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Colorado Technology Association Sold-Out Women’s Event Becomes Largest of Its Kind in the State

Monday, June 08, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Topics include recruiting women into tech fields, peer-to-peer mentoring and innovation


Denver, CO (June 8, 2015) – The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) is pleased to host another sold-out Women in Technology Conference on Friday, June 12th with 600 women attending. The 5th annual full-day conference, presented by Centurylink, continues to prove there is a strong desire 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.


This retreat-style conference celebrates women across Colorado with a variety of dynamic speakers, thought leadership, and innovative ideas for addressing the opportunities and challenges faced by women in the tech workforce. Participants receive opportunities for professional growth, team building, and networking through direct access to executive level women, inspiring mentors and fellow community members.


According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, in 2014, women held only 26% of computing occupations, down from 36% in 1991. However, there are anticipated to be 1.2 million computing-related job openings by 2022.


·         By contrast, 57% of professional occupations in the U.S. workforce are held by women

·         There has been a 7% decline in the number of first-year undergraduate women interested in majoring in computer science between 2000 and 2014.

·         However, 49% of 2014 Intel Science and Engineering Fair finalists in biochemistry were female.

·         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.


It is an exciting time for women in technology as workforce diversity transforms organizations and communities alike. As the driving forces of leading organizations, innovation and technology require embracing leadership and influence tactics that empower female professionals to leverage community building and achieve personal success.


“As an industry, we need to do a better job of being inclusive and working to create a diverse workforce,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO of CTA. “This conference provides the opportunity for women in tech fields to connect and empower one another to work to close the gaps.”


A stellar line-up of speakers will guide the conversation throughout the day. Speakers include:

·         Nicole Glaros, Partner and Chief Product Officer at Techstars

·         Lauren Mosenthal, Founder & CTO of Glassbreakers

·         Alex Roddy, Global Head of Marketing at Prologis

·         Lauren Casteel, President and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

·         Nancy Phillips, CEO of ViaWest

·         Lucy Sanders, Executive Director, President/CEO, National Council of Women in Technology

·         Avis Yates-Rivers, President & CEO of Technology Concepts Group International

·         Kelly Leger, VP of Digital Data Solutions at Merkle

·         Sherri Hammons, CTO of IQNavigator

·         Catharine Merigold, General Partner at Vista Ventures

·         Kerry O’Grady, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Secret Service

·         Aimee Cohen, Keynote Speaker, Author and Career Expert

·         Kristin Russell, Director at Deloitte Digital


Speaker bios and the agenda are available on the event website.


In addition to an inspiring 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 her leadership experience and learnings with attendees. The 2015 luminaries are:


Shawn Adamson, Vice President, Comcast

Eleanor Allen, Global Water Director, ARCADIS

Ingrid Alongi, Co-founder/Chief People Officer, Quick Left

Jana Axline, Chief Project Officer, Axline Solutions

Eileen Baines, Vice President, Corporate Systems, Global Operations and Technology , Western Union

Christine Binnicker, Deputy CIO, City and County of Denver

Rose Blackburn, CEO and President, QuantumPM

Kim Brown, VP IT, RCADIS

Aimee Cohen, Keynote speaker, Career Expert and Author

Monica Coughlin, Chief Strategy Officer, Governor's Office of Information Technology

Marguerite (Ritee) Dieken, QA Director, WellDyne

Rachael Donaldson, VP, People.Culture.Brand, Zayo

Caitlyn Fagan, CEO, Zenman

Amy Fowler Stadler, Managing Partner, Lewis Fowler

Hilary Fox, President & COO, ADVODA

Chandy Ghosh, Executive Vice President of Technology, Intrado

Sherri Hammons, CTO, IQNavigator

Amanda Heintze, Manager, Risk Advisory Services, EKS&H

Lisa Jasper, Founding and Managing Partner, Thought Ensemble

Marina Johnson, CIO, HSS

Allison Kent-Smith, Founder and Managing Partner, smith & beta

Dana Kirchmar, Director, Sales Engineering, Gogo Business Aviation

Lori Kirkland, VP Experience Transformation, Universal Mind

Christine Kopec-Testolini, President, Avante Leadership Group

Kristen Larson Kelly, Director of Finance/HR, Application Expert

Cenee LaTulippe, Director of Enterprise PMO, Reed Group

Emily Lawrence, VP Content & Education, Craftsy

Shari Leigh, Executive Vice President, Antero

Kelly Leger, VP of Digital Data Solutions, Merkle

Judy McCarthy, CTO, National Jewish Health

Janet McIllece, Senior VP of Services, Aspenware

Catharine Merigold, General Partner, Vista Ventures

Marti Moore, VP, Technology Services, Charter Communications

Lauren Mosenthal, CEO, Glassbreakers

Suma Nallapatti, CIO, State of Colorado

Eveline Oehrlich, Vice President and Research Director, Forrester

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

Nancy Phillips, CEO, ViaWest

Annette Quintana, CEO and Co-Founder, Istonish

Molly Rauzi, CIO, Gagen McDonald

Dani Renaud, Technical Product Manager for Web, Cherwell

Roberta Robinette, President - Colorado, AT&T

Alex Roddy, Global Head of Marketing, Prologis

Kristin Russell, Director, Deloitte Digital

Allison Sabia, Vice President, Arrow Electronics

Jennifer  Schulte, Senior Vice President - Human Resources, Forsythe Technology

Kelly Shuster, Android Developer, iTriage

Margie Sims, ViaWest Division Vice President of Sales, Central Region, ViaWest

Tina Smith, Director of Marketing, Centurylink

Libby Szabo, Commissioner, Jefferson County

Mary Tappe, Sr. Director, QA & Test, HomeAdvisor

Lizelle van Vuuren, Founder, Effectively

Amy Wiley, VP, Worldwide Threat Research and Customer Support, Webroot

Nicole Winowiecki, Director of Employment, SeedPaths

Andrea Young, CIO, BI Incorporated


In addition to professional development and mentoring experiences throughout the day, a variety of community partners will join the group for happy hour to showcase opportunities to attract girls and young women into technology careers. Participating organizations include Colorado Education Initiative, Denver Public Schools, Girls in STEM, KidsTek, Open World Learning (OWL), Rose Community Foundation and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.


This conference would not be possible without the tremendous support of sponsors including CenturyLink, City & County of Denver, CoBiz Insurance/CNA, Comcast Business, CommVault, Compri Consulting, EKS&H, Fortrust, Idella Wines, Intrado, Istonish, Ping Identity, Rose Community Foundation, Serendipity Catering, ViaWest, Webroot, YellowDog Printing and Graphics, and Zayo.


Learn more about the conference here. You can follow the conference on the 12th at #WomenInTechCO 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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