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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JoAnne Kennedy

Vice President Technology
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 software development best practices and operations for all systems and applications.

Since joining in 2014, the breadth of JoAnne’s technology leadership at Nordstrom has spanned merchandise planning, loyalty, gift card and customer care. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, JoAnne also serves as an active sponsor for the Nordstrom Asian Pacific-Islander employee resource group and is the executive sponsor for the company’s participation in the annual Grace Hopper Celebration.

Before Nordstrom, JoAnne was vice president of technology at NBC News where she led the strategy, software development and operations for digital properties including NBC News, MSNBC, TODAY Show, CNBC and NBC Sports. JoAnne also held leadership positions in Microsoft’s IT, Premier Alliance support and Windows security divisions.

JoAnne is a Northwest native and serves on the Board of Directors at the Asian Counseling and Referral Services and the Slalom Client Advisory Board in Seattle.