Agenda

September 7 – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm CDT

7:00 am

Doors Open

Grab your badge, find your perfect seat and mingle with other attendees.

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8:00 am

Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast with your choice of coffee, hot tea or water.

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9:00 am

Mayor John Cooper Welcomes Attendees to The Girls in Tech Conference

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

9:05 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): 
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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

TRILUNA will provide a deeply relaxing and meditative experience through breath-work and intentional movement. Participants will be guided through meditation and basic everyday stretches.

Speaker(s): 
Ashley Brooke James, Co-Founder at TRILUNA

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.

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Latrise Brissett, Managing Director of Global IT, Business Operations at Accenture

9:40 am

Strategic Organizational Transformation in Healthcare: How To Get It Right

In the fast-paced world of tech, transformation is a given in most corporations. But change is never an easy process, especially in healthcare, and sadly many organizations don’t have the knowledge, skills and resources to navigate it successfully. During this thought-provoking session, we’ll hear from high-performing tech executive Rachel Smith, VP of Strategic Execution at McKesson. She’ll draw insights from her more than 20+ years of experience to illustrate how successful organizational transformation is done. Strap in to learn about where strategic transformation starts, how strategy aligns with organizational design, and how building nimble structures allows you to pivot for successful outcomes.

Speaker(s): 
Rachel V. Smith, Vice President Strategic Execution & Transformation at McKesson

10:00 am

Reaching the C-Suite at a time of Rapid Innovation

Debika Bhattacharya assumed a 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, and after only a few short years, she was promoted to Chief Product Officer. 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, Chief Product Officer at Verizon Business

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
Workshop — 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
Panel — Thriving in the New Hybrid Workplace

A growing number of companies across industries have announced plans to shift to a hybrid of remote and in-person work environments. Employees are also desiring the best of both worlds and continue to want the flexibility for remote work options to continue. At the same time, there are challenges with a hybrid work model, especially while ensuring a DEI and gender parity agenda. Hybrid working models can add a layer of complexity for women who seek to advance in their roles – organizational structure, skill enhancement, mentorship, and sponsorship. During this panel of esteemed industry experts, learn from change makers who are paving the foundation for equitable, productive, and diverse work environments where women can continue to thrive and advance and where companies can reap the benefits of a more diverse, inclusive, and higher-performing workforce.

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, Product Adoption Expert at McKinsey & Company

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

Pathways to Success in Cybersecurity

Despite the ample job opportunities, there is still a significant shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of our increasingly connected society. And while our representation in technology roles continues to rise, the number of women in the cybersecurity industry is still surprisingly low. In this session, hear from Louise McEvoy, a senior executive who has taken a unique path into cybersecurity on the trends and opportunities that make a career in this field so exciting. She will offer insight into how she shaped her own career, the various paths one can take, and how we can all work together to help advance the number of underrepresented groups in the field.

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

2:00 pm

Fireside Chat — From Coding to the C-Suite : How to Future Proof Your Career

Hear how senior leaders evaluate talent, and learn what will be expected of you as you evolve and progress your career. You love coding, but it’s time to start thinking about the next step in your career. Taking on your first managerial role could be an option, but you’re not sure that you are ready. Will what made you successful in your current role, ensure success in future roles? What additional skills are necessary, and how can you attain them? Let’s discuss ways to begin preparing for a successful and fulfilling career.

Speaker(s): 
Interviewee: Tammy Franklin, Chief Digital, Data & Analytics Officer at Marsh
Interviewer: Ellen McGirt, 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

Destination Unknown

Growing up, emphasis was often placed on choosing your career. But what if you don’t need to choose only one career? Consider the possibilities that would open up if your path isn’t a straight line to a single destination. Enjoy your journey as you travel to … destination unknown.

Speaker(s): 
Wendy Harrington, Executive Vice President, CIO of OCOO & Corporate Technology at TIAA

3:35 pm

Behind the Scenes: Tech’s Role in Pivotal Company Moments

Okta’s Alvina Antar wears many hats: Chief Information Officer, Board Member, mentor, and mom of three. Throughout these roles, Alvina has experienced a number of pivotal moments –– from M&A to an IPO and changing business models –– that have shaped her into the leader she is today. Join and hear first-hand Alvina’s experience with these career-making experiences and how you can take what she’s learned along the way to grow in your own career.

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

3:55 pm

Investing in Your Future: Six Principles to Help You THRIVE in Your Career

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

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

Experience
Workshop — The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

There is no question that appreciation in the workplace is critical – in terms of both our own need to feel valued and also the importance of showing others we value them. Yet, studies have shown that most people do not feel appreciated. It’s not necessarily for lack of trying on the part of their employers, managers and coworkers. More often, there is a failure to take an authentic and individualized approach, with good intentions subsequently getting “lost in translation.” During this interactive workshop, Marnie will share concepts from The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and highlight the benefits of a more intentional approach to showing appreciation. Participants will be guided to identify their primary language of appreciation and will work with a partner to integrate these concepts and put them into action.

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

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Cocktail Party

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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