19 - 21 April 2021
(New speakers to be announced every week!)
Chief Customer Officer @ Ted Baker
Chief Operating Officer @ General Assembly
Head of US Business Marketing @ TikTok
VP eCommerce @ GoCompare
EVP Partner of Operations @ CI&T
Chief People & Culture Officer @ Pets at Home
Senior Director & Global Platform Leader @ Eli Lilly
VP, Consumer Marketing @ McAfee
VP & Head of Sustainability Solutions @ Everledger
COO @ Chip
VP of Commerce Product and Consumer Brands @ Conde Nast
Founder, Failure Collective @ Innovation Strategist, Global Decision Analytics, Experian
Global Head, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion @ ThoughtWorks
Principal Data Science Manager @ Microsoft
Acquisitions Officer-AI/Data Science @ United States Air Force
CEO Co-Founder @ We Love Work
Head of Community and Engagement @ Rare Seed
Partner Security Architect & Officer, CX Cloud Platform Security @ Cisco
Remote Team Coach @ eyeo
Remote Team Coach @ eyeo
Senior Global SAP Manager @ Interpublic Group
Natasha Baker Bjoerndal
Founder @ The Careerist
Product Owner @ Sustainably
UX Designer @ Sustainably
Product Manager @ Instagram
Founder & CEO @ Wild.AI
CEO and Founder @ UnderTheDoormat
Becky Curran Kekula
Director, Disability Equality Index @ Disability:IN
Head Coach @ HHH Self Defence
CMO @ (Ex-Spotify & Serial Entrepreneur), Froda
Shafali Shown – Keen
Franchisee in Training @ McDonalds
Founder, Owner and Managing Director @ Celebrating Disability
Founder & Mental Health Expert @ Benevolent Health
Founder & CEO @ Baby2body
Owner @ Underwing
CEO @ EQ Inspiration
Owner & Founde @ Walk Your Talk
Executive Coach & Strategic Advisor
Investor Associate @ Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Writer, Director & Producer @ Tapping Wand Productions
ICT Project Manager @ Project Isizwe
Product Owner / Software Engineer @ The Synergist
Community Builder @ Build Your Dream Network
Sofia Hernandez is the Head of US Business Marketing for TikTok, the leading short-form video platform designed to inspire creativity and bring joy. She's responsible for building innovative marketing solutions that help brands become TikTok fluent and engage with their communities through powerful and creative storytelling.
Prior to TikTok, Sofia was the Chief Client Officer at consumer insights platform Suzy where she was responsible for driving revenue retention and growth, informing the product roadmap, and ensuring the entire company was rooted in a ‘customer first’ approach. With over 18 years leading some of the most iconic global marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including P&G, J&J, Netflix and Spotify, Sofia's passion for people and what makes them tick continues to fuel her keen understanding of how to drive successful connections between brands and the people that love them.
An activist at her core, Sofia recognizes her role as part of the 1% of Latina Executives in Tech and is committed to fostering inclusion in the tech industry by incorporating DEI into everything she touches--from a company's hiring practices to its advertising. Sofia is a passionate advocate for social justice and co-founded a unique apparel line, Black on Black BK, that's dedicated to spreading messages of equality and empowerment.
Sally has been working in digital for over 20 years across publishing, broadcast, eCommerce and even running a boutique product consultancy business. She’s been part of the team behind some high-profile digital product launches including the award winning Times and Sunday Times paywall and BT Sport. As Chief Innovation Officer at Photobox she developed new revenue lines and lead an end-to-end team who developed and launch new physical products.
She is currently leading eCommerce at GoCompare - overseeing digital marketing (SEO, CRM, Display, PPC and Affiliates) as well as product development and innovation.
Sally is passionate about supporting women in the digital sector and is a former founder of 10 Digital Ladies, a 2000+ community of senior women working in tech.
Solange has been working with CI&T for over two decades, a company where she started as the 5th employee. Solange acts as a Lean Digital Transformation Agent for big and distinguished brands, taking part in strategic missions which aim at exponential growth and impact for their Businesses and Consumers. Among her main challenges is delivering disruptive initiatives, passing through the instantiation of Client Centricity's cornerstones, Experimentation Culture and Value Stream structures based on Multi Disciplinary teams.
