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PROGRAM

Will Knoll at Geeky Summit in Calgary hosted by Chic Geek

Tuesday, November 7
Saltlik | 101 8th Ave SW

6:30 PM Connector Cocktail

The Connector Cocktail is an intimate gathering of speakers, corporate partners and Chic Geek influencers. To attend, please purchase a Connector Ticket and full details will be sent to you.

Carrie Mah attendees at Geeky Summit in Calgary hosted by Chic Geek

Wednesday, November 8
TELUS Spark | 220 St. Georges Dr NE

9:00 AM Doors Open and Registration

9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:50 AM Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Caroline Paul author of Gutsy Girl firefighter and adventurer speaker at Geeky Summit in Calgary hosted by Chic Geek featured on Tim Ferris

10:00 AM Get Some Guts: How to Be Brave and Face Your Fears
Caroline Paul, Author, Adventurer and Explorer

What does being a female firefighter and women working in tech have in common? More than you may think. Learn from Caroline Paul, one of the first women to work for the San Francisco Fire Department, bestselling author, and adventurer. Her novel, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, uses stories from her own life as a gutsy woman to inspire girls to break the rules, take risks, and accept seemingly insurmountable challenges. This is something we can apply as grown-ups too. Caroline’s talk will explore how women can be brave, challenge gender stereotypes, and provide some practical tools to learn how to ask.

Sue Crawford at Geeky Summit by Chic Geek

10:50 AM ATB Transformation Break

11:10 AM Tech Women Take Over Panel
Only 5% of Canadian tech companies have a solo female founder. Women make up only 13% of the average tech company’s executive team and 53% have no female executives at all. We know there’s a lot of room for improvement, but instead of focusing on the challenges, we’re highlighting women paving the way. We’re celebrating women who are exercising creativity and solving big problems. This panel features three heroes with technical backgrounds who are working in diverse roles. They remind us that having a technical background has broad and exciting applications. They inspire us to keep learning about technology because it opens new opportunities in our careers.

Lauren Voisin Minister Stephanie McLean Status of Women at Geeky Summit hosted by Chic Geek

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM ENTREPRENEURIAL Discovery Session: Building "The Ask" Toolbox
Cathryn Carruthers, Executive Coach

Now more than ever, to get what we really want at work, we have to be our own best advocate.  Join Cathryn Carruthers, Calgary’s own executive coach known as The Success Strategist, as she leads a workshop that will help you figure out what you really want AND give you the confidence to ask for it.  Attendees will explore what underpins our mental blocks around “The Ask” and gain practical tools and for not only braving, but embracing, “The Ask”.  Let’s make asking fun by getting started today!

Discovery Sessions at Geeky Summit in Calgary hosted by Chic Geek

1:00 PM TECH Discovery Session: Unlocking your technology potential with the Cloud

We have more compute power available than ever before. We have more ability to gather, export and analyze data and that’s continuing to grow. Knowing and understanding how the Cloud works allows us to unlock the full capability of technology at our fingertips so we can do more. The Cloud is powerful and full of potential but it can be overwhelming to comprehend. It doesn’t have to be.

Lauren Oswald will show you how to take your first steps with the Google Cloud Platform. Why Google Cloud? The infrastructure that runs the Google Cloud Platform also runs 30% of the internet. Google is building the future of the cloud. This session is hands-on, so bring your laptop!

Women at Geeky Summit hosted by Chic Geek learning about technology and entrepreneurship

2:00 PM ENTREPRENEURIAL Discovery Session: How to Give and Take Constructive Feedback
Christina Truong, Web Developer & Educator

Feedback is essential in helping people maximize their potential and raise awareness of strengths and areas for improvement. But there's a difference between giving feedback and giving constructive feedback. Receiving feedback can also be difficult. This talk will highlight different ways to communicate when giving feedback to ensure that it is constructive rather than overly critical. We'll also talk about how to process feedback given to you and evaluate them objectively.

Women on computers in tech at Geeky Summit hosted by Chic Geek

2:00 PM TECH Discovery Session: Designing for Humans in a Digital World
Jennifer Ishiguro, Managing Director of CX at ATB

We live in a world of technology. But we don’t use technology for the sake of it - we use it because it makes our lives easier and better. Put on your explorer caps because we’re taking a journey through customer experience design. Through research, ethnography, observation, and most importantly, asking questions, we’ll uncover ways to enchant, delight and bring joy to the lives of your customers. You’ll develop the mindset to create small moments with exponential impacts and understand how to apply this methodology to technology design.

