Uma Jayaram, Managing Director and Principal Engineer, Intel Sports

Dr. Uma Jayaram, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Dr. Uma Jayaram, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Dr. Uma Jayaram is an experienced business leader and technology executive who has built and led significant transformations in technology, teams, and organizations. Recognized as a visionary and a builder, she has blazed a trail through corporations, startups, and academia. 

Currently, Uma is serving as Managing Director and Principal Engineer at Intel Sports.  Intel Sports is revolutionizing the field of sports with groundbreaking technologies that have been delivered to premier events and leagues including Winter Olympics 2018, NFL, NBA, NCAA, PGA, MLB, and LaLiga.  Some of the recent work being done by Uma’s teams include technologies that deliver live event virtual reality experiences to fans, integration of VR experiences with volumetric based capabilities, and the creation of a robust sports platform to enable media streaming and production using cloud and distributed solutions. Uma brings her deep experience in engineering design, VR, software fundamentals and agile organizations to the work she does as Managing Director and takes pride in the solution-centric and purpose-driven teams she has created and fostered.

Previously, Uma was the Co-Founder and COO of VOKE VR which was acquired by Intel in November 2016. A serial entrepreneur, she has been on the founding teams of two other technology companies. She started her career as a Professor at Washington State University and co-founded the VR lab that was well recognized for the seminal work done in virtual assembly, virtual prototyping, CAD, and AI-based Ontologies for design. She has published and lectured extensively in her areas of expertise. Uma considers each of her students as having shared part of her journey and over a dozen of them have been a part of the start-ups she co-founded. 

Uma is a big picture thinker who sets forth a vision and strategically empowers teams to bring it to life. She is known for her strong expertise in formulating strategic engineering initiatives in transformative domains, structuring winning teams with an innovation mindset, and delivering on high profile executions. Her teams combine intellectual rigor and disciplined execution and she fosters a strong employee-centric and humanistic culture where employees thrive. She is a passionate champion of women and has attracted many highly talented women engineers to her team. 

Uma was the first woman officially admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. After earning her undergraduate degree, she went on to complete her Master’s degree at Virginia Tech working on hypersonic jet inlets, before going on to complete her Ph.D. in computer-aided design/interactive computer graphics and mathematical geometric surface modeling. 

Uma has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for her contributions to virtual reality and engineering and has also earned a “Lifetime Achievement” award by the International Society of Agile Manufacturing (ISAM).  She was recently honored as a distinguished alumna by Virginia Tech. 

Vice President, Global Communications, Dolby Laboratories

Jennifer Bowcock, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Jennifer Bowcock, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Jennifer joined Dolby Laboratories in 2014 as Vice President, Global Communications. She is responsible for Dolby’s worldwide communications strategy, overseeing communications and telling Dolby’s story to the world. While at Dolby, she has lead efforts for its 50th Anniversary, Dolby’s move to its new headquarters in San Francisco, and product launches for Dolby Cinema, Dolby Vision and Dolby Voice. Jennifer is also co-leading Dolby’s first-ever Women’s Employee Network Group with a focus on diversity and inclusion at the company. In 2017, and as a result of a nomination by AWE (Advancing Women Executives), Jennifer was awarded one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Business Award by the San Francisco Business Journal.

Prior to Dolby, Jennifer previously led momentum, consumer and product communications for Apple. As part of the original iPhone team, she was instrumental in the launch and global expansion of iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPad and the world’s first App Store. Jennifer was also recognized by iconic journalist David Pogue from (then) the New York Times, and Ed Baig from USA Today in their respective iPhone and iPad books. While at Apple, she was also responsible for product placement and buzz with major broadcast shows like Ellen, Oprah and the major morning news programs. In fact, she drove inclusion in Oprah’s final episode with a special segment and focus on iPad.

Prior to Apple, she spent seven years at AT&T heading communications for its voice and data product business, playing a primary role in the launch of the iconic RAZR and ROKR wireless phones with Motorola. She was also responsible for promoting AT&T’s national events and sponsorships, including American Idol, NASCAR, Final Four and Fashion Week. Prior to AT&T, she was with Cingular Wireless where she had the opportunity to be an integral player on the communications team for one of the largest acquisitions in history when AT&T acquired Cingular for $86 billion. Before Jennifer’s corporate PR career, she worked with McCrae Communications and AlexanderOgilvy, which was later acquired by Ogilvy Public Relations.

She is a long-time communications advisor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she developed and executed the communications campaign for its iconic “Batkid” campaign, which has since been turned into a documentary called “Batkid Begins.”

Jennifer holds a BS degree in Communications from Georgia Southern University. She currently resides in Los Gatos, California with her husband and two daughters.

Nora Pan, Vice President, Products & Technology - Operations, Program Management, Standards & Compliance

Nora Pan, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Nora Pan, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Nora is an empowering leader whose big picture strategic vision has led her organizations and teams forward consistently. Her ability to take complex goals and transform them into manageable and practical deliverables, allows her teams and others to deliver significant and timely results. Through a collaborative approach, she has led hundreds of people who have created millions of dollars in revenue for the companies where she’s worked. As a trusted advisor to the leadership of her organization, she serves as a sounding board for their vision and creates efficient and innovative operational plans to make it a reality.

Currently the Vice President of Products & Technology Operations, Program Management, and Standards and Compliance at TIBCO Software Inc., she has directed the successful creation and implementation of the Quality Management System, Information Security Management System, and corporate Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Program by leading diverse groups across the company. She has led the compliance efforts to achieve ISO 9001, ISO 27001, SOC 2, PCI, and HiTRUST

She leads a centralized Project/Program Management function that manages a portfolio of over 200 products generating more than $1B annually. Also, she directs a team to build internal systems to automate and optimize operations and software engineering processes, and manage information such as internal and third party products, training programs, and compliance inquiries and activities.

On the operations front, she oversees ongoing operations and procedures, budget and expense control for 1000+ people located in offices around the world. She initiated and managed a near-shore team to augment engineering and support staff, and ensured efficient operations of 500+ offshore contractors.

Nora is a strong believer in giving back to the community and an active advocate for diversity and an active supporter of creating opportunities for people with disabilities.