Presented by Project Scientist & Lowe’s
Presented by Project Scientist & Lowe’s
from the Lowe’s Global Technology Center
Hear from leading women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as they share stories about their journey, the obstacles they’ve overcome, and the tools and techniques they’ve applied to pave their way toward success. This program will feature a panel discussion and a fireside chat with diverse guest speakers from across the country, including Jayshree Seth, Chief Science Advocate at 3M. Guests can participate live in Charlotte, NC at the new Lowe’s Tech Hub (invitation only) or via livestream.
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Lowe’s
As chief digital and information officer, Seemantini Godbole leads the enterprise-wide global technology and online teams focused on engineering, product, data and analytics, Lowes.com, and innovation to enable Lowe’s technology transformation. She is responsible for technology strategy, product road maps and development, and technology operations across all channels. She oversees the delivery of all capabilities across these functions to serve Lowe’s customers wherever and whenever they choose to shop. She joined Lowe’s in 2018.
Seemantini has more than 25 years of global technology experience. Before joining Lowe’s, she served as senior vice president, digital and marketing technology at Target Corp., where she oversaw the company’s global e-commerce, enterprise marketing and loyalty technology strategy and operations. Prior to Target, Seemantini held multiple senior technology leadership roles at Sabre and Travelocity.
Seemantini earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India, and a master’s degree in computer science from Texas Tech University. In 2020, she was recognized by Industry Dive as the CIO of the Year and was selected to the Adweek 50 honoring the year’s standout leaders in media, marketing and tech.
Seemantini serves on the IBM Board of Advisors, Apparo’s CXO Tech Council and the Foundation for the Carolinas as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Trane Technologies
Steve Hagood is senior vice president and chief information officer of Trane Technologies. In this role, Steve leads the company’s global information technology (IT) organization and is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s information technology strategies that support sustainability, innovation and an uplifting culture.
Prior to joining the company, Steve spent 19 years with the Goodrich Corporation, most recently as the company’s vice president and chief information officer. With more than 30 years of experience, he has held multiple executive and financial leadership roles in the aerospace and defense, manufacturing and service industries.
Steve serves as executive sponsor of the Trane Technologies Intergenerational Employee Network. He regularly lends his leadership to industry and community organizations, including Project Scientist, Apparo, Loaves & Fishes, Inspire CIO and Charlotte CIO Executive Summit. Steve chairs the Board of Directors for Project Scientist, a nonprofit organization committed to providing underserved girls with STEM education. For over a decade as a former Board co-chair, he has supported Apparo, a non-profit that provides technology innovations to other nonprofits in Charlotte. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the NIBCO company, a private plumbing and pipe-fitting company, co-chair for the Charlotte CXO Executive Summit, and as a current member of E50 Advisory Board, a national CIO peer networking organization.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has been recognized as CIO of the Year in 2014 and 2019 by Inspire Charlotte CIO.
Miss North Carolina USA, 1st Runner-Up to Miss USA 2022, Application Engineer, R.E. Mason
Morgan has a passion for STEM education for children and spends her free time volunteering with Project Scientist, an after-school program that provides a high quality STEM curriculum to young girls.Morgan is an alumna of the University of South Carolina where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2020. She is currently an Application Engineer at R.E. Mason in Charlotte, NC.
During her year, Morgan plans on expanding her initiative “Outside the Box”, which provides science kits to classrooms, children’s hospitals, libraries, and to students in need. It also focuses on spreading the message that it is okay to fully embrace who you are, no matter what that may be. Morgan hopes to set that example by wearing the Miss North Carolina USA crown and being a woman in STEM.
Chief Science Advocate, 3M
Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist at 3M and leads Applied Technology Development for Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. She joined 3M in 1993 after an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York, and she currently holds 76 patents for a variety of innovations with several additional pending. Jayshree is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from her alma mater REC Trichy India, now NIIT Trichy, where she earned a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering.
