Our #Bluemix Girls Night is dedicated to women in technology. Come experience a combination of technical education and networking as you listen to top industry executives discuss their experiences as women in the workplace. Register here: http://www.meetup.com/Joburg-Bluemix-Girls-Night/
AGENDA – 10 June 2015
18h00 – 18h05 Welcome – Michelle Kennedy & Rebecca Munyuki
18h05 – 18h30 Women Entrepreneurs - Lara Rosmarin
18h30 – 18h50 IBM Bluemix - Hlulani Baloyi & Gcinumzi Sincadu
18h50 – 19h30 Panel Discussion – Women in ICT & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
19h30 – 20h00 Networking
Thuli Sibeko Co-Founder, Anglo African Events & Founder, Girls Invent Tomorrow. Thuli is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Anglo African Events. She is also the Founder of Girls Invent Tomorrow which is an initiative dedicated to initiating programs designed to empower, educate and mentor girls about the ICT sector. www.girlsinventtomorrow.com
Lara Rosmarin CEO, Seed Academy. Lara has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from UCT and an Honours degree in Clinical Psychologyfrom UWC. Early in her career, Lara worked in a corporate environment then chose to divert her expertise to the NGO space specialising in business development and fund-raising strategies. She combined her business skills with her passion for philanthropy and invested most of her time advising some of South Africa’s top companies on their CSI and aligned strategy. Lara wrote her first children’s book “A Magical Day For Dreaming”, all proceeds of which she donated to charity. Lara’s corporate experience, combined with her expertise in business development and funding groomed her for her current role as the CEO of Seed Academy and an Executive Director of Seed Engine. Lara’s focus for Seed Academy is to educate and empower entrepreneurs in order for them to take control of their own destinies. Lara continues to work with various charitable organisations to help raise funds and bring awareness to their causes –with a specific focus on vulnerable children and women’s issues.
Susanna Barnard Business Unit Leader for Enterprise Social and Smarter Workforce Solutions As a Sales Executive at IBM with over 30 years experience in the Information Technology Industry, Susanna’s business experience includes the Mining, Banking and Retail industries. She has deep skills in strategic planning, sales leadership, service delivery, process- and business management. Susanna obtained an IT Diploma from the University of Johannesburg and a Leadership Management Diploma from Stellenbosch Business School. She has a special interest in the development of next generation women leaders and is committed toward gender equality in the work place. With a special eye for raw talent, she strives towards enabling young leaders to maximise their growth through collaboration, networking, mentorship, creative thinking, skills development and entrepreneurship.
Carolyn Lanzillotti MEA Technical Vitality Program Manager at IBM and IT Architect. Carolyn is an IT architect by profession with strong Infrastructure and Enterprise Architecture skills. She is currently managing the technical vitality programmes and technical professions across IBM Middle East and Africa. She has a passionate for architecture and technical communities.