Ben concludes his conversation with Velia Carboni, the esteemed Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer at VF Corporation. In this episode, Velia highlights the significance of fostering personal connections in the technology industry and shares her passionate insights on empowering women in tech. As a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience, Velia has witnessed remarkable transformations within the tech landscape. In this segment, she takes us on a journey through time, reflecting on the changes she has observed throughout her career. From the scarcity of female representation to the promising advancements of today, Velia offers a compelling perspective on the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead. The importance of gender diversity in technology is a topic that strikes a chord with Velia. She passionately discusses the need for creating space at the table for women and the profound impact it can have on the industry as a whole. Drawing from her own experiences, Velia shares stories of resilience, triumph, and the invaluable contributions that women bring to the tech field. Join us as we dive deep into the present and future of women in tech. Velia sheds light on the current state of affairs, highlighting the initiatives, programs, and movements that are driving positive change. Discover her vision for a future where gender equality and inclusivity are the norms, and hear her inspiring advice for aspiring women technologists who are navigating their own professional journeys.
About Velia Carboni: Velia is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer at VF Corporation. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles.
Currently, Velia is responsible for the integration of world-class digital capabilities across all aspects of the company’s business, including VF, its brands and functions globally. In addition, she leads the company’s digital strategies to create meaningful connections and experiences for consumers and drive growth across all consumer touch points. Velia also oversees VF’s Analytics function.
Velia joined VF in early 2018, following a 24-year career at Fidelity Investments where she held a series of leadership roles. Velia most recently served as Senior Vice President, Mobile and Emerging Platforms for the company’s Personal Investing/Retail Division, where she oversaw the strategy and development of mobile apps for smartphones, tablets, wearables and emerging platforms, among others, and helped lead the company’s Mobile First digital experience. With a keen focus on innovation, Velia helped identify and address new digital trends by creating scalable, customer-centric experiences and capabilities for new platforms.
Previously Velia was Vice President, Mobile at Fidelity where she led all facets of mobile product development and expanded the company’s mobile program offerings, including building a mobile program for the company’s retail division. From 1993 to 2006, she also held positions in product management, finance and business analysis during her tenure with Fidelity. She began her career with Bull HN Information Systems, Inc., in 1992.
Velia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. Velia is a member of the Forbes Technology Council.