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Women In Tech Go Global
March 29-31, 2022

Celebrate Women's History Month by joining the "Women in Tech Go Global" virtual series to explore international opportunities and trends, resources for going global, and website globalization.

Women In Tech Go Global


 Join us for this three-day series with thirty-minute virtual sessions and learn from industry experts, explore current opportunities and trends in technology and best practices for expanding globally. 
 

Agenda: 

Global Opportunities in Tech - March 29th @10MT 

  • Let’s Talk Global
    • Molly Ho, U.S. Commercial Service, Global Tech Team Leader
  • Artificial Intelligence: International Trends and Prospects
    • Ludwika Alvarez, U.S. Commercial Service, Sr. International Trade Specialist
  • Cybersecurity: International Trends and Prospects
    • Pompeya Lambrecht, U.S. Commercial Service, Sr. International Trade Specialist
  • IoT and Smart Cities: International Trends and Prospects
    •  Andrey Piroozgar, U.S. Commercial Service, Global Technology Deputy Team Leader
  • Software and Digital Services: International Trends and Prospects
    • Hilary Sadler, U.S. Commercial Service, Sr. International Trade Specialist 

Local Resources for Global Expansion March 30th @10MT 

  • We’re Here to Help
    • Molly Ho, U.S. Commercial Service, Global Tech Team Leader 
  • Finance Assistance for Selling Overseas 
    • Patty Brewer, U.S. Small Business Administration, Export Finance Manager for Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming 
  • Exporter Tools Available to You
    • Abby Martinez, Export-Import Bank of the U.S. - Western Region, Regional Director 
  • Grants for International Development: State Trade Expansion Program  
    • Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, International Export Grant Manager
  • Local Support and Opportunities-Women Chamber of Commerce
    • Michelle Kitchens, Contract Business Development for Women Chamber of Commerce 
  • Tech Landscape Community-Colorado Technology Association  
    •  Monica Coughlin, Chief Operating Officer for Colorado Technology Association

Website Globalization: Enhancing Your Online Presence March 31st @10am MT 

  • Time to Get You Noticed
    • Molly Ho, U.S. Commercial Service, Global Tech Team Leader 
  • Why Globalize your Website
    • James Bledsoe, U.S. Commercial Service, Director of the eCommerce Innovation Lab (EIL) 
  • Best Practices and Tips
    • Charlotte Conerly, U.S. Commercial Service, Sr. International Trade Specialist 
  • Case Cracker Testimonial

    • Corinne Oertel, Marketing Manager, CaseCracker / Cardinal Peak Technologies

Meet the Speakers: 

Molly Ho: Global Tech Team Leader 

Molly Ho

Molly currently serves as the Global Information Communication Technology Team Leader for the U.S. Department of Commerce. At the Department, Molly has increasingly taken on greater responsibilities and leveraged her strengths serving as a Senior International Trade Specialist in New York, Arizona, and currently Colorado and Wyoming. As a Trade Specialist, Molly assists her clients in expanding globally and closing overseas sales. Ms. Ho holds a Finance and Marketing degree from the University of Denver and an International MBA from Portland State University. 

 

Ludwika Alvarez: Global Growth Lead for Tech Firms & Startups 

Molly Ho

 Ludwika is passionate about growing companies and transforming businesses. At the U.S. Commercial Service in San Francisco, Ludwika supports growth-ready startups and iconic public tech companies, consulting them on go-to-market strategies and creating new sales and partnership opportunities in collaboration with teams across 80 countries. Ludwika is a results-oriented global growth strategist with 10+ years of experience in the public and private sector, working with top executives to support companies with their international growth. In addition, Ludwika also represented foreign governments before the U.S. government, including the legislative branch, executive branch, and trade agencies. Previously, she opened an e-commerce business, trained with a goldsmith, and designed jewelry for several Virginia Opera productions. 

Pompeya Lambrecht: Senior International Trade Specialist ​

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Pompeya Lambrecht is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Northern Virginia. She is primarily responsible for the eHealth, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors. She started her Commercial Service career in Washington D.C. in 1993. Pompeya has spearheaded trade promotion programs domestically and internationally for the health care and ICT sector. Countries include Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, South Africa and United Kingdom. In addition, Pompeya is the Global Cybersecurity Lead for Commerce’s Trade Promotion.

Pompeya holds a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and BSBA in Marketing and a BA in Humanities from the University of Arizona

 

Hilary Sadler: Senior International Trade Specialist, Software Industry 

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As a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), Ms. Sadler develops and executes strategies to advance the global competitiveness of the U.S. software industry, including being the lead artificial intelligence industry analyst in her unit and is the central Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States drafter in her office, the Office of Digital Services Industries. Until last month, Ms. Sadler was the lead China specialist in her unit. She is also the Designated Federal Officer for the congressionally-mandated Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on the Digital Economy. The ITAC provides detailed policy and technical advice and recommendations directly to the Secretary of Commerce and The United States Trade Representative regarding trade barriers, negotiations of trade agreements, U.S. trade policy matters, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting the technology sector. Starting in spring 2020, Ms. Sadler has promoted diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority within ITA through minority, veteran, disabled, and women business outreach efforts as an advisor to the ITA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group then the Global Diversity and Equity Initiative. During temporary assignments in the Secretary of Commerce’s office, she singlehandedly wrote the content for the pilot of BusinessUSA.gov and was a program manager in the Broadband Technical Opportunities Program (BTOP) from monies from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For over a decade, Ms. Sadler was a lead specialist in determining antidumping and countervailing duties on imports from non-market economies, primarily China, and represented Commerce in building the International Trade Data System. 

