Tech Talks

Past Tech Talks

Virtual Reality Tech Talk

Travel beneath the sea and stare a whale in the face. Walk through your dream home before it is built. “Virtual reality” is a technology that will transform not just gaming, but education, medicine, and sales of real estate. And it is already here, being developed by Utah companies. Join our panelists, Chris Madsen of Morph 3D, Valeria Rodriguez of Impact Hub, Carol Dalrymple of KUED, and Joe Gabriel from The VOID on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to discuss how virtual reality will transform our world.

We are incredibly excited to showcase this amazing panel, and you will definitely want to stay afterwards to experience VR for yourself! VR demos will be from 1:30-3:00PM immediately following the tech talk.

Internet of Things and Connected Homes

Refrigerators with photos of what’s on the shelves and their expiration dates. Sprinklers you adjust from your phone. Front doors you never have to open to see who is there. The 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us. It’s driven by the Internet of Things and 3D printing – merging physical worlds with digital. Utah technology companies are driving the home automation innovation in this space. Come hear Paul Williams, Vice President of Control4, Matthew Mahar, VP Consumer Experience at Vivint and Jim Young, President of AVI, moderated by Donna Milakovic of USTAR discuss the connected home evolution.

Online Retail - March 31, 2016

Overstock, eBay and STEALS are three of the great online retails brands here in Utah. This is your chance to learn from them about what it means to drive conversion, build a customer base and create success in the online retail space.

Stormy Simon is the President of, She has been with Overstock for more than 15 years.

Denise Leleux runs the eBay Global Customer Service team of more than 3000 people.

Jana Francis is the co-founder of the, a successful network of sites of consumer-sourced brands.

LaRae Wright is lead faculty at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. GS10KSB is a program for small businesses that links learning to action.

Women in Tech Make a Difference - Oct 28, 2015

Women Tech Council turns 8 years old this month!! Come celebrate with us, as our original Founders and Executive Board, each present on the ways women in tech make a difference to our economy and community. Over the last 8 years our community has grown to over 4000 people, thank you for being a part of it. We look forward to celebrating with you. The Founders and Board Members will present on:

Leadership - Cydni Tetro, Founder and Executive Director
Entrepreneurship - Kim Jones, Founder and Chair of the Board
Partnership - Sara Jones, Founder and VP Operations
Learning - Gretta Spendlove, Board Member and VP Tech Talks
Mentorship - Julie Simmons, Board Member and VP Outreach

Come hear how these themes have helped build Utah’s most visible professional organization to support women in technology. You will learn more about the women who operate Women Tech Council and what drives their passion. Come enjoy lunch and great networking. Be sure to register early.

Top Cybersecurity Issues with expert from FireEye - Aug 13

Women Tech Council and AIM Utah (Association of Information Management) are excited to partner with FireEye for our August Tech Talk. FireEye is a leader in Cybersecurity and has been involved in helping some of the world’s largest organizations with their security protection programs. Please join us August 13 at 12:00 noon to hear Jennifer Weedon, one of the leading experts, discuss IT security trends.

Come learn about the sophistication and challenges of cyberworld intelligence and how corporations and individuals can best protect against a data security breach. If you missed the 60 minutes feature with FireEye earlier this year, check it out at

Speaker Bio:

Jen Weedon is an experienced and cross-functional leader in strategic threat intelligence analysis and cyber risk management consulting. She currently leads FireEye’s strategic analysis team, where she and her team advise a range of private sector and government clients on global cyber threat risks. Jen works with her team to analyze, forecast, and communicate on the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. Previously, Jen played a key role in building out Mandiant’s intelligence team and intel offerings as product manager for the Mandiant Intelligence Center. Jen contributed to Mandiant’s landmark APT1 report, linking a long-running cyber espionage effort to a Chinese military unit. She also worked on the cyber espionage and hacktivist portfolios at iSIGHT Partners. Prior to that, Jen analyzed and briefed policymakers on Russia’s intents and motivations in cyberspace for the U.S. defense community.

Jen has a master’s degree in Public International Law and Security Studies from Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (2008), and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College (2002). She is also a Fulbright Scholar.

The Overstock Story: Building a Billion Dollar Business

Join us May 14 to hear from Overstock's Chairman of the Board of Directors Jonathan Johnson talk about how he has been part of's meteoric growth from a small start-up to a publicly-traded company with $1.1 billion in sales and over 1,400 employees.

Snapchat Celebrity Shaun McBride: Using Technology to Make Dreams Come True

Shaun McBride has been named by Forbes magazine as “Snapchat’s first homegrown celebrity and one of the first people to make money off of his intricate Snapchat art.”

Shaun, better known on Snapchat as “Shonduras,” has created branded content for Disney, Taco Bell, Major League Soccer, television networks and more.

Shaun McBride is an Ogden native and received his Bachelors degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University in 2010. Shaun enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and spending time with his wife, Jennie, and their two dogs, Olive and Koopa.

Achieving Hyper Business Growth by Developing Partnership

Want to know how companies achieve hyper levels of growth like inContact? Come join us for the Women Tech Council’s TechTalk in February and listen to a powerhouse panel from inContact discuss the rules of engagement with partners, how channels can help you scale faster and how to prepare for lasting growth. The right relationships can help you expand your footprint, gain valuable insight and experience and react when challenges arise.

Three inContact panelists will share best practices for success in the fast-paced cloud technology world, so don’t miss this TechTalk especially if you’re an entrepreneur or will be one soon!

