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  • Day 1

    Inspire - April 11th, 2018

  • Day 2

    Develop - April 12th, 2018

  • Day 3

    Accelerate - April 13th, 2018

  • During this session, you’ll learn how to engage employees in a social intranet thanks to gamification and community management. You’ll discover how to initiate Social Advocacy with an appropriate internal communication strategy. LumApps is the Hub for the Enterprise that make all corporate content and business apps easily accessible within a well-designed platform.
    Leadership

  • Instead of letting her experiences with bullying, harassment and discrimination tear her down, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley focused on creating ChickTech - a community empowering women to pull each other up. Using examples from her own life, Janice shares how you can create powerful change in your community that will have a broad impact on inclusivity and society as a whole. #winningtogether is about working together to pull everyone up, allowing women everywhere to feel more successful!
    Diversity
    Where
    Event Hall

  • If we're lucky, each and every one of us will experience being young *and* being old. Ageism is rampant in our society and it's one of only *isms that will impact almost every human on earth. Particularly as it relates to technology, older adults are left out of current technology design. If they are included, they are thought of as an "accessibility case", and are largely considered only as a sum of their ailments. Let's change this. The speaker will share her ideas about how to consider age diversity in technology, not just as consumers of technology products, but as creators.
    Diversity

  • With the world becoming technologically driven, STEM/STEAM form an integral part of our lives. If getting into tech is one challenge, retention is another. What is it that is holding us back - cultural, gender, ethnic sensitives? Come hear what the millennial generation aspires to be and how we can help each other succeed and engage with men as allies as we rise to the top.
    Career

  • Why are there more boys than girls in the field of computer programming? Surprisingly it has a lot to do with rejection. Or more precisely how girls and boys handle rejection differently. Jia Jiang, an expert on rejection, will shed light on getting more girls into the field of computer programming through rejection training.
    Career

  • In world dominated by men and cultures that may not always be in tune with ours, how do we manage to find our voice, remain authentic, and still succeed? Since it is impossible to blend in completely without depleting your energy and stripping your original self, we will talk about many topics, including: How do you become your best self? How do we deal with self-imposed limitations that prevent us from advancing in our careers? How do we fight self-doubt, self-sabotage, and self-criticism? How can we continue to demolish the barriers that keep us from advancing, quiet the negative voice that is our biggest obstacle to success, and remain creative and directed?
    Career

  • What is gender bias? How can you counter it? Learn how to practically deal with the gender bias you will undoubtedly encounter as a woman in tech and share solutions for minimizing the effect in your work life and creating an ecosystem of equality. As a human in tech, you're working hard to earn clients and do great work. Part of the hustling and hammering is meeting with others in tech, and humans in tech are more likely to be male. These interactions can be embedded with gender undertones - moments when you're subtly undermined, undervalued and underpaid because you're a woman...We'll talk through examples of humans who have made strides to change this pattern and found success in tech. Then, we will address how we can shape the future for our daughters.
    Diversity

  • Computer Science and other STEM fields are continually increasing in magnitude and demand. By creating an interdisciplinary STEM program that incorporates non-STEM disciplines, we enable greater innovation and disruption in industry and research. At Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science we have integrated Computer Science with other disciplines through various avenues: curriculum, research activities, faculty hiring initiatives, and our experiential learning focus through Northeastern’s co-op program.
    Diversity
    Technology

  • With more than 3 billion active users, messaging is quickly becoming the most ubiquitous form of communication across the planet. This session will explore how organizations can leverage the explosive growth in messaging applications by delivering services via chatbots, and how to integrate conversational commerce into business. The session will cover: 1) Use cases: understanding when chatbots can augment the customer experience. 2) Key principles of conversational UI. 3) Rethinking the marketing campaign with messaging as a new channel and bots that drive meaningful conversations. 4) The difference between rules-based and AI-driven chatbots. 5) The state of the chatbot ecosystem.
    Technology

