The 2017 Judging Panel
Sharon vickers kennedy
Sharon is the Co-Founder of Blacks in Technology - Twin Cities and Co-Organizer of Code Switch and Open Twin Cities.
With more than 15 years of experience in the field of technology, Sharon excels at IT strategy, business and IT alignment and software design and development. She currently serves as an IT Management Consultant on assignment with the City of St. Paul.
Davis has practiced corporate law for large and small businesses for 14 years, 7 as the founding partner of Davis Law Office. Davis teaches the Business Law Clinic at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and serves as the board president for PFund Foundation, the Midwest’s only LGBTQ community foundation and as a board member of Still Kickin, a non-profit dedicated to building a braver, more supportive world.
Mana Bhatt Sanghvi
Mana is the founder and CEO of Sittereco, a word-of-mouth mobile app network focused on empowering parents, sitters, and women. Her career spans 15 years leading businesses across a multitude of industries including banking, consumer packaged goods, ecommerce, wholesale and retail, music, and most recently, tech. She brings extensive brand and consumer/user empathy from her marketing background, having launched products in the US, Middle East, and Asia. Mana has a B.S. in Finance and International Business from Stern School of Business at New York University and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Alisa Mulhair is Director of Internal Innovation at Target, where she has been for 15 years as a merchant within Apparel and Home categories and in roles that were created to deliver new guest experiences and merchandising capabilities, such as launching smaller flexible format stores.
Alisa is currently focused on driving new growth opportunities at Target, particularly through partnering with internal teams to identify which problems to focus on, applying rigor around innovation processes, and connecting with the startup community to explore, test, and develop solutions.
In addition to her passion to drive growth at Target, Alisa is also passionate about driving impact within the Minneapolis riverfront by bringing public and private sector community partners together to solve problems and unite in shaping the future along the Minneapolis riverfront. On a Friday evening, you will likely find her at a foodie restaurant, sipping on a fine tequila, and having a great conversation & laugh with her husband, Todd.