“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”- Margaret Mead
Mission & Benefits
CloudNOW is a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud computing, focused on using technology for the overall professional development of women from around the world by providing a forum for networking, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and economic growth.
CloudNOW offers members opportunities to creatively approach the technological challenges of cloud today, working in partnership with the tech industry, cloud visionaries, and global media. Forming a collective, together we are the voice of authority for women in cloud and emerging technologies.
Bernard Golden has been called a “cloud guru.” He is the CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy which works with clients in the US and throughout the world. The firm’s clients include Korea Telecom,Chunghwa Telecom, Pepsi, and BMC Software. HyperStratus provides cloud computing services in the areas of application security, system architecture and design, TCO analysis, and project implementation. Bernard is the Cloud Computing Advisor for CIO Magazine. His blog has been called “brilliant and incisive” and is read by tens of thousands of people each month. His blog was named “Top 50 Cloud Computing Blog” by Sys-Con Media, a “20 Most Important Cloud Blog” by AlwaysOn Media, and in a recent poll by AppDynamics his was cited as the third most influential cloud computing blog. Bernard’s writings on cloud computing have also been published by the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. Bernard is the author of Virtualization for Dummies, the most popular book on the subject ever published. He is also the co-author of Creating the Infrastructure for Cloud Computing (Intel Press, 2011). Bernard is a popular and engaging presenter, and has keynoted conferences from Moscow to Peru.
Jocelyn DeGance Graham
Founder & President
Named by United Business Media’s CRN as one of the 100 most influential women in IT, Jocelyn currently leads the Grail Research Cloud Center of Excellence and Cloud research practice. Jocelyn has deep experience in the areas of marketing, communications and research and has spent the majority of her career advising Fortune 100 companies including HP, Intuit, & Arthur Anderson on strategic emerging technology decisions. Prior to joining grail research, Jocelyn directed the marketing program for the award winning cloud startup which was recognized by Gartner as one of the “Coolest Emerging Technologies of 2010″. She holds a Masters Degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Director, Marketing Communications
She is a seasoned MBA in Marketing & Branding with significant experience in executing operations relating to marketing of products and developing business plans for the achievement of goals. An effective communicator with good management skills and the ability to relate to people at any level of business and management. Prior to joining CloudNOW, Anita was handling Marketing for Games2win India Private Ltd. She holds a Masters Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Mumbai.
Supported European sales for both Citrix and Oracle, Michaela brings in-depth international sales and alliance experience building strong relationships with clients and partners in the Public Sector, Local Government, Finance, NPOs, Retail and eCommerce. Specializing in Core Technology and Software as a service, Michaela thrives on customer education, emerging technologies, and on empowering businesses with tools for increased profitability, scalability and a competitive edge in an ever-changing market. Having also been Founder and CEO of an International eCommerce business, she understands and enjoys the processes and challenges associated with being part of a business startup. As VP of International Alliances for Cloud Network of Women, Michaela is forging relationships with industry experts, sponsors, and those with a passion for the Cloud. She has trained with Sandler and Barry Rhein & Associates, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Salem State University.
Becky Swain is a Partner with EKKO Consulting and has over 12 years of information security and privacy experience, designing, implementing, improving and measuring the effectiveness of policies, processes, and internal controls as a senior auditor, consultant and risk management practitioner involving complex and critical business operations and technical architectures with Fortune 500 companies based in Silicon Valley. As Co-Founder/Chair & Chief Architect, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), Mrs. Swain is actively engaged in development and adoption of cloud security and privacy standards participating with CSA and ISO/IEC as both contributor and project co-editor for ISO/IEC 27036 – Information technology – Security techniques: Information Security for Supplier Relationships – Part 1. Mrs. Swain holds numerous information security related certifications, including CISSP, CISA, CIPP and CIPP/IT, is an active member in professional affiliations (e.g., CSA, IAPP, and ISACA), serves on the Board of the CSA Silicon Valley Chapter, and is an ‘Information Security Practitioner’ category finalist in the (ISC)2 2011 Americas Information Security Leadership Awards (Americas ISLA). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Mathematics) from Santa Clara University.
As the cloud computing strategist at IBM, Seema plays a key role in the development of IBM cloud strategy at different levels of granularity from components to complete portfolios and business units. With a deep understanding of cloud use cases, customer requirements and technology, she enables the evolution of individual product lines to support cloud use cases. Prior to this role, Seema held a variety of business and technical leadership positions in the areas of Product Management, Marketing and Product Development. Seema holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, an MS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and a BE in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai (India)
Tech Editorial & Blogs
Recognized by Sys-Con Media’s Cloud Computing Journal as one of the Top 50 Most Prominent Cloud Bloggers, and the only female to make the list,Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. She currently focuses on cloud computing, infrastructure, data center architecture, and security-related topics. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.
Career Editorial & Blogs
As part of VMware Vision Practice, an advisory service driving business alignment and actionable strategy through meaningful measurement and market perspective, JJ leads a team across the Americas that facilities cloud strategizes for Fortune 500 companies. Through this, she is actively involved in VMware’s field strategy, partner enablement and solution based marketing that harness the power of IT to enhance business agility.
Throughout her career, JJ has immersed herself in emerging technologies and innovation supported by a technical degree. In February of 2006, Entrepreneur Magazine featured TechStudents.net (her company) as a key resource for small business. Then in October of 2007, she received an Innovation Award from Small Business Network. After taking a position with VMware, JJ launched Tech Savvy Women (500+ members) in August of 2008 which fostered the co-created of Women of Purpose at VMware in 2009. This summer, she released her first book, The Working Woman’s GPS, When the Plan to Have It All Has Led You Astray with corresponding messaging on her Blog www.PurposefulWoman.com.
Asia Pac Representative
Camilla Yu works for Media X at Stanford University, Silicon Valley Innovation Institute and collaborates with Stanford’s Innovation Ecosystems Network. Her research interest and work experience covers social media, online marketing, mobile applications and project management in Silicon Valley, Austin and Shanghai. Camilla is also a strategic planner and brand consultant for companies and organizations. Her recent study analyzed Twitter to understand branding and reputation of innovation hubs. Camilla graduated from the Master’s program in the University of Texas at Austin. Her passion is to build connections between people, companies and regions in the Innovation Ecosystems Network.