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September 22 - Women in STEM

Written by Amanda Rogers on 31 July 2015.

AITP San Diego's Women in STEM Leadership

altHosted at The Doubletree Del Mar 

11915 El Camino Real
Del Mar, CA 92106

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

11:30AM - 1:00PM


$35 - Member
$45 - Non-Member
$15 - Student in-transition 
$55 - At the Door

Schedule: 11:30 - 12:00 Network and lunch
12:00 - 1:00 Panel discussion


Come join AITP San Diego as we host a very special Luncheon in September.  We are showcasing the fabulous careers of our 6 panelists who come from diverse areas of interest.  Our panel represents women in science, technology, education and startups in the STEM space here in San Diego. 



Sharon Floyd EdD - MODERATOR

Assistant Professor
School of Business and Professional Studies
Brandman University, Chapman University System

Dr. Sharon Floyd, is an accomplished and results-oriented Human Resources, Training and Organization Development professional with over 20 years of experience demonstrating effective collaboration with key stakeholders, executive HR management and HR business partners, on a variety of corporate initiatives; developing targeted solutions to achieve company-wide business objectives. She is a dynamic practitioner with a record of success in the area of employee engagement, and with specialty in the following competencies: employee engagement, leadership development, mentoring, project management, and program development. 

Sharon’s work experience spans a variety of industries including financial services, aerospace and defense, and higher education.  Over the course of her career she has led a number of cross-organizational teams to improve and transform organizational practices. Most recently she led a team in the standardization of onboarding practices for a large defense organization, significantly impacting an environment onboarding approximately 800 employees per year, reducing the organization’s carbon foot-print by $54,000 annually.

Dr. Floyd has a passion to see individuals fully engaged in the workplace.  She recently completed her doctoral work which focused on employee engagement practices that lead to retention in the workplace. The cross-generational study explored the engagement practices that millennial, generation X, and baby boomer information technology professionals perceive as important to retention in the workplace.  She holds an education doctorate in Organizational Leadership, and is an Assistant Professor, for the School of Business and Professional Studies with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System. 


Bimala Tullock

Sr. Manager, Champion Enablement
At ServiceNow

Bimala Tullock was raised in Portland Oregon with hippy parents and a fear of all things “high-tech” but with a love of science, psychology, and patterns.  Full disclosure - she’s still trying to figure out Bluetooth!  

After venturing to Silicon Valley in the late 90’s (with a 4 year old in tow) she was dared to take the leap into “high-tech”.  Not one to back down from a dare she dove in, fully terrified, but determined.  Quickly she realized that technology wasn’t about complicated things. It’s about simplicity and translating what we do every day into something that could be tracked, measured and even automated so that people could concentrate on more complicated, meaningful tasks and (hopefully) help the world – family, friends, or beyond.  She was hooked!

Technology for technology sake hasn’t been her driving passion but rather technologies that provide overall improvement of our day-to-day lives, simplify the way we get stuff done, and solve problems. 

Bimala’s career focus has included: Creating a Global Champion Enablement & customer success programs to assist customers with solution adoption and expansion 
Translation of business requirements to implementation requirements of technical solution to solve business issues
Restoration and re-commissioning of historic properties 
And importantly… Partnering for a balanced life, home and family


Lelli van den Einde PhD

Teaching Professor
Department of Structural Engineering
UC San Diego

Lelli Van Den Einde is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego. She teaches many undergraduate design and mechanics courses and incorporates education innovations such as flipping her classroom, Peer Instruction using iClickers, and Project-based learning. She prepares graduate students to become next generation faculty, providing them with guidance on good teaching and mentoring practices. Lelli also serves as the faculty advisor to student organizations such as the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers, and is the current Vice President of the local Earthquake Engineering Research Institute chapter where she is leading initiatives in school earthquake safety and developing an earthquake scenario that predicts how San Diego and Tijuana will fare after the next big earthquake.  Lelli is passionate about fostering a supportive enviornment for diverse students and training students to become ethical professional engineers.  Her research focuses on engagement strategies for large classrooms and developing K-16 curriculum in earthquake engineering and spatial visualization.---


Emilie Hersh

Principal/Founder Unbuttoned Innovation
Former CEO @ InterKnowlogy

Emilie Hersh’s 20+ years of accomplishments and experience span consulting, technology startups, and more extensive team leadership across a number of industry verticals. She has successfully led Sales, Marketing, IT, Finance, Project Management and Operational Excellence teams throughout her various roles, including that of CEO.  In her current role as Principal / Founder of Unbuttoned Innovation, she works with companies around the globe to help them maximize employee performance, strategy execution, technical innovation and cultural excellence in order to drive exceptional business outcomes.

