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Women Who Test

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Women Who Test is a full-day event on Friday, October 19 for women to network with other women who work in software testing. It is also a day to learn from and be inspired by each other. The program will cover testing topics and will support women’s personal and career journeys and include content like: reengineering your life, growing your personal brand, setting goals, discovering your career superpowers, and how to problem-solve when you are a female in the tech industry where your gender is out numbered 7:3.

Join women test engineers, managers, CEOs, and consultants for some truly inspiring talks and fascinating group work. Registration is free for conference attendees (simply "add-on" to any conference package), but you must reserve your seat in advance.

Read below for the overview of sessions and full descriptions.
 

 


Podcast...and Check Out the New Podcast Series—Women Who Change Tech!

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Several of our favorite speakers from Women Who Test will be featured in the brand new Women Who Change Tech podcast series! In the very first episode, listen as hosts Alison Wade, founder of Women Who Test, and Jessie Cohen Shternshus, owner and founder of The Improv Effect, chat with Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing, an award-winning author, and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs. Hear her creative process and ways you can jump start your own creativity—plus learn a helpful game you can use to think outside of the box.

Available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and more! Plus, meet some of the amazing women of this podcast LIVE at the Women Who Test event (part of the STARCANADA conference) in Toronto! Click here to listen now
 

Friday, October 19

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect, LLC.

Unlearning: The Challenge of Change

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:45am

The world we live in requires us to acquire new skills and absorb new knowledge in order to stay afloat. We must learn to SHIFT as things around us are changing. We see this on individual, team and organizational levels. However, we are leaving out one crucial piece of the puzzle: we are forgetting to forget, or rather, UNLEARN. Even though old habits are hard to break, the more we can unlearn the more likely we are to experience a sense of growth. In this interactive talk, Jessie will share learnings and unlearnings from her own career, stories from the companies she has worked with, and...

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Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Failing and Recovering

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:30am

Do you ever feel you have lost confidence in your own abilities? Why does this happen? Isabel Evans spends a lot of time painting. Someone once commented, “Why are you doing this, when you are not very good at it?” And gradually she stopped drawing and painting, after being intimidated by a conventional vision of what good art should look like. At the same time, she experienced a parallel loss of confidence in her professional abilities. Attempting creative pursuits like drawing and painting is essential to cognitive, emotional, creative abilities and she began to understand the...

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Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect, LLC.

The Power of Collective Experience

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:45am to 12:30pm
Bring your biggest challenges to this session and tap the wisdom of others. In this immersive session, you will tackle some of the most widely mentioned challenges brought to light from the group. We will use experiential techniques to unlearn outdated mental models, uncover assumptions and break through obstacles with new ideas. Whether it’s a software testing conundrum, a project setback, a management blocker, a group or team dysfunction or an interpersonal hurdle, all of these can slow our progress and reduce our effectiveness. When we hunt for options, we all have blind spots and biases... Learn More
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Creative Trespassing

Creative Trespassing: Sneaking your Spark into your Work Without Getting Busted

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

As co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress, Tania Katan knows the power of sneaking creativity into spaces where it belongs but isn’t always a priority in order to start a creative revolution! She will share uniquely developed exercises for flexing your creative muscles, funny stories from the frontlines of a productive disruptor and enough inspirational shouting to make your high school soccer coach crack a smile. You will leave this talk with tools for embracing your inner cape crusader and engaging in your everyday work and life with more gusto, curiosity,...

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Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Panel–Career Superpowers

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Let’s discuss and define the most important career superpowers for women. Hear what industry professionals, leaders, and idea disruptors think the important career superpowers are for women in 2018 and going forward.

 

Building Your Personal Brand for Success

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Building the right personal brand is one of the critical success factors in today’s workplace. Organizations develop a brand and image, but not many individuals think about their personal brand and how it can affect their career. As we interact with people, we want to influence them to support our efforts—approving projects, budgets, and funding; supporting our next career move; or recommending us for that promotion or raise we want. As a professional, it is critical to understand how you are being perceived by your “target audience.” During this interactive session... Learn More