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It’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and actually show them what it means to be a leader.
In partnership with SpotX, General Assembly is delighted to present a 'Women in Tech' panel discussion and complimentary screening of 'Dream, Girl', a documentary that follows the paths of five female entrepreneurs as they go from managing brand new startups to million dollar industries.
'Dream, Girl' traces the stories and shares the experiences of these female founders; from being underestimated by their male counterparts; to getting the courage to take the leap and quit their nine-to-fives; to funding and financing their start-ups; and taking a break from their careers to focus on families. Each woman has an authentic story unique to her individual experience, yet we learn our stories are interconnected in ways that uplift us all, in business and in life.
The screening is 1-hour long and will start promptly at 6:15pm (after you grab a glass of wine and some popcorn, of course!) Following the screening, our hour-long panel discussion features five female leaders in various roles in the technology space.
VP, Zayo Cloud,
Lisa Neal-Graves recently joined the Zayo Group as the VP, Zayo Cloud business unit where she is the leader and general manager responsible for growing this strategic product in support of the Zayo 3 C’s value proposition: connectivity, colocation, and cloud.
Prior to Zayo Group, Lisa held several executive leadership positions: Intel Corporation (In-house Legal Counsel), AT&T/Lucent (GM), Chase Manhattan Bank (SVP), and Unisys Corporation (VP). Neal-Graves holds a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Hampton University, an MS in Computer Science from Michigan State University, an ME in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado, and a JD with a focus on Telecommunications/ Technology Law from Colorado School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the state and district courts of Colorado and Arkansas.
Lisa was born in Chicago and raised in Denver, where she lived most of her life until she met and married her best friend, Tony Neal-Graves, over 24 years ago. Since her marriage, Lisa has lived in New Jersey, Oregon, and Shanghai, China prior to her return to Colorado to join Zayo Group. The Neal-Graves’ have a grown daughter, who is an incredible blessing and a bright spot for everyone she meets! Lisa is a lifelong learner who loves music, shoe design/shopping, reading, sewing, painting, and traveling.
Chief Operating Officer (COO),
Colorado Technology Association (CTA)
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Monica is responsible for all sales, marketing, and corporate engagement activities. This includes defining and designing a membership experience, as well as premier CTA events, that represents the very best in tech for Colorado's economy.
Prior to joining CTA, Monica was the Chief Strategy Officer for Colorado Office of Information Technology (OIT). In her role with the State of Colorado, Monica's responsibilities included development and execution of OIT’s overall organizational strategy ensuring alignment with the Governor’s Office and agencies’ goals. She also focused on attracting, growing and retaining IT jobs and businesses in Colorado and supporting the Secretary of Technology in promoting Colorado as the ideal location for technology based companies and workers. In addition, her efforts also focused on defining the overall broadband strategy for the State of Colorado and promoting coordination and collaboration activities across the state.
Monica brings more than fifteen years experience in the IT industry with proven strategy development, business operations and program/project management expertise. This included Chief of Staff for Oracle’s Global IT Service Operations, the organization responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. In this role, Monica was responsible for driving strategic goal alignment, organizational readiness, employee enablement and communications throughout the organization of 600+ employees. She also worked several years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. holding a variety of business, people and project management roles within IT Operations and Services.
Monica has a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Regis University in Denver. She also completed the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business 50 for Colorado Leadership Program. Monica is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal's 2013 Forty Under 40 awards and the StateScoop 50 Awards Golden Gov: State Executive of the Year.
Monica is a member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation Board of Directors and the Regis University College of Computer & Information Sciences Executive Advisory Board and is a previous member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Associate Board where she has volunteered with their Sports Buddies Program for more than ten years.
VP of Systems Operations,
Sarah brings over 15 years of experience in systems administration to SpotX. As the VP of Systems Operations, Sarah and her team are responsible for over 1,000 physical servers located in 4 separate data centers in 3 different countries. In addition to supporting the 5+ billion ad calls made each day, and ads served in 190+ countries, Sarah oversees the internal IT department which supports over 240 employees in 7 offices and 5 countries.
Prior to SpotX, Sarah worked as a Systems Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she lead a group of systems and network administrators. Sarah’s time at NOAA entailed managing relationships with multiple government agencies and leading projects that involved HPC, massive virtualization migrations and maintenance of all production Linux and Unix to support NOAA and NWS research and data.
Sarah graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Journalism and currently resides in the Denver Metro area with her husband and two kids.
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We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story? From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.
Dream, Girl tells the stories of amazing female entrepreneurs to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Zayo Group (NYSE: ZAYO) provides Communications Infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud services to the world’s leading businesses. Customers include wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies and finance, healthcare and other large enterprises. Zayo’s 114,500-mile network in North America and Europe, includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. In addition to high-capacity dark fiber, wavelength, Ethernet and other connectivity solutions, Zayo offers colocation and cloud services in its carrier-neutral data centers. Zayo provides clients with flexible, customized solutions and self-service through Tranzact, an innovative online platform for managing and purchasing bandwidth and services.
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