Currently Confirmed Speakers
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.
Most recently, Talreja was vice president of global cloud business development for Cisco, where she and her team created new, innovative cloud business models and partnerships with technology vendors, SPs, and system integrators (SIs). In 2009, Talreja ran and launched the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition, a partnership between Cisco, EMC, and VMware created to accelerate customers’ abilities to increase business agility with data center virtualization and private cloud. From 2004–2007, she served as senior director of Customer Business Transformation with Cisco’s Voice Technology Group (VTG). Prior to Cisco, she spent five years with Hewlett Packard (HP) in its IT manufacturing organization, where she worked on global manufacturing systems in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
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.
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Tracey Seward, Accenture Managing Director, has served in the management consulting industry for more than 20 years. Working across industries, and the globe, her expertise lies in the areas of talent management, leadership development, organization change, and business development. Tracey has played an active role through her professional career reshaping the professional environment for women in technology, leading inspiring discussions on how the field can advance with greater contributions and leadership from women. Outside of the domestic market, she is also committed to refocusing efforts in India to expand opportunities for female professionals across the country. She as a BS in Finance from Ball State, and MS in Information Communications Sciences.
Tracey also demonstrates a passion for improving the lives of those less fortunate within her local community, leading a series of partnerships between Accenture and the Chicago-based, The Cara Program. This multi-year partnership focuses on preparing and inspiring individuals in the community to break the cycle of homelessness and to transform their lives for long term, sustainable success – both professionally and personally. Tracey is also an active member of the Union League of Chicago, and a mother of three. She currently resides in Chicago with her youngest daughter, Nenah. Tracey is a dynamic speaker who brings years of experience in a highly competitive corporate environment, coupled with passion around inclusion and diversity in the workplace. She will share her strategies for success and growth in her opening keynote session.
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Jennifer Jones, Senior Indirect Channel Manager at CBTS (Cincinnati Bell), is focused on building sales performance through a Channel model. She has been in the telecommunications industry for 10 years with a Channel Management focus in both hardware and network services, Value Added Reseller, sales. Mrs. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University and her Master of Science degree from Ball State University at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Phillip, daughter Kennady (2) and two dogs; She enjoys target shooting, microbrewery tastings, and princess tea parties.
Kristina Bolin is currently a Project Manager for Humana Pharmacy IT. Using data analysis, she is transforming the healthcare experience from reactive to proactive to help individuals achieve lifelong wellbeing. Kristina has over 15 years of experience in reforming organizational processes including Professional Sports teams, such as the Tennessee Titans and Colorado Rockies, and Property and Casualty Insurance companies, such as Allstate and Kentucky National Insurance. Kristina holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Transylvania University, where she was also an All-American swimmer. Kristina holds the professional designations of AINS, CPCU, and PMP. Mrs. Bolin is an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council for the Metro United Way, Junior League, PMI Bluegrass Chapter and CPCU Bluegrass Chapter.
In 2013, Kristina was the youngest female C Suite Executive in a Property and Casualty Insurance company. 2013 also saw Kristina as the project manager responsible for the creation and implementation of Humana’s Pharmacy offerings for the Affordable Care Act. She is passionate about mentoring young women in the workplace, while maintaining a work/life balance with her husband Jeff, and two children – Will (3) and Lauren (1).
Gretchen Loss is the Director of Solutions Architects for Raytheon Cyber Products Company. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University. After a ten-year career managing a variety of IT projects and initiatives for the federal government, Mrs. Loss decided it was time for a change and began managing global technical teams supporting both pre-sales and post-sales activities for commercial software companies. Mrs. Loss has experience working with a wide range of technologies including intrusion detection systems, enterprise search, visual analysis, insider threat and cross-domain. She loves the outdoors and plays soccer, skis and gardens. She currently resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia with her husband, two stepsons, and two cats.
