Presented by ChickTech, the nation’s leading nonprofit in growing and retaining the number of women and girls in technology, ACT-W is an engaging conference bringing together talented tech women and allies, from beginning programmers to senior developers, to C-suite executives and YOU!
Answering to a growing demand, the ACT-W Conference is designed to help professional women network, grow their skills and discover great employers. Companies who participate as partners gain focused recruiting opportunities for diverse talent. ACT-W Conferences are packed with engaging programming and attendees participate in groundbreaking sessions, training workshops, networking opportunities, career and community fair and happy hours designed to build leadership, career advancement, and technical skills.
What makes ACT-W unique is our focus on community and supporting women throughout the cycles of their tech careers. With an emphasis on inclusion, we welcome people of all genders as well as backgrounds. Regardless of how technical you are, there is something you can take away from and ACT-W Conference.
ChickTech is a nonprofit organization dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.
ChickTech has made a direct impact on thousands of girls, women, non-binary individuals, and men. Our programs include summer camps, youth tech workshops, Meetup groups for women in tech, and ACT-W Conferences. Wherever possible, we partner with other organizations to expand our impact.
ChickTech envisions a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women.
All proceeds from the ACT-W Conference go towards providing local high school girls with STEM education programs and spreading ChickTech’s reach to create a culture of inclusion for all!
In 2013, ACT-W began as a 3-hour career fair in Portland, OR with 100 attendees.
In 2015, ACT-W grew to a multi-day conference in both Portland and Seattle, covering a variety of topics that appealed to a broader, growing audience of attendees in all stages of their career.
In 2017, ACT-W was hosted in 7 major cities across America, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, and Austin, each with 200-300+ attendees.
In 2018, ACT-W hosted our very first national conference, bringing together women from across the country for a 3 day conference in Phoenix. We hosted our largest conference ever in Portland with over 500 attendees.
In 2019, we introduced ACT-W: Achieving Equity to our national conference. Achieving Equity is a two-day add-on to ACT-W, built for hiring managers; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) professionals; executives; and allies.