The summit, which will run from March 1-3, 2018, will convene over 5,000 queer women and allies and is expected to be the largest LGBTQ professional conference anywhere in the world. Other notable keynote speakers include Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode, and Bozoma Saint John, who joined Uber as Chief Brand Officer in June 2017.
“Despite the progress we have made, women, women of color and, especially LGBTQ women, are underrepresented in tech,” said Sheryl Sandberg. “Lesbians Who Tech is proof that this underrepresentation is not because these women aren’t talented, but because of barriers to hiring that must be addressed. The growth of Lesbians Who Tech over just five years speaks to the vital need for this professional network, and I look forward to this spring’s summit,” Sandberg concluded.
“Lesbians Who Tech is a dynamic community of over 30,000 members who reflect the world we live in. We connect our diverse talent to the tech industry at events hosted around the world,” said Leanne Pittsford, CEO and Founder of Lesbians Who Tech. “Sheryl Sandberg is a modern icon of the women’s movement in tech. Like Lesbians Who Tech, Sheryl has been leading the fight for more representation in our industry. We are thrilled to host her and other leading executives including Bozoma Saint John for our 5th and largest tech summit to date,” Pittsford expressed.
The 5th Annual Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Summit will take place in the Castro District of San Francisco and include “TED” style talks, “Ignite” talks, speed mentoring, workshops, tech demos, and recruiting and retention sessions. The summit’s keynote address will take place on from 10-12pm on March 2nd.
Past speakers at the annual Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Summit include Lydia Polgreen, Editor in Chief of the HuffPost; Luvvie Ajayi; Megan Smith, 3rd CTO of the United States; Jenna Wortham, NYTimes; Stacey Abrams, Candidate for Governor of Georgia; Patrisse Colors, Founder, BlackLivesMatter; Senator Tammy Baldwin; Sally Kohn, CNN; Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce; and more.
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