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Join us April 23-27- 2018 for the Women in Tech Regatta Week.

The Regatta is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. We will dwell in the realm of what’s possible, rather than simply what is.

Sessions are grouped thematically and each session will be hosted at one of five ports. Create a personalized itinerary aligned to your specific interests, by checking off the sessions below.

Monday Kick off opening party– Resource reception featuring over 30 orgs from our vibrant city that support women and girls in tech- all during one night, under one roof.
Port Tracks: During the week we’re hosting over 30 breakout sessions across the city. Sessions are grouped thematically and each session will be hosted at 1 of 5 ports. 
  • Port 1: Tech Mavens (keeping you relevant in tech)  We’ll be talking about everything from AI, to Crypto-Currency, to growing as a coder.
  • Port 2: Inclusive Culture (Allyship)  The focus here is on ending gender bias in the workplace & building stronger, more diverse teams.
  • Port 3: Leadership (CEO’s & Startups)  We’ll hear from a diverse group of CEO’s and startup leaders who will discuss multi-dimensional leadership, building credibility and avoiding isolation.
  • Port 4: All about YOU (Build your story)  This is all about you- being bold,  intentional and building resilience. Pump up your side hustle and put some mojo into your personal brand.
  • Port 5: Career Acumen (Building relationships) Learn about how storytelling, mentorship, and meaningful connections will help you meet your career goals and win the race.
Closing Celebration:  Enjoy the last day of the WiT Regatta Week at the Progressive Closing Celebrations. Participate in a variety of exciting pop in events: Complimentary headshots, fashion exhibits, interactive VR, candlelight meditation, résumé review, workplace hacks and more... Connect, nibble & sip with new and old friends. 

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Port 2 - Inclusive Culture [clear filter]
Tuesday, April 24
 

12:00pm PDT

Wanted: Men, Executives, & People in Power
Enter the building through the main entrance.  Take the elevators down to the first floor and follow the signs.

This session is designed for those in positions of power (men, executives, leaders, business owners, decision-makers) who want to help end bias in the workplace but don’t know how. This will be a safe space for you to learn practical strategies, skills, and tactics to support and champion the underrepresented - women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, parents, caregivers and people of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Tee

Cynthia Tee

Senior Director of Engineering, Nordstrom
Combining her love of fashion and technology, Cynthia is Senior Director of Engineering at Nordstrom where she is responsible for services that power checkout, payments, and order management. With a passion for building inclusion and belonging in our tech industry, she is a trained... Read More →


Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
thinkspace SEATTLE

3:30pm PDT

Diversity by Design: Co-Creating Inclusive Organizations for Immigrants & Newcomers
Session Address:
501 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA  98109
The East part is key.  Capital One’s  logo is not yet on the building but there is Pro Sports Club signage.  When you arrive come up to the 4th floor.  There is a building garage with public parking but South Lake Union is a hot area so it’s not guaranteed.

In this interactive workshop participants will explore the experiences of immigrants, newcomers and people of cultural backgrounds as they navigate the rapid currents of the tech industry. The underlying goal of this training session is to help create safe environments where everyone can thrive, and that are based on the cultural influences that impact the individuals of cultural backgrounds and the type of support they need. Participants will co-create a set of diversity practices for organization’s stakeholders, including teammates, managers, HR Manager and leadership, while taking into account the immigrants’ challenges and needs in a fast-paced tech industry.

Speakers
avatar for Nishat Ahkter

Nishat Ahkter

Principal Systems Analyst, F5
avatar for Mahnaz Akbari

Mahnaz Akbari

Owner, Consultant
I'm a Data Scientist with over a decade expertise in Tech. I'm also advocate for inclusiveness. I founded Women in Data Science - Seattle (Sea-WiDS) meetup to help filling the gender gap.
avatar for Yeni Capote Diaz

Yeni Capote Diaz

DevOps Engineer, Samsung
avatar for Bob Kasten

Bob Kasten

CTO, Contact Center Tools
avatar for Chuks Onwuneme

Chuks Onwuneme

Founder, Pillsy
avatar for Sunjay Pandey

Sunjay Pandey

VP, Digital Products, Capital One
I'm a purpose-led leader driving industry disruptions; I build innovative products and organizations by inspiring (and organizing) interdisciplinary teams to work backwards from deep-seated customer problems with data-driven execution. I've led teams across: green field, high-growth... Read More →
avatar for Nathalie Steinmetz

Nathalie Steinmetz

Founder & CEO, She's Coding
Software Engineer with 15+ years of experience, currently working as such at L1NDA, and running She’s Coding, a nonprofit for women in tech. Looking to build connections and collaborations with people, organizations and companies that support that mission and want to join along... Read More →
avatar for Yanmei Wu

Yanmei Wu

Software Development Manager, Amazon


Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Capital One

6:00pm PDT

Hacking into Bias with DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) Data: A Necessary Process
Session Address:
501 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA  98109
The East part is key.  Capital One’s  logo is not yet on the building but there is Pro Sports Club signage.  When you arrive come up to the 4th floor.  There is a building garage with public parking but South Lake Union is a hot area so it’s not guaranteed.


