The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.

Tuesday, August 21 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Gender Equality for Tech Entrepreneurs

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Despite the numerous benefits of gender diversity in tech for everyone from investors to customers, VC funding for companies with female CEOs and the proportion of tech companies with female founders remain low. An inside look at the gender-based barriers local tech entrepreneurs have faced, as well as benefits and proposed solutions. Attendees will learn how they can contribute to equitable resources and inclusive spaces for tech entrepreneurs of all genders.

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Kaitlin Marquardt

Full Stack Software Engineer, POLCO
Kaitlin is a Full Stack Software Engineer at POLCO, a civic engagement platform for local government and advocacy groups. She is also a scientist committed to improving the health of individuals who’ve experienced trauma. She specializes in data analytics, machine learning and visualization... Read More →

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Abigail Barnes

Co-Founder and CEO, Allergy Amulet
Abi Barnes is an entrepreneur, author, and attorney. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Allergy Amulet, which is creating a paradigm shift in food safety with a consumer food allergen/ingredient detection device. She is the author of An Entrepreneur's Guide to Certified B Corporations... Read More →
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Laura Berkner

COO, Stimmi
Laura Berkner is an energetic professional with a wide and varied background and experience. She is co-founder of Stimmi, LLC a mobile care plan for persons with autism or other disabilities. Laura is deeply committed to making a difference and helping create the best quality of life... Read More →
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Kristen Slack

Founder & CEO, Prof2Prof
Kristen Slack is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has held numerous teaching, research, and administrative roles. Kristen is a frequent social media commentator on the higher education sector, and an advocate for the higher education workforce... Read More →

Tuesday August 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Old Madison (3rd Floor)