*REGISTRATION REQUIRED. PLEASE CONTACT REBECCA SADWICK RSADWICK@LUSKIN.UCLA.EDU FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION. Event SummaryWhat 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.
Track 1. Fostering Women as Tech Entrepreneurs in Startups
and Small Tech FirmsWhat 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.
Track 2. Attracting and Retaining
Women in Medium and Large CompaniesWhat 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.
AudienceThis 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 mediaAgenda8:00 Registration & Breakfast8:30 Welcome8:40 Morning Keynote Plenary9:45 First Breakout Session Panels Track 1: Accelerators, Incubators, and other Startup Resources Track 2: Corporate & Public Policies to Attract Women to Tech Companies11:00 Networking Break11:15 Second Breakout Session Panels Track 1: Startup Funding Pipeline Track 2: Policies for Building Retention12:30 Lunch1:15 Lunch Keynote1:45 Breakout Discussions3:00 Presentation of Solutions: Summary of Breakout Tracks3:30 Afternoon Keynote3:50 Closing Remarks4:00 Reception