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Technology Association is proud to present the 2nd annual full-day professional growth conference for Women in Tech at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens on June 1st, 2012. Come in casual summer dress and be prepared for a stellar line-up of 1st class speakers.

This year’s theme: Finding your personal power and developing your brand with presentations from some of the most influential women in Colorado.

Connect to your peers and register by May 30th for this popular event.

When: June 1, 2012

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street, Denver

Tickets: Online Registration
2 Free Premium Members
$124 Subscribing Members

$219 Community Members
$224 Non Members

Speakers (bios below):

Lauren Choate
Leadership Consultant
Resnik Partners
Jean Dubofsky
Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice

Kristin Russell
Secretary of Technology, CIO
State of Colorado

Claire Rutkowski
Global IT Director
MWH Global

Rebecca Saltman
National Community Relations Manager, Dex One

Heather Snow
Stand-Up Comedian
Ladies Laugh-In Beauty Bar

Rep. Amy Stephens
House Majority Leader
Colorado House of Representatives

Kathryn Zuber
VP of Human Resources

Morning Sessions

7:30am Eat and Greet!

8:30am Welcome -
Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology, CIO, State of Colorado

8:45am Breakfast Keynote - Brand You – Building Your Career by Knowing Yourself presented by Claire Rutkowski Global IT Business Services Director, MWH Global

10:00am Morning Presentation - Using Neuroscience of the Brain to Build Your Personal Power and Influence presented by Lauren Choate, Leadership Consultant, Resnik Partners

11:30am Luncheon Keynote - Become Unstoppable: Why Women Should Take Risks presented by Jean Dubofsky, Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and first woman named to the bench.  Introducing the Honorable Dubofsky will be Alice Madden, Wirth Chair at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Ritter

12:30pm Connect. Renew. Discover.

Vendors: Chair Massage; Cards and Photography; Arbonne; Mama Mahoney Creations; Women’s Bean Project; Global Girlfriend

Afternoon Sessions

1:15pm Afternoon Panel - How to Win like the Boys - Persuasion and Influence Panel - House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, Rebecca Saltman and Kathryn Zuber

2:15pm Afternoon Presentations - Be the Solution and Give Back: Invest-4-Tech; Diaper Bank; 7th Grade Girls Program; National Sports Center for the Disabled; Global Girlfriend; iGivefirst

3:45pm Closing Entertainment - Heather Snow, Stand-Up Comedian

4:30pm The Connection Reception w/cash bar

5:30pm Adjourn





Speaker Bios:

Lauren Choate, Leadership Consultant, Resnik Partners
Lauren Choate is a well-known speaker, facilitator and a leadership consultant. For the past twenty years, Lauren has created and delivered innovative leadership programs which have changed the way companies develop and manage their leadership talent. Her positive energy and presence combined with her leadership and facilitation skills garner rave reviews from clients and colleagues alike. Lauren began her professional career at British Petroleum (BP) where she first cut her teeth on leadership development. She leveraged her BP experience later at GE where she was responsible for the famous "GE Session C” process. In recent leadership roles at Great-West Life, CH2M Hill and Western Union, Lauren launched talent management strategies that drove a competitive business advantage. As a Senior Leadership Consultant for Resnik Partners | CPI Denver, Lauren recently was the designated keynote speaker for a senior level leadership summit and facilitator of the Manager as Coach Learning Series for a large Colorado based technology client. Her ability to connect at all levels within the organization created engagement and passion delivering leadership development that drives the culture and supports the business vision.

Jean Dubofsky, Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice
Jean Dubofsky is an attorney who has represented litigants in state and federal courts -- primarily appellate courts -- in constitutional, tort, workers’ compensation, commercial, criminal, civil rights and family law cases. Dubofsky served as a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court from 1979 until 1987, the first woman appointed to the court. She was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the successful constitutional challenge to Amendment 2 to the Colorado Constitution; the case, Romer v. Evans, is the first time - 1996 - that the United States Supreme Court recognized gay rights. Awards she has received include the ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the ACLU Carle Whitehead Memorial Award for "exceptional commitment and dedication to civil liberties and the state of Colorado,” and the Boulder Daily Camera Lifetime Achievement Pacesetters Award. She serves on the boards of the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, Rocky Mountain Wild and Boulder Community Hospital. Dubofsky is a 1967 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1964 graduate of Stanford University. She is married to Frank Dubofsky, and they have two sons; one lives in the Bay Area and the other lives in Boulder with his wife and son. Currently, she is learning how to be retired and to be a grandmother.

