Women Impact Tech

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Listen to presentations from trailblazing women in tech. Hear the stories from leaders, experts and visionaries as they share insights, best practices, showcase innovation, and help women in tech unlock professional possibilities and define career paths.

Fireside Chat

Airbnb

How do I demonstrate my impact, and how do I ensure my career progression does not slow down during this time when we are all working remotely?: These are million dollar questions that are on people’s mind these days. We are fortunate that Vijaya Kaza, Chief Security Officer and Head of Trust Engineering & Data Science at Airbnb and Kamini Dandapani, Senior Director of Developer Platform at Airbnb have offered to share their perspectives on these questions, and help you navigate the current landscape.

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Keynote & Guest Speakers

Alana Karen

Director, Search Platforms

Google

The Power of the Example

Leveraging content from her upcoming book about Women in Tech that aggregates hundreds of stories from women leaders who come from varied backgrounds, Alana will share curated anecdotes to surface relatable stories and actionable insights on leadership, career trajectories, DEI, and more. With key messages on belonging, authenticity, and how best to navigate a career in tech, this talk is perfect for emerging leaders.

Ishita Majumdar

VP, Data Analytics Platform

eBay

Leading Through Challenging Times

As we continue to adjust to a ‘new normal,’ each day presents new opportunities to lead with empathy and compassion. Our team members all face different challenges. For many, especially those working on geo-distributed teams where time zone overlap is minimal, long days can stretch many to the breaking point in spite of, and in many cases because of, all the technologies enabling remote working.

Rema Morgan-Aluko

Director of Software Engineering

Fandango

Why Mentorship is Key to the Future of Tech

A founder of Fandango’s TechWomen chapter – a group dedicated to connecting and supporting the next generation of tech leaders – she will delve into real-life examples of how mentorship elevates, empowers and inspires. While unpacking the differences between mentorship and sponsorship, Rema will also offer specific strategies for identifying qualities in individuals you want emulate, becoming a mentor yourself and effecting change.

Helen Altshuler

Co-Founder and CEO

EngFlow

Crisis Resilience: Optimizing for Developer Productivity & Retention

How productive and happy are your engineers? How does that change in time of crisis? This talk will focus on metrics, tools and processes that help organizations maximize their developer velocity and happiness, leading to better products and developer retention.

Jean Case

Chairman, National Geographic Society & CEO, Case Impact Network

The Importance of Being Fearless: Leading, Innovating and Overcoming Obstacles in Times of Crisis

In her bestselling book, “Be Fearless,” Jean Case says, “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” As the world faces the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are all grappling with unprecedented challenges. But the urgency of the times also presents opportunities to lead, innovate and make a difference.

Vijaya Kaza

Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety, Chief Security Officer

Airbnb

Going Beyond Myths and Clichés

In this talk, Vijaya will synthesize her career experiences and life stories into practical tips and advice that offer a realistic and contrarian alternative to the myths and clichés surrounding several career and life related topics.

Seda Unal Calargun

Senior Engineering Manager

Twitter

Do Not Lose the Fight Against Stress at Work

As engineers and scientists, we have been working on problems some of which are known to be too complex to be solved. We are expected to work on ambiguous problems by simplifying them and making some trade-offs to find a solution. With the complicated nature of our work we are very vulnerable to stress. Especially working during a prolonged stress period that we are experiencing, it is more important now than ever how we understand and control the stress in our work life.

Anneka Gupta

TitlePresident & Head of Products and Platforms

LiveRamp

Navigating Leadership

In an industry where job hopping in order to move up the ladder is the norm, Anneka climbed to the c-suite in less than 10 years, all while working at a single company. She can relay her career journey in tech and how it progressed from a software engineer right out of college to a President at LiveRamp.

Armory Borromeo

Head of Technology Operations

Carvana

Designing Your Roadmap: Creating the Career of your Dreams

The path to your professional growth might not always be clear but that shouldn’t prevent you from blazing your own trail. Many of us face this dilemma and can feel stuck or worse, leave a great company. We are torn with our responsibilities in the office and outside of work, be it community involvement, families, friends or something else.

Jenn Lee

Sr Director, Head of Technical Innovation

Audible

Reality Bytes

Technological changes over the past few decades have drastically influenced human behavior: how we do business, how we consume information and how we interact with each other. Technology has made some aspects of life easier at the cost of replacing personal human-to-human experiences with impersonal human-to-computer interaction.

Carey Jenkins

CEO

Substantial

Are We Building Products that are Ruining the World?

