Diversity in Tech:

Women on the Rise

November 30, 2023

5:30 PM (New York)



English-Portuguese simultaneous translation

On November 30, 2023, join three inspirational special guests whose efforts have resulted not only in their own success in the tech sector, but also in the acceleration and growth of countless young women’s careers.

This “Talking Business” will feature Lauren States, a U.S. based executive who was responsible for the sales force strategy of IBM’s multibillion-dollar software business. Also confirmed is Raquel Belém, Senior Director of Corporate Accounts at Genesys and a member of the Advisory Board of WoMakersCode, an NGO that has inspired more than 200,000 women in Brazil, Chile and North America to pursue STEM careers. Camille Gomes, a young front-end developer who won a full scholarship to study Software Engineering at UNINTER, will join them to show the path forward to those who are interested, but don’t know how to advance in a career in tech.

In this event you will:

  • Learn how to better access the support and mentoring needed to face and overcome barriers in a career in tech.
  • Be inspired by the achievements of three exceptional women at each stage of a career.
  • Receive valuable advice on how to deal with the challenges, obstacles and setbacks that are part of any successful career.


Former Technology Executive | Independent Director | Advisor | Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow

Lauren States is an experienced tech executive who spent her career at IBM addressing complex business challenges in technology, strategy, transformation, sales and talent development. Prior to her retirement, she was Vice President, Strategy and Transformation for IBM Software Group. Lauren was responsible for the sales force strategy for their multibillion-dollar software business. As Chief Technology Officer in the corporate strategy function, she was a leader in IBM’s transformation to cloud computing. Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded corporations. She is devoted to community service. As a board member of Code Nation, she helps students in under-resourced communities to pursue careers in science and technology. Lauren holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School and completed a Fellowship with Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. In 2021, Savoy Magazine listed her among the “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors”.

Enterprise Senior Account Director, Genesys | WoMakersCode Advisor | Mentor, Semear Institute | Speaker | CX Specialist

Raquel Belém is a Senior Enterprise Account Director at Genesys, Advisory Board Member at WoMakersCode, Career Mentor at Instituto Semear, Journalist, Speaker and Customer Experience Specialist. With more than 17 years of corporate experience, she has worked for companies such as LinkedIn, Salesforce and the Museum of Tomorrow. Raquel is passionate about people and promoting experiences based on empathy. She is proud to be a black woman holding an executive position in a multinational. An eternal ally of a more diverse and inclusive job market, her daily motivation is to study, learn and teach.

Front-end Developer; Software Engineering Student and Global Student Ambassador at UNINTER

Camille Gomes, a 22-year-old woman from the Rio de Janeiro suburbs of Baixada Fluminense, is a front-end developer and a Software Engineering student at UNINTER. Passionate about technology, she creates projects for end-users, including high-fidelity design prototypes and websites. She started learning English at age 11 after recognizing that it could open career opportunities for her. Camille grew up without successful black female professional role models in her community. She is committed to encouraging and enabling more female participation in the tech industry. Camille earned a full scholarship for her university studies based on academic excellence. She aspires to build an international career, using her technical and language skills to break barriers and inspire younger girls to pursue similar paths and achievements.

Presentation and Moderation

Jason Dyett

VP, Uninter Global Hub

Jason Dyett is Vice President and co-founder of the UNINTER Global Hub. Based in Boston, he has 25 years of experience establishing and growing private sector and higher education initiatives in the U.S. and Brazil. He served as Managing Director of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, where he led its staff in expanding a fellowship program for C-level executives re-focusing on social impact. From 2006 to 2016, he was founding Executive Director of Harvard’s University-wide office in São Paulo, Brazil. Earlier in his career, Jason conducted best practices research on information risk for Fortune 1000 companies and worked in business development for international technology start-ups. Jason earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont.