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AuraPlayer's Mia Urman at the booth at Ascend 2023.

The Spring 2023 conference season was a blast, and we’re excited to wrap it up for you. Returning to in-person events was extra special, following the virtual and smaller events of recent years.


The AuraPlayer crew started off in Orlando, Florida to attend an action-packed Ascend, along with our friends and customers from Oracle Applications & Technology Users Group (OATUG) and Oracle HCM Users Group (OHUG).


We were so honored that our very own Mia Urman was awarded 2022 Speaker of the Year, in a ceremony recognizing award recipients from Ascend 2022. Shortly after Ascend, AuraPlayer crossed the country to attend Kscope23 in Denver, Colorado hosted by Oracle Developer and Technology User Group (ODTUG). 

AuraPlayer's Mia Urman receives best speaker 2022 award.

We like to kick off a conference by hosting an executive dinner for our friends and clients. We love hosting dinners that foster discussions on Oracle innovation between users from different verticals. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn about the platforms people are using, their experiences, innovation strategies, and issues they are looking to solve.


We were so pleased that the AuraPlayer dinners at Ascend and Kscope were great successes! Over the following days, we continued the conversation with the many Oracle business users and customers that stopped by our booth. 


As always, there were many fantastic sessions and opportunities to learn at the conferences, and we are so proud that AuraPlayer’s CEO, Mia Urman, takes an active part.


Mia hosted several well-attended sessions on Oracle RPA, UI/UX, and modernization at both conferences. A high point was Mia’s joint session at Ascend with Guy DeFlorio from Mutual Materials Company, showcasing Mutual Material’s modernization journey. If you weren’t able to attend Mia’s sessions, but want to get the slide deck, let us know.


A highlight for us was to see the growing interest in the subject of women in technology (WIT). The AuraPlayer team attended several WIT sessions at Ascend 2023, and were inspired by the amazing speakers and the wisdom shared. And at Kscope23, we were honored to sponsor this year’s WIT luncheon, marking its 10th anniversary. This was especially meaningful, as Mia was involved in the launch of the WIT luncheon and mentorship program at Kscope a decade ago. 


As part of the sponsorship, AuraPlayer was in charge of providing the content for meaningful table discussions. To do this, we did a deep dive into current research on girls and women in STEM, identifying the biggest challenges and surveying people attending the luncheon. Their survey responses helped us to create discussion topics that tables could choose from – ranging from pay disparity to mentorship to self-advocacy. In addition to facilitating engaging conversation, we wanted to ensure that the 100 luncheon attendees would leave feeling uplifted, inspired, and empowered.


We ended the luncheon with a presentation featuring a selection of WIT trailblazers, past and present, who have inspired us and shaped the world we live in. Some of them are familiar, while others are less known. Take a peek at the list and see who you recognize:

  • Ada Lovelace
  • Grace Hopper
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Annie Easley
  • Anita Borg
  • Radia Perlman
  • Susan Kare
  • Safra Catz
  • Susan Wojcicki 
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Fei-Fei Li
  • Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
  • Mira Murati

We loved seeing how engaged everyone was in the discussions and how much they enjoyed and appreciated the presentation. Take a look at the complete slide deck here


Of course, you can’t wrap up a conference without a party. As usual, the Ascend and Kscope teams seem to have nailed down the art form of party planning. Ascend’s Havana party, and Kscope’s 50s-themed party at the Denver Aquarium, had the whole AuraPlayer team dressed up and on the dance floor.  


We look forward to seeing everyone again at conferences later this year. 

David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.


Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.