Solange is now the Executive Vice President Partner of Operations with CI&T, responsible for leading missions with customers at the Financial and Insurance sectors. As a leader, her personal aspiration is to build more humanized Corporate environments and collaborative Management models as well as to show the value of Diversity and Inclusion at the workplace, bringing business and societal impact as a consequence.
In her own journey, she's built a background of learning regarding Commercial, Delivery and also Customer Relationship. Solange is a graduate in Computer Science at UFSCar and a master in the same area at UNICAMP, as well as being a mother of three.
Part of the executive management team, Louise is the chief people and culture officer at Pets at Home and has been with the business since joining in 2004, originally as group legal director and company secretary of the Plc Board before moving into the role of chief people and legal officer in 2017.
In 2019, Louise’s role evolved into the role of group chief people officer placing culture at the heart of all decision making and including responsibility for the group’s social purpose strategy.
Louise is also the chair and trustee of the charity Support Adoption for Pets. Prior to Pets at Home, Louise was a corporate lawyer at DLA Piper LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna.
Louise is passionate about ensuring that progression opportunities exist for all employees and is a huge advocate for ensuring policies are in place to support colleagues with families, having had three children of her own during her career so far at Pets at Home.
Fariha is an empathetic and collaborative leader who thrives in innovation-led organizations. As an expert in Engineering, R&D and Program Management, she has led the development of innovative marketing solutions for the healthcare, insurance and consumer industries. Also, as an agile pioneer, she has increased product velocity by setting up fast-paced development programs across multiple geographies. Her career spans large companies, startups, non-profits and government organizations.
Previously, as Partner, Product & Program Velocity at Digital Innovation Inc, she worked to create an innovative product design and development process to complement the firmâ€™s internationally recognized corporate innovation framework. Most recently, Fariha has joined Eli Lilly as a Senior Director & Global Platform Leader: Connected Care.
Judith Bitterli currently serves as Vice President of Consumer Marketing at McAfee. She is a passionate advocate for online security, family safety and safeguarding our digital experiences. She has been in the security space for eight years and technology for over thirty years. She brings to her work a fundamental belief that online security is a basic human right in todays day and age.
Carrie leads Everledger’s sustainability applications across all our verticals from diamonds and gems to batteries and wine. She also focuses on assessing how and where our technology can increase efficiency, reduce administrative burden, and improve supply chain data well beyond basic compliance.
Carrie previously worked in the jewellery, electronics, and apparel industries. Across several senior roles, she collaborated with corporations, governments and non-profit organisations to map supply chains and create programmes to mitigate social and environmental issues and have positive impact in more than 30 countries.
Sharon has over 20 years of experience in financial services, having spent the vast majority of her career so far in large multinational corporations.
Sharon started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, before moving to GE Capital to work in the Insurance business and the Life and Pension businesses specialising in Lean Six Sigma, Programme Delivery and Operations. After that, she worked in Barclays both in the retail bank and wealth management businesses, delivering large scale programmes of change. More recently, Sharon was the Transformation and Customer Service Director at LeasePlan UK, before moving into fintech and joining Deposit Solutions as the Innovation Director for the launch of its UK business.
Sharon joined Chip in 2019 as the COO. Chip, one of the UK’s fastest growing fintechs, uses AI to save up money for you and get you better returns, all automatically.
As the COO, she is directly responsible for looking after Operations, Customer Service, and People teams, as well as ensuring that delivery across all aspects of the business and partners happens in the most effective way.
Mel is VP of Commerce Product and Consumer Brands at Conde Nast.
She is responsible for leading key brands globally across the digital portfolio - Vogue, GQ, Conde Nast Traveller, Arch Digest, Allure and is now leading the transformation of new revenue opportunities within the commerce space.
She has led customer experience transformations in various publishers and ecommerce companies: Photobox, Telegraph, Which? Mr&MrsSmith, Lonely Planet and TimeOut.
