USA Agenda Details

16th Sept 2021

  • Vivian Acquah

    Inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate

    13:40 - 14:00

    Inclusive Leadership

    As an inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, Vivian Acquah advises managers on how to keep their team members engaged, energized, and safe in a sustainable manner.

    Vivian Acquah is making topics related to workplace wellness & DEI accessible to everyone. She provides people with the right tools, at the right time, to embrace inclusive changes. Vivian motivates people to think consciously and inspires them to take action.

    As a multicultural and multi-passionate human being, Vivian inspires and empowers people to be their best selves. Becoming a mother inspired her to shift from being a Finance/ IT consultant to becoming a workplace wellness & Amplify DEI advocate.

    Vivian made a promise to her son Orlando (2013) to help make the world a better place by creating thriving workplaces for EVERYONE. This is a promise not only to him and his generation but also for future generations



  • Garry Turner

    Change Catalyst & Strategic Advisor

    13:40 - 14:00

    Inclusive Leadership

    Garry is a Change Catalyst & Strategic Advisor who works at the intersection of design, disruption, education and innovation. Leveraging over 20 years of international commercial experience combined with over 5 years building human-centred approaches across people, culture and systems, Garry supports senior leaders as a 1-1 Thinking Partner, Interpersonal Guide and Confidential Aide, supports teams as a human-centred workshop facilitator, is a keynote speaker and podcast host and has acted as an advisor to two tech startups.

  • Ashok Dudhat

    Founder & CEO

    13:00 - 13:20


    TJF – Tech Jobs Fair is a job fair with a focus on IT and Digital founded by Ashok Dudhat. The first edition took place in Berlin in 2017. The following cities were Vienna, Zurich and Lisbon, all in 2019. TJF has had more than 10 000 visitors in the past years. The company is based in Berlin, where the team sits and does most of the work. TJF also works with local professionals in the different cities where the job fair takes place.

  • Anastasia Valentine

    Chief Revenue Officer at Wagepoint

    14:00 - 14:20

    The Value of Investing in Culture, Diversity & EQ. An employer and employee perspective

    Anastasia Valentine is the Chief Revenue Officer at Wagepoint. With over 25 years of experience building and scaling companies globally, Anastasia has held executive leadership roles with startups to billion-dollar companies in the areas of innovation, commercialization, marketing and sales. She is passionate about scaling companies from idea through to launch and building high performing teams who make a positive impact.

    In addition, Anastasia is an accomplished community leader and a passionate advocate of women in STEM, education and entrepreneurship. She is a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation, member of the Forbes Business Development Council, Canadian Chamber of Commerce SME and Economic and Taxation Committees and a regular keynote speaker at conferences on leveraging technology to scale, business growth and inspiration.

  • Jenn Tardy

    CEO / Founder of Jennifer Tardy Consulting, LLC

    14:25 - 14:45

    Navigating Bias: Control Your Career Destiny

    Jenn Tardy has vast industry experience as a Recruiting Thought Leader, Diversity Recruitment Practitioner, and Career Success Coach with over 15 years of multi-industry experience in the field of human resources and recruiting.

    She has been helping employers and job seekers reach their goals since 2004 and is on a mission to make it easy for recruiters to find, attract, engage, and hire job seekers from historically underrepresented backgrounds, ultimately helping employers to increase diversity.
    She owns and operates Jennifer Tardy Consulting (aka Team JTC) which is an internationally known, award-winning diversity recruitment consulting firm based out of Maryland, USA.

  • Jody Urquhart

    Motivational Speaker

    14:50 - 15:10

    The Hustle Hangover

    Fed up with living a mediocre life, Jody decided she wanted a memorable one instead. Her unyielding ambition fuelled her into the world of stand-up comedy, a place where she learned to roll with the punch lines and turn life’s lemons into delicious lemonade.

    Jody’s skills are not only limited to being super funny; she is also a motivational speaker and participates in over 100 events per year.

    Her mission is simple, to eagerly empower worn-out professionals with humor, hindsight, and hallelujahs. She firmly believes it’s not what you do that matters- it’s how you feel about what you do. With more than twenty-three years of experience inspiring and entertaining audiences across the globe, Jody Urquhart delivers uplifting, engaging motivational speeches that help professionals cultivate a much-needed blissful can-do attitude towards fun and meaningful work.

    Every keynote is a stepping stone towards building the work-life you have always wanted.

    She is the author of All Work & No Say’s best-selling book, a tongue-in-cheek insight into the rat race and how to reveal joy.

    In her spare time, Jody loves to meditate and still performs stand-up comedy, but not at the same time.

    Jody does not use PowerPoint- just pure engagement, inspiration, and clean, catered comedy.

  • Barry Rodrigues

    Founder at NexGen Digital & Head of Content at Bizmodo

    15:10 - 15:30

    Growth for Startups: The 7 Step Growth Marketing Framework

    Barry is the founder of NexGen Digital, a London-based growth marketing consultancy & Bizmodo, a business website aimed at helping startups and SMEs grow. For the last 20 years, he’s worked for industry leaders in various marketing capacities in addition to delivering marketing projects for the banking, hospitality and petrochemical verticals in India, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Barry also mentors startups to help them achieve their business goals.

