Keynote speaker - Melanie Kolp

Melanie Kolp currently serves as the senior vice president and chief technical officer for Corporate Technology at Nationwide. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology field as she oversees a team dedicated to supporting the technology strategy and product delivery for the corporate areas of Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Investments, IT Development and Document Solutions.

Prior to this role, Melanie supported Nationwide’s Retirement Plans business with a focus on opening new channels of growth while transforming and enhancing capabilities across both public and private sector.  Melanie held several other leadership roles across Nationwide, including overseeing technology for Property and Casualty homeowners insurance and agency systems, serving as the business operations leader for the Property and Casualty Technology organization, contributing to application development as an executive in an Agile/Lean development environment, and serving as the technology leader for Nationwide’s finance department. 

Prior to joining Nationwide in 2005, Melanie held technology positions at Ernst & Young LLP and American Electric Power.

Her passion is being a champion for the development and support of other women in technology. She is one of the founding members of the Women in IT organization at Nationwide, and is active in the local community as the founding president of Columbus Women in Tech. She served as a partner representative for the Anita Borg Foundation and is active with the international women’s organization WITI. In her personal time, she also volunteers with Prevent Blindness Ohio.

Melanie holds Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Management Information Systems and Business Management from Ohio University. Melanie and her husband, Bob, reside in Dublin, Ohio, with their three sons, Charlie, Ryan and Brady.

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Session: Your Vote = Your Voice

The headlines of what women fought for 100 years ago was their ‘right to vote’. What they were really fighting for was their ‘right to voice’. A right to voice their opinion, to voice their thoughts, and to voice their influence on the future.

It is no different today in a business context. We need more voices at the table. We need to be purposeful in taking more perspectives into account. We need to work harder on how to help amplify the voices of others.

Our discussion will be just this…how to bring out your own voice and the voices of others.