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ACT-W AUSTIN 2017

Join us for speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair,
and so much more. This regional happy hour and two-day conference focuses on providing
content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in Austin and the surrounding cities.

All proceeds from our first annual ACT-W Austin Conference go towards providing
STEM education programs to local high school girls through ChickTech.

ACT-W KICKOFF PARTY

Join us as we kick off the conference at the ACT-W Kickoff Happy Hour. Enjoy an exclusive experience to mingle with industry leaders, celebrate with other like-minded people, and enjoy a night on the town before the conference.

August 4th, 2017

Homeaway Domain
11800 Domain Blvd. #300, Austin, TX 78758

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ACT-W CONFERENCE

This conference is packed with hands-on workshops, panels, motivating presentations, a Career Fair, and networking time to connect with others. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with women in tech in Austin and the surrounding area.

August 5th – 6th, 2017

Norris Event Center – Austin
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365, Austin, TX 78757

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

AUSTIN

“Northeastern University is working hard to increase diversity in tech through our Computer Science programs, and ACT-W represents an amazing opportunity to both share our story and promote increased representation of women in tech professions!”

– Bryan Fouquet, Associate Director at Northeastern University

Gold Sponsor

AUSTIN

“CDK Global is dedicated to increasing diversity in tech. Our efforts span middle school, high school,
tech professionals, and those considering tech. ACT-W represents an amazing opportunity to
both share our story and promote increased representation of women in tech professions!”

– Kevin Brinkley, Director Technical Talent Acquisition at CDK Global

National Platinum Sponsor

OUR SPEAKERS & WORKSHOP LEADERS

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley | Winning Together

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley | Winning Together

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley | Keynote: Winning Together

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley | Keynote: Winning Together

Ruth Holloway | Keynote: Making Everyone Welcome - Codes of Conduct in Open Source Communities

Ruth Holloway | Keynote: Making Everyone Welcome - Codes of Conduct in Open Source Communities

Margaret Dawson | Keynote: Snorting out Loud and Letting Your True Light Shine

Margaret Dawson | Keynote: Snorting out Loud and Letting Your True Light Shine

Sarah Evans | Keynote: Technology for Global Impact - Emerging Technologies Impacting Women and Girls in Developing Countries

Sarah Evans | Keynote: Technology for Global Impact - Emerging Technologies Impacting Women and Girls in Developing Countries

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley | Winning Together

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley | Winning Together

Margaret Gourlay | DevOps vs Raids: How DevOps is like an MMO

Margaret Gourlay | DevOps vs Raids: How DevOps is like an MMO

Ann Hudspeth | Using Design Thinking to Improve Customer Experience

Ann Hudspeth | Using Design Thinking to Improve Customer Experience

Allison Macalik Tibbits |  Assemble your X Team

Allison Macalik Tibbits | Assemble your X Team

Samantha Needham | Far from Hype: The Power of Immersive Experiences with VR

Samantha Needham | Far from Hype: The Power of Immersive Experiences with VR

Monica Ann Arrambide | Tech Impact on a Developing Queer Youth Identity

Monica Ann Arrambide | Tech Impact on a Developing Queer Youth Identity

Jamie Dorobek | Teacher to Blogger in 2 Years

Jamie Dorobek | Teacher to Blogger in 2 Years

Alexis Puchek | Building a Diversity

Alexis Puchek | Building a Diversity & Inclusion Team from the Bottom Up

Jona Moore | Designing, Architecting,

Jona Moore | Designing, Architecting, & Building Teams for Disruptive Technologies

Angela Epley | Personal Finance for Women in Tech

Angela Epley | Personal Finance for Women in Tech

Benny Vasquez | Webhosting: Your Files on Someone Else

Benny Vasquez | Webhosting: Your Files on Someone Else's Computer

Anna Chaney | Mind the Confidence Gap: Tales from the Trenches of Engineering While Female

Anna Chaney | Mind the Confidence Gap: Tales from the Trenches of Engineering While Female

