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Women Who Test is a full-day event on Friday, October 7 for women to network with other women who work in software testing. It is also a day to learn from and be inspired by each other. The program will cover testing topics and will support women’s personal and career journeys and include content like: reengineering your life, growing your personal brand, setting goals, discovering your career superpowers, and how to problem-solve when you are a female in the tech industry where your gender is out numbered 7:3.

Join women test engineers, managers, CEOs, and consultants for some truly inspiring talks and fascinating group work. Registration is free for conference attendees, but you must reserve your seat in advance. See below for the overview of sessions and full descriptions.


Friday, October 7

Jaimee Newberry


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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 9:45am

Many of us have things we’d like to do in life, but somehow we never quite get around to doing many of them. Often there are too many other things we must do before we can get to the things we want to do. Life, family obligations, we don’t have the right tools, financial reasons, there are numerous reasons that hold us back...

In this talk, Jaimee will share some tips and tricks through stories about how she learned to identify her obstacles, get inspired, work through burnout, design the life she wanted and continue knocking out all the things on her life... Learn More

A Journey to Success

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:45am to 10:30am

Yassi Shayesteh's story is one of transformation, both cultural and professional—from a dependent and idealistic young immigrant to an independent and successful professional woman in technology. At age 19, fresh out of high school in Morocco and full of dreams for a new life, she moved to the United States to pursue higher education and a career in computer science. Far from everything and everyone familiar, those early days as an international student were riddled with challenges—emotional, cultural, and linguistic. As a computer science student and later as an... Learn More

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

The Power of Collective Experience

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 10:45am to 12:30pm

Bring your biggest challenges to this session and tap the wisdom of others. In this immersive session, you will tackle some of the most widely mentioned challenges brought to light from the group. Whether it’s a software testing conundrum, a project setback, a management blocker, a group or team dysfunction or an interpersonal hurdle, all of these can slow our progress and reduce our effectiveness.  And when we hunt for options, we all have blind spots and biases that prevent us from thinking out of the box and finding new and different solutions. Typically the... Learn More

Tania Katan

The United State of Women Summit: From Dreaming to Doing!

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 1:15pm to 2:00pm

Axosoft evangelist, Tania Katan reports back after being invited to the White House’s United State of Women Summit as a “Changemaker”. She will share stories from leaders, activists and, ahem, the First Lady of the United States on how women are taking on challenges in technology, entrepreneurship and beyond. You will leave this talk with tools for challenging the status quo and becoming a Changemaker! In the spirit of Axosoft’s collaborative tools (GitKraken)—and work culture—this lively talk (and micro-workshop) will engage attendees in working collaboratively,... Learn More

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Panel–Career Superpowers

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Let’s discuss and define the most important career superpowers for women. Hear what industry professionals, leaders, and idea disruptors think the important career superpowers are for women in 2016 and going forward.

Panel: Tania Katan, the Curator of Code at AxoSoft and Melissa Benua, Senior Backend Software Engineer at PlayFab, Inc.


Building your Personal Brand for Success

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Building the right personal brand is one of the critical success factors in today’s workplace. Organizations develop a brand and image, but not many individuals think about their personal brand and how it can affect their career. As we interact with people, we want to influence them to support our efforts—approving projects, budgets, and funding; supporting our next career move; or recommending us for that promotion or raise we want.  As a professional, it is critical to understand how you are being perceived by your... Learn More