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Women Who Win is a monthly series featuring female-identifying entrepreneurial leaders speaking on topics related to personal and professional development, career transitions, startups, and more.
In this Women Who Win, panelists will share their personal stories about making big career transitions in pursuit of happiness.
Kenya Oduor, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenya Oduor partners with organizations, helping them to improve their user research, solution definition, and design practices and outcomes. She enjoys helping organizations define the set of Design Thinking practices that make sense for their organization, including team collaboration and design sprints, improved problem/opportunity definition, innovation, and user validation activities. Her career as a user experience practitioner and leader in the software solution space spans over 18 years. Dr. Oduor has a doctorate in Human Factors. Her training in Human Factors included coursework in applied experimental psychology, cognitive psychology and industrial engineering. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University, where she teaches Human-Computer Interaction.
Chief Information Officer,
North Carolina Central University
Leah Kraus has 30 years of experience in technology and education. Her work prior to being a CIO included: high school business teacher, K-12 program coordinator and director user services. In 2001 she was named CIO at Guilford College. From there, in 2007, Leah was hired by UNC Wilmington as Associate Vice Chancellor and later Interim CIO. Leah now serves as the CIO at North Carolina Central University where she started in 2014. There she is responsible for providing innovation, vision and strategic leadership for the campus. In 2019 Leah was nominated as CIO of the Year for the Women in IT Awards; in 2015 she was named Best CIO Public University by Triangle Business Journal. She has served on industry and non-profit Advisory Boards and has been an active speaker at industry events. She is engaged in digital equity work in Durham, NC and is a member of the North Carolina Digital Equity and Inclusion Council.
Events and Community Outreach Manager,
Pashara is the Events and Community Outreach Manager for StrongKey, a bi-coastal startup focusing on cybersecurity solutions for businesses across the globe. In her role, she manages live and digital events, handles community relations, and contributes to the organization’s PR needs. Prior to StrongKey, Pashara served as the Chamber Liaison for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce where she planned over 100 events a year ranging from 20-1000 guests covering all industries. She began her professional career as an associate for the Washington DC Economic Partnership in our nation’s capital focusing on administratively supporting the CEO, team and the organization’s events, conferences, and tradeshows.
VP of People,
Progressive People and Human Resources leader with a passion for building environments of inclusion. I received my Bachelor’s in Business Management and started my career in sales. I turned my love of relationship-building into a successful career in people development and performance optimization. I love the challenge of turning those connections into meaningful outcomes - increased company revenue, high employee performance and workplace productivity. Sales led me to The Motley Fool in 2007 where I experienced an amazing culture. The Motley Fool has consistently been viewed as a best place to work. The belief and everyday practice in putting employees first and leading with care opened my eyes to what corporate America can (and should) be. In 2017, I was the VP of People Operations at TransLoc where we were acquired by Ford Motor Company in January of 2018. Currently, I am Vice President of People and Human Resources at PrecisionHawk, a leader in the Drone technology industry based here in Raleigh, NC.
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