Alexandra S. Levine is a reporter covering the intersection of technology, government and public policy — as well as the broader crosscurrents between Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. She currently reports on these topics for POLITICO, where she also writes POLITICO’s popular daily newsletter, Morning Tech. This year, she is focused in particular on how tech is shaping the 2020 U.S. presidential election. I sat down with ask her about her role as a journalist covering the tech world and to learn how she has seen topics surrounding women evolve within the areas she covers. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign
Brenna Berman is working to make cities happier, healthier and more productive. She currently serves as the CEO & Executive Director of City Tech Collaborative in Chicago, Illinois, an urban solutions accelerator looking to improve cities and turn them into places where technology helps drive innovation, inclusion, and collaboration for all. Before joining City Tech, she worked in the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where she served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to 2017. Brenna began her career at IBM where she worked to promote government innovation. We sat down with her to learn more about what has influenced her career, her work at City Tech and other projects she enjoys.
Nalini Polavarapu has always been interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to solving challenges on a global scale. She currently works as the Head of Data Sciences – Customer Centricity at Bayer. With a strong foundational background in STEM coursework, she developed a lifelong passion for AI and agriculture, that she has been able to combine when she began her work as Bayer’s first data scientist over 10 years ago. Since then, the team has vastly expanded and the overall data science community within Bayer Crop Science alone employs 700 + people. We sat down with her learn more about her experience as a woman in the tech industry and advice she would give to women looking to follow a similar path. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign
Anita Selvakumari is an experienced professional in the information technology and services industry. She has been working at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, for almost 20 years. She currently serves as a client partner and began her career at TCS in 2000 as a program manager. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and running. She is a 2-time Ultra Marathoner and 7-time Marathoner. I sat down with her to learn more about her work at TCS and her experience as a woman in the technology field. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign
The Digital Empowers campaign, a partnership between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Tata Consultancy Services, aims to raise awareness on digital technologies, foster cross-sector partnerships, and explore the art of the possible.
On November 7, 2019, Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson joined the Chamber Foundation for a forum to discuss the state of civic knowledge, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. This is an excerpt from his remarks to the audience.