  • There is much discussion about systemic actions and attitudes that have been the basis for so much homogeneity and exclusiveness in large corporations. Patriarchy. Ageism. Cultural Biases. But according to a recent ​McKinsey & Company study​, companies in the top quarter for racial diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns higher than the national median in their industry, while gender diversity boosts performance by an additional 15%. So what if we take the mathematical processes that built up those systemic attitudes as the norm, and break them down to their theoretical origins, in order to recalculate a sustainable procedure that would intentionally include diversity, equity and inclusion in its make-up? And then make that the new norm? And actually positively affect the bottom-line of the organization? Takeaways include: ● How mathematical theory shows up in human relationships ● What natural pattern-making can be re-worked for team wellness ● Diagramming a defined approach for an inclusive corporate environment for all cultures, disciplines, genders, and generations
    Diversity

  • Your voice matters. It is as important a part of the image you project as your wardrobe, your handshake, your professional demeanor--and far more personal than any of these. Everyone is talking about what holds women back: vocal patterns like upspeak and vocal fry, an inability to ""Lean In"" or crack ""The Confidence Code"", how many times you say just.... There’s a lot of noise out there - and often the answer seems to be ""talk like a dude"". In this workshop, we’ll examine what authentic communication looks like in the workplace, what voice has to do with leadership, and how to make your voice heard. We will investigate how your voice works as a physical, mental, emotional, and social instrument, and how it may be perceived--and give you tools to use your voice both powerfully and authentically.
    Career

  • It's estimated that stress is responsible for 60-90% of doctor's visits and, one million workers miss work each day because of stress, costing companies $602 per employee per year, according the American Institute of Stress. It is imperative that we recognize that stress is not the problem - it's our reaction to our stress and we can learn to control it. Acquire cutting-edge self-care techniques - affirmations, visualization, mindfulness techniques and mini-meditations - that staff can do on their own for better health. A stress-free staff is a productive, healthy and happy staff. Dr. Gruver will share her decades of experience and you will walk away inspired to make positive changes in your life, your company and your staff. -Recognize the emotional, physical and behavioral signs of stress. -Examine current research on meditation, positive self-talk and visualization and how it can be incorporated into your workday. -Learn a simple technique, known as a mini-meditation, to stop the stress response in its tracks. -Understand how you can use your daydreams to boost immune function and increase relaxation. -Discover how to incorporate mindfulness into your day even if you think you don’t have time. -Explore some easy communication techniques to facilitate learning, understanding, and success. "
    Career

  • Empathy and compassion are powerful tools. Taking the time to understand the thought processes of another person and express that care and concern lets you serve them, collaborate with them, and lead them more effectively than you've ever done before. In this talk, Ruth Holloway demonstrates the science behind these powerful emotions, and shows their usefulness in every line of work. Empathy and compassion have the power to enrich your life and that of the people you interact with every day. Come learn how you can use these vital skills to work more effectively and transform your world into a more caring, open, and peaceful place to be.
    Diversity
    Technology

  • The first portion of the talk is about innovation - and why diversity matters when it comes to innovation. The second portion is about culture - our culture at large, but also organizational cultures. How do our own perceptions affect our organizations. The third piece gives concrete actions people can take back to their own organizations and every day lives and try.
    Diversity

  • This program encourages women to break through their internal glass ceiling to, in turn, break through any external ones they may face. Stacy helps women identify triggers, build confidence and resiliency, and walk away with tangible tools to tackle any obstacle. She has distilled her research and experience into hands-on strategies that women can use to make a real impact on their internal dialogue, thus empowering them to accomplish more in their daily personal and professional lives

  • Who are the thought leaders in your industry that people listen to and how can you become one of them? You don’t need to be a Kardashian to have influence, but you do need to understand how to navigate everything from your digital footprint and content to strategically building relationships that will move you forward. Learn the framework for amplifying your influence in your industry and change the course of your career!
    Leadership

