Refunds may be issued up to three days prior to the conference.

Headshots will be taken from 7:30-9:30 a.m. for interested attendees.

DISC Assessment will be heavily integrated in the 2018 conference. Learn your DISC personality here!

Dress for Success will be on-site to collect any gently used, nearly-new professional attire. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter/return to the workplace, make a great first impression, and land a job that could change her life.

Soles4Souls will be collecting new and gently-worn shoes to help individuals start and sustain small businesses to lift themselves out of poverty. Donated shoes are a viable resource to help entrepreneurs provide crucial necessities for their families.

9-9:45 AM - AVIS YATES RIVERS | CEO | Technology Concepts Group International

Avis Yates RiversCEO | Technology Concepts Group International

Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC. (TCGi), a global asset, expense and procurement management firm. She possesses more than 35 years of general management experience in the information technology industry and has been a successful tech entrepreneur for over 30 years.

Prior to establishing her first company in 1985, Ms. Yates Rivers enjoyed an 11-year career at Exxon Corporation and its subsidiaries. Avis decided to branch out on her own, which led to the founding of her first company. She went on to found several firms over the years, culminating with Technology Concepts Group International, LLC (TCGi). With its innovative supply chain solutions, TCGi specializes in reducing the cost of IT Asset Management, IT Procurement Management and Tail Spend Management.

9:45-10:30 AM - KATE FOSTER | Principal | KickStart Specialists

Kate Foster | Principal | KickStart Specialists


Ever feel like you are speaking in a foreign language to the people you work with? Want to know what is behind most team conflict?

DISC is a tool that has been used across organizations of all sizes around the world for many years. The DISC model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and adapt their behaviors when interacting with others. In this session, conference participants will answer a quick 10-15 question assessment to gain an understanding of their own DISC style. This session will provide an overview of each DISC style and will explain the key differences between the styles. We will also provide helpful insight into recognizing other people’s styles and will provide suggestions on style adjustments to accommodate other styles. This overview helps cultivate self-awareness and is critical in helping facilitate collaborative interactions and effective team member and customer support. 

10:45 AM-12 PM - TECH BREAKOUTS 1.0

Breakout 1.1 The Shape of you - Building Your Personal Brand
Speakers: Donyelle Murdock, Inovalon (LinkedIn); Janna Matherly, Microsoft (LinkedIn); Natalie Ledbetter, Stash Invest (LinkedIn) - Moderated by: Caryn Foster Durham, Durham Strategy and Consulting (LinkedIn).

A career path can be viewed as linear and unbending, yet we often take twists and turns that derail us from our original plans. Join our panel of marketing, communications, and recruiting experts as they discuss the importance of building a personal brand and how it can help you throughout your career, regardless of the path you take. This dynamic and interactive panel will provide insights to help YOU shape your own authentic personal brand and increase your confidence, credibility and professional success. 

Breakout 1.2 Culture of Innovation
Speaker: Ann Yauger, Assistant VP-Product, CarMax (LinkedIn)

The importance of building and maintaining a strong company culture within any organization is important not just for company morale and employee satisfaction, but also to attract top talent. In today’s modern companies, the overall environment is evaluated closely by potential employees, especially in the coveted technology space. Candidates are looking for forward-thinking companies that will invest in them as much as they invest in their jobs. They want a culture of technology, where they feel challenged yet supported by their teams. This session will examine how one company has retooled its processes and invested in innovation to appeal to the next generation of tech talent while maintaining its cultural foundation.

Breakout 1.3 Connection Between IS and Privacy
Speaker: Patti Titus, CISO & Chief Privacy Officer, Markel (LinkedIn)

Patricia Titus joined Markel Corporation in January 2016 as the CISO and Chief Privacy Officer where she is responsible for ensuring the security and privacy of Markel’s information assets and the protection of customer information. Previously, Titus was the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Freddie Mac, Symantec, Unisys Corporation and the Transportation Security Administration within the Department of Homeland Security. She serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Forcepoint and LogicHub, the Board of Advisors for Guardant Global and the Executive Women’s Forum, is on the Board of the Girl Scouts for the Commonwealth of Virgina, and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute.

1:15-2:30 PM - TECH BREAKOUTS 2.0

Breakout 2.1 What Are You Thinking?
Speakers: Jenn Atkins, Snag (LinkedIn); Amy O'Callaghan, Snag (LinkedIn); Katie Moriarty, Snag (LinkedIn); and Rob Huddleston, Snag (LinkedIn)

Ever second-guess your product solutions and worry about outcomes? Learn how to reframe your thinking and focus on delivering value. Our team of product managers and designers will teach you how to drive desired outcomes through discovery. Critical thinking paired with visual mapping will create a shared understanding between teams and stakeholders of which solutions to experiment with, build confidence in your solutions and get you excited about measuring outcomes.

Breakout 2.2  Women Who Invest in Technology
Speakers: Elizabeth Orsinger, Square 1 Bank (LinkedIn), Karen Cahn, iFundWomen (LinkedIn), Jennifer Finn, Angel Investor (LinkedIn), Robert Brooke, CIT (LinkedIn), and Cody Nystrom, Venture Capital (LinkedIn) - Moderated by: Liz Doerr, Sandbox (LinkedIn)

Funding for a start-up comes in many shapes, sizes, and forms. Join our panel of investment and funding experts, focused on the technology space, as they discuss the various types of funding options, at what stage of the business lifecycle they are available and things to consider when outlining your capital raising strategy.

Breakout 2.3  Next Generation Product Development
Speaker: Melanie Roller, Partner, McKinsey (LinkedIn) and Santiago Comella-Dorda, Partner, McKinsey (LinkedIn)

As digital becomes the way of life in industry after industry, company leaders are going to be required to reevaluate the customer journey from end to end. With the next-generation operating model, they have a new way of thinking through the necessary changes. Here we will talk about the next-generation operating model and how it can help executives navigate the disruption of the digital age.

2:45-3:30 PM - RENEE ARRINGTON | Senior Vice President | Pearson Partners

Renee Arrington | Senior Vice President | Pearson Partners

Renee Arrington is a member the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.

Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm. Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris.

3:30-4:15 PM - NANCY DOUYON | International User Experience Research Lead | Uber

Nancy Douyon | International User Experience Research Lead | Uber

Nancy Douyon is a User Experience Lead at Uber where she currently helps engineering teams build more inclusively by incorporating global insights in the product lifecycle. She creates research platforms internationally to ensure an increase of inclusive usability in products, applications, complex systems and websites across different cultural ideals and cultural practices. Nancy also consults globally on remote user research methods and human factors engineering in emerging markets. She has been instrumental in initiating a user experience lifecycle approach that is now deployed across over 35 products worldwide.

Prior to joining Uber, Nancy held research and engineering positions at Google, IBM Interactive Research, Cisco, Accenture Experience Agency, and Intel’s Mobility Group. In Nancy’s spare time, she educates minorities in tech around the globe in user experience methodologies, culture-themed designs planning and implementation of user goals in products, and personal career management.