Dr. Melissa Sassi is the Chief Penguin of Student & Entrepreneur Experience within the IBM Z division of IBM. Dr. Sassi is also the Global Head of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator with 100 startups in her portfolio with a focus on enabling early-stage startups to build and scale. Her aim is to introduce startups to the IBM Cloud with a lens on data protection, privacy, and security. She leads startups through credit activation, cloud onboarding, go-to-market, storytelling, and co-marketing. Dr Sassi's program consists of fintech, healthtech, digital assets, regtech, music, edtech, and other small to medium enterprises looking to secure their most sensitive data. Dr. Sassi's startup accelerator has 50% of her startups with at least one female founder, 30% with at least one black founder, and 15% with at least one LatinX founder.