Carla Crull | This is Your Brain on Unconscious Bias

Carla Crull | This is Your Brain on Unconscious Bias

Nina Toscano | This is Your Brain on Unconscious Bias

Nina Toscano | This is Your Brain on Unconscious Bias

Cecy Correa | Getting In: Transitioning into a Career in Tech

Cecy Correa | Getting In: Transitioning into a Career in Tech

Chelle Honiker | Entrepreneurship as a Freelancer

Chelle Honiker | Entrepreneurship as a Freelancer

Chloe Condon | From Singing to Engineering: How Learning to Code Changed My Life

Chloe Condon | From Singing to Engineering: How Learning to Code Changed My Life

Laura Musa | Being An Effective Tech Leader Without a Technical Background

Laura Musa | Being An Effective Tech Leader Without a Technical Background

Debra Cerda | Being An Effective Tech Leader Without a Technical Background

Debra Cerda | Being An Effective Tech Leader Without a Technical Background

Deepina Kapila | Everything I Learned About Navigating My Career, I Learned From Female Superheroes

Deepina Kapila | Everything I Learned About Navigating My Career, I Learned From Female Superheroes

Dr. Kathy Gruver | Five Keys to Stress Reduction for Enhanced Performance and Better Communication

Dr. Kathy Gruver | Five Keys to Stress Reduction for Enhanced Performance and Better Communication

Eileen ORiordan | Mid-level Career and Changing Career How to Handle the Change

Eileen ORiordan | Mid-level Career and Changing Career How to Handle the Change

Elisa Goldberg | Preparing for Jobs of the Future

Elisa Goldberg | Preparing for Jobs of the Future

Evan Schmiedehaus | Introduction to Positive Leadership and Flourishing Organizations

Evan Schmiedehaus | Introduction to Positive Leadership and Flourishing Organizations

Miriam Aurora | Breakthrough with LinkedIn

Miriam Aurora | Breakthrough with LinkedIn

Jessica Lucci | Infrastructure as Code: Redefining Systems Management

Jessica Lucci | Infrastructure as Code: Redefining Systems Management

Oktavia Merazga | Women Tech Education

Oktavia Merazga | Women Tech Education

Jessica Jackson | Why Women Should Always Wear a Bun and More Discussion on Sexuality in Tech

Jessica Jackson | Why Women Should Always Wear a Bun and More Discussion on Sexuality in Tech

Mary Chauvin | Small Parts, Big Actors: Assembling Your Startup Advisory Board

Mary Chauvin | Small Parts, Big Actors: Assembling Your Startup Advisory Board

Kelly Churchill | Use Design Thinking to Help Land your Next Job

Kelly Churchill | Use Design Thinking to Help Land your Next Job

Nola Stowe | How to Keep Learning

Nola Stowe | How to Keep Learning

Jessica McGlory | Finding Passion for Data Through Fandoms

Jessica McGlory | Finding Passion for Data Through Fandoms

Michael Manning | The Tools You Have Will Help You Succeed

Michael Manning | The Tools You Have Will Help You Succeed

Liza C. Willmore | Create the Future. Drive the Change. Lead the Way!

Liza C. Willmore | Create the Future. Drive the Change. Lead the Way!

Mari Johannessen | Building a Design System- Where to start and key takeaways

Mari Johannessen | Building a Design System- Where to start and key takeaways

Rebekah Post | 12 Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Audiences: Public Speaking as a Developer

Rebekah Post | 12 Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Audiences: Public Speaking as a Developer

