Hear From Top Women in Retail Tech

From the engineering lab to the corner office, women are making their mark on retail technology and setting the pace for future innovation. Meanwhile, nonprofits such as Women Who Code are working hard every day to close the gender gap in technology.

At the 2017 RetailTechCon, attendees will get to hear from four of the top women in retail tech. This panel discussion will feature females that are driving the industry forward with game-changing technology and innovations, including:

Kristina Allebach, Chief Information Officer, Reeds Jewelers

Since 2015, Allebach has functioned as the chief information officer for REEDS Jewelers, Inc. She is responsible for new technology implementations across physical and online channels, information governance and security, and works with the executive team to ensure that technology investments deliver the expected benefits to the enterprise. Previous to joining REEDS, Kristina held a variety of roles in both consulting and executive management in the Life Sciences industry. She led large-scale software implementations and managed cross-functional delivery teams as well as led the development of a project portfolio practice that allowed for the holistic prioritization of information technology spend based on expected return to the enterprise.

Leslie Hand, Vice President, IDC Retail Insights

As vice president for IDC Retail Insights, Hand is responsible for the research direction. She works with retailers and technology providers on developing best practices and strategies, aligned with where they are, and where they want to go, leveraging IDC quantitative and qualitative data sets. Before joining IDC, Leslie spent 28 years in the retail industry, with 5 years in operations and 23 in retail information technology and technology strategy. While in retail operations she managed stores and was instrumental in defining new customer centric and more efficient operational processes. While in retail technology she has guided strategy, technology selections, development, implementation and support efforts for the full gamut of retail technologies, in a variety of retail segments. She has won many quarterly research awards and IDC's most prestigious and highest honor for research excellence, The James Peacock Award, in January 2013.

Tammylynne Jonas, Former Vice President, IT, Kohls

Jonas is a Retail/ Digital/ IT Executive with more than 18 years of experience in the industry. She spent three years at Accenture doing technical consulting. She has 15 years of experience working at Kohl's Department Stores; her most recent role was VP of Enterprise Services- Technology. She has extensive experience in customer-facing technology across mobile, social, online and brick and mortar platforms. She is a thought-leader and a culture builder for the teams she works with. She was named one of Wisconsin's "40 Under 40" by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2015, and the "Young Alumna of the Year" by Marquette University in 2017.

Joey Rosenberg, Global Leadership Director, Women Who Code

Rosenberg is an experienced global volunteer and diversity advocate, who has worked in both marketing and management roles for a variety of companies ranging from startup to Fortune 50. She has 20-plus years of progressive professional roles, including: diversity strategy; global project, people, and product management; international marketing; digital and social media; and strategy. At Women Who Clode she works to enhance and expand the global footprint of WWCode networks that inspire women to excel in technology careers. She is a zealous volunteer that serves as a Global Leadership Facilitator and a Member of the Western Hemisphere Committee for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.


RetailTechCon will be held September 6-8, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton, Orlando, Florida. The conference features content based on strategies, technologies and tactics being used by leading retailers today and being invested in by fast followers. Retailers attending RTC will learn where their organizations stand compared to their competitors, share best practices with leading-edge retailers, meet new potential technology partners, and have fun!

This year's theme is: CONNECTED RETAILING: STRATEGIES AND TECHNOLOGIES THAT INNOVATE, DIFFERENTIATE AND ACCELERATE. For more information, to view the full agenda, or to register for the event click here.