As new technologies emerge and the world grows more complex and interconnected, a plethora of opportunities are opening for shaping a desired future. The need for innovators and leaders in tech is becoming greater than ever before. The What's Next panel will be a discussion with inspiring women who have paved their way to become tech leaders and will share their drivers for their career success while developing technical and leadership skills. The panelist will also present diverse perspectives on identifying and approaching some challenges and opportunities that one may face moving up the career ladder. Topics this panel will be based around are career growth, entrepreneurship, education leadership, and continuing education.
Digital Marketer. Tech Evangelist. Entrepreneur. Danielle Skeen wears many hats and wears them well. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, this Island lady has always had an innate desire to and ability to connect with people. Her passion for diversity and inclusion coupled with her creative, strategic thinking and love of storytelling, has led her to be a powerful influence on corporate and organizational structure. Danielle is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Communication. Her early-in-career endeavors included positions at MTV Networks and Bad Boy Entertainment. In 2012 Danielle left the media and entertainment industry and ventured into Advertising. In 2015, after 3.5 years at New York City based firm - Kirshenbaum Bond
Senecal & Partners (kbs+), Danielle entered the world of technology when she accepted a sales position at Microsoft Advertising. During her tenor at Microsoft, Danielle served as an award-winning salesperson with an expertise in digital, native, mobile, SEO/SEM and programmatic. In 2018, she transitioned out of sales and into operations where she managed Go to Market strategies for key product launches in the US, Latin America, Canada and Europe ; all while serving as a leader in the Diversity & Inclusion space. Most recently, Danielle made a pivot out of Microsoft Advertising into the Microsoft Business
Development team where she manages and negotiates demand partnership deals for the company. Outside of her thriving career in the corporate sector, Danielle prides herself on being a social entrepreneur. She is the CEO/Owner of Caption-It! App – a mobile app designed to provide captions and quotes for social media posting and sharing. Additionally, she is also Co-owner of &Noire (andnoire.com) – an ecommerce website created to increase visibility and profit to black-owned brands. Danielle has a passion for traveling and for giving back. In 2013 she founded The Star Boutique, Inc. - a nonprofit organization that supports teenage girls in New York City who are affected by homelessness. Through the Star Boutique, Danielle and her team have changed the lives of several hundreds of girls and has been recognized in local, national, and international media for their efforts. Annually, Danielle combines both of her passions by traveling to Kenya to engage in community work with underprivilege youth and struggling small business owners. When she is not closing business deals and changing lives, Danielle serves a Public Speaker who gives lectures and workshops around the subjects of Empowerment, Brand Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Philanthropy. From colleges to corporations, Danielle is on a journey of spreading inspiration and empowerment globally.
Teneika Askew has over eight years of combined experience in entrepreneurship and IT Consulting. She advises clients on building financial data marts, integrating financial data across disparate financial systems and developing dashboards and financial reports in software and systems such as Oracle, SAP, PowerBI or Tableau.
Teneika is always looking to create new opportunities for her community and the network of diverse consultants she is a part of. Her social entrepreneurial journey began when she founded the non-profits, Ribbons of Beauty and BiCTech, to mentor and advise high school women and student entrepreneurs in NC and DC.
Aneesha is an Engineering Manager at O(1) Labs. She has over 15 years of experience, starting as a Software Developer in Test at Microsoft where she lead a number of virtual teams. She left engineering and moved to a sales role at IBM but missed building things so moved back to Engineering with Groupon where she jumped back and forth between IC Technical Lead and Management. Simultaneously, she moved to Santiago, Chile in South America. There she moved to the startup, uBiome where she founded the QA department. After relocating back to the U.S. she moved into a Quality Engineering Manager at Okta. From there she transitioned into her current role as an Engineering Manager at O(1) Labs, a cryptocurrency startup, where she leads multiple engineering teams to help incubate the Mina Protocol.
Aneesha studied computer engineering at the University of Michigan where she received a B.S.E and M.S.E. She is on the board of directors of /dev/color and has spoken at GHC 2019, GHC 2020, Dev Color in Motion and local GHC events.
Aneesha is passionate about empowering individuals to live their best lives, building space for women and people of color to thrive in the tech industry and building systems that promote wellness and the whole self.
Christine Mitchell is a Senior Engineering Manager at Netflix supporting teams leading creation of the unified toolset for the planning, production and distribution of content creatives and promotional assets connecting Netflix audiences to stories around the world. Prior to Netflix, she held several leadership positions with digital media and online content publishers, including CBS Interactive, Discovery Communications and HBO. As a 20+ year veteran of the technology industry, her passion is building fast, secure, and scalable content delivery systems that drive the convergence of traditional broadcast media technologies with emerging consumer device platforms. Outside of the office, Christine is focused on her family, reading and traveling abroad.