WITI’s Women in Technology Summit just keeps getting better with age. This year’s 22nd annual event is jam-packed with individual coaching, networking opportunities, and inspiring talks from 100 different speakers.
With an agenda that covers innumerable technology and employment topics over the course of three days, you really can’t go wrong with any of the offered keynotes, coaching tracks, or breakout sessions. But many sessions are simultaneous, so you won’t be able to catch them all.
To help you plan your trip and get the most out of the conference, here’s a preview of our five favorite speakers. Don’t miss these rockstar women at WITI 2016:
Holly’s sessions at WITI are all about empowering women to eliminate self doubt and take the steps towards the career and life they want. And she’s not all talk; Holly was in the midst of a high-powered career in tech when she realized she was overstressed and under-fulfilled. So she did something about it. She set out to become an expert in neuropsychology and personal development and left her career to bring what she learned to others. If you need a confidence boost, attend one of Holly’s talks.
Principal, Disruptive Diversity
Too often, people hesitate to put themselves at the center of tough conversations about diversity. Rajkumari doesn’t. Her talk will help you push past diversity as a buzzword, challenging you to take on effective diversity and inclusion efforts. Rajkumari has consulted for some of the biggest names in tech, including Amazon and Facebook. Her unique blend of science (she’s an expert in interpersonal neurobiology) and “touchy-feely” self-reflection make her discussion one you won’t want to miss.
Executive Director, Business Women of Silicon Valley
At a conference created to bring women together, Kristy is queen. She is the creator of three women’s networking groups, an expert in connecting people, and proud holder of the title, “Royal Schmoozer,” awarded by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Kristy is offering four different talks at WITI 2016, so there’s no excuse for not attending at least one. As a bonus, the networking lessons you learn from Kristy can be put to immediate use over your three days in San Jose.
Leadership and Management Development Coach, Diane Chang Coaching
Behind every amazing woman is a squad of other amazing women and men. While other speakers at WITI will prepare you to become an individual success, Diane’s talks about creating strong teams will prepare you to build a successful empire. She has more than 25 years of experience in half a dozen IT roles and in her spare time runs a South African food stand in New York City. We call that deliciously well-rounded.
Many of us know her for playing Alabama in the 1993 film, True Romance, or the mother in 2014’s indie favorite, Boyood. today Patricia Arquette serves as executive director of a nonprofit called GiveLove. GiveLove empowers communities with knowledge and tools to tackle sanitation and clean water issues. And she’s not just an activist; she helps others become activists for themselves. With all the stir she caused at last year’s Oscars, who knows what’s in store for WITI.
For a full list of speakers and sessions, check out the summit schedule here.
These five brilliant women are only a small sample of what this year’s WITI Summit will offer. If you haven’t signed up yet, head over to the registration page for more information.