  • Mara Livermore

    Founder & CEO at House of SweetWaters

    15:30 - 15:50

    How to succeed at a startup

    Mara is the creator of House of SweetWaters an entrepreneurial development agency that focuses on empowerment, kindness and planet healing practices to enable people to do the work they love. House of SweetWaters works with individuals and organisations looking to create or become GameChanging entrepreneurs who want to scale the solutions they’ve created to help more people.

    Mara’s background spans over a decade in operational roles and five + years working in startups in London’s vibrant Shoreditch seen. She brings the best of what she has learnt supporting some of the most excellent SME’s in the UK, US and abroad to help anyone with the right passion and drive to make it to success, however they choose to define it.

  • Preston Weekes

    Founder of

    16:10 - 16:30

    The Power Of YOU!

    Preston is a professional business builder, strategist, closer, and coach for impactful high-net-worth individuals. Preston’s mission is to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

    Preston’s primary love is to work with people to create lasting permanent change and empower others to create more in the world. His newest project is where he has partnered with London’s top performance coach to bring the most powerful mindset training ever created. We are teaching people how to gain 100% of their personal power back in their lives and create a space to build anything they want in their future.

    As a major car enthusiast, Preston began his career in the automotive sector turning one $1600 car into a $50M/yr automotive empire owning or co-owning 15 car dealerships and creating vertical businesses to support them including paint shops, mechanic shops, and a finance company.

    Watching the trend of electrification in the automotive sector, he took an offer to leave cars when he was recruited by a previous high-end car client, Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Preston was brought into a renewable energy company startup as the Chief Operating Officer for Metamorphosis Energy. In his time at Metamorphosis Energy, he helped commercial and industrial companies, as well as government entities to navigate the adoption of renewable energy into their plans and business profile.

    Preston had a successful exit from the energy company in 2019 and became involved in many startups helping companies progress to commercialization negotiating partnerships with many businesses including Fortune 100 companies. He served for 2 years as a Board Member of the humanitarian water company, Aqua Research.

    Preston founded Operations X in 2015 offering useful solutions to business owners to provide actionable solutions to help the success rate of the Private Business. With Operations X, they consult and train organizations and leadership in sales, messaging, branding, marketing, and operational cost reduction.

    Preston’s mission has always been to help the success of the people and uplift the lives of everyone he interacts with. With every person or company he helps to grow, he is empowering people’s dreams to come true. This has become his motivating force. It is his goal to provide growth in our world and create prosperity.

    His personal goal is to leave the people he interacts with happy, fulfilled, and complete as we continue to make massive positive changes across the world. He asks you to join his journey in building humanity by starting at the foundation of YOU!

  • Sarath Singh

    Business Development at WP Event Manager

    15:50 - 16:10

    How to Create Tickets Selling Marketplace using WP Event Manager

    I’m part business development team over at WP Event Manager, me and the whole team we always are looking for something unique something different that will make us stand out from the others via our marketing strategy.

    we try to ensure that we give our customer information about our product as transparently as possible, ensuring a perfect after sales support as well. My part of the jobs educating our users about our product how to use them or how to modify/customize them as per their own taste, its not really limited to our product only I try to educate them on general wordpress topics out there as well.

  • Marie Burrell

    VP of Growth Strategy at FutureThink

    16:50 - 17:10

    Growth Hack Your Career With Power Skills

    Marie Burrell is a passionate Growth Strategist & Digital Marketer with proven success in driving value through innovative digital experiences and dynamic partnerships. She is a true multi-hyphenate and combines analytical thinking with creative approaches to deliver lasting results in business development. She’s heavily focused on understanding customers & client needs to uncover strategic growth opportunities and drive value.

    In her current role as VP of Growth Strategy at FutureThink, she works with leading companies such as Google, Pfizer, and P&G, transforming how their teams think and work. Live or on-demand, FutureThink quickly builds power skills that drive growth and innovation, boost productivity and create a culture of collaboration. FutureThink has become the largest source of simplification and innovation tools and training in the world and with Marie’s help, the company’s revenue is expected to double next year. 

  • Susan Lockwood

    Technical Director, Mindera US

    17:10 - 17:30

    High Autonomy, High Accountability: How Mindera Teams Thrive in a Remote-First World

    As Technical Director, Mindera US, Susan is privileged to work with some of the smartest developers, coding professionals, engineers, and tech facilitators on the planet. Susan has more than 21 years’ experience in the design and implementation of software solutions for government and enterprise applications, is an award winning software engineer, and a published technical author. She is also a passionate musician and an award winning composer.

  • Marcela Shine

    Head of Community at Ureeka

    17:30 - 17:50

    12 Steps to Building a Great Business

    Marcela is a builder of products, people, and companies. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in helping companies optimize operations, transform marketing processes, and improve company culture. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups.

    She has held CEO and COO positions in martech, venture-backed SaaS startups. Marcela started her career in fintech at Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters), where she ran global product teams that provided data and technology solutions to financial institutions around the globe.

    Marcela supports cancer patients through her work at The Tutu Project. The 501(c)3 provides grants for the financial needs of breast cancer patients. Marcela secured six-figure corporate partnerships for the foundation and has driven millions of “fans” for the now famous “man in the pink tutu”. Seriously, you should Google him!

    The Colombian-born entrepreneur continues to have deep ties with her culture and people. She consults with private-equity companies interested in making investments in Colombia, leading due diligence and research initiatives. Marcela has been a tech-advisor to the Colombian Film Festival; launching their digital properties for the New York (2014) and Bogota (2016) “IndieBo” film festival premieres. Marcela has also served as an advisor to Colombian non-profits that focus on early childhood education.

  • Priya Goenka

    Business Development Executive at WP Event Manager

    15:50 - 16:10

    How to Create Tickets Selling Marketplace using WP Event Manager

    A Self-starter, skilled business development executive, with entrepreneurial spirit with very high personal and professional goals. Solution oriented, consultative, team player adept at building and maintaining relationships.

    Logical approach to problem solving and analytical thinking. excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Self motivated, proactive and driven. Good time management and organizational skills in order to prioritize workload and demands.

  • Lisa Janz

    CEO & Founder of Lisa Janz Coaching

    18:30 - 18:50

    The Cover Letter - an underestimated yet powerful tool to help secure an interview

    My name is Lisa Janz and I’m also known as Job Coach Germany. My mission is to offer national and international professionals support along the application process in Germany. The belief that drives me forward every day is that all candidates should have equal opportunities to be invited to job interviews, conduct them confidently and thus win their dream job through strategy and extraordinary preparation. I do this with my most important values: Authenticity, Fairness, and Empathy.

    For a long time now, I have dreamed of a world in which people follow their hearts, especially when it comes to their careers. Whenever I can help an applicant define their dream career and actually win a job accordingly, I get one step closer to my vision.

    Since starting my own coaching business in 2017, I was lucky and have accompanied 400+ clients from around the globe to help them understand the German labour market, the application process, what an employer is looking for in a future employee, how to improve their resume and give them a strategic plan to set their personal job goals and land the most incredible jobs in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

    Especially the job seekers can benefit from my experience. Your aim, that you would like job seeker being able to make the right decisions at the right time for their career is also a big part of my everyday work. I would love to be a speaker at your virtual tech jobs fair – in Germany especially, but I would also love to participate in the tech jobs fairs for the other countries as well as there might be participants who are interested in working in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria.

  • Danish Dhamani

    Cofounder and CEO

    17:50 - 18:10

    Speak with impact and master the job interview

    Danish is co-founder of Orai, a public speaking app that has helped over 300,000 people speak more clearly and confidently with AI feedback. He is also a TEDx speaker with over 2.5M views, and has been featured in Forbes 30 under 30. Outside of work, he travels the world, cycles in amazing places, and tries hard to meditate without losing focus. Danish’s three superpowers are – Strategy, Storytelling and Sleep!

  • Limor Bergman Gross

    Director of Engineering | People Leadership | Mentor | D&I | Public Speaker | LinkedIn Expert | Co-Founder

    16:30 - 16:50

    Transform your online presence on LinkedIn - Get weekly job opportunities at your mailbox

    Over 20 years in the tech industry as an engineering leader. I have been leading teams and organizations of different sizes while building a great culture, innovating, and shipping products.

    My passion is helping women succeed in the tech industry. To do this, I’ve focused on mentoring female leaders for the past four years.

    I’ve also teamed up with PowerToFly to create a mentorship program that will help women succeed in their careers and grow their skills by being mentored by women who already reached the same goals and have mastered skills those women need to improve.

    I volunteer for the last four years with Plato (, mentoring managers and leaders. It is a gratifying experience, and I am happy to contribute and learn back from others. I also mentor with PowerToFly, GrowthSpace, and The Female Factor.  Giving back to others and helping their growth has been beyond rewarding to me.

    My new and upcoming venture is teaching women how to code and help them find a job in the tech industry. I have partnered with a leading expert in training people how to code and think about solving problems. We are going to launch a comprehensive training program for women at the beginning of 2022.

  • Gav Newalkar

    Technical Lead at N26

    18:10 - 18:30

    The life of a card transaction at N26

    Hi there, Gav here!

    I’m one of the technical lead’s at N26 Inc.

    My role is a mix of hands-on development, leading a team of engineers, as well as doing interacting with product to ensure that our banking products are running smoothly.

  • Christi McKittrick

    Ureeka Coach and Mentor Success Director


    Over the past 12 years, I have worked with start-ups with a focus primarily on development, building teams, supporting employee career development, and implementing all employment process through the full employment cycle. At start-ups, you get a fast introduction to all facets of the company and I like to wear many “hats”. As a team developer, it is critical to have a deep understanding of the organizational components of the building, managing, and motivating a team while keenly aligning with company business development goals.

    Currently, with Ureeka I am the Coach and Mentor Success Director which marries my process and team-building talents with my deep commitment to do good!

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