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HP hosts 1st 'Women in Tech Festival' - SVForum March 7

Posted by Tom Foremski - February 24, 2015

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SVForum CEO Adiba Barney.

This upcoming SVForum event comes at an excellent time for the gender discussion in Silicon Valley. Sooner than later, Silicon Valley investors and startups will realize that it is silly to compete on a global scale with one arm tied behind your back. 

Here's details on SVForum's March 7 Women in Tech Festival at Hewlett-Packard's Sunnyvale campus with the theme "Empowering Women, Enhancing the World":

 

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The Festival will be a one-day celebration of companies and organizations that are dedicated to supporting women's efforts in STEM fields and entrepreneurship. Women from across the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem will be featured in keynotes, panels, and mentorship workshops; panelists will include leading CEOs, advisors, directors, technologists, and journalists from across Silicon Valley.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, and Ingrid Vanderveldt, Chairman and CEO of EBW2020.


"We could not be more excited to be hosting the Festival," stated SVForum CEO Adiba Barney. "The future success of the startup ecosystem--and by extension, the rest of the world--depends on creating an environment where we encourage achievers, thinkers, and dreamers. The Festival will be dedicated to celebrating those bright, amazing women who have led the way, and encourage and support those who wish to create new pathways of their own."

"I'm looking forward to speaking at the Women in Tech Festival," said Dr. Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. "It's exciting to join forces with another nonprofit institution to build momentum and provide encouragement for women in tech and computing--especially those in leadership positions."

"I'm looking forward to both attending and speaking at the Women in Tech Festival," said closing keynote Ingrid Vanderveldt, Chairman and CEO of EBW2020. "My journey to Empower a Billion Women by 2020 has led me to connect with women in many different capacities, countries and areas. It's exciting to meet and share that goal with a new audience--I hope to inspire and to BE inspired!"

The Festival will also highlight the careers of women who have created a dynamic example of leadership and innovation, and provide education and inspiration for women who are on their way--or just starting out. All are welcome to attend. 

SVForum's Women in Tech Festival will open for registration at 8:00am, and conclude at 7:00pm with a cocktail and networking hour. Tickets and demo tables are on sale on the event page.

Those who are interested in sponsoring the conference, speaking, or joining a panel may email a bio and a list of past events to SVForum's Director of Programs Sepideh Nasiri ([email protected]).

About SVForum
For over 30 years, SVForum has fostered innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in Silicon Valley. We function as a center of knowledge and connections, covering everything from the latest tech trends to the startup and investment ecosystem. We have a long history of creating successful events, programs and conferences that educate, train, inspire, and connect technologists, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, innovation and startup hubs, and students--in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S., and globally. We organize about 150 different activities per year, have over 20,000 subscribers/users, and work with over 40 countries worldwide.

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