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Break boundaries and redefine normal at the OpenText Women in Technology Summit

Arlene Dickinson joins highly-anticipated speaker line-up at Toronto conference

The technology industry has been built on innovation, vision and breaking the norms. From the birth of the Internet to the rise of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, we’ve seen the tremendous impact that technological innovation can have on the world. But innovation doesn’t just happen. It’s the product of creativity, experience, and collaboration between people with different talents and perspectives—in other words, diversity.

OpenText™ is a long-time advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender equality. At the OpenText Women in Technology Summit, we’re bringing together prominent leaders from across the US and Canada who are breaking down barriers, driving equality in business and society, and fostering innovation through diversity. I’d like to invite you to join us at the conference and add your voice to this important conversation.

The OpenText Women in Technology Summit takes place on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and is a great opportunity to learn more about creating an inclusive business environment by advocating, mentoring and supporting women in technology. You’ll get to hear from a variety of speakers who will share their stories, challenges, triumphs and outlook on the technology industry.

Photo of Arlene DickinsonI’m thrilled to announce that one of those speakers is Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications, former Dragons’ Den star and one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. Arlene has been instrumental in calling for support for female entrepreneurs and prides herself on being an advocate and mentor. Her creative and strategic approach to business has turned Venture Communications into a powerhouse with a list of blue-chip clients. She is also the CEO of District Ventures Capital, a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors.

Arlene joins our stellar line-up of women in technology keynotes announced in March, including former Chief Technology Officer of the United States Megan Smith (2014-2017), CEO of Blendoor Stephanie Lampkin and Jodi Kovitz, CEO and Founder of #movethedial. These amazing speakers will deliver insightful keynotes that highlight the progress being made in advancing women in technology and the positive change that comes from inclusiveness in our workplaces and communities. I think you’ll appreciate hearing both personal and professional stories from these leading women in technology, and I can’t wait to see them on stage in Toronto.

OpenText Women in Technology Summit Keynotes

But the fun and learning doesn’t stop there! The one-day conference will also feature interactive panel sessions that address topics like advancing women to leadership positions and impacting the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline. Moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist and co-host of The Social, Marci Ien, the panels feature some of the most accomplished advocates for women and girls in technology today, including:

  • Pearl Sullivan, University of Waterloo, Dean of Engineering
  • Mimi McGraw, Vice President, World Wide Deal Desk, OpenText
  • Danny Allen, SAP Labs, Vice President of Tech Diversity and Inclusion
  • Anar Simpson, Technovation, Global Ambassador
  • Saadia Muzaffar, Founder, TechGirls of Canada
  • Lucia Melgarejo, Product Designer at SAP.iO

The panels are designed to be interactive and offer a great opportunity for conference attendees to hear first-hand perspectives from our speakers in this discussion-style format.

Saadia Muzaffar, Founder TechGirls Canada and Anar Simpson, Global Ambassador, Technovation will also deliver 10-minute lightning talks on how we all need an ally in our careers, and creating a world where girls are encouraged to enter careers in STEM. These Ted-talk style sessions are designed to give you quick insight into these important topics.

OpenText Women in Technology Summit Lightning Talk Speakers

The OpenText Women in Technology Summit is going to be an inspiring day of learning, networking, and continuing the conversation on advancing women in technology. You’ll come away with new ideas and actionable strategies for fostering a diverse workplace. We’re excited to host this event and hope you can join us and enrich the conversation.

The WIT Summit is now sold out, but you can follow the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn using the hashtag #WITSummit18!

Julie Millard

Julie is Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at OpenText. She has over 20 years experience driving engagement in impactful programs through CSR, corporate communications, and D&I initiatives.

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