Unveiling Your Voice with Strength: A Spotlight on Women Techmakers IWD Event

GDG Chicago
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 6:00 PM (CDT)

About this event

"Learn how to take advantage of the excellent personal and professional opportunities that result from public speaking in the tech ecosystem."

5:30-6 Food/Drinks and Socializing
6-7:30 Public Speaking Panel
7:30-8 Audience Q&A

Hear from an expert panel of experienced professional women in the tech industry as they provide actionable advice on converting your expertise into thought leadership and public speaking. Panelists will share timely advice and personal experiences on how to deliver your message to a wide variety of audiences. This event will help you figure out what your presentation should (or should not) include, provide tips on engaging your audience and feature candid discussions on presenting your expertise with confidence.

As part of GDG Chicago’s Spotlight on WomenTechmaker’s series, this International Women's Day (IWD) event features the encouragement, tools, and enthusiasm to bring much-needed diversity to technical events and the global tech conference stage. The event will be most useful to those who are interested in speaking at technical events or presenting at conferences, but everyone is welcome. We welcome attendees of all backgrounds and aim to create a truly inclusive event reflective of different perspectives.

Panelists include:
Natalie Brooks Powell, Manager and Leader of IBM's Global Business Services
Jeanne Cuff, Associate Director at ISG-One
Laura Janusek, Chief Product Officer and founding team member at Modern Teacher
Caroline Schiff, Local Marketing Producer at General Assembly Chicago
Hema Raj Trukenbrod, Founder and CEO of Pedia Source

Heather Conklin, Sr Developer at HCSC
Katie Prizy, Sr DevOps Engineer at HCSC

Panel Topics include:
Overcoming hesitancy towards speaking
Identifying your speaking goals
How to handle unexpected events
Networking and partnering with colleagues for presentations
Selecting the appropriate format (panels, solo, workshops)
Personal experiences (the good, the bad...the ugly)
Upcoming opportunities for public speaking events

“Unveiling your voice with strength” is part of GDG Chicago’s celebration of International Women’s Day. Sponsors include Google Developer Groups, WomenTechmakers, HCSC.

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  • Dan Baran

    Dan Baran

    GDG Chicago


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  • Joel Vasallo

    Joel Vasallo

    TAG - The Aspen Group

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