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. 

Jill Anderson, Vice President of Customer Programs and Services at Southern California Edison

Jill Anderson, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Jill Anderson, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Jill Anderson is a clean energy executive who’s driven by her passion for customer experience. A dynamic and adaptable leader, on the one hand she is a visionary who brings innovative, big-picture ideas, and on the other she is laser-focused on key details and information to most efficiently drive projects and tech forward. She is known for her keen ability to absorb technical knowledge and synergize information from multiple inputs and then quickly execute next steps. Curious and energized by the future, Jill devotes time to encourage and mentor young women and men to pursue STEM careers.

Currently she is the Vice President of Customer Programs and Services at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for leading SCE's energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios and customer strategy, marketing, e-commerce and strategic alliance functions.

Previously, Jill was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country’s largest state power organization. She directed all wholesale and retail operations and was responsible for sales, marketing, new products and technology, and energy efficiency programs. She also oversaw the marketing of NYPA’s generation assets, trading, fuel operations, hedging and business development for new transmission and generation activities. Prior to serving in this position at NYPA, she led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, regulatory affairs and government relations departments at the organization.

Before joining NYPA, Jill worked for Hess Corporation, leading global process improvement projects focused on revenue enhancement, cost reduction and environmental excellence, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts. She also worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, leading teams responsible for natural gas and electric substation construction and operation, redesign of the distribution system to improve efficiency and integrate new technologies, and electricity and natural gas procurement.

Committed to how she can extend her reach beyond her office, Jill has been a Member or Director of three boards including: Alliance to Save Energy, Boston University’s Institute For Sustainable Energy, and the Energy and Efficiency Institute at UC Davis. She formerly served on the Boards of Smart Electric Power Alliance, Building Energy Exchange, and the Urban Green Council. In 2016, she published an article in Education Week titled, Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM Education. Throughout her career, she’s been recognized for her impact with various public service and leadership awards including: Top Executive Women in Business, Women Worth Watching, and 40 Under 40.

Jill received a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University. A lifelong learner, she continues to grow her knowledge with licenses and certifications. Jill is a Lean Practitioner and has certificates in Business Excellence, Senior Executive Leadership Management, and Legal Essentials for Utility Executives, from Columbia, Harvard, and Vermont Law School, respectively.

When she’s not in the office, she can be found feeding her running addiction or spending time with her two small children. Following her big move across the country to join SCE, Jill now calls South Pasadena home.


Lori Marino, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at ITT

Lori Marino, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Lori Marino, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Lori Marino is an award winning corporate attorney with 20 years of excellence in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance experience, both as in-house and outside counsel. Known for her sharp focus on results and desired outcomes, Lori has a proven history of advising the world’s top corporate executives on key strategic decisions. Thoughtful, innovative, and always up for a challenge, Lori is an expert at finding cross-functional solutions for complex projects and problems.

Currently, she is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at ITT. In her role, she provides trusted counsel to the Board of Directors, is responsible for all headquarters legal affairs and compliance for a NYSE-traded global multi-industrial manufacturer, and currently manages a department of 18 employees. Prior to ITT, Lori was the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Corporate Law and Business Development at Medco Health Solutions.

An industry leader and sought after speaker, Lori has been a panelist for various talks around corporate governance and was featured in Modern Counsel Magazine in March of 2018, for her work in helping to transition ITT’s legal department. In 2018, she was awarded the ITT Way Award (CEO’s Award) for leadership of a real estate sale with environmental challenges, in 2017, she received the First Chair Award, Top Assistant General Counsel, and in 2016, she received the ITT Way Award (CEO’s Award) for leading ITT’s 2016 corporate reorganization.

Lori’s impact reaches far beyond the walls of her office. She was a Member of the Board of Trustees for Garden State Equality, and was also a Member of the Board of Trustees and Governance Committee Chair for Gilda’s Club of Northern NJ. During her time at Medco, she helped establish the Medco Foundation, a nonprofit private foundation. Currently, she is an active member of Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Undergraduate Advisory Council, and a Leader at Advancing Women Executives, an organization that works to create equity and economic growth at work. She also currently belongs to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

Lori completed her Bachelor of Science with distinction, Applied Economics and Business Management at Cornell University, before going on to complete her J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (top 10%), at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During her time there, she was the Executive Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Lori is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

When she’s not in the office, Lori can be found traveling, playing tennis, and shuttling around her three young kids (7, 8, and 10).