About this event

Kelley Steven-Waiss is the CEO and President of Hitch, a SaaS talent marketplace that was incubated and now productized inside its parent company of a different industry. Kelley will share how she moved from corporate leader at a large technology firm to creating a cutting-edge new business during one of the worst pandemic's in history. Her purpose was simple: to create a world where we are more engaged, motivated, and fulfilled. Hitch helps companies maximize performance by creating an "inside gig"- utilizing talent that already exists on your payroll but going untapped. Learn Kelley's journey of an Intrapreneur to an Entrepreneur- navigating constant change and "swimming upstream" within a large enterprise as a senior executive can be a daunting task by itself. But doing so while flipping-the-script and starting your own business - raising funding during the worst pandemic in modern history- is simply incredible. Join us for a special Virtual Salon on how Kelley mastered moving from leading a large enterprise to birthing an agile young start-up venture.


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.


Kelley Steven-Waiss Chief Innovation Officer

Kelley Steven-Waiss is a technology and business leader with more than 25 years of executive management and consulting experience in human resources, change management and corporate communications. She is the founder of Hitch (www.hitch.works) a cloud-based SaaS talent mobility solution, which uses machine learning and AI to match project-based opportunities to internal employee skill profiles. Prior, Kelley was Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) and Chief Human Resources Officer, for HERE Technologies. She is the co-author of The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity, a new book that will help companies unlock the hidden skills within their organizations to maximize their talent, increase agility and thrive. She serves on the Board of Directors of FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Kelley is an active member of HR technology community and is a sought-after speaker, with keynotes and panels including Singularity, Disrupt HR, and NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors). Forbes HR Council Member, Contributor, and has been interviewed and quoted in many publications including Forbes, Authority Magazine, and Thrive Global. Recipient of Most Influential Corporate Directors Award in 2019 by Womens, Inc.

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Building Your Company

From Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur-How to Innovate and Win Inside Out

Wed, Sep 23 @ 9:30am PT (1 hr)

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