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Women Who Test

Women Who Test is a full-day event on Friday, October 6 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 (simply "add-on" to any conference package), but you must reserve your seat in advance.

Read below for the overview of sessions and full descriptions.


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Friday, October 6

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

It's Not All Rainbows & Unicorns (The Picture This Clothing Story)

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 8:45am to 9:30am

When Picture This Clothing launched in August of 2016 and instantly went viral, the media made it sound like Jaimee was a "simple mom" who stumbled upon a great idea and struck gold. What they didn't share is the teamwork, the trials-and-error, and the years of work that happened before this viral success. While her current day-to-day is quite literally surrounded with imagination, unicorns, and rainbows, Jaimee delves into the struggle of self-worth, re-designing her life, and how her compass of intention positioned everything that has unfolded as she shares the story of how Picture This...

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Stacy Kirk
QualityWorks Consulting Group, LLC

Bold and Fearless Leadership

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Stacy Kirk has always had entrepreneurial dreams but she found that one of the biggest obstacles to growth was fear. Over her 15 years of technical leadership, she found that many of the women that she mentored and led had similar fears that blocked their career and technical growth. Stacy will share her account of how her fears stifled her career and how the realization of one of her deepest fears became her biggest change agent. In this open and honest conversation, she will talk about how she overcame her fears and utilized them to drive both her technical knowledge and business success...

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Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

The Power of Collective Experience

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 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 best ideas come from...

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Tania Katan
Creative Trespassing

Creative Trespassing: How to Sneak Creativity into Companies, Jobs and Life

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Tania Katan knows a little something about sneaking principles from art into the tech space in order to start social media revolution! As the former Brand Evangelist for Axosoft she co-created the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress and now she has a map for you to use to find your creativity too! She will share uniquely developed exercises for flexing your creative muscles, funny stories from the front-lines of an everyday disruptor and enough empowering quotes and inspirational shouting (GO get ‘em, Creative Tiger!) to make your high school soccer coach crack a smile. You...

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Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Panel–Career Superpowers

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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.


Building your Personal Brand for Success

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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 “target audience.” During this interactive session... Learn More