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A Virtual Evening with Freddie Mac’s Women Leaders and Allies

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A Virtual Evening with Freddie Mac’s Women Leaders and Allies
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Freddie Mac is changing the housing market in the US, and they want you to join the movement. We hosted a special virtual event with the company’s women tech leaders and allies as they shared how they’re making an impact, personal career advice, and more!

Freddie Mac makes buying or renting a home more accessible and affordable. By purchasing mortgage loans from lenders, they free up capital for future mortgage loans— creating a more liquid, stable, and affordable U.S. housing market.

Their team discussed who they are, what they do, and why you should work for them (if you’re in the market!). While you don’t need to be searching for a job to re-watch this event, Freddie Mac is hiring and they’d love to connect with talented professionals.


  • 5:30 PM ET - PowerToFly Kickoff
  • 5:35 PM ET - Welcome Address & Tech Talk by Melissa Chiari, Vice President of IT Transformation
  • 5:50 PM ET - Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A featuring
    • Sandy Sweeney, IT Resiliency Governance Director
    • Any Oettinger, ETX User Advocacy
    • Erika Thompson, Manager- IT Third Party Risk
    • Brandon Rush, VP, Business Technology Officer Capital Markets
  • 6:25 PM ET - Closing Remarks
  • 6:30 PM ET - Breakout sessions with the Freddie Mac team by area
    • Brandon Rush – Business Tech.: Investments & Capital Markets
    • Sandy Sweeney – Business Resiliency
    • Any Oettinger – ETX
    • Erika Thompson – Risk
    • Melissa Chiari - IT Transformation & Maclean Area
  • 7:00 PM ET - Event ends

Check out what Freddie Mac is doing to help millions of homeowners and renters during the COVID-19 pandemic here. We’re proud to partner with an organization that supports borrowers who are unable to make mortgage payments, especially single-family businesses, due to income changes from the effects of COVID-19.

Even more, Freddie Mac has been awarded several times for its commitment to diversity, innovation, and leadership. Awards include the 2020 Human Rights Campaign “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality”, 2019 Working Mother “Best Companies for Multicultural Women”, and 2019 National Association for Female Executives “Top Company for Executive Women”.

About PowerToFly: PowerToFly is a women-run startup that works with companies to identify skilled professionals they’d like to network with. Over the past two years, we’ve produced over two hundred virtual and in-person events across the world with brands like American Express, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Slack, which have resulted in countless hires. Visit to learn more.

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Meet The Speakers

Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
VP, Business Technology Officer - Capital Markets, Freddie Mac

25 years experience in Fixed Income products, working in various aspects of electronic trading since 1999.

Led various efforts centered around automated market making to clients and exchanges/IDBs including TradeWeb, Bloomberg, BTEC, eSpeed, Govex, MTS, CME, Eurex, and LIFFE.

Worked in various capacities to build-up and leverage global time series infrastructure using KDB.

Created a platform for trading and asset servicing Bank Debt for PAR and Distressed markets in the US, Europe and Asia.

Worked in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Series 7 and 63 certified.

Erika Thompson
Erika Thompson
Manager- IT Third Party Risk, Freddie Mac
Any Oettinger
Any Oettinger
ETX User Advocacy, Freddie Mac
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills with the ability to multi-task
  • • Superb knowledge of PC hardware
  • • Excellent technical problem solving skills
  • • Superb management and communication skills
  • • Excellent command of workstation software; MS Windows 7, Windows XP, MS office and Mac OS X
  • • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • • Ability to work cross functionally within an organization
Sandy Sweeney
Sandy Sweeney
IT Resiliency Governance Director, Freddie Mac

I am a results driven IT Risk Governance Director with 21 years of business & IT Experience within the secondary mortgage market including 16 years of proven leadership of high performing teams and complex projects. I have extensive experience in IT Risk Management; IT Disaster Recovery; Business Continuity; systems change and project management; End-User-Computing program management; and Service Continuity experience including vendor and contract management; risk management; and enabling business users. I have successfully managed budget and finance on IT portfolios exceeding $10M.

A two time speaker at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology, I am a successful public speaker who has a passion for inspiring women and early career entrants to stretch beyond their comfort zone. My success comes through relationship building and deep listening to my customer's needs.

I am on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together North Texas. I successfully chaired the Executive Director Search/Recruiting Committee. I am also on the audit/finance committee and the policy/procedure committee.

Meilssa Chiari
Meilssa Chiari
Vice President of IT Transformation