Agenda

September 7 – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm CDT

7:00 am

Doors Open

Speaker(s): 

8:00 am

Breakfast

Speaker(s): 

9:00 am

Introduction

Let’s all exhale, as we enter into this new post-covid era, where connecting, meeting in-person, smiling and hugging again is not only acceptable, but also celebrated! Girls in Tech’s CEO and founder, Adriana Gascoigne, will extend a warm welcome to all Girls in Tech Conference guests, while painting a vivid picture of her journey in launching and growing the largest organization for women in tech in the world. In addition, Sandy Carter, Girls in Tech’s Chairman of the Board, will touch upon a few exciting and notable trends, innovations, and opportunities coming in 2023.

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host at The Innovator’s Network
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Adriana Gascoigne, Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Girls in Tech
Sandy Carter, Senior Vice President & Channel Chief at Unstoppable Domains

9:10 am

Meditation, Breathing, & Focus

Take a few moments to unwind, relax, breathe and reflect. Our stretching and meditation expert from Nike will provide an intentional space for our guests to center their focus so that they can be fully present and immersed in the conference experience.

Speaker(s): 
Nike, Inc.

9:30 am

Strategies for Jumpstarting Your IT Career

Running IT like a business isn’t your typical technology skill. Yet it is one every entity with technology investment needs to consider. Listen as Accenture’s Latrise Brissett shares how an econ major found her niche and leads IT strategy and planning for a 700,000 person global company. More important, Latrise will share the critical life lessons she learned along the way.

Speaker(s): 
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Latrise Brissett, Managing Director of Global IT, Business Operations at Accenture

9:40 am

Maria Lensing, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, McKesson Keynote

Listen in and get inspired by our esteemed keynote and accomplished industry leader, Maria Lensing, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Infrastructure, Engineering and Operations for McKesson Corporation. Maria is responsible for developing McKesson’s technology stack vision, strategy, and architecture, which are fundamental to the business portfolio for data and digital technologies. Her responsibilities also include a strong focus on engineering design and operational excellence to optimize performance levels. Prior to McKesson, Maria served for 11 years at AT&T, where she held several leadership roles across Technology, Business and Strategy. Maria has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University (CBU). She completed her Executive Education from Harvard Business School and is actively involved in many local and national nonprofits. Maria is on the board for Orbis International, a director for the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and a trustee for CBU.

Speaker(s): 
Maria Lensing, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Infrastructure, Engineering & Operations at McKesson

10:00 am

Growing with the Business: Starting in Senior Leadership at the Advent of 5G

Debika Bhattacharya assumed her current Senior Vice President role — joining the ranks of Verizon Business’ upper echelon of leadership — around the same time that 5G was becoming a topic of major importance and opportunity in the enterprise technology sector. Her professional growth trajectory was intersecting with the advent of 5G, a once-in-a-generation inflection point for the industry. This keynote will discuss how Debika’s experience as a woman in business and STEM shapes her everyday approach to organizational leadership and business strategy during a time of generational importance in her sector. It will discuss seizing the moment — as Debika is doing now, and how the current generation of women in business and STEM can identify leadership opportunities on the horizon and position themselves to take the wheel as those opportunities materialize.

Speaker(s): 
Debika Bhattacharya, Senior Vice President, 5G & Enterprise Solutions at Verizon

10:20 am

Break, Musical Performance & Networking

Autumn Nicholas is a gifted songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels and the swagger of Kacey Musgraves, with the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James, Autumn Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories. Stories about love, pain, loss, and hope. She seamlessly blends pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the lis tener in so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award – winning artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances.

Speaker(s): 
Autumn Nicholas

10:40 am

Experience
Designing Your Life: The Invisible Link Between Empathy, Curiosity, and Storytelling

In our new, seemingly forever, mid-pandemic world retaining curiosity and drive to achieve the normal things in our day to day life has become…difficult (to say the least). How might we utilize design thinking to remain open and curious in this new world where pants are optional and time makes no sense? How might we cultivate and activate a deeper empathetic response to those around us? In this one hour session, Amber Garvey and Drew Tucker will make the argument that cultivating a deeper practice of empathy leads directly to an increase to curiosity, and that curiosity is, if not a remedy, at least a supplement to keep us open to the world and engaged with our work, home, and social lives.

Speaker(s): 
Amber Garvey, Vice President at KERTIS
Drew Tucker, Director of Strategy at KERTIS

11:30 am

Community
Thriving in the New, Human Corporate Culture

We all have a role to play in ensuring a DEI agenda in our workplaces. Organizations that prioritize mentorship and professional development programs for women are truly breaking biases. And employees calling out signs of bias or negative workplace language are bias breakers too. During this panel of esteemed industry experts, learn from change makers who are paving the foundation for a healthy, productive and diverse work environment. From human policies and innovative technologies, to customized recruitment tactics and staff training programs—it all comes down to one thing. Are your employees happy?

Speaker(s): 
Panelist : Kate Parente, Chief People Officer at Pega
Panelist : Laura Drabik, Chief Evangelist at Guidewire
Panelist: Zafar Brooks, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion at Infoblox
Moderator: Shalonna Melton, McKinsey

12:15 pm

Lunch Break, Musical Performance & Networking

Autumn Nicholas is a gifted songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels and the swagger of Kacey Musgraves, with the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James, Autumn Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories. Stories about love, pain, loss, and hope. She seamlessly blends pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the lis tener in so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award – winning artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances.

