Women in Tech Forum - Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

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Name: Women in Tech Forum - Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome
Date: March 6, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

NJ Tech Council & JP Morgan Present the First WIT forum of 2019:

Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome
The imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”  All across corporate America, women suffer from a lack of confidence, the notion that they do not belong, or that their success was based on luck.  The reality is women earn their seat at the table and should re-focus their energy on self-confidence and realizing their value.
  • Hear from women who have overcome their imposter syndrome and learned to thrive in their confidence
  • Learn about some techniques for self-reflection and how to appreciate the value you bring
  • Identify triggers that may cause imposter syndrome, and tricks for keeping negative thoughts at bay.
5:30-6:00 – Registration, lite bites, cocktails, and networking
Elaine Zundl, Rutgers University

"Research on women in New Jersey's technology industry - Pathways, Barriers, and Policies to Engage More Women"
6:00-6:45 – Panel Discussion 
Moderator: Stephanie Kennedy, JP Morgan Chase
Shelley Goldman, AT&T (Retired)
Analisa Allen, JP Morgan Chase

Jim Barnoski, Sandler Training
Mala D. Deodharim, Legacy Counseling 
6:45-7:30 – Table discussions - The importance of self-refection and breaking the Self-imposed Glass ceiling.  
7:30-8:00 – Closing remarks and networking


Stephanie Kennedy is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase in Asset Wealth Management Technology.  She leads the Wealth Management Brokerage Technology Team which is responsible for partnering with the Brokerage business to develop investment tools and trading applications for all of Wealth Management including the Private Bank, JP Morgan Securities, Institutional Wealth Management, Chase Wealth Management and You Invest clients.  The team is globally positioned to align to the global needs of WM Brokerage.
Prior to owning Brokerage Technology, Stephanie lead the global programs for Institutional Wealth Management and Brokerage Equities where she successfully implemented a trading platform  to transform the way Equities and Listed Options are traded globally in Wealth Management. 
Before joining J.P Morgan in 2015, Stephanie began her career at Reuters America spending 6 years as an Implementation Manager of financial services software.  In 2006, she move to Lehman Brothers as a Program Manager in Technology for the Investment Management Division.    In 2008, she naturally moved to Neuberger Berman and became Vice President running Equities Trading Technology and Market Data for the firm.
Stephanie achieved a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Economics at University at Albany, holds a Project Management Certificate and is a Certified Scrum Master.
She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, enjoys traveling
and spending  time with her family.

Shelley Goldman is a trailblazing woman with over 100 patents to her credit.  An AT&T veteran with vast experience in the frontiers of technology,  she makes it a priority  to encourage woman and minorities in STEM and educate them about opportunities in the STEM field.  Shelley blogs for the Huffington Post, has put out a YouTube video and continually mentors students through Girls Who Code and Aspire in her attempt to reach other women and minorities and encourage them in STEM. She has also spoken at colleges, Hackathons, YWCA and AT&T events on the importance of STEM. Perhaps her most successful mentee has been her own daughter, Rachel, whom she inspired to become an engineer and who earned an  MS in computer science from Columbia.  

Shelley is currently responsible for developing metrics focused on measuring the migration of AT&T’s network to 75% software based by 2020.  She previously provided the “Voice of the Customer” to AT&T Labs and led the AT&T Emerging Technologies Forum. ETF provided a venue for AT&T Labs to introduce new concepts, ideas and technologies forming a bridge between tech innovations and the business environment. No stranger to either space, Shelley has served AT&T through stints in marketing research, customer satisfaction, and mobility as well as at Labs.

Shelley is a graduate of City University of NY – Baruch College (BBA) and Columbia University (MBA).  She has participated in Columbia Senior Executive Programs and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University. Shelley has received numerous awards including the Research Excellence Award for development and deploying services.  Her projects have gained international recognition and have been mentioned in publications as diverse as Fortune Magazine and Data Briefs. 

Ever mindful of the need to give back to her community, Shelley has previously served as regional president of an international charity and presently serves on the board of her local sisterhood organization. She is a wife, proud mother of two and most recently has taken on her most prestigious role yet, grandmother.

Analisa Allen is Chief Information Officer for the CCB Data Ecosystem Platforms at JPMorgan Chase.  In this capacity Analisa leads the platforms which house all of the customer data within Chase.
Prior to this role Analisa was the CIO of Home Lending, which develops products to help customers purchase, refinance and service home loans.  In this role Analisa established an online digital platform which is cloud enabled, and reduced the loan data footprint by combining home equity and mortgage products.

Analisa is currently the sponsor of Tech Emerging Leaders Program (TELP) which grows senior female technical leaders.  She is also co-sponsor of Take IT Forward (TIF) for New York, which focuses on career growth of female VP’s.  Analisa also serves on the CCB Diversity and Inclusion council.

Analisa joined JPMorgan Chase in 2015 after twenty years with Goldman Sachs. As a developer on the Fixed Income trading floor she delivered the first trade entry and middle office transaction processing engines. Analisa then managed Futures Operations, Loan Processing, and Derivative Operations Technology.  Analisa piloted expansion into India and developed the first Operations Risk analytics platform.

Analisa is on the board of the Women’s Refugee Commission, has served on the board of Girl Scouts (Heart of Hudson), and on the technology advisory boards for Girls on the Run and Girls, Inc.

Analisa holds a B.A. from Barnard College and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Jim Barnoski is the president of the Sandler Training Center in Somerset, NJ.  He has over 25 years of sales, management and training experience, and has helped build, train and restructure sales organizations in various industries especially information technology, finance, publishing, hospitality and manufacturing.  Jim has helped hundreds of small and medium size businesses as well as entrepreneurs build, grow and upgrade their sales teams by establishing a sales process to exceed their business goals.
Jim plays a key role in Sandler’s worldwide organization and is recognized internationally as a business development expert specializing in executive sales consulting and sales productivity training. His background as an Industrial Engineer has helped him create systems and processes to support the personal and business growth of his clients.  Over the past 20 years his client base has consisted of over 65% women and he is a contributor to one of Sandler’s new books – “The Unapologetic Saleswoman”.

Mala D. Deodhari, LCSW is the Executive Director and Owner of Legacy Counseling, LLC.
Mala is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that engages life fully and sees therapy as a uniquely potent tool to remove barriers and free constraints to embrace the best life has to offer.  Mala is a graduate of Rutgers University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and her Masters in Social Work.  Mala is currently working towards her second master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis towards her BCBA.  Mala has over 14 years of experience providing advocacy, education, and counseling to individuals and families. 
Her experience consists of work with Elders as a Certified Dementia Practitioner, young adults, adolescents, and children coping with Trauma, Terminal Illness, Chronic Mental, and Behavioral Health needs.  Mala’s extensive experience providing Psychotherapeutic services as an inpatient clinician and case manager at Carrier Clinic and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has provided her with opportunities to engage individuals of various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Mala utilizes her platform with Legacy Counseling, LLC to actively guide and support the 50+ clinicians that work within Legacy to assist the families they serve towards identifying and understanding the treatment process, interventions, goals, and strategies.  Her service to the community sits upon a foundation of effective, evidence-based treatment interventions that are culturally competent and strength based.  Her scope encompasses Clinicians, Case Management Organizations, Family Members and Community partners.  Mala is dedicated to continuing to assist the Legacy families and communities of New Jersey to maintain stability and achieve personal goals by providing compassion, support, and solutions.

JP Morgan Chase 
575 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310


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March 6, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 PM
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