Sep 9, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration and Networking

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Opening Remarks

Hear from:
* Rima Raouda, VP, Producer & Research Director, CAPRE International Data Center Series

1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Keynote | Being a Leader in Tech: Perspectives from a Female CEO

Only five percent of leadership positions in the tech sector are held by women. The turnover rate is more than twice as high for women in tech then it is for men, with 56 percent of women leaving their employers by mid-career. This keynote presentation will explore how women can battle the odds.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* How was the journey to c-suite?
* Did you encounter any unexpected challenges? How did you overcome them?
* How can women beat the odds?
* The strategy to leading in a male-dominated field
* The current demographic break down of the sector: What has progress looked like in the last 3-5 years, if any?
* What leaders in the space can do to increase inclusivity
* What advice would you give to anyone starting in this industry?

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Women in Hyperscale: Decision making at the nation’s largest data center and cloud infrastructure firms

With the continued trend of cloud migration, the big players continue to dominate the industry. As Northern Virginia persists to be the leading data center hub, many lessons and insights can be shared from those working in the region. The panel will explore the rapid growth of the industry and its impacts.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What changes have you seen arise given the evolution and growth of hyperscale?
* What do you find most challenging about your current role?
* What has been the most important part in your career path?
* How is the hyperscale data center a trailblazer for the industry today?
* In such a rapidly changing industry, how do you take advantage of demand levels?
* Who in the industry has had the most impact on you? Did you have a mentor or sponsor?

Hear from:
* Jenny Zhan, Chief Accounting Officer, EdgeConneX

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Seeking Talent and skills: Best Practices for Recruitment in Today's Environment

The gender disparity is easily observable in the tech industry, particularly in the data center and cloud infrastructure field. Additionally, only 56 percent of Data Center Knowledge survey respondents have indicated that they have all the data center training they need to be successful in their job. This panel discussion will address the skills shortage issue, as women who work in and recruit for the largest data center market share what they believe are the critical skills and trainings needed.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* The top skills recruiters for cloud infrastructure and data centers are looking for
* Specialized versus generalized skills – which is better?
* How to orient yourself in your company for growth and career advancement.
* Best training, courses and certifications currently available
* What can be done to address the skills shortage?
* Demystifying common misconceptions of the sector
* How will automation impact the incoming workforce?

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Fireside chat: What the industry is doing to balance the playing field

An intimate conversation about the past, current and future of workforce diversity in the industry. What action items can be done today to impact the future?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What has the industry been doing to make it a more inclusive workforce?
* What are the benefits of having a more diverse workplace?
* What are the main challenges women face?
* What can we expect to see in the next five years? In terms of workforce and product builds.
* Will technological acceleration play a harmful or beneficial role for career advancement?

Hear from:
* Jezzibell Gilmore, SVP Business Development & Co-Founder, PacketFabric
* Tina Gravel, SVP of Global Channels and Alliances, Cyxtera
* Kanan Joshi, Executive Director – Head of Telecom Infrastructure, Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners
* Mimi Nash, Senior Marketing Consultant, Mimi Nash
* Chrissy Olsen, Vice President of National Accounts, INNO4 LLC

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Recognition Ceremony

Acknowledgement of the leading women in technology and data centers
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception