Women in Tech: A Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus

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Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Women in Tech: A Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

November 30, 2017
11:30am - 6:00pm
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, Santa Clara

Demonstrated benefits of a diverse leadership team and workforce include more robust market insights, improved strategic decisions and increased financial success. Yet from tech accelerators and startup companies to venture capital firms and established industries, female technologists, founders, and investors often struggle to marshal support for their ideas. In 2016, companies led by men received 16 times the funding of those run by women, a statistic perhaps influenced by the fact that only 7% of partners at top VC firms are women. How can recent research and inspiring role models contribute to positive momentum for women in technical fields, startup companies, and venture firms?

This public half-day symposium will highlight the experience of women in the tech industry–from established companies to startups and the venture capital firms that support them. The event will also recognize those who have championed the advancement of women in technology through the WITI@UC Athena Awards. Attendees will come away with actionable suggestions for overcoming gender-based challenges and improving the workplace climate for all. The agenda will offer time for presentations as well as informal discussion to build networks for mentoring and peer support.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and leaders from academia or the public and private sectors interested in supporting a more diverse ecosystem for innovation and creating a welcoming environment for new ideas across the spectrum. We welcome the participation of women and their allies.


11:15 Registration, Lunch

12:00 Welcome – Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

12:15 Keynote: Be the Token and Be Proud of It, Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder, Femgineer; Founding engineer, Mint.com

12:45 Panel 1: Making Strides

Highlights successes that have contributed to positive momentum for women in technology startup companies and venture firms.

1:50 Facilitated conversation regarding workplace climate challenges

2:30 Break

2:50 Panel 2: Overcoming Challenges

Explores the current state of research and presents innovative strategies for creating inclusive environments, promoting accountability, and reducing discrimination in the workplace.

4:00 Keynote: Women Do Ask: Debunking Gender Myths That Maintain Inequality, Laura Kray, Professor, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

  • Introduced by Tsu-Jae King Liu, Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning, UC Berkeley

4:30 WITI@UC Athena Awards Presentations

5:15 Closing remarks

5:30 Networking reception

6:00 Adjourn

Presented by the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley College of Engineering, and the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity.

Sponsored by Facebook, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, CITRIS Foundry, The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley School of Information, Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Haas Women in Leadership, Startup@BerkeleyLaw, SkyDeck, UC Berkeley Extension, The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP) and the UC Berkeley Bakar Fellows Program.

Women in Tech Symposium Presenters and Sponsors

Additional sponsors to be announced.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact witi@berkeley.edu.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please visit https://www.ucsc-extension.edu/about/map-and-directions for venue info.

What is the ticket refund policy?

Due to the limited number of tickets available to our events we apply the following cancellation and refund policy:

  • Requests for refunds received more than fourteen (14) working days prior to the date of the event will receive a full refund
  • Requests for refunds received within fourteen (14) working days of the event date, refund will not be given

Cancellation requests should be made via email to cmartinez@citris-uc.org.

If, for any reason, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute has to cancel an event we will notify you by email if you have provided that information upon registration and will refund your ticket in full.

When do I get my refundable deposit back?

If a refundable deposit applies to your ticket, your deposit will be processed within one (1) business after the event has passed. Refunds can take up to 5 business days to show on your account. More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/support/articles/en_US/How_To/can-i-get-a-refund?lg=en_US

More questions?

Please contact witi@berkeley.edu for additional questions.

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3175 Bowers Avenue

Santa Clara, CA 95054

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