IWD San Francisco 2021

Women Techmakers San Francisco (GDG SF) is hosting a conference to celebrate International Women's Day 2021 . Please come join the celebration and support the women in the tech community.

Apr 29, 2021, 4:00 – 8:45 PM


Key Themes

Career DevelopmentInclusionWomen Techmakers

About this event

About the event:

Women Techmakers San Francisco (in collaboration with GDG Memphis) is hosting a summit to celebrate International Women's Day 2021. Please come join the celebration on April 29, 2021. #CourageToCreate #IWDSF

You'll get an opportunity to hear from our rockstar speakers: Ali Spittel, Ania Kubów, Dona Sarkar, Pariss Athena, Jennifer Ponder, Nitya Narasimhan and Aisha Blake. The focus of this summit is to help you have a successful career in tech and shine as an engineer and a leader!

You'll also get a chance to win:
  • Year long memberships on Scrimba to their learning platform.
  • 3-month Memberships on Vero Skills
  • Mentorship sessions with few speakers!
  • and more (watch this space for more giveaways)

Watch the event here: 


Code of Conduct: 

GDG San Francisco is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. GDG San Francisco takes violations of our policy seriously and will respond appropriately.

All participants of GDG San Francisco events must abide by the following policy:

Be respectful to each other.

Treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves to be here — and each of us has the right to enjoy our experience without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggressions. All forms of communication should not demean others. Consider what you are saying and how it would feel if it were said to you, or about you.

Speak up if you see or hear something.

Harassment is not tolerated, and you are empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. The person making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware of what they are doing, and politely bringing their behavior to their attention is encouraged.

This policy extends to talks, forums, workshops, codelabs, social media, all attendees, partners, sponsors, volunteers, staff, etc. You catch our drift. GDG San Francisco reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from, any GDG San Francisco hosted event (including future events) at any time in its sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with this policy, and the terms and conditions herein. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the conference with no refund or blocking the offender’s account from participating online.

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for in-person or online harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • Stalking/following
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Offensive verbal language
  • Verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination
  • Sexual imagery and language in public spaces
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual or physical attention
  • Physical or cyber threats

In relation to, but not limited to:

  • Neurodiversity
  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Body size
  • Disabilities
  • Appearance
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy
  • Military status
  • Social demographic

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Our zero tolerance policy means that we will look into and review every allegation of violation of our Event Community Guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy and respond appropriately.

If you have any concerns, please reach out to riyadashoriya@gmail.com or Twitter: @ReeyahSDasoriya



Thursday, April 29, 2021
4:00 PM – 8:45 PM UTC


4:00 PMOpening Remarks by *Riya Dashoriya*
4:10 PMGamifying Learning by Ania Kubow
4:30 PMThe Imposter Syndrome Banishing Spell by Dona Sarkar
5:10 PMYes, You Should Write that Blog Post by Ali Spittel
5:50 PMTaking Up Space: Creating Your Own Pathway To Leadership In Tech by Jennifer Ponder
6:30 PMGetting Started with Livestreaming by Aisha Blake
7:10 PMSketch The Docs: Why Visual Storytelling Can Improve Your Learning & Communication Skills by Nitya Narasimhan
7:50 PMYou Don’t Have to be a Software Engineer by Pariss Athena
8:30 PMClosing Remarks by Riya Dashoriya


  • Ali Spittel


    Senior Developer Advocate

  • Dona Sarkar

    Prima Dona studios


  • Pariss Athena

    Black Tech Pipeline

    Founder & CEO

  • Jennifer Ponder

    Common Counsel Foundation

    Technology Director

  • Ania Kubow

    Software Developer & Course Creator on YouTube

  • Nitya Narasimhan


    Senior Cloud Advocate

  • Aisha Blake

    New Relic

    Senior Developer Relations Engineer


  • Riya Dashoriya


    Engineering Manager


Scrimba logo


Vero Skills logo

Vero Skills

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  • Riya Dashoriya


    GDG Organizer

  • Vikram Tiwari

    Omni Labs, Inc.

    GDG Organizer

  • Narimane Hennouni


    Team Member

  • Aditi Lonhari

    Team Member

  • Gloria Felicia


    CEO + Co-founder

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    Usalama Forum

  • Varsha Thirumakil


  • Bongani Mhlanga

    Silverback Holdings

  • Blithe Rocher


  • Maria Martinez


  • Sandhya Singh

    United College of Engineering and Research, Naini, Prayagraj