CloudNOW Top Women in Cloud Innovation Awards, 2014

June 17, 2014
Parc 55 Wyndham, San Francisco

CloudNOW, the non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud and emerging technologies, invites you join us in San Francisco, June 17, at the Parc 55 Wyndham, for the Third Annual, Top Women in Cloud Innovation Awards. Meet some of the most influential women in cloud today, and fast-track your career and your network at this exclusive, must-attend event.

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The Awards will be keynoted by Carol Fawcett, Executive Director Mergers and Acquisitions and Chief Information Officer for Dell Software Group at Dell Software. Other speakers include: Joanne Moretti, SVP Marketing and Sales Enablement, Jabil; Manjula Talreja, VP Cloud Practices, Cisco; Margaret Dawson, Chief Cloud Evangelist, HP; Vanessa Alvarez, Amazon Web Services; and Dr. Andrea Davies, Stanford, Gender Studies/ Clayman Institute.

Featuring, live pitches from the Top 10 Women in Cloud, 2014

  • Alolita Sharma, Director of Engineering, Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation)
  • Bethany Mayer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, HP
  • Evelyn de Souza, Compliance & Data Privacy Leader, Cisco; co-Chair Cloud Security Alliance
  • Ingrid Franzen, Senior Program Manager Industrial Cloud, General Electric
  • Lily Cole, Founder and CEO,
  • Kimberly Gress, Director of Client Services, Dell Boomi
  • Maria Vello, President and CEO, National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)
  • Poulomi Damany, Vice President of Product, BitYota (Andreessen Horowitz)
  • Rathi Murthy, Vice President Technologies, American Express
  • Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer, Estee Lauder

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).


Premier Platinum Sponsor

Dell Software

Supporting Sponsors

IBM Cisco HP GreenQloud


Judges: Reuven Cohen, Chief Technology Advocate Citrix, Forbes Columnist; Amber Osborne, Chief Marketin Officer Meshfire, Twitter “Top CMO”; Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto; Shelly Kapoor Collins, Founder and CEO Enscient, appointed member of National Women’s Business Council.


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, Carol Fawcett, Executive Director Mergers and Acquisitions and Chief Information Officer for Dell Software Group at Dell Software
3:30 pm: Panels and lightning talks, including: Joanne Moretti, SVP Marketing and Sales Enablement, Jabil; Manjula Talreja, VP Cloud Practices, Cisco; Margaret Dawson, CMO, Rival IQ; Vanessa Alvarez, Amazon Web Services; Doug Dooley, Venture Capitalist, Venrock; Camille Samuels, Venture Capitalist, Venrock
4:00 pm: Break
4:20 pm: Pitches
5:50 pm: Judging /winners announced
5:55 pm: Cocktails and dinner



Carol FawcettCarol Fawcett
Executive Director & Chief Information Officer
Dell Software

Carol Fawcett is Executive Director, Mergers & Acquisitions and Chief Information Officer for Dell Software Group at Dell. In this role, Carol is responsible for leading and driving Dell Software’s overall strategic information technology vision, enabling the company to align, leverage and capitalize on the biggest trends in security, mobile, analytics and cloud. As part of her charter, she and her team are architecting and engineering a new generation of operational excellence at Dell by fully integrating and automating all business supporting functions across the Dell Software business groups. In addition, Carol has an expanded role overseeing the overall strategic vision for acquisition integrations across all of Dell.

With more than three decades of serving in information technology leadership roles, Carol has a dynamic reputation in the industry and is a key advisor to Dell customers as well as Dell, the company, providing critical insight to innovation teams as new solution sets are introduced into the market.

Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science from San Diego-based National University.


Margaret DawsonMargaret Dawson
Rival IQ





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.


Eileen EvansEileen Evans
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud and Open Source
Hewlett-Packard Company

Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud and Open Source for Hewlett-Packard Company. In her role, Eileen leads and manages legal support for cloud computing and legal and program management support for open source at HP. Eileen also leads HP’s Open Source Program Office and manages senior technology attorneys, engineers and program managers responsible for driving the implementation of HP’s open source strategy and open source community engagement.

