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Speaker Spotlight: Rollie Goodman

Rollie Goodman is a recovering economist, and currently a Data Scientist at Workiva. Originally from Bozeman, she now lives on the East Coast and misses the mountains (though she’s also starting to develop strong opinions on cheesesteaks and Wawa vs Sheetz). She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in tech spaces, and putting the “driven” in data-driven.


As part of this #CourageToCreate track, Rollie will present on her efforts improve her team’s hiring and interview process. Studies have shown that creating a more data-driven hiring process is good not only for the quality of hires, but also for diversity and inclusion. While this sounds simple enough in theory, figuring out how to implement this kind of process can be difficult in practice. In this talk, I’ll walk through my data science team’s experience building and test-driving a process that treats hiring like statistical hypothesis testing, and share what we learned along the way.

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Speaker Spotlight: Sara Ford

Sara Ford is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Google. Previously she worked at GitHub and Microsoft and taught software engineering at Cal Poly. She’s a Distinguished Engineering Fellow at Mississippi State University and has a Masters degree in Human Factors (UX) from San Jose State University. She’s the author of two books on Visual Studio and has given numerous international talks on developer tools.


As part of this #CourageToCreate track, Sara will lead a workshop on Mastering the Git Porcelain Commands: Have you ever deleted your .git folder to start over? Or panicked because you got into a detached head state or `git log` was missing commits? (I did many times getting started!) In this interactive “active learning”-based talk, you’ll compare and contrast similar git commands using a git visualization tool. You’ll recognize the benefits and tradeoffs between: rebase vs merge, revert vs reset, log vs reflog, bisect vs blame, and more! And you’ll never need to delete your .git folder again!

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Speaker Spotlight: Caitlin Morrissey

Caitlin Morrissey is a program manager on the Women Techmakers global team at Google, where she’s worked for the past 8 years, and is the global lead for International Women’s Day (also her favorite time of year). She focuses her energy around building innovative learning initiatives and producing events that help empower women in tech to join, lead and thrive in the industry. Before joining the Women Techmakers team, Caitlin worked at YouTube where she ran bootcamps and workshops for up and coming YouTube creators. Originally from Berkeley, California, she now lives across the bay in San Francisco with her husband and many, many indoor plants.


As part of this #CourageToCreate track, Caitlin will lead a workshop called Reframing Your Narrative. In this workshop, explore the source of credibility and how to establish it. We’ll spend time thinking through how you can re-contextualize your own strengths, skills, and experiences and how all this factors the unique value you provide. You’ll walk away from this hour with a first draft of a bio you can use for your LinkedIn, professional website, cover letter or wherever you’re looking to share who you are and why you’re amazing.

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Speaker Spotlight: Wendy Hall Bohling

Wendy Bohling is a speaker, thought leader and corporate consultant on gender intelligence and inclusive leadership, CEO of Corporate Cowgirl Up, author of “Cowgirl Up: A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Corporate Frontier” and “Book of Badass” and co-host of the award winning Big Girl Money podcast, she has more than 30 years as an executive in the corporate saddle at some of the top telecom Fortune 100 companies and healthcare IT startups.


As part of this #CourageToCreate track, Wendy will lead a workshop on resilience. Resilience is one of the secret skills of highly effective leaders. It’s not about being strong, it’s about being flexible. Just recall the willow story about bending not breaking. It’s not IF bad things will happen in your career, company or the world, it’s WHEN. Effective change management practices incorporate understanding how you cope with adversity, shifting yours and others’ paradigm from being the victim of change to building resilience in your organization and developing resiliency as a leader. This session will help you build your skills at being resilient and flexible during these turbulent times. Learn how to transform from adversity to be stronger and more capable. Learn how to incorporate resiliency into your change management initiatives while being an effective, inclusive leader who can respond to the crazy in the world with calm, class and charisma.

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Announcing our IWD 2021 Keynote Speaker!

WTM Bozeman is pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the 2021 IWD Summit will be Tara-Nicholle Kirke. We are so excited for Tara to kickoff our day by speaking about transforming our inner critics and unlocking our #CourageToCreate. Not familiar with Tara yet? Read on below:

Tara-Nicholle Kirke, MA, Esq. — The Inner Critic Coach™ — is a globally-recognized transformation expert, Master Coach and spiritual strategist for smart, successful people.

A recovering attorney and the former CMO of MyFitnessPal, Tara wrote the authoritative book on transformational business. It’s called The Transformational Consumer: Fuel a Lifelong Love Affair with Your Customers by Helping Them Get Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser. 

Previously, Tara was an Entrepreneur in Residence with Lightspeed Venture Partners and pioneered the use of breakthrough content to build brands like HGTV, Trulia, Birchbox and Chegg.

These days, she spends most of her time creating curriculums and leading rituals at SoulTour’s School of Spiritual Strategy. SoulTour is the personal development company where Tara guides smart, successful people to stop hiding their light and sabotaging their own businesses and Best Life goals.

Tara’s story, teachings and writings have been featured in the New York Times, Essence, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Yoga Journal, and she was named the #1 woman Silicon Valley tech companies should be naming to their boards.

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3 More Days! Submit your IWD speaker proposal now!

Hi folks, happy Friday!

Hope you all have amazing weekends planned, including submitting a speaker proposal to make our IWD event great. Full disclosure: we don’t have very many proposals and it’s difficult to plan an event without speakers.

Nervous? Perfectly on brand for our #CourageToCreate theme – you can do it!

Still no? Please forward the form to 2 folks you know having amazing things to share, and personally ask them to submit a proposal.

Looking forward to reading your ideas!

For convenience, here is the form; it will close EOD Monday, February 15.


IWD 2021 Speaker Proposals Now Open!

We are now accepting speaker proposals for IWD 2021! Head over to the form to submit your idea for a presentation or workshop.

Some notes to keep in mind:

  • The event is Friday, March 26
  • All sessions will be virtual
  • Let us know if there’s a maximum number of attendees to keep your session engaging
  • Technical and non-technical topics are welcome
  • The theme is #CourageToCreate; how does your session fit in?
  • Bios and publications can be updated/edited prior to publishing
  • In general, presentations will be in the morning and workshops in the afternoon

The form will close at EOD Monday, February 15.

Looking forward to reviewing all your great submissions!