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What do astronauts, software engineers, startup founders, and professional violinists all have in common?


Well, for one, they’re all powerful and influential technologists, who are bringing their respective fields to new heights. For two days, however, they’ll also all be together to shine a bright light on the “diversity in tech for all” conversation at the Tech Superwomen Summit 2018 event, taking place May 3 and 4th in San Francisco. 


The platform is built. The stage is set. We hope you can join us for many of the exciting and insightful breakthrough conversations on data, culture that reside at the intersection of technology. Together, we’ll be immersed in an important review of what works and what matters and this one-of-a-kind event will leverage data as the starting point to explore the cultural underpinnings and statistics of how tech and culture inform and change each other.


The rumors of the speakers participating in this incredible conference have been rumbling for a while, but with the full slate of participants recently announced, the lineup is nothing short of incredible.

Here are a few highlights:

Leading off as the first keynote speaker is Kamilah Taylor. Taylor spent several years as a software engineer at LinkedIn and has also held a position at Wolfram Research. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science, Taylor’s ability as a programmer is perhaps only matched by her self-proclaimed geekiness. It is fitting, then, that Taylor’s keynote will be titled “Black Panther, Harry Potter and the SWAG of Tech Superwomen.” Taylor’s most recent endeavor is a project centered around reducing toxicity in online discourse, which will provide a great framework for her keynote address.


Also participating are Megan Smith and Dr. Yvonne Cagle, who will be hosting a fireside chat called “Uncovering the Hidden Figures of Tech.” Smith’s accolades are immense — from her roles as a vice president at Google and CEO of Planet Out, to her time spent at the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama. Perhaps chosen as one of the few figures whose accomplishment can rival Smith is Cagle. Former Air Force Colonel and NASA astronaut. A member of the Astronaut Class of 1996, Cagle is currently serving as the NASA liaison for exploration and space development with Singularity University.


Also hosting a fireside chat are is startup titan Ann Miura-Ko. Called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes, Miura-Ko is the co-founder of FLOODGATE and has worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. She was recently named to the Midas List of top 100 venture capitalists. Joining Miura-Ko on-stage is David Hornik, of August Capital. Hornik is renowned for his startup knowledge and has taught entrepreneurship, venture capital and law classes at Stanford Business School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and the Stanford School of Engineering. Both Miura-Ko and Hornik have an impressive and long list of successful investments.


Nora Denzel, Alolita Sharma and Merline Santil will be co-hosting a talk entitled “Women, Power and the Boardroom.” Denzel has held a number of executive level positions, including as Senior Vice President of Big Data, Marketing and Social Product Design at Intuit Inc. as well as senior management positions with Hewlett Packard. Sharma is Principal Technologist enabling open source at Amazon Web Services and has headed several engineering teams for internationalization, localization, natural language processing (NLP) and web products at PayPal, Twitter, Wikipedia. Santil currently serves as the Head of Operations for the Product & Technology group for Intuit Inc. and has also held the role of Yahoo’s Head of Operations for Mobile & Emerging Products.


Closing out the event will be Kaitlyn Hova. Hova is one of those rare and talented people who is just as comfortable at the helm of a programming environment as she is holding an easel, but what she may be most well-known for is her prodigious talent as a violinist. Hova will serve as the closing musical guest and is sure to put on a stunning performance.

This is just a handful of the many remarkable speakers who will be participating in this incredible conference that is sure to leave you inspired and excited about the future of diversity in tech.


For more information on all the presenters, as well as to find out how to get your tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-phoenix-project-live-an-evening-with-gene-kim-john-willis-tickets-42387619511 

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