Eileen represents HP on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, and actively participated as a Founding Member of the OpenStack Foundation Drafting and Formation Committee.

Eileen was recognized in 2014 as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s top 100 Women of Influence.


Doug DooleyDoug Dooley
Venture Capitalist

Doug Dooley joined Venrock in 2014 and focuses on infrastructure technologies and cloud-centric software from the firm’s Palo Alto office. Before joining Venrock, Doug spent over 15 years as an entrepreneur and technology executive at some of the most innovative and market dominate technology infrastructure companies ranging from large corporations like Cisco and Intel to security and virtualization startups like Neoteris, NetScreen, and RingCube. Doug was the vice president of product management for Coraid, an Ethernet block storage startup. Before working on storage, Doug was on executive leading Cisco’s desktop virtualization product team responsible for the definition, development, and delivery of a complete VDI solution consisting of data center, networking, collaboration, and end-user device elements.

Doug received his B.S. (cum laude) in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.


Camille SamuelsCamille D. Samuels
Venture Capitalist

Ms. Camille D. Samuels, also known as Cami, is a Partner at Venrock. At the firm, she focuses on biopharma and consumer health across all stages of growth. Ms. Samuels was a Venture Partner and Advisor at Versant Ventures, Inc. She joined Versant Venture Capital in 2000 and served as a Managing Director and an Affiliate Director. She specialized in early-stage biotechnology investing, with a focus on specialty therapeutics and orphan disease. She also spearheaded Versant’s Consumer Medicine investments.

Ms. Samuels holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Bachelors degree in Biology from Duke University.



Reuven CohenReuven Cohen
Chief Technology Advocate, Citrix
Forbes Columnist

Reuven is recognized as an early innovator and thought leader in cloud computing. He leads worldwide advocacy efforts for Citrix, with a particular focus on increasing the reach and influence of Citrix’s extensive portfolio of technology solutions used by more than 330,000 customers and 100 million end users across the globe.

Reuven writes The Digital Provocateur column for and co-hosts the DigitalNibbles Podcast, sponsored by Intel. He is the co-founder of CloudCamp (300+ Cities around the Globe), the largest unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. He has served as a board member to the Information Technology Association of Canada as well as a strategic advisor to Sun Microsystems,, York University, U.S. and Canadian Governments and others.

An active thought leader, Reuven is an expert commentator, contributor and writer for a variety of major business publications including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, MIT Technology Review, CNN, BusinessWeek, InformationWeek, Wired, among many others.


Amber OsborneAmber Osborne
Chief Marketing Officer, Meshfire
Twitter “Top CMO”

Amber Osborne is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder at Meshfire, a next generation social media management platform in Seattle, WA.

Amber has been featured as one of the Top 100 CMO’s On Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine and one of 2014′s 50 Industry Influencers by AG Beat.

She has been featured in Time Magazine, Forbes and many other publications and media for her work with social media and startups.


Jonathan ReichentalJonathan Reichental
Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 20-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer and public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.


Shelly Kapoor CollinsShelly Kapoor Collins
Founder and CEO, Enscient
Appointed member of National Women’s Business Council

Shelly is a Technology Entrepreneur and founder of Enscient Corporation, specializing in HRMS, Security and Business Development for the Public Sector. As CEO, Shelly combined her two passions, Politics and Technology, to launch Root Square, an innovative fundraising platform using gaming to enable political candidates and non-profits to raise funds across Social Media sites.

Shelly is an appointed member of the National Women’s Business Council and has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Women in Public Service Project 50×50 Leadership Circle launched by Secretary Clinton. Shelly is an appointed member of the President’s National Platform Committee for the DNC 2012 and was honored to serve on President Obama’s National Finance Council for the 2012 Re-Elect. Shelly also served as a Nat’l Co-Chair for Technology for Obama and helped rally the Tech Community in Silicon Valley in support of the President’s Tech efforts. Shelly is a Technology Advisor to the Office of the AG, Kamala D. Harris, as well as a Technology Advisor to the India-Senate Caucus.

Shelly holds an M.S. in Management Information Systems and B.S. in Management Information Systems, from the University of Maryland College Park.


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