Kristin Russell, Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado
Kristin D. Russell is a dynamic and innovative executive with more than fifteen years experience in operations leadership, IT, and organizational design and development.  Appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as the state’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Kristin is charged with leading the state’s technology economic development efforts and promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new and relocating technology companies as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of government through the use of shared information and technology.  Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, she was the Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle where she was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide.   She has also held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. including serving as Vice President- IT Operations and held roles in customer management, statistical process control analysis and employee training and development while at Citigroup and Southern Pacific Transportation Lines. Kristin serves on several boards and has been the recipient of many awards including being named a Computerworld 2012 Premier 100 IT Leader.

Claire Rutkowski, Global IT Business Services Director, MWH Global
Claire Rutkowski is a Global IT Director and Leader at MWH Global with responsibilities across 35 countries that span six continents. Claire has a background and core foundation with large scale IT Projects and Program Management. During her 13 year tenure at MWH, she has progressed and developed from the Help Desk, to Project Management, to Regional and now Global Director. Claire is a certified IT project manager and PMP, and is passionate about excellence in both project execution and service delivery. In the project arena, Claire implemented a PMO, providing numerous benefits to the business, including consistency of project delivery, reduced overhead in planning and managing projects, and increased project success rates. Claire increased project manager direct time utilization, resulting in $460,000 annualized savings. In the service arena, Claire reduced field service ticket queues by 50% in just two months, and was responsible for creating and implementing a "Service Rampage” program, doubling customer satisfaction ratings within 4 months. Claire has been a featured speaker at Oracle and PMI conferences, written several articles for PMI publications, and brings a wealth of experience with her. She has a no-nonsense "get it done” attitude and is known for providing practical advice, tools and tips that make a difference. Claire demonstrates true level 5 leadership and inspires those that she works with and influences. A truly motivational and dynamic IT professional.

Rebecca Saltman, National Community Relations Manager, Dex One
Rebecca Saltman has developed a career around community building, public relations, cause marketing and collaboration to facilitate business and community growth.  During her tenure at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Rebecca focused on a partnership with Progress Now and the Daily Kos to develop and implement the BIG TENT, a Bloggers and New Media Headquarters at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.  She funneled her expertise across many disciplines in helping democratize media, providing unprecedented access to over 500 bloggers.  The Tent became the linchpin for the DNC’s new media strategy, and has since been chosen for curation in the Smithsonian Institute and Newseum.  Currently Rebecca is the National Community Relations Manager for Dex One, a 1.3 billion dollar company that helps small businesses get found and get chosen!  In her role Rebecca is helping Dex One connect with local businesses through a number of grassroots tactics including social media, webinars and events. Event and Webinar participants learn new ways to attract customers to their business. They also learn more about how Dex One can help them grow their businesses.   The sessions have attracted a great mix of new prospects and current customers who want information about Dex One solutions.  Like Dex One on Facebook: and follow them on Twitter @DexOneLive or @rufindable.

Heather Snow, Stand-Up Comedian, Ladies Laugh-In Beauty Bar
Heather Snow is a Denver based stand-up comedian that is best known for her show Ladies Laugh-In at Beauty Bar, two-time winner of Best of Westword, and named Top 10 Comedy Shows not to be missed by the Denver Post.    Moving her life from being a carnie to an IT Director, family rebel and single lady, she tells stories and jokes based on her life experiences. 
Amy Stephens, House District 20, House Majority Leader, Colorado House of Representatives
State Representative Amy Stephens is the House Majority Leader and is in her fifth year of service in the legislature.  Stephens has also served as the House Minority Caucus Chairman and served on the House Business and Labor Committee, Judiciary and Legislative Council.  Stephens’ legislation has focused on conservative common-sense issues such as wellness and healthcare, government transparency in school finance and gifts, grants and donations, military family issues and school safety.   Representative Stephens was quickly identified by the Denver Post as one of the "five rising stars” of the Republican Party.  She was honored by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry as being a "rising star” of the House – particularly in defending Colorado business issues.  In 2010 Fox News Denver gave her an award for "feistiest” legislator on the floor defending business against the "Dirty Dozen” tax hikes.  Colorado Military Veteran’s honored Representative Stephens for her work on military spouse issues – passing legislation to help spouses when re-locating to Colorado for assignment.  She has also been awarded "Common Sense in the Courtroom” on judicial issues – standing against legislation that will hike insurance costs as well as cost of litigation in Colorado.  In 2011 Stephens was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber and Advocate of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association for successfully reversing one of the "dirty dozen” software taxes.

Kathryn Zuber, Vice President of Human Resources, ProfitStreams
Kathryn is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 30 years of HR experience, most recently in the high-tech space.  She has worked in both publicly traded and small start up environments and enjoys the challenges that both provide in the HR arena.  Kathryn has traveled to Europe, China and Mexico in her career having worked diligently in cultural integration as it relates to mergers and acquisitions.  Kathryn holds a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  She is married with two Siamese cats and two Labrador retrievers.  She likes to play tennis, snow ski, hot-air balloon and work in her garden with her husband Jeffrey.



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