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:40pm - Closing Remarks by Vin & Joe
  • 7:45pm - Networking Resumes

Following the event, Audible will be supplying complimentary shuttle bus service back to Manhattan. If you need additional assistance getting to the event, please let us know when you register.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About Audible: A truly global company, Audible's worldwide community downloads almost two billion hours of material annually. Along with their world headquarters in Newark, Audible has offices all over the world including London, Paris and Tokyo. Their competitive benefits include employer-matching savings accounts, stock options, a full stocked kitchen, fitness reimbursements and Amazon discounts.

In Person Events

An Invite-Only Structured Event Hosted by Morgan Stanley’s Women Tech Leaders

This is an invite-only event for the following roles: Scala/Java Developer - Enterprise Application Infrastructure, Application Infrastructure - Senior .NET Software Developer and C Dev (Application Development). If you would like to receive an invitation to the event, please send a copy of your resume to hi@powertofly.com

PowerToFly has partnered with Morgan Stanley to present an invite-only event for New York-based software developers to network with the women tech leaders of Morgan Stanley who are also hiring. The evening will begin with a panel discussion showcasing senior management at Morgan Stanley and will then transition into open networking and structured interview rounds.

Join us on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30pm to 9pm at 750 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

In the spirit of helping you succeed, the PowerToFly team will be reaching out to make sure you are as prepared as possible for the evening.

While you probably know Morgan Stanley as one of the world's foremost financial institutions, they are also an innovative tech company and we can't wait to share with you some of their exciting technologies that you can be a part of.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to that particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

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