About Us

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”- Margaret Mead

Mission & Benefits

CloudNOW is a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud computing, focused on using technology for the overall professional development of women from around the world by providing a forum for networking, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and economic growth.

CloudNOW offers members opportunities to creatively approach the technological challenges of cloud today, working in partnership with the tech industry, cloud visionaries, and global media. Forming a collective, together we are the voice of authority for women in cloud and emerging technologies.

Our Team

Jocelyn DeGance Graham
Founder & President

Named by Everything Channel CRN as one of the 100 most influential women in IT, Jocelyn is the Founder of CloudNOW (cloudnetworkofwomen.com) and serves on the Advisory Board for Cloud Connect and the Nominating Committee for the Heinz Foundation Awards. Jocelyn has deep expertise in the areas of marketing, communications and research, and has spent the majority of her career advising Fortune 100 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, and Arthur Andersen/Accenture on strategic emerging technology decisions. Prior to founding CloudNOW, Jocelyn directed the marketing program for an award winning Cloud startup recognized by Gartner as a ‘Coolest Emerging Technology’. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bernard Golden
Advisory Board

Bernard Golden has been called a “cloud guru.” He is the CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy which works with clients in the US and throughout the world. The firm’s clients include Korea Telecom,Chunghwa Telecom, Pepsi, and BMC Software. HyperStratus provides cloud computing services in the areas of application security, system architecture and design, TCO analysis, and project implementation. Bernard is the Cloud Computing Advisor for CIO Magazine. His blog has been called “brilliant and incisive” and is read by tens of thousands of people each month. His blog was named “Top 50 Cloud Computing Blog” by Sys-Con Media, a “20 Most Important Cloud Blog” by AlwaysOn Media, and in a recent poll by AppDynamics his was cited as the third most influential cloud computing blog. Bernard’s writings on cloud computing have also been published by the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. Bernard is the author of Virtualization for Dummies, the most popular book on the subject ever published. He is also the co-author of Creating the Infrastructure for Cloud Computing (Intel Press, 2011). Bernard is a popular and engaging presenter, and has keynoted conferences from Moscow to Peru.

Lauren States
Advisory Board

As Vice President, Technology Strategy, Growth Initiatives and CTO for Cloud Computing on the IBM Corporate Strategy team, Lauren is responsible for the technology strategy for IBM’s growth initiatives, including cloud computing, Smarter Planet, business analytics and emerging markets. In her previous role as Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Software Group, Lauren led a global team responsible for establishing market leadership for Cloud computing.As a senior executive on IBM’s Integration and Values Team, Lauren played a leadership role in a company-wide initiative called the Client Value Initiative – a strategic reshaping of IBM’s value creation. Lauren joined IBM in 1978 as a Systems Engineer in New York City and has held a variety of leadership positions since that time.

Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has served on the IBM Technical Leadership Team which is responsible for the development and advancement of IBM’s technical workforce. As a role model and mentor to women and minorities around the world, Lauren co-chairs the IBM North America Black Constituency Council. She is Chair of the Board of Visitors for the Northeastern University College of Business and serves on the International House, New York, Board of Trustees. She also serves of the Board of Directors for MoJo (www.momsandjobs.com) and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

In 2003, Lauren received the Women of Color Technology Conference’s Managerial Excellence Award form Career Communications Group, Inc. In 2006, she was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in American Business by The Network Journal. She was also named one of the Top 100 Blacks in Technology in 2006 and 2007 by Career Communications Group, Inc.

Vanessa Alvarez
Advisory Board

Vanessa Alvarez is an accomplished, industry analyst, focused on next generation enterprise infrastructure and emerging technologies. She advises Fortune 500 enterprises on how to best leverage their IT environment to enable their competitive advantage, through the deployment of emerging technologies and operational models. Her expertise is in helping clients understand their long term business requirements, and recommending the most appropriate strategic technology solutions to meet those needs. She also focuses on helping organizations understand the need for the strategic alignment between business and IT, and the organizational challenges that come along in the process, as the role of IT transforms to take a more business-centric and service-oriented approach.

Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech for 2011, Alvarez has appeared on Bloomberg TV and received acclaim for her research through articles and quotes published in several publications, including CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Interop, CloudConnect, and GigaOm’s Structure, and is sought after for her thought leadership on the the evolving IT ecosystem.

Mary Beth Borgwing
Steering Committee, East Coast Chair

Ms. Borgwing is a leading risk and technology senior executive advising high growth companies on funding strategies and strategic business development, and specializes at the intersection of insurance and the cloud. By staying ahead of the curve and maintaining relationships within insurance, risk management, technology and other key industry leaders, she has guided her clients through Governance, Risk, Compliance/Enterprise Risk Management (ERM/GRC) process improvement and other risk efforts, including cloud insurance policy development and consulting. She has extensive start-up and turn around experience and a strong track record for breakthrough problem solving, profit and market share improvement, speedy results and team building.

Ms. Borgwing has held leadership roles with top professional services such as Marsh (MMC), Willis Group Holdings (WSH), Arthur J Gallagher (AJG) and has been the Chief Financial Officer & Operations Officers at Sentillion (MFST: US) FAST Company. Ms. Borgwing has been a frequent speaker on risk management topics in various venues such as Women Corporate Directors, BIO CEO Institute, American Conference Institute, American Bar Association, Massachusetts, MIT Sloan School Speaker Series BIO, Milken Institute, and other Industry Conferences.

Lori MacVittie
Tech Editorial & Blogs

 Recognized by Sys-Con Media’s Cloud Computing Journal as one of the Top 50 Most Prominent Cloud Bloggers, and the only female to make the list,Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical  materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. She currently focuses on cloud  computing, infrastructure, data center architecture, and security-related topics. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as  network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing  Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of  topics aimed at IT professionals. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science  from Nova Southeastern University.


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