The Baltimore Women in Tech Summit brought together nearly 100 women from across the region's tech industry at the University of Baltimore this past weekend. With an impressive speaker lineup – including successful entrepreneurs, multiple VCs, industry experts, government strategists, and a Congresswoman – this new addition to Baltimore Innovation Week was certainly a great learning experience for all who attended.
The Baltimore edition of the Women in Tech Summit is the first stop on what co-founders Gloria Bell and Tracey Welson-Rossman hope will become a national series. We'll look forward to seeing them again next year for #BIW16!
Check out some photos from the event and our favorite gems of advice shared by the summit's speakers.
"To change '#tech is only code' perception we must make "Woman in Tech" mean anyone who needs tech knowledge to do their job." - Gloria Bell in the opening remarks.
"You can personally pivot. And you need to be mature enough to know when it's time to do so." - Cecily Kellogg in "Closing the Confidence Gap: How to Sell Yourself by Building a Digital Brand."
"Politics will be in every job you are in. Know who supports you, who is coming after you and how to protect yourself." - Deborah Lathen in "Cyber Security - Are you at Risk?"
"Sometimes what you really need more than a mentor is a peer someone who can be your sounding board." - Michelle Zwernemann, Infinite Biomedical Technologies during "Women Helping Women Thrive: How to Support Other Women at Any Level in Your Career."
"As women we shouldn't apologize for being 'aggressive' in our fields. Aggressive is a good word, it means we know what we want." - Congresswoman Donna Edwards during "Women Helping Women Thrive: How to Support Other Women at Any Level in Your Career."
Yet's CMO Margaret Roth was not only a member of the local organizing committee, she was also a speaker. Please find the slides from her talk on "Mobility, Changing the Experience of Collaboration" here.