TWIB Next Levels Speakers
There will be several speakers throughout the conference from our Keynote to Breakout Sessions to Panel Discussion. We have some amazing LOCAL ladies lined up and ready to engage with you! We will release more over time, and as we approach the big day.
Jamie C. Amelio is the founder and CEO of Caring for Cambodia (CFC), a non-profit, non-governmental charitable organization that has dramatically changed the lives of more than 77,000 Cambodian children. CFC started in 2003 with the goal to provide Cambodian children education by building a school in the Siem Reap area. That initial goal of one school has grown into a mission to secure a better, brighter future for those children, and so many more. Jamie is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Golden Hand Service Award (2014, 2012, 2010, 2005) bestowed by the Cambodian government to those who give outstanding service to the Cambodian community. She received the award for Outstanding Community Leader in 2015 and the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2011 from the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and was named as a 2010 Classic Woman of the Year by Traditional Home Magazine. Jamie is no stranger to helping children, and was a dedicated volunteer long before beginning the Caring for Cambodia journey. She served on the Board of Directors of Vistas for Children in Los Angeles, and founded Junior Vistas for Children. She served on the CLASS (Community Leaders Advocating Student Success) and is a member of Leader for Life committee for the Lake Travis School District. Jamie is the author of two books: Graced With Orange, an inspiring look at how one woman set out against difficult odds to change the education of an entire population, and Stumpy the Crocodile, a children’s book about helping neighbors in need. She is also the orator of a TEDx Talk, ‘Be Bothered, Stay Bothered’, where she reveals the secret to staying motivated to make a difference. Jamie and her husband, Bill, lived in Asia for a decade and now make their home in Austin, Texas. They have six children, including two from Cambodia, and one grandson, all of whom understand the importance of "Being Orange” and “Staying Bothered”.
Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer, a career development platform for tech women by tech women, and a practicing software engineer at a prominent Bay Area fintech company where she builds their apps and works in information security. Her work has been featured in Apple keynotes, she was one of 100 top innovators invited to attend the UK G8 Innovation and Decide Now Act Summits with the United Nation’s technology council, and she’s won multiple, high-profile hackathons. In addition to tech, Lauren has also worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in their Silicon Valley office, as the only female on the investment team at one of the world’s largest hedge funds, and founded and grew a successful career development company. She holds a degree from Duke where she completed a triple major with honors in electrical engineering, computer science, and economics in just four years. As the Founder of DevelopHer, she’s a champion for tech women and a mentor to fellow female engineers which is why she founded DevelopHer - to help tech women develop and advance their careers. Her podcast, The DevelopHer Show, is available at www.DevelopHer.com and features leading tech women speaking candidly about their careers and lessons learned and her first course, The NegotiatHer Course, launches this spring.
Susan grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She followed her heart, and husband, to Oklahoma City where she taught elementary school. After Craig's medical school, then residency and fellowship in San Francisco, they moved to Austin, where Susan studied voice under Gina Ducloux and entered the world of opera. In addition to performing for the Austin Lyric Opera, she joined the Board of Trustees, eventually becoming president of the Board.
During her 17-year career with the Austin Lyric Opera, Susan performed in over 35 operas as a member of the ensemble and sang the roles of Sister Catherine in DEAD MAN WALKING and the Confidant in ELEKTRA. She also performed in the ensemble of Austin Musical Theatre's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. For the past ten years Susan has been performing cabaret in her own shows and with Austin Cabaret Theatre and other organizations. In 2012, Susan had the privilege to perform in RAGTIME, the inaugural performance in Zach Theatre’s Topfer Theatre.
While living in San Francisco, Susan was invited to join the Junior League of San Francisco, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Susan transferred her League membership to the Austin League when she and Craig moved here in 1982, and she immediately immersed herself into community affairs. During the 36 years that she has lived there, Susan has volunteered for many nonprofit organizations, including her daughter's schools, The Ronald McDonald House, which she helped start, The Helping Hand Home, The Symphony League, The Austin Lyric Opera, and the Seton Development Board, of which she was president and Gala chair.
A personal experience with breast cancer led Susan to her most recent, and important volunteer effort. After being diagnosed and successfully treated for this disease in 2008, Susan realized that there was a tremendous need for a comprehensive breast cancer treatment center in Austin. Along with her friend Marcia Levy, Susan met with the leadership of Seton Hospital with the idea of creating such a center. Susan and Marcia are the co-founders of the Seton Breast Care Center and raised $7.5 million dollars to make this Center a reality. The Seton Breast Care Center opened its doors in 2014 and has served more than 8500 patients and performed over 15,000 services in its first four years. Susan continues to be involved in the Center and is now fundraising for more diagnostic machines and technology.