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2014 Women & Technology Conference Breakout Session: Learn To Lead Like Your Career Depends On It

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Ilana Diamond


The 2014 Women & Technology Conference will feature a panel of outstanding regional women leaders who will share their best practices for developing leadership skills. Are you selling yourself short?  Are you pushing hard enough to move forward, lead, and grow in your position? Join the discussion on “leaning in,” the steps to finding a mentor, achieving the elusive goal of work-life balance, and the importance of community and political savvy.


TechConnect is proud to welcome to this panel the following experts:

Ellen Cappellanti, Deputy Managing Member, Jackson Kelly

Ellen Cappellanti assists clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; has been recognized by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a preeminent Corporate/M&A lawyer, and by The Best Lawyers in America®. As committed to her community as she is her profession, she is a member of WVU’s Board of Governors and serves or has served on the boards of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the Clay Center of the Arts and Sciences, Advantage Valley, Discover The Real West Virginia Foundation, and the Charleston branch of BB&T.

Ilana Diamond, Managing Director, Alpha Lab Gear;

Ilana Diamond is Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear, a Pittsburgh-based start-up accelerator that provides physical product companies with investment, mentorship, and connections.  Prior to Gear, Ilana was CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics company.  In 2010, Ilana negotiated the sale of Sima and transitioned operations to the new owners.  Earlier in her career, Ilana was a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she provided clients with strategy advice, turnaround assistance, and merger and acquisition support.  Ilana holds a BA in Biological Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Audrey Russo, CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Since 2007, Audrey Russo has led the technology business sector for SWPA as President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the oldest & largest technology trade association in North America. Russo facilitates strong interaction across all sectors of the economy. She has an MPA from Syracuse University and a background in IT, and operations & finance, having worked at Alcoa, Reynolds Metals, and MAYA Design.  Russo is the Board Chair for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, serves on the Regional Industrial Development Corporation, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, CityLab & the Power of 32 boards. Russo also co-hosts TechVibe Radio show.

Join us for the 2014 Women & Technology Conference at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WV, October 16-17. You can register and visit the conference website here. Sign up today and share this with colleagues who share your interest in encouraging and supporting women and technology! We look forward to seeing you in Wheeling Oct. 16-17!