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Board of Directors

Denise Russell Fleming, Director

Denise Russell Fleming is the Vice President of IT for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In this role she is responsible delivering business value through the creation and execution of IT strategy and roadmaps, customer advocacy, business strategy alignment and technology leadership. She also has responsibility for supporting the growth of Boeing’s business by partnering with the BDS team on IT-related revenue generating programs. Her team also focuses on delivering efficiencies for BDS programs leveraging data analytics and other technology enablers. Denise serves as member of the leadership teams of the CIO of The Boeing Company and also the President & CEO of BDS.

Before joining Boeing, Denise was the Vice President of Application Solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. In her role, she had responsibility for full lifecycle management of all IT applications supporting 30,000 employees. She was accountable for portfolio management, roadmap development, project management, implementation and maintenance of all corporate business systems. During the balance of her six year tenure at BAE Systems, Denise served as Vice President of Business Technology & Transformation where she was responsible for developing transformation strategies to align technology investment with business goals. She was focused on introducing enterprise-wide technology, governance and centralization of IT resources to deliver efficiency and cost savings. Fleming’s team was accountable for Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, business relationship managers and internal marketing of new IT capabilities to the business.

Previously, Fleming held several executive positions during her thirteen year career at Sprint Nextel. Her last role was Vice President of Network Service Management where she had global responsibility for operational performance and service quality of the wireline and wireless networks. Previous roles include executive positions in marketing strategy, customer care, sales engineering and program management for Sprint’s federal government business, P&L and operations for wireless service and repair in retail stores nationwide, strategic alliances and Chief of Staff for the Chairman & CEO. She also held an officer role with responsibility for managing the profitability for the company’s $6B wireline platform.

Ms. Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University. She also completed an Advanced General Managers Program at the Insead Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Fleming currently serves as the chair of the advisory board for Women in Engineering at the University of Maryland, is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council, serves an Executive Champion for Boeing Women In Leadership in the Potomac Region, was awarded the 2012 Women of Color Technology Award for Career Achievement in Industry and is a 2014 inductee into the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Hall of Fame.

Nicole Grogan, Director

Nicole Grogan is the chief people officer at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where she is accountable for the human resources and corporate communications organizations. She is the executive sponsor for IV’s women’s community, mentoring circles, and employee-led activities geared at building community. Through her leadership, the human resources organization actively participates in driving business results while engaging with employees to build a culture that is unique to IV.
Prior to joining IV, Nicole spent nearly a decade at Cisco Systems, most recently as head of human resources for the company’s global engineering organization of more than 25,000 employees. Her previous roles include leading human resources for Cisco in Europe and a variety of assignments at Cisco, Honeywell, AlliedSignal, and Prudential Financial.
Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Bing Han, Director

Bing Han grew up in Ottawa, Canada where she savored the intentionality of four distinct seasons enjoying Tim Horton’s, Beavertails, and poutine. In 2010, Adobe relocated her to the Bay Area where she continues to love working for one of the world’s most innovative companies, as ranked by Forbes.

Driven by a desire to solve and scale complex challenges in enterprise software & B2E (everyone, everything, everywhere) technology, Bing is a passionate social media & Account-Based Experience marketer with a keen interest in helping to create imaginative and scalable interlocks between marketing and sales organizations.

She has led the creation of Adobe’s Social Selling practice; empowering sellers to use social networks to generate leads, close more and bigger deals, and create best-in-class experiences for prospects and customers.

She is a strong advocate for girls and young women in STEM, and served as a professional mentor for TechWomen, a U.S. Department of State sponsored initiative created by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Bing holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a French minor from Carleton University, and an Executive Education from Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Amrita Kapoor, Director

Amrita currently serves as the Director of IT Risk and Compliance solutions in Snowflake, where she is responsible for helping assess and respond to various risk and regulatory requirements. Prior to Snowflake, she spent over thirteen years in PwC’s Assurance practice primarily serving companies in the technology industry. She has extensive consulting experience in areas such as Financial Statement audits, Internal Audit, Data Analysis and Digital Risk and Compliance solutions. While at PwC, she was a strong advocate for Digital upskilling and presented at various panels on digital innovation, audit automation and quality. 

