Cydni Tetro - Co-founder/Executive Director
Cydni works with the world’s largest brands, retailers and technology companies to deliver innovative technology products, drive execution and build high performing teams. She has worked with hundreds of companies including Disney, Microsoft, Marvel, Star Wars, Facebook, MLB, MLS, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, NFL, Disney Stores, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us. She was founder and CEO of 3DplusMe, a 3D printing software platform, that was recently acquired by WhiteClouds. She spent 4 years at Disney as an EIR building technology businesses from R&D projects and launching those products into Theme Parks, ESPN, ABC and Interactive. She is faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10k small business initiative where she teaches growth planning, leadership, sales and marketing. She is an Operating Partner at Mercato, a growth equity firm. She is founder and President of the Women Tech Council, a non-profit with more than 10,000 members in its community. Cydni holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in computer science from Brigham Young University.
Kim Jones - Co-founder/Chair of the Board
CEO - Vérité, Inc.
Kimberley Jones founded Vérité based upon a vision for taking media to a digital communications platform. After over twelve years in Silicon Valley marketing and selling everything from high-end file servers and workstations to programmable chips, Kim Jones moved to Utah for a change. Upon arriving she immediately began working in the Broadcast Film and Video production market selling Sony Broadcast for a reseller based in Salt Lake City. Now as CEO of Vérité she is focused on interactive solutions for sales, marketing and training communications as well as web-based business applications and social media platforms. For over eighteen years she has been the driving force behind the company’s growth and project accomplishments. She is also the Chairman of the Board for the Utah Women Technology Council and a Trustee on Westminster College’s MBA Advisory Board and an Honorary Trustee of the Utah Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Sara Jones - Co-founder/VP Operations
Sara Jones brings almost 20 years of experience leading growth strategy, strategic partnerships, legal strategy, and fundraising/commercialization. Ms. Jones was CEO of ApplicantPro, an HR SaaS company providing talent recruiting tools to over 3,000 clients where she led the company to profitability and high valuation. She was VP Strategic Development at Patent Law Works. As head of business development at School Improvement Network, she led strategic partnerships and product roll-out, and worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers on educational policy leadership. She advises on the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning. Ms. Jones was a shareholder and partner at Workman Nydegger law firm where she practiced patent law for almost ten years. She is Co-Founder of Women Tech Council, founded in 2007, which has grown to be the most visible trade association in Utah for women in tech, with a reach of over 10,000 women and men. Ms. Jones graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University law school in Provo, Utah and holds a B.S. in chemical engineering, with honors, from University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Julie Simmons - VP Education
Consolidated Data Services
Julie is passionate about helping young women. She is also the CEO of a women’s empowerment company, that publishes a website, www.lookilulu.com. Julie also serves on the Career Technology Advisory Board for Weber School District
Gretta Spendlove - VP TechTalks/Legal Counsel
Shareholder at Durham Jones & Pinegar
She practices corporate and real estate law. Gretta works with growing companies in structuring their businesses, obtaining financing, and protecting their intellectual property and other assets. She also handles commercial real estate development, sales, and leasing. Gretta is actively involved in the Utah business community. She has served as vice president of the Salt Lake Rotary, president of Women Lawyers of Utah, and chair of the Real Estate and Business Sections of the Utah State Bar. She is presently a member of the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Women's BusinessCenter and a member of the Advisory Board for the Zion’s Bank Women's Financial Group. Gretta writes for Utah Business.
Dr. Angela Trego - VP Women Tech Groups
Faculty Member at Utah Valley University
Dr. Angela Trego, PE, currently works at Utah Valley University as a faculty member in Technology Management. She is also a consultant providing expertise in program management and teaching technical short courses. She has worked at Varian Medical Systems, ATK, Becton Dickinson and The Boeing Company. Dr. Trego has two patents and is the author of over 50 publications and presentations. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. She is an associate fellow member of AIAA. Angela is actively engaged in mentoring, Expanding Your Horizons, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and on the executive board of directors for Women Tech Council.
Laura Wagner, Treasurer
Audit Manager Grant Thornton
Laura is an audit manager in the Grant Thornton Salt Lake City office. She serves clients in a variety of industries, particularly in technology and not-for-profit. Laura has served organizations, both publicly traded and privately held, that range from small, entrepreneurial companies to expanding not-for-profits to multi-national corporations. Laura is also active in our Salt Lake City technology industry group. In addition to her role as Treasurer for the Women Tech Council, Laura serves on the board of the Utah Chapter of the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants. Laura graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree.
Kristin Wright, Programs Director
Kristin joined Women Tech Council in 2011, working with an all-volunteer executive board in growing valuable programs for Women Tech Council's community. Kristin oversees coordination of all events, sponsorship and member management, advisory board relationships, and all outreach communications. She has loved bringing her prior IT experience and using her business degree to generate economic impact for a community she cares deeply about.
Before Women Tech Council, Kristin handled operations for Wasatch Business Community. Prior to that, she was with ModusLink, a world-wide IT operation. She worked her way up from admin assistant to IT Director, then to QA analyst, and finally to IT Project Manager. Her insight in IT career pathways has influenced Women Tech Council outreach to women in technology in all levels of an organization. Kristin graduated from UVU with a bachelors in Business Management.