Schedule for the Summit
Day 1 - Keynote & Employer Panel
Title: Unleash Your Own Story One Ask at a Time
Speaker Name: Professor Lalin Anik and Professor Roshni Raveendhran
Session Description: TBD
Title: Trends in Tech Hiring: Secrets Revealed! Panel discussion with hiring Tech leaders
Panel Facilitator: Either Elaine or Stephanie
Speaker Name: Christy Philips, Willowtree
Session Description: Hear from local tech leaders who are hiring in Charlottesville about what technical abilities they need and what are the skills of the future. We will talk frankly about why some people get hired and why some don’t get a call. And we will explore how much experience your really need! Come learn all the hiring secrets.
Day 1 - Breakout Sessions
Title: Cultivating Your Career in Tech: Ask a Leader
Speaker Names: Jennifer Forrest, Amanda Makulec, Mindy Bohannon
- Underlying common career development strategies
- Real life examples of how women leaders in tech have developed their careers
- Learn how you can have a college degree in MIS/Computer Science - or any college/work experience - and cultivate an amazing career in tech
- The understanding that anyone can become a leader in tech, no one is born as one, find out about the traits, skills and knowledge that make a successful tech leader
Title: Career Conversations, Practicing Professional Dialogs
Speaker Name: Courtney Christensen, Shayna Diamond
Learning Objectives: In this interactive workshop you can practice asking - or answering - those tricky questions of professional life. You provide the topics you wish to roleplay, or watch as they are acted out by others. This is the perfect opportunity to practice asking for that raise, providing constructive criticism, or the situation you need to rehearse in a low stakes supportive environment. (Role playing is completely optional. You are welcome to observe and suggest scenarios.)
Title: Inclusive Leadership during COVID-19 and Beyond
Speaker Name: Rebecca Factor
Learning Objectives: (1) understanding key concepts related to inclusion, (2) how leaders plays an important role in ally-ship, (3) inclusive leadership behaviors, (4) inclusive behavior and challenges during COVID-19
Day 2 - Keynote & Non-Traditional Panel
Title: Create Your Story. Inspiration on Getting Started
Speaker Name: Nicole Case
Session Description: A pandemic is raging outside, companies have to layoff their best employees, systemic racism continues to impact all of us, and we are both working and teaching from home; it can feel like everything is out of our control.
We may be pausing on things in life or waiting for things to “get better” before we make a big move, make a decision, or plan for the future. But don’t cancel 2020 just yet - use it to create your new story! In this keynote, hear stories from Nicole’s career as well as her strategies for using your core values to set boundaries and set your own career path.
You’ll learn how setting boundaries at work, at home, and with ourselves is the key to avoiding burnout and increasing your performance.
You’ll also learn how to use those same core values to identify what you want next in your career whether it’s a promotion or a complete career shift and develop an action plan to get there. With these strategies, you’ll be on your way to your creating a new ideal story in 2021!
Title: Getting Started. Fast. How To From Experts Who Have Done It.
Facilitator: Kim Mahan (Bio to come)
Speaker Name: Sherry Martin
Session Description: This panel discussion led by Kim Mahan will explore how to get started in a tech career when you don’t have a 4 year software engineering degree. The discussion will involve individuals who have already made the transition successfully. They will provide their tips and roadmap for success.
Day 2 - Breakout Sessions
Title: Self-Assurance and the Imposter Syndrome: Recognizing and Leaping Over the Hurdles
Speaker Name: Dr. Lisa Pastore
Learning Objectives: Review the gender gap in self-assurance
Share examples of how our language reflects lack of self-assurance
Share research on gender gaps in self-confidence in the workplace
Review what the Imposter Syndrome is and is not
Share helpful solutions
Title: How to get started! Clarity on your Career Transition
Speaker Name: Sarah Adams
Learning Objectives: 1. Participation and Insights from a clarity exercise
2. Practical skills on using clarity to staying motivated
3. Quick tips on how to receive and ask for feedback from teammates and mentors
Title: Not all Tech is Programming! Exploring Non Coding Careers
Speaker Names: Ms. Ryan Looney
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
--Identify useful skills for non-coding careers in tech
--Identify resources for developing those skills
--Identify jobs and career paths in tech that don't require coding skills
--Express confidence on the path as a non-tech person within a tech-focused environment
Day 3 - Keynote & Lightning Round
Day 3 - Breakout Sessions
Title: Momentum Technology As a Tool for Narrative Shift
Speaker Name: Dr. Kilan Ashad Bishop and Dr. Elissia Franklin
Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the value of technology in supplementing institutional lack of diversity
2) Identify and discuss the value of communities that align with their identity and lived experience
3) Analyze existing and brainstorm new channels of support for these communities
Title: Diversity in Tech, Our Team and Our Clients, and their Customers
Speaker Name: Rachel Lee
Learning Objectives: 1. How diverse teams foster technology innovation
2. How input from actual users changes the work
3. Actual examples of technology projects with diverse teams, and its impact on results.