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EVERYBODY CANCELS…SOMETIMES

Sometimes it’s unavoidable. The sick kid. The sick or injured speaker. The rescheduled board meeting. The key client with the surprise mission-critical project on a deadline. The flat tire. The missed plane.
And a speaking engagement gets passed on to someone else. Whether the speaker “makes a suggestion” or just sends someone else, it’s not them onstage. Their special set of skills and knowledge. And, a woman, or perhaps a woman of color or representing some additional diversity (and, more importantly), a diverse point of view, is missing from the group.
And somewhere, a program manager cries. The carefully planned and balanced panel is “broken”.
Next week we’re heading north from Boston (a beautiful short road trip – less than 2 hours) that will take us to Portland, Maine for Maine Startup & Create Week for the first Innovation Women Gender-balanced Conference Challenge. The team there committed fully to making sure that there is equal representation onstage, in all aspects of the event.

We’ve committed to providing every speaker with a free profile on Innovation Women, plus two profiles for a female colleague. (The male speakers can pass on their free profiles.) This will ensure a pool of worthy speakers for future Maine Startup & Create Weeks, AND other events in the area. We’ll have established InnovationWomen.com as a resource in the area for years to come. (Event managers – talk to us about how YOUR conference can take the challenge!)
An inclusive and balanced conference relies on more than just the event managers to keep diversity in mind. It’s also the responsibility of the speakers, and in fact the entire community.

 

Keep talking,
The Innovation Women team

Events for Women in Tech: June 22, 2017

Upcoming events and opportunities for you. Check out news and events and a lot of great opportunities to network and further your career!

MassChallenge’s Women Founders Network Kick-off 2017
June 27, 2017
Boston, MA

All are encouraged and welcome to attend the Women Founders Network Kick Off by New England Venture Capital Executive Director Jody Rose. Be ready to discuss effective inclusive leadership strategies and meet female founders throughout the Boston community. Learn more.

Girl Starter Comes to Boston
June 27 and 28, 11 am – 5 pm
City Hall Plaza
Boston
Girl Starter is a business-genre reality-competition TV show which documents eight girls ages 18-24 as they compete for seed-round funding. The series follows six steps of early-phase business building, from ideation through pitch, and features entertaining challenges, vibrant guest stars and a grand prize of $100,000 in funding and services. The show’s tour comes to City Hall Plaza in Boston on Tuesday, June 27th, 11am – 5pm and Wednesday, June 28th, 11am – 5pm. More information here!

 

IoT Evolution Expo
July 17-20
Las Vegas, NV

Meet and network with industry leaders  and other tech professionals as they discuss the future of the industry and its changing landscape. Learn more here.

 

Happy Hour with the MASS AWIS Board: Putting the “Fun” in the Scholarship Fund

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Firebrand Saints
1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA

MASS AWIS former and current board members are getting together to show their support to our scholarship fund that has been helping women become members and enjoy the benefits of our association. Join us for this fun networking event and help the scholarship fund. More information here.

Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Boston || July Meetup
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Firebrand Saints
1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA

Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of over 30,000 queer women (and allies) in tech. Learn more here.

 

NETWORKING EVENT: TRANSITIONING INTO AND WITHIN THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY
Wednesday august 16, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
At this popular Annual networking event, hear from a diverse set of panelists who successfully transitioned to find new roles and positions in their careers in medical devices. Register here!

 

2017 Wonder Women Tech Diversity & Inclusion Conference – Long Beach
August 18- August 20, 2017
Long Beach, CA

From their site: “Innovate & Make Change – August 18th – 20th, 2017: We’re back at the Long Beach Convention Center to produce our signature two and half day conference replete with a Career Fair Presented by Amazon, Expo, startup alley, science fair, keynotes, panel discussions and more! Join Chief Diversity Officer, Danielle Brown from Intel and others as we kick off the festivities. #WeAreChangemakers” Learn more.

 

Women in Tech Summit
Denver – October 7, 2017 – http://womenintechsummit.net/denver-home/

Raleigh-Durham – November 11, 2017 – http://womenintechsummit.net/raleigh/
The Women in Tech Summit is a series of events that inspire, educate and connect women in the technology industry. Our mission is to support the community of women currently working in technology and to help pave the way for women and young women who want to enter the industry.
The Women in Tech Summit provides attendees with a unique combination of hands-on tech workshops; discussions about trending topics in technology; information on thriving through tech career phases and facets; and lasting connections with other women working on both the business and technical sides of technology.

 

HOW DO YOU GET HUNDREDS OF WOMEN ENGINEERS ON STAGE?

YOU INVITE THEM, OR ENCOURAGE THEM TO INVITE THEMSELVES!
Angela Lussier teaching engineers public speaking.
Just flew back from California and once again am reminding myself that the red eye just isn’t worth it! Sure, you are back home just a little bit sooner but you come back in that semi-comatose state where you are just good for nothing.