Jayshree was appointed 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate in 2018 and is using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate the benefits of science and the importance of diversity in STEM fields. She is also a member of Carlton Society which is the 3M Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. Jayshree is the fourth woman and first female engineer to be inducted. In 2020, she was awarded Society of Women Engineers (SWE) highest Achievement Award. She is also the first-ever winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the new Female Thought Leaders of the Year – category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2021. Jayshree was featured in a docuseries titled Not the Science Type that premiered during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and accepted for Brand Storytelling Showcase, a sanctioned event at Sundance Film Festival. She is the author of the books, The Heart of Science – Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints, and The Heart of Science – Engineering Fine Print published by the Society of Women Engineers, and all sales proceeds go to a scholarship for underrepresented minority women in STEM. She is a sought-after speaker, globally, on a multitude of topics such as innovation, leadership and STEM advocacy and has featured in local, national and international media.
Jayshree has served on the CEOs Inclusion Council, chaired the 3M Asian Employee Resource Group A3CTION and serves on its Advisory Board as well as the Steering Committee for 3M Technical Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF). She also serves on the Board of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Engineering Advisory Council for Clarkson University, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPP) and the Advisory Group of Aspen Institute Our Future is Science program.
Jayshree has two adult children, and her husband is also a 3Mer.
CEO, Paradigm for Parity
Sandra Quince is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for leading all elements of P4P’s strategic plan, financial, programmatic, and operational performance of the organization. She works with the coalition’s co-chairs and Board of Directors to oversee and execute the organization’s strategic vision and growth plan.
Prior to this role, Sandra was the Diversity & Inclusion Executive supporting the CEO and Chief Diversity Officer in delivering the global D&I strategy. Sandra’s work focused on growing diverse representation of the workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace where all employees can achieve their goals and meet the needs of customers. Sandra was also the head of D&I for the bank’s Global Human Resources, an organization of over 2500 employees.
Sandra’s role with Bank of America included serving as the Human Resources Leader for Oklahoma, responsible for driving employee engagement, retention and talent management for the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets.
Sandra has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources where she has driven work efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion, talent management and development and learning across multiple organizations and industries.
Sandra was selected as one of fifty Black women for the Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Impact Grant. She was featured as one of this year’s Inspirational d&i Leaders of 2022 and named one of Diversity Woman Elite 100 Black Women Leaders Class of 2022. Sandra was also one of Oklahoma’s The Journal Record’s 50 Making a Difference list of honorees for 2021.
Sandra serves the community through her contributions to the executive committee and board for Family & Children’s Services, a leading provider of behavioral health care and family services in Tulsa; Chair of the Black Women Business Owners of America board, a business association that supports African American women business owners, entrepreneurs, and start-up foundations across the country; Sandra is a member of the Greenwood Rising inaugural board dedicated to educating Oklahomans and Americans about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and its impact on the state and nation. She is also a board member with the African American Leadership Academy an organization that strives to expand the number of African American Leaders in Tulsa who excel in their professions, engage in their community, and encourage the development of upcoming leaders through programming.
Sandra is an associate of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sandra is a graduate of Florida State University and is married to Alexander Quince; the couple have a son, Kaleb.
CEO, Game On Nation
As CEO of Game On Nation, Blair Bloomston has spent the last 18 years helping the world’s most recognizable athletes, teams, and corporations improve their communication, engagement, and team culture. Blair has been featured as a speaker for the SHRM National Inclusion Summit, United States Olympic Committee’s National Coaching Conference, and USA Swimming Women’s Leadership Summit.
As an instructional designer and facilitator, Blair has led multi-year collaborations within Deloitte, Hilton, Honda, Acura, NASCAR, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Joint Special Operations Command. Through her work on behalf of the USO and Wounded Warrior Project, Blair has had the opportunity to build and deliver programs for military service members, spouses, caregivers, and veterans from all US Military service branches. Blair also led Game On’s award as a GSA schedule-holder, with Federal clients including NASA, USDA, DHS, and USAF, as well as Members of Congress within the US House of Representatives.
Blair has been featured on ESPN “Outside the Lines”, BBC “How the Best is Done”, the Big 10 Network, documentaries Two Days In April and UnStrung and Gulf Coast Business Review’s 40 Under 40. Most importantly, when she’s not on the road as a speaker and facilitator for Game On, Blair resides in Bradenton, FL with her husband and two young sons.
