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Power in Progress - Let's Make this Moment Matter

On March 8th, the global community celebrates International Women's Day. While this is a time to honor the contributions of women, it also focuses on unity, equality, and advocacy. As professionals in business, we are at a pivotal moment in advancing diversity. It is our time to create a culture that instinctively values every individual, to draw strength from our great diversity, and to not only press for progress but to achieve it. Let's make this moment matter.

Think Theater, Bayside E
Tue (March 20), 4:30PM PT


Jeffery Tobias Halter


Marie Wieck


In her more than 25 years with IBM, Marie has held a variety of technical and executive roles in IBM's hardware, software, and services units. She is passion-ate about innovation from diverse teams and driving business impact from new technologies.

In January 2017, Marie was named into her current position as general manager of Blockchain, which is poised to transform business processes and transac-tions. Marie is responsible for IBM’s participation in the Hyperledger project and in building an open blockchain ecosystem for developers and service providers, and to create and run enterprise blockchain networks and solutions.

Marie holds an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Michelle Peluso


As SVP and CMO of IBM, Michelle Peluso oversees all global marketing and brand initiatives, strategy, and execution for the IBM company, including stewardship of thousands of marketing professionals worldwide. Michelle brings to IBM deep, customer-centric marketing and leadership experience, as IBM accelerates its transformation into a Cloud and Cognitive platform company.
Prior to IBM, Michelle served as the CEO of Gilt. She also spent four years as Global Consumer Chief Marketing and Internet Officer at Citigroup, CEO of Travelocity, and CEO and co-founder of the startup travel company, Site59.
She serves on the Board of Directors for NIKE, Inc., nonprofit TechnoServe, and Tech:NYC.
Michelle received an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pembroke College at Oxford University, and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

Patti Fletcher


Dr. Patti Fletcher currently works with SAP SuccessFactors on redefining HR technology with a D&I lens and redefining how the world thinks about Core HR. As the author of the ‘Disrupters – Success Stories from Women Who Break the Mold, she is recognized as an innovation through inclusion expert. Patti writes for Entrepreneur, Inc., Huffington Post, The Guardian, and has contributed to and been featured in online, print, radio and TV including Bloomberg, NASDAQ, Cheddar TV, Greater Boston, Time Magazine, Al-Jazeera, Forbes, Newsweek, Xconomy, The Muse and many more. She was invited by the White House to talk about the state of gender equity in the workplace. In the world of business, Patti advises corporate executives and board members from lean start-ups to Fortune 100s, from small community organizations to large global non-profits.

Leanne Kemp

Founder & CEO, Everledger

Leanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a leading emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger in an authenticated immutable manner. Using her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewellery and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger in building a global verification system that asserts transparency along the entire supply chain process. This enables the tracking and protection of high-value assets, consequently mitigating risk and fraud in global marketplaces. Her leadership role in technology has been recognised, winning awards including Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London). She has also been named an IBM Champion for 2018. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group. She is also on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.