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  • Build the Rocket for Your Journey Build the Rocket for Your Journey Eva Tsai, VP Marketing and Business Operations, vArmour Nov 1 2016 6:00 pm UTC 45 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.
  • 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 Nov 2 2016 3:00 pm UTC 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 I don'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?
  • 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 Nov 2 2016 5:00 pm UTC 45 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.
  • Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Tech Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Tech Jessica Voss, Cathy Han, Megan Lin, Hilary Stone, and Melinda Briana Epler Nov 2 2016 6:00 pm UTC 60 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.

    - Jessica Voss, Cloud Guru & IT Consultant

    - Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst
    - Cathy Han, CEO of 42 Technologies Inc.
    - Megan Lin, Solutions Architect Team Lead at Dropbox
    - Hilary Stone, Support Engineering Manager at MixPanel
  • 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 Nov 3 2016 5:00 pm UTC 45 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.
  • Employees Will Be Planted Where They Grow (Not Vice-Versa!). Employees Will Be Planted Where They Grow (Not Vice-Versa!). Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions Nov 16 2016 5:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    People aren't trees. We don't attempt to grow wherever we are planted. Instead, we uproot ourselves and find places where we know we can grow. To retain skilled talent, you'll need to develop and challenge them. Join us to get some new talent management and recruiting ideas that will lead to deeper roots, reduced turnover and strong company culture.
  • Where's Waldo? Identifying and Retaining Top Talent Where's Waldo? Identifying and Retaining Top Talent Lori Kleiman Author and Managing Facilitator, HR Topics Nov 17 2016 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Recruiting has to be more then just filling a vacant position – and retaining top talent is all about making the right selection to being with. Managers need to look at the scope of the role – and how that may have changed since the last person held the position. What do they really need in the future…and how can succession planning be impacted by hiring just the right person. Candidates look for jobs in a new way, and the tools available to managers to screen candidates should be utilized. Technology can be a huge time saver in communicating with and evaluating candidates. Tools in background evaluation and personality assessment will be reviewed to help managers determine which are appropriate to bring into their recruiting process. We will provide participants with recommendations to determine starting salary and the proper preparation of the offer letter. Finally, our discussion will conclude with the tools to identify top talent and ensure they are aligned with the long-term success of your organization.

    Learning Objectives:
    •Options for filling the candidate pipeline
    •Embracing technology while still creating a personal connection
    •Utilizing pre-employment testing at the right time for the right results
    •Development in background and credit check compliance
    •Full cycle recruiting goes beyond the offer letter
  • The Business of Virtual Reality The Business of Virtual Reality Ed Greig, Chief Disruptor, Deloitte Digital Nov 29 2016 1:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Ed Greig will be talking about how Deloitte Digital is working with clients using virtual and augmented realities today, as well as describing how these technologies are being adopted more broadly across industries.

    He will also describe how to assess and work with new technology so that your organisation can get the most out of it before your competitors do.
  • Hacking the Brain: Unlocking the power of NeuroVR Hacking the Brain: Unlocking the power of NeuroVR Luciana Carvalho Se, Chief Evangelist, Racefully & Founder SE3 Solutions Nov 29 2016 3:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Can immersive reality actually help us better understand each other? Understand ourselves? How does human cognitive processing change, or become enhanced, once VR and AR are added to the mix?

    What does that mean for our (future) sense of self? What is the impact of literally ‘putting oneself in somebody else’s shoes’ and what that means for human empathy?

    Exploring recent findings on the treatment of phobias, PTSD and mental health issues using VR, and theories around the virtual-physical illusion of presence, this webinar asks how neuroscience has been affected and/or advanced by the development of immersive tech.
  • Understanding Strategies for VR/AR in Business – Methods and Cases Understanding Strategies for VR/AR in Business – Methods and Cases Prof. Mark Skilton, Warwick Business School & Strategic Leader in Digital Strategy, enzen Nov 29 2016 4:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    The session will explore how this rapidly developing area of VR / AR / Mixed Reality and its position and convergence in the areas of advanced Customer Experience, Digital Asset Management and new A.I. led augmentation strategies starting to transform processes and experience.

    We introduce a novel approach to framing digital spaces and how to measure Augmented impact on performance metrics and then explore how this is further developing into A.I. Intelligent spaces and what this may mean for Business Operating Models and future work automation design in what is described as Intelligent Business Strategy.

    We include a few actual cases studies of how Cyber-physical systems driving “Digital Twins” are extending across processes and changing supply chain feedback and interaction for smart energy, smart design and new knowledge capabilities.
  • Leading yourself and others through change Leading yourself and others through change Kevin Johnson Dec 8 2016 1:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    How do you make sure changes are smoothly implemented? How do you achieve lasting benefits? Kevin Johnson focuses on the impact of change on people as they move from one situation to another.

    Kevin gained the majority of his business experience in senior management in the financial services industry. As a senior consultant he worked with blue chip organisations across Europe, Asia and the United States including Banco de Portugal, Ford Europe, VW, the Whitbread Group and Delta Airlines.
  • Sales Managers: How to Coach Salespeople Who Don't Want to Seem "Pushy" Sales Managers: How to Coach Salespeople Who Don't Want to Seem "Pushy" Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions Dec 8 2016 5:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    What's holding your sellers back from asking for the sale and even asking again when they get a continuance? We've talked directly to prospects and sales pros to understand the difference between customer service and pushiness. It's a difference every sales organization ought to understand! Join us to hear the research and the tips for coaching your sellers when they're holding back instead of advancing the sale.