Mel is also an advocate of a minimalist and slower paced lifestyle. This includes remote and flexi-working, and making sure we all have time for family, personal projects and travel.
Founder of the Failure Collective, Caroline is a Coach and Trainer specialising in helping people get out of their own way. Combining 15 years’ experience leading Innovation and Strategy teams at leading FTSE organisations with a passion and knack for helping people show up 100% as themselves, Caroline helps her clients change their relationship with failure to lead more of the life they want.
A feminist at heart with a strong belief that an inclusive organizational culture brings about the best in teams and individuals. Tina drives the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) charter at ThoughtWorks. This includes the DEI strategy and long term vision. Areas of focus include Women in Tech, Social Inclusion, Support and Solidarity to the LGBTQI community, building a Culture of Inclusion & Belonging, in addition to key programs under the DEI charter.With a passion for social change, Tina is also part of the global Social Impact Program at ThoughtWorks. She has run various initiatives in the past including the Humanitarian Software Program, an effort where we partner with socially focused orgs to provide pro-bono s/w development services. She has partnered with external orgs like Anita Borg Institute, Solidarity Foundation to drive various programs. She is also part of the CSR Committee and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee at ThoughtWorks.
In 2019 she won the Trailblazer Women in Diversity award, presented by Women's Web. https://www.womenincorporateawards.com/awardees2019.She also won the HerRising Award by JobsforHer for Rising as a Women Leader in Diversity & in Inclusion -2019.Tina has had the opportunity to play various strategic & leadership roles in her 20+ years of work experience. Tina has also contributed to Employer Brand & Demand marketing, Demand Generation, MarCom’s, Recruitment Outreach programs, Diversity and Inclusivity exclusive programs, Social Impact initiatives, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Employee engagement programs & Graduate Development & Training programs.
Nandini Bhatt leads the cloud security program for the Microsoft Endpoint Manager product. She is a Program manager with more than a decade of experiences and proven impact across a industry-leading enterprise products. She specializes in defining the security strategy for a cloud service while ensuring to meet all of the compliance needs for an enterprise service. She also is a passionate advocate for career advancement for women and leads several Diversity & Inclusion programs at work. Off work, she is a mom of two active boys and enjoys hiking with her kids.
I am a military officer in the United States Air Force with a mission to integrate effective AI into the Department of Defense. I am passionate about solving problems in the intersection of analytics, policy, and defense and my unique experiences in leadership and technical disciplines have helped me in guiding change within the defense sector.
Anjali has over 20+ years' experience in designing, developing and leading teams to build software solutions for security services; enterprise applications for telecom and management solutions for the wireless industry along with sound management background. In her current capacity at Cisco, she is the Partner Security Architect and Security Officer at Cisco Customer Experienceâ€™s Platform Security Group. She is currently leading the Security Center of Excellence initiative and her main focus is developing strategies and solutions for improving the security and privacy posture of Cisco Products. Her specialty is navigating complex landscapes in the areas of container security, data governance, and cyberspace privacy issues. Anjali has been an avid speaker, an influencer in Networking With A Purpose Silicon Valley series in areas of data privacy and cybersecurity. Her expertise is at the intersection of Machine Learning, Networking, and Cybersecurity. She holds a Patent in the field of workload scheduling based on a credit-based mechanism. She is also an Executive Producer of "Diva Motherhood" music video celebrating "mainstream women". Anjali holds a Masters in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, Canada, and a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Pune, India.
Svetlana is an infrastructure product manager at Pinterest. Her main focus has been to build a unified user experience stitching together the various pillars of the infrastructure org. She’s passionate about building products that make a meaningful connection with users and help make their lives better. She has led a number of initiatives to streamline interactions, processes & experiences within IT, to improve customer satisfaction, adoption, to get rid of silos and build a more inclusive environment.
Svetlana is a big advocate for women in technology and is passionate about developing young women in technology at various stages of their professional life.
Outside of work, she’s a mom to a 5 year old and loves hiking, traveling and exploring the different cuisines of the world.