Shercole King | You Are The Tech Influence You Were Waiting For

Shercole King | You Are The Tech Influence You Were Waiting For

Meredith Hassett | Integrating the world of APIs with NodeJS

Meredith Hassett | Integrating the world of APIs with NodeJS

Sameera Kapila | Challenging The Status Quo

Sameera Kapila | Challenging The Status Quo

Sarah-Jane Madden | Securing Your Most Precious Asset - Data

Sarah-Jane Madden | Securing Your Most Precious Asset - Data

Laura Lorek | Storytelling for Entrepreneurs

Laura Lorek | Storytelling for Entrepreneurs

Shannon Tweedt | Diversity Begets Diversity

Shannon Tweedt | Diversity Begets Diversity

Shawn Weisfeld | Cloudy with a Chance of Application

Shawn Weisfeld | Cloudy with a Chance of Application

Christina Dillon | The Power Behind Personal Branding

Christina Dillon | The Power Behind Personal Branding

Toddi Norum | Leveraging Learning Tech to Promote Personal Brands

Toddi Norum | Leveraging Learning Tech to Promote Personal Brands

Leah Figueroa | Iron Sights For Your Data

Leah Figueroa | Iron Sights For Your Data

Julie Jarzemsky | Creating Your First React App

Julie Jarzemsky | Creating Your First React App

Bonnie Reese | User Experience and Design Panel

Bonnie Reese | User Experience and Design Panel

Alex O

Alex O'Neal | User Experience and Design Panel

Ellen Kolsto | User Experience and Design Panel

Ellen Kolsto | User Experience and Design Panel

Robert Neill | When to Change Jobs

Robert Neill | When to Change Jobs

Mia Johns | Dress For Success

Mia Johns | Dress For Success

Miramar Dichoso | Dress For Success

Miramar Dichoso | Dress For Success

Rena Pacheco-Theard | Maximizing Your Impact in Social Entrepreneurship

Rena Pacheco-Theard | Maximizing Your Impact in Social Entrepreneurship

Emily Leach | How Community Can Help You More Than You Give

Emily Leach | How Community Can Help You More Than You Give

Mia Johns | Dress For Success

Mia Johns | Dress For Success

Ellen Kolsto | User Experience and Design Panel

Ellen Kolsto | User Experience and Design Panel

Emily Leach | How Community Can Help You More Than You Give

Emily Leach | How Community Can Help You More Than You Give

Rena Pacheco-Theard | Maximizing Your Impact in Social Entrepreneurship

Rena Pacheco-Theard | Maximizing Your Impact in Social Entrepreneurship

Miramar Dichoso | Dress For Success

Miramar Dichoso | Dress For Success

AUSTIN

“Dev Bootcamp works to build inclusivity in tech and to support women in technology at every step at their career. We are thrilled to work with Chick Tech and the ACT-W conference as a step in realizing our vision of a vibrant, diverse and welcoming technology industry.”

– Emily Moss, Community Marketing Manager at Dev Bootcamp

National Career Fair Sponsor

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Kickoff Happy Hour [Offsite]
Homeaway Domain 1011 W 5th St Ste 300, Austin, TX 78703

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Registration & Networking Breakfast [Red Oak]
 
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Speed Networking [Magnolia A]
 
10:05 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome & Logistics [Red Oak]
 
10:20 AM – 11:15 AM: Keynote Speakers [Red Oak]
 
11:15 AM –  11:30 AM: Break
 
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Career Fair & Career Advancement Sessions [Red Oak,  Magnolia B, Elm] + [Magnolia A]
 
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
 
2:00 PM – 3:10 PM: Lightning Talks [Red Oak]
 
3:10 PM – 3:25 PM Break
 
3:25 PM – 5:00 PM: Career Fair & Career Advancement Sessions [Red Oak,  Magnolia B, Elm] + [Magnolia A]
 
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Post-Conference Happy Hour [Offsite]
Oskar Blues Brewery, 10420 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Registration & Networking Breakfast [Red Oak]
 
10:05 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome & Logistics [Red Oak]
 
10:20 AM – 11:15 AM: Keynote Speakers [Red Oak]
 
11:15 AM –  11:30 AM: Break
 
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Career Fair & Career Advancement Sessions [Red Oak,  Magnolia B, Elm] + [Magnolia A]
 
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
 
2:00 PM – 3:40 PM: Career Fair & Career Advancement Sessions [Red Oak,  Magnolia B, Elm] + [Magnolia A]
 
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Closing and Thank Yous [Red Oak]

“Thank you for bringing lots of talented instructors into one place!”

– ACT-W Attendee

 

“ChickTech has opened up doors for me on so many levels. I have met the most amazing people,
worked with incredible organizations, and have been able to collaborate with the
most influential members in the technology industry.”

– ChickTech Volunteer

 

“I think this conference was possibly the most perfectly executed event I’ve attended.”

– ACT-W Attendee

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Is your organization hiring, interested in supporting diversity, and expanding your market share?
We would love to discuss sponsorship options and add your organization to the Career Fair!
Please email actw-atx@chicktech.org and jenny.morgan@chicktech.org to discuss this amazing
opportunity to bring diversity to tech.
Conference proceeds go directly towards
providing STEM education to young girls in your local community.

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