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CTA to Host Women in Technology Conference

Wednesday, June 4, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Colorado Technology Association to Host Women in Technology Conference

Topics include recruiting women into tech fields, efficiency tools and leadership in business


Denver, CO (June 4, 2014) – The Colorado Technology Association is pleased to announce that the Women in Technology Conference is sold out with more than 500 women to attend on Friday, June 13th. The 4th annual full-day conference was expanded to accommodate the growing demand for programming targeted to women working in the technology industry. The event will be held at the Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield from 8am – 4:30pm.


According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020.

·         Over two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing-related degrees.

·         Women represent a vastly untapped talent pool. Groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster than do homogenous groups, and the presence of women in a group is more likely to increase the collective intelligence (problem-solving ability, creativity) of the group.

·         Companies with the highest representation of women in their management teams have a 34% higher return on investment than did those with few or no women.


The conference will open with keynote speaker Barbara Mowry who is CEO at GoreCreek Advisors, a consulting firm focused on advising CEOs and boards of directors on business strategy and innovation. Barbara is also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a trustee for the Kauffman Foundation. She will speak on learnings from an accidental innovator - don’t confuse invention with innovation!


Jane Miller, former President and CEO of Charter Baking Company, the bakers of Rudi's Organic, will deliver the afternoon keynote. She recently led the acquisition of Rudi's by Hain Celestial Group Inc. Jane is currently the Interim President of the Unreasonable Institute and she just released a book titled Sleep Your Way to the Top *and other myths about business success. Jane will discuss "creating your own serendipity.” Additional speaker bios are available on the event website.


In addition to a stellar speaker line-up, business leaders from throughout the community will serve as "luminaries” for the conference. Each table of 10 will feature a luminary who will share their leadership experience and learnings with attendees. The 2014 luminaries are:


Shawn Adamson, VP at Comcast

Dianna Anderson, Chief Data Officer of State of Colorado

Angela Appleby, Partner at EKS&H

Betty Arkel, Partner at Holland & Hart

Debbie   Banko, CEO/Managing Partner of Link Technologies

Rachel Barret, Vice President at Swanson Rink Engineering

Victoria  Bough, Senior Vice President, Consulting at Forrester Research

Shirley Clawson, President/CEO of Windward Studios

Stephanie Copeland, President, Wavelengths, IP, Ethernet, SONET of Zayo Group

Nancy Couture, VP Business Intelligence – IT at SquareTwo Financial

Karen Davis, VP Client Services at Reed Group

Donna Florom, Director of Project Management Applications at ARCADIS

Amy Fowler, Founder/Managing Partner at Lewis Fowler

Lynn Gangone, Dean of Colorado Women's College - University of Denver

Karen Gerwitz, President of World Trade Center Denver

Chandy Ghosh, CIO of VSNI

Sherri Hammons, Chief Technology Officer of IQNavigator

Suzanne Hass, Area VP of Sales at CenturyLink

Betty Heid, Board Chairman of Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

Rachel Hiemstra, VP of Product at

Jennie Hoff, Executive VP, Innovation & Operations at Medical Simulation Corp

Donna Hogan, Director, Business Operations & Portfolio Mgmt at McKesson

Denise Hulce, VP of Revenue at SendGrid

Jennifer Jirous, STEM Arts IT Program Director at Colorado Community College System

Marina Johnson, CIO at HSS Inc.

Allison Kent-Smith, Founder of smith & beta

Ashley Kingsley, Director, Digital Marketing at Closely, Inc.

Dana Kirchmar, Director, Aircraft Engineering at AirCell

Christine Kopec-Testolini, President at Avante Leadership Group

Sophie Lal, CEO of MeetingOne

Sue Lapierre, VP of IT Security, Risk & Compliance at Intrawest

Dana Martin-Williams, Supervisor at DaVita

Judy McCarthy, CTO of National Jewish Health

Jane Miller, Former CEO, Rudi’s Bakery and Interim President, Unreasonable Institute

Barbara Mowry, CEO of GoreCreek Advisors

Suma Nallapati, CTO of State of Colorado

Kat Nelson, Owner of RedKatalyst Consulting

Kerry O'Grady, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of United States Secret Service

Maria Pardee, VP, GIS Workplace Offerings at CSC

Nancy Phillips, CEO of ViaWest

Gail Pierce, CFO of Lagrange Systems

Kathy Polizzi, Senior Engineering Director at Google

Annette Quintana, CEO/Co-owner of Istonish

Molly Rauzi, CTO at Gagen MacDonald

Terri Renella, Director Sales at Magpie Software

Laura Robinson, Chair, IT Program at Colorado Women's College - University of Denver

Kristin Russell, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Margie Sims, General Manager & Vice President of Sales, CO & UT at ViaWest

Mary Tappe, Sr. Lead Architect at CenturyLink

Piep van Heuven, CEO of Open World Learning

Carrie Van Heyst Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Van Heyst Group

Carita Watson, Retired IT Director at IBM

Ellen Williamson, Director, Customer Experience, US Government at DigitalGlobe, Inc.


CTA is pleased to feature several community partners who are empowering women in business and technology including DevelopHer, Dress for Success, Edge of Seven, Girls Inc. Metro Denver, Live Worldly, OpenWorld Learning, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance, Women Who Startup and Work Options for Women.

This conference would not be possible without the tremendous support of sponsors including Comcast Business, Compri Consulting, Centurylink, DigitalGlobe, Stern & Curray and ViaWest.


Learn more about the conference here. You can follow the conference on the 13th at #WomenInTech and @ColoTechAsn on Twitter.


About Colorado Technology Association: The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state. The CTA leads an inclusive network that benefits our member community, advocates for a pro-business and technology-friendly climate, influences the development of a robust talent pipeline and leads initiatives to help companies grow. For more information on Colorado Technology Association, please call 303.592.4070 or visit

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