Transgender in Tech: Fireside Chat at Capital Factory
Celebrate National Coming Out Day at Capital Factory as we hear from leaders in Austin’s Tech & LGBTQ community discuss the transgender experience in tech.
Hear from two rockstar transgender team members and the CEO of Austin’s most inclusive & diverse workplace. Hear the personal experiences of these two team members, and participate in the discussion as we tackle tough questions for business leaders. When’s the right time to adopt gender identity and gender expression policies? To institute protocols for gender transitions? Education, compliance, dress codes, benefits . . . Lots to think about but first and foremost it’s about inclusion and respect. What’s it mean to be an ally?
Panel: Seth List (Director of Sales, Student Loan Genius), Amie Freetly (Sr. Frontend Developer, moovel Group), and Heather Brunner (CEO, WP Engine)
Moderator: Eugene Sepulveda (CEO, Entrepreneurs Foundation & Director, Capital Factory)
Join us for a reception immediatly following the panel in the Classroom.
As CEO for WP Engine, Heather is focused on business strategy, global growth and customer experience.
A 24 year technology veteran, Heather has built a career creating business value for both privately-funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies. Heather served as COO of Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ:BV), seeing all stages of early, rapid global growth, through to IPO and two acquisition integrations. Before Bazaarvoice, Heather served as president and CEO of Nuvo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trilogy, and COO for B-Side (acquired by Slated), a privately funded entertainment technology company. She has held other executive management roles at leading technology companies, including Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), Trilogy, Concero, Oracle and Accenture.
Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Trinity University, and the Austin Business Journal named her a 2010 Profiles in Power “Woman of Influence.” Heather was a returning judge for the 2014 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award for Central Texas. Heather is an angel investor, start-up advisor and Partner at the Capital Factory. Heather is an active, decade long volunteer with the Capital Area United Way, serving on the board of directors and strategic programs committee. Heather also serves as a board director for the Entrepreneurs Foundation and Bazaarvoice Foundation.
Seth List is the Director of Sales for Student Loan Genius. With over 12 years of experience in sales, market development, and business development, Seth works to help crush America’s $1.3 trillion student loan problem.
His career spans a variety of B2B sales jobs within both the enterprise and SMB segments. He currently leads growth efforts at Student Loan Genius with a conscious goal of creating genuine relationships based in mutual respect, transparency, and personal integrity. Seth has been living and working in Austin, TX since 2008 and since then, has held senior sales roles with noteworthy companies such as Bazaarvoice, Google, Umbel, and Mutual Mobile.
Outside of the office, Seth is an avid networker and fitness enthusiast. He founded Austin-based networking group Sales Craft to bring together Austin’s community of passionate sellers. When he’s not in the office or talking shop, he can be found training and coaching at Atomic Athlete, running races, or enjoying everything nature has to offer.
Amie Freetly works at moovel North America, using frontend UI technology to build responsive web experiences. Amie left a carless life in Chicago, in 2008, on the promise of a soon-to-open light rail in Austin. As Austin is slowly trying to live up to those transit dreams, Amie works on moovel’s ride-aggregating web tools to help people find other ways to get around. Amie studied Architecture at UIC, and practiced in the field before moving to technology.
Eugene is CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director of Capital Factory, and a senior advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He was Austin’s first tech banker, the CFO for a semiconductor packaging and testing startup, and a lecturer at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. Eugene & his husband, Professor Steven Tomlinson are uncles to six nieces and nephews, godfathers to 11 young men & women, and mentors to dozens of men & women around the country.
Eugene has recently also served as the President & CEO of Marfa Public Radio, co-chair of President Obama’s LGBT Leadership Council, and vice chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as a board member for the KDK-Harman Foundation, the Bazaarvoice Foundation, the Entrepreneurs Foundation, the Texas Tribune, the McDonald Observatory and as the chairman emeritus for People Fund.