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2:50 PM Break

3:10 PM ENTREPRENEURIAL Discovery Session: How to re-engineer your work for joy and impact
Chantel Elliott + Claudia Moore - Material Insight

Constant growth. Staying glued to your phone. Saying yes to opportunities. Putting work above family. This can be the manifesto of technology startups and entrepreneurship. Learn from two award-winning women the rewards of having the courage to ask "is this what our success looks like?" Hear how they re-engineered their business for both joy and impact.

Geeky Summit Brave the Ask by Chic Geek women in technology

3:10 PM TECH Discovery Session: Exploring Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two buzzwords we hear a lot of these days. Often, the first thing we think about is Arnold Schwarzenegger, cyborg assassin in Terminator. Or the creepy and psychological thriller, Ex-Machina which is dramatic and exciting, but not quite the application of AI and ML technologies we’re seeing today. Join Anna Koop, data scientist at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII) as she demystifies AI and ML, highlighting examples and applications as well as the skills needed to work in this area of technology.

Geeky Summit 2017 Brave the Ask by Chic Geek

4:10 PM Activating Unexpected Allies Panel

Increasing diversity isn't just a women's problem. Or a minority problem. We need everyone to support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in order to move the dial. Hear from three diverse perspectives on how you can champion diversity and how to activate the people around you to become allies too.

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4:50 PM Unexpected Mentors: How to Recognize and Leverage Them
Sheila Musgrove, Founder & CEO of Tag Recruitment

Sheila Musgrove, author of Hired! and founder of the multimillion dollar organization TAG Recruitment, faces every opportunity – with gusto! We will explore what a “BHAG” is, how your career is like a pinball machine, and even that you don’t need all your ducks in a row to get started – “you just need one damn duck.” Join us as Sheila shares her tried and true insights on how to find and leverage mentorship opportunities in the least likely of places.

Nikki Durkin at Geeky Summit at TELUS Spark hosted by Chic Geek

5:30 PM Closing Remarks

6:00 PM Reception

 
 

 

Meet the amazing lineup

Hover over the images below for full bios!

 

 
Mayor Naheed Nenshi Calgary speaking at Geeky Summit by Chic Geek

Naheed Nenshi

Mayor
City of Calgary

Caroline Paul Gutsy Girl Author firefighter Geeky Summit speaker Chic Geek

Caroline Paul

Author
The Gutsy Girl

 

Sheila Musgrove founder and CEO of TAG Recruitment speaker at Geeky Summit in Calgary hosted by Chic Geek

Sheila Musgrove

CEO & Founder
TAG Recruitment

 At Wealthsimple, Tina helps lead front-end development efforts on the Wealthsimple for Advisors product, a platform built to empower advisors to help their clients invest with Wealthsimple. Tina started as a self-taught front-end developer, and is now a full stack developer specializing in HTML, CSS, front-end and back-end JavaScript, native Android and iOS, and Ruby development. Tina was on the front lines for big rebranding projects including the Tangerine Bank and Sheridan College rebrands, and most notably was a key player on the small engineering team at Bitstrips, the company that developed the popular Bitmoji app. 

At Wealthsimple, Tina helps lead front-end development efforts on the Wealthsimple for Advisors product, a platform built to empower advisors to help their clients invest with Wealthsimple. Tina started as a self-taught front-end developer, and is now a full stack developer specializing in HTML, CSS, front-end and back-end JavaScript, native Android and iOS, and Ruby development. Tina was on the front lines for big rebranding projects including the Tangerine Bank and Sheridan College rebrands, and most notably was a key player on the small engineering team at Bitstrips, the company that developed the popular Bitmoji app. 

TINA HOLLY

Software Developer
Wealthsimple

 As the founder of Helping Hands, Janelle helps youth volunteer and get civically engaged while building skills for their future careers. While working on her Bachelors of Engineering with majors in both Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Janelle realized her passion for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education, entrepreneurship and diversity issues. She founded HackItMac, a collaborative technical community and organized deltaHacks, the first student-run hackathon in North America with a focus on enabling positive social change. Janelle is an advocate for social innovation and encouraging others to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours.

As the founder of Helping Hands, Janelle helps youth volunteer and get civically engaged while building skills for their future careers. While working on her Bachelors of Engineering with majors in both Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Janelle realized her passion for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education, entrepreneurship and diversity issues. She founded HackItMac, a collaborative technical community and organized deltaHacks, the first student-run hackathon in North America with a focus on enabling positive social change. Janelle is an advocate for social innovation and encouraging others to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours.

