Empower. Engage. Educate.

We are proud to announce our 8th Annual 2021 Statewide Summit on Women & Tech: Empower, Engage, Educate will take place completely online Thursday, March 4, Friday, March 5, Saturday, March 6, and Monday, March 8, 2021.

This year, we are excited to extend the Summit so that we can partner with the Women of IU Conference to co-sponsor a presentation with Target's Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer Laysha Ward on Monday, March 8, which is International Women's Day.

Note: All times listed on this website are in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Register Today!

The Summit is free for all participants, which means you can feel free to attend the entire event or just pick and choose the sessions of interest to you. 

We’re using the Whova platform that can be accessed from a browser or via an app download, and the platform will allow you to plan for and save sessions you want to attend.



Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Mala Sharma, Building a Successful Career Through Creativity & Digital Literacy, Thursday, March 4, 11:45am EST/EDT
Catherine D’Ignazio & Lauren Klein, Data, AI, and Power: Lessons from Intersectional Feminism, Thursday, March 4, 2pm EST/EDT This Plenary is sponsored by OneAmerica.
Genevieve Bell, Taking AI Safely, Sustainably, & Responsibly to Scale? The Journey So Far, Thursday, March 4, 4pm EST/EDT
Jason Fagone, A Conversation with Jason Fagone and Laurie Burns McRobbie, Friday, March 5, 12pm EST/EDT This keynote is sponsored by Elastic.
Meghan McGrath, Cyborg Dance Party, Saturday, March 6, 12pm EST/EDT
In honor of International Women's Day, we are pleased to partner with the Women of IU Conference for a virtual conversation with Laysha Ward, EVP & Chief External Engagement Officer at Target and Indiana University Alumna, class of 1991. Laysha will present, Laysha's Lessons from the She-Suite: Making this Moment a Sustained Movement Towards Equity Monday, March 8, 1:30pm EST/EDT.

About the Summit

The 2021 Statewide Summit on Women & Tech: Empower, Engage, Educate is an annual conference hosted by the IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology. The Summit provides an opportunity to celebrate women & technology and to share, learn, engage with, and experience tech across a variety of skill levels and topics. Empowerment sessions are included to promote career success. This year, our virtual format allows statewide participation from anyone at no charge.

The Summit is open to any IU students, faculty, staff, alumnae, employers, as well as members of the general public, of any gender.