It’s well accepted that diversity in the workplace and in industry drives better results. While women are making strides in the technology sector, they are still greatly underrepresented. Join us for an in-depth panel featuring several of our region’s successful WoTech leaders. We’ll hear their stories and thoughts about some of the common misperceptions holding women back. We’ll also assess opportunities for advancement and the vital part role models play in encouraging women in the tech industry.

Our Panelists: 

Amy Ankrum

Amy Ankrum is President & CEO of Qualtrax, a compliance management software company. Amy has led Qualtrax since 2011, with a focus on creating an organization that embraces a results-oriented approach to culture to drive continuous improvement and increased market share. For over 20 years, Amy has had the opportunity to learn the pressures of heavily regulated industries and help introduce technology that improves quality of life. Amy is most proud that as Qualtrax has grown, the team has stayed focused on its unmatched commitment to the customer. Qualtrax boasts 97%+ customer retention rates and has doubled its subscription revenue each year since securing a $3M investment in 2017. When she is not enjoying her Qualtrax family, she loves going on outdoor adventures with her husband Andy and two sons. Amy is a graduate of Virginia Tech and proud to be growing the Qualtrax business in Blacksburg, VA.

Mary Miller

Mary Miller is the director of the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP), which identifies early-stage STEM-H companies and provides resources to accelerate their growth from across Region 2. Before becoming the director, Mary was the founder and president of Interactive Design and Development, Inc. (IDD), an information technology firm in Blacksburg, Virginia. Under her 29 years of leadership and guidance, the company developed information technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian. Dr. Miller received her Master’s in Information Sciences (MIS) and her Ph.D. in Instructional Design from Virginia Tech. She was recognized at the 75th Anniversary of Women at Virginia Tech as an outstanding woman alumna and was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni for Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. She serves as chair of the Virginia 4-H Foundation Board and is a member of the National Bankshares Board of Directors.  

Barbara Schleider

Barbara Schleider is vice president/ ACIO, and the Senior leader responsible for IT operations at Carilion Clinic, a nationally recognized non-profit healthcare system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. With over 650 licensed physicians employed throughout the nine hospitals in the system, Carilion Clinic is positioned to provide quality care and services for nearly one million residents in Western Virginia. Barbara is a proven strategic and innovative leader that translates business strategies into IT needs to exceed the best interest of clients, caregivers, and employees. She is an expert in healthcare IT, developing HIT strategies, clinical integration, and new healthcare application technologies, with a proven track record of creating increased efficiencies through design and implementation of enterprise technical services. Barbara has previously served as the Information Systems Director for Technical Services with Kettering Health Network, as well as various roles with Adventist Health Systems/Florida Hospital throughout her professional career. She obtained a B.A. in Communication from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters in Health Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.


Moderated by Jenna Lazenby

Jenna is a brand consultant and marketing strategist who helps companies, executives, employees, and entrepreneurs nurture their brands, share their stories, and achieve their goals. In her role at B2C Enterprises, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, Jenna works with a diverse range of clients from start-up entrepreneurs, to technology and financial corporations, healthcare companies, and universities to develop high-value and innovative brands that reach target audiences and gain a competitive advantage. Her experience has taught her the importance of cultivating a brand that is unique, authentic, and credible. She is passionate about helping protect and guide a client’s brand reputation as if it were her own.



Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Farmhouse | 285 Ridinger St, Christiansburg, VA 24073

RBTC Member $25.00
Non-Member $50.00
Students (with Valid Student ID): $16

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