Kirsten is currently working at eyeo, a fully distributed company based in Germany, as a Remote Team Coach. Prior to this she worked at Jumo as an Agile Lead and 22seven as an Agile Facilitator. Kirsten began her career in counselling and psychology and moved into software about 7 years ago. She has focused primarily on the financial technology sector, working with both local and distributed teams. Sheâ€™s worked with a range of companies, from those that are 6000+ people to small startups. She completed her honors in clinical and neuro-psychology and has built on her experience in counseling to enhance her effectiveness when coaching teams.
Kirsten Clacey, together with Jay-Allen Morris, has specialised in enabling distributed teams to reach high performance, using a combination of adapted facilitation techniques, team coaching methods and Agile frameworks. In the last 3 years they have spoken at conferences on the topic of remote facilitation and creating effective distributed spaces. They also host a monthly learning group to provide a space for facilitators to practice and share remote skills and techniques. Their book on remote facilitation will be published in June 2020 by US publisher Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Jay-Allen has a background in humanities, which has been invaluable in her various roles within the tech industry. She found it natural to transition into the role of Team Coach. She has been focusing on creating effective team spaces, both in-person and remote. She volunteered for the SUGSA Committee (Scrum User Group of South Africa) from 2017– 2018, organizing the annual conference and encouraging new speakers.
As a valuable member of IPG IT’s management team, Christina is a seasoned professional with 20+ years of business experience. Her expertise in system applications include project management, test management, global change control and security. After a decade of success in the financial industry, she took time off to focus on family and then re-entered the workforce in the media sector working for IPG, an award winning global provider of marketing and advertising solutions. Christina’s role in IPG’s SAP organization is central in facilitating cross functional communication, planning and testing support for global initiatives across partner application, and infrastructure and security teams. Christina co-leads IPG IT’s international “Women in IT” program representing the North America region.
Christina holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Bernard M Baruch College and an MBA in International Finance from St. John’s University. In parallel to her unwavering commitment to her career, she is keen on introducing STEM opportunities to children and is passionate about getting girls enthusiastic about pursuing STEM careers. She does this through STEM for Kids, NY and Tech Girls, Inc., a motivational speaking company inspired by her triplet daughters, with a mission of encouraging girls to build confidence and pursue technology fields.
Natasha Baker Bjoerndal founded her career consultancy + agency, The Careerist after struggling to navigate the 'after-life' beyond her 20-years in management consulting. She harnessed her experience, both in corporate and as an entrepreneur, to support high-performing women in mid-career, to accelerate their success by making career leaps and pivots with support and community.Central to her business, is The Careeristas - a safe, judgement-free space where female powerhouses find mentors while mutually mentoring one another. Natasha champions career and start-up programs through online education, coaching and events - for both individual and corporate clients. Prior to The Careerist, Natasha supported senior leaders in Fortune 100 companies in navigating change for their workforce. She has worked for Shell, Chevron, BP and Deloitte Consulting. Natasha has worked in over 10 countries from Oman, UK, US, Netherlands and Russia. She holds an MSc in Business Strategy, Leadership and Change from Heriot-Watt University.
Kristina is the Product Owner at Sustainably and manages the delivery of the product and the ongoing improvement of the platform.
Prior to Sustainably, she delivered across a range of industries and a variety of challenges in financial services and telecoms, with companies such as Tesco Bank, Sainsbury's Bank, Barclays Bank and BSkyB.
Jenny is the UX Lead at Sustainably, a fintech for social good in Edinburgh. She also runs a design studio called Interaktiv alongside her husband. As well as a Professional Diploma in UX Design, she has 18 yearsâ€™ experience in financial services, in various roles, including Information Design, Project Management and Marketing, and she volunteers as a mentor, facilitator, guest speaker and panel member for various organisations including Girl Geek Scotland, Women in Banking and Finance, This is Milk, Women in Tech and UX Scotland.
Richa Sood is a veteran product leader currently working as an Integrity Product Manager @ Instagram where she ensures that users, influencers and businesses are safe from bad actors and previously @ Shutterfly where she was the Director of Platform & Growth leading consumer facing products across native app, mobile web and desktop. Richa is a former strategy consultant who spent 5+ years at McKinsey & Co. and Monitor Deloitte. Richa graduated with an MBA from Cornell, serves on the Cornell Johnson Recent Alumni Council, has spoken at multiple product events and teaches Product Management at Product School.
