JUNE 4TH, 2019

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An Evening Conference With

Fresh – Actionable – Disruptive

Content from Women Shaping the Tech Industry

About the event

We hope  you’ll join us at FordLabs downtown Ann Arbor where our industrious speakers will discuss their experiences navigating the tech industry and propelling their careers into thought leaders in the field. Our empowered speakers will discuss how to build up your experience for your next role, maneuvering a room of doubters and discovering your personal success story.

This program positions established or climbing women in the tech field to create effective and warranted disruption to their industry by addressing gender bias, pay inequality and overcoming adversity.
These speakers are the aspiring leaders we chose for the event:

Tonya McCarley

Product Manager, DaySmart Software & Adjunct faculty, UofM School of Information

With 24 years of professional experience, Tonya successfully navigated careers in sales and in technology. Currently, she is Product Manager and the Director of User Experience at DaySmart. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches Introduction to Interaction Design to graduate students. In her current roles, Tonya brings value to all states of the product life cycle, from discovery of a new idea to the maintenance/growth of an established product. Collaboration is a key function of her role; bridging the gap between end-users, subject matter experts, and technology teams. As a life-long learner, Tonya constantly pushes herself and others to keep learning: new ideas, new processes, new technology.
Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa McLaughlin

CEO, Co-Founder at Workit Health

Lisa McLaughlin is a social entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Workit Health, a telehealth addiction care company creating an entire new channel for reducing drinking and drug use backed by the National Science Foundation. She is the recipient of the TechWeek Detroit Technology Woman of the Year award for 2017. Lisa serves as a Desai Accelerator Mentor for early stage technology companies and as an advisor to a number of biotech startups. Lisa has held leadership positions at some of the world’s most respected digital health and learning companies. She developed one of the first social sector technology service models in the health informatics space and has facilitated a wide range of learning innovation labs for foundations (Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation) and universities. She has extensive training and experience in addiction research, crisis referral, alcohol and drug treatment aftercare, wilderness therapy, disaster response, and college completion. Lisa was previously an Innovation Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information building social impact programs at the intersection of information science and social innovation (MSI/MSW).

Judy Asher

Manager Cyber Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance and Security & Controls Compliance, Ford Motor&nbspCompany

Ms. Asher, in her career at Ford Motor Company, has held a variety of roles in Information Technology. She recently joined the Cyber Security team after spending 3 years in Mobility Products and Platforms. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computational mathematics from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Throughout her career, Judy has embraced and championed new and emerging technologies, envisioned the future they could enable, and managed change to move toward the future state. Married with two sons, Ms. Asher is passionate about human-centered design, innovation, and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math), especially women in technology. She is currently on Ford’s Corporate STEAM Council, is the Chief University Mission Director for the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, and is on the Executive Advisory Council for AWAF (Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation). In October 2018, Judy was named “Women of the Year” by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, and in 2016, was named by Crain’s Detroit as one of the “50 Names to Know in Information Technology”.
Why the 'Prove Them Right' Women in Tech Series was created:
DaySmart Software, FordLabs and SPARK have paired up to provide this series for A2tech360’s week of programs which is dedicated to promoting the ecosystem of innovation in the Ann Arbor.
Who was it created for?
Our Women in Tech program brings together talented professionals in tech, who just happen to be women. We invite professionals looking to build up their professional networks with like minded women and allies.
Why now?
Tech as an industry is the loudest voice currently shaping how we move forward as a modern society. Though women currently make up 59% of the total workforce only 20% are breaking into tech jobs. Most shockingly 40% of women with engineering degrees either don’t enter the field at all or quit soon after. While tech continually shapes our lives a major voice is missing in its development, women. Now is the time to discuss, join us at our women in tech conference and bring your voice.

Ann Arbor · June 4th, 2019

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