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2015 LWT Summit Agenda

Feb 10, 2015

Last year Dattch founder, Robyn Exton, came to San Francisco to pitch a lesbian dating app at the inaugural Lesbians Who Tech Summit. She got the attention of the full panel of judges and all 700 women in the crowd. This year she’ll be on the other side of that table and a whole new lineup of innovators will pitch their ideas to investors and entrepreneurs alike. We’re very pleased to provide a sneak peek of the 2015 LWT Summit agenda and offer a 25% discount to our users/readers who are planning to attend. Trust me, it’s worth it.
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Thursday, February 26
Opening Happy Hour
6:00 pm – 9:00pm // Beaux Cafe Castro
Friday, February 27
The Main Event
8:30am // Doors Open – Castro Theatre
9:30am – 11am // Glorious Morning Sessions // Castro Theatre

Welcome // Leanne Pittsford, Founder, Lesbians Who Tech

Let’s Get This Summit Started // Erica Anderson, Twitter & Danielle Moodie Mills, Emcees

Breaking the Bro Code // Dominique DeGuzman, Software Engineer, Twilio

From Data Geek to Emerging Leader to ‘People Focused’ Leadership // How to Emerge from the Shadows Christy Gaughan, Director of Marketing Science, Genentech

Can Technology Solve Gun Violence // Pia Carusone, Former Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords

Morning Keynote

Unpacking Privacy, Rose Hayes, Engineering Director at Google & Board of Directors at Transgender Law Center

When we talk about privacy, we generally use much of the same language we use to talk about security. How does this influence the goals we set, the questions we ask, and the answers we give. What’s missing from the perspective that comes along with the security mindset?

11:00am // Take A Break – You Deserve It
11:30am // Breakout Lounge Sessions // (locations specified)

Women in Tech Lounge // Qbar // Sponsored by Indiegogo
Hacker’s Lounge // Beaux Bar // Sponsored by Amazon
Career & Connection Lounge // Sponsored by Linkedin

11:30am // Late Morning Main Stage Sessions // Castro Theatre

UX Research and Design: The Human Side of Tech, Aga Bojko, Director of User Research, Indiegogo

Sponsorship Isn’t Enough: Why Tech Companies Are Failing To Attract Female Engineers, Adria Richards

From The Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign Ever to a Gaming Empire // How One Entrepreneur Re-imaged the Way We Play Games, Julie Uhrman, Founder & CEO, OUYA

Thank you for Your Service. Welcome to Entry Level, Vanessa Vinson
How one queer women is trying to make it in tech after serving her country.

The Future Genetic Testing // Emily Conley, 23andMe

Fireside Chat // How Badass Women Are Solving Tech’s Diversity Problem
Moderated by Danielle Moodie Mills & Aisha Moodie Mills
Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code
Tina Lee, Mother Coders
Aliya Rahman // Program Director, Code for Progress

12:30pm // Get Your Grub On // Lunch Breakouts

Lunch Breakouts Sessions*
Lunch registration will open soon!
Music Tech // Hosted by Pandora
Coders Connect // Hosted by Twilio
Tech Power Lesbians Q & A // Hosted by SnapChat
Decoding Startup Equity Compensation // Hosted by Robasciotti & Associates, Inc
Ignite Lunch Sessions // Hosted by Optimizely

*For lunch, you’ll choose one of the breakout sessions in locations around the Castro Theater, each on a different topic. Lunch registration will open soon!

2:00pm // Afternoon Sessions // Castro Theatre

How Automated Software, Quantitative Analytics & Algorithms Are Making Financial Planning More Accessible For Millennials, Ali Rosenthal, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Wealthfront

How Teaching Transgender Women Tech Skills is Saving Lives // Miss Angelica Ross, Founder TransTech

Lesbians Who Tech Entrepreneur Pitch Session
Four amazing queer women entrepreneurs will pitch the companies and applications they’re building, in front of a panel of judges including investors and entrepreneurs.

Riana Lynn, Food Trace
Katy Atkinson, DataSnap
Monica Taher, ClipYap
More soon!

