October 26 and October 27, 2018
Redmond, WA

Join us for the Inaugural Black Women in Technology NW Summit 2018 held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA

What to Expect


Learn from the women of color working in their respective fields in technology.   


Meet women of color who are at the top of their game in technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and more. 


The summit gives our organization, business/tech leaders, tech companies and more the power to serve a community ready to meet the challenge to succeed 

Ledisi launches "The Walk" at the BWIT NW summit 2018

Self-Care and Professional Development

Ledisi joins us Friday afternoon, October 26th, to talk with us about learning to accept where we are now! Click to find out how to participate in this special VIP session! #bwit2018


Friday, October 26, 2018

7:30 - 8:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast   
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome: Black Women in Technology
8:45 - 9:40 Morning Panel - Women of Color: The Biggest Opportunity for Success in Tech 9:40-10:00 Networking

10:00 - 10:45 

Tanya Hannah, Chief Information Officer for King County-”Using AI with Connecting Datasets to Help Communities" 

Laura Bennett, Engineering Manager, IBM-”Creating a Global Citizen Challenge with Blockchain" 

Cynthia Tee, Nicole Buchanan, Nick Peddy Maegan Gibson; WiT Regatta-“#What Would Chad Do?"

11:00 - 11:45 

Dominique Zonyee, Marketing Strategy Manager, NOM-”You’ve Built Your Lane, Now What?" 

Shelly Woodruff, Sr. Director, Product & Technology, Enterprise Data Solutions, T-Mobile-”Big Data" 

Chaitra Vedullapalli, Founder, Women in Cloud-”Art and Science of Embarking on Cloud Entrepreneurship"

Noon - 1:00  

Lunch/Keynote - Mona Lisa Pinkney, Senior Director of Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Engagement at NIKE Technology "Be Relentless, Be Fearless, Be Connected, Be Global, and Be Authentic"  

1:00 - 1:15 Networking

1:15 - 2:00  

Terra Cooke, Security and Compliance Analyst, Limeade-”Code-Switching in Tech and Security: It's Not Just for AAVE" 

Bernease Herman, Data Scientist, University of Washington eScience Institute-”Computational Approaches to Ethical AI & Data Science" 

Lynette Johnson, PMP, SE Solutions-”The Future of Managing IT Projects in an Ever-Changing Government Environment"

2:15 - 3:00  

Laura Bennett, Engineering Manager, IBM-”Creating a Global Citizen Challenge with Blockchain"

Jibby Ayo-Ani, Lead Devops Engineer, Welkin Health-”Higher Standards: Reliability and Resiliency in Application Development" 

Karisma Williams, Security Program Manager, Microsoft-”Design Impact on Security"

2:45 - 3:00 Networking Break

3:15 - 4:15 Ledisi VIP Session w/ Book Signing

4:30 - 5:30 iPitch  

Saturday, October 27, 2018

BWiT Summit Breakfast at T-Mobile: 9:00 – 12:00 PM 

8:45—9:45a       Registration

9:00— 10:00a    Networking Breakfast

10:00—10:15a   Welcome — Lori Mitchell, Founder/CEO Black Women in Technology

Heather Ratcliffe, T-Mobile, Director Technology / Chair, HQ Diversity and Inclusion Chapter 

Elizabeth Hunter, T-Mobile, VP Technology / Executive Sponsor Women Leadership Network

10:15 – 10:20a Community Recognition

  • Sisterhood in the City, Troop 52240
  • Alecia Cunningham, Troop Leader/Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships Girl Scouts of Western Washington
  • Susan Isaacs, Troop Leader
  • Veronica Rollins, Regional Director Pierce County office

10:20 – 11:45a Panel Discussion, Digital Transformation: Why Representation Matters

  • Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO & President DreamBox Learning
  • Shelly Washington Woodruff, Sr Director Product & Technology, T-Mobile
  • Anu Mahanty, Sr Director, Product & Technology, T-Mobile
  • Raeshawna Ware, Civil Engineer Technician, City of Tacoma 
  • Marie Stuppard (Moderator), Client Service Lead, Slalom Consulting

11:50a   Closing, Lori Mitchell, Founder/CEO, Black Women in Technology

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