Jenny DuFresne (Chair) is a transformational leader, speaker, and serial entrepreneur. She is CEO, the DuFresne Solutions Group, a leadership development and training company. The DSG team has trained more than 3,000 mid-level leaders and managers to increase impact, improve communication, and build great teams. DSG is a solutions-focused company with five sector expertise in commercial, nonprofit, Federal government, trades organizations, city and state government.
Jenny’s leadership foundation, built during 10-years of service in the United States Marine Corps, is a powerful compass for women leaders. As a Marine, she learned the importance of integrity, taking care of people, and leading by example.
A trailblazing entrepreneur and leader, Jenny is recognized for founding and leading the only all-male public charter elementary school in Washington, DC, and the only all-male early childhood program in the Nation. She is the bestselling author of the book From Empty to Overflow: 5 Radical Actions Women Leaders Use to Rejuvenate, Grow Profits, and Inspire People. Jenny holds degrees from Harvard University and George Mason University.
Mr. Stephen Elkins (Immediate Past Chair), Microsoft, Client Director. Stephen served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). As CIO, Mr. Elkins oversees the Department’s use of information technology to improve performance and manage risk across the City’s overall organization. Mr. Elkins leads the Department’s enterprise architecture, information systems, information technology governance, security, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department. Mr. Elkins has been selected for numerous awards since being appointed as CIO. Most recently he was named One of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2015 by Government Technology.
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, joined Huston-Tillotson University as President and Chief Executive Officer July 1, 2015. Dr. Pierce Burnette is an experienced leader in higher education with a deep commitment to student success. Dr. Pierce Burnette knows the meaning of “humble beginnings” and has combined her intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional intelligence (EQ), entrepreneurial spirit, and technical knowledge to forge successful careers in engineering, information technology, and education. Before transitioning into higher education, Dr. Pierce Burnette worked as a Computer Analyst at The Washington Post, was an Operations Support Engineer at Proctor and Gamble, held the position of Director of Information Systems at Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., and ran her own computer consulting firm, CompuMent.
Roger Davis is a retired accountant for 3M and is the immediate Past President of the National Association of Black Accountants and a board member for the Black Professional Alliance. He is a graduate of Florida A & M University and is actively involved in the Greater Austin community.
TiWanna A. Kenney, Auctioneer, Fundraising Consultant, Speaker, lifelong language lover, was born a Fast Talker. As the owner, lead auctioneer, and driving force behind Astounding Auctions & Fundraising Strategies, she has turned her love for speaking into a livelihood. TiWanna is in the business of busting stereotypes and breaking molds. As the first and only African American woman to earn the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). Working in an industry that is less than 15% female and with low ethnic diversity she is continually advocating for diversity. She operates with a sharp mix of creativity and charm, believing everyone has the skills and ability to make an impact in the world. Driven by a genuine desire for helping others, she works diligently to see people win.
Thomas Miranda, CEO of Sparkovation Advisors, served as an engineer, manager and executive for nearly two decades within high growth Fortune 100 Silicon Valley firms HP Palo Alto and mostly Cisco ranging from product development, corporate strategy, Enterprise IT, sales strategy to operating and management. He has also served as a director and chairman to numerous regional and statewide nonprofits, led executive director search/transitions and has advised several startups, CEOs and large corporations. As a principal of Sparkovation Advisors, Thomas has been actively involved in advising startups, CEOs, corporations and investment portfolios on value creation, leadership/talent, business strategy, digital transformation, IT modernization and growth.
Emily Rollins, Retired Partner, Deloitte, LLP, has more than 23 years of experience providing services to early-stage, venture-backed companies through large public companies, primarily in the technology, media, and venture capital industries. For her early-stage clients, Emily balances a practical approach with her deep experience in internal control over financial reporting, internet-empowered businesses, software revenue recognition, business combinations, and stock-based compensation. Over the course of her career, Emily has served more than 50 TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) companies as well as several medical device and life-sciences companies. She currently leads Deloitte’s Technology industry audit practice in Austin, is a member of the firm’s New Revenue Recognition Requirements team, and co-leads the firm’s Audit Innovation Internal Control project.