ACT-W Seattle Schedule for September 14-15, 2018

Schedule for Happy Hour Friday Sept. 14

Friday, September 14

Happy Hour Begins 6:00 PM
Start your Friday evening off right with the ChickTech, ACT-W and RealSelf team.

Happy Hour Network and Trivia Team Sign Up 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Come meet, drink, chat, and snack while putting together a trivia a team for our ACT-W Happy Hour Lightening Round Trivia event!

Happy Hour Lightening Round Trivia 6:30 – 7:00 PM
These activities are top secret for now but you”ll have fun.

Happy Hour Keynote Panel 7:05 PM – 7:35PM
Lauren Soto, VP of People at RealSelf, speaks to the importance of building a diverse tech environment in Seattle.

Happy Hour Activities 7:35 – 7:50 PM
More time for attendees to meet, drink, chat, and snack

Happy Hour Wraps Up 7:50 PM – 8:00 PM
All good things must come to an end – and an announcement of Trivia and raffle prize winners!!!

Schedule for Saturday Sept. 15

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  • Conference

    Full Conference Day 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM hosted at RealSelf

  • Bring your own mat and comfy clothes to start the conference out on a relaxing note.
    Where
    Meditation Room 7th Floor

  • I will be talking about how to use mindfulness at work to build your dream job. A lot of people are confused when asked what type of job they want or where they want to go in their career. Simple mindfulness techniques applied at work can help you get the data you need to answer those questions and understand what your dream job looks like. By taking time during your work day to think about the tasks you are doing, you can create lists of things you like to do and don't like to do. You can also recognize your strengths and weaknesses by tracking how you feel things went and how coworkers respond to your work. Put this together and you can get a better understanding of where to go with your career.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • Even the most experienced professional goofs, and have areas they need to work on. In advance of switching jobs, changing roles and prepping for those end-of-year performance reviews, let's talk about how to talk about those mis-steps - how to own it, what you learned, and how that learning can help you with your next gig.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • Learn more about ChickTech and what we do!
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • come listen as two women chat about how they are influencing cultural change within their companies.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • Hear how this opera singer turned tech maven found her way to the West Coast tech scene, from the Opera halls of Italy, by embracing her passion for music. This lighting talk will explore how passion meets impact when it comes to advancing, or starting, your career journey.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • Rapid technological advancements have given rise to what is known as the ‘digital divide’, a term describing the multiplicity of gaps regarding access to and usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The existing divides are not merely infrastructural - they are increasingly knowledge and culture based. One idea for bridging these divides revolves around community involvement and education in the development of ICTs. Seattle, a leader in digital innovation and social empowerment, is an ideal location to pioneer the equitable integration of community and technology. The Seattle Park Explorer app - a collaborative project between the Seattle Parks Foundation, the City of Seattle, and Microsoft - maximizes utilization of ICTs in partnership with civic and nonprofit agencies. Audience will see how connecting the most sophisticated users of technology, high-tech firms, with local organizations fosters continued development of socio-economic justice programs - thereby transforming our society from one plagued by digital divides, to one empowered by digital inclusion.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • Chat with local companies and learn about new opportunities.
    Where
    7th Floor

  • Mock Interviews, Resume Reviews and Career advice! Get yourself prepped to start finding your next opportunity.
    Where
    8th and 7th Floors

  • This seminar explores several various design patterns Nordstrom has developed to eliminate costly and ineffective staging environments. We'll learn how to take 'Test in Production' from a catch phrase to a reality through real world, practical examples that can be used in any sized software organization.
    Where
    Mt. Rainier 8th Floor (12)

  • CSS animations have made a major comeback in 2018 web development trends. More and more, UI developers & designers are expected to use CSS animations to break down complex concepts and guide their users' actions. What if your teams could apply Disney’s Animation Principles to CSS development? Animations don’t need to be overblown to provide a great experience to your users!  In this session, you will learn 5 principles of CSS animation inspired from the Disney Classics & how to apply them to modern day UI Development.  We will dig into the code to show you how to achieve these effects yourself. At the end, all attendees to this session will also be provided a complimentary access to the free online in-depth tutorial that this session was inspired from.
    Where
    Mt. St. Helen 8th Floor (12)

  • The focus of this group is around raising awareness of our emotional health and how, for all of us at some point, it impacts our professional lives. The theory is that by creating conversations, we will create connection (offline connection!) and reduce feelings of isolation that can lead to or exacerbate existing mental health issues. 1 in 5 people in the US, the numbers only increase from there in the entrepreneur community.
    Where
    Mt. Olympus 8th Floor (28)

  • Kubernetes (K8s) is an open-source tool for automating deployment, scaling, and the management of containerized applications. It gives you the flexibility to deliver your applications consistently and easily, while giving you the freedom to deploy on-premises, on public cloud infrastructure, or a hybrid. Organizations have seen massive acceleration on how quickly they can get their code into production by using K8s. We will learn about the basic K8s concepts and the benefits it can bring to your organization. Together we will deploy our first service locally using Kubernetes.
    Where
    Snoqualmie 7th Floor (10)