  • Augmented Reality is a new technological medium that is transforming the medical field, amongst others. The field of medicine will be transformed by the power of augmented reality to augment the truth of images. The notion of beauty as truth has been around since the ancient Greek philosophers, notably Plato. In this talk, we will revisit what Plato has to contribute to the conversation about how truth is best understood as beauty. Currently, medical images such as X-rays and MRI data are static collections of pixels with no geometry and are usually displayed in 2 dimensions. In such a fixed form, medical doctors have to use their imagination to learn the complex 3d geometries of the body. This process takes years of study and also limits the field to those with the best imaginations. Augmented reality with Microsoft’s Hololens and new algorithms allow the display of medical images as real-time interactive geometric objects. These interactive displays of the brain, for example, inspire awe and wonder at the sheer beauty of the human body. The affective embodied states inspired by beauty bring us closer to the truth of understanding the body, a reality foreseen by Plato.
    Technology

  • The technology industry increasingly finds itself at a competitive crossroads. More than one million jobs are forecast to remain unfilled by 2020, while leading brands come under assault for a lack of diversity amidst their ranks. Bringing more women into the fold not only helps address the looming workforce crisis, it also helps companies build a competitive advantage by aligning their workforce with the gender diversity of their customer base. But how to do this effectively? Tracey Welson-Rossman, technology industry veteran and founder of nonprofit TechGirlz, shares lessons for building The Path that will help more women embrace and succeed in technology careers. Dozens of current studies reinforce an intuitive understanding that girls as young as six years old need more exposure to technology-related curricula and female role models to emulate. Tracey has pioneered a novel program and course of instruction for reaching and inspiring middle school girls to pursue a technology career. She will combine learnings and stories from this experience with academic research and insights from complementary programs to illuminate The Path girls can follow from a young age through to the end of their careers. It will highlight the resources, the gaps, and the network that exist today, as well as how we can continue to build a more robust Path for tomorrow. Attendees will learn how they can become champions of diversity within their own organizations, and how they can engage with programs in their community or nationally to help others set out on The Path.
    Diversity

  • In this workshop Jia will give practical lessons on how conquering your fear of rejection can lead to a more successful career and meaningful life. He’ll guide you through your own rejection attempts and give real time feedback for attendees so you can learn how to position yourself for more yeses, become a better negotiator and not be afraid of asking for what you want in life and career. You’ll learn how to: Embrace your fear Negotiate for YES Handle NO Network and influence at work Use rejection in sales Free yourself from the opinions of others Turn rejection into an advantage
    Career

  • Lilian was a shy, quiet woman who worked in NYC. Milktea was a vocal, outspoken woman in the competitive Smash Brothers community. The catch? They're both the same person. In this talk, Lil will be discussing how she took on a leadership role accidentally in her gaming community and how she leveraged her learnings to apply towards her professional world.
    Leadership

  • Managing the way you respond to events and your ability to communicate effectively is essential for leaders of organizational change and for managing personal change. What can you do to self-regulate to be more effective in the workplace and also in your personal life?
    Career

  • Six engineers, one computer. No, this isn't a trailer for a Thunderdome sequel. Mob programming is a radically new approach to software engineering that yields some fantastic results. This talk will explain what mobbing is and how/why you should try it with your team.
    Technology

  • Companies have been making decisions based on intuition for decades, but data shows that our intuition isn’t always right. Lynley Sides, Co-founder & COO/CMO of REX Real Estate Exchange, discusses how REX uses a data-driven methodology to make better decisions in predicting consumer interest, targeting marketing efforts, optimizing pricing and streamlining operations. REX has employed data scientists and experts in AI and machine learning to build models for the lengthy and complex process of buying and selling homes that are improving customer experiences and transaction economics and ultimately driving rapid growth. Lynley shares how REX’s data-driven approach can be applied to any industry.
    Technology

  • This talk will focus on the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Code as a Second Language (CSL) national initiative that was created to introduce and teach Latino youth to computer programming. CSL creates pathways in technology for underrepresented minorities as well as transforms their communities. We will highlight specifically 3 strategies in engaging Latino/a youth in learning computer science to maximize the impact of any program and will also share our commitment for 2018.
    Diversity
    Technology

