About Us

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”- Margaret Mead

Mission & Benefits

CloudNOW is a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud computing, focused on using technology for the overall professional development of women from around the world by providing a forum for networking, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and economic growth.

CloudNOW offers members opportunities to creatively approach the technological challenges of cloud today, working in partnership with the tech industry, cloud visionaries, and global media. Forming a collective, together we are the voice of authority for women in cloud and emerging technologies.

Our Team

Jocelyn DeGance Graham
Founder & President

Named by Everything Channel CRN as one of the 100 most influential women in IT, and by GetVOIP as a Top Woman in Cloud, Jocelyn is the Founder of CloudNOW (cloudnetworkofwomen.com) and leads marketing at 6fusion, a startup revolutionizing IT Economic Transparency. Jocelyn has deep expertise in the areas of marketing, communications and research, and has spent the majority of her career advising Fortune 100 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, and Arthur Andersen/Accenture on strategic emerging technology decisions. Prior to founding CloudNOW, Jocelyn directed the marketing program for an award winning Cloud startup recognized by Gartner as a ‘Coolest Emerging Technology’. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bernard Golden
Advisory Board

Named by Wired.com as one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing, Bernard Golden serves as Vice President, Strategy for ActiveState Software, the leading independent provider of the open source CloudFoundry PaaS solution. At ActiveState, Bernard works with key constituencies, including customers, analysts, press, and investors to help them understand and gain benefit from ActiveState’s products. Bernard is the Cloud Computing Advisor for CIO Magazine. His blog has been called “brilliant and incisive” and is read by tens of thousands of people each month. His blog was named “Top 50 Cloud Computing Blog” by Sys-Con Media, a “20 Most Important Cloud Blog” by AlwaysOn Media, and in a recent poll by AppDynamics his was cited as the third most influential cloud computing blog. Bernard’s writings on cloud computing have also been published by the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. Bernard is the author of Virtualization for Dummies, the most popular book on the subject ever published. He is also the co-author of Creating the Infrastructure for Cloud Computing (Intel Press, 2011). Bernard is a popular and engaging presenter, and has keynoted conferences from Moscow to Peru.

Lauren States
Advisory Board

Lauren C. States is a 2015 Advanced Leadership Harvard Fellow. She serves on the Dean’s Executive Council for the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. She formerly served as Vice President, Technology Strategy, Growth Initiatives and CTO for Cloud Computing on the IBM Corporate Strategy team.  Lauren was responsible for the technology strategy for IBM’s growth initiatives, including cloud computing, Smarter Planet, business analytics and emerging markets. In her previous role as Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Software Group, Lauren led a global team responsible for establishing market leadership for Cloud computing.As a senior executive on IBM’s Integration and Values Team, Lauren played a leadership role in a company-wide initiative called the Client Value Initiative – a strategic reshaping of IBM’s value creation. Lauren joined IBM in 1978 as a Systems Engineer in New York City and has held a variety of leadership positions since that time.

Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has served on the IBM Technical Leadership Team which is responsible for the development and advancement of IBM’s technical workforce. As a role model and mentor to women and minorities around the world, Lauren co-chairs the IBM North America Black Constituency Council. She is Chair of the Board of Visitors for the Northeastern University College of Business and serves on the International House, New York, Board of Trustees. She also serves of the Board of Directors for MoJo (www.momsandjobs.com) and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

In 2003, Lauren received the Women of Color Technology Conference’s Managerial Excellence Award form Career Communications Group, Inc. In 2006, she was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in American Business by The Network Journal. She was also named one of the Top 100 Blacks in Technology in 2006 and 2007 by Career Communications Group, Inc.

Vanessa Alvarez
Advisory Board

Experienced and results oriented executive, in both entrepreneurial and corporate environments. Keen ability to develop effective long-term strategies as well as focus on tactical execution in order to drive growth. A collaborative operating style that enables cross-functional teamwork to consistently deliver business results; focus on exceeding customer expectations and delivering on key business, marketing and sales objectives.

Over 10 years’ experience in the areas of enterprise datacenter infrastructure, cloud computing, operational models, and organizational restructuring. Frequent speaker on topics spanning the IT ecosystem. Conference chair for Cloud Expo 2014; former analyst. Fluent in Spanish. Named Top 25 Most Influential Women in Cloud Computing for 2015.


Lori MacVittie
Tech Editorial & Blogs

 Recognized by Sys-Con Media’s Cloud Computing Journal as one of the Top 50 Most Prominent Cloud Bloggers, and the only female to make the list,Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical  materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. She currently focuses on cloud  computing, infrastructure, data center architecture, and security-related topics. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as  network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing  Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of  topics aimed at IT professionals. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science  from Nova Southeastern University.


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