Technologists are in an unprecedented position to create experiences that impact how society interacts with every facet of our world. How can we create meaningful products that improve our lives and are worthy of our attention? Carey will share her perspective on how the intersection of ethics and technology leads to the development of more compelling products and more conscious innovation cultures.

Sandy Mollet

Chief Operating Officer (COO) at True Diversity and Founder/CEO of Equal Footing LLC

Our Authentic Generations

A candid conversation about Authenticity, Sincerity and Belonging in the workplace. Five (5) generations bringing unique perspectives, experiences and expectations.

Priyanka Kanthala

Director of Information Technology

USAA

Leap Forward with Mentorship

Do you feel helpless at work and not sure how to get help? Do you have a great idea or passionate about something and not aware how or where to start? Have you struggled in identifying what opportunities to overcome that can help you grow and excel in your role? Join me to understand how mentorship helps with these struggles and make a more confident you.

Sree Menon

COO|Board Advisor|VC at Neythri Futures Fund

Breaking Through Cultural, Age, & Gender Barriers to Claim Your C-Suite

Growing into a leadership role requires you to evolve your personal and professional skill sets, and usually a little extra work for women. But how and when do you learn leadership essentials in an executive role? Sree Menon, COO of Tophatter has decades of experience leading teams at GE, Dell, and eBay, but she started her career as a young woman in India who knew she wanted a different path than her peers.

Alana Karen

Director, Search Platforms

Google

The Adventures of Women (Us!) in Tech: How We Navigate our Careers & Challenges

Can women have meaningful careers in tech? Are diversity efforts in Silicon Valley failing? Should women avoid working for technology companies? Alana Karen was annoyed every time she saw the latest headline questioning women’s survival in tech. She pictured a new graduate deciding on her career and only having one-sided articles to help make her decision.

SC Moatti

Managing Partner

Mighty Capital

The Secret to Creating Tech Products Used by Billions

In our world, successful products are intuitive, seamless, and adaptable. We expect products to read our minds and perform what’s asked of them before we know what we want. The more connected we are, the more we expect from technology. The challenge is to channel innovation in a way that makes us better humans.

Jennifer Xia

Senior Data Scientist

Ripple

Improving our Global Payment Infrastructure with Blockchain Technology & Data Science

From remittance transfers to paying out wages, payments are the backbone of the financial world and in many ways, our lives. Yet the existing payments infrastructure is outdated, slow, and expensive—it hasn’t been updated for 40 years. Jennifer Xia and her team at Ripple are tackling the challenge by harnessing blockchain technology and its potential to make payments instant, seamless, certain, and cost effective.

Marisella Bodrero

Corporate + Leadership Coach

How to change careers successfully during uncertain times and what shifts to make first

In this discussion we will cover: Who do you need to become in order to make this shift happen? Understand what is required to execute this career change now How can you guarantee a job offer in 2020 using my pipeline method Defining your career future

Marisella Bodrero

Corporate + Leadership Coach

The Growth Mindset Shifts You Must Have to Advance into Leadership

In this session, we will break down three key mindset shifts many women face in the tech industry that hold them back from advancing into leadership. Imposter syndrome, feelings of lacking the right amount of management experience, and shifting to have the necessary support to become a high-performing corporate athlete will help us advance faster. We will discuss each one in depth and learn how to reframe our thoughts with open dialogue. This session will completely change how you see your career now and bring the fire back to your goals!

Marisella Bodrero

Corporate + Leadership Coach

Why you Need to Communicate How You Think + Selling Your Experience Differently

In this session, we are going to build off of our mindset shifts and now get tactical to pair it with strategy. We are going to completely reframe how you have been thinking about your career pivot, work experience, and break down the stories we tell ourselves that keep us from sharing our genius zone! I will share my 3P’s method and explain why you need to stop applying to roles you see online while shifting your energy to positioning yourself with focused intention. This session will shift why you have been hiding behind your “lack of experience” and bring power back to communicating your career story!

Marisella Bodrero

Corporate + Leadership Coach

Leadership Interviewing - What is it and Why it's Essential for Influence and Growth

In this session, we are going to talk about what elite interviewing is and why this is a critical priority to master. Having more technical skills and MBA’s are no longer enough to increase your perceived value to an innovative organization. I’m going to break down the most important parts that your next Director or VP wants to see in the interview and what most mid-level women in tech are missing to create a WOW interview execution that will position you well for a higher salary (even when you don’t think you meet the job profile) and future promotions!

