NPower Women's Leadership Breakfast Was A Great Success!


NPower Women’s Council Members, Speakers and Attendees

On April 3rd in New York City, NPower Women’s Council hosted their first signature event. The audience and speakers represented all sectors of technology:  financial services, mobile, startups and young women just embarking on their careers in technology. “New York City is poised to be the next global tech hub and NPower is in a great position to help the tech community expand its reach and be part of the solution to close the tech gender gap” said Gail Fierstein, NPower Women’s Council Co-Chair and Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs. 


Gail Fierstein, NPower Women’s Council Co-Chair, Former Managing Director,
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

The breakfast was a great first step in bringing the broader tech community together.  A dynamic set of speakers provided powerful messages of encouragement and inspiration and addressed an audience of over 140 women to keep pursuing their dreams and to help other women do the same.


Keynote Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science, CornellTech NYC and co-Founder

Laura Sherbin, Executive Vice President  from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) Research kicked off the morning event with a presentation of "The Athena Factor” a research project that examines the career paths of women with advanced degrees in science, engineering and technology. 

 Laura Sherbin, Executive Vice President, Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) Research

The Keynote address was presented by technologist and pioneer Deborah Estrin. The final portion of the program introduced the audience to NCWIT’s Sit with Me campaign. Panelists’ shared their career journey while sitting in the symbolic red chair. The red chair recognizes the important role women play in creating future technology. Discussions sparked a call to action for women at all levels of their careers to become champions and advocates for the rising generation of women technologists.

     Sit With Me Panelists: Sue Ericksen, NPower Women’s Council Co-Chair, CIO, New York Life Insurance Company, Kelly Hoey, Founder Women Innovate Mobile ,  Avis Yates Rivers, President & CEO, Technology Concepts Groups International, LLC,  NCWIT Board Member (Moderator), Mary Fernandez, AVP Software and Information Systems Research, AT&T Labs Research

NPower Women’s Breakfast Attendees

NPower Women's Council would like to thank event partners NCWIT, Center for Talent Innovation, Cornell NYCTech and venue host JPMorgan Chase.