Innovation Women at Interop

More than 30 years ago, I attended some of the first Interop events. This independent event for the IT community is still running today and does a great job with diversity and inclusion. This year the MAJORITY of keynotes at Interop in Las Vegas were women! So, we were extra proud to hear that Innovation Women Claritza Abreu, the founder and CEO of LatInc, was invited through our platform to speak at the 2018 InterOpITX. And thrilled to realize she was invited to speak by one of our other Innovation Women speakers, Katy Tynan.

“I was so excited and honored to host two sessions at the 2018 InterOpITX conference in Las Vegas, NV,” said Abreu. “Through the Innovation Women website, organizers contacted me and we found each other to be a great match! I was talking about our employee engagement and diversity social media platform, Areitos. Our technology helps companies facilitate their diversity and inclusion efforts. As an immigrant myself, I brought my most passionate and entertaining immigrant stories to the stage!”

Claritza also recently received an Innovation Women speaking invite from the Ellis Project, another place where her immigrant story is relevant.

According to Katy Tynan, “Claritza was great! Innovation Women was the first place I turned when I was looking for an inspiring, engaging speaker. It’s great to have such an easy way to find smart, talented presenters in the technology field.” Tynan, the founder and chief talent strategist at Liteskip Consulting Group, is the leadership track chair for InteropITX. She says she “really loves the Interop program. They are one of the few non-vendor conferences out there and the leadership track (where she placed Abreu) is always the most popular track.”

“That’s my passion,” Tynan continued. “I spent 10 years in tech, truly love the industry and the people but I know that there are still so many challenges with diversity and work-life balance. I want tech to become the destination field for everyone. It’s not just the industry that has ‘opportunity that comes with baggage.’”

That’s what Tynan was trying to showcase, and “Claritza was so perfect for that.”

(You can find both Abreu and Tynan on Innovation Women.)

The Innovation Women Justification Toolkit

Every week hundreds of events continue to promote All Male Panels and you’re still sitting on the sidelines. If you would like to be an Innovation Woman speaker but need help convincing the boss, our Justification Toolkit is here to help!  Simply copy and paste the verbiage you’d like to use and send it to your manager.

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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.

SWAP OUT THAT SUITCASE

The BWME team, IW founder Bobbie Carlton and WCVB’s Maria Stephanos
BACK FROM NYC; HEADING TO SAN JOSE FOR NEXT WEEK

Last week we lunched with the Boston Women in Media and Entertainment. Next week we’re flying to San Jose for the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference where we’ll be doing a fireside chat with Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science. She is also currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and has published a book about her 1998 expedition to uncover the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. MP Duncan’s appearance is part of our “concierge service” for event managers. We were able to help the IEEE secure her appearance.

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Our concierge service can help you

JUST ASK AND WE CAN FIND YOU A SPEAKER
OUR CONCIERGE SERVICE IS BUSY BUT WE CAN HELP YOU
Dear Innovation Women Community,
Looking for a speaker on a specific topic?  We can help you!  And by “we”, there is a certain collective “we”involved.  Yes, our IW Concierge service can help you find speakers and we include the opportunities in our exclusive speaker newsletter but our Innovation Women speakers help out too.  In speaking with an event manager last week we heard that when one of our speakers couldn’t do a requested event she was able to suggest an appropriate (female) colleague. 

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Why Women Turn Down Speaking Invitations

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At Innovation Women, we talk to a lot of women about their speaking engagements and the speaking invitations they receive. We also work closely with event managers who report back on how their invitations are received. Many managers tell us they start with diverse panels and gender-balanced slates, only to end up with an #AllMalePanel on game day. Why?

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