Helene Guillaume is the founder and CEO of WILD.AI. She studied mathematics and financial risks, was a quant in a hedge fund and management consultant to Fortune500 companies in AI. She was a rugby player; she's an ultra-marathon runner, triathlete, and ice-swimmer.
Merilee Karr is the CEO and Founder of UnderTheDoormat – an award-winning luxury short-term rental company. Her vision for UnderTheDoormat is to enable modern travellers to enjoy the comfort of a home with the professional service of a hotel across major cities globally.
As the elected Chair for industry body, UK Short Term Accommodation Association, she is passionate about helping professionalize and grow the industry in the most responsible way. Merilee has worked with BEIS and HMRC on sharing economy policies, Westminster Council and MHCLG to build regulation in the industry.
Becky Kekula is an international motivational speaker and advocate for inclusion! She also serves as the Disability Equality Index Director at Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. After receiving a college degree, Becky worked for a decade in the entertainment and news media industries. Currently, she’s working with corporations to help advance disability inclusion and equality. Becky also happens to be a little person. She proudly identifies as part of the disability community. She has spoken at over 300 venues such as companies, government agencies, and schools. Becky is excited to be joining us at ThriveFest.
Helen Harper is a Personal Trainer, Mixed Martial Artist and Psychology undergraduate. She discovered the world of mixed martial arts after escaping from an abusive relationship. As a professional fighter, she has travelled the world, using her passion and skill to ensure that no woman will ever have to go through a similar situation. Helen prides herself on making the serious subject of self defence fun and engaging, something that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy learning.
In 2017, by the age of 22, she was recognized as a 'Sweden’s Super Talent under 30’ by VA and was awarded by Microsoft as one of the ‘Most regarded female role models within technology' the same year. Lundborg is a popular speaker columnist featured on TEDx stages, TV and various magazines.
Shafali is a McDonald’s Franchisee in training and a mum of two, who finished school and completed a degree in Mathematics, BSc Hons at Kings College, London. Shafali initially started her career in an investment bank as an Executive Analyst. She was the youngest member on the Executive team. Before leaving the corporate world to pursue a long-term ambition of having her own business, she headed up mergers, acquisitions and strategy for Costain Group Plc.
Esi is a trainer, disability inclusion expert, public speaker podcaster and writer.
Celebrating disability provides professional, tangible support for businesses developing their workplace culture to be inclusive of disabled people. As a disabled person, Esi uses her personal, lived experience as well as her professional background in the public and private sector to ensure advice given is tangible and realistic.
As part of her work to advocate and champion equality for disabled people, Esi is a public speaker. Speaking at conferences and away days on the subject of disability inclusion and equality in every cornerstone of life. To find out more about celebrating disability, visit our website: celebratingdisability.co.uk
Marteka Swaby has over 15 years experience improving emotional wellbeing. Founder of Benevolent Health & Mind Hub Emotional Technology. Passionate about BAME Mental Health and sharing diverse narratives. Marteka is a psychotherapist with 10 years clinical expertise, alongside delivering a range of online summits, workshops and training programmes to increase resilience, wellbeing & belonging.
Melinda is founder and CEO of Baby2Body, the award-winning, wellness company for women in their reproductive years. She has dedicated her career to women’s wellbeing and is an expert in the antenatal and postnatal fields. She is also a Sports and Exercise Psychologist, author, innovator, and her passion for wellness and optimising health and performance through technology has driven Baby2Body to its success today; a global business helping millions of women all over the world to live healthier and happier lives throughout pre-conception, pregnancy and early motherhood.
Francesca is the founder of Underwing. After working in business strategy, marketing and events for the past two decades, she has multiple strings to her bow. Based in Liverpool, Francesca works across the UK, Paris and Milano and is always open to working with new destinations. Her little black book is full of connections; if you need developers, analysts, event producers, content writers or anything in between, she has you covered.
Francesca goes out of her way to make sure your individual needs will be met and respected. With a passion for working with female-founded businesses and entrepreneurs with special needs, she is experienced in working with people from all walks of life.
