What Are We Missing? Rethinking Strategies to Advance Women in Technology (Conference to Advance Women in Tech) will explore effective ways to advance women of all races, backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses in the tech sector.
Strategies to reduce gender inequality in the tech sector fall into three main categories: personal, private and public. Rather than focusing on personal strategies that place the onus of cultural change on individuals, this conference will focus on private and public strategies that foster systemic change. Specifically we will address private strategies at the entrepreneurial and corporate levels as well as public strategies—such as non-profit initiatives, public-private partnerships and public policies—to result in measurable advancements for women in tech.
This one-day conference at UCLA will be held on April 30, 2015, and will include two concurrent tracks of breakout sessions. Participants will be asked to choose one track to attend for both morning and afternoon sessions, and will leave the event with specific, actionable takeaways.
What are effective strategies to foster female leadership in startups and small businesses? The panels and discussion in this track will explore government, private, and nonprofit strategies to foster female entrepreneurship. This will include a focus on funding as well as accelerators, startup, and resource initiatives.
What are the public policies, corporate policies, and workforce culture issues that affect the attraction and retention of women in tech? The panels and discussion in this track will discuss effective ways to create sustainable environments in which women and their employers prosper.
This event aims to bring together:
● Corporate leaders and employees
● Entrepreneurs, and startup support institutions (incubators, accelerators, etc.)
● Non-profit leaders and advocates
● Academics, STEM educators, students, and parents
● Policymakers and legislators
● Journalists and the media
8:00 Registration & Breakfast
8:40 Morning Keynote Plenary
9:45 First Breakout Session Panels
Track 1: Accelerators, Incubators, and other Startup Resources
Track 2: Corporate & Public Policies to Attract Women to Tech Companies
11:00 Networking Break
11:15 Second Breakout Session Panels
Track 1: Startup Funding Pipeline
Track 2: Policies for Building Retention
1:15 Lunch Keynote
1:45 Breakout Discussions
3:00 Presentation of Solutions: Summary of Breakout Tracks
3:30 Afternoon Keynote
3:50 Closing Remarks