Panel Discussion

Connect with American Express’ Women Leaders in the USA & UK

December 08, 2020 11:00 AM EST
December 08, 2020 11:00 AM EST
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American Express is one of the world’s most recognized brands. What goes on behind the scenes to create the premier service company and largest credit card issuer by volume? Just ask their technology organization.
You’re invited to an intimate virtual networking experience with American Express’ women technology leaders. During an interactive 90-minute session, you’ll learn about the team’s upcoming projects, gain career advice, discuss job opportunities, and get your foot in the door for a new career.

While you don’t have to be job searching to attend, American Express is hiring. This event is a fit for Engineering Directors, Full Stack Developers, Java/API Engineers, and Salesforce Developers.

Join us online Tuesday, 8th December, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM GMT).

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM GMT - PowerToFly Kickoff
  • 11:05 AM ET / 4:05 PM GMT - Keynote Address from American Express
  • 11:15 AM ET / 4:15 PM GMT - Tech Talk/ Product Demonstration from Karina Alvarez Silverstein, Vice President of Engineering
  • 11:25 AM ET / 4:25 PM GMT - Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A featuring:
    • Adrianna Bailey, Vice President of Engineering, Global Servicing Group
    • Divyangi Anchan, Vice President, IT Risk & Information Security
    • Karina Alvarez Silverstein, Vice President of Engineering
    • Tom Verutes, Vice President, Enterprise Big Data & Customer Engagement Technology
    • Vanessa Hackett, Vice President, Product & Engineering, Loyalty
  • 12:00 AM ET / 5:00 PM GMT - Closing Remarks
  • 12:05 PM ET / 5:05 PM GMT - Breakout Sessions
  • 12:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM GMT - Event Concludes

About American Express: American Express is a global services company that provides consumers and businesses with exceptional access to products, insights, and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. They make it easier, safer and more rewarding for consumers and businesses to purchase the things they need and for merchants to sell their goods and services through innovative payment, travel, and expense management solutions.

The company was listed as #9 on the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune 2020 and received a 100% on the “Corporate Equality Index Score” from the 2020 Human Rights Campaign.

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 few years, we’ve produced 300+ events across the world with brands like Facebook, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Slack, which have resulted in countless hires.

About PowerToFly’s Events: All RSVP’d attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and American Express cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email if you have any questions about this policy.

Meet The Speakers

Adrianna Bailey
Adrianna Bailey

Adrianna is a veteran of the High-Tech Industry in a broad spectrum of roles Leading and Influencing Global Teams, with a demonstrated ability to forge coalitions for cross-functional collaboration and superior performance. She has experience working and living in the Americas, EMEA and JAPA, leading teams located within those geographies.

Adrianna joined American Express in January 2019 and is currently the Vice President of Engineering for Global Services Group with responsibility for the Servicing Platforms and Applications used by Customer Care Professionals.

Prior to American Express, Adrianna was the Vice President of Engineering leading Product Development for Domo, a fully Mobile, Cloud-based OS Delivering Hybrid Cloud Connectors and Federated Data Pipelining to surface real-time business insights. Prior to Domo, Adrianna led multiple engineering teams at Google in Mountain View, CA and held engineering leadership positions at EMC/VMware from 1999-2014.

When not working or traveling, Adrianna spends time reading, biking, near or on the water, and playing team sports. Adrianna also enjoys giving back to the Community. She and husband Brian moved to FL in 2019 and are currently sharing space with their daughter Elana and their one year old grandson. Her son Ben lives in Aventura.

Divyangi Anchan
Divyangi Anchan

As Vice President – Engineering, Global Risk & Compliance Technology, Divyangi is responsible for leading business value delivery for Global Risk, Compliance, Internal Audit and Privacy. She oversees core functionalities for Global Financial Crimes Compliance such as Sanctions Screening and Suspicious Activity Reporting, Privacy Choice, Right to Access and Portability, Data Deletion and Archival, Operational Risk, Know Your Customer Refresh, predictive analytics and rule development.

Previously, as Vice President of IT risk and information security at American Express, she was responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the company’s global technology risk program. Prior to American Express, Divyangi served as Executive Director in the technology risk and controls office at JPMorgan Chase and Vice President in technology risk at Goldman Sachs.

Divyangi is passionate about women in technology and STEM issues, with a focus on recruiting, fostering and promoting the growth of technical women in the financial services industry. She has helped build and execute programs with the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women, and served as a mentor with Girls Who Code.

Divyangi holds a master’s degree in computer science from Stony Brook University, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Mumbai University.

Karina Alvarez Silverstein
Karina Alvarez Silverstein

As Vice President of Engineering, Karina is responsible for the customer information management enterprise platforms. She is mainly responsible for modernizing the customer relationship management landscape to centralize the data globally, without fragmentation , improved coverage, and improved accuracy. Karina has been with American Express for 11 years. Prior to this role, she held leadership positions within engineering over seeing delivery of acquisitions and credit and fraud risk technology. As well as she was an engineer on credit bureau integration platforms and servicing portal platforms for several years, implementing multi-market enhancements and streamlining components for ease of re- use in new customer journey implementations.

Karina holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Information Technology and Engineering Management from Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Plantation, Fl with her husband Matthew, and one year old son, Liam.

Vanessa Hackett
Vanessa Hackett

Vanessa Hackett is VP of technology at American Express, looking after the company’s loyalty and benefits platforms. Vanessa’s engineering team enables seamless and secure digital customer experiences, along with loyalty products and services, using global APIs and core platform capabilities.

Vanessa joined Amex in 1998 as an executive assistant. She held various analytical and project management roles in technology, before becoming a delivery director. She is an avid supporter of Agile methods, DevOps and the developer experience. Vanessa is passionate about building diverse talent and fostering a culture of inclusivity. She is executive sponsor of Amex’s UK Women in Technology network.

Tom Verutes
Tom Verutes

As Vice President, Enterprise Big Data and Customer Engagement Technology, Tom Verutes is responsible for the global engineering practice for enterprise functions including Big Data and Analytics, Machine Learning, Business Intelligence, Database Engineering, Prospect and Customer Marketing, and Personalization. Tom is also responsible for Technology Data Management Strategy in close partnership with the Chief Data Office, and sits on the Amex Enterprise Data Committee.

Tom is an experienced information management and technology professional. In his 22 years with American Express he has held both product management and engineering leadership roles supporting all lines of business. Since joining the Technology organization in 2010, Tom has led the transformation and modernization of Amex’s digital marketing and personalization capabilities, connecting buyers and sellers by leveraging the power of AmEx’s closed-loop network and big data capabilities to drive cross-channel digital commerce. More recently Tom has taken on leadership for the engineering of the company’s enterprise big data platform, Cornerstone where he has been instrumental in modernizing AmEx’s large scale analytics and business intelligence capabilities.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. He lives in Rockville Centre, NY with his wife Janet, their daughter Anna, and son James.