2012 Panels

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2012 Panels

Mark your calendars! The 4th annual Women Who Tech TeleSummit (which happens via phone and web) takes place May 23rd, 2012 from 11AM ET to 6PM ET. Registration for the entire TeleSummit is $20 for the entire day. Register here. We will be updating the panels with time slots shortly.

Fireside Chats 11AM to 12PM ET

  • DiAnn Eisnor, Waze.com
  • Moderated by Cathy Brooks

Women Who Tech Globally 11AM to 12PM ET

This panel will be an invigorating global discussion about Women Who Tech around the world ranging from Africa, the Middle East, and South India’s fast emerging digital landscape and what types of contributions they are making. We’ll explore the challenges and benefits for professional tech women and the inspiring stories of women who are leading the way for girls empowerment and women’s economic sustainability with technology.

  • Beth Kanter, Author and Trainer
  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Ph.D Founder and Executive Director, Akili Dada
  • Heather Ramsey, Director Women’s Leadership Program, IIE and TechWomen Program

Using Technology and Social Media to Build Social Justice Movements 12:30 to 1:30 ET

Are you a social change maker or NPtechie? Then this panel is for you. We’ll explore what it takes to build a powerful movement online filled with passionate people and matched with the right technology and tools to connect and engage our activists and donors across multiple online channels.

  • Claire Diaz Ortiz, Social Innovation, Twitter
  • April Pedersen, Co-Founder, Salsa Labs
  • Michael Silberman, Global Director of Digital Innovation, Greenpeace International
  • Amy Sample Ward, Director of Membership, NTEN

Funding Your Own Startup 12:30 to 1:30 ET

Do you have an awesome startup idea? Great, how do you plan to fund it? Should you go the angel investor route? Or is the lean startup route a better option? Do you have a sound business plan to show funders? Do these questions sound familiar? Check out this soup to nuts panel featuring an all-star lineup of entrepreneurs and investors who have successfully launched and/or invested in startups and have lots of wisdom and advice to share. Come prepared with your questions too!


  • Joanne Wilson, Angel Investor
  • Amanda Steinberg, Founder, DailyWorth
  • Pemo Theodore, Startup Coach
  • Amy Errett, Maveron

Changing the World with Open Source 2PM to 3PM EST

  • Sarah Novotny, Program Chair, OSCON
  • Jane Wells, Master of Suggestion, Automattic,
  • Liz Henry, BlogHer, Web Developer
  • Arthur Richards, Wikimedia Foundation, Software Engineer

Open Source technology is revolutionizing software development . Join us for this riveting panel featuring Jane Wells of Automattic, Liz Henry of BlogHer, Sarah Novotny, of OSCON, and Arthur Richards of Wikimedia Foundation who will discuss how open source is literally changing the world today.

Harnessing Your Power 2PM to 3PM EST

  • Susan Mernit, Co-Founder, Oakland Local
  • Lynne Johnson, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Whispr Group, Inc.
  • Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder, BlogHer
  • Jill Foster, Founder, Live Your Talk

This thought-provoking panel will dive into mindsets and tactical steps to be a leader. Bringing diverse leadership experience to the table, our speakers will discuss strategic and emotional decisions that help harness their power in actionable ways. How can women improve their skills as owners and drivers of businesses, both within a larger workplace and within their own business? What kind of emotional intelligence, mindset and conviction does it take to be as powerful and clear as you can be in your life—and apply that to whatever you do?

Find out more about some of the critical skills and mindsets that support success, how to nurture those in your own spirit, and how to make them a part of your ongoing life. This is a not to be missed conversation if you want to grow your leadership skills, and take action to achieve your  professional ambitions.

Digital Rights and Online Privacy 3:30 to 5PM ET

  • Sarah Granger, Center for Technology, Media & Society
  • Kaliya Hamlin, Founder, She’s Geeky
  • Jon Pincus, Senior Vice President, Accellion
  • Laurel Ruma, O”Reily Media

There’s an old saying, if you want to keep something a secret, don’t share it on Internet. And Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook said there is no privacy on the internet, in response to critics about Facebook’s controversial privacy issues. Join us for this lively discussion as we debate radical transparency, your digital rights, and online privacy.

Failing Fast and Agile Development 3:30 to 4:30 ET

  • Tara Hunt Co-founder of Buyosphere
  • Sarah Allen, Blazing Cloud
  • Shaherose Charania, Founders Labs and Women 2.0
  • Jen Consalvo, Co-founder, Tech Cocktail

Agile development and failing fast in startups often go hand in hand. You need to be able to prototype a product feature as quickly as possible, in order to test it, and generate community feedback, so that you can quickly tweak it and adapt. Join us for this rawk star panel filled with some of the best experts about agile development and why failing fast can foster more innovation and better products.

Diversifying your Tech Teams 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET

  • Adria Richards, Developer Evangelist, SendGrid
  • Shireen Mitchell, Founder, Digital Sista
  • Cathryn Posey, Tech By Superwoman
  • Kriselle Laran, Bullfrog Media

When we create technology, we often create it for the masses. Yet, many tech teams aren’t diverse which squashes innovation and diverse perspectives. Join Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistas,  Adria Richards, Cathryn Posey, founder of Tech By Superwomen, and Kriselle Laran of Bullfrog Media who will discuss why diversifying tech teams makes stronger products as well as strategies to recruit diverse techies.