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Women Tech Leaders Summit Recap

We brought together leading women across federal technology to discuss the programs and initiatives that are advancing the government mission. Federal and industry leaders addressed topics such as recruiting challenges and innovative technology that’s impacting the federal IT landscape.

Session Recordings

CDC's Next Steps for Interoperable Public Health


Public health leader Sue Lin discusses CDC’s vision for interoperable public health with the newest version of the National Public Health Data Strategy her office is leading. Hear her insights on leadership in the federal health community and how she sees technology shaping major initiatives to advance public health.


  • Sue Lin, Acting Deputy Director for Management and Operations, Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance, and Technology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Industry Perspective


Verizon Public Sector Senior Vice President shares insights on how to support technology transformation across various agency missions.


  • Maggie Hallbach, Senior Vice President, Verizon Public Sector

The Case for AI


There’s a lot of buzz around emerging technology and artificial intelligence. White House priorities for AI development advises how AI systems should be developed to be equitable for all Americans. Hear from federal leaders at the forefront of some of government’s most innovative technology programs discuss what ethical AI means for women and federal agencies overall and how to train on these new technologies.

Panel Speakers

  • Bridget Carper, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation, DOE
  • Kathleen Featheringham, Vice President of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning- Federal, Maximus
  • Kristen Honey, Chief Data Scientist, HHS
  • Stephanie Walker, Assistant Section Chief, Cyber Division, FBI
  • Dr. Kaeli Yuen, AI Product Lead, VA

Advice to Women Technologists from Women Tech Leaders


Ensuring women have a seat at the table is essential to drive meaningful progress across all sectors. Hear from some members of the Women Tech Leaders Working Group discuss qualities of being a leader in federal government, spearheading technology programs and how they are encouraging other leaders to champion similar initiatives.


  • Nicole Shiley Gilbride, Chief Strategy Officer, Office of Information and Technology, VA
  • Karen Howard, Executive Director, Office of Online Services, IRS
  • Christine Pacheco, Director of Federal Civilian Sales ,Equinix
  • Laura Prietula, Deputy CIO, Electronic Health Record Modernization Integration Office, VA
  • Debbie Stephens, Deputy CIO, USPTO
  • Kathryn Wetherby, Deputy Director, Marketplace IT Group, CMS

Developing the Future Workforce


The tech industry faces a critical need to fill technology and cybersecurity jobs nationwide, and women remain underrepresented in the technical workforce. Federal agencies have outlined strategies and goals to recruit a more diverse tech workforce to fulfill key initiatives like those around zero trust and artificial intelligence. Federal and industry leaders outline preparing for these workforce challenges and the role women will play in the workforce of the future.

Panel Speakers

  • Megan Baird, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, DOL
  • Caitlin Gandhi, Director and Co-Founder, U.S. Digital Corps
  • Vanessa Hunt, General Manager, Federal Market, IBM
  • Lynn Otis, Deputy Director, Cyber Forensics Lab, DOD DC3

Investing in Tomorrow's Innovators


Federal research agencies are standing up critical programs to advance health, energy, and national and economic security. Maintaining the U.S. competitive advantage in these missions requires more women in STEM R&D roles — and a sustainable workforce pipeline. Behind these high-stakes U.S. research programs is a growing demand to expand the talent pool essential to developing mission-critical technologies. Federal leaders share insights on the best ways to recruit and retain the R&D workforce of today and tomorrow.

Panel Speakers

  • Whitney Mason, Microsystems Technology Office Director, DARPA
  • Jennifer Roberts, Director Resilient Systems Office, ARPA-H

Flywheel Awards Presentation


The Flywheel Awards recognize federal leaders and their work in advancing government missions.

Award Winners

  • Rising Star: April Harding, Director of User Experience Services, IRS
  • Workforce Champion: Jessica Berrellez, Executive Officer, Office of Digital Transformation, FDA
  • Digital Transformer:  Judy Cecchetti, Supervisory IT Specialist, VA
  • Woman Tech Leader of the Year:  Sharon Woods, Director, J-6 Endpoint and Global Service Center, DISA
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jane Rathbun, CIO, Department of the Navy
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