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Pushing Beyond Your Comfort Zone: Advancing Your Career in Tech Through Public Speaking

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm

No matter how strong your technical skills are, becoming a confident public speaker can significantly advance your career in tech. But many are uncomfortable taking this step. Attend this learning burst to hear Cohesity principal technologist Theresa Miller share her personal journey from shy to confident speaker and the impact it has had on her career. Attendees will learn tips and tricks to begin public speaking and specific opportunities that exist for women working in technology to take the stage. 

Speaker: Theresa Miller, principal technologist, Cohesity

How to Support Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

If you’re like 73% of U.S. workers, you are a parent, caring for an aging loved one, or doing both. Join us to learn how you can effectively influence your organization to build culture, policies, and benefits that support all caregivers. You’ll walk away with five practical strategies to engage your employereach with a conversation starter and a free tool for your organization to use from AARP’s Employer Caregiving Resources.

Speaker: Heather Ainsworth, consultant, AARP, and CEO, Workable Concept

Use LinkedIn to Create a Powerful Personal Brand

Your LinkedIn presence can provide a strong and memorable digital first impression and help drive opportunities to your inbox. In twenty minutes, social media expert Amanda Healy shares the five areas to focus on right now to build and evolve your personal brand to achieve your goals. 

Speaker: Amanda Healy, national social media speaker & head of IoT brand marketing, Cisco

Accept, Reject, or Negotiate: Evaluating Your Offer (POE)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for early career professional women entering or re-entering the workforce
Session II: 11:30am -12:30pm

Congratulations on getting the job! It’s time to assess your offer and decide if this really is the perfect position for you. Lauren McGoodwin, CEO of Career Contessa, kicks off this discussion with her best advice about researching a potential employer and job opportunity. Then, a panel of professionals shares their strategies for asking the right questions when evaluating a new opportunity. Come learn how to get the inside scoop on benefits and culture, how to negotiate the terms, and how to ultimately decline the offer if it’s not right for you. 

Thought leader: Lauren McGoodwin, CEO, Career Contessa


Additional speakers to be announced!

How to Support Young Women & Girls

World politics affect young people as much as anyone else, and they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. Adults can support young women and girls—and amplify their vital voices—by letting them lead the way. Amanda Uhle co-founded the International Congress of Youth Voices, a youth-led gathering of the world’s most inspiring teen writers and activists. She shares powerful lessons about supporting young people and offers actionable advice around working with youth for volunteers, mentors, non-profit professionals, and parents. 

Speaker: Amanda Uhle, co-founder, International Congress of Youth Voices, and publisher, McSweeney’s

Simple Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Cyber attacks against big corporations dominate the news, but online crime targeting small businesses is also on the rise. It’s imperative that business owners understand the risks and have a plan for response if they are targeted. This roundtable discussion will cover specific and valuable cybersecurity controls that can be implemented right away to improve security and reduce exposure to cybercrime. 

Speaker: Sharee English, chief security officer, WECybr

More Inclusive Events & Other Gatherings

In this frank roundtable discussion, diversity consultant Emily Howe details going beyond cosmetic diversity to create events that are as diverse as the world we live and work in. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, events like conferences, panels, meetings, and fundraisers have the potential to be inclusive experiences where all participants feel like they belong. Attendees in this roundtable will walk away with answers to the thorniest of questions about making events more diverse using simple, evidence-based strategies. 

Speaker: Emily Meghan Morrow Howe, gender/inclusion strategist and co-author, How to [Really] Diversify Your Large Event

Securing Sponsorships & Partnerships

A mutually beneficial partnership can have a significant impact on a venture or project. The right mention on social media alone could result in significant sales. This roundtable discussion will walk you through best practices to secure sponsorships and partnerships for your brand, event, business, or even for yourself. 

Speaker: Adonica Shaw, author, entrepreneur, marketing and public relations professional

Writing & Publishing Your Book

You have a book in the works that will make an impact and change lives—including yours. What are the next steps? Heather Lazare is an editorial and publishing consultant with more than a decade of experience in the publishing industry. In this roundtable, she shares her strategies for strengthening your manuscript’s marketability, capturing an agent’s interest, and ultimately getting your book out into the world.

Speaker: Heather Lazare, editorial and publishing consultant and founder, Northern California Writers’ Retreat

Powerful Negotiation for Women of Color

Badass women of color, are you ready to unleash your most confident self and negotiate unapologetically? In this roundtable, leadership and negotiation coach Nadia De Ala discusses how you can lead with leverage to increase your negotiation power. Participants will walk away with a new perspective on using their voice and actionable tips to increase their pay and influence in businesses.

Speaker: Nadia De Ala, leadership & negotiation coach for women of color

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