“Women & Tech: We Need You Now More Than Ever”
Friday, February 10, 2017
Keynote Address to follow 6pm banquet, The Tudor Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Seating is limited to the first 220 who register.
Diversity in tech is a hot topic across America. Companies, big and small, yearn for it. The press reports on it frequently. There are hundreds of non-profits working on it, including initiatives to attract young women and underrepresented minorities to tech careers as coders, designers, business analysts, and entrepreneurs. Yet, tech diversity appears ever more elusive.
In her keynote, Karen Catlin will discuss why diversity is critical for innovation, and why we need women more than ever. She’ll share highlights of her career journey, from a risk-averse teen who had trouble stepping outside her comfort zone, to an executive in Silicon Valley, and to her current role as an Advocate for Women in Tech. And she’ll inspire you to take everyday actions to help improve diversity moving forward.
After spending over 25 years building software products, Karen Catlin is now an advocate for women in the tech industry, a leadership coach, a TEDx speaker, and co-author of "Present! A Techies Guide to Public Speaking." A sought-after public speaker, Karen regularly gives talks at leading tech companies, conferences, and universities. Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems.
Outside of her commercial ventures, Karen works with a number of non-profits. Through Brown University Women's Launch Pad, Karen mentors young women about to start their careers. She’s also on the Advisory Boards for The Women’s CLUB of Silicon Valley, WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Technology), Women Serve on Boards, and Brown University’s Computer Science Department Diversity Initiative.
In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.
“How to Get a Job and Keep a Job in the Age of Technology”
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:45am, Auditorium, Cedar Hall, Union Street Center
In this 30-minute presentation, Tiffany Trusty shares her 20 year journey as a woman in tech. Her journey starts at #1 in its class school, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she was the 2nd woman to graduate from the previously all male, through a 16 year career in public safety with Motorola; on to Freelancing, Consulting & Teaching, and celebrates the constant entrepreneurial and mentor sparks that guide her passions. Lastly, Tiffany will share her advice for succeeding as a woman in tech.
Tiffany Trusty is a self-described “Code-writing monkey, Entrepreneur, Security Jockey, Mother, Wife, and Daughter”. She is currently the Director of Apprenticeship at Eleven Fifty Code Academy, President of her own consulting firm Trusty Applications, and a board member for Women & Hi Tech. Tiffany was one of the first women accepted at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management. She worked at Motorola for 16 years as a software engineer, has freelanced as a software developer, and taught coding.