Janelle Hinds

Founder
Helping Hands

 Helen is an accomplished Information Technology leader possessing significant experience at driving transformation. The catalyst for Helen’s career ignited when she learned to program at the age of nine. It was the spark that would fuel her love of IT over the next thirty-five years. Helen joined the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society, the largest homeless shelter in North America, as the Director of IT in October 2016. She is very excited to be driving a multi-phase transformational IT project with the potential for significant and meaningful impact in the lives of their clients. Helen serves on the University of Calgary’s Arts & Science Advisory Board and is an advocate for increasing gender diversity in IT.

Helen is an accomplished Information Technology leader possessing significant experience at driving transformation. The catalyst for Helen’s career ignited when she learned to program at the age of nine. It was the spark that would fuel her love of IT over the next thirty-five years. Helen joined the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society, the largest homeless shelter in North America, as the Director of IT in October 2016. She is very excited to be driving a multi-phase transformational IT project with the potential for significant and meaningful impact in the lives of their clients. Helen serves on the University of Calgary’s Arts & Science Advisory Board and is an advocate for increasing gender diversity in IT.

Helen Wetherley Knight

Director of IT
Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre

Aaron Chatha reporter at Metro news moderator at Geeky Summit by Chic Geek

Aaron Chatha

Reporter
Metro News

Kristina Williams CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corporation speaker at Geeky Summit by Chic Geek

Kristina Williams

CEO
Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Lauren Oswald Google Developers Group Cloud Calgary speaker at Geeky Summit by Chic Geek

Lauren Oswald

Director of Community Development
GDG Cloud Calgary

 As The Success Strategist, Cathryn Carruthers is on a mission to help women kill it in their careers. She believes that every woman has untapped potential and empowers its fulfilment through executive coaching and personal brand consulting. Cathryn’s clients are senior and emerging women leaders and together, they work through major career transitions and create life changing results.  The early part of Cathryn’s played out at top-tier Wall Street firms, where she rose from intern to VP of Investor Relations at BlackRock Private Equity Partners by the age of 26. 

As The Success Strategist, Cathryn Carruthers is on a mission to help women kill it in their careers. She believes that every woman has untapped potential and empowers its fulfilment through executive coaching and personal brand consulting. Cathryn’s clients are senior and emerging women leaders and together, they work through major career transitions and create life changing results.

The early part of Cathryn’s played out at top-tier Wall Street firms, where she rose from intern to VP of Investor Relations at BlackRock Private Equity Partners by the age of 26. 

CATHRYN CARRUTHERS

Executive Coach
Carruthers Communications

 At ATB, Jenn she creates, designs and transforms experiences for users. She is a leader in digital transformation with more than 16 years industry experience during a thrilling time which saw the web turn traditional business models on their head with the rise of search engines, e-commerce, smartphones, social media and now artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. If you want to immerse yourself in her work, check out the interface design and seamless user experience the next time you check-in to a WestJet flight on your mobile phone, stream Shaw media on your iPad, or manage your financial life online at ATB.

At ATB, Jenn she creates, designs and transforms experiences for users. She is a leader in digital transformation with more than 16 years industry experience during a thrilling time which saw the web turn traditional business models on their head with the rise of search engines, e-commerce, smartphones, social media and now artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. If you want to immerse yourself in her work, check out the interface design and seamless user experience the next time you check-in to a WestJet flight on your mobile phone, stream Shaw media on your iPad, or manage your financial life online at ATB.

Jennifer Ishiguro

Managing Director of CX & Digital Transformation
ATB

 Christina has over 10 years of experience as a front-end developer. As an educator, she has taught 1000+ students in college courses, coding bootcamp programs and workshops.  In her previous role as Director of Curriculum for Ladies Learning Code, she overhauled the curriculum and created new workshops and a part-time program used by 20+ Canadian chapters. She also provided training for all the lead instructors. Christina now works independently, focusing on inclusive tech education, curriculum development and technical consulting services.

Christina has over 10 years of experience as a front-end developer. As an educator, she has taught 1000+ students in college courses, coding bootcamp programs and workshops.

In her previous role as Director of Curriculum for Ladies Learning Code, she overhauled the curriculum and created new workshops and a part-time program used by 20+ Canadian chapters. She also provided training for all the lead instructors. Christina now works independently, focusing on inclusive tech education, curriculum development and technical consulting services.

Christina Truong

Web Developer & Educator

Anna Koop data scientist Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute speaker at Geeky Summit by Chic Geek

Anna Koop, MsC

Data Scientist
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

 Material Insight (MI) is a marketing collective that works to build fame for tech companies. Whether they’re starting up or scaling, MI works with tech innovators to build sales leads, nurture customers and accelerate their growth. Since 2002, Material Insight has worked with over 50 technology ventures in Canada, gathering lessons we share generously with all customers.  Claudia has a strong track record for integrated and online marketing that is practical, resourceful and firmly rooted in business goals. Chantel is a straight-talker, comfortable sharing lessons learned to help businesses to differentiate themselves and market bravely. 

