November 13, 2018
8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m
Forever Forward: Celebrating Diversity in Technology
Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Community & Culture at Zillow Group, leading efforts around Equity & Belonging, Social Impact Products and Cultural Engagement. Rebekah was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and spent her first 12 years leading product development across many areas of the company.
Rebekah serves on the Board of Directors of Bellwether Housing and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Mechanical Engineering. She is also an advisor to technology startups, a respected thought leader and community partner. She writes articles in multiple publications and is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards.
Rebekah earned her Master of Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. She is also a mentor, a mother to two boys and an aerial acrobat.
Join Rebekah Bastian, Vice President of Community and Culture at Zillow Group, as she discusses the importance of focusing on equity as a means to meritocracy. The idea of rewarding employees for their accomplishments will only lead to the best workforce if the oppressions and barriers of employees are identified and overcome first. By focusing on systemic changes within our organizations that address equity and belonging, we can then proceed to reward talent and create a workforce that is both diverse and exceptional.
Elizabeth Hunter is the Vice President of Technology Strategy Implementation at T-Mobile. She’s a nationally recognized telecom executive in IT, pre and post-merger integration and cross-functional programs. A creative problem solver, she’s led numerous strategic planning efforts, task forces and rapid results operational initiatives in structured, unstructured and regulatory environments.
Elizabeth is currently leading the integration management office for the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Her previous roles at T-Mobile include, serving as the primary IT liaison to the corporate strategy and marketing organizations, leading the IT portfolio, PMO, release management, architecture, technical design and compliance and controls organizations. Her prior experience includes leading the merger integration organization and managing customer experience while at AT&T Mobility, and a variety of roles in corporate development, product management and IT at Dobson Communications.
Elizabeth is the executive sponsor of both the Women’s Leadership Network and the Women in Technology Employee Resource Groups at T-Mobile US. She has been recognized as a top 10 national finalist in the Advocate of the Year category from the National Women in IT Awards in 2018, and was included in the 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM from STEMConnector in 2017. Her speaking engagements include Grace Hopper, Hopper x 1 Seattle as a Keynote Panelist on Gender Equity, Cultural Bias and Gender Diverse Teams; Lesbians who Tech on Flexible Consumption in the Digital Era; the keynote speaker at the Ericsson Women’s Leadership Summit on The Accidental Technologist; and as a panelist at the Women in Tech Regatta on Leadership Building Credibility: How to Take a Seat at the Table. Elizabeth lives in Bellevue and has two kids, both of whom keep her active, while her husband keeps her sane. Mostly.
Vice President of Security, Risk & Compliance for Smartsheet Inc. Ignacio leads Smartsheet’s efforts establishing appropriate security and risk management framework(s) and facilitating the understanding of risks being managed as part of the risk/reward equation to grow shareholder value. Ignacio has more than 25 years of experience in consulting advising fortune 100 clients before moving into industry. Prior to Smartsheet, Ignacio served as Chief Risk Officer of LifeLock, Inc., was a Founding Director of the consulting firm Protiviti, Inc., the Managing Director of the Seattle office of Protiviti, Inc., and a partner at Arthur Andersen, LLP.
Ignacio holds a B.A. in Business Administration from New Mexico State University and is fluent in the Spanish language. He is a driven competitor who holds a black belt in the martial art of Kung Fu. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to foreign countries, exploring the great outdoors, competitive fly fishing or rebuilding classic cars.
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