an exclusive conference for

women in tech

Excel | Disrupt | Learn | Include
February 20, 2020 at Conrad Bengaluru
Thank you to all the speakers and attendees for making it an incredible conference!
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the world needs more women technology leaders. This is where the journey begins.

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Invest a day in nurturing your true potential

Join 500 women technologists at Target Elevate, brought to you by Target India Corporation Pvt. Ltd. The event was the result of asking ourselves a simple question: Why are there so few women in technology?

Back in 1876, Elizabeth Bragg defied convention to become the first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering.1 133 years later, we’re still working on increasing the equitable representation of women in technology. There's a need for a dedicated platform for women in technology to come together, excel at what they do, empower themselves with the skills to push the boundaries of what’s possible, learn from each other and form a support system to co-create and co-succeed.

With Target Elevate, we hope to build a network of talent that will flip diversity in technology on its head and empower women with the same right to succeed as anyone else. So, when it’s time for you to look for your next big career leap, it’s your skills that are taken into account, not your gender.

We have taken great care in choosing topics, workshops and speakers that will give you a professional edge and help you grow personally. Some of technology’s best minds, women leaders and global change makers will be at the event to elevate, mentor, inspire and empower you. Learn new technical and leadership skills. Find new perspectives on navigating your career. And discover innovative ways to disrupt thinking and excel at what you do.

Take that day off from work and invest it in YOUR future.

our aim: to give you the right platform to network and grow

The themes are curated to spark meaningful interactions, so you can choose your sessions based on how you want to succeed.

excel

excel

Everyone’s talking about technology and transformation as differentiators. But how can you make it happen for your team and business? The track unlocks insights on customer centricity, building the right teams and staying ahead of the curve.

disrupt

disrupt

As AI, ML and similar cutting-edge technologies transform the world, what role do you play in harnessing their powers? Our Disrupt speakers push you to challenge what’s possible with a look at futuristic technology and a cross-pollination of ideas.

learn

learn

Gear up for reinvention and reskilling as you get hands-on with DevOps. Build your own digital brand and channel your inner storyteller to pitch ideas effectively. And leverage our mentors to gain insights, without making your own mistakes!

include

include

Stereotypes and glass ceilings: both are meant to be shattered. This track is all about challenging status quos fearlessly, being mindful, learning endlessly and creating an inclusive culture. Go ahead, make your own version of history.

speakers

Kamran Elahian Kamran Elahian

Kamran Elahian

Founder and Chairman,
Global Innovation Catalyst LLC

Kamran Elahian

Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst LLC
Kamran advises governments on the transition from fossil-based to sustainable innovation economies. He has co-founded 10 companies, of which 3 were Unicorn IPOs. Kamran believes that communication technology can be instrumental in bridging the social and political differences among people. He founded Schools-Online, a non-profit that has provided computers and internet access to more than 6,400 schools in 36 countries, and co-founded Global Catalyst Foundation, that aims to improve lives through the effective education and empowerment of youth, with a special emphasis on young women.
Tammy Redpath Tammy Redpath

Tammy Redpath

Senior Vice President and President, Target

Tammy Redpath

Senior Vice President and President, Target
Tammy began her career at Target in 1990 in stores teams and later held leadership roles in the marketing organization. Before becoming the president of Target in India, Tammy was a senior vice president of marketing, leading a global creative and operations team with disciplines in strategy, digital, project management, production and experiential marketing. She was named president of Target in India in 2017 and has been instrumental in creating a strong cross-functional relationship between the Bangalore office and Target’s Minneapolis headquarters.
Lakshmi Pratury Lakshmi Pratury

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder and CEO, INK

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder and CEO, INK
Lakshmi is a story collector and people connector, a writer who loves interviewing people and a lover of the human spirit. She founded INK as a platform for innovation that identifies game changers across disciplines, allows them to share their stories and works with them to turn some of their amazing ideas into reality. Before INK, Lakshmi held various roles as a corporate executive with Intel, a social entrepreneur with The American India Foundation and a co-host of TED India.
Atul Jalan Atul Jalan

