Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference to draw 500 geek girls to Phoenix – April 26-28

Women engineers, startups, entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, academics and more will descend on Downtown Phoenix for the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference held on April 26 -28 at the Hotel Palomar.
This premier female-focused event, will draw close to 500 participants and feature over 50 influential women in the tech industry. Keynote speakers include Heidi Williams, senior director of platform engineering for Box, Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls Who Code, Christine Herron, director at Intel Capital, Heidi Jannenga, founder and COO WebPT, and more.
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Attendees will also have access to a broad selection of keynotes, workshops, panels and hands­-on resources to help advance women in technology careers.
Aside from the presentations, there are two networking events that are a must-go. Sunday is the welcome reception on the roof of the Palomar followed a VIP Cocktail soiree’ and speech by the Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, and Monday evening head over to The Croft Phoenix for the Silicon Desert Party.
Founder and CEO Girls in Tech Adriana Gascoigne chose Phoenix as the location because of the thriving tech ecosystem.

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Adriana Gascoigne

“I believe that Phoenix is ripe to ignite a start-up movement that will attract, invest in and retain the vast talent that exists in this sixth most populous city in the US,” Gascoigne said.
Tech companies have come under fire for the lack of diversity and women in leadership positions. Fortunately, conferences like Girls in Tech are enabling and empowering leaders in tech to discuss and share important topics that will make an impact in the industry.
“Women are infiltrating the tech scene across the country in a big way. Diversity plays a huge role in laying the foundation for a very creative and innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Gascoigne said.
Gascoigne said that the Girls in Tech organization will be putting together a Lady Pitch Night Competition in the near future.
AZ Tech Beat is proud to be a media partner with Girls In Tech Catalyst Conference and will be on site reporting on all the awesome. Follow the action on and our social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and live streaming through Periscope.
We are giving away one conference ticket to a female interested or active in the tech industry-this is a $225 value, which gives you access to all the events on the agenda and cool parties.
Head over to our Facebook page and Comment on the Girls in Tech “Win A Ticket” post to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win.
Girls in Tech | April 26 – 28 | Hotel Palomar | Get Tickets Here 
Original title was altered to reflect attendance closer to 500 participants.