Robyn Exton, Founder, Dattch
Kathrina Manalac, Y Combinator
Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder, Reddit

2:00pm // Afternoon Lounge Sessions // (locations specified)
Detailed agenda of breakout sessions coming soon!
Women in Tech Lounge // QBar // Sponsored by Indiegogo
Hacker’s Lounge // Beaux Bar // Sponsored by Amazon
Career & Connection Lounge // Sponsored by Linkedin
3:15pm // City Director Lesbians Who Tech Meetup! // QBar
Jess Ainlay, Chicago
Caroline Young, Boston
Jennifer Oslislo, Portland
3:30pm // Take A Break + Have A Drink // Really, You Deserve It
4:00pm // Keynotes & Afternoon Sessions // Castro Theatre

Keynote Interview
Kara Swisher, Founder, Re/
Marc Benioff, CEO,

Keynote Ignite Session
Ladies Against Humanity, Kate Stayman-London, Lead Storyteller,
How I became a VC in my 20’s, Sarah Kunst, Partner, Fortis Partners
How a Brazilian Lesbian Convinced Bill Gates to Start Expedia, Soraya Bittencourt, Product and Software Engineering Executive
The Future of Mobile Health Tech, Meg Columbia-Walsh, Founder and CEO, Inverse Mobile

Keynote Interview
Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer, United States
Leanne Pittsford, Founder, Lesbians Who Tech

5:30pm // That’s A Wrap // High Fives
5:30pm After Party: Cocktails + Conversation // Hell Yeah // The Cafe (Hosted by Yelp, Advent Software & Mandrill)
Castro Theater and Castro Street at dusk. San Francisco, California, USA
Saturday, February 28
Hackathon // Mozilla Offices SF
Registration coming soon!
Workshop Track // Github Soma Offices
Registration coming soon!
9:30am Breakfast
10:30am – 12:00pm // Morning Sessions

Before you Lean in // Understanding the Neuroscience of Change, Tamera Schmidt, Director Sales Excellence at VMware & Neuro Coach

Your Gut as a Culture-Changing Tool, Ginger Chien, Lead Member of Technical Staff/Data Services Device Architect at AT&T Mobility

Personal PR: Creating and Managing Your Brand, Elissa Beth, CTO/Co-Founder at Glimpse Labs

The Magic of Public Speaking // Holley Murchison, Rhetoric Coach, Oratory Glory

How to Find Your Best Talk // Cloe Shasha, Ted Associate Programs Producer at TED

Fish Bowl Coaching
Dani Rukin, CPCC, PCC, Leadership Development and Career Coach
Rajkumari Neogy, CEO at iRestart

12:30pm – 2:00pm // Lunch Session

Hacking the Tech Workforce
Mary Scotton, Principal Developer Evangelist at
Ayori Selassie, Sr. Solution Engineer, Sales Engineer, Platform Specialist at

Women and underrepresented minorities are hacking the tech workforce. It’s been over a year since Silicon Valley tech companies published their dismal diversity stats. In response, we’ve seen a growing community of entrepreneurs and programmers changing the tech landscape, one Hackathon/Conference/Company at a time. Join us to hear these success stories and how to implement these hacks in your workplace.

2:00pm // Afternoon Sessions

The Ingredients of Tech Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Q & A
Janelle S. Allen, Founder at
Jessica McGlory, Founder at Industry Forecast Project
More soon

How to Grow Your Business & Your Customer Base
Ari Isaacman Astles, Director of Growth, NY Times
Lisa Sullivan-Cross, VP Growth, Pandora
Maud Pasturaud, Mobile & Commerce Growth Expert

Addressing Stealth Barriers to Diverse Participation and Enhanced Innovation, Dr. Catherine Ashcraft from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)

Come learn about some of the hidden barriers and subtle biases that often prevent organizations from hiring top talent. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Catherine Ashcraft from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT), will discuss how individuals and companies can effectively address these hidden barriers in order to better attract and retain the diverse talent that will drive future innovation. Attendees will learn about concrete strategies and resources they can use for implementing these practices in their organizations.

Brunch Double Union
Registration coming soon!

Want to have LesbiansWhoTech all year long in your city? You might want to start a feminist maker/hackerspace where you can hang out with people you like every week! Learn how Double Union created a women-centered, queer-positive, feminist community workshop and how you could do the same where you live. Listen to an interview with two founding members of Double Union about how they found a space, signed the lease, and liberated a 3D printer. We will serve a light brunch with vegan and gluten-free options.

Lesbians Who Bike
Registration coming soon!
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Sunday, March 1
Closing Brunch
Registration coming soon!
Keep an eye out for updates to the agenda as registration will open for breakout and weekend events in the coming days. The Dattch discount is LWTDATTCH. Remember to use it during registration for a 25% discount on your tickets!

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