Company Presentations

Fireside Chat: Airbnb

How do I demonstrate my impact, and how do I ensure my career progression does not slow down during this time when we are all working remotely?: These are million dollar questions that are on people’s mind these days. We are fortunate that Vijaya Kaza, Chief Security Officer and Head of Trust Engineering & Data Science at Airbnb and Kamini Dandapani, Senior Director of Developer Platform at Airbnb have offered to share their perspectives on these questions, and help you navigate the current landscape.

Robotic Process Automation: The Future of Work

The enterprise RPA market is growing at a Compound Global Growth Rate (CAGR) of 65% and will be a $12 billion industry by 2023. By 2021, Forrester estimates there will be more than 4 million bots doing office and administrative work as well as sales and related tasks. The session will focus on industry trends and audience will learn how to up-skill themselves on the concepts of intelligent automation and be better prepared for jobs of future.

Fostering an Inclusive Mindset with Mechanisms

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, has said that “good intentions aren’t good enough,” in talking about innovation. In order to create something that is repeatable, scalable, measurable, and impactful, you need more than a group of senior managers and engineers that are smart and passionate. You need mechanisms. The same holds true for Diversity and Inclusion. This talk will discuss mechanisms that have been used to promote a diverse, inclusive culture at Amazon.

Making an Impact with Black Girls CODE

Women Impact Tech has partnered with Black Girls CODE, an organization that specializes in providing education in the STEM fields, for young women of color. Since April 2011, BGC has focused on empowering girls, from ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures, through exposure to computer science and technology.

Innovating While Running Legacy Products

The importance of KTLO is widely understood as is the significance of innovation. Yet in any organization, it is tough to excel in both. In this talk, I’ll talk about BHIVE, Bloomberg Media’s innovation lab, which has led to some new products & features but more importantly helped establish a culture of rapid-prototyping & user-centric ideation without jeopardizing the quality, experience or stability of legacy products.

Beyond the Build: Partnering with Customers to Build a Better Company

How companies like ours emphasize customer relationship-building to earn customers for life and partnering with customers to build a better product

Leadership Through Influence

When we think of a leader, we often refer to personalities or people with titles. Merriam Webster defines a leader to be “a person who has commanding authority or influence” and hence its not surprising that we often associated leadership more with authority and less with influence. Modern organizations have complex projects and matrix organization structures. In order to complete projects effectively each one of us has to be a leader.

The Women in Tech Behind Disney+

Disney+ made a big splash in the United States when it launched on November 12th and rose quickly to become a leading global streaming destination with subsequent launches in Australia, New Zealand, India, and most recently, Europe. Boasting over 54 million subscribers across the globe and serving as home for some of the world’s most beloved stories, Disney+ provides a consumer-friendly experience that’s easy-to-navigate with no ads, personalized recommendations, high-quality viewing, and unlimited downloads. This is your opportunity to learn directly from the women technologists behind Disney+.

Leading with Perspectives: Building Confidence in Diverse Approaches

As you think about your career in tech and long term goals, it can be easy to compare yourself to everyone around you and assume you need to do exactly what they’re doing in order to grow and advance. “It’s been 5 years, shouldn’t I be a principal engineer by now?” Not necessarily! In this discussion, we’ll talk about how to measure your success against your own yardstick so you can build a career that’s uniquely yours.

Building and Scaling an A/B Testing Culture

Duolingo, with about 250 employees, runs 150-200 A/B tests at any given time. Karin Tsai, Director of Engineering at Duolingo, will share how Duolingo has built and scaled a healthy culture around iteration and experimentation and share insights into the tooling and processes that make it all work.

Motivating and Inspiring Your Teams to Problem Solve for Racial Inequality and DEI

GoodRx set out on a mission to solve for racial and economic inequities in the context of healthcare. The most inspiring ideas were coming from our own employees, and we set out to find a way to solve these challenges together. Virtually, we set aside 48 hours, self-formed around 11 project ideas, and got to work. The outcome was much more than we could have imagined in the form of connecting with the mission, our purpose, and each other.

Machine Learning & AI in Media

As we know bigger scale of computation power and data, coupled with innovative algorithms, drove the rise of deep learning. Let’s explore how supervised and semi-supervised learning has impacted many Media Technologies. And how you can learn and apply them.

Innovation at the Atomic Scale

From smartphones and tablets to wearables and automobiles, it’s hard to go more than a few hours without using a semiconductor-enabled device. The semiconductor industry touches nearly every person on the planet and nearly every advanced chip is built with technology from Lam Research.

