Sun, Mar 10


Pour Choices

Who Run the World? Girls: Women Disrupting 2019

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Time & Location

Mar 10, 2019, 12:30 PM

Pour Choices, 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Session Description

What does a disrupter look like? Through grit, creativity, and ingenuity, women are transforming industries across the country. Join us for this conversation with change-makers from finance, healthcare, and communications and entertainment, as we unpack the essential ingredients, challenges, and exhilaration of innovation--and what it means to be a woman while doing it.


Lisha Davis, Vanguard Innovation Studio

Lisha Davis is the Head of the Innovation Studio at Vanguard, overseeing the strategy and execution of enterprise innovation goals. She leads a team comprised of Strategists, Project Leaders, Business Partners and Innovators who focus on delivering proof of concept solutions for the innovation portfolio and works to spread the use of innovative methodologies throughout the enterprise. Previously, she worked in the High New Worth retail division where she and her leadership team oversaw a $65B client base and was also responsible for evolving the client experience across various channels including digital.

Ebony Lee, Comcast

Ebony Lee is Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, leading strategy, financial analysis and portfolio management of new growth initiatives for Comcast. She is also responsible for building partnerships and programs for startups and other industry disruptors to accelerate innovation at Comcast. She joined Comcast in 2008 as a founding member of Comcast’s award-winning, cloud-based X1 Entertainment Operating System and was also the operations lead for the innovation technology joint venture with Verizon Wireless.

Rose Ritts, MS, PhD., Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

As Jefferson’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Rose Ritts leads the Jefferson Innovation Pillar and is a member of the President and CEO’s senior management team, along with the leaders of the Jefferson Clinical, Academic and Philanthropy Pillars. Dr. Ritts also manages the commercialization staff for the Office of Technology Transfer and the Jefferson Accelerator Zone which designs educational and programmatic entrepreneurship initiatives and experiences for Jefferson faculty, staff and students. In addition to her role at Jefferson, she is an active early stage investor. Dr. Ritts received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned both her PhD and MS degrees from Stanford University.

Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions

Tracey is a sought after expert, advisor and advocate for women in technology. She is co-founder and CMO of Philadelphia-based open source software firm Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology. In addition to her work at Chariot Solutions and TechGirlz, Tracey is a founder and current chair of the annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference (ETE), which attracts world-renowned thought leaders in cutting-edge technologies and co-founder of Women in Tech Summit (WITS). She is also a founding board member of Philadelphia Startup Leaders, board member for the Creating IT Futures and WXPN radio, and was honored as one of “40 Women to Watch over 40” worldwide.

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