Meet the Major Women in Tech Speakers of Catalyst Conference 2019

This June, major female mentors recognized in tech and business will be gathering to meet you at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference 2019. The conference focuses on empowering women within the STEM industry and will be taking place in San Francisco. What really makes the Catalyst Conference stand out though is the intelligent, inspiring and innovative speakers that we’re honored to have grace our stage this year. We couldn’t wait for you to meet them so we decided to make a few early introductions.

Mayim Bialik, Neuroscientist and Big Bang Theory Actress

Mayim Bialik: Neuroscientist, Multi-published Author, The Big Bang Theory Star and Mother of Two

This woman in STEM does it all. Mayim Bialik plays the role of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D, a neurobiologist, on the hit show, The Big Bang Theory. Bialik is not far off from her on-screen personality. She too is a neuroscientist, completing both her Neuroscience B.S. and Ph.D at UCLA with a focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Bialik is also an established author, publishing books on parenting, vegan recipes and girl power. Not to be beaten out by millennials, she lets us in on her personal life through her widely popular blog, Groknation.It chronicles anything and everything from news and culture to style and health. Oh, and don’t forget about her Youtube channel, simply named Mayim Bialik.  But Bialik is not too busy to be a loving mother of two and a devotee to the Jewish community.She supports Jewish foundations such as, Gift of Life Foundation and Save a Child’s Heart Foundation. We’ve got a lot to learn from Bialik, whether that’s navigating a multifaceted career or diving into the intricacies of adolescent OCD.

Mae Jemison, First African American Woman in Space

Dr. Mae Jemison: A Women in Tech Who’s Totally Out of this World

It’s ready, set and always liftoff with Dr. Mae Jemison. She attended Stanford at age 16 and was a general practitioner in the Peace Corps. Jemison then made history as the very first African American woman in space aboard the Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. But her rocket ship didn’t stop there.

After returning from the stars, Jemison became a professor at Dartmouth College and founded her company, the Jemison Group. The Jemison Group strives to inspire children and young adults through science and to empower them by equipping high schools around the world with advanced technology. However, not only does Jemison focus on lifting up girls in STEM, she also emphasizes the need to break down barriers in STEM that exist for all underrepresented groups. For her, diversity within the STEM fields is how we, as one human community, make great steps forward.

Her other projects include the “Science Matters” initiative with Bayer, The Earth We Share (TEWS) summer science camp, and the 100-Year Starship program, among several more. Aside from the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference, you can see Dr. Mae Jemison on National Geographic’s, One Strange Rock, now on Netflix.

Erica Kochi, Co-Founder of UNICEF Innovations

Erica Kochi: Co-Founder of UNICEF Innovations and Champion of Innovative Tech Solutions

Erica Kochi founded UNICEF Innovations, a unit within UNICEF that aids women and children in need through technological advances. Kochi and her UNICEF Innovations team have been able to pioneer UNICEF as a leader in tech innovation for healthcare delivery to the world’s most remote and underserved communities. They have achieved significant feats such as, bringing Rapid Pro, an open source software application that enables citizens of a community to provide real-time feedback and thus, real-time changes to their governmental and societal systems, to life.

Kochi is also the current Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights. The council and Kochi tackle subjects such as ethical decision-making AI design and how technology can be used as a proponent of human rights advancement. Undoubtedly, Kochi is bringing the future of tech and its undeniable connection to worldly issues to the Catalyst Conference stage.

Katie Dill, VP of Design Lyft

Katie Dill: Transforming STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)

Katie Dill is no stranger to the Silicon Valley madness. As Director of Experience Design at Airbnb, She propelled Airbnb Experiences to the powerhouse it is today, giving literal financial power to the people. For her work at Airbnb, she was recognized by Fast Company as one of business’ most creative people.

Since then, Dill has hopped on over to Lyft. She is currently their VP of Design and shows no sign of slowing down. Dill understands how the complexities of design and a great design team can bring disruptive ideas from conception to completion. She is one of the now many that recognize art is inseparable from technological advancement and innovation. Art is exactly where these new ideas spark, the results of a creative mind on fire. She endeavors to inspire tech-based creatives to look outside the box and beyond the pixels. Because for true tech innovation to happen, people need to be coloring outside the lines. Dill is always looking for fresh ideas and thrilling conversation, so take the chance to get to know her at the Catalyst Conference.

The Catalyst Conference Speaker Line-Up Doesn’t End Here

There’s more, really so much more. All of the Catalyst Conference San Francisco 2019 speakers are as impressive and impactful women and men in tech and business just as Bialik, Jemison, Kochi and Dill are. Every speaker that stands on the Catalyst Conference stage is there to be a mentor for you and your journey as a woman in tech.

Girls in Tech’s Catalyst Conference 2019 takes place June 19-20 in San Francisco. We hope to see you there!

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