Programming Committee

Core Team


Manager, Member Company Programs, Entrepreneurs Foundation

Caitlyn is the Manager, Member Company Programs for the Entrepreneurs Foundation, devoted to supporting the philanthropic and engagement efforts of Austin’s tech and startup community. After graduating The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Political Science, she has worked with entrepreneurs to build sustainable organizations through operational management. Being involved at the startup level fostered a deep sense of appreciation...


Founder & CEO, ImpactDEI

Christine McCarey is a recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leader, public speaker, and recovering lawyer. She is the founder & CEO of ImpactDEI, a management consulting company that helps organizations embed DEI into systems, processes, values, and culture.

Before ImpactDEI, Christine founded and led RetailMeNot’s D&I Program with the support of committed colleagues. The Program redressed systemic and individual...


CEO, Entrepreneurs Foundation, CEO & Co-Founder, Culturati

Eugene Sepulveda is the CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director and partner in Capital Factory and the founder of Culturati. He also serves as a senior advisor & the campaign treasurer for Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He previously served as the President and CEO of Marfa Public Radio and as co-chair of President Obama's LGBT Leadership Council. He currently serves on the national finance council for former HUD Secretary Julian...


CEO, The Mentor Method

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. Using a double-blind algorithm, The Mentor Method is closing the opportunity equity gap in the workplace. Her company won Capital Factory's Women in Tech Challenge, is a MassChallenge Texas Gold winner, and has been featured in The Washington Business Journal,...

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CEO, DuFresne Solutions Group

Jenny DuFresne, CEO, DuFresne Solutions Group, a leadership training firm that supports CEOs and mid-level managers build great teams, reduce employee turnover, and create a thriving company culture. Jenny served 10-years in the United States Marine Corps. As a trailblazing leader, she founded the one of the first all-male public charter elementary schools in the US. Jenny writes about her experience in her bestselling book From Empty to...


CEO, JDI, and Co-Founder and Co-Head of Programming, Culturati

Josh has spent his career making sure that what’s important gets your attention. Today he is Founder and CEO of JDI, a boutique marketing consultancy focused on emerging technologies. Their clients over the years can be found here. Josh is also well-known as a co-founder of The Daily Dot, and currently serves on its Board. The Daily Dot is an online newspaper covering Internet culture, and one of the fastest-growing online media ventures of...

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Founder & Chief Catalyst, Curious Catalyst, Inc.

A framework generalist and network entrepreneur, Kaz uses pattern recognition and agile prototyping to uncover blind spots and identify opportunities. The founder of Curious Catalyst, and the daughter of two rockets scientists, she excels at turning inquiry into impact and thrives in ambiguous contexts. Kaz designs experiences to build leadership and human-centered design capacity and spark innovation. She is a founding member of the Guild of...

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Vice President, JDI

As Vice President at JDI, I focus on operations and culture. I oversee our finances, lead our professional development program, and serve on our recruitment team. I steward company and team health.

JDI calls upon my writing, teaching, and problem-solving skills on a daily basis. Although I love serving our clients directly, most often I create internal systems and processes. What fuels me is my desire to make JDI a place where everyone...

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Founder, MMN Consulting

Michael has a deeply rooted passion for building and guiding positive workplace cultures, and supporting individuals and teams to achieve their best. As the founder of MMN Consulting, Michael provides unique services to corporations, non-profit organizations, start-ups, and local businesses. His specialties include HR services and strategy, retreat planning and facilitation, coaching, event management, and customer service...


Vice President, JDI and Co-Head of Programming, Culturati

As a Vice President at JDI, Rebecca is focused on creative services: from copywriting to graphic design and code, from photography to film and audio production. She has spent a decade as both a verbal and a visual communicator, helping companies large and small craft a narrative that speaks volumes.

She's a marketer by trade, but an artist at heart. The majority of her experience lies in emerging consumer technology, with a particular...


Director of Strategic Programs, Notley Ventures

Savannah is the Director of Strategic Programs at Notley Ventures. Notley’s mission is to scale and support businesses, nonprofits, individuals and programs making positive change in the world. Previously, she led Diversity & Inclusion efforts at Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas.

Before moving to Austin, Savannah spent years working in the nonprofit space in Los Angeles and helped launch the...


Advisory Team


Vice President, Global Human Resources, National Instruments

As vice president of global human resources, Cate Prescott partners with the executive team to position HR as a strategic change agent that collaborates with the business in delivering its results. With a strong commitment to drive philosophies and programs that bring NI’s culture to life, Prescott and her global team use the company’s People Platform as a foundation to ensure employees remain core to NI’s success. ...


Founder, The Creative Executive

As the founder of The Creative Executive, Jen Spencer helps creative companies, executives and teams take their professional and personal successes to the next level.

After working in advertising for close to a decade and seeing the unique challenges facing busy, creative leaders, Jen became a certified Results Coach and founded...


Sr. Manager of Culture & Experience, Turner Studios

Kyle Stapleton is Sr. Manager of Culture and Experience for Turner Studios, the creative production engine that supports WarnerMedia brands like TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, NBA TV, truTV, CNN, Bleacher Report, and more. There he fosters an environment that empowers top creative talent to connect fans to what matters most. This entails working across the employee life...


Managing Director, Creative Executive Coach, The Creative Executive

Lauren Dearing Russo, M.A., coaches, teaches, and speaks at The Creative Executive, in Austin, TX. Her work empowers creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives to step into their visionary role and have a meaningful impact on their world. With expertise in academia, advertising, non-profits, and social justice organizations, she has over a decade of experience cultivating effective and meaningful change for individuals,...


Leadership Coach

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Head of Conference Programming, SXSW

Todd Hansen has spent his career chasing what interests him. The chase began by playing in bands in the Minneapolis music scene, and with those relationships in play: a record label was born. Co-founding a record label gave rise to other fast-paced pursuits in the consulting and entrepreneurial worlds. Later, he started a couchsurfing platform for bands, pre-AirBnB, called Better Than The Van, and soon after that created an intensely popular...