Ms. Hersh earned an MBA from the University of San Diego, with emphases in Project Management and Supply Chain Systems. Additionally she was honored with the Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award in 2011 for her philanthropic work at USD and throughout the community. She continues her alliance with the University of San Diego’s School of Business by mentoring students, and speaking to graduate classes on a wider variety of topics.

Ms. Hersh remains committed to a number of organizations, both locally and nationally, that align with her passion of melding people, business, and technology. She was recently awarded the CLIMB (Center for Leadership and Mentorship Building) “Outstanding Business Leader Award” from the College of Business Administration at California State University, San Marcos. In addition to being a frequently requested speaker and lecturer on topics including technology, leadership and innovation, her affiliations include:

Microsoft – Voices for Innovation Advisory Task Force
Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM), College of Business Administration
Co-Instructor for “In the Executive’s Chair” at CSUSM (fall 2013 – current) 
Board Member, Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF)

Chair, Fund Development Advisory Committee
Executive Board Member, Athena San Diego 
Co-Chair, Technology Special Interest Group

Youth soccer coach (recent past)
Girl Scout Troop Leader (recent past)

Ms. Hersh can be reached at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  619.889.4053 Twitter: @EmilieHersh


Leslie Fishlock

Founder & CEO Geek Girl

Disruptive sardonic rabble-rouser, CEO @GeekGirlCamp, Lover of Capitalism, Aussies, $AAPL, Halloween, military hardware & stainless steel kitchen appliances…

Leslie is best known as the Founder & CEO of Geek Girl, everyone’s favorite resource for empowering women in tech, supporting startups and making technology easy to understand and use for everyone from 8-88. Geek Girl accomplishes this through its highly touted, localized Geek Girl Tech Conferences around the country, workshops, seminars, consulting, Help Desks, and Geek Girl for Hire.

Leslie’s vision for education, evangelism, entrepreneurialism, and empowering women is apparent when you meet her. Leslie prides herself on being “the resource”, and will share everything she knows about entrepreneurialism, startups, growing your business and tech trends with anyone who asks. She is overly, nay, abundantly passionate about Geek Girl and spends every minute of the day trying to come up with new ideas for the female-powered organization to serve everyone; female and male.

Leslie has been involved in internet startups since the first DotCom bubble in 1997 in Boston and has been a champion for startups as well as women in tech since then. Prior to Geek Girl, Leslie was the Marketing Director for financial web startup StockTwits, and previous to that was at the helm of Genevate, a web applications company she and business partner and geeky boyfriend, Chris Corriveau started in 2002. (They are both still talking to each other.)

Leslie now calls San Diego her home, along with said geeky boyfriend and their three devoted but highly manipulative Australian Shepherds Nano, Duke and Pepper. When they aren’t working on their own startups, you can find them supporting, mentoring and investing in other startups around the country, taking long walks on San Diego beaches with their dogs, practicing their 2nd amendment rights and eating fish tacos.


Sally Allain

Director External Alliances-Immunology
at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies 
of Johnson & Johnson


October 29 - 7th Annual Cloud Conference

Written by AITP Editor on 01 March 2015.

Save the Date!

The AITP Conference Committee is busy planning the 2015 AITP Conference. It will be October 29, 2015 at the Town and Country in Mission Valley.

AITP Partners with the SDSU AITP Chapter for Workshop Series

Written by AITP Editor on 06 March 2015.

The San Diego Chapter of AITP is partnering with the SDSU AITP Student Chapter to provide a series of workshops and activities to benefit soon-to-be technology graduates.  On February 25th two members of the San Diego Chapter – Sharon Floyd and Jared Sanderson, provided a 2-hour workshop which focused on the best practices of resume writing, and provided tips and tricks in preparing for a job interview.  Future activities include a workshop with Y’vonne Ormond, a visit from Matt Mower, CIO at Point Loma Credit Union, involvement at the March 24 AITP Career Event, and the SDSU Career Day on April 17. 

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