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Friday, April 20, 2018

Elizabeth Hackenson, Chief Information Officer, Schneider Electric

Providence - Keynote

Elizabeth Hackenson is Chief Information Officer at Schneider Electric. She has over 30 years of experience leading technology operations and initiatives across large-scale complex organizations. Prior to joining Schneider Electric in 2017, Elizabeth had held three major CIO roles. From 2008-2017, she was CIO at AES where she was responsible for multiple transformational teams. Prior to that, she was CIO and Senior Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent (2006-2008) and CIO and Executive Vice President for MCI (2004-2006). Elizabeth is based in Cambridge, Mass.


WE Local Power Hour
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Providence - KeynoteShannon O'Brien, Co-founder and President of BeeDoo Cloud Services

Shannon Patricia Elizabeth served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1987 through 1993, in the Massachusetts Senate from 1993 through 1995, and was the Massachusetts State Treasurer from 1999 through 2003. In that last position she became the first woman to be elected in Massachusetts to statewide office by her own accord.

Following her political career, she joined Boston-area local television station WLVI as a consumer advocate. She left there in 2005 to head the Boston Area Girl Scouts, and as such was the CEO of the Patriot's Trail Girl Scout Council covering Greater Boston.

Shannon is now a consultant to early and growth stage technology companies providing business development and strategic advice. She is also the co-founder and President of BeeDoo Cloud Services.

WE Achieve Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Providence - KeynoteSierra Barter, CEO & Co-founder, Lady Project

Sierra Barter is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Lady Project. Ms. Barter serves on the Board of Directors for The Lady Project as board chair, mentor with Year Up, adviser to the Millennial Professional Group, a TEDxProvidence speaker and volunteers with Friends of Homeless Animals, fostering rescue dogs.  She has previously served on boards for Girls on the Run RI, Summit Neighborhood Association and StyleWeek Northeast.

Sierra Barter has been honored as one of Providence Monthly's "10 to Watch", listed as Rhode Island Monthly's "Most Powerful Women" and the YWCA "Woman of Achievement in 2014, one of Glamour's 'Hometown Heroes" in 2015 and as "Leading Women" by Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. In 2015, she was appointed by  Mayor Jorge Elorza to serve on the City of Providence's "Millennial Task Force."

A Wisconsin native, Ms. Barter moved to Providence in 2005 to attend Johnson & Wales University. She graduated in 2009 with her BS in Marketing & Advertising Communications. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Johnson & Wales University.

Sierra lives on the East Side of Providence with her two dogs, Lucy & Dee Dee and enjoys practicing yoga, a good craft beer and eating Mexican food whenever possible.