  • According to a study by William Sahlman at Harvard Business School, 65% of startups fail because of “people problems”: tensions between the co-founders or between the founders and the non-founders on the team. In this lightning talk, Slim will share a story of how small misunderstandings can lead to the demise of trust and respect between and among leaders. Slimwill also invite you to attend his workshop to learn how to embark on a journey of (re)designing your interactions such that you can build trust and respect through your interactions by realizing empathy with each other.
    Career

  • Want teams that kick-ass? Look to agile methodologies for inspiration. Hubb Marketing Director Raime Merriman will share how looking to agile for inspiration has helped the Hubb marketing team become more flexible, responsive and collaborative, and how other managers can duplicate her results no matter where they work in the organization.
    Leadership
    Technology

  • This workshop teaches simple everyday ways for people to use their privilege and influence to support people who are targets of systemic oppression in their workplaces and communities. This includes women of all races, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, parents, caregivers of all sorts, immigrants, people of different religions, and people of different ages. After being presented with a real-world scenario in which an ally could take action, each group discusses what actions to take, followed by a group report-out and discussion led by the facilitator. We will cover 4-6 scenarios, some of which have actually been encountered and experienced by Ada interns in the past.
    Diversity

  • There are literally millions of blog posts published a day. Getting people to see your content, let alone read it can feel downright impossible sometimes. Moreover, people tend to spend more time consuming content on the sites they trust, so how can you ensure that your writing gets picked up and published my major publications? Stop trying to publish dozens of article a week in the hopes that one will bring in the traffic you want. Instead learn the 12 principles for creating really great content that editors simply can’t resist and get your writing featured on big name sites like Forbes, Wired, The Next Web, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, FastCompany and more. In this session you’ll learn: - How to identify and “highjack" trending topics - Why challenging the status quo will make your content more “shareable" - How to create highly engaging content that appeals to multiple audiences - Setting up a process for envisioning what content your audience actually wants
    Technology

  • In 2015, I changed careers from education to the great world of tech. After coding boot camp, I expected to immediately begin my new career as a software engineer. Instead, I accepted a position in Technical Support at New Relic. During my time in support and as I moved into an engineering position, I was surprised how many of my non-engineering skills became assets in my engineering career. Come learn why I firmly believe that this path, as well as similarly non-traditional paths, greatly benefit engineers, customers, and companies alike. You will also leave this session with a better understanding of what value you already bring to the tech industry.
    Career
    Technology

  • Minority Report was a 2002 American science fiction film based in 2054 where police officers apprehended criminals based on predictions and foreknowledge. We are not in 2054 but fast-forward to 2017, we are now closer than ever before to the world imagined in Minority Report. Machine Learning (ML) is a type of AI that provides computers with the ability to learn and make predictions. ML for all intents and purposes is foreknowledge! Machine Learning can be applied across several disciplines in order to make predictions. One such disciple, Predictive Policing, uses Machine Learning to predict the likelihood of crime. This talk introduces S. A. M. (Suspicious Activity Monitor), a Predictive Policing Machine Learning program, that predicts crime based on a given set of circumstances. The "secrets" and technologies to bringing a Machine Learning program, like S. A. M., to life are explained and demonstrated during this Workshop.
    Technology

  • If you want to start a business in a super low risk way, side hustling is a good way to get started. I'll teach you the tips & tricks to becoming a side hustler including what you need in your tech toolbox day one, why making money is not the most important thing right now, and my old school method of finding time to work on your business.
    Career

  • Panel discussion on what cities can do to encourage a diverse ecosystem and how community leaders can help make that happen.
    Diversity

  • Hello agents, Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to build the world of tomorrow. With your newly found knowledge and freshly minted degree, where might you go and what could you do? Innovation is both strategic and tactical, one cannot happen with the other. Leverage your best skills to reinvent with the changing time, address business needs, and lead innovations. Define your legacy through the disruptions!
    Leadership

