SOURCE: Girls in Tech

Girls in Tech

November 24, 2009 13:10 ET

Girls in Tech Launches First-Ever Catalyst Conference

Event to Bring Together Women in Technology, Inspiring Ideas and Propelling Careers; Speakers Include Charlene Li, Wendy Lea and Kara Swisher

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2009) - Girls in Tech, the premier social network enterprise focused on the empowerment of women in technology, has announced the organization's first Catalyst Conference focused on career development of women working in high-tech. The conference will be held on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, and will bring more than 350 passionate, creative women together for a series of inspiring keynotes from female leaders in the industry, as well as workshops led by experts in innovation and collaboration.

As a premier female-only event, the Catalyst Conference will provide women with concrete technology and business tools for their careers, from advancement in their current position to launching a new venture. Attendees will benefit from sage advice and insight from innovators within the technology field. Speakers at the conference include Elisa Camahort, COO of Blogher; Donna Novitsky, CEO, BigTent; Sandy Jen, CTO, Meebo; Leila Chiryath Janah, CEO and Founder, Samasource. More information can be found on Girls in Tech's Catalyst Conference website.

"We've developed this conference to provide women in technology with real skills and important tools that they can directly apply to their careers," said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. "As an organization, Girls in Tech's main goal is to empower women in the industry, and we believe that the speakers and workshops we've lined up for the Catalyst Conference will propel women to take the next step in their career."

Attendees will include professionals from a wide-variety of high technology sectors, from women at the top of their industries and those leading their first ventures to discuss strategy and success. Topics of discussion include understanding industry trends, including what's working and what to avoid and learning how to create change for developing nations by using Web tools and platforms available. In addition to expert advice and informative tools, the conference will help to fuel new relationships and foster ideas that could have a considerable impact on the technology industry at large.

To recognize women who are innovating across technology, Girls in Tech has partnered with, a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, to find five women-led startups to present onstage. The five women will be chosen by their peers and validated by judges through the online "Catalyst Competition."

For more information or to attend the Catalyst Conference, visit

About Girls in Tech

Girls in Tech is a social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent and influential women in technology. Founded in February 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne, Girls in Tech offers a variety of resources and tools for women to supplement and further enhance their professional careers and aspirations in technology, including educational workshops and lectures, networking functions, round table discussions, conferences, social engagements, and recruitment events. Visit us at

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