What is Cape Fear Women In Tech?
We are a bold non-profit advocating for the Cape Fear region to become the number one employer of women in technology jobs, per capita, in the US. We offer professional development and advocate for job opportunities in technology across Cape Fear.
In the summer of 2015 WILMA Leadership Institute and tekMountain had a shared idea—the Cape Fear region was ready and in need of an advocacy group for women in technology professions. At that time Audrey Speicher was the director of tekMountain and spearheaded the initiative. Together, she and Emilyanne Aurelius assembled a board of advisors and surveyed women in the area to determine how to best support them.
Since its inception, there has been an outpouring of encouragement and contributions from the community. Cape Fear Women In Tech is an organization run by and for its members, it is ever-evolving and learning how to meet the needs of this region.
Who should attend?
We are broad in our definition of a "tech" career. All who are currently working in technical professions or looking to do so are welcome.
Not a woman? No problem! All are welcome to attend, just know that our content is tailored towards the ladies.
CO-FOUNDER OF CFWIT & CFWIT CEO
CEO AT WILMINGTON TECHNOLOGY GUILD
Emilyanne loves new ideas and the practical application of them through technology. An inquisitive collector of data in general, she delights in finding obscure connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
Emilyanne is an annual speaker at UNCW's Wilmington Information Technology eXchange and has served as a subject matter expert at UNCW's Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
She also sits on the board for UNCW's Data Science Program and Miller-Mott's IT Support Program.
PRESIDENT OF CFWIT
TECHNICAL ENABLEMENT SPECIALIST AT IBM WATSON
INSTRUCTOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AT UNCW
As a computer science and information systems professional with an entrepreneurial disposition, Jazmin is dedicated to analyzing requirements to begin and complete technical projects, finding resources, and building programs. From beginning and leading a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team for three years while completing her master's in computer science and information systems, she has experience in leadership, planning, conflict management, fundraising, managing budgets, and marketing. Jazmin’s background in English, education, and teaching is her foundation for working well with people, networking, and being able to analyze and find creative solutions while collaborating with a variety of peers. She is very passionate about increasing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the community, while supporting the confidence of girls and women in technology fields.
Advisory Board Members
CO-FOUNDER OF CFWIT
ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER AT NCINO
Audrey is always on the hunt for improvements to the status quo and is energized by learning new things. Her academic and professional background in mental health prepared her well for the ever-evolving world of software development. As an associate product manager at nCino, she helps bring new functionality to life in the financial services industry. In the past, she's had the opportunity to work in product marketing, be the director of a corporate startup incubator, and act in a couple of films. She is a co-founder of CFWIT and was recognized as one of WILMA's 2015 Women to Watch in business.
VICE PRESIDENT OF INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR CASTLEBRANCH CORPORATION
Kelli Davis is the Vice President of Integration Services for CastleBranch Corporation in Wilmington, NC. She and her integrations team are committed to designing and developing robust integration offerings for our wide variety of products and services.
Kelli has held various positions within CastleBranch Corporation for the past twelve years. She has been the technology thought leader as the company has posted significant growth as it has become one of the nation's leading companies in its sector.
In her prior role at CastleBranch as Chief Information Officer she was responsible for developing and managing the company's highly secure systems, ensuring compliance, safety and security throughout client organizations.
Kelli sits on the MS Computer Science Information Systems Advisory Board (MS CSIS) Committee at UNCW and on the Advisory Committee Meeting for the Computer Technology Integration degree program at Cape Fear Community College. She's a frequent speaker on UNCWs campus and has participated as a speaker the North Carolina Technology Association in which she is an active participant. Kelli is also on the Advisory Board and a member of the Cape Fear Women in Technology group.
Previously, Kelli worked in higher education as an Computer Engineering instructor and web designer.
Ms. Davis has a B.S. degree in Computer Science for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is also active in the tech community across the southeastern U.S.
CO-FOUNDER OF FLUENT PR
For more than 25 years, Ann has helped companies identify and communicate their stories. From messaging and positioning to PR and content strategy, Ann's teams have helped companies launch, get acquired, go public and, simply grow. She has managed the reputation of venture capitalists like New Enterprise Associates, publishers like Ziff Davis, and global powerhouses like Alcatel-Lucent. Several clients, like VoIP company Teleo, were acquired by major corporations -- transitions whose communications were overseen by Ann.
Whether working in-house for technology companies and arts organizations, teaching college courses in technical and professional communications, or promoting communities through economic development organizations, Ann's focus is on finding a unique perspective for clients that is compelling and convincing.
She's active not only in Cape Fear Women in Tech, but in the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED); she's also served on the boards of MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta, Digitainment Georgia, and others in Seattle and Baltimore.
She holds a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York College at Brockport, where her focus was on Management Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University.
COO AND CO-FOUNDER OF LONG BUSINESS ADVISORS
Ellen is intoxicated by new ideas and perspectives that change the world, whether in the personal or corporate sphere. She believes in the wisdom of application, so her professional career has been a focused endeavor to develop and integrate these ideas into the business community.
Born with a passion for entrepreneurism, she’s had a front row seat to the entire lifecycle of the entrepreneur – from startups pitching their ideas in front of angel investors to established owners exiting their businesses. Ellen is the COO of Long Business Advisors and a TEDxAirlie speaker.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON
Received an ALA from the University of Minnesota, a BA in Biology from the UofMN as well (primarily in ichthyology), an M.Ed. in Training and Development with technology from the UofMN. The Ed.D. is from Nova Southeastern University in Miami in Computer Information Technology, with an emphasis in computer education. Worked as a biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in St. Paul MN and Oak Harbor OH. Worked in a variety of staff position at the UofMN while pursuing the Master’s. Ran the MIEC (Medical Informatics Education Center) for the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Worked in the corporate world as a trainer for an international company. Moved to Wilm, got the doctorate, and started working at UNCW. She was also featured by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for her work in growing UNCW's Computer Science department.
Past Advisory Board Members
OWNER AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER AT HANOONA MEDIA
Hannah Wilson is the owner and graphic designer at her company Hanoona Media, marketing committee lead of Cape Fear Women in Tech, and secretary of Port City Robotics. She was a finalist for the 2015 WILMA Women to Watch awards in the Rising Stars category.
When not attached to a computer, you will find her attached to a book, mentoring FIRST Robotics Competition team 4534 The Wired Wizards, listening to symphonic metal, plotting her future sci-fi novels, and attempting epic ninja-kicks during soccer games.
SENIOR DATA INTELLIGENCE ENGINEER AT EMC CORP
VP OF PROGRAMS, PMI METROLINA CHAPTER
Jess enjoys tackling challenges in and out of the office. From technical and program related challenges, to getting her dog to turn the lights off for her, if a process can be improved or a problem solved, she's in!! She believes that work is a part of life, not life itself....but that doesn't mean you can't be producing Rock Star results.
Come join her on LinkedIn if you'd like to know more about Program Management, Data Intelligence, being a remote Rock Star, or finding balance in your career and your life.
CFCC BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES DEPARTMENT CHAIR
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Web Development, Melissa has 17 years of experience teaching in the Business Technologies Department at Cape Fear Community College. She has been the Chair for the Business Technologies Department since May 2011. Melissa also holds a certificate in Project Management. She is married and her son is currently working on his PhD in Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Washington.