Women of Innovation
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Anne Chow

I believe that ideas, invention and innovation thrive at the intersection of technology and people. Fortunately, most of my career has been spent expanding and enhancing this intersection, leading diverse teams across product management, strategy and planning, direct and indirect sales, customer care and operations, and marketing.

Nothing is more rewarding than developing and sustaining meaningful relationships – with clients, partners, colleagues, friends, and communities. These relationships can be greatly enriched by leveraging technology with creative solutions to establish and deepen our connections.

Each day, I have the opportunity to work with people on a local, national, and global basis. Together, we strive to drive the positive change that builds and transforms business across numerous industries all around the world. Through these varied experiences, I have learned that greatness can be sparked in many ways – and have made it my purpose to discover, foster, and enable this greatness in people, teams, and organizations.

Views expressed are my own.

Corporate Startup Innovation
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Abid Neemuchwala

Over the course of a 3 decade long & distinguished career in the technology industry Abid has established a  reputation for bold transformative thinking, a laser focus on results and an unwavering commitment to maximizing  stakeholder value. He has displayed a consistent ability to align and motivate his organizations to envision and deliver  business results leveraging technology as it unfolds, resulting in market differentiation, rapid scaling and industry  leading profitability. 

Abid is currently investing and mentoring next generation technology software and services companies as Co-founder  of Dallas Venture Capital and as Chairman and CEO of Compass Digital Acquisition Corp (CDAQU). 

Abid began his journey with Tata Consulting Services (TCS) in 1992 out of campus at IIT Bombay. A time of rapid  acceleration in the nascent Indian IT services industry, Abid quickly rose through the ranks, from software engineer, to  sales, establishing new global delivery models, pioneering software engineering processes, running P&Ls, but what he  enjoyed most is conceptualizing and building new businesses and doing transformational mega deals. Post the GFC,  Abid took the mantle of building a new business and under his leadership TCS’s Digital Ops business scaled to $2 billion  in less than ten years and has to his credit personally leading many mega deals each of them billion dollar plus. 

In 2015, he joined Wipro as its COO, and was soon promoted to CEO and then to Managing Director. Overseeing over  $9 billion in revenues and 185,000 employees, Abid’s mandate was to lead the company into its digital future while  building a more diversified and profitable core. He implemented a strategy that focused on stronger client  partnerships and investing in digital-first and agile capabilities, while strengthening execution and driving deeper  employee engagement. Abid took assertive action in divesting non-core businesses; acquiring digital capabilities  resulting in Wipro’s digital business growing to 40% of overall revenues at a 35% CAGR over his 5 years along with  improving customer satisfaction by 1000 bps and signing Wipro’s largest deal to date. 

A believer in the impact of brand and culture on business performance, Abid led a strategic effort to rebrand Wipro  while concurrently streamlining and modernizing the company and promoting a culture of innovation. In his quest to  establish next generation paradigms he sponsored a first of its kind venture fund and piloted an enterprise crowd sourcing platform that will become a benchmark for the future of work in the IT services industry post-COVID. Always  focused on talent development, Abid drove the creation of deep capabilities in human-centric design, cloud,  artificial intelligence, and hyper-automation. 

In June 2020 after retiring from Wipro, he joined the board of Virtusa (VRTU) which was battling activists. He was a part  of the team that helped exit the company to Barings Asia PE at a 28% premium to its public market valuation. 

Over a remarkable career spanning multiple countries and organizations, Abid has established himself as a humble,  and passionate leader, focused on helping his clients, employees and peers realize the power of technology. He is  equally passionate about the community and his family. He has served on various non-profit boards including Texas  Economic Development Corporation and the World Affairs Council of DFW. He has been a member of the Business  

Roundtable in Washington DC and of the Indo-US CEO forum. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife of 26 years and  three children in college and beyond.

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David Evenden

David is an experienced offensive security operator/analyst with 10 years of active work experience inside the Intelligence Community (IC). During his time inside the IC, he learned Persian Farsi, worked at NSA Red Team and was a member of an elite international team operating in conjunction with coalition forces to aid in the ongoing efforts in the Middle East.

While he currently works with an ISP and DHS to aid in the efforts to enhance the bidirectional sharing relationship between the US Government and Commercial entities, his passion is educating network administrators and security engineers on best practices when securing your network.

Arts & Entertainment
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Priscilla Dasilva

Priscilla Dasilva is the Owner of Positive Pri Photos, a Dallas based documentary style photographer and videographer. Since she began in 2018, she has done events, portraits, family, maternity and brand content. She has worked with brands like Poo-Pourri, LSU Catering, EWomen Network & California Lottery. In 2020 her and her business partner Mary Tran launched Embracing You Weddings, a wedding videography company. Some of their work has been showcased in the Dallas Morning News. 

Priscilla aspires to make specialized documentaries for families. Priscilla lives in Tyler with her fiance and their dog and is looking forward to expanding her network in east texas.

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Yasmine Salem Hamdan

Yasmine Salem Hamdan is a brand protection lawyer, business strategist, & educator in business & entrepreneurship.

