The Twenty-Second Annual Women in Technology Summit 2016 Recap

WITI News Staff

June 14, 2016

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Youtube video of "Conversation with Patricia Arquette" hosted by Will Marré

Youtube video of "Conversation with Patricia Arquette" hosted by Will Marré.

"Patricia Arquette was great. A highlight of the Summit. It wasn't a star quality thing either. It was that she knows what the problem is and can articulate it with knowledge and statistical backup. She is doing something to make a difference." Laurie Greer.

"The WITI Summit features inspiring speeches by leaders from across industries. Love the variety, energy, and the powerful connections created by WITI." Preethy Padmanabhan.

"This conference has changed my life. I had an idea where I was headed. Now, by understanding myself, I can see how I will reach my goal in life and help the future women in technology." Massiel Valenzuela.


Three days, 1100 Attendees, 115 speakers and over 100 coaches, 60 sessions, an expanded coaching track with 18 coaching workshops, coaching circles, one-on-one coaching sessions, six women-owned startups, over 30 sponsors/exhibitors, over 2000 tweets, 90 volunteers, WITI staff and of course Founder Carolyn Leighton—along with five exceptional women inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame. This event was by far the most far-reaching WITI Summit ever produced.

Founder's Reception on Sunday evening


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"This was my first WITI Summit. It was a delight to see many bright and bold women with careers in STEM fields. I connected with some of the great minds who had published insightful business books with new ideas, as well as leveraged the executive coaches who opened new doors of thinking. . . All in all, it was a great experience through and through . . . Thank you, WITI. Keep up the good work." Zahra Jamshed.

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A special thanks for the support from our wonderful sponsors, without whom our great success would not be possible. We look forward to our continued partnership in the upcoming year with each of you.


A huge thanks to all the exhibitors and women-owned startups who showcased their technologies, and especially to the women in those companies who provide a forum for Summit attendees to engage in dialog, discuss developing technology trends, and recognize business opportunities.

Leyla Shahidinejad & Amy Roiland


From left to right:
Ellie Yieh, corporate vice president, advanced products and technology development, Applied Materials [introduced by her colleague Steve Ghanayem]

Jen Yates, assistant vice president,inventive science, AT&T Labs
[introduced by her colleague Raj Savoor]

Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director, Black Girls CODE
[introduced by her daughter Kai Morton]

Roberta Banaszak Gleiter, software architecture and engineering department, The Aerospace Corporation
[introduced by her colleague Marilee Wheaton]

Harriet Green, OBE, general manager, Watson internet of things, commerce and education, IBM [introduced by her colleague Sireen Collins]

Hall of Fame recording


Exceptional keynote speakers and panelists launched both mornings of the Summit with sessions designed to build, empower, and inspire. From “Think Like a Designer” to “Innovative Technology Trends to Take Charge of Your Own Success” to “The Pursuit of Innovation,” attendees came away with a treasury of action steps.

Heather Andrus - Jabil Keynote
Session Recording:

Tim Bajarin, Margret Schmidt, Cynthia Stoddard, Prith Banerjee

Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn, Dr. Aditi Banerjee, Lorna Borenstein, Dr. Chengya Liang
Session Recording

Amazon Keynote Panel
Session Recording

News Coverage of the WITI 2016 Summit


A blue-ribbon roster of technology leaders and industry analysts took the stage in some 50 sessions, sharing insight, expertise, and insiders’ perspectives. Topics ranged from innovation to IoT, from leadership to launches, from gender equity to women in tech helping women without tech, and much more.

Special new features included a Drone Engineering Workshop for middle school and high school girls—along with a cybersecurity track, a "Bring-Your-Male-Ally-to-the-Summit" track, and WITI WINs panels on an assortment of tech topics.

The 2016 Summit was a rich learning experience, brimming with insights and takeaways.

SheDrones girls workshop

Wendy Wallbridge on Monday Morning

John Bates light saber duel


WITI expanded on last year's successful coaching circles. The 2016 coaching track included coaching workshops, coaching circles, individual one-on-one coaching, and open lunch coaching. Over 41 coaches contributed their talents.

A big thank you to Daniel Leighton for creating an online registration form for the coaching circle signup. Special kudos to the tireless efforts of the coaching team who developed and implemented this powerful new summit feature.

Sheryl Root—Coaching circle

"There were so many interesting topics it was hard to choose. The coaching circles were a great way to participate as well as get valuable insight from others attending the conference. I was able to network and hope that the connections I made are long-lasting. I do wish it was at least one more day." Kathy Donahue

Heather Furby's workshop "Lead Outside Your Comfort Zone"

Will Marré


Thank you to the over 90 volunteers—and over 1000 hours of volunteer time—to support this landmark Summit.

Pre-event, we had folks actively promoting the Summit via social media—in addition to a veritable onsite volunteer army working Registration, Info Booth, Coaching Center, Room Facilitation, Expo/WITI Store, Operations, and Social Media support.

Without your contributions, the Summit could not have been the glowing success it was.

Peggy Kilburn, Alisa Smith McNeill, Coleen Kane
Programming at its finest.

Personal Message from WITI Founder, Carolyn Leighton

"Nothing makes me happier than when women come up to me at the WITI Summit and tell me how WITI helped them reach their goals. We are committed to creating great leaders and transforming corporate environments." Carolyn Leighton

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