Chief Information Officer, Duke Energy
Bonnie Titone serves as Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief information officer. She leads the company’s information technology operations and infrastructure, cybersecurity and physical security functions, product delivery and support for various business areas, and the expanding digital transformation and data optimization strategy. Her team also enables the company’s broader efforts to transform and deliver a smarter, cleaner energy future and coordinates with peer utilities to ensure that our country’s critical infrastructure, information and energy grid remain well protected.
Titone joined Duke Energy in June 2019 from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in San Francisco, Calif., where she served as vice president of information business technology. In this role, she led technology delivery for all core business functions, including natural gas, electric, nuclear, energy supply, human resources, finance, supply chain, safety and environmental, security, risk management, legal and fleet operations. Titone was responsible for digital transformation, application and software delivery and operations.
Titone has a deep history in information technology with more than 22 years in positions ranging from project management, operations and application delivery to portfolio management across the hospitality, financial services and automotive industries.
Prior to her work at PG&E, Titone served in leadership roles at Volkswagen and Toyota, where she focused on software and project delivery, as well as strategic direction and alignment across multiple brands and countries.
Titone serves on the Board of Directors for Young Black Leadership Alliance and is passionate about access to education for diverse populations, expanding STEM programs and mentoring women in technology.
Titone also serves as host chief information officer for Apparo, a nonprofit in Charlotte that assists local nonprofits with leveraging technology to improve business processes to expand their social change in the community. In addition, Titone serves on the Governing Body for Evanta, a Gartner Company that aims to create communities for chief information officers and chief information security officers across industries to share innovation, validate strategies and solve leadership challenges.
Titone holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, Titone enjoys watching and playing sports and traveling with friends.
Assistant City Manager & Chief Information Officer, City of Charlotte
As an assistant city manager and the city’s chief information officer leading the Innovation & Technology Department, Reenie Askew oversees technology innovation, strategic planning and critical operations. She is focused on shaping the city’s technology vision, strategy and performance, and building on Charlotte’s reputation as a top-ranked digital city that leverages technology to enhance the resident experience, boost efficiencies, and increase government transparency and innovation.
The Innovation & Technology Department impacts every aspect of city government, and serves residents by prioritizing digital access, technology employment, and bridging the digital divide. Askew is raising the level and quality of city services by standardizing processes, transparency and staff development, always recognizing the importance of building people to achieve sustainable results.
Her senior leadership career spans public and commercial industries. She leads complex organizational and technology initiatives by unifying diverse teams and technologies. Askew is passionate about mentorship, helping professionals build self-confidence and encouraging the pursuit of life-changing education and career opportunities.
Sr. Vice President, M&S Consulting and Board Member, SIM Charlotte Chapter and SIM Women in Tech
Daidre Fanis joined M&S Consulting in June 2017 and serves as Sr. Vice President and Associate Partner. She has over 25+ years of IT leadership and technology delivery with both public and private companies of varying sizes and industries, and consulting.
Daidre began her career with Kraft General Foodservice where she advanced to several key positions focused on defining and implementing technology strategies, both internally and for clients. She then transitioned into telecommunications at a Charlotte-based start-up called US LEC which was later acquired by PAETEC Communications, and then ultimately Windstream. Throughout her tenure in telecommunications, Daidre led senior leadership positions with oversight of all technology enterprise business services, strategy and solutions delivery, including IT operational excellence, M&A due diligence and integrations, CRM & Billing/ERP transformations, robotics process automation solutions, and PMO. Daidre was also a member of the leadership team at AvidXchange where she led strategies to implement & enable scalability and growth for the hyper-growth company by way of technology and IT service delivery optimization.
Throughout her career, she has been both a recipient and a leadership mentor in Mentee-Mentor programs helping to define and develop other technology professionals, promote STEM development – particularly with girls and women of all ages, and has held a seat on UNCC’s Women in Computing panel for mentoring women students within the program. She has also led employee culture, community foundation and wellness committees at each of her companies. Daidre was a winner of the Charlotte Business Journal 2016 Women in Business Achievement Award, and was nominated for the Apparo Executive Community Outreach Leader award. She is passionate about supporting outreach and foundations such as STEM, Women in Technology, Apparo, Alzheimer’s Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Daidre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Information Technology from the State University of New York, and a MBA from Lynn University. She is also a graduate of the elite Society for Information Management (SIM) for executive IT professionals, is Past President, and is a current Board Member of the Charlotte SIM Chapter co-leading SIM Women in Technology.