Ready to learn why data is so important for DEI work? Whether you are a company in the beginning stages of DEI or with established initiatives come engage in a conversation about the importance of data in DEI. The Inclusology team will be delivering a highly engaging interactive workshop and discussion on their company and their perspective on this topic. Let's geek out together!


Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Ingram

Cheryl Ingram

Founder, CEO, Diverse City, Inclusology


Tuesday April 24, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Capital One
 
Wednesday, April 25
 

10:00am PDT

Ageism in the Workplace: Are You Getting Pushed Off the Boat?
Session Address:
501 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA  98109
The East part is key.  Capital One’s  logo is not yet on the building but there is Pro Sports Club signage.  When you arrive come up to the 4th floor.  There is a building garage with public parking but South Lake Union is a hot area so it’s not guaranteed.

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials are trying to co-exist in the workforce today. Ageism is casted over older employees as well as Millennials who experience difficulties because of their age. In this session we will discuss the challenges each generation faces and ways we can create better understanding and awareness in everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Craciun

Jean Craciun

Founder, The Diversity Center of Washington
avatar for KoKo Huang

KoKo Huang

Business Immigration Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
avatar for Cheryl Ingram

Cheryl Ingram

Founder, CEO, Diverse City, Inclusology
avatar for Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

Founder/CEO, uniquelyHR
avatar for Jessica Loché-Eggert

Jessica Loché-Eggert

Head of Innovation & Culture, The Riveter
avatar for Amanda Townsend

Amanda Townsend

HR & Culture Strategist, Outreach.io


Wednesday April 25, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Capital One

12:00pm PDT

Hiding in the Bathroom: Emotions in the Workplace & How to Manage Them
Limited Capacity filling up

What happens when you start to feel frustrated, worried, disappointed, or just plain mad at work? For many women the answer is to “hide in the bathroom” and cry. Why? Because up until now showing emotions in the workplace has been seen as a weakness. Yet, women and men are emotional creatures. During this panel discuss we’ll discuss when it is appropriate to express true emotions at work, how embracing vulnerability can improve your career, and tips for keeping things professional while remaining authentic to yourself. 

Moderators
avatar for Katie van Zyl

Katie van Zyl

Director of Product Management, GoDaddy

Speakers
avatar for Billie Sue Chafins

Billie Sue Chafins

Director, Software Development, Hulu
avatar for Ted Dworkin

Ted Dworkin

Senior Vice President, Product Management and Customer Experience, Sonos
Ted Dworkin is Senior Vice President of Product Management and Customer Experience at Sonos. In this role, he leads a diverse team of hardware and software product managers as well as teams focused on customer success, user experience, and user research. His team is responsible for... Read More →
avatar for Laura Grit

Laura Grit

Sr Principal Technical Program Manager, Amazon
avatar for Thais Melo

Thais Melo

Uber Tech Lead Manager, Google


Wednesday April 25, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
ATLAS Workbase

5:30pm PDT

Shifting the Culture In a Male-Dominated Industry
Session Address:
501 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA  98109
The East part is key.  Capital One’s  logo is not yet on the building but there is Pro Sports Club signage.  When you arrive come up to the 4th floor.  There is a building garage with public parking but South Lake Union is a hot area so it’s not guaranteed.

In today's male-dominated technology industry how do leaders intentionally decide to support inclusion and shift workplace culture? The need to be more inclusive of different races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, and more is at a tipping point. During this session we will discuss the practical steps some leaders have taken to support diversity in the workplace, what risks they have taken, roadblocks they have encountered, and the tough decisions they have made to promote a more inclusive culture.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Oertli Mooney

Katie Oertli Mooney

Director, Jennifer Brown Consulting

Speakers
avatar for Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

Director of Tech Recruiting, Uber
avatar for Larry Colagiovanni

Larry Colagiovanni

General Manager of eBay Seattle and Senior Director of New Product Development, eBay
avatar for Gail Giacobbe

Gail Giacobbe

VP Product and Experience Design, GoDaddy
Gail Giacobbe is a VP of Product and Experience Design at GoDaddy, where her mission is to give entrepreneurs the tools and insights needed to start, grow and thrive in their ventures. Prior to GoDaddy, Gail spent 15 years at Microsoft where she led product management teams in Skype... Read More →
avatar for JoAnne Kennedy

JoAnne Kennedy

Vice President Technology, Nordstrom
JoAnne Kennedy is vice president of technology at Nordstrom. In this strategic and operational role for the fashion retailer, JoAnne and her team are responsible for driving technology success for multiple departments – including credit, human resources and finance – through modern... Read More →
avatar for Preston Taylor

Preston Taylor

Director of Product Management, Socrata


Wednesday April 25, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Capital One
 
Thursday, April 26
 

12:00pm PDT

The Right Crew: Secrets to a Successful Ally/Mentee Partnership
Session Address:
501 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA  98109
The East part is key.  Capital One’s  logo is not yet on the building but there is Pro Sports Club signage.  When you arrive come up to the 4th floor.  There is a building garage with public parking but South Lake Union is a hot area so it’s not guaranteed.


