The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference is a can’t miss opportunity to get amped about your career and meet the community of people who can help get you where you want to go! No matter who you are.

Featuring high-energy keynotes, inclusive panel discussions, and breakout sessions led by leaders at the forefront of the technology and business sectors, attendees will walk away with tactical skills, the know-how to navigate the twists and turns of their careers, and a genuine community full of role models, mentors, and new friends.

Catalyst welcomes everyone – from software engineers, product marketers, human resources pros, investors, college students, data scientists, digital marketers, startup founders, and more.

Studies show two of the biggest reasons people drop out of tech careers are the lack of role models and mentors. At Catalyst, we offer both, and then some.

Because the Catalyst Conference is a one-stop shop for celebrating diversity in tech, for the first time ever we’re layering in AMPLIFY, our world-class pitch competition for female-founded startups.

But it doesn’t stop there. We’ll also host a speed recruitment session with tech companies looking to hire diverse candidates. Come to the Catalyst Conference and get hired.

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to change careers, Catalyst is for people ready to take the next step in their personal and professional lives.



8:00AM – Registration & Networking

8:30AM – Mindfulness Breathing

9:00AM – Introductions & Opening Remarks, Betty Liu, Exec. Vice Chairman, NYSE

9:10AM – The Art and Tech Behind Pixar Films, Danielle Feinberg, Dir. of Photography(Lighting), Pixar

9:30AM – Finding Purpose in Your Work, Meera Bhatia, COO, Stella & Dot

9:50AM – (TBD), Pamela Rice, CEO & Founder, Venus Content Verification. Panelists: Donna Boyer, VP of Product, Stitch Fix. Erica Kochi, Co-Founder, Unicef Innovation. Gail Frederick, VP of Developer Ecosystem, EBay.  Jackie Bavaro, Head of Product Mgmt, Asana.

10:10AM – BREAK

10:30AM – Production Innovation Panel, Moderator: Ahiza Garcia, Writer, CNN Business

11:00AM – (TBD)

11:40AM – (TBD), Tracy Dinunzio, Founder & CEO, Tradesy

12:00PM – Lunch & Speed Interviewing

1:00PM – Artificial Intelligence, Pilar Manchon, VP Artificial Intelligence, Roku

1:20PM – (TBD), Kristin Robertson, VP-Gen Mgr of Autonomous Systems, Boeing

1:40PM – BREAK

2:00PM – Think Like a Startup: Lessons for Women in Tech, Dara Treseder, CMO, Carbon

2:20PM – (TBD), Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva

3:00PM – BREAK

3:30PM – Plenary Session #1 (TBD)

4:20PM – Plenary Session #2 (TBD)

5:25PM – Closing Remarks

5:30PM – Networking Mixer

7:30PM – End of Day 1



8:00AM – Registration & Networking

8:30AM – Mindfulness Breathing

9:00AM – Introductions & Opening Remarks, Betty Liu, Exec. Vice Chairman, NYSE

9:10AM – Five Mantras for Marketing You: Insights from a Leading CMO, Robin Matlock, CMO, VMware

9:30AM – (TBD), Jody Davids, SVP & Global CIO, PepsiCo

9:50AM – Design & Leadership – Building & Implementing Ethical Design, Katie Dill, VP of Design, Lyft

10:10AM – BREAK

10:25AM – Venture Capital Panel, Moderator: Betty Liu. Panelists: Blair Shane, Partner & CMO, Sequoia Capital. Lu Zhang, Founding & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund. Stacy Bishops, Partner, Scale Venture Partners. Kristina Simmons, Chief of Staff & Investing Partner, Khosla Ventures.

10:55AM – Decisions in Life & Career, Jose Tolosa, Chief Transformation Officer, Viacom

11:15AM – (TBD)

12:15PM – Lunch & Speed Interviewing

1:15PM – (TBD), Sally Gilligan, CIO, Gap, Inc.

1:35PM – (TBD), Rosanna Myers, CEO, Carbon Robotics

1:55PM – Engineering Independence, Christine McKinley, Host of History Channel’s “Decoded & Author of Physics for Rock Stars

2:35PM – BREAK

2:50PM – (TBD), Mae Jemison, First African American Woman in Space

3:30PM – BREAK

3:45PM – Plenary Session #1 – (TBD)

4:20PM – Plenary Session #2 – (TBD)

5:00PM – AMPLIFY Pitches

5:25PM – Closing Remarks

5:30PM – End of Day 2


Get the full agenda and stay up to date with the latest conference information by visiting the Catalyst website.

Watch last year’s Catalyst Conference video!