Past Conferences

Curious about what ACT-W has looked like in years past? Learn more about our conference offerings throughout the years.

Since 2013, we’ve hosted conferences in several cities throughout the United States. Learn more about the history of ACT-W and check out what our past conferences have had to offer.

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The History of ACT-W

2013 | ACT-W begins as a 3-hour career fair in Portland, OR with 100 attendees.

2015 | We expanded to host 3-day conferences in both Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, covering topics appealing to a broader, growing audience.

2017 | ACT-W Conferences are held in 7 major cities across America, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, and Austin, each with 200+ attendees.

2018 | Our very first 3-day National Conference brought together 500+ women and allies from across the country in Phoenix, AZ.

2019 | We launched Achieving Equity, a complementary diversity and inclusion focused two-day conference in Portland, OR.

Answering to a growing need for community and diversity inclusion in tech, ACT-W began in 2013 as a one-day community fair and conference in Portland, OR and has since expanded to eight different cities throughout the United States. We are excited to include you in our growing community!


Past ACT-W Conferences:

Austin, TX


ACT-W Conferences in Austin feature speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and so much more.

These regional happy hours and conferences focus on providing content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in Austin and the surrounding cities.

Past Conferences

August 5-6, 2017 at Norris Event Center


Bay Area, CA


ACT-W Conferences in the Bay Area are action-packed events where talented women and allies can build skills, grow their community, and accelerate their career path.

The conferences include speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and more! There are many opportunities for networking in a supportive and uplifting environment!

Past Conferences

October 26, 2019 at Akamai Santa Clara

October 20, 2018 at General Assembly

April 8, 2017 at Galvanize San Francisco – Soma


Boston, MA


Our Boston conferences are packed with hands-on workshops, motivating sessions, career/exhibit fairs, and tons of networking.

Our attendees can take advantage of numerous opportunity to network with women in tech and professionals in Boston and the Northeast.

Past Conferences

August 26, 2017 at The Non-Profit Center


Chicago, IL


ACT-W Conferences in Chicago feature speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and so much more.

These regional happy hours and conferences focus on providing content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in the Chicago area.

Past Conferences

May 6, 2019 at Harold Washington Library Center

October 20, 2017 at The Chicago School

October 14-15, 2016 at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


New York City, NY


ACT-W Conferences in New York City feature speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and so much more.

These regional happy hours and conferences focus on providing content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Past Conferences

May 18, 2017 at Galvanize New York


Phoenix, AZ


ACT-W National, hosted in Phoenix, AZ, offered three days of inspiring and educational speaker sessions from some of the best in the industry, formal training workshops, one-on-one career coaching, Community Fair activities, after hours parties, and so much more.

Past Conferences

April 10-13, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center


Portland, OR


ACT-W Conferences in Portland, OR have featured speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and so much more.

These regional happy hours and conferences focused on providing content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Past Conferences

June 28-29, 2019 at Portland State University

July 20-21, 2018 at Portland State University

June 16-17, 2017 at Portland State University

April 22-24, 2016 at Portland State University

April 10-12, 2015 at the Art Institute of Portland


Seattle, WA


ACT-W Conferences in Seattle feature speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and so much more.

These regional happy hours and conferences focus on providing content that addresses the unique women-in-tech landscape in Seattle and the surrounding cities.

Past Conferences

October 26, 2019 at RealSelf

September 15, 2018 at RealSelf

September 23, 2017 at Galvanize Seattle

September 9-10, 2016 at The Cobalt Building/Porch Headquarters

May 16, 2015 at Zulily