Ladies and Laughs and Laptops - Women Techmakers Denver 2019 (IWD)

GDG Denver
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 5:30 PM (MDT)

About this event

Google's Women Techmakers program provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.

Our 2019 celebration of International Women's Day in Denver is is going to be amazing.

- Hosted by local tech star Laurie Linz

- Lightning talk by Salesforce MVP Joanna Iturbe (topic: Salary Surveys & Compensation)

- Technical talk and workshop by Salt Lake City speaker Riya Dashoriya (topic: Google Assistant)

- Comedy show by Kate Strobel with special guest Hannah Jones and Headliner Janae Burris!

- Beer, Wine, and Food

- In collaboration with the local Salesforce Women in Tech User Group

- Door prizes including books, bags, gloves, hats and tote bags

Please read more about all the amazing women helping make this event spectacular below.

Here are photos from our 2016 WTM event (the last in Denver, in 2017 and 2018 we met in Vail, CO, we are again this year also):


5:30-6:00 Networking & wine
6:00-6:30 Tech Talks
6:30-7:15 Comedy
7:15-7:30 Goodbyes

This event will take place at GoSpotCheck (they are hiring!), here is a short note about them:

GoSpotCheck solves problems for companies around the world and unleashes the power of human creativity on their teams. We work hard and play hard. Together, we’ve created a dynamic, fun, inspiring environment where we can be ourselves and grow each day.

About Laurie Linz

Laurie is a Software Quality Automation Engineer at Alteryx, which specializes in data analytics. Outside of work she likes to play Go, take pictures and work on robots and drones.

About Joanna Iturbe

Joanna Iturbe has worked in higher education for 12 years. Currently, she is the Director of CRM for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Within the Salesforce ecosystem, in addition to serving as a Salesforce MVP, she is also the Vice Chair of the Higher Education Advisory Council.

About Riya Dashoriya

Riya Dashoriya (@ReeyahSDasoriya) is a Senior Software Engineer at Solutionreach, Salt Lake City. She is also a GDG Salt Lake co-organizer and WTM Ambassador. Riya has veritable curiosity and passion to dig into things and find out how they work. Her current favorites in tech are React, Accessibility and Actions on Google Assistant.

About Kate Strobel

Kate Strobel is a Denver-based comedian known for her honest and unique voice that hilariously grapples with what it's like to be socially awkward and perpetually anxious. Kate has been a Semi Finalist in the Comedy Works New Faces contest, and has been featured on Denver's most beloved showcases including Lucha, Libre & Laughs. You can see Kate perform on showcases all around Denver.

About Hannah Jones

Hannah is a writer and comedian originally from North Carolina. You can catch her performing all over Denver and interning on the Oskar Blues Comedy Show. In her free time she's usually apologizing for being a transplant and asking people if they're mad at her.

About Janae Burris

Janae Burris ( is a comedian and actor in Denver, Colorado. She is a South Los Angeles native and a California Institute of the Arts alumna. She has opened for nationally touring comics Michael Che, Roy Wood Jr. and Gary Gulman, and has been featured at Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington Indiana and High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver. She is the the 2016 Comedy Works New Faces Champion, a regular performer at both Comedy Works clubs in Denver and a founding member of Pussy Bros, her stand up comedy girl gang, who made their television debut on NBC’s First Look.