Earlier, Ms. Sadler was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Europe, where she established a Good Governance program Europe-wide and monitored trade policies, particularly in France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Before Commerce, Ms. Sadler was the managing attorney on significant multinational antitrust cases before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Sadler is a Fulbright scholar at the Wolfgang-Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany (LLM program in international law) and licensed to practice law in Arizona and the United States Supreme Court. With an extensive background in computer science and chemistry, Ms. Sadler holds a Juris Doctorate in law from Arizona State University, a degree in international economics from the American University of Paris, and two degrees in business from the University of Maryland – Global Campus (Munich and Heidelberg, Germany). She speaks German and French fluently with basic knowledge of Spanish and American Sign Language. 

 

Andrey Piroozgar: Global Technology Deputy Team Leader, U.S. Commercial Service

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Andrey Piroozgar is currently the Global Technology Deputy Team Leader and International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Andrey worked for a technology company and headed their International Business Development department. He frequently relied on various International Trade Specialists for guidance and assistance during his time in the private sector. Andrey graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Master’s degree in Political Science, specializing in International Political Economy. Andrey currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and supports U.S. businesses in Illinois, along with his responsibilities as the Global Technology Deputy Team Leader.

 

Patricia Brewer: Small Business Administration  Export Finance Manager for Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming 

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Patty is an Export Finance Manager located at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Denver. She is part of the SBA’s Office of International Trade and its team of 20 Export Finance Managers around the country ready to help small businesses network, plan, and finance their exports.  

Prior to joining SBA, Patty worked at the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. She worked directly with companies, bankers, and brokers to finance the sale of U.S.-made goods around the world.  

Simultaneous to her civilian career, Patty also served 25 years as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia: International Export Grant Manager

Sophia

Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia is the International Export Grant Manager for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. She works within the Global Business Development division and directly manages the various export assistance programs offered by the State. These programs include the State Trade Expansion Program, the Advanced Industries Export Grant, and the Global Consultant Network. Sophia works with small businesses in Colorado to support their international expansion endeavors and exporting activities via funding, education, and international trade show participation opportunities. Sophia holds a master’s degree in Global Economic Affairs from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Public Policy from the University of Denver.

 

Abby Martinez: Regional Director for Export Import Bank of the U.S. - Western Region 

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Abby Martinez is a member of EXIM’s Western Regional Office responsible for business development and outreach efforts for the states of WA, AK, CO, ID, MT, and WY and will be based in Seattle. Abby has over 25 years of experience as a trade specialist in the banking industry working with both global and regional banks. During her career, she specialized in Trade Finance, and worked directly with EXIM’s programs to provide solutions to exporters on ways to mitigate risk while growing sales internationally. In addition, Abby was previously appointed by the Department of State as a District Export Council (DEC) member for South Florida and served as Treasurer for 2 years. Abby is bilingual and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida International University with a double major in International Business and Management.

 

Michelle Kitchens: Contract Business Development for Women Chamber of Commerce

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Michelle has never met a stranger. When she says she’s looking forward to getting to know you, she authentically means it. To see her in action is to see a superhero with a rare ability to have real and truly honest conversations with anyone. As the CWCC’s business development guru, she loves to connect members to the perfect programs and to one another. She brings with her a varied and successful sales career, selling everything from telecommunications equipment and medical devices to beer! She came to us after a deliberate and conscious period of “leaning out” to be present for her three kids and has never regretted it. She’s back now providing sales and marketing consulting for several clients and we’re thrilled to have her at the CWCC.

 

 

Monica Coughlin: Chief Operating Officer for Colorado Technology Association 

Monica

Monica Coughlin serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Colorado Technology Association, the state’s premier non-profit tech organization advancing the Colorado technology industry through advocacy, economic development, community building, and workforce development. 

Monica has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry with proven executive leadership, strategy development, and business operations expertise. Her career spans private sector, public sector, and non-profits. Monica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Regis University. She also completed the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business 50 for Colorado Leadership Program. Monica is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s 2013 Forty Under 40 awards and the StateScoop 50 Awards Golden Gov: State Executive of the Year and was also a finalist in the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Woman in Tech of the Year award. Monica serves on the Board of Directors for Elevations Credit Union, Crystal Diagnostics, and YMCA Metro Denver.  She is also on Regis University’s Anderson College of Business & Computing Executive Advisory Board. 

 

James Bledsoe: Director, eCommerce Innovation Lab 

James Bledsoe

James Bledsoe is the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce- U.S. Commercial Service’s eCommerce Innovation Lab (EIL), based out of Tacoma Washington.  James is a U.S. Air Force veteran (’99-’10) and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS), where his focus was China’s heavy and light industries and market access; James also holds an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Political Science and China Studies from Washington State University.   

The eCommerce Innovation Lab (EIL) is an office within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, that focuses on advancing the expertise and knowledge of cross-border e-commerce and digital strategy among all U.S. small and medium-sized businesses.  Visit https://www.trade.gov/ecommerce for more information. 

 

Charlotte Conerly: International Trade Specialist

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​Charlotte Conerly is an International Trade Specialist at U.S Commercial Service, New Orleans. A native of New Orleans, Charlotte began her career in international business sourcing and exporting U.S. products worldwide. Some of her experiences include hosting ambassadors for educational talks series, exporting U.S. agricultural products at PMI Foods, driving foreign project investment with Related Companies, and developing and managing a wine blockchain company and private club at The House of Roosevelt in Shanghai. She is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Shanghainese

 

 

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