Convening technology leaders to connect, educate, and reach back in our MN tech ecosystem!

Women Leading in Technology (WLiT) seeks to promote, educate and empower women in technology across Minnesota. Established in 2011 to provide networking opportunities for women in technology across industry, level and line of business, WLiT events are open to both women AND men interested in promoting, educating, empowering and advancing women in technology. Our mission to “Connect, Educate and Reach Back,” promotes community through networking and conversation, and a philosophy that “no one stands alone.”

The WLiT community is driven by these key objectives:

  • Connect: Engaging, authentic networking is the cornerstone of each WLiT event. Attendees are welcoming, pulling newcomers into lively discussions and forging new relationships, career connections, partnerships and lasting friendships.
  • Educate: Quarterly programs showcase thought leadership in technology, business and professional development, with the goal of supporting career progression for our many, varied attendees. WLiT also partners with local non-profits to help bring up our next generation of women technology leaders and practitioners, as well as supporting women returning to the workplace.
  • Reach Back: We believe in “reaching back” to support our future technology leaders and practitioners, many of whom are students studying STEM disciplines. With the help of the Minnesota Technology Foundation, WLiT awards scholarships to underrepresented individuals who aspire to a career in STEM.  Funds raised in 2021 will create scholarship awards to off-set the cost of tuition for deserving individuals at The Software Guild, a local technology bootcamp. WLiT gratefully accepts your donations.  Donations in any amount are much appreciated.  Donate thru the Minnesota Technology Foundation’s GiveMN site here, allocated specifically for WLiT.  If your company has a matching program, please send the match to the Minnesota Technology Foundation so it can be added to the scholarship fund.
  • SUPPORT THE MISSION OF WLiT:  Donate to the WLiT Scholarship Fund

Meet the current WLiT Steering Team:

  • Jean Machart, WLiT Board Chair, Healthcare Executive
  • Robin Brown, CIO, Protein North America, Cargill
  • Myra Day-Perkins, VP, HR Business Partner, Ameriprise Financial
  • Denise Morelock, Client Engagement Director, Turnberry Solutions
  • Sara Schlauderaff, Account Technology Strategist; Global Account CTO, Microsoft
  • Priya Senthilkumar, Vice President, Technology, Pearson VUE
  • Jennifer Simon, Modern Workplace Solution Specialist, Microsoft

2022 Events

Tuesday, June 21: Retraining Our Networking Muscle – a panel discussion with Jade Denson of Target, Juliet Fox of Harbinger Partners, Natalie Gilliam of Digineer, Rosie Nestingen of Best Buy, and Jennifer Simon of Microsoft.

Tuesday, August 9: Summer Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 11: Jame Taets of Keystone Group International

Catch 2021 Event Replays!

Tues, Feb 16:  Find Your Fierce and AIM for Success!  Guest speaker:  Teresa Sande, CEO of Mirror Mirror Strategies

Tues, May 18:  A Conversation with Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture

Tues, June 22:  What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then.  Panel Discussion with Jackie Hartman, Cargill; Alana Karen, Google; Jayshree Seth, 3M; Shivani Stumpf, PowerSchool

Tues, August 10:  A Conversation with Jana Shortal, Host of Breaking the News on KARE11.  Thoughts on Trailblazing, Breaking Norms, Inclusion & More

Tues, Nov 9:  A Conversation with Deb Cupp, President of Microsoft USA

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