Conference Objectives

The Conference to Advance Women in Technology will convene 250 leaders and stakeholders for a collaborative conference reframing the discussion about the gender and diversity gap in the tech sector. The conference will be solution and policy-oriented, holistically reevaluating effective ways to retain and advance women.

The conference will advance effective strategies to help foster female entrepreneurship and disrupt the gendered workforce culture that keeps women from rising to leadership positions. Participants will leave with specific, scalable strategies they can personally implement to reduce gender inequality in the field.

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Effective Strategies

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 as such will engage in two panel discussions with audience Q&A, as well as a facilitated small-group discussion.

Track 1. Fostering Women as Tech Entrepreneurs and Employees in Startups and Small Tech Firms

The panels and discussion in this track will explore government, private, and nonprofit strategies to foster female entrepreneurship and small businesses. This will include a focus on funding as well as accelerators, startup, and resource initiatives.

Sessions in this track will address the following:

1.1 Accelerators, Incubators, and Other Startup Resources

1.2 Startup Funding Pipeline (including VC and Angel investing)

1.3 Small group discussions of prioritized strategies to advance women as tech entrepreneurs in startup tech companies

Track 2.  Attracting and Retaining Women in Medium and Large Companies

The panels and discussion in this track will discuss effective ways to create sustainable environments in which women and their employers prosper, focusing on the public policies, corporate policies, and workforce culture issues that affect the attraction and retention of women in tech.

2.1 Corporate and public policies to attract women to tech jobs

2.2 Policies for building retention in the corporate sector

2.3 Small group discussions of prioritized strategies to advance women in large tech companies

Intended Participants

Diverse and Non-Exclusionary

The Conference to Advance Women in Technology is a collaborative setting to promote best practices to advance equitable work environments that take advantage of their full human capital potential. We welcome women and men who want to be part of solutions to create tech workplaces that foster diversity, inclusion and innovation.

This event brings together those most directly able to help female tech employees and entrepreneurs thrive. These include:

● Corporate leaders and employees

● Entrepreneurs, startups, 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

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Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 A.M. REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST (SPONSORED BY CISCO)

8:30 – 8:40 A.M. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

8:40 – 8:50 A.M. WELCOME FROM LOS ANGELES MAYOR’S OFFICE

8:50 – 9:05 A.M. OPENING KEYNOTE

9:05 – 9:45 A.M. KEYNOTE PLENARY

9:45 – 10:00 A.M. BREAK

10:00 – 11:15 P.M. CONCURRENT BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Track 1.1: Accelerators, Incubators, and Other Startup Resources

Track 2.1: Corporate and Public Policies to Attract Women to Tech Jobs

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. CONCURRENT BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Track 1.2: Startup Funding Pipeline

Track 2.2: Policies for Building Retention

12:30 – 1:30 P.M. LUNCH (SPONSORED BY GOOGLE)

1:45 – 2:55 P.M. BREAK-OUT SESSIONS DISCUSSIONS

3:00 – 3:30 P.M. PRESENTATION OF SOLUTIONS: SUMMARY OF TRACKS

3:30 – 3:50 P.M. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

3:50 – 4:00 P.M. CLOSING REMARKS

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. WINE RECEPTION WITH HORS D’OEUVRES

For a list of speakers, Click Here.

Venue

UCLA Robin & Albert Carnesale Commons

251 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Park in Parking Lots 4 and 7