Chief Executive Officer
Head of Design
Director of Customer Success
EVP of People
Hutch Program Manager
Stephanie Chin is the Program Manager of Hutch, a digital services and civic tech incubator founded by Fearless. She is the former Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she led entrepreneurship programming for the $5M Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship. Stephanie is passionate about community and actively involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as the Board Chair of Open Works and board member at Baltimore Community Lending and the Maryland Business Innovation Association. A proud Towson University alumna, she is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the region.
Chief Partner Strategy Officer
Founder / CEO
Integrated Marketing Manager – Global Diversity
Starting a career in Social Media Strategy by necessity is no easy task. Ashten began as a Deejay, and knew that she had to find new ways to create a following for herself. Once she realized she had a gift for staying a couple steps ahead of the next person, she took her Social Media Strategy skills to the Chicago political realm. It was in this function that Ashten began to flourish as a thought leader in her field. In her time, Ashten has been called on by the likes of Clear Channel(now iHeart Media) nationwide to help manage On-Air Talent communities, as well as held deejay residencies for industry giants like Google, CISC and E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). She is an Adobe Creator and currently works at Meta where she lends her Social Media, Employer Brand, Graphic and Web Design expertise to the Global Attract Team to engage employees and potential candidates with targeted content as a Global Diversity Integrated Marketing Manager.
Product Training/Enablement + Startups + SaaS + Ecomm + SMS Marketing + CS Leadership/Growth
Head of PR
Vice President Accelerated Commercialization Team
VP, Software Engineering
Head of Enterprise Solutions Engineering
Founder and Connector-In-Chief
CEO of The Americas
Teresa Hopke is CEO of The Americas, Talking Talent, a global coaching firm that inspires inclusive cultures that allow people and organizations across the globe to thrive and create company-wide behavior shifts that accelerate business performance. Teresa has deep expertise in the areas of Inclusion with Purpose, Women in Leadership, and Working Parent Support.
Prior to joining the organization, Teresa was an SVP with Life Meets Work where she launched their coaching and women’s leadership practices. Teresa received the AWLP Work-Life Rising Star award for her innovative work in the field. She is a nationally-recognized speaker who has been featured in many books and media outlets such as CNBC, the CBS Morning Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Wall Street Journal, HR Magazine, Money Magazine, and many more.
Teresa is a working mother of four with an arsenal of real-world experiences (and stories) that influence the work she does with her clients.
Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer
SVP and Chief Account Officer
Corporate D&I Executive
Yvette Pegues, Ed.D(c) began her career as a scientist and is now serving as an activist, advocate, author and adaptive athlete. Along the way she held the position of engineer, executive, and educator. After surviving a traumatic brain/spinal cord injury, she co-founded a non-profit organization to serve other families affected by disability. Your Invisible Disability Group (YIDG) empowers, equips, and includes people with disabilities around the world.
Director of Strategy and Analytics
Karen Rhorer is an expert in product strategy, sales operations, and analytics and is a seasoned SaaS manager and executive. Karen currently serves as the Director of Strategy & Analytics for Twilio’s R&D organization. Previously, she ran and scaled the Customer Experience and Sales Strategy functions at Atrium, where she and her team worked with Atrium’s customers to develop data-driven insights about and create strategies to manage to their individual sales motions.
Prior to working at Atrium, Karen oversaw sales operations for North America and EMEA for LinkedIn’s Learning Solutions (Lynda) business unit, helping to integrate the Lynda acquisition into LinkedIn and develop the required sales operations structure and process in the new business unit after the acquisition. Before that, she created the sales operations function at event marketing software company DoubleDutch.
Karen speaks and writes on topics related to structured approaches to strategic questions and data-driven management of sales organizations.
Before working in technology, Karen was a private equity investor at HGGC and a consultant for Bain & Company. She graduated from Vanderbilt in 2007 and Harvard Business School in 2014.
Juliette brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, sales development and growth strategy for leading enterprise technology companies. She most recently served as CMO for A Cloud Guru, a social learning platform for cloud computing acquired this year by Pluralsight. Prior to that, she was CMO at SailPoint, where she developed and led the company’s worldwide marketing and was instrumental in the company’s successful 2017 IPO. She has also held senior marketing leadership roles at Check Point Software Technologies, BusinessObjects, CA and Oracle. Juliette is also on the board of Elemica, a digital supply chain company, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two kids.
Chief People Officer
Lorraine Vargas Townsend (she/her) is an experienced coach and Chief People Officer with more than 20 years of experience as an HR executive. She is the CPO at ESO in Austin, Texas. She served on the board of directors at Babson College’s Executive Development Center and previously led HR at A Cloud Guru, Mendix and athenahealth.
As queer, latinx, and a daughter of an immigrant, her life’s mission is to develop people-first HR policies to go beyond tokenism and build an inclusive, anti-racist workplace.
She has been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and invited to speak on several podcasts about HR disruption and innovation and has been invited to keynote events such as the Women in Tech Festival, Silicon Valley Organization, Siemens Digital Summit, Sharp Heels Conference for Women in Business.
Because of her progressive HR practices, she has been recognized as a Female Health IT Leader to Know, and in 2019 was named one of the Leading Latinas by Hispanic Executive Magazine.
Lorraine lives in Austin with her wife, Cyn, and their daughter, Flo.
Vice President of Global Talent Enablement