The Rise of Low-code/ No-code Platforms

Why it’s good for the business, market trends, and challenges in opening up an existing platform for external developers.

PepsiCo: Building It In House

PepsiCo eCommerce has built and grown a Marketing Automation Platform that has provided a substantial amount of value for our internal Sales and Marketing teams. The platform has enabled a massive increase in advertising performance as well as an increase in scale and scope of our advertising spend. We will talk about how we built the platform, and how our technology choices such as Elixir help to supercharge the work that we do.

How to Build Your Personal Brand

We’ve all heard the “don’t be too aggressive” advice at some point; so how do we align our actions with our values and goals? Women face a unique challenge in the technical space and how we choose to present ourselves shapes our path forward. In this session, we’ll talk about what a personal brand is, why it’s important, authenticity, and how to define and refine your own personal brand throughout your career.

The Business of Technology: Adding an MBA to Your Tech Career

Making an impact in technology, especially as a woman, requires a strong academic foundation in your field and the kind of grit that allows you to work through the many challenges and hurdles of the tech industry. This panel featuring alumni from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego is focused on the perspective of experienced women in tech, looking to leverage their technical expertise into the world of management.

What to Do When You Don't Have a Seat at the Table

So many people, especially women and minorities, have all experienced what it is like to be the ‘only’ in a room. This talk from Molly Ford, Senior Director of Global Equality Programs at Salesforce, shares personal vignettes and stories from the World’s Most Innovative Company (according to Forbes) as she shares her solution for what one should do when they don’t have a seat at the table.

Autonomous Flight in the Wild

The technology for intelligent and trustworthy navigation of autonomous UAVs has reached an inflection point such that they can now bring transformative gains in capability, efficiency, and safety to major industries. Drones are starting to save lives of first responders, automate dangerous infrastructure inspection, digitize the physical world with millimeter precision, and capture Hollywood quality video – all on affordable consumer hardware.

Eyes on Your Own Paper: Building A Career That's Uniquely Yours

As you think about your career in tech and long term goals, it can be easy to compare yourself to everyone around you and assume you need to do exactly what they’re doing in order to grow and advance. “It’s been 5 years, shouldn’t I be a principal engineer by now?” Not necessarily! In this discussion, we’ll talk about how to measure your success against your own yardstick so you can build a career that’s uniquely yours.

How Women are Changing Engineering Leadership at Target

Target recognized how difficult it is to recruit and retain female software engineers, especially for senior level positions. Target wanted to do something about and reverse that trend. Hear how Target created the Engineering Management Immersion Program (eMIP), a 12-month program designed to bring under-represented groups, specifically women, into the ranks of engineering leadership positions.

Learning to Lead in a Male-Driven Culture

In the predominantly male tech industry, female managers can be rare. How can you navigate an entrenched corporate culture and deliver results as you climb the management ranks? Christine Templin, VP of Engineering and Helen Poon, Director of Backend Engineering at TextNow will discuss the challenges women face on the management track, how to effectively lead in a male-dominated field, and the importance of bringing more women into leadership positions in the tech industry.

Always Learning: Success and Leadership as a Female Engineer

Want to learn more about overcoming challenges specific to women in engineering and leadership roles? You will have the opportunity to hear about how these women have navigated their engineering career paths. In panel format, Madhu Venkatesh, Director of Platform Engineering, Cathleen Wang, Senior Director of Engineering, Mathilde Caron, Principle Engineer and Lianne Achilles, Senior Software Engineer at Udemy will discuss how they succeeded in a male-dominated field.

Tech That Moves

What does “logistics” mean to you? Do you picture a truck? A warehouse? A brown package? For XPO’s VP of Engineering Riya Marwah, logistics is most analogous to a gigantic graph data structure – a complex network optimization problem. In this talk, Riya will dive deep into technology’s role in optimizing one of XPO’s business use cases in the logistics domain.

Letting Go Of Perfectionism and Overcoming Insecurities

Tiana Hayden shares her journey from overcoming insecurities and the drive for perfectionism to achieving her dream job in the tech industry. If you’ve ever had to overcome feelings of “maybe I’m not good enough”, her experiences will resonate with you. Tiana is a Google alum, a bootcamp graduate, and currently a Frontend Developer at a San Diego startup.

Panel Sessions

San Francisco - 2020

Developing Strategies for Making an Impact

Getting more female representation in STEM is important, but what do you do once you are already there? How do you navigate unique office cultures, career pivot points, and find mentors in the tech field? Through statistics and anecdotal evidence, this panel will discuss how to successfully leave your mark and make a lasting personal and professional impact as a woman in tech.