  • Part 1 Personal reflections from Individual contributors to leadership roles at T-Mobile. Road to Technology and their career path. Panel discussion. Santhoshi Gorle, Sr Software Developer, Arena Hernandez, Sr Software Develper, Jeny Bhimani, Software Dev Engineer Test, Leigh Gower, Sr Director Software Development , Beata Kuropiejska Principal Engineer Part 2 Anyone Can Dev Ops! Overview of dev ops and engineering impact, diversity and empowerment. Santhoshi Gorle, Sr Software Developer, Lydia Rodriguez, Sr Software Developer Arena Hernandez, Sr Software Developer , Beata Kuropiejska Principal Engineer
    Where
    Panel Space Next to Mediation Room 7th Floor

  • Google introduced the ability to produce and view 360 degree video in 2014. This was done by using a multi-lens camera system, a method to stitch the captured images and an application to view the final result using a cellphone placed in a box called cardboard. Preceding that, in 2005, Unity Technologies released a game engine called UNITY 3D that can produce applications playable on many different platforms such as desktops, smart phones and gaming systems. These engines contain physics and lighting algorithms that are computed by default on objects which are described in worlds created by the developer. Videos authored in the 360 degree format can be integrated into applications developed using these game engines. It is the intention to give an overview of how to create 360 video content and incorporate them into a gaming engine. Subjects: google VR 360 video; gaming engines; unity3D, React Native.
    Where
    Pacific Crest 7th Floor (10)

  • Get an overview of the 6 essential elements of financial planning and how to build a strong foundation. Family Financial Planning - College Planning - Insurance Planning Retirement & Longevity Planning - Debunking common retirement myths - Social Security - Long term care
    Where
    Mt. Rainier 8th Floor (12)

  • This breakout workshop will focus on the ways in which all employees, including women, exhibit unconscious bias against femininity in tech culture. We will have examples of how to spot this type of bias, look at some data behind it, and learn practical tricks to identify when our biases are being triggered unfairly and reassess our behavior accordingly. Participants will have the opportunity to come up with their own examples and proposed solutions for creating a workplace culture that welcomes all forms of gender expression.
    Where
    Mt. St. Helen 8th Floor (12)

  • If you want to enroll people in your vision, your ideas, to get a job or to get a promotion, or to prepare for your next presentation, you need to understand your message and how to deliver it in a way that inspires them to take action. Come learn everything you need to know in how to deeply connect any sized audience (1:1-1:1M) and motivate them to transformation and engagement. If you need to craft a presentation, talk, or compelling pitch... you need to know how to impact, influence, and inspire the listeners. You will leave with the four components of compelling communication, outline of how to craft a talk/presentation, and feedback from your peers around how your carry yourself and first impressions (followed up with techniques in enhance your body language).
    Where
    Mt. Olympus 8th Floor (28)

  • Many job seekers apply to jobs and get discouraged when nothing comes of it. I'd like to: A) Describe what happens internally B) Share reasons why they don't get calls C) Give tips and tricks to writing better resumes (i.e. translating their experience into what hiring managers are looking for).
    Where
    Snoqualmie 7th Floor (10)

  • It takes between 33 to 66 days to create a new habit and roughly 90 days to see the results from those new behaviors. This workshop is designed to help create clarity and an action plan over the next 90 days. We’re hoping to create habits that will set you up for strong rest of the fiscal year.
    Where
    Panel Space Next to Mediation Room 7th Floor

  • In this breakout session, we will tackle a rarely discussed topic: negotiating for your worth. Research has found that when women ask for raises they are 5% less likely than men to receive one. Women are less likely to negotiate new job offers will lose out on roughly between $650,000 to $1 million over the period of a 45-year career. At the end of the session, you will walk away with tactics to use in negotiating your worth when it matters most.
    Where
    Pacific Crest 7th Floor (10)

  • Let's discuss "Matching with your employer". What happens if you don't match? Is it you? Is it them? I'll describe what I have learned about causality. Environments react to what you bring, and you bring different things based on the environment.
    Where
    Mt. Rainier 8th Floor (12)

  • We live in a heteronormative society that views gender as a binary. However, our larger understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation is changing rapidly. Personal pronouns, non-gender specific honorifics, and non-binary designations on documents are increasingly more common. The question is – how to advocate for inclusion and equality, while everyone else in society catches up? It comes with a steep learning curve. Everything from the words we use, to the unconscious bias that filters our perception, defines what space is available for those outside the dominant culture. These social mechanisms tell us how to interpret ourselves in the world; how others should interact with us. This workshop will discuss approaches in changing the narrative. Practical ways to change the language we use and broaden people’s understanding of these intersections. People don’t connect with data, they connect with humans. We’ll talk in-depth about effective strategies that move ambivalence to advocacy.
    Where
    Mt. St. Helen 8th Floor (12)