Atul Jalan

CEO and Managing Director, Manthan

Atul Jalan

CEO and Managing Director, Manthan
Serial entrepreneur, technologist, author, futurist, science-storyteller, bicycle-builder and sometime poet, Atul Jalan has lost neither his childhood curiosity nor fascination. He is a much-heard and published voice on analytics and emerging technologies. Day job aside, Atul’s primary area of interest is the intersection of man’s biology with the technology he has created. His latest book on this subject, ‘Where Will Man Take Us?’ is a runaway bestseller. Atul is a popular speaker on futurism – and sometimes, an indefatigable one.
Farzana Haque Farzana Haque

Farzana Haque

Global Head - Strategic Business Accounts, Tata Consultancy Services

Farzana Haque

Global Head - Strategic Business Accounts, Tata Consultancy Services
Farzana is deeply invested in creating global brands and multi-billion-dollar organizations out of India. As the founder of Stree Shakti, a platform for women entrepreneurs in India, Farzana’s also committed to getting more women on boards. Her work as a woman leader and advocate for women in society has earned her a nomination to the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’.
PC Musthafa PC Musthafa

PC Musthafa

Co-founder and CEO, iD Fresh Food

PC Musthafa

Co-founder and CEO, iD Fresh Food
Dropping out of school, graduating from IIM Bangalore, setting up a food company backed by Azim Premji – Musthafa’s journey to creating iD Fresh Food is full of anecdotes and life lessons on temerity and focus. He believes that technology, design and innovation are essential ingredients for a packaged food company. Today, about 40,000 kilos of batter are consumed per day in Bengaluru alone, which plays right into Musthafa’s vision to convert all Indians to an Idli-Dosa breakfast. Hear all about it and his journey at the conference.
Gayatri Jolly Gayatri Jolly

Gayatri Jolly

Founder & Creative Director, MasterG and HEIMAT

Gayatri Jolly

Founder & Creative Director, MasterG and HEIMAT
Having worked for renowned global fashion houses as an assistant creative director and designing one of Lady Gaga’s dresses as a part of the design team, Gayatri founded MasterG in 2015. It’s a design and skill development organization that trains women from marginalized homes in apparel design and garment creation. Heimat is the organization’s first private label brand. Hear all about her social entrepreneurial journey and how MasterG is lifting families out of poverty.
Mike McNamara Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara

EVP and Chief Information Officer, Target

Mike McNamara

EVP and Chief Information Officer, Target
In less than 5 years at Target, Mike McNamara has transformed technology’s role across the organization. He heads a team of more than 3,000 Team Members and drives company performance by providing fast, reliable and innovative technology solutions for a variety of applications, platforms and environments to support guests and team members. Mike is also the head of Target’s e-commerce business and oversees the company’s digital strategy, that creates inspiring and engaging digital experiences for Target’s guests.
Dr. Saundarya Rajesh Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

Founder-President, Avtar Group

Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

Founder-President, Avtar Group
Dr. Saundarya is an entrepreneur who calls Pondicherry home. With a PhD in Human Resources, Dr. Saundarya has made a name for herself in the area of flexible working, second careers for women and increasing women's workforce participation in India. She was instrumental in bringing the Working Mother Media Group’s Best Companies for Women study to India. The study has been around for more than three decades!
Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty

Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty

Life Coach and Wellness Consultant

Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty

Life Coach and Wellness Consultant
From being a biological scientist to becoming a researcher and writer on wellness, Dr. Sujata’s journey has been multi-faceted and adventurous. She is a certified life coach, with a bachelor's degree in genetics and a PhD in toxicology.
Dr. Sujata has worked extensively in deciphering and understanding the mind-body connection. At Target Elevate, she brings her experience as a wellness expert, a mother of two and a multitasker to conduct a session and mentor attendees into a healthier, happier mind space.
Aditi Awasthi Aditi Awasthi

