WEEK TWO RECAP! WITS 2020 Virtual Summit

This article reposted from the WITS news section.

The final two days of the WITS 2020 Virtual Summit are this Tuesday (July 28) and Thursday (July 30). Here is a recap of Week Two. You can also see a recap of week one here.

Register now to attend this week’s sessions and get exclusive access to recordings of any sessions you missed.

Week Two of the WITS Virtual Summit opened with Pooja Malpani, Head of Engineering at Bloomberg Media talking about how to Build an Organization and a Culture for Developer Innovation.

Ashley Stove, Web and Software Developer at Aptera Software Inc. talked about Sustainable Accessibility and how to integrate accessibility checks into your CI/CD pipeline.

Attendees learned the Basics of Setting up a Drupal Website from Monica Flores, Technical Project Manager at Lullabot.

Fangda Wang, Software Engineer at Indeed, joined us from Tokyo to talk about pair programming in To Pair or Not to Pair.

Shannon Schriver, who works in Security Assurance at Susquehanna International Group (SIG) shared cybersecurity insights in the session, Phishing — Threats, Trends, and Tactics.

Wrapping up Tuesday’s programming was Halleh Abedi, Principal/Creative Director at Five Acres Agency, talked about user experience in UX is Sexy: How intelligent UX keeps users (and clients) coming back for more.

Starting off Thursday was Audrey Troutt, Director, Mobile Engineering at Comcast sharing her Lessons Learned going from Tech Lead to Manager to Director in a session titled Grow Others to Grow Yourself.

Bobbie Carlton, Founder of Innovation Women and Carlton PR and Marketing, shared the secrets of Building your Brand by Creating your Signature Talk.

Attendees learned how to Document Yourself and how to create a framework for career advancement from Michelle Brenner, Senior Software Engineer at Netflix.

Kate Green, a Senior Software Engineer, shared the things she has learned in the Secrets of Being a Great Software Engineer.

Your (non) technical skills matter: Making the case for the human side of tech was explained by Whitney Brown, Practice Lead, Change +Adoption at Cloudbakers.

Genia Wilbourn, Senior Vice President — Global Network Operations & Assurance at Verizon held an insightful and honest conversation about Crisis Leadership: Driving Positive Change & Growth During Uncertain Times.

Week Two wrapped up with some enlightening and fun discussions during the networking session in Whova. We know that not everyone likes to network in the same way so we have provided three different types of networking on different platforms across the full summit. Thank you to all of our attendees for letting us experiment!

Register now to join us for the final week of the WITS Virtual Summit with sessions on Tech Now and in the Future and Expand Your Tech Know-How, a final networking session, and get exclusive access to recordings of the other sessions.

Thank you to the WITS 2020 Virtual Summit Sponsors and Partners

Platinum Sponsors




Gold Sponsors




Susquehanna International Group

Silver Sponsor

Vistar Media

Bronze Sponsors







General Assembly — Denver

Innovation Women

North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board


All post-expenses proceeds from the Women in Tech Summit (WITS) support TechGirlz, a non-profit organization that inspires middle-school girls to explore all the possibilities in technology.

WITS and TechGirlz are programs of Creating IT Futures, a non-profit program of CompTIA.

Learn more about the CompTIA Tech Career Academy.



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