Welcome New Innovation Women: 6-13-18

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Welcome to our latest Innovation Women speakers! We’ve got an incredible new crop of speakers to satisfy every event manager’s fondest wish.

We have new speakers and subject matter experts in education, HR, financial services, designers, a dentist, data scientists, yoga instructors, entrepreneurs and founders, engineers, scientists, marketers and more. And every one of them just happens to be a woman.

Interested in booking one for your conference or event? Sign up on Innovation Women for a free event manager account and, once you’ve been approved, you can search for speakers and connect with them directly. We have more than 1000 speakers on our site.

Meet the new speakers:
Susan Duffy – Executive Director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College. Jaime Chambron – Chief Success Officer at Impact Oceans. Lisa Whited – Founder/Chief Transformation Officer at Workplace Transformation Facilitation. Erica Henning – Partner and Director of Portfolio Management at ApexOne Investment Partners. Megan Marini – Speaker/Coach at Conscious Leadership. Dr. Lisa Knowles – CEO/Dentist of IntentionalDental Consulting. Lisa Raiche – Founder/Principal at Bodhi Business Advisors. Katri Mullaly – Creativisionary/Owner at Sisukat Designs. Michelle Coyle – Cyber Security Engineer/Senior Principal Software Engineer at Raytheon. Mal Harrison – Founder and Executive Director at Center for Erotic Intelligence. Ra’eesa Motala. Terri Givens – Consultant, Executive Director at Givens Consulting, Edgemakers Institute. Deborah Berebichez – Chief Data Scientist & TV Host at Kaplan and Discovery Channel. Tammy Bovee – Northwest Christian University/ Creative Fitness, LLC. Dorothy Martin-Neville – President/CEO at Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD, LLC. Tasha Cunningham – Managing Partner at The Brand Advocates, Inc. Lisa deBettencourt – VP, Head of Experience and Product Design at Confer Health, Inc. Rebecca Oteri – Founder/CEO at Create & Consult. Cheryl Hajjar – CEO at Indigo Pixies / Maid Brite Residential & Commercial Cleaning. Josie Elias – Program Manager – Digital Health Innovation Group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Susan Israel – Principal & Founder at Climate Creatives. Maureen Whitehouse – CEO & Founder at The Axiom Institute. Kathy Klotz-Guest – Founder, Chief Storyteller at Keeping it Human. Catharina Lavers Mallet – Stiga Advisors. Melissa Alexis – Founder, Mindfulness Through Movement Facilitator & Coach at Cultural Fabric. Carlyn Shaw – Strangers To Friends. Mary Carmen Gasco-Buisson – Director & New.Ventures Portfolio Leader at Procter & Gamble. Kendra Elaine – Speaker, Writer, Corporate Trainer at Kendra Elaine Consulting, LLC. Karen West – Principal at C & P Management Services, LLC. Melinda Watman – President & Founder, CEO at MJW Consulting, IV SafeT, The F Word Fat. Candace Lee – Public Speaker and Yoga Instructor at Simplee Flow. Mari Anne Vanella – CEO at The Vanella Group, Inc. Becky LaFranchi – Founder/Owner/HCIC at The Industry Collective. Jacqui d’Eon – Principal at JAd’E Communications Ltd. Renata Spinks – CEO at Resilient Cyber Services and The Bosslady Network. Laura Kleiman – Founder at Cures Within Reach for Cancer. Lynn Bromley – Founder and Principal at FinTech Advocate. Nikki Mamuric – Founder & CEO at Sprout Innovation Co. Carolyn Kaufman – Mindset Coach at Without The Weight, Inc. Sangeeta Gautam – Sr. Managing Consultant at IBM. Amera McCoy – Principal Consultant at McCoy Consulting LLC. Jindra Cekanova – Founder/ Catalyst at Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. Elizabeth Mezias – Principal Engineer at Crowd Comfort. Jacobina Trump – CEO at gatewaytoinnovativethinking.com. Karen Walker Beecher – Chief Operating Officer at The Bowdoin Group. Ivy Cohen – President and at Ivy Cohen Corporate Communications. Ginger King – President at Grace Kingdom Beauty. Amie Cafferty – Head of Talent Acquisition at Raytheon. Alexa Baggio – Co-Founder & CEO at PERKS. Rachel Cossar – Founder at Choreography For Business. Marlin Williams – Founder and CEO at Sisters Code. Molly McPherson – Leading Edge PR & Communications at Molly McPherson.

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Why Some Women Say ‘No’ Bingo Card

When you place as many speakers as we do, you spend a lot of time at events.  And after some of those events, you spend time buttonholing the event managers and talking about why they let so many #allmale panels take the stage. There are at least a bingo card full of excuses (tip o’ the hat to the geniuses at Jezebel) on why conferences don’t have equal representation onstage.

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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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Spoiler Alert: The Post

The Post is a new movie starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. The dramatization of the collision between the Nixon Administration and the Washington Post over the Pentagon Papers has been widely hailed as a support for freedom of the press, and journalistic integrity and responsibility.

But I watched it through the eyes of a female business owner, coming off one of the more tumultuous years for women in such roles, and for women, period. I was watching Meryl Street as Katharine Graham, the owner and publisher of the Washington Post who, in 1971 was in the often awkward “only woman in the room” position.

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Dear Event Sponsor

While many conference managers are well aware of the issues with #allmalepanels, there is still one type of speaking engagement that remains stubbornly immune to diversity: the sponsored event. Many conferences and events are funded by selling speaking slots and the speakers tend to cluster around the male and pale category.  And event managers tend to feel like they cannot ask a sponsor to consider sending a different speaker.

With this in mind, we’ve assembled a helpful little note that you can share with your sponsors.

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