Material Insight (MI) is a marketing collective that works to build fame for tech companies. Whether they’re starting up or scaling, MI works with tech innovators to build sales leads, nurture customers and accelerate their growth. Since 2002, Material Insight has worked with over 50 technology ventures in Canada, gathering lessons we share generously with all customers.

Claudia has a strong track record for integrated and online marketing that is practical, resourceful and firmly rooted in business goals. Chantel is a straight-talker, comfortable sharing lessons learned to help businesses to differentiate themselves and market bravely. 

Chantel Elliott
& Claudia Moore

Partners
Material Insight

 Saadia Muzaffar is a Leadership Futurist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Her work explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets.  She is an author, speaker, and international media advocate on modern leadership and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups

Saadia Muzaffar is a Leadership Futurist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Her work explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets.  She is an author, speaker, and international media advocate on modern leadership and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups

Saadia Muzaffar

Founder and Head of Partnerships
TechGirls Canada

 Kristen is the founder and principal consultant at Blue Switch Consulting, where she partners with organizations to optimize talent management and increase diversity by implementing research-based, systematic design changes proven to de-bias procedures, policies and environments. Kristen's methodology combines practices and theories from the social sciences, education and interdisciplinary humanities. She has supported organizations across a range of industries to improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion outcomes. Kristen’s writing has been published in peer-reviewed academic texts, and can be found in trade journals and wellness magazines.

Kristen is the founder and principal consultant at Blue Switch Consulting, where she partners with organizations to optimize talent management and increase diversity by implementing research-based, systematic design changes proven to de-bias procedures, policies and environments. Kristen's methodology combines practices and theories from the social sciences, education and interdisciplinary humanities. She has supported organizations across a range of industries to improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion outcomes. Kristen’s writing has been published in peer-reviewed academic texts, and can be found in trade journals and wellness magazines.

Kristen Liesch, PhD

Principal
Blue Switch Consulting

Sona Khosla VP Marketing at Benevity and speaker at Chic Geek Geeky Summit for women in technology and entrepreneurship

Sona Khosla

VP Marketing
Benevity

 

 ATB Financial’s Chief Transformation Officer Wellington Holbrook has one mandate: lead ATB’s evolution towards becoming a forward-thinking technology company that will transform banking—make it work for people. Leading a team of change agents, Wellington has set ATB on a course of rapid innovation that re-imagines process, enables people and embraces leading edge technology to create out-of this-world customer experiences.    He continues to be a lifelong learner, making the most of every formal and informal opportunity to expand his understanding of the world.

ATB Financial’s Chief Transformation Officer Wellington Holbrook has one mandate: lead ATB’s evolution towards becoming a forward-thinking technology company that will transform banking—make it work for people. Leading a team of change agents, Wellington has set ATB on a course of rapid innovation that re-imagines process, enables people and embraces leading edge technology to create out-of this-world customer experiences.    He continues to be a lifelong learner, making the most of every formal and informal opportunity to expand his understanding of the world.

Wellington Holbrook

Chief Transformation Officer
ATB

 
 Renée Amber is a writer, improvisor, actor & entrepreneur.  She is known for her work as a senior performer and late-night host at Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, and as a performer & creator in a variety of stage and screen productions across Canada.  She writes sketch comedy, manages a business, is raising a child, and continues to collaborate on award-winning projects such as Cowtown (Rosie award for best web series) and Spontaneous Theatre (Legend Has It, Blind Date).  Renée is also an emerging film-maker and loves to emcee events celebrating innovators, creative minds, and people making a positive impact on our world.  

Renée Amber is a writer, improvisor, actor & entrepreneur.  She is known for her work as a senior performer and late-night host at Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, and as a performer & creator in a variety of stage and screen productions across Canada.  She writes sketch comedy, manages a business, is raising a child, and continues to collaborate on award-winning projects such as Cowtown (Rosie award for best web series) and Spontaneous Theatre (Legend Has It, Blind Date).  Renée is also an emerging film-maker and loves to emcee events celebrating innovators, creative minds, and people making a positive impact on our world.  

RENÉE AMBER

Emcee

 
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There’s truly never been a more exciting time to be a woman in tech. Thank you Chic Geek for lighting the way. We’ve found our tribe.

-- Kendall T

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There’s truly never been a more exciting time to be a woman in tech. Thank you Chic Geek for lighting the way. We’ve found our tribe.

-- Kendall T