San Francisco - 2020

Integrating Inclusion in Tech

Company culture impacts every aspect of your professional career. How do you ensure that your company fosters an engaging and collaborative culture? What are proven strategies that companies and individuals can implement to make the workplace more inclusive? This panel will discuss how any organization, regardless of size, can integrate meaningful D&I practices into your company’s culture into their everyday operations.

San Francisco - 2020

Silencing Self-Doubt and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Is your inner self-doubt overtaking your ability to get into action and go after what you want? Despite academic success, huge promotions, and outstanding accomplishments women often find themselves struggling with a nagging feeling that they will be ‘found out’ or unmasked as a fraud. Imposter syndrome is the internal suspicion that one’s success is merely a matter of luck, timing, charm, or accident. In this panel, tech leaders discuss best practices for those who suffer from Imposter Syndrome and tips on how to overpower these insecurities.

San Francisco - 2020

Defining Communities of Collaboration and Innovation

How does being an engineer impact your daily life? What insights have you gained from working in a statistically male-dominated industry, and how does that impact your relationships with other female tech professionals? This panel dives into the nuances of being a woman in tech and the community we create in order to thrive.

WIT Connect - Virtual Conference

Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Technology’s fast-paced, team-based and global work environments call for strong and effective business relationships. Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies are at the heart of effective workplace relationships and productivity and provide an integrated set of skills that support highly effective, innovative organizations.

WIT Connect - Virtual Conference

Five Ways Tech is Changing the World in 2020

Over the years, technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives. Technology has created amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. The use of innovations like Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, predictive analytics, business intelligence tools, and applications are changing how we live and interact with the world. These innovations are results of our curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving techniques. Learn how our panelists are contributing to changing the world through their own efforts.

WIT Connect - Virtual Conference

The Courage to Lead: Inner Dimensions of Culturally Conscious Leadership

Successful leaders today take an intentional approach to drawing connections between cultural dexterity and conscious leadership. Explore and learn the critical role diversity and inclusion plays in how you lead and build relationships and trust with peers, colleagues, and those you manage.

WIT Connect - Virtual Conference

Applying Emotional Intelligence to the Tech Workplace

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Technology’s fast-paced, team-based and global work environments call for strong and effective business relationships. Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies are at the heart of effective workplace relationships and productivity and provide an integrated set of skills that support highly effective, innovative organizations.

WIT Connect - Virtual Conference

The Courage to Lead: Inner Dimensions of Culturally Conscious Leadership

Successful leaders today take an intentional approach to drawing connections between cultural dexterity and conscious leadership. Explore and learn the critical role diversity and inclusion plays in how you lead and build relationships and trust with peers, colleagues, and those you manage.

WIT Connect - SoCal

Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Technology’s fast-paced, team-based and global work environments call for strong and effective business relationships. Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies are at the heart of effective workplace relationships and productivity and provide an integrated set of skills that support highly effective, innovative organizations.

WIT Connect - SoCal

Five Ways Tech is Changing the World in 2020

Over the years, technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives. Technology has created amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. The use of innovations like Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, predictive analytics, business intelligence tools, and applications are changing how we live and interact with the world. These innovations are results of our curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving techniques. Learn how our panelists are contributing to changing the world through their own efforts.

WIT Connect - SoCal

The Courage to Lead: Inner Dimensions of Culturally Conscious Leadership

Successful leaders today take an intentional approach to drawing connections between cultural dexterity and conscious leadership. Explore and learn the critical role diversity and inclusion plays in how you lead and build relationships and trust with peers, colleagues, and those you manage.

WIT Connect - Texas

Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Technology’s fast-paced, team-based and global work environments call for strong and effective business relationships. Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies are at the heart of effective workplace relationships and productivity and provide an integrated set of skills that support highly effective, innovative organizations.

WIT Connect - Texas

Five Ways Tech is Changing the World in 2020

Over the years, technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives. Technology has created amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. The use of innovations like Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, predictive analytics, business intelligence tools, and applications are changing how we live and interact with the world. These innovations are results of our curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving techniques. Learn how our panelists are contributing to changing the world through their own efforts.

WIT Connect - Texas

The Courage to Lead: Inner Dimensions of Culturally Conscious Leadership

Successful leaders today take an intentional approach to drawing connections between cultural dexterity and conscious leadership. Explore and learn the critical role diversity and inclusion plays in how you lead and build relationships and trust with peers, colleagues, and those you manage.