Women in Technology Roundtable: A Summit LeaderStories Event

Tuesday Feb. 24

6:30 p.m.

Location: Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall

Taken together, our panelists posses decades of experience in the technology field.  Panelists will share their journey, lessons learned, and thoughts about how women are shaping the technology industry today. Following the roundtable, panelists will engage in discussion with students about how they can become the next generation of leaders in technology.



Roundtable Participants

Delores K. Barton, Spelman College CIO

Delores joined the Spelman College Team in 2002 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Media and Information Technology. She served as a Co-Chair of the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group for 10 years and she has participated on several SunGardHE Executive Summit panels. She was a member of the Regional EDUCAUSE programming committee and will serve as a member of the EDUCAUSE 2016 Annual Conference Program Committee. She was also a member of the Women in Technology (WIT) on Campus advisory board and currently a member the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Prior to joining Spelman College, Delores retired from the IBM Corporation after 31 years of service. She is a graduate of Clemson University.

Claire Lewis (Yum) Arnold, Leapfrog CEO

Yum Arnold founded Leapfrog in 1998 and serves as its CEO, bringing a wealth of experience in high-growth business development and long-range strategic planning to the Leapfrog team.

Prior to starting Leapfrog, Yum acquired a local distributor of consumer goods to convenience stores and mass merchandisers through a leveraged buyout. Yum spent the next 15 years building it into one of Georgia’s five largest privately held companies. As its CEO, she expanded the company from a traditional one-warehouse distributor into a multi-faceted corporation with nine operating divisions. Yum aggressively worked on behalf of her industry, serving on the board of its trade association and as its President and Chair. The industry recognized her several times with leadership and business awards.

Prior to this, she spent nearly 10 years with Coca-Cola USA, where she was the marketing manager for Coke’s first plastic beverage containers and also held several positions in sales, sales management and long-range planning.

Yum serves on the Board of Trustees of EARTH University Foundation, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Spelman College, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and Leadership Atlanta. She is also on the Board of Visitors of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as well as its Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, and on the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center, the Board of Directors of one NYSE firm, and the board of the Technology Association of Georgia. Yum is also a member of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, serving as its treasurer. Yum served for many years as a Trustee of Mary Baldwin College and The Westminster Schools, serving as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, and also as the Chair of the Board of The Georgia Conservancy. She’s past President and past Chair of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and past Chair of the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center. Yum has served on a total of six NYSE-listed firms.

She has been active in Young Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives’ Organization, The National Conference for Community and Justice, and The Committee of 200, and as a mentor to younger women in the Atlanta business community. She was named the 2002 Small Business Person of the Year by the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Business Chronicle and received the 2004 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award for outstanding performance as a corporate director. In 2006, Yum was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women and in 2009 received the Rotary Club of Atlanta 's Armin Maier Community Service Award.

Yum earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, as well as a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mary Baldwin College in Stanton, Virginia and has attended numerous programs at The Harvard School of Business.

Kashi Sehgal, Co-founder, Gigabark

Kashi Sehgal is Co-Founder and CEO of Gigabark – a mobile messaging consulting company specializing in phone, text message, and survey solutions, automating business processes, standardized web offerings, and custom solutions.  She has also helped start two non-profits.  The Mentor Walk, where she serves as Program Director, was started as an effort to reduce the high school drop-out rate in Georgia and increase awareness of opportunities for students’ futures.  She is Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships for Music For Tomorrow – launched because of the immediate relief needed by jazz musicians due to Hurricane Katrina and is now an online band booking service providing economic opportunities for jazz musicians.  She also serves as EVP of the Campus Community Partnership Foundation and Principal of KTrain – her consulting services company specializing in strategic planning, visioning, and start-up strategy.

She serves as a Board Member of Georgia’s WIN List, an organization committed to helping elect progressive women candidates in Georgia, and for WonderRoot, a non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change.  She is also a member of the Sustainability Committee at The Lovett School, an Advisory Board member of the Fulton County Career & Technical Education Council, and a member of the Innovation Committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Mobile City initiative.  She serves as Director of Programming and runs the annual Digital Atlanta conference.

Kashi grew up in Atlanta before heading to Washington, DC to attend George Washington University for college where she has a degree in Psychology and minors in Communication and Music (Voice).  She returned to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech for graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She worked for Accenture for several years before starting Gigabark.  Kashi is actively engaged in the Atlanta community. She is a member of the 2013 LEAD Atlanta class and volunteers her time with CARE, Acumen Fund, and other organizations in her community.

Moderator: Neta Counts, Associate Vice President for Technology, Agnes Scott College.


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