Speaker(s): 
Autumn Nicholas

1:15 pm

Programming Your Path to Success

Ruth will share her career journey and discuss how women in tech can leverage the key elements of programming to create a successful path personally and professionally. She will also describe how programming skills can be leveraged to address the world’s most pressing societal and humanitarian issues through the global Call for Code initiative.

Speaker(s): 
Ruth Davis, Director of Call for Code at IBM

1:35 pm

Life Lessons Learned from the Mountain

Louise McEvoy is the Vice President of US Channel at Trend Micro; primarily working on the channel side of the business. As a proud Trend Micro employee, she’s responsible for the company’s US Channel Sales and developing the channel cloud strategy as the modern approach to the channel business. While her career has remained steady, she likes taking risks outside of work – mountain biking on weekends and climbing the world’s highest mountains on vacations. Louise’s personal life goal was to summit Everest and she stood on the top of Everest in May 2018. Louise is dedicated to helping others reach their “summit”; sharing lessons she’s learned from the mountains, knowing that sometimes the hardest things in life are also the most fulfilling.

Speaker(s): 
Louise McEvoy, Vice President of US Channel Sales at Trend Micro

2:00 pm

Fireside Chat With Tammy Franklin, Chief Digital, Data & Analytics Officer, Marsh

Get up close and personal with Tammy Franklin, Chief Digital, Data and Analytics Officer at Marsh. With more than twenty-five years of experience leading digital businesses and defining strategies for large multinational organizations such as IBM, Time Warner and Motorola, Tammy brings a wealth of industry knowledge, leadership experience and personal stories to her Fireside Chat.

Speaker(s): 
Interviewee: Tammy Franklin, Chief Digital, Data & Analytics Officer at Marsh
Interviewer: Ellen McGrit, Senior Editor at Fortune

2:35 pm

Break, Musical Performance & Networking

Autumn Nicholas is a gifted songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels and the swagger of Kacey Musgraves, with the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James, Autumn Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories. Stories about love, pain, loss, and hope. She seamlessly blends pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the lis tener in so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award – winning artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances.

Speaker(s): 
Autumn Nicholas

2:55 pm

Technology at the Intersection of Agility & Scale

As a retailer, our ability to scale our systems and operations is a necessity. Gap Inc. runs most of our customer-facing digital properties in the cloud which allows us to better scale in order to react to unexpected customer behavior spikes, such as an unprecedented peak in online shopping when we closed our stores due to Covid or seeing new trends around the holidays with more customers shopping earlier than ever. The work our teams do is critical to ensure our customers receive the type of seamless shopping experience they deserve.

Speaker(s): 
Heather Mickman, Chief Information Officer at Gap Inc.

3:15 pm

Curiosity: The Ultimate Superpower

Technical expertise, excellent communication skills, and business know-how all matter. But curiosity draws people in, catalyzes real conversation, and leads to powerful solutions. In the right hands, it is a superpower that unlocks the key to the world’s problems large and small.

Speaker(s): 
Wendy Harrington, Chief Data & Artificial Intelligence Officer at TIAA

3:35 pm

Alvina Antar, Chief Information Officer, Okta Keynote

Announcement coming soon! We’ll be showcasing an esteemed executive from Okta, who will be serving as a keynote at the Girls in Tech Conference! Keep your eyes peeled for this agenda update.

Speaker(s): 
Alvina Antar, Chief Information Officer at Okta

3:55 pm

Thriving in Technology by Putting Purpose into Action

Defining our purpose and aligning our behaviors and mindset to that purpose is key to a successful fulfilling career. In this session we will discuss putting purpose to action, and the mindset, skills and behaviors, this 30 year technology veteran has learned along the way in order to THRIVE in tech.

Speaker(s): 
Jill Anderson, Principal Technology Software Infrastructure at Edward Jones

4:15 pm

Break, Musical Performance & Networking

Autumn Nicholas is a gifted songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels and the swagger of Kacey Musgraves, with the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James, Autumn Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories. Stories about love, pain, loss, and hope. She seamlessly blends pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the lis tener in so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award – winning artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances.

Speaker(s): 
Autumn Nicholas

4:35 pm

Personal User Manuals to Bridge the Remote Divide

When it comes to building rapport and trust with our workmates and partners, it helps to expand beyond purely professional encounters to connect periodically on a more personal level. However, in our new world in which teams are often fully remote, our ability to both access and share precious “personal data” is more challenging than ever. How can we bridge this divide? One way is to create personal user manuals as a means to introduce ourselves and share some of our hidden dimensions, with an aim to reduce ambiguity and to accelerate better relationships, particularly in remote work scenarios. This workshop will overview the potential benefits of personal user manuals, offer examples and testimonials, and include time to work with a partner on a “mini-manual” of your own.

Speaker(s): 
Marnie Rosenberg, Founder & Coach at The Crossroads Coach

5:20 pm

Year in Review, Wrap up & Conclusion

It’s been a big year for Girls in Tech members. Join us as we celebrate the amazing talent our community has displayed, the opportunities we’ve uncovered, the exciting new products we’ve launched and programs we’ve helped to run. Plus, witness the announcement of our Hackathon winners. Drumroll please…

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host at The Innovator’s Network

5:25 pm

Cocktail Reception

By now your mind should be brimming with new ideas, questions, knowledge, skills and excitement. Meet with others who are feeling the same, swap stories, make connections and enjoy the company of other women in tech. Plus, take the edge off with libations and Nashville’s finest appetizers sponsored by Unstoppable Domains. Don’t forget to visit the Booth Hall to learn more about exciting tech companies and what they’re doing.

Speaker(s): 
Kym McNicholas, Host at The Innovator’s Network

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