PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2021 November Women in Leadership LCI

 Empowered Women in Leadership Panel Discussion

03 Nov 2021 - Virtual
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Empowering Women In Leadership LCI Meeting


Join us to meet three successful and inspiring women who are leaders in their organizations and will share their stories and insights on leadership.  Our panelists will respond to prepared questions as well as questions from the audience.  This discussion will provide an opportunity to build your own leadership skills whether you are just starting out or are a well-seasoned professional.

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PDU Information
Program Number: C020-20211103
Empowered Women in Leadership Panel Discussion
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.0
Leadership - 1.0
Strategic - 0
Technical - 0


Sharmila Deshpande, Chief Technology Officer, Trucendent
Debbie Leonetti, Senior Vice President Global Services and Repair and Sales Operations, Integra LifeSciences
Chaya Pamula, President & CEO, PamTen and SheTek Founder

speakerSharmila Deshpande supports technology teams for delivery of software initiatives. She specializes in developing and motivating teams to perform at their highest potential while accomplishing common organizational goals. Sharmila has held leadership positions in Software Development and Technical Project Management in Financial Services, Telecommunications and Life Sciences domains. She started her most recent position as Chief Technology Officer for a FinTech startup, Trucendent. Sharmila is passionate about solving problems that facilitate progress for teams. In her spare time, she likes to hike and mentor women and men in any role in the software lifecycle.

spkrDebbie Leonetti is senior vice president of Global Service & Repair and Commercial Operations for the Codman Specialty Surgical Division. She joined Integra in 1997 and is responsible for leading the Division’s U.S. Sales Operations function in addition to its global service and repair program for customers around the world.

During her tenure at Integra, Debbie has held many executive positions including Chief Marketing Officer, CVP and President of Global Instruments and President of International. Debbie played a major role in the early stages of Integra helping shape it into the company it is today.
Debbie is a trained registered nurse and has her Executive MBA from UCLA.  She is a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and supports her community through Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc., an organization her husband founded in 2002.  The mission of Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. is to connect local special needs athletes with mainstream student-athletes in a spirit of friendship for their mutual benefit and inspiration.

spkrChaya Pamula is the President and CEO of PamTen Inc, a global technology company which she co-founded in 2007 following her successful career in IT at Bristol Myers Squib. She is a technologist, philanthropist, a visionary, mentor, an entrepreneur and above all a passionate human being. She holds an MBA and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard University.

Her positive approach, energy and creativity propelled her towards achieving the challenging goals she had set for herself. She founded SOFKIN (Support Organization For Kids In Need) an NGO (Non-government organization) that is currently supporting over 100 destitute & underprivileged children in India. SOFKIN creates loving and caring homes where the children are given medical attention, cared for, fed, educated, and provided with a nurturing environment which encourages overall personality growth and leadership skills under Chaya's guidance and inspiration. SOFKIN has youth groups established in New Jersey, Philadelphia and India where the students from local high schools and colleges volunteer for the organization.

Her passion to empower young girls and women in the field of Technology led her to found SheTek in 2018. SheTek is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to increase the percentage of women represented in the technology industry by creating a pipeline of talent that is highly skilled and job ready. This unique SheTek community is powered through partnerships and collaborations to provide training, mentorship and internships that lead to job placements through SheTek Staffing Services.

Chaya serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including Maher, which is supporting destitute women and children in India, and Gender Reconciliation International, supporting communities through gender reconciliation and inter spiritual training and workshops.

She is a welcomed speaker at many technology and social change events around the world. At the United Nations Commission on Status of Women, on gender issues and women empowerment; As a panelist on 'Access to Justice' at the Harvard India Conference 2016, a prestigious event attended by dignitaries, politicians, organizations and celebrities from India and around the world; at an International Inter-spiritual Conference For Women in leadership and also at many other technology & leadership conferences held in India & Canada.

Chaya is a Certified Business Process Management Professional (BPMP), Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and Six Sigma Green Belt. Her accolades and awards include Smart CEOs Future 50 Companies, NJBIZ Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies, NJ Best 50 Women in Business, and NJBIA Executive of the Year for 2018.


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