Suzanne Plesha, Assistant Director for the Center for Digital Marketing Advancement (CDMA), develops and implements strategic outreach, best practice research and education programs associated with digital marketing and data analytics programs offered by Ball State University. The CDMA is an industry-focused endeavor offering a uniquely objective look at digital marketing techniques as well as methods for educating the marketing technology workforce. CDMA seeks to demystify digital strategies for companies and individuals that want to take digital marketing to the next level.
CDMA grew out of a decade of content development, collaboration and research conducted by Ball State’s Center for Media Design (CMD). Beginning with the iCommunications grant and continuing with the Digital Exchange Initiative, Suzanne helped to manage CMD projects made possible through two Lilly Endowment grants totaling $40 million. Her responsibilities included overseeing day-to-day administrative operations, communications, program branding, and commercialization of projects supporting the university’s strategic priorities related to technology, online and blended learning, and emerging media R&D. In this capacity, she also liaised with external industry, community and government stakeholders through outreach projects advancing emerging media innovation and social media marketing best practices.
Andy Heiser is the head of Business Development at NEXTFLY Web Designs in Indianapolis, IN. He received his bachelors degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. With more than 9 years of sales experience in the technology industry, Andy has helped hundreds of small to large businesses with their online presence, sales, and marketing needs. He bleeds Colts blue, loves Indiana University basketball, the Cincinnati Reds, and enjoys playing volleyball and golf. Andy currently resides in Fishers, IN with his wife, step-son, and two dogs.
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Stephanie D. Wilson is the Recruiter for the Ball State Graduate School. Ms. Wilson is responsible for managing social media (with approximately 2150 prospective and current graduate students on Facebook), a student-centered web presence, and orienting new students to graduate school. In this position, she works collaboratively with many internal and external constituents to promote graduate education. In 2012, Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) recognized her for excellence in the support of graduate education.
Ms. Wilson served for several years as the Director of the Ball State University Outreach Services Site and launched the Indianapolis Center. She worked with key community partners to extend the University’s resources to the Greater Indianapolis area. Previously, Ms. Wilson was the Project Director of an information technology training project that trained approximately 500 dislocated workers in 25 Indiana counties. This project received the Indiana Department of Workforce Development partnership award and was nominated for the national Theodore E. Small Workforce Partnership Award. Ms. Wilson served as Institute Director for the Indiana League of Municipal clerks for five years.
Ms. Wilson earned an undergraduate degree in Management and a master’s degree in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University. She was the inaugural recipient of the Ball State University Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Excellence Award. Recently, the Entrepreneurship Center recognized her with the 2011 Entrepreneurial Support Award.
Ms. Wilson developed Going Forward, a seminar series designed to illuminate the power joy can have to direct individuals forward through their professional and personal lives. She has delivered this seminar to approximately 135 individuals at Ball State University and for the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks Educational Institute.
Additionally, Stephanie and her husband Jay enjoy a simple life in rural Indiana with their two horses, goat, and miniature donkey, affectionately known as Jackie.
Carenza Love, Health IT Coordinator for the State of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, began her career with an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, and worked for more than 8 years in positions that included Human Resources, Accounting and Operations Management. After earning her M.S. degree in Information and Communication Sciences from Ball State University, Carenza worked as the Health IT Manager for Indiana’s Medicaid operations, overseeing the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program that provides financial incentives to healthcare providers for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology.
Carenza now serves as the Health IT Coordinator for the State’s largest agency, where she manages State initiatives to accelerate HIT/HIE adoption and increase interoperability in Indiana’s Health IT environment, with the ultimate goal of improving delivery of healthcare for Indiana residents. Carenza is a native of North Carolina and her hobbies include outdoor activities, listening to music, and learning about different cultures.
Stacey Shell, a Business Analyst Consultant for Slalom Consulting Chicago, has worked in consulting for over 6 years and in IT in general for over 10 years. She began her career as a Project Manager and realized that her real calling resided in the project details, not project management.