  • Meagan Adele Lopez moved 12 times by the time she was 12 through 6 different schools and four states. As an adult, she has had to navigate 7 cross-country moves back and forth between America to London, England and Paris, France where she now resides.  But it's not just moving places where one experiences culture shock. It can come in the workplace too. Whether you're shifting or changing careers, moving up in ranks or leaving your comfy corporate job for the world of startups, it all requires astute listening, strategic thinking and the ability to fit in...or not. (Sometimes NOT fitting in is perhaps the best recipe for success.)  With her career, she has transformed herself from an actress in Hollywood to casting associate for film and television to author. From there, she went from entrepreneur of a successful social media startup to the digital corporate world where she now works running the New York Times' international advertising operations out of Paris. She manages teams in Hong Kong, Paris and London and is the liaison for international teams to New York.  In order to be agile and move from one thing to another, you must listen to those around you, the voices that give you clues and your own gut to navigate the waters. In this talk, Lopez goes through her journey and teaches how to shift and translate corporate and country cultural nuances in order to communicate effectively. 
    Career

  • People often set goals that don’t truly stretch themselves; at the same time, the majority of people who set goals fail to accomplish them - often giving up before even beginning and then settling for mediocre. One of the biggest keys most people are missing when it comes to goal setting is an understanding of their true potential and the belief in themselves that they can actually reach that which they desire to achieve. P.O.W.E.R.R. Goals™ is about more than goal setting; it is a step by step process used to help an individual recognize her potential, clearly define her goals, and develop a strategy using an 'out-of-the-box' thinking style for taking consistent action toward completion of her goals. With P.O.W.E.R.R. Goals™ a woman will learn how to be resourceful while looking beyond herself with an 'everyone win's' mentality to open more doors to her success in the tech industry.
    Career

  • Workforce diversity and employee inclusion are key drivers of innovation and business growth. However, a 2013 study conducted by Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion revealed 61% of employees are covering at least one aspect of themselves to better fit in at work. Join Morgana Bailey, a Global Human Resources Project Manager at State Street, as she shares her experience of covering for 16 years, and how embracing her authentic self allowed her to be a better employee. In this session, she’ll reveal the positive long-term benefits of bringing your full self to work and how to help create and sustain a culture of inclusion.
    Diversity

  • Through this lively and interactive breakout session, you’ll learn how to position yourself as a leader, regardless of your role. Being a leader isn’t about a title, it’s about actions. This session will take you through the steps to be influential and be a change-agent. You don’t need anyone’s permission to boss up, you create your own roadmap to success.
    Leadership

  • Did you know that you could have a career as a User Experience Researcher? User Experience Research can have great impact on what products we design and the design of the products. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of how to interview participants, do think-aloud studies, write surveys, and how to be ethical while you're doing research. The workshop is intended for folks who do not have experience in User Research and want to learn a handful of basics.
    Technology

  • During this session we will explore the meaning of Imposter Syndrome and discuss ways that it can manifest in your life and career to hold you back. By recognizing that most of us are affected by this condition at some point in our lives, we can start to understand and address the steps we need to take to conquer it for ourselves as well as learn how we can support and lead others through similar challenges. We will also discuss how women in technical and engineering fields are more susceptible and what we can do to ensure that young women interested in these fields can address cultural barriers that this syndrome imposes on their lives.
    Career

  • The time is now to accelerate your company’s growth and impact by employing data, cutting-edge technologies and positive values into your business model. The combination of a data-driven approach and a strong social mission can drive affinity, bottom line results, and influence large industries. Lynley Sides, Co-founder & CMO/COO of REX Real Estate Exchange, discusses how to launch and grow a data and values-driven business through the right leadership, team, approach and mindset.
    Leadership
    Technology

  • How to effectively create personal and professional culture codes to optimize your performance.
    Leadership

