International Women's Day

2nd Annual International Women's Day Talks #IWDTO

Mon, March 7th 2016 6:00-10:00pm

888 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A celebration of the past & ongoing achievements of women in STEM

After last year's innaugural IWDTO event, #DevTO returns on March 7th 2016 with their 2nd Annual International Women's Day Talks. In 2016 we are inviting 5 women in tech to share inspirational talks with us in Toronto.

By attending this event you are agreeing to abide by the #DevTO Code of Conduct.

Purchasing the child care add-on? Make sure you read these registration instructions.

#DevTO is extremely honoured to host the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as a special guest to #IWDTO 2016

Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is an energetic and highly regarded renaissance woman, an accomplished civil servant with wide-ranging interests, and is passionately devoted to the advancement of humanity. An intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate woman, Ms. Dowdeswell has devoted herself to public service, where her talents and skills have contributed greatly to many important initiatives, most notably those that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational, and cultural concerns.


Dominique DeGuzman

Dominique DeGuzman

Dominique (Dom) DeGuzman is a community & self-taught software engineer with a background in desktop hardware and public speaking. Dom jumped into software and tools development after years of provisioning linux. Now focusing on Infrastructure Engineering at Twilio, she focuses on development pipeline, infrastructure monitoring, and internal communication tools. She is also the SF City Director for Lesbians WhoTech and organizer of Diversity Advocates. Alongside development, Dom is one of the founding members of Twilio's diversity and inclusion initiative as well as the SF City Director for Lesbians Who Tech. She travels speaking about diversity and inclusion, battling brogrammer culture, impostor syndrome, and encouraging more underrepresented minorities in the field to pursue a future in STEM.

Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen is a web and mobile developer, writer, speaker, and computer science student. Born and raised in Toronto, she writes, speaks, and organizes communities focused on embracing empathy, diversity, inclusion, and mental health. She has written for ground-breaking publications like Model View Culture, Shameless Magazine, and AJ+. She’s a speaker for Prompt, a community of people in tech who give talks on mental illness. She has spoken at meetups and conferences like Women Who Code SF, Tech Inclusion Conference, and Dreamforce. Julia organizes mentorship events and workshops at the University of Waterloo Women in Computer Science Undergraduate Committee (WiCS) . She also volunteers with Write/Speak/Code, an organization empowering female thought leaders in technical writing, conference speaking, and open source.

Sylvia Ng

Sylvia Ng

Sylvia Ng is a growth and analytics professional with a passion for using the intersection of data, engineering, and marketing to fuel business results. Sylvia is currently the VP of Growth at ScribbleLive, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada. She enjoys using her skills acquired from past positions at Google and eBay in the community, frequently speaking at industry events (SMX, Data Marketing, Start-Up Fest) and participating on non-profit boards (Summerhill Impact, L'Arche Daybreak). Sylvia is a breast cancer survivor and lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

Helen Zeng

Helen Zeng

Helen Zeng is a Partner Engineer at Twitter, focused on building out the best developer experience for their fast-growing Ads API ecosystem. As a part of Twitter's Developer and Platform Relations team, she is passionate about creating great APIs, SDKs, and technical content. Helen cares deeply about bringing Computer Science education to underserved communities, and has taught high school computer science through the TEALS program while working at Twitter and Microsoft. In addition, she has also volunteered with organizations such as CoderDojo and Hack the Future to introduce programming to children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Adrienne Marshall

Adrienne Marshall

Adrienne is a Business Development Associate at The Working Group, a digital product design and development agency. Alongside business development, Adrienne is a project lead on a first-of-it’s-kind workplace diversity pilot designed to test and share strategies for addressing gender diversity and equity in the workplace. Adrienne also curates a weekly Toronto women in tech newsletter and is an organizer with intentional tech events like DevTO and NSNorth. When she’s not working, you can find her studying, writing, and experimenting with digital - analogue life balance. You can currently find her in Toronto, Canada and on Twitter.

Jaun Musleh

Juan Musleh

Juan is an experienced software developer currently working as a team manager at Bitstrips. She works on building mobile applications and improving backend services. She is always looking for ways to improve the processes and the tools that the team use. In the past, Juan worked at FreshBooks as a developer and a team lead. She is eager to learn and share knowledge with Toronto's tech community through speaking at events and advising entrepreneurs and early stage startups. In her free time, she enjoys reading and running.

FREE Child care will be provided out of the Kids & Company location at Bloor and Church. It is only a 7 minute walk from the venue. The center is located on the ground floor of the Unilever office building.

Please send an e-mail to Zara Alibhai at "requesting child care for #IWDTO" and provide your child's name and age. Zara will then connect to confirm placement and next steps on registration.

160 Bloor Street E., Suite 160 | || @kidcochildcare

The deadline to request child care is FEB 29th 2016.

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5:30pm- 6:30pm - Check in

6:45pm - Talks Begin

8:45pm - Q&A

9pm - Networking

Last year's recap