Keynote Panel Speakers
Founder and CEO
Ayesha Barenblat is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over 15 years of leadership to promote social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry, she founded Remake to mobilize citizens to demand a more just, transparent, and accountable fashion industry. Remake’s free educational resources, advocacy campaigns, and sustainable brands directory are focused on making fashion a force for good.
Ayesha has worked across the public, private, and civil society sectors to promote the rights and dignity of the women who make our clothes. Prior to founding Remake, she led brand engagement at Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations partnership, to ensure safe and decent working conditions in garment factories around the world. Prior to this, she ran the fashion vertical at BSR, providing strategic advice to brands including Levi Strauss and Company, Marks and Spencer, Nike, and the Gucci Group on the design and integration of sustainability into business. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
She counts both Karachi and San Francisco as her homes, and she is happiest when spending time with the women who bring our fashion to life and amplifying the stories of fashion’s most essential workers.
Maria E. Hartin-Swart
Lockheed Martin Space
Maria E. Hartin-Swart is the Contracts Director at Lockheed Martin Space with specific responsibilities supporting Special Programs (SP) Line of Business and responsible for ~$2 billion annually. She provides executive leadership and guidance to senior staff on contracts and business management complexities, strategies for proactive contracting support to program teams, drives the resolution of business issues with key customers, develops and executes training programs, process improvements, and staff development within the SP teams.
Prior to coming to Lockheed Martin, Maria worked in the legal industry for 12 years supporting various civil litigations, construction, intellectual property and tort law. Maria’s experiences at Lockheed Martin over the past 17 years range from Program Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Estimating and currently as Director of Contracts with Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale, CA.
Maria is a native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area. She married her high school sweetheart and is a mom of two, which keep her busy and on the go. She holds advance degrees from San Francisco State University and California State University of Hayward. Maria is a certified Control Account Manager, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and a graduate of the LM Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program.
Maria is the Corporate Co-Chair of Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Awareness (HOLA) BRG, and an advocate in supporting key STEM initiatives within Space. In this role, Maria works to lead and coordinate HOLA initiatives and objectives in support of Hispanics and Latinx throughout the corporation. Throughout her career at Lockheed Martin, Maria has been intimately involved with promoting Hispanic cultural heritage, STEM in public schools and community volunteerism in Sunnyvale, Denver, Valley Forge, and Florida Cape locations. As a result, Maria was the 2020 Award recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Silicon Valley and the 2020 National Award recipient of Great Minds in Stem (GMiS) Luminary Honoree.
VP & General Manager
Cisco Networking Academy, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Laura Quintana joined Cisco in 1999 and is currently Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Manager of Networking Academy, Cisco’s largest and longest-running Corporate Social Responsibility program. She leads a global organization and has grown the Networking Academy to reach more than 3 million students annually (15.1 million since inception) in 180 countries with an annual in-kind contribution valued at over $367 million USD.
Laura and her team drive partnerships with governments, academic institutions, and nonprofits to prepare students to participate in today’s digital workforce and to connect them to career opportunities. She and her team are further expanding Networking Academy’s reach with SkillsforAll.com, a mobile first, self-paced, and gamified experience available direct to learner and via academies. Within the first six months of launching, more than 230,000 learners have joined Skills for All. Through Laura’s leadership, Networking Academy has become a critical part of country digital readiness, working with ministries of education around the world to further national digital agendas and develop the human capital necessary to support country transformation.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. She is a co-executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco’s Latinx employee resource organization. She serves as a member of the SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. Board of Directors, the Economic and Workforce Development Advisory Committee for California’s Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the Love Never Fails Advisory Board. She was recognized by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2021-2022). She was recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Latinas in 2021. She is fluent in Spanish and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their three children.
Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Communications, and Sustainability
Kyra Whitten is the Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Communications, and Sustainability at Flex, a $24 billion advanced manufacturer serving a wide range of industries. Kyra leads Flex’s corporate marketing, internal and external communications, sustainability program office and the Flex Foundation. In addition to leading the company’s marketing and communications functions, she is responsible for architecting the company's sustainability strategy in partnership with various functional owners to balance the needs of Flex stakeholders.
Prior to Flex, Kyra was Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Lam Research. Earlier in her career, she held several senior marketing and communications roles at Xilinx, KLA, Trimble, and Applied Materials. Kyra began her career at IBM as part of its Silicon Valley sales and marketing organization.
Kyra was recognized as a Sustainability Hero of the Year for 2021 by the Business Intelligence Group. She serves on the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. The Silicon Valley Business Journal has recognized Kyra as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business. Kyra is a member of the Page Society and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in international business from San Jose State University.