Aditi Avasthi

Founder and CEO, Embibe

Aditi Avasthi

Founder and CEO, Embibe

Aditi loves building things that can create a huge dent in the universe. It’s perhaps the reason why she founded Embibe, an AI platform that personalizes the delivery of education to students in emerging markets. Deep stack on content intelligence using computer vision, student intelligence built using custom neural networks, culminating in mentor intelligence which leverages the other two... If you’re thinking women in technology, she’s definitely someone to interact with.
Anuradha Madhusudan Anuradha Madhusudan

Anuradha Madhusudan

Senior Director, Creative Production, Target

Anuradha Madhusudan

Senior Director, Creative Production, Target
Anuradha comes with more than 17 years of experience in retail, design management and creative execution. She was instrumental in setting up the CGI capability for the enterprise and helped create a global working model for creative execution. In her current role, Anuradha oversees the production of creative content for Target’s digital portfolio – including running the in-house photo studio, oversight of global studio operations, leading the global team for CGI, imaging & post production and setting up video as a capability.
Rachel Whitcomb Rachel Whitcomb

Rachel Whitcomb

VP, Portfolio Solutions, Target

Rachel Whitcomb

VP, Portfolio Solutions, Target
Rachel is a veteran technology leader, with experience in leading teams that build and operate software for a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, education, marketing and healthcare. At Target, Rachel leads a global team of technologists who build complex, large scale and high-performing systems that enable Target's complex supply chain operations. Building diverse, creative and committed teams, setting a clear and consistent technology strategy; and then giving her teams the autonomy and resources to do what they do best is Rachel’s focus.
Farhana Haque Farhana Haque

Farhana Haque

Group Director – Devices, Microsoft

Farhana Haque

Group Director – Devices, Microsoft
As a thought leader, global sales strategist and new-age technology enthusiast, Farhana Haque is committed to helping Microsoft’s partner ecosystem harness the capability of the tech giant’s platforms to build solutions that empower the intelligent edge. She also helped set up the IoT line of business for Vodafone India. An active mentor for startups and an avid philanthropist, Farhana champions unlocking the human potential to disrupt and find one’s true north. If you’re interested in IoT, she’s the one to connect with.
Hari Menon Hari Menon

Hari Menon

Co-founder and CEO, BigBasket

Hari Menon

Co-founder and CEO, BigBasket
It would be fairly accurate to say that Hari Menon, a BITS-Pilani alumnus, transformed how people ‘go’ grocery shopping. BigBasket today is the country’s largest online supermarket, delivering more than 2,50,000 orders per day to 10 million customers in 26 cities in India. According to him, the key to the success of BigBasket lies in the company’s deep understanding of the grocery and perishables supply chain, constant innovation using technology and unmatchable customer service. Hear more about it during his session!
Dr. Vishal Rao Dr. Vishal Rao

Shalini Sankarshana

Senior Executive Vice President, Broadridge

Shalini Sankarshana

Senior Executive Vice President, Broadridge
Strategic transformation and building high-performing, global and multi-dimensional teams is Shalini’s area of expertise. For more than two decades, Shalini has built a wide variety of large-scale enterprise software products and solutions with multi-cultural teams for global clients in capital markets, wealth management and asset management verticals. Catch her sharing some insights on forming teams that are diverse and driven.
Dr. Vishal Rao Dr. Vishal Rao

Dr. Vishal Rao

Chief of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery, HCG Cancer Center

Dr. Vishal Rao

Chief of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery, HCG Cancer Center
Dr. Vishal Rao wears many hats – inventor; Chief of Head Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery; international advisor to the WHO Tobacco Free Initiatives; and recipient of several high-caliber global and national awards. He has 13 patents filed for his innovations in medical devices, drugs, techniques and theories. Dr. Vishal is the man behind Aum Voice Prosthesis, a speaking device for throat cancer patients that is considered as one of the top 100 global social innovations. His list of achievements is so illustrious that we’re left quite speechless!
Kiran Khalap Kiran Khalap

