Women in Tech

August 26th, 2013

Oak Table World WIT, (Women in Technology)



Image from Tech Cocktail where you’ll find more info on Women in Tech.

A dozen topics, the best women in the business, how cool is that?

Both days’ sessions will be dynamic open-floor discussions on the topics that are important to women in technology today.

  • First Session:  Monday, Sept. 23rd , 10-11am
  • Second Session:  Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 3-4pm

“Find your path, set it on fire- so bright that people not only want to see the flames, they want to walk in your footsteps before they cool…”




  • Talk alongside high-level Oracle professionals on how to best channel your strengths and showcase your
    effectiveness in the workplace.
  • Discuss how incredibly skilled women are at their jobs and how to take that initiative and power, then redirect it on building your career.
  • Ideas on how to partner and professionally network more effectively as WIT.
  • How to be a mentor, mentor each other and find a mentor, along with mentoring the women of tomorrow.
  • How networking and social media can build your career, help you locate a better job, ace an interview and other essential skills for today’s Oracle professional.
  • Leaning in, digging in and stepping into the spot light- What holds so many of us back from what turns a job into a career?
  • Communication challenges in the workplace- What they are and how we can overcome them.
  • “Discrimination is no longer the enemy- stereotypes are.”  How often does cultural limiting go unrecognized and how to overcome it.

Attendees should gain:


  • Collaboration on innovative solutions to overcome common challenges to today’s WIT.
  • Learn more about themselves and empowered to do more.
  • Build and extend professional and personal connections in a welcoming environment of women committed to helping each other succeed.

WIT Involved in planning and/or attending:


  • Kellyn Pot’Vin, Sr. Technical Consultant, Enkitec, (Moderator for both sessions), covering
    • How our natural communication style challenges us in the work place and effective ways to address it.
    • How stereotypes are so often simply accepted and hinder women and men from achieving the most optimal balance of career and family life.
    • What can we do to better support each other as mentors and promote technical careers to future  WIT.
  • Debra Lilley, Principal Consultant at Fujitsu, ACED
  • Michelle Malcher, DBA Team Lead at DRW Holdings, ACED
  • Vanessa Simmons, Director of Business Development at the Pythian Group
  • Gwen Shapira, Solutions Architect at Cloudera, ACED
  • Amy Caldwell, Oracle Apps Development and EBS at Chick-fil-a
  • Sarah Zumbrum, Oracle Certified Lead Architect at Finit Solutions
  • Heli Helskyaho, CEO at Miracle Finland, ACE



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  2. August 20th, 2013 at 21:53 | #1

    Sounds like a good place to be. I am coming over from New Zealand and interested in hearing about and writing about what is being done to encourage more young women into technology and then helping them stay and thrive. We have too many lawyers too many law students and not enough jobs. Those brains should be technology bound.

  3. August 21st, 2013 at 02:50 | #2

    Hi Jennie! We look forward to having your voice added to our and building that conversation. This is a topic that is on many of our minds right now. I have a 16 yr old daughter and am consistently frustrated at the lack of technical opportunities and mentoring offered to her at this age. Interesting note on the lawyers/law students- A good point to make on how we can push technical careers earlier on so we don’t have this lopsided result to the workforce!
    See you in a couple of weeks in San Fran!

  4. khailey
    August 22nd, 2013 at 19:30 | #3
  5. Tim Gorman
    September 4th, 2013 at 21:02 | #4

    Four of the nine women Oracle ACED’s in the entire world will be in these sessions?

    Just how cool is that?

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