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The Rise of Women in Tech Leadership

presented by Google Cloud

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Google CloudThe Rise of Women in Tech Leadership
presented by Google Cloud

Tech has a gender problem. For every four men working in tech, there’s just one woman. That disparity is even higher in executive roles, where women make up only 19 per cent of senior vice-presidents and 15 per cent of CEOs. This is a gap we simply can’t ignore – not just because gender diversity is the right thing to do, but because it has very real impact on employee engagement, talent acquisition, customer satisfaction, decision-making and even returns.

Here’s the good news: more creates more. More women in tech creates more benefits to organizations. Today’s women tech executives fight an uphill battle, but they also set an example and pave the way for the tomorrow’s tech leaders. That’s why it’s so important for us to come together to talk about our challenges, explore the impact we make and identify what we can do next to bridge those gaps.

If you’re an executive woman in tech looking to boost gender representation at your organization, this event is for you! Join us for a morning of an inspiring keynote, panel discussion and networking session sure to help you:

  • Learn how to guide your organization through change with courage, curiosity and confidence
  • Understand the hurdles your female employees are facing – and learn how to overcome them
  • Navigate (and change) processes and cultures that are exclusionary to women
  • Discover ways we can be better role models for future generations of talent


8:30-9:15 Breakfast, Registration, Networking

9:15-9:20 Opening Remarks

9:20-10:35 Panel Discussion

10:35-10:50 Q&A

10:50-11:10 Breakout Session

11:10-11:35 Networking & Coffee Break

11:35-12:05 Keynote

12:05-12:15 Session Summary & Closing Remarks

12:15-1:00pm Extended Networking


Heather Christie-BurnsHeather Christie-Burns, P.Eng
Energy Entrepreneur and Director
2018 Top 100 Award Winner

Ms. Christie-Burns is a successful energy entrepreneur and engineer, having founded, grown, and sold two companies within the last fifteen years. Heather is a mentor for technical and financial professionals and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2018 in the CIBC “Trailblazers and Trendsetters” Category by the WXN. She is a member of the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors and is an independent board member of Interface Fluidics, a nanotechnology company. Heather’s interests are in industry collaborations, energy technologies, and GHG emissions reduction projects.

Amanda HallAmanda Hall
CEO – Summit Nanotech Corp.

Amanda Hall is the CEO of Summit Nanotech, a company developing lithium extraction technology for the growing lithium ion battery sector. Amanda is a professional geophysicist with 12 years of experience working in the oil and gas and mining industries in Calgary, Alberta and 4 years in an industrial laboratory in Toronto, Ontario. Amanda graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Biology and with minors in Physics and English. After moving west, she attended University of Calgary to obtain a second Bachelors of Science degree in Geophysics, while raising her three young daughters. Amanda is passionate about growing a humancentric company, employing innovative, resourceful people who feel responsible for rapidly creating the change that is needed in our energy landscape today using wisdom, technology and adaptive solutions.

Marta DvorakovaMarta Dvorakova
Digital Marketer Expert & Social Media Manager

Marta Dvorakova is a Facebook and Instagram Marketer & Social Media Manager who found passion in almost any social media platform. Marta worked with several different businesses in the past such as dentist, artist, filmmaker, oil and gas, however she started to niche down recently so she is coming back to what she feels it’s close to her heart – Health, Wellness and Fitness Industry (ecom + lead gen, coaches). Facebook and Instagram ads are her jam as she (weirdly to some people) freaks out on numbers and immediate delivery.

Marta is a mom of two girls who always dream BIG and never stops to learn!

Twyla VerheltsTwyla Verhelst
Co-Founder – Helm

Twyla Verhelst is the Co-Founder of a Calgary based SAAS company that has created Helm, a cash flow forecasting app for small businesses. Twyla has broad entrepreneurial experience and an underlying passion to help others who are on their own unique journey. Twyla is committed to empowering women to find their voice and discover their authentic self. To recognize what they are called to do and establish a genuine belief in their ability to lead and inspire others. Twyla is also the Founder of Empowering Tana, an organization with a mission to support and create opportunities for girls and women who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

More panelists to be announced.

Keynote Speaker:

To be announced.


The Westin Calgary
320 4th Avenue SW
Eau Claire Room
Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

The Rise of Women in Tech – presented by Google Cloud

Google Cloud

March 31, 2020
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Calgary, AB
Details Price Qty
Membershow details + $75.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $95.00 (CAD)