SATURDAY -- Innovate Yourself Track -- Agile HR represents a new, emerging way for HR to partner with their leaders and people. The paradigm is shifting from one of controls and standards to a new level of engagement – one that focuses on the facilitation and improvement of organizational agility. This means helping to build and drive programs that create adaptability, foster innovation, provide transparency, and inspire collaboration.
FRIDAY -- Hands-on workshop track -- Have you ever tried to understand Angular and given up because it seemed too complicated? This working session will help you understand what Angular is and isn't by stripping away dependencies and introducing you to Angular's basic concepts. This introduction will help you get over the initial hump and jumpstart you on your way to learning Angular in full.
Beauty and Brains: Using Data Visualization to Explore and Communicate Your Data
FRIDAY -- Trends In Technology track -- There's a lot of buzz about the tools to use for data visualization, but relatively little about what actually makes a good viz. This presentation will explore the biology behind how we perceive visual information, best practices for making images that are easily understood, and a basic outline of what style of visual to use for what type of data. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation and during Q&A following the talk.
Building Better Cross-Functional Teams
SATURDAY -- Trends in Technology track -- It’s a common perception in the tech industry that designers and developers are always fighting one another – but maybe that’s because the system they’re working within sets them up for confrontation instead of collaboration! Once you see how work processes and organizational structures set devs and designers up for failure, it’s hard to unsee it – but you can help make things better! This panel will present ideas as to what you can do, as an individual contributor or leader, to strengthen relationships, build bonds, and perhaps flat out tell executives that…
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From “Looking” to Hired: Advice from Tech Hiring Managers
FRIDAY -- Hands-on Workshop / SATURDAY -- Hands-on Workshop -- Ever wonder what makes you stand out from the crowd when a recruiter is looking to find the perfect match for her new role? Or what a Hiring Manager is most excited to see on your resume? We’ve got the answers. In our workshop, two Technology Managers, part of SIG’s 800+ technology organization, will explore innovative ways to present yourself to tech companies – from LinkedIn profile tweaks to what answering an email from a recruiter could actually mean for your career. We’ll dive into organizing your resume and what hiring…
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Future Proofing: Designing for the Unknown Needs of a New Audience
SATURDAY -- Trends in Technology track -- Today’s consumer expects to be served simple, easy to digest content at lightning speed in the palm of their hand. Product designers are often tasked with the difficult decision of weighing pretty versus functional. As we look to the future, we have to consider how cultural shifts, technological advances and the growing desire for immediacy are influencing the future of design. Products that resonate more deeply with an audience ultimately drive engagement; this requires a deep understanding of user behavior and a holistic approach that takes inspiration from real people. In this session…
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Heighten Your Social: Be Your Brand
SATURDAY -- Hands-on Workshop -- Learn how to optimize your social media presence online, so you can leverage it offline. In this workshop, we will review stellar bios and you will leave with the knowledge to make your own. You can be social, more often, and with less effort, by learning some actionable steps and strategy.
Hybrid Apps in a Snap
FRIDAY -- Hands-on workshop track -- Do you have an idea for a mobile app and you're only familiar with HTML, CSS and JS? Does going native and writing the same code twice over sound daunting? Ionic is an amazing framework that allows one code base to produce 2 platforms! Hybrid apps are a great way to get your idea out there to all users. Learn about Ionic and build a basic mobile app in 1 hour. This workshop includes: - Brief intro/explanation of Ionic as a framework - Installing Ionic - Making A Basic App - Bonus: Connecting it…
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Information and Technology Career Opportunities in the 21st Century Economy
SATURDAY -- Trends in Technology track -- In the 21st Century economy, every industry has become or is becoming an information and technology industry. This phenomenon creates tremendously broad information and technology related career opportunities and is the fundamental reason behind the major and growing I&T talent supply gap facing the US. In this panel, we will discuss I&T career trends in the modern economy, and why they represent major opportunities for women.
Intro to Git
SATURDAY -- Hands-on Workshop -- In this hands-on workshop, we'll cover how Git compares to other types of version control systems, how to install and configure it on your machine, and setting up your project to track version history. We'll also walk you through a common workflow with Git, how to contribute to a remote repository, sharing best practices along the way. So bring your laptops and get ready to work in the command line with Git!
On-ramps, Off-ramps, Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors. Updating your credentials: When is it worth it?
SATURDAY -- Hands-on workshop track -- In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons of going back to school, while managing your professional and personal priorities.
Remote Success: High Impact Distributed Teams
FRIDAY -- Hands-on Workshop track -- Working with people in different offices and different timezones seems like it can be daunting, hard, and inefficient. But it doesn’t have to be! We want to share our techniques and experiences working with distributed teams and how we achieved remote success at BuzzFeed!