She is also the founder of Coaches & Company, a legal startup & media company providing entrepreneurs with the educational resources & tools needed to protect themselves legally in business.

Learn more about Coaches & Company: www.coachesandcompany.com

Media contact: hello@coachesandcompany.com

Connect on social media:

instagram.com/yasminesalemhamdan instagram.com/coachesandcompany www.linkedin.com/in/yshamdan

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Shahed Kader

Shahed took a different route to law. Before launching the practice, he worked in sales and growth for software companies for 10 years while attending law school at night–giving him an exceptional understanding of software business transactions and needs.

Shahed received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his Juris Doctor from New-York Law School’s Evening Division. He has been featured in the ABA Journal for his efforts in modernizing the legal job market with alternative legal careers and is a mentor for multiple startup incubator programs. Shahed’s clients range from early-stage software startups to publicly listed software businesses requiring general counsel services in their day-to-day legal needs.

Shahed is well-reviewed on lawyer listing services because of his unique understanding of software businesses.

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Steven Levy

Known as “America’s premier technology journalist” (Washington Post), Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution since the early 1980s, reporting every major trend and profiling its key figures. He is currently Editor at Large at WIRED magazine, where he was one of its founding writers. During the height of the internet boom, he was the columnist and chief technology correspondent for Newsweek. He also wrote columns for Rolling Stone and Macworld.

His first book, Hackers (1984) would become known as the iconic story of computer culture and an inspiration to generations of coders and makers. His unparalleled coverage of Apple includes Insanely Great (1994), the history of Apple’s Macintosh computer; and The Perfect Thing (2006), the story of the iPod. He also wrote the Britannica entry on Steve Jobs, and his Wired.com obituary on Jobs drew over a million readers.

Years before Bitcoin and the crypto explosion, Levy wrote Crypto (2001), the story behind that transformative technology. It won the Frankfurt Digital book prize for best nonfiction of the year. His definitive book on Google, In the Plex (2011), was a New York Times bestseller and Amazon’s business book of the year. He also wrote a true-crime book, The Unicorn’s Secret (1988), which was adapted into an NBC mini-series. Levy’s most recent book, Facebook: The Inside Story, is the definitive story—written with
unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and other insiders– of the company that connected the world and reaped the consequences.

Earlier in his career, Levy interviewed Bob Marley and found Einstein’s brain, but not for the same story. He lives in New York City with his wife, Pulitzer prize-winning writer Teresa Carpenter.

Corporate Startup Innovation
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Jim Adler

Jim Adler
Founding Managing Director and Board Member
Toyota Ventures

Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota Ventures, and an executive advisor at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory

Jim joined Toyota Ventures from TRI, where he served as vice president of data and business development. Prior to that, Jim was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft.

Previously, Jim was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G. Capital. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP, among others.

Jim started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin.
He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honors from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Corporate Startup Innovation
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James Loomstein

With more than 15 years experience in strategic planning, digital marketing and consumer insights, James is all about staying a step ahead of the digital marketing status quo.

An industry veteran with leading-agency experience, he set out to build an agency that would create compelling digital experiences, deliver actionable takeaways and customize digital efforts to unique consumer bases.

FOR FUN: You can find James keepin’ it Rogue delivering his opinions on the latest happenings in the Dallas sports world, as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and as a sought-after digital marketing speaker.

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Yoram Solomon

Dr. Yoram Solomon is the Author of The Book of Trust and 12 more books, 9 patents, and was one of the creators of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 technologies, for which he was dubbed “TI’s Great Innovator.” Dr. Solomon was named by Innovation Excellence as one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers from 2015 to 2019, and by Thinkers 360 as one of the top 20 Global Thought Leaders on
Culture. He was a columnist at Inc. Magazine, Innovation Excellence, and other publications, where he published 300+ articles.

Dr. Solomon holds a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University, an MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an LLB from the Tel-Aviv University Law School, and an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ort Singalovski. He completed the executive Marketing Management Program at Stanford University and the Developing the Strategic Leader program at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Colorado Springs. Dr. Solomon is certified by CCL to administer
the KEYS and SKILLSCOPE assessments and is an authorized provider of school board training by the Texas Education Agency.

He has founded several startups and sold a startup company in Silicon Valley. He has held various positions from General Manager of a $100m business unit in a Fortune 200 company to a Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, and to CEO.

Dr. Solomon held (and still holds) positions as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.

A National Speakers Association Professional Speaker, he spoke in several different national and regional conferences, including the Human Resources Southwest Annual Conference, the Association for Strategic Planning National Conference, CDX Annual Conference, and many more.

Yoram was the host of the first TEDxPlano in 2014 and spoke at TEDxOakLawn in 2018. His customers include a wide range of Fortune 500 companies as well as startups, for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations, in a broad spectrum of industries from technology to retail, healthcare, defense, and education. He served companies such as AT&T, Dannon, Amway, Texas Instruments, and many more, who described his keynotes and workshops as transformative.

In 2015, he was elected to the Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees. Yoram served in the IDF 35th Airborne Paratrooper brigade and as a USAF CAP pilot and Aerospace Education Officer.

Dr. Solomon is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business since 2018.