CloudNOW Top Women in Cloud Innovation Awards, 2014

June 17, 2014
Parc 55 Wyndham, San Francisco

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CloudNOW, the non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud and emerging technologies, invites you to attend our Third Annual CloudNOW Top Women in Cloud Innovation Awards. This year the focus of the Awards is on the end-user customer. We hope that you will join us for CloudNOW’s flagship event featuring the Top Women in Cloud, industry pioneers, and leading academicians from Stanford. Enjoy complimentary gift bags, no-host bar, and an elegant dinner buffet at one of the most exclusive hotels in SF!

The Innovation Awards recognize the Top 10 cloud end-user customers for outstanding cloud and converging technology projects and implementations. During the event, the Top 10 Women will present their projects in a pitch-style competition where the Top Woman in Cloud will be named on-site for a real-time award of the title, Top Woman in Cloud (both Judges and People’s Choice Winners will be named).

Attendees: Cloud end-users, analysts, tech thought leader/ pioneers, VCs, and entrepreneurs
Sponsors: Dell, Cisco, GreenQloud, HP, IBM, VMware
Speakers: Manjula Talreja, VP Cloud Practices, Cisco; Margaret Dawson, Chief Cloud Evangelist, HP; Vanessa Alvarez, cloud thought leader, former Forrester analyst; Dr. Andrea Davies, Stanford.
Judges: Gia Scinto, Partner Andreessen Horowitz, employee #8; Amber Osborne, CMO Meshfire, Twitter “Top CMO”
Sample of Nominations Received (Note: these are not confirmed Finalists and may or may not be invited to appear. Finalists will be announced May 15.): GE, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Dell Boomi


1:30 pm: Sign in—networking with colleagues, enjoy coffee and refreshments
2:00 pm: Welcoming remarks from CloudNOW
2:10 pm: Diversity in the Workplace—research/ statistics based discussion lead by Dr. Andrea Davies, Director for Stanford’s Clayman Institute (supplied research for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean-In)
2:50 pm: Keynote, Dell
3:30 pm: Panels and lightning talks, including: Manjula Talreja, VP Cloud Practices, Cisco; Margaret Dawson, Chief Cloud Evangelist, HP; Vanessa Alvarez, cloud thought leader, former Forrester analyst; Dr. Andrea Davies, Stanford.
4.10 pm: Break—networking and refreshments
4.20 pm: Pitches
5.50 pm: Judging /winners announced
5.55 pm: Cocktails and dinner


Margaret DawsonMargaret Dawson
Vice President of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist
HP Cloud Hewlett-Packard Company

For more than 20 years, Margaret has held global leadership roles with startups and Fortune 500 technology companies, including Microsoft and As Vice President of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist for HP Cloud, she is part of the executive team driving HP’s cloud strategy. Margaret is a frequent author and sought-after speaker on subjects such as cloud computing, big data, network security, and the convergence of technology and business. She was recently selected as one of the Top Ten Women in Cloud Computing for 2013. Margaret is an advisor to Cloud Connect and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) as well as multiple early-stage companies and CEOs. Based in Seattle, Washington, Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America.


Manjula TalrejaManjula Talreja
Vice President, Global Cloud Practice
Cisco Consulting Services

Manjula Talreja is a 25-year information technology (IT) industry veteran who has spent the majority of her career at Cisco, where her extensive experience in general management, business strategy consulting, and operations has helped guide teams through many crucial inflection points. Talreja is currently vice president of the Global Cloud Practice for Cisco Consulting Services, the company’s business and IT technology consulting arm. In this expanded role, Talreja is helping to shape and drive Cisco’s enterprise and service provider (SP) cloud strategy. Taking advantage of Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) “network of networks” platform, the Global Cloud Practice is helping CIOs transform enterprise IT delivery models to IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) and supporting SPs in developing cloud market-entry and execution strategies.

Talreja is a highly sought-after industry thought leader, and was recently named a CloudNOW “2013 Top Ten Women in Cloud,” and also made CableFAX Magazine’s list of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable 2012.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in information systems from Santa Clara University.


Vanessa AlvarezVanessa Alvarez
Cloud Thought Leader

Alvarez is a results oriented technology executive, with over 10 years experience in enterprise infrastructure technologies spanning the data center.

Alvarez spent 9 years as an analyst covering networking and storage technologies, beginning with The Yankee Group, and most recently, Forrester Research. Her expertise was on advising enterprises how to leverage emerging technologies and operational models. She also advised technology vendors on go to market strategies.

Alvarez was recognized by Huffington Post as one of 2013′s Cloud Computing Experts,as well as one of the Top 10 Women in Cloud for 2012 and 2013 by CloudNOW. Alvarez has appeared on Bloomberg TV and received acclaim for her research through articles and quotes published in publications, including CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, and Investor’s Business Daily.

She was recently named Conference Chair for Sys-Con’s leading event Cloud Expo 2014, and is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Interop, Cloud Expo, CloudConnect, O’Reilly’s Strata and Structure. She is sought after for her thought leadership on the the evolving IT ecosystem.

Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rhode Island College and is fluent in Spanish.


Andrea Rees DaviesAndrea Rees Davies
Associate Director
Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Andrea Rees Davies is the Associate Director at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in History and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford, and she earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Comparative Religion from Harvard. Andrea is currently working on solutions to advancing women’s leadership and gender equality in the workplace. She has conducted research projects on women entrepreneurs, women in technology, and dual-career academic couples. Prior to her academic work, Andrea was a firefighter in San Francisco.


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