We all have blind spots when navigating through our careers. Through proactive ally/mentee relationships these blind spots can be addressed. Get the inside scoop from our panel of successful ally/mentee teams. You’ll hear how their partnerships started, how they supported each other and the positive impact they had on each other. Learn what helped make these ally/mentee relationships thrive and how you can apply them in your own ally/mentee relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Loché-Eggert

Jessica Loché-Eggert

Head of Innovation & Culture, The Riveter

Speakers
LB

Laurie Brinkly

Executive Assistant, WTIA
avatar for Scott Ehnert

Scott Ehnert

CTO, Moz, Inc
Engineering and Operations leader with technical background in Network Engineering and datacenters. Focused on developing leaders, maturing organizations, and fostering healthy workplace culture.15 years of network operations / network engineering. 10 years of project management.9... Read More →
avatar for Tehut Getahun

Tehut Getahun

Software Engineer, Getty
avatar for Julie Pham

Julie Pham

VP, Community Engagement & Marketing, Washington Technology Industry Association
Cambridge-trained historian, Forbes.com blogger, venture philanthropist, and marketing professional with a superior track record in driving results in fast-paced, demanding environments and in influencing diverse stakeholders. Harvard Business School's Young American Leaders Program... Read More →
avatar for Amy Smidutz

Amy Smidutz

Director Of Engineering at Moz, Moz
I am very passionate about making the workplace pleasant for everyone. I want to solve problems with pay equality and create opportunities for women and people of color in tech and in leadership. I think we need better tactics and we need more investment to make this a reality. Please... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Tee

Cynthia Tee

Senior Director of Engineering, Nordstrom
Combining her love of fashion and technology, Cynthia is Senior Director of Engineering at Nordstrom where she is responsible for services that power checkout, payments, and order management. With a passion for building inclusion and belonging in our tech industry, she is a trained... Read More →


Thursday April 26, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Capital One

5:30pm PDT

In Their Own Words: Stories of Underrepresented Voices in Tech
Session Address:
501 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA  98109
The East part is key.  Capital One’s  logo is not yet on the building but there is Pro Sports Club signage.  When you arrive come up to the 4th floor.  There is a building garage with public parking but South Lake Union is a hot area so it’s not guaranteed.

What if your identity didn't fit into the conventional confines of the workplace? What part of yourself do you hide? What part do you refuse to hide? How can you help colleagues and employers accept who you are? Join us for a meaningful evening of learning and storytelling, as we listen to thirteen diverse speakers from our community answer the question, "What is your identity and how do you express it at work?" Gain a different perspective as each storyteller shares their personal experiences in a series of 5 minute flash talks.

Speakers
avatar for Caty Caldwell

Caty Caldwell

Program Manager II, Microsoft
avatar for Zina Fatemi

Zina Fatemi

PM Launch Manager at Microsoft, Microsoft
avatar for Salehah Hassan

Salehah Hassan

Technical Recruiting Lead, Facebook
avatar for Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

Developer at Microsoft and Transgender Rights Activist, Microsoft
avatar for Kara Ottewell

Kara Ottewell

Software Development Manager, Amazon
Kara got into computer programming in the 1980s, writing experimental control software, and data analysis for her Ph.D. in High Energy Particle Physics. She was a physics researcher at CERN, DESY and the University of Manchester. Her first software job was at a small Stockport company... Read More →


Thursday April 26, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Capital One
 
Friday, April 27
 

3:30pm PDT

Future Fashion: How Tech is Nurturing an Ethics Makeover
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us for a panel discussion on how technology is being employed to elevate the ethics of a massive consumer industry. From product side and distribution to fair representation and access to launch, tech is providing new avenues for more responsible business practices in the fashion industry. Find out if this could become a reality in your industry or just join us to up your Conscious Consumer game!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Belfor

Lauren Belfor

Co-Founder, Velé
avatar for Bianca Blom

Bianca Blom

Founder, LINJA
avatar for Candice Caldwell

Candice Caldwell

Chief Strategist, Reveon
avatar for Ambika Singh

Ambika Singh

CEO, Armoire
avatar for Brian Watkins

Brian Watkins

Co-Founder, CEO, Rep the Squad


Friday April 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Capital One Cafe