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  • How Can You Inspire Girls to Explore the Possibilities of Technology How Can You Inspire Girls to Explore the Possibilities of Technology Sarah Johnson, National Outreach Manager for TechGirlz Recorded: Nov 30 2016 20 mins
    Only 25% of technology professionals are female. Girls are opting out of STEM classes in HS. Fewer women earn degrees in Computer Science now than 30 years ago. The numbers are bleak but you can help!

    TechGirlz can help you organize a technology workshop in your community and inspire girls to explore the possibilities of technology. Learn how you can use TechShopz in a Box (TM) free workshop curriculum to introduce middle school girls to topics such as website design and development, game design and development, mobile app design, media editing, robotics, computer hardware, and much more!

    All materials are free for you to use and TechGirlz is here to help you get started in your community. Be sure to ask some friends to help - it's more fun together!
  • Oh the places you’ll go! Reinvent Your Tech Career By Mastering The 3 P’s Oh the places you’ll go! Reinvent Your Tech Career By Mastering The 3 P’s Jen Holtvluwer, Director of Digital Marketing, Cherwell Software Recorded: Nov 15 2016 49 mins
    The hi-tech industry is highly competitive when it comes to employing top talent. As technology continues to advance, so does the demand for top-notch employees. Knowing this, it is important to be consistent with evaluating not only what you want out of your career, but also how to reinvent yourself to stay relevant to the ever changing hi-tech business landscape.
  • Women in Tech Marketers: How to Advance Your Career in Today's Digital World Women in Tech Marketers: How to Advance Your Career in Today's Digital World Niki Hall- Polycom, Kate Athmer- Integrate, & Natascha Thomson- MarketingXLerator Recorded: Nov 10 2016 49 mins
    The industry of women in technology is quickly expanding, especially in marketing-related roles. Join our panel of experts from the Lean In Foundation, Polycom, Integrate, and MarketingXLerator to discuss the following:

    - How to launch a career in tech and tech marketing
    - Challenges for women entering & advancing in their careers: how do you pivot from a non-tech career path into a hi-tech one?
    - Recommendations on how to succeed in this industry
    - Inspirational and mentorship stories
    - Predictions for the next 5-10 years: where the industry and culture is heading, and how diversity is playing a part
  • Diversity in Technology: Why It Works Diversity in Technology: Why It Works Sushila Nair, Principal Consultant at NTT Security Recorded: Nov 4 2016 39 mins
    Are you a woman in technology or perhaps an organization looking to create a welcoming space for a diverse workforce? The statistics show a dismal picture, only 25% of the computing workforce are women, 3 % are African-American , 5% are Asian and 1% are Hispanic women.

    This session Sushila Nair's life as an ethnically diverse woman from her entrance into engineering as one of four women in a class of 230 men, to the world of computer security moving from New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Europe and the USA, working in both multinationals and small companies and having a whale of a time doing it while being unabashedly female.

    This talk includes tips and suggestions drawn from real life experience on how to survive and thrive in this field and what companies can do to create a diversified workforce.

    Presenter Info:
    Sushila Nair, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC
    Principal Consultant, NTT Security

    Sushila has 20 year's experience in computing infrastructure, business and security and has worked in a number of diverse areas — telecommunications, risk analysis, credit card fraud, and has served as a legal expert witness. Sushila worked with the insurance industry in Europe and America on methods of underwriting e-risk insurance based on ISO27001. She has published numerous articles in the computing press, and has spoken at Microsoft TechED, SEGURINFO, TechMentor, FinSec and many other global technical events on diverse subjects ranging from encryption to security baselines. She is on the board of the Washington DC chapter of ISACA and a member of the cloud and NICE NIST working groups.
  • The LifeCycle of Engagement of Girls and Women in Tech The LifeCycle of Engagement of Girls and Women in Tech Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder of TechGirlz & Cristina Martin Greysman, Sr. Director, Partner Experience at Sungard AS Recorded: Nov 3 2016 46 mins
    At TechGirlz, we've spent the last decade peeling back the onion and found that role models in the workforce will not fix the problem, mentors will not fix the problem, improving the pipeline at college or even high school will not fix the problem. Techgirlz has identified that by engaging girls in technology in middle school via curriculum designed to inspire these girls and delivered by members of the industry, we can actually make headway on increasing girls and eventually women in technology.

    However, what happens when we inspire a generation of young girls to consider technology as a career but don't have a plan to keep them engaged? Once the fire has been lit, how are we planning to keep these girls interested as they weave their way through high school, college and the start of their careers to ensure that these efforts are not wasted.

