National Telesummit to Focus on Issues Common to Women in Technology

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Defying the stereotype that the tech world belongs to pocket-protector toting guys hooked on sci-fi and video games, hundreds of women are gearing up for the "Women Who Tech" national telesummit (http://www.womenwhotech.com/) to be held March 31.

The participants are the cadre of women from coast to coast who leverage their technology savvy to help inspire change and transform the world. The telesummit has been designed especially for technically skilled women who work in the nonprofit or political arenas, but it's open to all. The event will be telecast live and participation is free. It will run from 11 a.m.-6:15 p.m. ET Monday, March 31.

Among the sessions will be: 

·        Web 2.0: What's Hot? What's Not?

·        Cracking the Boys Club:  Women and Social Capital

·        Everything You Wanted to Know about Tech But Were Afraid to Ask (a Man)

·        Breaking Through the Digital Ceiling

Panelists include a "who's who" of women on the forefront of social change and technological progress, among them:  Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com; Joan Blades of Moveon.org and MomsRising.org, and Lynne Johnson of Fast Company to name a few.

"Women have been at the forefront of developing technology before the days of floppy discs, CRT monitors, and corded mice," says Allyson Kapin, the organizer of Women Who Tech and lead partner of Rad Campaign.

"The Women Who Tech telesummit is for those of us who see computers as instruments of social change, not just hardware and software. It's for women who are committed to applying technology in ways that engage people and advance our common values."

How Will the Telesummit Work?

The telesummit will happen via conference call and Webinar. Organizers will host two, one-hour panels at a time. Once the panels are finalized, attendees will now have the opportunity to register on the Web site for the sessions. To get the latest on the telesummit, sign up on the Web site to receive mailings from the group.

Here is more on the planned panel discussions:

Women and Social Capital

tarahunt.jpgNetworking "schmetworking:" Why is it that women are statistically more "social" than men, but have statistically less powerful business networks than men? This panel will explore how the women who have entered boys clubs and built powerful social capital have done it and give ideas to women on how to build their networks.

Panelists: Joan Blades, Moveon.org and MomsRising, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

Moderator: Tara Hunt, Citizen Agency, Blogger 

Open Source For Women

This panel will explore how to get women more involved in developing technology and contributing to open source and open standards. What are the current barriers? What can people do to break down these barriers?

Panelists: Michelle Murrain, NOSI,  Leslie Hawthorn, Google

Moderator: Kaliya Hamlin, She's Geeky

Everything You Wanted To Know About Tech But Were Afraid To Ask (a man)

There are innumerable tools on the market these days that claim to help ramp up your technology programs. What do they all do and are some of them overkill?

Panelists: Holly Ross, NTEN, Usha Venkatachallam of Appropriate IT, Anne Champlain, Olson

Moderator: Laura Quinn, Idealware

Build an Online Campaign and Save The World

The latest tricks and tools in online campaign organizing and recruitment and making them go viral.

Panelists: Sarah Dijulio, M&R Strategic Services, Heather Holdridge, Care2, Nita Chaudhary, Moveon.org

Moderator: TBA

For more information, visit http://www.womenwhotech.com/. Updated information, newly added panelists, and the latest developments will be posted on the Web site.

The Women Who Tech telesummit is made possible through support of Rad Campaign, Care2, NTEN, BlogHer, and the New Organizing Institute.

Defying the stereotype that the tech world belongs to pocket-protector toting guys hooked on sci-fi and video games, hundreds of women are gearing up for the "Women Who Tech" national telesummit (http://www.womenwhotech.com/) to be held March 31.

The participants are the cadre of women from coast to coast who leverage their technology savvy to help inspire change and transform the world. The telesummit has been designed especially for technically skilled women who work in the nonprofit or political arenas, but it's open to all. The event will be telecast live and participation is free. It will run from 11 a.m.-6:15 p.m. ET Monday, March 31.

Among the sessions will be: 

·        Web 2.0: What's Hot? What's Not?

·        Cracking the Boys Club:  Women and Social Capital

·        Everything You Wanted to Know about Tech But Were Afraid to Ask (a Man)

·        Breaking Through the Digital Ceiling

Panelists include a "who's who" of women on the forefront of social change and technological progress, among them:  Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com; Joan Blades of Moveon.org and MomsRising.org, and Lynne Johnson of Fast Company to name a few.

"Women have been at the forefront of developing technology before the days of floppy discs, CRT monitors, and corded mice," says Allyson Kapin, the organizer of Women Who Tech and lead partner of Rad Campaign.

"The Women Who Tech telesummit is for those of us who see computers as instruments of social change, not just hardware and software. It's for women who are committed to applying technology in ways that engage people and advance our common values."

How Will the Telesummit Work?

The telesummit will happen via conference call and Webinar. Organizers will host two, one-hour panels at a time. Once the panels are finalized, attendees will now have the opportunity to register on the Web site for the sessions. To get the latest on the telesummit, sign up on the Web site to receive mailings from the group.

Here is more on the planned panel discussions:

Women and Social Capital

tarahunt.jpgNetworking "schmetworking:" Why is it that women are statistically more "social" than men, but have statistically less powerful business networks than men? This panel will explore how the women who have entered boys clubs and built powerful social capital have done it and give ideas to women on how to build their networks.

Panelists: Joan Blades, Moveon.org and MomsRising, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

Moderator: Tara Hunt, Citizen Agency, Blogger 

Open Source For Women

This panel will explore how to get women more involved in developing technology and contributing to open source and open standards. What are the current barriers? What can people do to break down these barriers?

Panelists: Michelle Murrain, NOSI,  Leslie Hawthorn, Google

Moderator: Kaliya Hamlin, She's Geeky

Everything You Wanted To Know About Tech But Were Afraid To Ask (a man)

There are innumerable tools on the market these days that claim to help ramp up your technology programs. What do they all do and are some of them overkill?

Panelists: Holly Ross, NTEN, Usha Venkatachallam of Appropriate IT, Anne Champlain, Olson

Moderator: Laura Quinn, Idealware

Build an Online Campaign and Save The World

The latest tricks and tools in online campaign organizing and recruitment and making them go viral.

Panelists: Sarah Dijulio, M&R Strategic Services, Heather Holdridge, Care2, Nita Chaudhary, Moveon.org

Moderator: TBA

For more information, visit http://www.womenwhotech.com/. Updated information, newly added panelists, and the latest developments will be posted on the Web site.

The Women Who Tech telesummit is made possible through support of Rad Campaign, Care2, NTEN, BlogHer, and the New Organizing Institute.

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