Daidre and her family reside in the Lake Wylie area of Charlotte, NC.
Executive Director, STEM Funders Network
Errika is the inaugural Executive Director for the national STEM Funders Network. Previously she was the Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta leading the team focused on creating equity in education and workforce development for over 900,000 students. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of TAG-Ed (Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative) focused on K-12 STEM Advocacy throughout the state of Georgia, Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs for IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) – the only national organization focused on increasing the representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, the Vice President of Operations for the Gifted Education Foundation, Southwire, BMC Software and IBM.
Currently she serves on Florida International University Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board, as the Georgia co-lead for the National Million Women Mentors initiative, the Vice Chair for Project Scientist’s national Board of Directors, the University of Texas’ Parent Advisory Council, the Board Chair for Lab Atlanta, and the Board Chair for Ferst Readers. She also serves on the strategic planning committee for the National Center for Family Math, Georgia Department of Education’s Computer Science Advisory Council, Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Leadership Council, Georgia’s CTAE Industry Advisory Council, DeKalb County’s STEM Advisory Board, Sankofa Montessori’s Proposed Founding Board of Directors, and Inspiredu’s Education Advisory Council. She is a member of IT Senior Management Forum, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and the Atlanta Diversity Managers Affinity Group (ADMAG).
Previously she’s participated in the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Program specifically for Reimagining Innovation in STEM Education, and has served on the American Diabetes Association southeast regional board, Georgia Tech’s Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, Southeast PremierCIO Advisory Council, Literacy for All Steering Committee the STEM Learning Ecosystem National Advisory Council, and on the boards of Literacy Action, Georgia Tech’s Alumni Association, Per Scholars Atlanta, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She’s also served as the national President for the Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization, and the Southeast Regional Board Chair for Out Teach. And she has proudly served as a White House Fellow and as a track coach for middle school students.
She has been honored as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of the State, a Woman of the Year by Atlanta’s Women in Technology, as an Ecosystem Builder by the Tech for All Alliance, as one of the Top 40 Inspirers in America by InSpire Magazine, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and with several distinctions from her alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Founder & CEO, Project Scientist
Sandy Marshall is the founder, CEO, and visionary of Project Scientist, a national nonprofit that ignites girls’ confidence in their abilities in STEM. Project Scientist began with six girls in Sandy’s’s backyard, including her then 4-year-old daughter, Ellie. Sandy was founder and executive director of The NASCAR Foundation at the time and couldn’t find a program like Project Scientist for her daughter. From that humble beginning, Project Scientist now seeks to empower 500,000 girls, women, and non-binary individuals through STEM programs by 2040, inspiring the STEM workforce of the future in the United States, Mexico and beyond. A national speaker and advocate for diversity in STEM, Sandy has developed partnerships with leading universities and strong relationships with top STEM companies who believe in Project Scientist’s mission. Project Scientist was selected for the American Express Leadership Academy and has received an Acumen Civic Accelerator grant. Sandy’s favorite woman in STEM is botanist Ynes Mexia because she proves that you’re never too old to dive into STEM.
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It has been ten years since Project Scientist served its first cohort of six girls in Charlotte, NC and has since provided thousands of girls with an aptitude for STEM with the opportunity to cultivate their passion. This year Project Scientist hit an important milestone and served its 20,000th student. What was set out as an audacious goal will come to fruition in 2022. STEM girls are changing the world, and ALL girls deserve high-quality, hands-on programming, and female role models to help them reach their full potential!
Project Scientist began in 2011 with a dream to increase diversity in STEM by inspiring girls. We have grown from serving 5 girls in our founder’s backyard to serving 20,000 girls across the nation in over 26 states.
We created Project Scientist to change the world’s view of “who” a scientist is and “what” a scientist does. We aim to transform the face of STEM by nurturing today’s future scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow’s greatest challenges! Every second of a girl’s time with us is intentional and based off of the latest research of what drives and sustains girls’ interest in STEM. We are determined to reach STEM girls and hold their hand through their PhD or as far as their STEM dreams take them because we believe that the future of STEM is female.