    In the first half of this talk, Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of TechGirlz, will discuss the TechGirlz methodology that has successfully lit the technology fire in over 5000 middle school girls. The second half of the talk, presented by Cristina Martin Greysman, Sr. Director, Partner Experience at Sungard Availability Services, will focus on ideas for keeping these girls in the tech pipeline throughout for their entire careers.
  • Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Tech Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Tech Jessica Voss (Cloud Guru), Cathy Han (42 Tech), Megan Lin (Dropbox), Hilary Stone (MixPanel) Recorded: Nov 2 2016 58 mins
    Join this expert panel in our Women in Tech series to discuss the current state of the industry, where the women in tech community is now and where it needs to be in terms of diversity in tech. In this panel presentation, we'll be highlighting the top challenges barring women from entering tech careers, some of the hurdles in their way as they are climbing up the leadership ladder, as well as potential solutions and learnings from personal and professional experiences.

    Moderator:
    - Jessica Voss, Cloud Guru & IT Consultant

    Panelists:
    - Cathy Han, CEO of 42 Technologies Inc.
    - Megan Lin, Solutions Architect Team Lead at Dropbox
    - Hilary Stone, Support Engineering Manager at MixPanel
  • Refusing to Break: Lessons Learned From My First Job in Tech Refusing to Break: Lessons Learned From My First Job in Tech Melanie Rich-Wittrig, Writer, Security Nerd & Aerialist at SecurityCandy.com Recorded: Nov 2 2016 22 mins
    While most members of the predominantly male tech industry are supportive of female professionals, some still act in ways that isolate women.

    Join today's speaker, Melanie Rich-Wittrig, a writer, security nerd and aerialist of SecurityCandy.com as she talks about her experiences early on in her career in tech. Find out how confronting a hostile situation has made her stronger. This talk will cover challenges that women are facing and the most effective strategies to overcome these challenges.

    Presenter Bio:
    Melanie Rich-Wittrig is the creator of SecurityCandy.com and is studying Information Security at Carnegie Mellon University. She worked as a systems administrator for a couple of years after earning her BS in Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. Now, she focuses on making cybersecurity education more accessible and attractive to diverse groups of children.
  • Just Wing It -- Becoming a Woman in Tech Without the Technology Background Just Wing It -- Becoming a Woman in Tech Without the Technology Background Ina Yulo, Community Manager (FinTech, BI&A, Asset Management) at BrightTALK Recorded: Nov 2 2016 45 mins
    Starting out in the advertising and PR industry, working in tech was not something that Ina imagined she'd be doing. Now, she manages three communities on BrightTALK -- Business Intelligence & Analytics, FinTech, Asset Management, and previously, IT Service Management. She spends her days curating content, moderating panel sessions and managing online events with topics like machine learning, open banking APIs, and predictive models for analytics.

    In the past few years, she has successfully collaborated with some of the biggest names in tech--such as Tableau, IBM, Dell, and Oracle--sharing her insights on creating compelling content and growing audiences. Join this session where she'll talk about why you shouldn't let a lack of a tech background stop you from exploring a fulfilling career.

    In this interactive session, we'll cover:

    - How to break into the tech industry without having any previous experience
    - Harnessing and using transferable skills
    - The gender quota and why she doesn't believe in it
    - The power of social media -- how to mingle with the experts without being one
    - Building a network -- informal mentorship, partnerships and beefing up your rolodex
    - Getting technical -- which tech skills are must haves and how can you learn them?
  • Build the Rocket for Your Journey Build the Rocket for Your Journey Eva Tsai, VP Marketing and Business Operations, vArmour Recorded: Nov 1 2016 46 mins
    Eva Tsai will share her experience as a woman in tech charting a journey spanning multiple disciplines and excelling as a strategic business leader, her thoughts on the challenges women are facing, both in entering and advancing in their careers, and what her recommendations are on both professional and personal fronts.

    Presenter Bio:
    Eva has extensive experience leading go-to-market transformation and managing company telemetry to drive growth worldwide. Her innovation and leadership has been recognized with significant industry awards and patents. She was selected by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015 as one of Silicon Valley's 100 Most Influential Women and won the 2014 Marketer That Matters™ award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. At vArmour, Eva has transformed the company into a growth machine via innovative and well-executed go-to-market strategy, insightful telemetry, and process optimization. vArmour has been named a “Company to Watch” by TechCrunch and a "Cool Vendor" by Gartner. Prior to vArmour, Eva held strategic roles at Citrix, BroadVision and Oracle. Eva holds a BS and a MS in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Live Q&A with David Leighton, President, Women in Technology Live Q&A with David Leighton, President, Women in Technology Katie Broderick, 451 Research & David Leighton, President, Women in Technology International Recorded: Sep 21 2016 24 mins
    Live from the 2016 Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit in Las Vegas, Katie Broderick of 451 Research will interview David Leighton, President of Women in Technology about a recent survey of 1,100 WITI members, which found that early STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exposure is crucial and a variety of support mechanisms are needed to achieve women's goals in a predominantly male field.