June 11 • 11 AM to 6 PM ET • VIRTUAL

API women face a double-paned glass ceiling when it comes to career advancement.

To help address these issues, SASE Pro is hosting a one-day virtual leadership conference for API women professionals on Friday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET). This exciting new event has been developed with input from more than 100 API women professionals and 30 API employee resource groups.

Join more than 250 attendees from more than 50 companies for 3 keynote speakers and 9 workshops in 3 different tracks, spanning a broad range of topics from authentic leadership to negotiation to corporate agility. In addition, virtual breakout rooms will feature Focus Circles in a safe, open environment that makes API female role models more visible and accessible.

Did you know that API women are...
  • Less likely to have supervisory responsibilities or reach executive levels than other women of color?
  • Less likely to be viewed as leaders in professional settings?
  • More likely to find their cultural and familial values at odds with successfully navigating American corporate culture?


Sanyogita Shamsunder
Sanyogita Shamsunder
Vice President
Product Strategy & Operations, Verizon

Sanyogita leads an impressive technology portfolio that has encompassed augmented reality, computer vision, location, quantum, and other security technology projects. She manages a diverse team of engineers, technologists, product managers and a triple digit $M budget. She also actively mentors and advocates for women in technology, participating in Grace Hopper Celebration, Tech Up for Women, Women in XR, SWE and multiple other women in technology conferences. Sanyogita received her MBA from the Wharton School and Ph.D in electrical engineering and math from the University of Virginia.

Jie Xue
Jie Xue
President and CEO
MR, GE Healthcare

Jie leads the global team that is responsible for product innovation, commercial growth and customer collaboration to bring new and innovative solutions to the market while providing a better experience for healthcare providers and their patients. Prior to this role, Jie was the President & CEO of GE Healthcare’s X-ray business. Jie holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She lives in Delafield, WI with her husband and two sons.

Gefferie Yee-Madera
Gefferie Yee-Madera
Vice President of Engineering
Strategic Space Systems, Northrop Grumman

Gefferie leads engineering execution across all space programs and new business activities within the Space Systems sector, a premier provider of space and launch systems serving national security, civil and commercial customers. Her responsibilities include engineering strategy, training and career development, processes and procedures for engineering excellence and implementation and effectiveness measurement. She joined Northrop Grumman in 1988 as a digital design engineer. She holds six U.S. patents relating to electronic payloads that perform on-board processing in satellites.



Pre-Event Meditation (optional)


Welcome Event
API Women stats/research - Corine Kodama (Women Employed)
Opening Keynote - Sanyogita Shamsunder (Verizon)



Focus Circles
small group sessions that create a supportive space for
conversations and open discussion enabling the creation of
authentic connections among participants


Mid-Day Keynote - Jie Xue (GE Healthcare)



Focus Circles
small group sessions that create a supportive space for
conversations and open discussion enabling the creation of
authentic connections among participants



Closing and Keynote - Gefferie Yee-Madera (Northrop Grumman)


Optional Happy Hour and Networking


Northrop Grumman



Lockheed Martin

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