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For Women | For All

The Women in Tech (WIT) Conference is a virtual event celebrating women across technology. Attendees will enjoy three jam-packed days of direct access to executive-level female-identifying tech and community leaders from all corners of Colorado tech and beyond. Participants hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discourse on technology trends, leadership, and the opportunities and challenges facing women building a career in tech. The WIT Conference also offers premier networking opportunities through Luminary mentor hours, community networking sessions, and 1:1 virtual meetings. Take a look at photos from our 2020 WIT Digital Photo Booth!

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REGISTER BY APRIL 30

September 15, 2021
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

September 16, 2021
9 am – 4:30 pm

September 17, 2021
9 am – 6 pm


Virtual

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WIT 2020 TESTIMONIALS


“I was surprised and amazed at how the virtual version of the conference was even more impactful. It featured speakers and panelists whose stories and advice provided much needed inspiration and also practical and actionable tips. … The conference platform made it feel like I was attending the event in person, and the sessions captured my attention and when the conference ended I felt renewed energy to keep forging ahead despite the challenges of the current economic environment and limitations on our ability to network in person.”


“The CTA virtual WIT Conference was top-notch. The speakers and panelists were great, and there was plenty of time to connect with the other attendees. The conference delivered a much-needed boost of learning, connection and inspiration in the midst of a really challenging time.”

TICKET PRICES + IMPORTANT DATES

Premier Corporate Members


$88

Company Team Members


$99

Individual Professional Members


$110

What You Get When You Register for the 2021 Women in Tech (WIT) Conference

 

CTA MEMBERS-ONLY ACCESS

World-Class Keynotes

Exclusive Content & Community-Led Sessions

Professional Development Workshops

Luminary Mentor Hours

Rejuvenation Programming

Virtual and In-person* Community Networking

On-Demand and Archived Content

Digital Journal

Digital Photo Booth

(*in-person events will be located in Denver and are subject to COVID-19 safety protocols)


Early Bird Pricing Ends August 20th

Ticket prices will increase by 30% after August 20th.

Credit Card Payment Only
Tickets must be purchased with a credit card at the time of registration.

TICKET DISCOUNTS

5-9 Attendees


10% Off Each Ticket

10-14 Attendees


15% Off Each Ticket

15-20 Attendees


20% Off Each Ticket


Register Your Whole Team for Discounted Pricing
Interested in sending more than 20 attendees to the 2021 Women in Technology (WIT) Conference? Contact CTA team member Jason Delp at jason@coloradotechnology.org for further discounted pricing.

2021 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies

Rola Dagher

Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies
Author, Social Chemistry // Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

Marissa King

Author, Social Chemistry // Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Communication Coach // Author // Professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School

Dorie Clark

Communication Coach // Author // Professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School
CEO, Girls Who Code

Dr. Tarika Barrett

CEO, Girls Who Code

2021 SPEAKERS

CEO / Founder / Lead Trainer, Culture Energized

Mo Abdullah

CEO / Founder / Lead Trainer, Culture Energized
Director of Engineering, Cloud Artificial Intellegence, Google

Kamelia Aryafar

Director of Engineering, Cloud Artificial Intellegence, Google
Chief Marketing Officer, Stoplight

Ann Boyd

Chief Marketing Officer, Stoplight
Sr. Director, Brand Strategy, Maxar

Lyn Chassagne

Sr. Director, Brand Strategy, Maxar
VP Sales Efficiency and Transformation, Five9

Esther Friend

VP Sales Efficiency and Transformation, Five9
Integration and Embodiment Facilitator

Amy Harris

Integration and Embodiment Facilitator
Chief Diversity

Channing Jones

Chief Diversity & Social Responsibility Officer, CSG
SVP of AI Growth

Kiesha King-Brown

SVP of AI Growth & Strategic Relations, ADMD Solutions
CEO, Visible

Angie Klein

CEO, Visible
Managing Partner

Laurel Smylie

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Four Letter Consulting
CHRO, Pax8

Susan Mitnick

CHRO, Pax8
Executive Vice President, Strategic Clients, Qlick Technologies

Poornima Ramaswamy

Executive Vice President, Strategic Clients, Qlick Technologies
Founder

Jessica Thurman

Founder & CEO, Nourish by Jessica
Director of Learning, Culture Energized

Ebony Wilkinson

Director of Learning, Culture Energized
CEO, Vertafore

Amy Zupon

CEO, Vertafore


Additional Speakers To Be Announced

2021 PROGRAM


Wednesday, September 15

    • Rola Dagher, Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies

    Leadership is not simply a role that you fill; it is an action that you take each day. It is this philosophy that guides Dell Technologies’ Global Channel Chief, Rola Dagher. Over her career of more than two decades, Dagher has worked with some of the brightest minds in the technology industry while honing her natural leadership style.