Amrita is a long time resident of the Bay Area, California and currently lives in Sunnyvale with her husband. She earned a B.S. in Corporate Finance Management from San Jose State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a licensed Chartered Public Accountant. 

Maria Kaval, Director

Maria Kaval is a Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Corporation with over 20 years experience. She started her career as a software engineer at Siebel Systems, and after Siebel Systems was acquired by Oracle in 2005, she has held various positions in Software Development at Oracle, recently focusing on UI Development for the Cloud. At Oracle, Kaval is also a Community Leader for the Oracle Women's Leadership initiative and helps lead up Oracle's participation in the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Kaval holds 4 patents in the area of Software Engineering.

In her spare time, Kaval is a Girl Scout leader, focused on empowering girls, via camping trips, STEM projects, and community service to help them grow up to be compassionate, courageous and confident. She plans to take her Girl Scout troop to London in the summer of 2017.

Born in Sweden, and raised in Newark, California, Kaval earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She is a long-time resident of Menlo Park, CA and lives there with her husband and two daughters.

Rhonda Morris, Secretary

Rhonda Morris is Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Chevron. Rhonda joined Chevron’s Human Resources Development Program in 1991 and went on to hold various positions of increasing responsibility. In 2007, she moved from Human Resources to become general manager of Europe Marketing in London.

In addition to Techbridge, Rhonda serves on the board of directors for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management and the East Bay Agency for Children. She also serves on the advisory board for several Chevron employee networks.

Rhonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Natasha Rosenblatt, Director

Natasha Rosenblatt is the Director of Data Strategy at Community Center for Education Results that supports a community-wide effort, the Road Map Project, to drive dramatic improvement in student outcomes in South King County and South Seattle. She has more than 20 years of experience developing large-scale data initiatives that leverage multi-source, complex databases to address community needs. Her prior work includes developing healthcare-related data warehouse and reporting products.

Natasha holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Leadership Tomorrow class of 2016. 

Christopher Scarborough, Director

Chris is an Investment Banker with CODE Advisors, a next-generation investment bank focusing on the intersection of media and technology.  Prior to joining CODE Advisors, Chris was a Director at Credit Suisse where he focused on technology-focused merger and acquisitions.  His principal responsibilities included sourcing and qualifying potential new clients and transactions, conducting comprehensive company and industry due diligence, performing valuation analysis and executing transactions. He has supplemental experience in numerous financing transactions including IPOs, follow-on offerings, convertible debt issuances, and bank and high-yield debt financings.  Chris earned his Economics, Finance, Real Estate and System Engineering degrees at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karriem Shakoor, Chair

Karriem Shakoor is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Underwriters Laboratories, LLC. At UL, he holds global responsibility for strategy, development and management of the company’s technology and information assets including enterprise architecture; data/analytics, systems development and technology operations. Mr. Shakoor has more than 18 years of IT management experience in a variety of industries. Before joining UL, he was VP, Information Technology for Ameriprise Financial with responsibilities for IT service delivery for their property & casualty insurance division. Before joining Ameriprise, he was CTO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI. Mr. Shakoor has held positions of increasing responsibilities at Electronic Data Systems, Sprint E-Solutions, and Arvin Meritor.

Mr. Shakoor holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration from WalshCollege in Troy, MI. He serves on the board of Chicago United and is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), Black Data Processors of America, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Mr. Shakoor was recognized in 2009 as a Crain’s Detroit 40-Under-40 leader, in 2010 as a Michigan Chronicle FP30 rising leader in Detroit, and in 2012 as a Top100 Under 50 emerging leader by DiversityMBA Inc.

Erik Verbeek, Director

Erik Verbeek is a senior leader at Autodesk, whose software powers the visions of engineers and designers across industries such as Architecture, Engineering and Construction and Manufacturing. At Autodesk, Erik is accountable for the Global Customer Success team which consists of teams across North America, Europe, Asia and Japan. One key element that has been instrumental to his success has been a focus on "Diversity and Inclusion" within his teams. Erik believes that the best ideas come from the broadest perspectives and having individuals around the globe who can share their unique point of view makes teams and companies better. Prior to Autodesk, Erik has held senior leadership positions in several large technology companies in Silicon Valley such as Adobe Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec and Veritas Software.

Erik holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and lives in Northern California with his wife and young daughter.