Eva Helén, founder and CEO of EQ Inspiration. Engaging men in the conversation of gender equality and women’s advancement. Eva is a Director of the Board at PrinterLogic, a SaaS company. A successful entrepreneur, in 2000 Eva co-founded and ran Sanbolic, an enterprise software company, acquired by Citrix in 2015. Prior, Eva co-founded Number One GM, acquired by Autodesk in 1999.
Born in Sweden, with an MBA from the University of Stockholm, Eva relocated to Silicon Valley in the mid 1990’s. As a speaker, and coach to men in tech, Eva stresses the importance of inclusion, diversity and equity.
Gosia Syta is a personal impact expert and the founder of the communication skills consultancy Walk Your Talk. She works with female professionals helping them to increase their visibility and step into more senior roles. Using her Personal Impact Blueprint, Gosia shows women how, by making small consistent changes to their verbal and nonverbal behaviours, they can influence the way other people see them.
Having gone through her process, participants know exactly what to do to project more authority through their body language, voice, and choice of words. Gosia normally works in-house with large corporate clients, such as BP, Ticketmaster, and Costar, but recently, she has developed an online group programme, The Personal Impact Incubator, which gives women practical techniques to succeed in the post-pandemic world of work.
Burju is an Executive Coach, Existential Therapist and Business Strategist, with a deep background in strategy consulting and entrepreneurship. Working with Fortune 500 executives and successful business owners, Burju rapidly helps her clients gain clarity, breakdown obstacles, and move through their resistance to reach their full potential. With over 15 years of experience in driving impact across diverse cultures and settings, Burju’s mission is to help entrepreneurs and high achievers nurture a winning mindset, elevate their performance and work towards goals with more ease, speed and joy.
Nuray Ozbay leads Self Help Federal Credit Union’s efforts to cultivate mission-supportive depositors and impact investors within and beyond Self-Help’s California footprint. As a global movement and relationship builder, Nuray loves working with change-makers across non-profit, corporate, and public sectors. Her expertise is in intersectional gender equality, global civil society activism, social justice, and ESG investing. Nuray currently serves as a Board Director at the UN Women San Francisco Chapter and a National Expert on Violence Against Women at the European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organization of women’s associations across Europe. Before joining Self-Help, Nuray spent 11 years in the social impact sector as a researcher, consultant, and non-profit leader across Turkey and Europe, working on issues including but not limited to immigration, women’s access to economy, financial literacy and inclusion, entrepreneurship, and care economy.
Linkedin: https://www. linkedin.com/in/nurayozbay/
Laila Deeb is a software engineer/Product owner based in Brussels working with The Synergist, she is driving digital products development through collaborating with cross-functional teams, She is also the founder of (SWIT) Syrian Women In Tech a project that aims to empower and guide the Syrian women working or interested in tech in Syria and link them to the EU market.Prior to the product owner role, Laila worked with Shamra Search engine the first Syrian dedicated search engine, and also worked as a Lecturer in the Software engineering department at Tishreen University.Throughout her life, Laila had a sincere interest in exploring and educating tech topics, also in empowering women, and she is aiming to give more visibility to women in the public sphere and a deeper knowledge of tech topics, especially for Arabic Women.
Kelly Hoey is obsessed with changing the way we understand and approach networking. She’s the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Connections In A Hyper-Connected World (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House), a modern, practical guide to the necessary (and frequently dreaded) task of networking. Kelly spreads her networking gospel in her keynote talks and on the Build Your Dream Network podcast.
Kelly has worked with top companies, brands and conferences. She’s appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, co-created and moderated the “Meet The Innovators” speaker series at Apple, and contributed to publications such as The New York Times, Forbes.com, Fast Company, and Inc. Kelly’s insights have been featured in Real Simple, Working Mother, Good Morning America, AARP, Vogue.com, Brit & Co, The Muse, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CBC Radio, Monster.com, The Ladders, Parade, Business Insider and many more, as an authority on networking.
A former attorney and active participant in New York’s startup community, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (“1 of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). EBW 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”.
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