panel | TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER | 18:30-19:15 | Salon Cartier - Level 3

Diversity and Inclusion: Bring the Thunder

Session Recording

About Session

Join us for drinks and nibbles while learning how you can bring daily acts of inclusion to your personal and work contexts.

Lightbend has partnered with sponsors and the tech community to bring you an expert panel of speakers focused on how individuals can create more inclusive environments.  This format, pioneered by Meraki, has proven to stimulate awareness and individual action so we’re thrilled to continue to bring the thunder.

Panelists will be sharing personal stories along with research knowledge to provide insight into how to create an inclusive environment in day to day work.



Naomi Davidson

Trybe, CEO

Naomi Davidson is the CEO & co-founder of a startup building tech to fuel a more inclusive & meritocratic workplace. Naomi brings 13 years of business leadership to her role as CEO from McKinsey, Pixar, Khan Academy and LinkedIn.

Mona Eldam

Morgan Stanley, Global Head of the Transactional Data Team

Mona Eldam is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Global Head of the Transactional Data Team which manages the firm critical Institutional Trade Capture databases among many others and is responsible for the OTC Derivatives Trades Internal Reporting. Mona joined the Firm in 1999 as an Associate in Ops Technology, and has since held a number of roles within various Technology divisions. Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, Mona was a consultant on state government financial systems, allowing her to live and work in several states including Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mona earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Science for Information Systems from NYU. She lives in New York and enjoys traveling and hiking.

Tara Hernandez

Google, Senior Engineering Manager

Tara Hernandez is a specialist in software engineering infrastructure and was an early promoter of what came to be known as the Continuous Integration revolution. Her most notable stint was at Netscape Communications Corporation where she initially helped develop new developer tools such as Tinderbox and Bugzilla, both of which were later released to the public as open source along with the Netscape browser codebase as part of the creation of At one point she ended up at Pixar Animation Studios where her team reinvented much of the development infrastructure to handle the challenges of writing software in a film production environment. She then moved on to do Systems and Build Engineering at Linden Lab, doing really Fun Things(tm) with deployment pipelines and cloud technologies for virtual worlds. She is now at Google, working to help create a really cool cloud developer platform. In her copious amounts of free time she blogs hopefully useful things about engineering management, is an Associate Board member of Women Who Code, and hosts the 'Women Who Code Radio' podcast.

Mike Kelland

Lightbend, Vice President, Global Services

Mike Kelland leads Professional Services for Lightbend and brings over 15 years of software industry experience to Lightbend. Mike was most recently the CEO of BoldRadius Solutions, a services company focused on the Lightbend Reactive Platform. Prior to that, Mike was an early employee or founder in a variety of technology companies working in the infrastructure, custom software, network security, web development and hardware sectors where he excelled in creating successful growth through curiosity, culture and focused execution. Mike holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Sushila Sahay

Lightbend, Vice President, Customer Operations & HR

As a Peruvian born Canadian of Indian heritage with a passion for business, technology, and human connection, Sushila is often the only woman of color in the room. Striving to have a positive impact on everyone with whom she interacts, she has spent over 25 years with tech companies and forged a successful career leading global teams and initiatives for Silicon Valley startups. Currently she leads all Customer and Employee Success teams globally, as VP, Customer Operations and HR at Lightbend, Inc. A classically trained singer, she holds an MBA with Honors in Strategic Management from the University of Alberta.

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