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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


Ellis Odynn
Executive Director – Digital Finance Institute
2019 Top 100 Award Winner in the KPMG Future Leaders category

Ellis Odynn is the Executive Director of the Digital Finance Institute, a think tank. She is a well-known thought leader who has spoken at numerous international conferences including at the Financial Action Task Force where she presented on Bitcoin’s cybersecurity risks, at APEC at the request of Chile on AI, and in Beijing on the future of finance. Ellis produces the Mandarin podcast “Let’s Tech”, launched Canada FinTech Week in Toronto, and produces the national FinTech & AI Awards.

Yasemin Sezer
Head, Technology & Operations – LTI Canada
2019 Top 100 Award Winner in the Manulife Science & Technology category

Yasemin Sezer immigrated to Canada 30 years ago when she restarted her career as a system analyst. She progressed step by step to CTO level focusing on Banking, Insurance and Wealth Management industries. She is a Board Director at CIO Association of Canada, and an influential member at various Technology Advisory Committees. She pioneered Women4Women in her company and organized many events supporting career progression for Women in Technology. She has BSc in Electronic Engineering and is known for her influential leadership.

Sarah Sun
Chief Data Strategist – Goldspot Discoveries Corp.
2019 Top 100 Award Winner in the Manulife Science & Technology category

Sarah Sun’s experience covers data science, data governance, monetization, innovation and strategy. Beginning with the financial industry, Sarah drives innovation in data by breaking down barriers across organizations. Now at GoldSpot, she is focused on driving value through AI for the mining industry. Passionate about STEM, Sarah also coaches students in mathematics and has served as deputy leader for Math Team Canada at the International Mathematics Olympiad, as well as the All Girls Math Team Canada.


Natasha KoifmanNatasha Koifman
President – NKPR
Two-time Top 100 Award Winner

Natasha Koifman is the President of NKPR, a highly regarded full-service public relations, artist management and digital agency, representing over 40 national and international brands with offices in Toronto and NYC. Natasha is renowned for being a lifestyle trend forecaster, sharing insight on life, style and success as well as a pop-culture, branding and celebrity commentator. Natasha is regularly featured for her expertise in notable outlets such as Entertainment Tonight, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Marketing Magazine and many more.

Two-time Canada’s Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100 winner in the CIBC Entrepreneurs category and the Trailblazers category, and selected as one of the most innovative people in North America by BizBash, Natasha is dedicated to social responsibility and giving back to those in need, believing that public relations can help forge meaningful relationships between the public and not-for-profit sector. She acts as Chair of the Board for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Canada and sits on the board of APJ USA, working alongside public figures including Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. Natasha also sits on the board for G(irls)20, and has also championed cause-related initiatives for organizations like Best Buddies, Camp Oochigeas, and Can Fund.

Keynote Speaker:

To be announced.


Google Cloud
111 Richmond Street W
9th Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2G4

The Rise of Women in Tech – presented by Google Cloud

Google Cloud

March 25, 2020
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Toronto, ON
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Membershow details + $75.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $95.00 (CAD)