  • There are 1 billion people in the world with disabilities and 1 in 4 of today's 20 year olds will have a disability by the time they retire. There are diversity and inclusion initiatives with good intentions, but many fall short of meaningfully including people with disabilities. People with disabilities constitute a growing and underserved market as consumers and potential employees, but there are barriers rooted in outdated assumptions and stereotypes that permeate our culture and need to be overcome. This starts by reframing your perception of disability. Learn 4 simple steps to shift your thinking and orient yourself as an ally to the disability community. Come for a reality check to see people with disabilities as human beings and understand the value they bring to the workplace. It's not just the right thing to do, it's an investment in your company's success and in building an inclusive society.ors to foster meaningful inclusion.
    Diversity

  • In tech, the problems we solve are almost never one person large. Most interesting problems require teams of people collaborating to build a high-quality solution. However, working together is something that the tech industry is notoriously bad at. What makes a winning team? What kinds of choices can I make a as a team leader or collaborator to influence the success of my team's work product? What behavioral patterns and leadership styles make a difference? In this workshop, we will interactively explore the research, behaviors, and attitudes that measurably affect the quality of output from any team. Please join us to grow together in this exploration.
    Leadership

  • This workshop is for individuals wishing to more effectively lead, work with, or support people in their professional or personal lives. Whether they are your customers, co-founders, co-workers, superiors, subordinates, students, or family members, this workshop will help you kickstart a process of reflection, which can inspire you to (re)design the way you interact with yourself and others for the better. The workshop will be particularly helpful if you're experiencing co-founder conflict or feeling frustrated with an under-performing team. (Please note that this is a condensed version of an 8-hour long workshop.) Learning Objectives: - Understand why our typical approaches to human interactions can sometimes not only be ineffective, but also make things worse. - Understand how realizing empathy produces solutions without problem solving. - Become aware of how we’re getting in our own way of leading, working with, or supporting other people with greater effectiveness and sustainability. - Become aware of what may be making it difficult for other people to realize their empathy with you.
    Diversity

  • This session aims to inspire, embolden, and help those who both work and advocate for inclusion and equity in STEM sectors. Through personal stories and hard earned insights, this session helps reframe the challenges and opportunities of being a #WomanInTech in 2017 and beyond. It includes things so many of us wish someone had told us early on in our careers. Knowing these things would have given me the confidence to make different choices and take even bigger chances and not feel as alone as I did for many years. We will address: - Defining your compass - Asking for help - Building your personal support network - Becoming an advocate for others - Finding mentors - Creating online and offline boundaries and safe spaces - Reimagining success on your own terms Attendees will walk away armed with practical and actionable strategies to help increase their impact and productivity by avoiding burnout, creating momentum, and benefiting from the collective strength of their support network.
    Career

  • Women have made an enormous professional progress in the past century and are currently graduating from universities at higher rates with higher scores than men. Despite being represented in all industries and career tracks, only 6% of CEOs of S&P 500 companies are women and the numbers haven’t changed in the past 20 years. What is happening? In this event we will discuss: • Global and tech industry scenarios of female leadership pipelines in companies • Structural and individual factors that influence women’s career progression • How to evaluate own scenario and be more successful as well as support the professional growth of future generations of female leaders in your company.
    Leadership

  • What if you could be more productive than you are now, simply by having more fun? The Power of Having Fun will guide you through Crenshaw's revolutionary five-step system to grow your business and advance your career...all while feeling fantastic! Discover the science and power of essential, rejuvenating moments that will replenish your mental, emotional, and social reserves on your journey toward greater productivity.
    Career

  • The purpose of this workshop is to guide participants in establishing or strengthening their understanding of diversity at work. Learn how to recognize challenging or triggering situations, understand why it matters to talk about it at work, and walk away with action items you can implement to start changing things for your team, your reports, or your upper management. This workshop will be highly interactive, with activities to deepen your awareness of your diversity or lack thereof, and many discussion topics that will leave you challenged but ready for change.
    Diversity

  • In pursuit of success, it's easy to lose sight of the journey. Sometimes it's not until we hit a roadblock that we find ourselves able to pause and reflect. In this talk, Nikita shares how she's learning to connect the dots in her own ambitious pursuit of success and provides insights into how you, too, can learn from your professional journey.
    Career