Alana Karen is an award-winning tech leader, author, and speaker whose work impacts many of our everyday lives. From Google Search to Ads, Fiber to Google Grants and beyond, Alana has been leading the charge to develop, scale, build and drive team and product development that has seen a rippling industry impact. Alana has spoken at conferences and summits on technology, leadership, DEI, talent and innovation. Her book, Adventures of Women in Tech: How We Got Here and Why We Stay, aggregates hundreds of stories on these topics as well. She lives with her three children, husband and two dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As the Global Head of Women’s Community & Programs at Google, Elise oversees the strategy to ensure women have thriving careers and feel like they belong at the company. She manages the Women@ Employee Resource Group with 20,000 members with 120 chapters around the world. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Communication, and held prior roles in Marketing. She is also an executive coach and frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion, mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
Syreea Hughley is the Manager of Google Fiber Customer Engagement Training where she is responsible for managing a team of dynamic training professionals that launch customer service and sales training programs across the US. She was also recently responsible for the general operations, business planning, and staffing for the Google Fiber Academy located in Atlanta, GA. The Google Fiber Academy was a 25,000 square foot Learning Center where Google Fiber vendors’ technicians travel from around the country to the Google Fiber Academy to take courses including how to provide high quality customer service, the best techniques for installing Google Fiber, and the most helpful ways to demo products for customers. Prior to joining Google Fiber, Syreea worked at Turner Broadcasting Systems (now Warner Media) where she was responsible for managing Learning and Development for information technology applications and global training initiatives for 17,000 employees. Working in Learning and Development for over 20 years, Syreea has a true passion in exploring interactive learning methodologies and implementing blended learning experiences that provide training audiences with the tools that they need to be successful. She holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a BS in Biology from Hampton University. She currently resides in McDonough, GA with her Husband Martel, and their two kids, Miles and Megan.
Janine Lee is a Global L&D Manager in the Google Data Center organization, leading programs in talent pipeline, onboarding experience, leadership development, and innovation mindset. She has 15+ years of experience in learning & development, digital transformation, business operations, process automation, and change management. Janine is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Advanced Black Belt and Certified Executive Coach. As a UC Berkeley Haas MBA Graduate and USC Doctor of Education (EdD) 2023 Candidate, Janine has been lecturing for 7+ years as an Adjunct Professor at top universities including the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Santa Clara University, and the UC Berkeley Center of Executive Education with over 150+ students in 25+ countries all over the world. Her curriculum was featured in Google’s App Primer to 24 million users and 10 different countries. Janine also holds two patents, and is passionate about design-thinking herself!
Julissa Ramirez is a Technical Program Manager at Google in the DCIO Hardware Quality and Reliability team. Her team focuses on improving quality across all of Google’s Cloud platforms for our Data Centers. Prior to Google she worked at Intel as a Technical Program Manager on the Drones team, a Global Product Manager for Intel processors, and an Industrial Engineer in the Intel Mask Ops labs. Before Intel, she was a Manufacturing Engineer at Northrop Grumman managing manufacturing operations on the Submarine “Missile Launch Tube” program, and served as a Continuous Improvement Lead for the Launcher SBU Marine Systems department. Julissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology, a Master of Science in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY, and a Green Belt in Six Sigma. An advocate for women and underrepresented minorities, she is a co-founder and the Executive Director of LISTAS, a Bay Area non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women in STEM fields through mentorship and exposure. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Google’s Latinx ERG – HOLA. Julissa is a recipient of Google’s 2019 Connect Impact Award. In 2018 she was selected by her Alma Mater, The Rochester Institute of Technology to receive their Alumni Rising Star Award. She was a recipient of the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility’s 2016 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award. In 2015 she received an Intel Division Recognition award, and was the recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) in 2014. In 2013 she was an honoree and recipient of the Silicon Valley Latino “Top 40 under 40 Latinos to watch” award for Science and Technology