STEM Reentry Internships, IT Return-to-Work Success Stories, and Steps to Take NOW if you anticipate a future career break
SATURDAY -- Innovate Yourself track -- Anticipating a Career Break? Learn what you can do NOW to best position yourself when you return Wondering how returning IT professionals dealt with skills and knowledge obsolescence? Hear real case studies about how IT professionals returned to work after years away Are you an employer thinking about how to engage with return-to-work STEM professionals? Get the latest on the effectiveness of tech return to work programs at IBM, GM and more. Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen's resource-driven, actionable, information filled presentation is the best way to get informed on the latest thinking in career…
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Successful Remote Collaboration
SATURDAY -- Trends in Technology track -- Remote work in the tech industry is hardly new. Many companies provide flexible work from home policies or even full time remote positions. Even for office-bound professionals, we all collaborate with remote third parties at some point. When I started my first remote position I was surprised to find that many challenges didn’t have obvious solutions. As a team we need to learn, envision, plan, build, deploy, and triage together. As an individual I need to learn from, mentor, and build personal relationships with my colleagues. That’s not easy to do over the phone, slack, and video chat. I’d like to…
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The 4 People You Need on Your Personal Board of Directors
SATURDAY -- Innovate Yourself Track -- Corporate America has been built to support men via an informal network. What is the core team that women need to help them advance in their career? Today the game is stacked a bit against us. The “old boys network” is still the way that many things get done in organizations. So as women we need to create our own support networks in order to succeed and feel fulfilled in our careers.
The Confidence Effect – Strategies to Increase Your Confidence and Attract More Success
SATURDAY KEYNOTE -- This workshop is based on Grace’s belief that women need to be the CEO’s of their own lives and careers. It’s our responsibility to break through the limiting behaviors and beliefs which may keep us from getting to the next level. Based on her bestselling book “The Confidence Effect”, this workshop will help women to identify areas for improvement and learn to speak out, take risks and move toward assuming leadership positions with assurance. While Grace shares the research and statistics around women’s lack of professional advancement, she moves beyond the data to focus on what’s really…
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The longer you take the less you make; understanding delays in your software development lifecycle
SATURDAY -- Hands-on Workshop track -- If it takes your organization a long time to get software out to the customer, chances are that you your not getting the cash you thought you would when you started. Whether you're a startup or a large organization, common delays can totally slow you down when you really need to speed up. Fortunately there are verified solutions to many common software development delays, many of which are borrowed from Lean Manufacturing. Mary Poppendieck teaches us how to solve for these problems in her book Concept To Cash. Borrowing a few ideas from Mary, we'll dive…
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The New Face in Engineering
SATURDAY -- Trends in Technology -- By the year 2020, there will be more than 50B connected devices and 212B sensors. Everything from the apparel and accessories that we wear to our environmental surroundings such as our homes and cars will be smarter and more connected. With this rise, product development will require engineers to be both left and right brain. As a result, a new engineer is emerging - one that marries the hard skills in engineering with the creative skills needed to turn wearables into wantables. This blended skill set will provide a unique opportunity for women to…
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Uniqueness is an Advantage – For You & Your Company
SATURDAY -- Innovate Yourself track -- Research and experience have proven repeatedly that diversity in teams and in companies result in more productivity and better outcomes. This panel will explore the many ways you can "embrace your uniqueness" and use it not only to your own advantage but also to the advantage of your company.
UX 101: Introduction to creating great experiences
FRIDAY -- Hands-on workshop -- This workshop will provide a brief overview of the disciplines that fall under user experience. The participants will review a poorly designed website and be given the opportunity to redesign it using important principles of user experience.
Wait! Is that dream job really a nightmare?
SATURDAY -- Innovate Yourself track -- You found the perfect job! The one you've always wanted. You asked the usual questions related to salary, location, and benefits. But wait! There are deeper questions that you must ask your prospective boss and company and YOURSELF! Let's explore those questions to find out if that job is one in which your day to day happiness and professional journey will flourish.
When Things Break: Managing A Crisis
SATURDAY -- Trends in Technology -- It’s inevitable - every job has its share of crises and when you are working in a technology field, the implications of operational failures are far-reaching and can have serious impacts on your company’s bottom line, reputation and customer relationships. Even with the most comprehensive disaster and recovery plans, crises can occur due to unforeseen events. Join us for a lively discussion on how to skillfully navigate and prepare for a crisis. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. We will cover topics such as: Deploying the technical team to solve…
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