Date: Sunday, August 28th

Time: 6:30pm - 9pm

Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center Las Vegas
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Join your peers for a candid conversation around the challenges we all are facing in creating a more diverse workforce in the technology industry. You’ll hear what’s working -- and what’s not -- when it comes to building more inclusive programs for recruiting, career advancement and retention.


  • 6:30 PM–7:00 PM Networking over hors d'oeuvres and drinks
  • 7:00 PM–7:10 PM Welcome remarks from Dheeraj Pandey, Nutanix Founder, Chairman and CEO
  • 7:10 PM–7:40 PM Opening address by Anja Manuel, Co-Founder and Partner in RiceHadleyGates LLC and Lecturer in the International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University
  • 7:40 PM–8:30 PM Moderated session by Jennifer Brown with representatives for Cisco, Dell, The Dream Corps and Nutanix
  • 8:30 PM–9:00 PM Wrap up and networking




Anja Manuel

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC

Author, former diplomat and advisor on emerging markets, Anja Manuel is Co-Founder and Principal along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps US companies navigate international markets.

She is the author of This Brave New World: India, China and the United States, published by Simon and Schuster in May 2016. From 2005-2007, she served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for South Asia Policy. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now also lectures at Stanford University.

She is a frequent commentator on foreign policy for TV and radio, and writes for numerous publications. As part of her book tour, in the past few weeks she appeared on Charlie Rose, BBC, Fox Business, and was published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune and others. Her book was favorably reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle and several other US, Indian and UK publications. She sits on a number of profit and non-profit advisory boards including Governor Brown's California Advisory Council on International Trade and Investment.

Jennifer Brown

Founder and CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting

Jennifer Brown is the Founder & CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm specializing in the future of the workforce and workplace, and dedicated to building more inclusive organizations where all kinds of talent can feel "Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard". Based in New York City and maintaining a global team, the company partners with HR, Talent Management, D&I and Business leadership on change management efforts relating to human capital, including the design, development and facilitation of customized, interactive classroom and online learning events. JBC is known as the creator of the "JBC ERG Progression Model", a proprietary development tool that facilitates the transformation of ERGs into true business partners. Employer-of choice clients include Cisco, Toyota Financial Services, Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters, AXA, Disney, New York Life, Target, and many of the Fortune 500. Jennifer is quoted frequently on next generation diversity and inclusion practices, has delivered three TEDx talks, and is a dedicated and visible change advocate in the LGBT and Allies community. Jennifer's first book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change will be released September 2016. Read more about the Jennifer and the company at

Dr. Jane Lewis

Director at Living Networks

Jane is Director at Living Networks which was established to support and foster digital and job ready skills, with a focus on increasing female and diversity inclusion. Jane is the Senior Client Relationship Director interfacing with major corporations such as CISCO systems, IBM, Senior Government Officials and Chief Executives of Colleges of Further Education: Social enterprises and Small businesses.

Prior to Living Networks Jane held the senior role of UK and Ireland Network Academy Manager for Cisco systems. Jane increased the number of networking academies from 2 to 700 throughout the UK and Ireland and was responsible for deploying the programme into 38 prisons. She led key initiatives to increase the number of girls learning digital skills in schools and pursuing careers or University degrees in computer sciences. Jane received Ministerial recognition for her work in schools and Colleges of Further Education. She was awarded a Phd Degree In recognition of her services to digital skills and e-learning.

Erin Kitchen

Executive Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion and Employment Law Dell Inc.

Erin is responsible for developing, driving and leading innovative global diversity and inclusion initiatives, practices, programs and strategies. Erin works closely with Dell's leadership and HR teams, enabling Dell to deliver better outcomes for our millions of customers by leveraging and embracing the unique experiences, talents and thinking that our diverse global team has to offer. In addition to leading Dell's global diversity and inclusion team, Erin also works as part of Dell's legal function to ensure Dell's policies and practices foster compliance with state and federal employment and immigration laws.

Prior to this role, Erin spent ten years on Dell's employment law team where she provided legal advice, counseling and training to human resources and management across Dell's U.S. operations on a wide range of labor and employment issues. Erin worked with HR and business leaders to develop policies, standards, and business procedures in all areas of labor and employment law.

Prior to joining Dell, Erin practiced employment law with Fulbright and Jaworski in Austin, Texas and with Cooley Godward in San Francisco, California. Erin is a graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard Law School.

Tamyra Walker

Director of Recruitment and Retention THE DREAM CORPS

Tamyra has 10 years of youth development experience as an impassioned STEM educator and is fueled by an altruistic belief in equity for all who is wish to join the STEM community. Her diverse experience in education spans across classrooms in Dallas, Greece, and Oakland, and includes STEM program and curriculum development as well as teacher leadership and professional development. She is also a featured educator on a Stanford University Massive Open Online Course on formative assessment.

Advocacy for tech equity has been a natural progression from being a STEM educator in schools that primarily serve African American and Latino youth. The lessons learned about the role of responsiveness and empowerment of identity when cultivating inclusive STEM focused environments has been invaluable in her acting role as the Director of Recruitment and Retention for #YesWeCode.

Tamyra holds a BA in Sociology from Howard University and a MS in Mathematics Teaching and Learning from Drexel University.

Natasha Hoady

Sr. HR Director at Nutanix

Natasha Hoady is a Sr. HR Director at Nutanix. She is responsible for leading the HR Business Partner function, including the development of talent strategies that drive the diversity, employee growth, development, engagement and culture of Nutanix's most important asset – its people.

Natasha is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years' experience in the human resource field. Prior to joining Nutanix in January 2016, she worked at companies such as Walmart eCommerce, SAP, Adobe and Yahoo! where she built a diverse, global HR career in a variety of roles ranging from HR Business Partnership, M&A, Labor Relations and Talent Acquisition. She holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Psychology and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

For over four years Natasha has been giving back to the community through her work with the HR Symposium, a non-profit organization that brings together thought leaders to discuss issues and trends affecting HR and Silicon Valley. The events raise money to award scholarships to students pursuing careers in the field of Human Resources.

Natasha lives in San Jose, CA with her family, including two young daughters. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world and exploring different cultures.

Dheeraj Pandey

Founder, CEO & Chairman

Dheeraj is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix. He brings a wealth of experience of working at high growth enterprise software companies. Prior to founding Nutanix, Dheeraj was the VP of Engineering at Aster Data (now Teradata), where he helped build the product and its engineering team from the ground up. At Oracle, he managed the storage engine group for Oracle Database/Exadata, and co-authored numerous patents in the area of distributed databases. Dheeraj's entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards including Dell's Founders 50 and the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Valley. Dheeraj is a Ph.D. dropout from University of Texas (Austin), where he was a Graduate Fellow of CS. He holds a BS in CS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kanpur), where he was adjudged the “Best All-Rounder Student Among All Graduating Students in All Disciplines” and bestowed with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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