    Dagher returns to Dell Technologies after leading as President of Cisco Canada for three years. Prior to this, she held various sales leadership roles at Dell and Bell Canada. While Dagher is a proven sales and channel champion, she will be the first to say that her success is a direct reflection of the dedication and drive of the entire sales organization.

    Dagher believes in diversity of thought and has made it her mission to empower, support, and foster diverse talent. Her commitment to empowering women is shown through her recognition as one of the 2020 Top 25 Women of InfluenceTM, by WXN as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100TM, and by Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) as the 2019 Woman of the Year. She was selected as one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant winners for 2019, was named the “Lady of the Cedar” by the Lebanese Embassy, and received a 2018 Leadership Award from the Lebanese Chamber Business of Commerce.

  • This guided breathwork practice will connect you to calming energy, enhance your focus and inspire deeper clarity and connection throughout the day.

    • Jessica Thurman, Founder & CEO, Nourish by Jessica
  • Women make up 57 percent of all employed adults in the U.S., but as of 2020 they hold only 25 percent of computing roles. The panel will take a deep dive into this year’s event theme “For Women | For All” and explore how investing in women – and diversity overall – benefits everyone. This is an especially important conversation as we navigate the “Shecession” created by the COVID-19 pandemic where from February 2020 – February 2021 more than three million women dropped out of the workforce due to the challenges presented by the pandemic. Join us to hear from this panel of experts on strategies to support diversity on your teams, in your workplace, and beyond.

  • “Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up. – Brené Brown

    The greatest barrier to courageous leadership is not fear—it’s how we respond to our fear. Our armor—the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that we use to protect ourselves when we aren’t willing and able to rumble with vulnerability—move us out of alignment with our values, corrode trust with our colleagues and teams, and prevent us from being our most courageous selves.

    Built on Brené Brown’s seven year study of brave leadership, this session will focus on building our tolerance for vulnerability, deepening our wisdom around building trust with ourselves and others, and embedding resilience in the face of challenge and stumbles.


Thursday, September 16

  • WIT Luminaries are female-identifying technology executives and community leaders who join the event to meet our attendees and share their leadership journey. Attendees will have the opportunity to join our Luminary Mentor Hours to chat with these women to hear more about their career and their advice for other aspiring leaders.

  • A fireside chat with Marissa King, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management and author of Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection.

    • Moderator – Frannie Matthews, President & CEO, Colorado Technology Association
    • Marissa King, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management; Author, Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

    Marissa King is the author of the new book Social Chemistry. She is also Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, where she developed and teaches a popular course entitled Managing Strategic Networks. Over the past fifteen years, King has studied how people’s social networks evolve, what they look like, and why that’s significant. King’s research and book have been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio.

  • There are many different forms of stress. Being anxious is different than being frustrated, for example. No form of stress should rule your life though. Join this session to learn some simple tools to meet each specific stress reaction appropriately. Amy Harris will guide us through simple yoga movements (that can be done from your desk) as well as meditation.

  • While many of the principles of marketing have stayed the same, the tools that drive marketing have changed dramatically. From data analytics to user experience to the use of AI, hear of this panel of experts on the evolving world of technology within customer experience and marketing.

  • Despite our good intentions to be inclusive managers, our unconscious biases can sometimes cause us to act in harmful and demeaning ways without giving it a second thought. Microaggressions and micro-inequities are products of implicit bias. It’s not about walking on eggshells when having conversations but rather recognizing how the things we say and do either perpetuate the inclusion or exclusion of marginalized groups. Great managers and leaders make all the difference in breaking down barriers in the workplace.

    In this interactive session, participants will develop the ability to understand the impact of unchecked biases, identify different forms of microaggressions and learn helpful language to address and practice allyship when witnessing or committing a microaggression. Culture Energized is a black and queer-owned company that provides consulting and training services to build and transform inclusive organizational and team cultures. They specialize in providing foundational education on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging *(DEI&B) for all levels to support holistic and sustainable growth.


