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LinkedIn WomenConnect: The Future of Careers

LinkedIn WomenConnect: The Future of Careers

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PowerToFly invited women to join LinkedIn for its 23rd WomenConnect event virtually on Wednesday, May, 31st 2023. WomenConnect is a LinkedIn program designed for women in technology and allies to come together and connect with other professionals, build meaningful relationships, and exchange ideas.

During the event, LinkedIn hosted a timely discussion with women engineering leaders on the future of careers with a focus on generative AI. Attendees got the chance to learn from and network with other attendees and LinkedIn employees.

  • 12:00 PM – 12:05 PM ET: Welcome & Event Kick-Off
  • 12:05 PM – 12:55 PM ET: Panel Discussion and Q&A – The Future of Careers: Emerging Roles, Trends and Gen AI featuring:
  • 12:55 PM – 1:00 PM ET: Event Wrap Up
  • 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET: Rock Your Profile & Networking

Meet The Speakers

Preeti Dharwadkar
Preeti Dharwadkar
WomenConnect Lead, Director of Talent Acquisition

I am passionate about connecting people with opportunities that match their skills, interests, and aspirations. As a Talent Acquisition leader at LinkedIn, I lead a team of world-class recruiters and sourcers that focus on hiring top talent for engineering teams that deliver innovative solutions, products, processes, and policies. I am also a champion of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIBs) and women in technology (WIT) initiatives, and I strive to create a culture of belonging and empowerment for all employees and candidates.

Shweta Patira
Shweta Patira
Head of Core Creator Engineering

I have spent 8+ years (of 14 overall years) in Tech leading Software teams, 5+yrs leading leaders while leading business lines. I’ve now built teams from scratch, grown them and led large teams in multiple companies - from tech giants to pre-ipo startups (Microsoft, HBO, Coupang, LinkedIn). I love diving into new spaces and have built up domain knowledge in Media, AR/VR, Search, Creators, Analytics, Ads & Data platforms, Marketing areas and more. I've led geographically distributed teams (across North America, Europe, Asia) that have driven hundreds of Millions in Revenue for the business by delivering high quality distributed systems. I've led cross-organizational company wide initiatives that run across business divisions to deliver multiple 0 to 1 products under competing timelines.

As a people leader I’m particularly keen on understanding each of my employee's life motivations, and use that to steer individual career paths. During my tenure, I've coached dozens of individuals through career advancement, multiple leaders through performance management and organizational design for their teams.

Today, As the Head of core Creator Engineering at LinkedIn I lead incredible engineering leaders accountable for areas like Sharing flow on LinkedIn, Creator Analytics & Creator Mode, Newsletters, Articles.
As a prior Senior Manager with Media Engineering I led passionate teams building Video Consumer Experiences - specifically Live Streaming and Stories for LinkedIn.
As Director of Engineering at Coupang during their pre-IPO phase, I led Ad Platforms & Experiences, my teams accountable for upwards of hundreds of Million in Revenue each year.
As Senior Engineering manager at HBO digital products I delivered spectacular experiences to HBO fans - specifically, marketing tools, data platforms.
At Microsoft, I launched our first generation of Holographic Apps and Hololens; Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality are spaces dear to me. I also played a big part in delivering Media experiences for, Microsoft's Search Engine.

Over the years I've developed a keen sense of what makes a good product, a good venture-bet and a good investment.

My social impact is intentional and focused on Equity & Opportunity for all - I've served on Boards of Non-Profits while also spearheading large scale Diversity Programs across tech.

Jennifer Marsman
Jennifer Marsman
AI Principal Engineer, Office of the CTO

Jennifer Marsman is the Principal Engineer of Microsoft’s “AI for Earth” group, where she uses data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to aid with clean water, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate change. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences around the world. Since 2016, Jennifer was recognized as one of the “top 100 most influential individuals in artificial intelligence and machine learning” by Onalytica, reaching the #2 slot in 2018. She has been featured in Bloomberg for her work using EEG and machine learning to perform lie detection. In 2009, Jennifer was chosen as "Techie whose innovation will have the biggest impact" by X-OLOGY for her work with GiveCamps, a weekend-long event where developers code for charity. She has also received many honors from Microsoft, including the “Best in Role” award for Technical Evangelism, Central Region Top Contributor Award, Heartland District Top Contributor Award, DPE Community Evangelist Award, CPE Champion Award, MSUS Diversity & Inclusion Award, Gold Club, and Platinum Club. Previously, Jennifer was a software developer in Microsoft’s Natural Interactive Services division. In this role, she earned multiple patents for her work in search and data mining algorithms. Jennifer has also held positions with Ford Motor Company, National Instruments, and Soar Technology. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her graduate work specialized in artificial intelligence and computational theory. Jennifer blogs at and tweets at

Grace Tang
Grace Tang
Principal Staff Engineer, Trust & Fairness AI

Grace Tang is a Principal Staff Machine Learning Engineer based in California. Grace has been with LinkedIn for over eight years, starting out as a Security Data Scientist and growing her career within LinkedIn through the years. Starting out as a Security Data Scientist in 2014, Grace's experience within the company has evolved and is focused on Machine Learning currently.