Kiran Khalap

Co-founder and Managing Director, Chlorophyll Brand Consultancy

Kiran Khalap

Co-founder and Managing Director, Chlorophyll Brand Consultancy
Kiran lives by French idealist philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s words: To create is to unify. As a brand consultant, his creativity has been used to define and manage more than 250 brands, including advising the Indian government on the creation of the Aadhar strategy and identity. A critically-acclaimed author of three fiction books and an avid rock climber with a species of spider named after him (look up Thelcticopis Kirankhalapi), Kiran’s all about exploring one’s personal brand and bringing it to life in different ways.
Nivedha RM Nivedha RM

Nivedha RM

Founder and CEO, Trashcon Labs Private Limited

Nivedha RM

Founder and CEO, Trashcon Labs Private Limited
Nivedha founded Trashcon at the age of 21 and has turned it into a company with large-scale global impact today. She invented the world’s first, completely automated, mixed municipal waste segregation unit that has been recognized globally by the World Bank, Red Cross, UNDP and the Embassy of Israel. In fact, the World Bank has also recommended that her invention be used by several developing countries. Currently, Nivedha’s partnering with the Airport Authority of India to carry out a mega zero waste project at Chennai Airport. Her single focus: a pure, clean environment for future generations.
Vidya Vox Vidya Vox

Vidya Vox

YouTuber and Singer

Vidya Vox

YouTuber and Singer
Back when mashups were all the rage, one voice stood out from the rest: the voice of Vidya Vox. Her mashup of ‘Closer/Kabira’ clocked 55 million views in seven months. Vidya's mashups have since gained worldwide recognition from the likes of Major Lazer and Diplo, as well as publications like Billboard, LA Times, Vogue and NPR. Her recent sophomore release ‘Mad Dreams’ is a continuation of Vidya’s desire to create songs that fuse contemporary and traditional notes. See her live and hear her talk about how technology’s blending seamlessly into music.
Shankar Tucker Shankar Tucker

Shankar Tucker

American Clarinetist & Music Composer

Shankar Tucker

American Clarinetist & Music Composer
After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, he was awarded a grant by the Frank Huntingdon Beebe Fund to pursue his ambition to adapt the clarinet to Indian classical performance. He studied under Hariprasad Chaurasia in the summer of 2010, and went on to compose as well as produce music that blends jazz, pop and Indian classical. He joins Vidya Vox on stage in a memorable talk/performance to share how technology’s changing the music industry.
Naveen Kumar Mr Naveen Kumar M

Naveen Kumar M

Leader, DevOps and DOJO, Target

Naveen Kumar M

Leader, DevOps and DOJO, Target
In his 12 years at Target, Naveen has gathered diverse career experiences – from enterprise automation consulting to setting up functional and performance automation capabilities. He’s a professional coach on building a product mindset, engineering practices, software architecture patterns, agile delivery and leadership skills. Naveen currently leads DOJO, Target’s immersive learning experience in India that shapes a new approach to thinking around design, products and guest experience.

workshops & mentoring session

The Art of Storytelling

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder and CEO, INK

Discover key tools and techniques to understand the role of play in business, work on hands-on theater exercises, learn to be your own superhero and use the nuances of storytelling to present ideas or inspire action.

What’s Your Personal Brand?

Kiran Khalap

Co-founder and Managing Director, Chlorophyll Brand Consultancy

Identify and build Brand You using a DIY approach to defining and communicating your personal brand. Equip yourself with the right know-how to unlock the potential of your personal brand and become an influencer.

Living the DevOps Mindset

Naveen Kumar M

Leader, DevOps and DOJO, Target

Get hands-on with the practices and solutions that can help automate the processes between software development and IT teams to streamline innovation. Git account is mandatory.

Lead by Example

Target leaders

Gain more than 300 years’ worth of cumulative experience and insights from Target leaders who are experts in their fields and lay the foundations for a long-term mentor-mentee relationship that goes beyond the conference.

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venue

Conrad Bengaluru
25/3, Kensington Road, Someshwarpura,
Halasuru, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
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