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The Women in Tech Summit, brought to you by DFW*ATW and BravoTECH, is a special event designed specifically for women in IT. The conference highlights the achievements of ladies in tech and provides opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and networking. This event also includes a fireside chat, panel presentations, and lunch.


The Summit is also about networking and sharing from industry thought leaders; life lessons learned and practical tips to improve your own career goals. Or sharing personal stories of how they’ve made an impact on inclusivity in their industry, passions, their journey, and advice to the next generation of tech's women.


When women attend the Women in Tech Summit, they feel more connected to the local DFW community of women technologists and far less isolated than they might feel in their daily lives. The opportunity to see and hear what other women are doing inspires them to return to work the next day and continue building their career in tech.


Registration is just $85.00 and includes access to Women in Tech Summit, all InnoTech Conference sessions, lunch, and networking reception. Click on the 'Register Now' button above to register.



Fear-less: Plan for the Potential Instead of the Worst


Paula Shepherd

Leadership Coach & Consultant, Paula Shepherd Consulting, LLC

How many times have you just accepted the hand that you're dealt, waiting for someone or something to swoop in and fix it? Maybe you've had a brilliant idea that you never shared. We wait for the right time then plan, plan and plan some more to try to get it right, because anything less would be reckless. Right? Wrong. Taking risks doesn't have to mean betting everything and playing it safe really isn't safe at all.In this interactive session, participants will learn:

  • Why being bold is the #1 leadership skill and essential to your happiness and success

  • How to prioritize curiosity and give yourself the edge

  • The overlap between risk-taking and innovation

  • Ways to start tapping into your BOLD


What Happened on the Way to the C-Suite and What’s Next


Heidi Cox

Principal and Chief Information Officer, HKS, Inc

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Carina Reyes

VP Cloud COE & Platform Engineering, Albertsons


Jyoti Lynch

CIO, European Wax Center


Valerie Freeman

CEO, BravoTech

This panel of trailblazers provides fascinating insight into the dynamic world of women succeeding in the world of technology, the paths they followed, the obstacles they overcame, the advice they wish they’d had as they followed to bring their dreams to reality.

11:30am- 12:50pm

InnoTech Keynote Luncheon - Architecting a Company of Owners

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Walter Nusbaum

The Nusbaum Group


Women in Tech Summit Keynote - Unapologetic Success


Alicia Makaye, Ph.D.

President & CEO,


Being a woman in the tech space combined with imposter syndrome, especially in women, this topic resonates with all leaders, seasoned and emerging. This talk is a great reminder to ourselves and the world that success is nothing to be apologetic about.


A Coach in Your Corner | A Career-Transforming Relationship


Shaunna Black

President, Shaunna Black and Associates


Lisa Jordan

Vice President, CG Infinity

Women in IT need to surround themselves with a full support system. Having a life coach is one of the best ways to round out your squad. In this fireside chat, we’ll discuss why a coach is so important to growth. We will explore the role of the coach and how it differs from that of a mentor and sponsor. What should you expect from your coach? How do you find a coach? How much coaching is “enough”? We will answer these questions and more. You might even pick up a few tidbits on how to improve your own coaching skills as a tool in your leadership role.


Experience the InnoTech exhibits, enjoy a cold beverage, network with other IT professionals from the region, and be present for a chance to win prize drawings at the InnoTech Happy 45-Minute Reception…a networking tradition! 



Breaking Barriers: Thriving and Advancing in High Growth Tech Environments


Natalia Valle

Principal Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Lindsey Roussel

Strategic Key Account Executive, SoftwareONE


Chelsea Woodring

Market Leader, Central, SoftwareOne


Shelley Mears

Director of Strategic Initiatives and PMO, WIS International

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Tracy Smith

Customer Success Executive, Red Hat

Join us for an inspiring discussion with top women leaders in tech, as they share their experiences and insights on thriving and advancing in high growth and high change environments. Our esteemed panelists from SoftwareONE, AWS, and Redhat will share their perspectives on navigating complex and fast-paced work environments, leveraging new opportunities for personal and professional growth, and overcoming challenges to achieve success. From managing teams and driving innovation to building strong relationships and honing leadership skills, our panelists will provide practical advice and actionable tips for women looking to make an impact in the tech industry.

Networking and Happy Hour hosted by DFW*ATW


 Join us at Bar Louie (360 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039) on April 19, 2023 at 4:30 PM to Sip, Savor and Socialize after the day's activities. All technology industry professionals are welcome! Limited spaces are available, so pre-register now. Your admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Purchase a ticket here


  • Early Bird Member Rate (Ends April 12): $15

  • Regular Member Rate (April 13-18): $20

  • At the door (April 19): $25


  • Early Bird Member Rate (Ends April 12): $20

  • Regular Member Rate (April 13-18): $25

  • At the door (April 19): $25

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Thank you WOMEN IN TECH Sponsors:
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