Friday, September 17

    • Dorie Clark, Communication Coach // Author // Professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School
  • Hear from these Colorado tech leaders on their perspective of a variety of leadership topics, including leading through a challenging year, navigating career development, supporting a diverse tech workforce, how women rise and much more.

    • Amy Zupon, CEO, Vertafore
    • Angie Klein, CEO, Visible
  • During this session we will connect to conscious breath and start the day from a place of inspiration and empowerment. This transformative practice is a way to connect more deeply to the creativity and expression within.

    • Jessica Thurman, Founder & CEO, Nourish by Jessica
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way we do business. Building an AI roadmap includes identifying goals, knowing what to prioritize, analyzing data and implementation. It is also important that implementing an AI strategy is done so responsibly. Hear from this panel of AI experts to scale impact and maximize the value of AI in your organization.

    • Dr. Tarika Barrett, CEO, Girls Who Code

    Dr. Tarika Barrett is the CEO of Girls Who Code, an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology that has served over 450,000 students to date. Tarika started her career as an educator and has spent two decades building educational pathways for young people at organizations like iMentor, the New York City Department of Education, New Visions for Public Schools, and New York University’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Tarika has an M.A. in Deaf Education from Columbia Teachers College and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from New York University. Tarika serves on the board of McGraw Hill and is the recipient of the New York University’s Steinhardt School Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

  • This will be held in the Denver area (more details to come) and registration will be first-come-first-serve.

FAQ

  • The 2021 WIT Conference will be held on Sept. 15-17.

  • The Women in Tech (WIT) Conference is a virtual event celebrating women across technology. Attendees will enjoy three jam-packed days of direct access to executive-level female-identifying tech and community leaders from all corners of Colorado tech and beyond. Participants hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discourse on technology trends, leadership, and the opportunities and challenges facing women building a career in tech. The WIT Conference also offers premier networking opportunities through Luminary mentor hours, community networking sessions, and 1:1 virtual meetings.

  • Yes, the 2021 WIT event will be virtual. The content and networking will be delivered virtually through our innovative event platform. We hope to add in-person networking opportunities when it is safe to do so. These program additions will be announced in August.

  • We hope to be back to in person events in the Fall. The safety of our community comes first. We are monitoring the protocols and safety precautions around COVID-19 closely. We’re eager to be back with you all in person soon!

  • The WIT Conference is open to women in the Colorado technology community and beyond who are CTA members. We welcome attendees of all career stages, backgrounds and companies and have a strong focus on creating an inclusive environment. Our diverse, multi-generational delegation is part of what makes our conference unique.

  • Yes! We welcome attendees from out of the state to attend our virtual event. Please note, the event is open to CTA members only. Not a member but interested in more information? Contact members@coloradotechnology.org.

  • The WIT Conference is one that our community looks forward to each year. While we’re as disappointed as all of you to not be at the ranch this year, we’re bringing all the elements of the WIT Conference to the comfort of your own home, including high-quality speakers and content and several opportunities to connect, such as Luminary mentor hours and networking sessions.

  • Each ticket to the WIT Conference provides access to world-renowned keynote speakers, cutting edge technology-focused content, professional and personal development workshops and meaningful networking opportunities. Through the event platform, you’ll be able to view the full attendee list and connect with other attendees including our Speakers and Luminaries, view on-demand programming, and more.

  • The event will take place over three days on Sept. 15-17. The agenda will be posted on the conference website in the coming weeks.

  • Yes. The majority of the sessions on the agenda will be broadcast live through the event platform. All keynotes and sessions will be recorded and uploaded into the platform for on-demand viewing at a later time.

  • When you become a Women in Technology Conference sponsor, your organization unlocks the opportunity to elevate your brand in front of tech professionals from all across Colorado’s tech community and showcase your support for women in technology initiatives. Each sponsorship also comes with conference tickets. Contact Jason Delp at jason@coloradotechnology.org for additional information.

  • If you have further questions about the event or anything CTA-related, please reach out to eventsmgr@coloradotechnology.org.

2021 SPONSORS




Interested in sponsoring WIT in 2021? Contact Jason Delp at 303-592-4070 or jason@coloradotechnology.org.