Breaking Into Your Career in Tech

A Women in Tech Panel Discussion & Networking Mixer @ Queens College

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When

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where:

Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
Dining Hall – Patio Room
See directions below

Long Island Women in Tech (LIWiT) & Queens College presents:

BREAKING INTO YOUR CAREER IN TECH

A Women in Tech Panel Discussion & Networking Mixer

 

Students, Industry Professionals and LIWiT members are welcome to join us as we discuss a variety of careers in technology and how to get started early in your education or even mid-career.

Our Panelists:

Renee Tarun

Renee Tarun

VP of Information Security @ Fortinet

Phyllis Palleschi

Phyllis Palleschi

Strategic Account Manager @ NetScout Systems

Shreya Mathur

Shreya Mathur

Product Marketing Manager @ IBM

Marissa Schuchat

Marissa Schuchat

Operations Specialist, Digital and Technical Innovation @ StoryCorps

Directions:

The event is at Queens College in the Dining Hall Patio Room. Please enter on Kissena Boulevard or Reeves Avenue and walk towards the Dining Hall. Campus Map with the Dining Hall highlighted in YELLOW is here –>

Visit the Queens College Website for driving directions.

Please note, if you plan to drive, parking is limited. We have a few parking passes left, please email liwomenintech@gmail.com with the following info about your car to secure your spot:

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About Our Panelists:

Renee Tarun

Renee Tarun

VP of Information Security @ Fortinet

Ms. Tarun is the Vice President of Information Security, Fortinet Inc. Her focus areas include security compliance and governance, enterprise security, and product security.

Immediately prior, she served as Special Assistant to the Director, National Security Agency, for Cyber and Director of NSA’s Cyber Task Force.

Ms. Tarun has served as Senior Cyber Strategist in joint DoD-DHS organization for orchestrating joint efforts in operational planning, policy, and strategy, for cyber issues.

She served as the Protect Data and Networks and Operational Resiliency Portfolio Lead for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information and Identity Assurance. Previous assignments include serving as a computer scientist, information technologist, and a variety of policy, programs, and resource jobs.

Phyllis Palleschi

Phyllis Palleschi

Strategic Account Manager @ NetScout Systems

Her success in the world of corporate enterprise and her personal business philosophy can be traced back to the lessons she learned working directly with customers and assisting in the operation of her family’s wholesale and retail fruit and vegetable business in Queens, New York.  It was there she learned to respect, serve and especially listen to customers. Working summers and weekends with her family helped her understand and respect the value of hard work. This foundation allowed her to quickly become a successful and recognized professional in the highly competitive northeast New York Metro technology market. In this market she gained her expertise and the ability to work on complex projects for some of the most respected Fortune 500 and 100 companies. Phyllis has superior communication skills and her expertise in network and application performance monitoring, telecommunications, UC, session management and high performance network systems has led her to succeed in meeting and exceeding sales targets. She has been recognized for her sales skills and success on many occasions.
Phyllis Palleschi is a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. She was recruited by Nortel and remained there until a series of mergers and acquisitions brought her first to Wiltel and then to Williams Communications Solutions and NextiraOne. In September, 2005 she was recruited back to Nortel where she served as Global Accounts Manager until March of 2010 when Nortel Metro Ethernet Business was acquired by The Ciena Corporation.  At Ciena, a global supplier of telecommunications networking equipment software and services, Phyllis worked as a Strategic Account Manager. In January 2013 Phyllis moved on to Sonus where she ran the Northeast region of their enterprise business until 2015.  She is currently with Netscout a leading provider of business assurance, a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity and business intelligence solutions. She is Strategic Account Manager covering the Global financials and has made the prestigious president club for the last 2 out of the 3 years.
Phyllis served on the Long Island Elite board for 12 years. A founder of the organization, she was named “Member of the Year” in 2012 in recognition of her charity and mentoring activities. She is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” Award from the Long Island Business News. She resides with her husband, Edward, and their four children in East Rockaway, NY.
Shreya Mathur

Shreya Mathur

Product Marketing Manager @ IBM

Shreya is passionate about tackling human problems by using technology and creative ideas at scale. Defining and building products that make people happy while addressing critical business, social and/or personal needs is a driving force in her ambitions. A self taught SQL, Python, and Javascript enthusiast, Shreya has transitioned into a tech career in order to be an active contributor and leader in a burgeoning field. She has specific interests at the intersection of blockchain, AI, and cloud based technologies. Shreya is particularly motivated to encourage more women into tech careers and is happy to discuss options with those who are starting out or are considering a switch.

Shreya received her MBA with Distinction from NYU Stern and is currently a Product Marketing Manager at IBM. She was previously in product management at a startup and has portfolio management and risk management experience from her time at Citigroup & Goldman Sachs.

Marissa Schuchat

Marissa Schuchat

Operations Specialist, Digital and Technical Innovation @ StoryCorps

Marissa is a recent career-changer and relative newcomer to the tech industry.  She initially pursued a career in the travel industry, after having obtained her BA in philosophy from James Madison University.  She went back to school to obtain a Computer Science degree from LIU Brooklyn and now feels she is on the right career path.  As a student at LIU, she worked internships in web development, IT support, and Product Management in the nonprofit, education, and enterprise software sectors, respectively. In her final semester, she led the team that won the BE.IN Hack Brooklyn Innovation Challenge for their Wi-Move sensor.

Marissa successfully transitioned into full-time employment at StoryCorps, where she now works as a Digital Operations Specialist. In this role, she acts as the utility infielder for the digital team, handling web development, troubleshooting, and QA of StoryCorps’ app, tools, and websites, as well as coordinating releases and launches of both internal and external systems.  She spoke on a panel at the Grace Hopper conference earlier this year and is eager to share what she has learned in the tech industry thus far.