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Accela SVP of Marketing Heidi Lorenzen to Join Panel at Global Leadership Summit on Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Women Amid COVID-19

Ideagen’s annual Global Leadership Summit focuses on global innovation across AI, the cloud, and more and brings together a diverse group of leaders for conversations around solving some of today’s most vexing issues

San Ramon, Calif. – On Tuesday, March 23, Accela Senior Vice President of Marketing Heidi Lorenzen will join as a speaker at Ideagen’s 2021 Global Leadership Summit for a session entitled, “#EmpowHERaccess: Activating Economic Access During a Pandemic.” Women in Cloud President & Co-founder Chaitra Vedullapalli will moderate the panel, which will feature diverse perspectives from women executives on the professional, economic, and systemic challenges many women have been facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond – an important discussion for this Women’s History Month. Fellow panelists include Sharan Hildenbrand, VP of Strategic Alliances North America for Hitachi Solutions, and Christine Bongard, President of The WIT Network. 

Women around the world have been disproportionately impacted by widespread job or salary cuts during the pandemic and economic destabilization. During the pandemic, women have lost jobs at nearly twice the rate of men, with over 5.4 million female roles cut in the U.S. alone since February 2020. The “#EmpowHERaccess: Activating Economic Access During a Pandemic” session will discuss how we can counterbalance the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce, strategies for increasing representation of women in senior leadership and on boards, and what economic access for women means for society as a whole. 

The full three-day summit will take place from Tuesday, March 23, to Thursday, March 25, and will focus on global innovation across AI, cloud, and more, while highlighting systemic solutions to solve the world’s most vexing issues, as we countdown to 2030 and achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Heidi will join an impressive bench of global speakers at the event, including Gretchen O’Hara, VP of AI Country Strategy & Sustainability Partnership at Microsoft; Simon Bland, CEO of GLIDE; Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UNCTAD NY Office; Christine Galib, Senior Director of Programs at The Ion; Fred Dust, Author; Peggy Pelonis, President of ACS Athens; Suzanne McCormick, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide; Ambassador Patrick Theros, Former U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar; Mary Millben, Award-winning Singer/Actress; Providence Health, and many more.

Accela works with over 80 percent of the largest cities in the United States and provides secure and flexible SaaS solutions to help governments quickly respond to evolving community needs, increase efficiency, and maintain resilience. Last October, at Accela’s annual customer and partner conference, Accelarate, Lorenzen led a conversation on “Women Reimagining Govtech Leadership and Impact” with three women in the govtech space – Amy Tong, CIO of California; Tye Hayes, CTO of Atlanta; and Jennifer Bradley, founding director at the Center for Urban Innovation at The Aspen Institute. The discussion provided forward-looking insights into how leaders can cultivate greater diversity and representation in government technology, and the leadership and technology requirements of a government reimagined.


Who: Accela Senior Vice President of Marketing Heidi Lorenzen

What: Panel Discussion at Ideagen’s 2021 Global Leadership Summit: “#EmpowHERaccess: Activating Economic Access During a Pandemic” 

When: Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 at 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT

Where: Register online here


About Accela

Accela provides market-leading cloud solutions that empower the most innovative state and local governments around the world to build thriving communities, grow businesses and protect citizens. More than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela’s solutions, which are powered by Azure, for permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and service request management. Accela’s fast-to-implement Civic Applications, built on its robust and extensible Civic Platform, help agencies address specific needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future. The company was recently recognized as a 2020 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Journal. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world. For more information, visit 

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