Stacey is passionate about shaping users perceptions about a client through their interaction with technology and brings that energy to every project. In 2013, Stacey was instrumental in implementing Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Retail Shopping Cart and offerings for the Affordable Care Act in five states. In 2014, she is working to implement the mobile version of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Retail Shopping Cart. Stacey received both her MS degree in Information and Communication Sciences (2004)and BS in English from Ball State University (2001).
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Dave Lawrence is President and founder of Aerodyn Engineering in Indianapolis. Dave is a graduate of the University of Michigan, BSME 1980.
Aerodyn has locations established in Indianapolis, the United Kingdom; as well as a newly designed test facility in Whitestown, IN. Aerodyn manufactures development hardware for Aerospace, Power Generation, and Heavy Industry OEM’s such as GE, Pratt & Whitney, Siemens, Caterpillar, and Cummins. Their focus is on the power generation and aerospace markets.
Aerodyn specializes in gas turbine instrumentation and field testing and manufactures a variety of products that are used throughout the world to acquire stress and temperature data from engines. They utilize 3D printing in prototype manufacturing and low volume production.
Estelle Brodeur, Founder and Owner of MindBody Health of Richmond, coaches people so they may gain awareness and motivation while building sustainable solutions for more healthy and joyful lives. Her clients can expect lively, challenging conversations which expand resiliency and desired changes in both the professional and personal realm.
Estelle’s professional background is in the areas of corporate wellness education, group facilitation, counseling, and nursing. She is a current student with Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training, an Associate Certified Coach through The International Coach Federation, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Laughter Yoga Teacher. Estelle holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and The University of Virginia.
Besides loving coaching, Estelle enjoys her husband of thirty years, two young adult children, friends, many forms of yoga, the outdoors, pets, music, reading, growing vegetables, and adventure.
Lauren Lawrence is an Integrative Health Coach and Owner of Oxbow Health and Wellness, LLC. Lauren possesses a strong sense of passion in the field of integrative medicine, as well as health and wellness coaching. Her personal story of how lifestyle and behavior changes combined with integrative and functional medicine gave Lauren her life back encompasses the reason why Lauren now feels impassioned to give back through Integrative Health Coaching.
Prior to her journey into the world of Integrative Health Coaching, Lauren had a career in IT Project Management and Consulting for 10 years where she managed client, vendor, and team relationships and was responsible for high quality, on-time, and in-budget delivery and implementation for a wide variety of high-tech projects, including IPTV offerings, business intelligence solutions, network inventory management applications, and open-source content management web sites and applications. Her experience and understanding of end-to-end information systems has provided a strong background for understanding our bodies as a complex information system.
Lauren enjoys partnering with individuals working in high stress environments, including high-tech/IT professionals, military personnel, and business executives/entrepreneurs, who want to embark on a journey purposed for igniting powerful health changes in their life, so that they may take action in making their goals a long-term reality.
Lauren received her Certificate of Completion in Integrative Health Coaching from Duke Integrative Medicine. She holds a Masters of Science from Ball State University in Information and Communication Sciences, and is also a life-long learner of nutrition, epigenetics, and mindfulness practice. She is an avid animal lover and fanatic football fan!
Melissa Norcross has had a rich consulting and management career that has spanned three continents and multiple industries. As a consultant, she helped her clients achieve profitability and performance at both strategic and operational levels, particularly in the areas of innovation, manufacturing and product development strategy. Her work at McKinsey and Integral spans industries that include retail, technology, consumer products, financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
Today, she applies that broad experience at Ontario Systems, the leading provider of accounts receivable and revenue cycle software solutions, as the VP Strategy and Finance. In addition, she serves as a moderator and leader for CEO and Executive Councils at Creative Good. In this role she helps C-level executives sharpen their core competencies by creating environments where proprietary information, best practices, and insights across SEO, CRM and social media are shared comfortably among participants
Melissa holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a mother of three, a business woman, and constantly looks for opportunities to learn from and give help to others in similar roles.
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