April 13, 2017

Get Ready for the 2017 Women in Technology Summit

Written by
Megan Pacella

Every year, the Women in Technology Summit welcomes women (and men) from the tech industry who promote diversity and take action to shift power dynamics in the workplace. Organized by Women in Technology International (WITI), this year’s summit will be held June 11-13 at the DoubleTree Hilton in San Jose.

While the WITI summit is inclusive, it is mostly comprised of women executives in the IT, software, computing, and telecommunications sectors. The banking, finance, and tech entrepreneur sectors are represented as well. For three days, top women and thought leaders will converge on Silicon Valley to share ideas and pave the way for future advancements.

WITI Sessions You Shouldn’t Miss

The WITI summit schedule is structured around topics of particular interest to women in tech. This year’s summit includes a coaching track featuring leadership and professional development topics. Here are a few coaching sessions to consider.

  • Mastering the Art of PitchCraft
  • Success Secrets of the Super Achievers
  • Finding and Using a Powerful Voice

In addition to those special sessions, attendees can sign up for 60-minute coaching circles where groups of five to 10 women engage with a qualified coach and discuss work-related topics from problem solving to adaptability and more.

Aside from the coaching track, the WITI Summit schedule is jam-packed with engaging speakers, keynotes and workshops. Here are five incredible talks you won’t want to miss:

“Breaking Biased Habits: What You Can Do if People Are More Interested in Josh’s Ideas Than Jessica’s,” by Therese Huston, Ph.D, Author and Cognitive Scientist at Seattle University

It’s common to hear from more women than men in meetings–even in a well-intentioned atmosphere. This interactive session will examine the ways pop culture treats men and women differently and then develop strategies to curb the gender bias in teamwork and meetings.

“Realize Your Potential in the $1.3 Trillion Social Economy,” by Gretchen Fox, CEO, MTO Agency

Learn more about how world-class organizations think about social media. In this session, Gretchen Fox will offer senior-level advanced insights into the future of social media for your organization. You’ll learn more about social potential, pillars of social media success and creating a roadmap to get there, and assessing and benchmarking your organization’s social success.

“Cybersecurity: Women on the Frontlines of the Battle Against Cybercrime,” by Shelley Westman, SVP, Alliances & Field Operations, Protegrity

Cybersecurity is a hot-button issue, with data breaches on the rise every year. Hear from top women in the cybersecurity field to learn more about what they do on a daily basis and how they got involved in this field.

“Why We Need Women to Lead,” by Will Marre, Founder, SMART Power Academy

Research institutions, including Wharton, Harvard and MIT, all conclude that women-led teams and organizations achieve more revenue growth than male-dominated organizations. Women’s thinking versatility, strategic empathy and social intelligence give them a leadership advantage. However, many male leaders view women’s skills as a weakness rather than a strength. This workshop will offer tips to amplify your influence.

“Drive Your Emotional Intelligence: What Every Leader Must Know About EQ,” Donna Ceriani, Executive Coach & Consultant, The Real Journey LLC

Emotional intelligence (EQ) accounts for up to 45 percent of career success and it distinguishes great leaders. In this session, you’ll learn practical tips for increasing your EQ. Takeaways will include: the skills that comprise EQ, how EQ impacts your effectiveness and ways you can improve your EQ over time.

Maximize Your Time at WITI

The WITI summit schedule is overflowing with important presentations, networking opportunities and career possibilities. Be sure to keep these few things on your radar so you can get the most out of your time at WITI:

  • Supercharge Your Career and Work Like a Genius. On June 11, Will Marre (founder of Smart Power Academy) will hold a half-day workshop to help women develop and communicate their unique value proposition in the workplace.
  • Business & Technology Expo. Instead of a separate exhibition hall, exhibitors will set up at the conference so you can easily visit with companies who are interested in empowering women in the workplace. Make time to visit some booths and rub elbows with other organizations who want women in tech to succeed!
  • Career Fair. The Professional Diversity Network will host a career fair on site on Tuesday June 13, from 10:30 a.m., to 2:30 p.m. Job seekers can meet with HR representatives from top technology companies, get resume feedback, and acquire interview tips and negotiating skills with the goal of getting equal pay.

If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time! Visit the registration page for ticket and pricing information. Use discount code “WOMEN” to save $200 at checkout.