Mike Manos is a senior vice president and chief technology officer for First Data. Mike oversaw the company’s Girls Who Code program, and even involved a few of the girls in his global team Hack-a-thon. Follow Mike on Twitter.
Penny Collins vice president and chief technology control officer at First Data. She was very involved with the program as well, and actually leads the Women in Technology program at First Data. She also independently supports other Women in Technology programs throughout the greater Atlanta area. Follow Penny on Twitter.
Founder & CEO of Anisa International, Anisa Telwar Kaicker was exposed to business and entrepreneurship at a young age. Without a college degree or any formal business training, Anisa began honing her skills at age 17, working for her mother’s import/export company. She watched as her mother built her business from nothing into a $100 million-dollar organization, and later saw her lose it all. At 25-years-old, determined to pick up where her mother left off, Anisa called on a Korean business contact and asked to sell his products, those products were handcrafted cosmetic brushes, and in 1992, Anisa International was born. Beginning her solo career as a distributor, Anisa grew her brush organization into a design and production powerhouse. Within the first five years of business, Anisa was creating and manufacturing custom artistry tools for the biggest names in the beauty business. Leading the industry in product innovation, Anisa holds more than 25 patented and patent-pending trademarks in addition to various industry awards for innovation, excellence and superior partnership. In 2003, Anisa opened her own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Tianjin China and has successfully transformed beauty tools into proprietary solutions that add value and exceed expectations. Today, Anisa produces more than 25 million brushes a year and has offices in China, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London. Although cosmetics brushes remain the core of her business, she has branched out to include body brushes, storage solutions, and brush cleaning and care products. In an effort to pay forward her success and empower other female entrepreneurs, Anisa avidly creates a culture focused on mentoring and giving back to the community through partnerships with the Savannah College of Art and Design, Emory University Goizueta Business School and Agnes Scott College.