DATE:
Tue, September 28, 2021,
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

VENUE:
Fawcett Center and Virtual
2400 Olentangy Rd
Columbus, OH 43202

COST: $35 – $125

Join us for
COLUMBUS WITCON 2021

getWITit Columbus fosters an environment that encourages change throughout technology by building communities that are passionate about promoting our mission. We aspire to cultivate local constituent engagements so that women can excel, advance, and sustain careers in technology. Our communities are created for like-minded individuals to share ideas and create a supportive system through local events with the goal of igniting peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring. By connecting women in technology at a local level, we awaken a powerful resource that leads the way in driving innovative talent. We unite communities that rally to support change.

WITcon 2021 is a conference to celebrate women in technology in Columbus planned and organized by a team of Columbus volunteers. The conference features career, leadership, technical, and innovation topics to an audience of 850 people in person* and virtually ranging from software delivery roles, leadership & management, technical & engineering, and recruiting/sales roles supporting the industry. This event celebrates the contributions that women have made to computing while focusing on how we can improve the opportunities for women to contribute to the next era of innovation.

We encourage you to be part of the conversation by sending a group of women in technical roles from your company to this uplifting, motivational, and educational conference. * In person ticket sales will limited to 300 people

Staying Connected:
COME CONNECT WITH US.

IN PERSON CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE:

The $125 ticket grants you a full day of a Keynote Speaker, VARIOUS SPEAKERS, lunch  and networking opportunities with industry professionals. 

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE:

Participate at your own comfort level. Ticket costs for the Virtual WITcon experience are $35.00 each. This will grant you virtual access to a full day of keynotes, sessions, and more with the convenience of our easy-to-use online conference platform, Whova. 

Speaking at WITcon 2021

The next WITcon presenter is…YOU! 

We are looking for 30-60 -minute presentations on a variety of tech topics. Anyone can submit a talk, from first-timers to experienced conference speakers. Speakers  will be vetted and selected by getWITit Columbus volunteers. Example topics:

Interested in becoming a Speaker? Reach out to andrea.allender@getwitit.org

SAMPLE CONFERENCE FORMAT - DIFFERENT WAYS OF STAYING CONNECTED

1

Keynotes

Hear from a diverse group of women leaders in technology handpicked by getWITit Cincinnati volunteers during keynotes.

2

Workshops

Get hands-on with interactive workshops led by technical experts.

3

Water Cooler Topics

Enjoy topics around professional development, talent creation, and tech advancement in a more casual setting.

4

Technical Lightning Talks

Dive into 15-minute lightning talks on a variety of tech topics presented by anyone, from first-timers to experienced conference speakers or even YOU!

5

Sponsor Showcases

Hear from our valued sponsors and gain insights into career opportunities for a variety of tech roles and industries.

6

Happy Hour & Networking

Stay connected with those you meet at WITcon by attending an optional in-person happy hour at Third Eye Brewing in Cincinnati following the virtual conference. Outdoor accommodations will be made for a safe and comfortable experience.

Keynote speaker

JJ DiGeronimo

PresidentTech Savvy Women

Speaking on:
Career Strategies for women in Tech
on Oct 06 | 12:30 pm

Tiffany Norwood

Founder and CEO, Tribetan

Speaking on: 
The Power of We and the Human Science of Success
on Sept 30 | 9:00 am

Melanie Kolp

SVP, CTO of Corporate Technology, Nationwide

Speaking on: 
Your Vote = Your Voice
on Oct 01 | 9:00 am

Jodie Bare

Jodie is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority which operates John Glenn International, Rickenbacker International and Bolton Field airports in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Jodie oversees CRAA’s Technology Services division and provides the strategic direction for implementing the organization’s goals as she works with the team to focus on developing new ideas around emergent technologies that will help advance CRAA. While establishing and growing innovative capabilities, she also drives innovation internally and externally to propel CRAA forward in technology, development, culture,service and business. Using an endorsed strategy, she guides the organization as it seeks to stand out to customers and the community as a visionary leader in the industry. 

An experienced profit-driven operations executive who can leverage data, technology and analytics to deliver real-time impacts, Jodie has overseen various departments in an array of organizations including IT, professional services, service delivery, customer support, sales, finance, human resources, project management and manufacturing. Prior to joining CRAA, most recently Jodie was the Director of Data and Innovation for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and was previously part of the Smart Columbus program management team

Melanie Kolp

SVP, CTO of Corporate Technology

Your Vote = Your Voice

The headlines of what women fought for 100 years ago was their ‘right to vote’. What they were really fighting for was their ‘right to voice’. A right to voice their opinion, to voice their thoughts, and to voice their influence on the future. 

It is no different today in a business context. We need more voices at the table. We need to be purposeful in taking more perspectives into account. We need to work harder on how to help amplify the voices of others.

Our discussion will be just this…how to bring out your own voice and the voices of others.

Learn more >>

Who is attending

The conference features career & leadership, technical, and innovation topics to an audience of Columbus area women, ranging from software delivery roles, leadership & management, technical & engineering, and recruiting & sales roles, all supporting technology industries and the amazing people who work in them.

Become a Sponsor

Our mission is to inspire more women to enter the field of technology by building a supportive environment where those women can flourish and create opportunities for more women to ascend into leadership roles.

As we are a non-profit, we rely on the help of external sponsors to help us unite, support, and promote diversity in tech throughout the Columbus region.

Send all sponsorship inquiries to: andrea.allender@getwitit.org

We can’t wait to see you there!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, 7:00 AM ET

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*getWITit is a community-based organization. In past years, each chapter has held an in-person conference in their local community. Given the challenges we’ve all faced together in 2020, and current guidelines cautioning against large gatherings, our getWITit chapters have decided to collaborate on a single virtual conference this year. We look forward to seeing you all in person next year as we get back to local conferences.