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Let's Lead Together: A Conversation with Facebook’s Women Leaders

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Let's Lead Together: A Conversation with Facebook’s Women Leaders
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Meet Facebook’s women leaders during a networking event.

We brought together some of the brightest leaders in the industry for a candid scoop on Facebook’s culture, their upcoming projects, and why you might love the team.

Get ready for personal stories, honest insight, and an audience Q&A.

This event took place online Thursday, March 4th from 3 PM - 4:30 PM ET (12 PM - 1:30 PM PT).

Agenda:

  • 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT - PowerToFly Kickoff
  • 3:05 PM ET/ 12:05 PM PT - Fireside Chat Featuring:
    • Miranda Kalinowski, Vice President of Global Recruiting
    • Moderator: Janelle Hoyte-Smith, Human Resources Manager
  • 3:35 PM ET / 12:35 PM PT - Transition into Breakout Sessions
  • 3:40 PM ET / 12:40 PM PT - Breakout Sessions: Panel Discussions & Audience Q+As
    • “Connections Equal Power” - Employee Resource Group Panel
      • Madison Shea McMahan, Global Employment Brand and Recruitment Marketing Event Marketer
      • Kristen Beck, Learning Portfolio Manager, Blueprint Certification
      • Danielle Laing Waliyaya, Data Analytics Associate
      • Emily Muñoz, Program and Partnerships Manager - Online Safety
      • Christina Kurbanov, Strategy and Planning Manager
    • “Climbing the Ladder” - Technology Panel
      • Luisa Hurtado, Software Engineering Manager
      • Beatriz Dias Acosta, Software Engineering Manager
  • 4:25 PM ET / 1:25 PM PT - Closing Remarks from PowerToFly
  • 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT - Event Concludes

About Facebook: Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Over 2 billion people use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every month to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. They’re defined by their unique culture – one that rewards impact. Teams are encouraged to be bold and solve the problems they care most about.

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 1,000+ events across the world with brands like American Express, 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 hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Meet The Speakers

Miranda Kalinowski
Miranda Kalinowski

Miranda describes herself as a wife, trainee-mother of two rebellious humans and one delicious golden doodle and the Head of Global Recruiting at Facebook. Hailing from Australia and born to a single mum who was herself a recruiter (before going on to do other things), Miranda describes herself as one of the few recruiters on the planet who planned from an early age to pursue a career in recruiting. Miranda started her career in recruiting agency before joining Accenture to embark on an adventure in recruiting that spanned 17 years and 13 countries throughout APAC and North America. In 2011, Miranda joined PwC in New York to help build their Advisory team and ultimately to lead North America recruiting before getting ‘the call’ from Facebook. Since early 2014, Miranda has lead the global recruiting team at Facebook helping to grow from 6,000 employees to over 60,000 today. The first in her family to go to university, Miranda’s life ethos was shaped by the motivational words her brother shared at her graduation- ‘winners make it happen’.

Madison Shea McMahan
Madison Shea McMahan

Madison Shea McMahan is the Global Employment Brand and Recruitment Marketing Event Marketer at Facebook.

Kristen Beck
Kristen Beck

Kristen first joined Facebook in 2011 as an Account Manager for Direct Sales (the artist formerly known as CSM for the In-Market Sales team within the Global Business Group ). After a brief boomerang, she returned to Facebook working under the Scaled Solutions organization managing the strategic roll out of Facebook certifications as a Learning Portfolio Manager.

Prior to that, she was at a company called Yahoo! where she used a Blackberry and focused on managing digital advertising within the technology vertical.

She is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she studied Journalism. She currently lives in Chicago with her doodle mutt mix Cappy and her husband Colin. When her face is not in her phone, you’ll find her showing it with pizza and a good glass of Pinot Noir.

Danielle Laing Waliyaya
Danielle Laing Waliyaya

Danielle is the youngest of eight in a Jamaican family where she embodied service and diligence at a young age. She completed high school in three years and studied Mathematics at Montclair State University, where her excellence in data began.

Her passion for data landed her at Facebook in 2017, where her job is to keep users protected from real world harm. In her role, Danielle pioneers strategy in data and analytics and outside of her core job, she fosters safe spaces to support women navigating corporate spaces. In 2019 and 2020 Danielle coordinated and moderated an all-women's panel of industry leaders that focused on developing women in tech. She is passionate about leveraging corporate resources for community change. As such, Danielle has spearheaded Facebook events in partnership with local nonprofits like the Austin Justice Coalition and Code2College by coordinating fundraisers and educating prospective STEM students.

Off the clock, Danielle enjoys playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Emily Muñoz
Emily Muñoz

Emily Muñoz is a Program and Partnerships Manager for Online Safety at Facebook.

Christina Kurbanov
Christina Kurbanov

Christina Kurbanov is a Strategy and Planning Manager at Facebook.

Luisa Hurtado
Luisa Hurtado

Luisa Hurtado is a Software Engineering Manager at Facebook.

Beatriz Dias Acosta
Beatriz Dias Acosta

Beatriz Dias Acosta is an Engineering Manager supporting machine learning engineers dedicated to enforce our advertising policies at scale. She is a 16-year tech industry veteran with experience spanning engineering, science, and technical product management roles at Microsoft, Hearsay Systems and Amazon Alexa. She is originally from Mexico City and holds an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Janelle Hoyte-Smith
Janelle Hoyte-Smith

Janelle Hoyte is an HR Manager at Facebook with over 20 years of experience as an HR professional. Prior to joining Facebook, she held various HR leadership roles at Unilever and Pitney Bowes. Janelle is a strategic business partner to the leaders within the Tech recruiting organization. Her passion for developing talent at all levels has led her to drive key initiatives that foster growth, development, and inclusion within the workplace.