VanWIT hosts events that connect, inspire and educate. Join us and become a part of our network of smart, tech-savvy women who are committed to helping each other succeed. We provide a friendly and supportive environment for women in all stages of their career, including students, up-and-comers and seasoned professionals. VanWIT welcomes people of all genders who are interested in supporting women in technology.
2018/2019 Program – The Power of ____
Save the date on your calendar for the following events and keep an eye out for more details closer to the date:
- October 16, 2018: The Power of Networking – Who do you know?
- November 13, 2018: The Power to Succeed in IT – What’s YOUR Superpower?
- January 15, 2019: The Power of Coaching – How to bring out the best
- February 20, 2019: The Power of You – Members only: Leadership Circle event
- March 13, 2019: The Power of Governance – Working with Boards & Committees
- April 10, 2019: The Power of You – Members only: Leadership Circle event #2
- May 14, 2019: The Power of Opportunity – Landing your dream job
- June 11, 2019: The Power of Advice – What have you learned?
**Note: All events will be held at a location downtown from 6:00pm to 8:30pm**
With more than 2100 Project Management and Business Analysis professionals that attended our North American conferences in 2017 – there is no shortage of learning, sharing and networking.
Here is what they had to say about the conference:
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5 REASONS TO ATTEND:
1. Earn up to 26 PDUs / CDUs /PBAs
2. Learn from industry experts and innovators
3. Increase productivity and effectiveness
4. Acquire new skills, strategies and best practices
5. Connect. Expand your professional network
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Past 2018 Events
The second installation of our Digital Disruptions series will focus on Cyber Security and the challenges both you and your business will need to overcome to properly protect against the increasing number of cyber threats. Our distinguished speakers will engage in a lively discussion around several topics including:
- Cyber Strategies: How can you protect your organization and yourself?
- Risk Management: What should organizations think about to defend against cyber attacks?
- Emerging Technologies: What are the trends and considerations?
- Long term planning: How do you ensure you can address evolving threats?
- Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2018
- Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
- Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 900 West Georgia
- Ticket Price: $25.00
- Distinguished Speakers:Angela Baldonero, Chief of Staff – Strategy & Planning, Cisco Systems Inc
Angel has lived and worked in Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco in various Senior Vice President roles within the hospitality and technology industries, specifically at Return Path Inc., Avigilon, and Kimpton Hotels. This gives her a unique perspective and capability in building a full lifecycle customer experience enabled by technology. She is now responsible for leading the strategic development and tactical execution of the business model as well as working with the team to build a scalable, sustaining enterprise business.Khushbu Pratap, Principal Research Analyst, Gartner
Khushbu informs and educates leadership in IT risk management, audit management, security audits, and third-party security assessment related practices and trends. Her focus and interests are in an organizations’ cyber-security challenges, roles of the three lines of defense, risk-based security compliance initiatives, and security audits in the cloud. She advises senior management and board members on their individual or broader business-related IT risk initiatives.James Armitage, Manager of Cyber Security, City of Vancouver
James is responsible for the City’s cyber security strategic direction and architecture, and also manages day-to-day security operations. He has over 15 years of IT experiences across government, higher education, and private sector roles. As of late, he has spent considerable time building cloud adoption strategies in the context of BC’s privacy legislation.Erica Pretorius, Partner in Risk Advisory, Deloitte
Erica leads the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice in BC and is the National Leader for the Technology Fast 50 program. She is sought after to evaluate clients’ internal controls and risks surrounding systems and data, outsourcing, IT implementations, and privacy of information. With extensive expertise in assessing and improving IT governance, she helps expanding organizations manage their IT risk to promote efficient growth.Thank you to our Event Sponsor
VanWIT is excited to host our first event in the Digital Disruption Series, focusing on the Internet of Things and how it impacts our cities, where we live and how we work, both now and in the future. A panel of special guests will engage in a lively moderated discussion around the following topics:
- IoT opportunities: How do you build the case for which of the many to pursue?
- Big Data: How is it being used and what is the impact on people and on business?
- Hype v Applied Technology: what is already delivering real value and what is on the horizon?
- Future-proofing your career: How do you ride the wave and ensure you do not get let behind?
Date: April 18, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver 845 Burrard Street
Ticket Price: $25.00
Shari Wallace, Chief Information Officer, City of Burnaby
Shari is responsible for IT strategy, business transformation projects, asset lifecycle management and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining municipal government, Shari spent 15 years in the private sector in a number of IT positions across a wide-range of industries including telecommunications, banking and oil and gas.
Bill Finnerty. Research Director, Gartner
Bill is a member of the public-sector team covering citizen engagement, government portals, mobile, geospatial technologies and smart cities/communities for state and local governments. He previously served as the CIO for the Pennsylvania Department of State, where he was responsible for the Department’s IT strategic direction, budget, policy and staffing strategies.
Karina Guy, MAS, PMAHI, CISA, CISSP, CIPP/C, Partner, KPMG
Karina has over 25 years of experience in IM/IT advisory services specializing in digital transformation, advanced analytics, process automation, informatics and decision-support. She has also built the foundational capabilities for smart city initiatives as well as led numerous engagements in health and social care, public safety and law enforcement, infrastructure and transportation.
Kurt Pregler, ITP, MBA, CMC, PMP, Chief Information Officer, Translink
Kurt is a highly-motivated, customer-focused, and outcomes-oriented IT leader with responsibility for enterprise IT strategy, security, data and analytics, systems delivery and support, and day-to-day operations. He previously worked in operations management and management consulting roles before joining TransLink in late 2008.
Karyn Magnusson, P.Eng, Deputy City Engineer, City of North Vancouver
Karyn is an experienced engineer with a demonstrated history of leading design and operations teams in the municipal and higher education sectors, with a deep background in Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Asset Management and Green Infrastructure. She recently joined the City of North Vancouver in the role of Deputy City Engineer.
Thank you to our Event Sponsor
Featuring Frenny Bawa, who will be sharing her journey in an intimate setting
Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver
VanWIT is kicking off 2018 with another installation of our Leadership Circle Series, which features senior executives in technology who will share their journey in the industry with the VanWIT community in an intimate setting.
We are excited to welcome Frenny Bawa, who will lead a discussion about transcending gender bias and employing strategies for career progression in the tech industry.
Frenny Bawa is a Business Executive who has had career in technology which spanned over two decades. She began as a Marketing Manager at a Vancouver start-up and went on to hold senior leadership positions in several companies in the Lower Mainland and abroad. Over her career, Frenny developed expertise in product marketing, doing business internationally, transforming businesses and developing exponential growth strategies for the companies where she worked. She led the globalization initiative for Blackberry which expanded the company’s primarily North American foot print into over 175 countries. Following this business development effort, as Managing Director, she drove market development for BlackBerry in the Middle East, Africa and India. Frenny was recognized by Fortune India as one of the top 10 women in business. Currently, Frenny serves on Simon Fraser University’s Foundation Board and on the Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT). On a selective basis she also provides strategic advice to companies. Frenny holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from McGill University.
Tickets for this event are limited, so please make sure you sign up soon to share refreshments and conversation with Frenny and other VanWIT members!
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