Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference Brings Innovation Leaders to Phoenix

Girl power is coming to Phoenix. And no, we're not talking about the Spice Girls. The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference takes place Sunday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 28, at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix and spotlights the success and innovation of women in the tech field.

Almost 50 women leaders in the tech world are scheduled to speak about topics ranging from education and empowerment in technology worldwide to the gender gap in pay and creating happiness both in and outside of work to creating change in developing nations using technology.

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Though this conference is going to be packed full of useful information and engaging speakers, Girls in Tech wants to make sure there is plenty of time for networking and creating connections between the conference attendees.

The conference starts out on Sunday with a welcome pool party, taking advantage of Hotel Palomar's rooftop pool and unique views of downtown.

But then it's down to business. Moderated by rapid business growth expert Eli David­son, a panel of six women, including CO+HOOTS founder Jenny Poon, will discuss the ins and outs of entrepreneurship Sunday afternoon.

The women behind Girls in Tech have packed both Monday and Tuesday with a full schedule of lectures, discussions, and more social events.

Advisor and VP of marketing at Virgin America Porter Gale will speak about marketing yourself during "Visibility: Building Your Brand, Networking, and Showcasing You" on Monday morning.

Melinda Chung, director of product marketing at GoDaddy will talk about customer engagement as one of the morning presenters. Phoenix's own Tania Katan, now curator of code at Axosoft, will also present, focusing on the importance of agility in one's life.

Later in the afternoon, direc­tor at Intel Cap­i­tal Chris­tine Her­ron will tackle the topic of funding women in her talk "Why You Really Got Turned Down for Funding," followed by a happy hour and a Silicon Desert Party at The Loft hosted by Axosoft and The City of Phoenix.

Guests can look forward to speakers like Dr. Mitzi Montoya, the vice president and Dean for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University, discussing higher education and women in STEM and entrepreneurship, and the VP of engineering for enterprise search at Salesforce Cathy Polinsky, who will share how create better products and innovation by using your own products in-house.

For a full schedule of speakers and events throughout the three days, visit Tickets for general admission are $199 a piece, but students' tickets can be purchased for $75 at

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