  • Our collective female experience, backed by research, shows women and men behave differently in the workplace, at women’s expense. Studies show women tend to follow the rules more closely than men, do not push for salary increases at the same rate as men, and underestimate the value of networking to get ahead. During this session learn from experienced leaders how to negotiate, navigate and neutralize these situations. Let’s take a page out of our male colleagues’ playbook and ask ourselves “#whatwouldchaddo?” Brought to you by the Women in Tech Regatta.
    Where
    Mt. Olympus 8th Floor (28)

  • I will be discussing the hidden talent and brilliance of community residents mostly women of color and how tapping into that talent pool can create social impact and transformative change. My focus will be on the layered and blended model I created while a community organizer working for Boston Workers Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts. By hiring young women of color and also bringing in young college students from neighboring universities and colleges. Our organization was able to have greater impact through the skills and talents brought to the organization by women and their mastery of technology, software and hardware.
    Where
    Pacific Crest 7th Floor (10)

  • Too often, mentors aren’t prepared to take in an intern which leads to a mediocre internship experience. When I prepared to mentor three interns, I talked with brilliant engineers who are passionate about mentoring, and interviewed colleagues who had gone through internships. I discovered a good project and a supportive mentor are key to a successful internship experience. This talk will go in depth about how to choose a good project and how to help your intern succeed.
    Where
    Snoqualmie 7th Floor (10)

  • Come and learn the best methods for growing, building relationships and branding the most important client you will ever have. YOU. You are the client that you should be spending time build, marketing, growing and investing in. Come listen to our panel that has years of experience from people that have worked hard to grow who they are and become the out sanding employees they are.
    Where
    Panel Space Next to Mediation Room 7th Floor

  • Perceived career “gaps” can be a hiring obstacle for women and other underrepresented minorities in the tech sector. Maybe we came to tech later in our lives, took time to care for our families, were incarcerated, or left a discriminatory work environment. Our gaps tell the stories of who we are and who we have become, and the diverse experiences the tech sector desperately needs. And yet, on LinkedIn, these gaps can be glaring interruptions in the traditional idea of a tech career trajectory. In this workshop, we will look at our LinkedIn data differently by using games, creative data visualization, and other interactive activities to empower each other through the stories of our shared gaps. Participants will leave the workshop with creative strategies for explaining career gaps in the hiring process.
    Where
    Mt. Rainier 8th Floor (12)

  • Radical Motivation is a powerful workshop that helps women in tech get fired up and focused on achieving their long-term goals. In this workshop, you will find out how motivation works and why it’s hard to get (and stay) motivated to work on important goals. You’ll get actionable tips for increasing your positive motivation and you'll gain insight on the one thing you can do to be 95% more productive. Finally, you’ll get the encouragement and empowerment you need to be a real ‘goal-getter.’
    Where
    Mt. St. Helen 8th Floor (12)

  • Being the only woman in the room can be an intimidating experience… Being interrupted by colleagues in meeting or told by a team mate “why you are asking all these questions, just do what you were told.” Can be paralyzing… Being ignored when you know you are right can be very frustrating… But it doesn’t have to… let see how we can shift the balance of power and use these situations to advance our career. In this workshop we will practice some technics that will help you leverage those scenarios to prevent future occurrences and establish yourself as a professional.
    Where
    Mt. Olympus 8th Floor (28)

  • Documentation is the quickest way to orient yourself to a software project. It is a great asset to onboarding new people to a team or an open-source project. Despite all of this, it is one of the most likely pieces of a software project to be deprioritized or dropped. Together we’ll review the value add of documentation for your software projects and explore two of my favorite, low effort, high reward documentation styles. You too can be a documentation advocate for your team and software project, your best future use case is you.
    Where
    Snoqualmie 7th Floor (10)

  • Mindfulness has become mainstream. We’ve got mindfulness in the classroom, mindfulness tents at Google I/O, and even meditation with cats. In this session, we’ll explore: Origins of mindfulness Fundamentals of mindfulness Types of mindfulness practices Starting your own mindfulness practice Practicing a guided group meditation
    Where
    Meditation Room 7th Floor

  • Grab a snack and get ready for our final round of talks!
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • I adore Cardi B and she's my absolute ideal. When she dropped Invasion of Privacy, the album had some real nuggets in there that reminded me why I'm in tech/security and why I want to continue being here. I want to go over some of those songs/specific lyrics points and tie them to my own stories to uplift or remind others why we belong, like she belongs in the music industry as someone who is not a traditional "fit".
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • In my talk I'll share my story of being a woman "behind the camera" - the pros and cons of working for a male-dominated industry (tech) inside a male-dominated industry (porn). I'll also share some inspiring stories about how our product empowers the women "in front of the camera." Both sides to camera have stigma and my goal with this talk it to erase some of that.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • In this talk Kieran Snyder, co-founder & CEO of augmented writing platform Textio, will share her entrepreneurial journey. She will give five actionable decisions that she took while building Textio, which helped put the company to be on the right path.
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor

  • Wrap up our day with some raffles!
    Where
    Main Stage 8th Floor