Our inContact panelists are:
-Victoria Head, Director of Cloud Connectivity
-Sara Udy-Hegvik, Manager Professional Services
-Jessica Smith, Product Marketing Manager

Movies, Photos, and Financial Information—Behind the Scenes, through the Satellites, and on the Cloud

Our speaker will be Scott Calder, founder of Mainstream Data, a Utah company which digitally transmits 70% of movies in US theaters, operates one of the largest stock photo repositories in the world, and moves financial information for Bloomberg Financial and other major companies. Scott will describe how he grew his company from daydream to international business, and will discuss the latest technologies in both storing media and financial information and moving it around the world.

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:30

High-tech Innovations in Business Training

Service reps wearing Google glasses. Software engineers tweaking training materials based on sophisticated analytics. iPads containing a company’s entire suite of training videos, certification tests, and equipment manuals. That is where the world of training and support is headed.

Join us at this Tech Talk and learn from the experts from Pluralsight, Vivint, GE Healthcare and inContact as they discuss the Next Gen technology in training and support. You will learn how they are meeting the challenge of educating a mobile workforce through app development. How they make training materials more interactive. And how they enable personal and corporate success.

Our expert panelists:

Jeff Ross, VP, Pluralsight
Clain Udy, Field Services Training Manager, Vivint
John Love, Training Leader, GE Healthcare
Emily Lucht, Manager Employee Education & Development, inContact

Big Genomics: How Utah is Leading the Genetic Information Age

Join us July 9, 2014 and August 20, 2014 for a two-part series on "Big Genomics: How Utah is leading the genetic information age." From cancer tests to DNA analysis for family history research, Utah companies are leveraging immense data capabilities to create innovative genetics products.

Our July event will focus on how technology is driving diverse products in genetics research, and our August event will focus specifically on using genetics intelligence to fight cancer.

Join us July 9th to engage with a panel of top executives from Utah’s genetics companies about their products for today and tomorrow. The panel includes Ken Chahine, President of DNA, LLC; Lars Mourtisen, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Business Development at Sorenson Genomics; and Reid Robison, Chief Executive Officer of Tute Genomics.

March Tech Talk: Embracing Fear and Leveraging Social Media to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Many people call Nicole Donnelly fearless. Maybe it’s because she was a professional snowboarder, or maybe because she has founded her own company, But the truth is, Nicole isn’t fearless—she embraces her fear and utilizes it to propel her to success.

In this Tech Talk, Nicole will share her path to becoming an entrepreneur, the challenges she faced along the way and how she overcame them. She will also share her insights on how to successfully leverage social media to enable your company and protect your brand. The Tech Talk is being held at Weber State University’s brand new Davis Campus in Layton!

Wednesday March 19th 12:00-1:30

Weber State University, Davis Campus

February Tech Talk: The New University, How Higher Ed is Meeting the Needs of Mobile Learners

Nationally, more than 40% of college students take at least one course online, and the number is growing every year. Meet the people who are leading the way in online higher education here in Utah. They'll talk about the needs of online learners, what's working, and what we can expect in the future. Our panelists include Sally Johnstone, Vice President of Student Experience at Western Governors University, Jonathon Nichols, Director of the new online MBA program for the University of Utah, and Claire Peterson, member of the eLearning Task Force at Salt Lake Community College.
Thank you to our February Tech Talk Sponsor:
Durham Jones & Pinegar is a leading law firm with offices in Utah and Nevada, offering a spectrum of services in more than 20 practice areas.
2013 Tech Talks

November Tech Talk: Emerging Print Technologies from Hewlett-Packard

Every generation has had a defining industry and IT is ours. As a pioneer IT company, Hewlett-Packard has a unique 75-year history innovating for IT’s evolution and trends.

HP AMS Print Services Director Tami Beach will present an overview of the trends in IT and what customers’ needs are today. Tami will discuss how HP is addressing these trends and customers’ needs with exciting and innovative printing products and solutions.

October Tech Talk: Building a Tech Company

Utah is a hotbed for emerging companies, fueled by technology. Meet women in our state who have moved a product or service from idea to profitable reality, and hear them tell how they did it. A panel of entrepreneurs will talk with us about how they are growing their companies.

Jana Francis,
Sara Jones, KoDefy
Christine Archibald, ManagementPlus
Fiona Volmrich, Viper

July Tech Talk: Inside 3D Printing-- The Changing World of Manufacturing and Retail

3D Printing is the next big wave of technology. Imagine printing parts to fix your car, or your next product prototype, or a medical device, or you as a Stormtrooper or Star Trek figurine. You don’t have to imagine that world anymore, it is happening with 3D printing. Join us for this timely conversation on what is happening, where 3D printing is headed and what you should know.

Feb Tech Talk "Mentoring: Tools, Methods, and Best Practices"

Mentoring is one of the most powerful ways we can both receive and give career assistance. Identifying appropriate mentors and learning from them is key to your long-term career success. Celeste is a mentoring expert and will provide unique insights into mentoring within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) industry.

To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. However, you can take your mentoring relationship to the next level by learning just a few simple tricks. Celeste's presentation helps professionals utilize proven tools, methods and best practices to encourage more girls and under-represented minorities to pursue careers in (STEM).

Thank you to Weber State University and MarketStar for sponsoring this event!

2012 Tech Talks

November Tech Talk: "Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Utah’s High Tech Industries—Skills You’ll Need" Part 2

We will have a panel discussion with a group of women who have been involved in high tech industries, about the issues relating to women breaking the “glass ceiling” in tech industries. Those panelists will be

Kim Jones, CEO Vérité
Susan Cashen, SVP, Worldwide Marketing, Control4
Alison Wistner, Director, Mercato Partners
Heather Zynczak, CMO, Domo
Carol Fineagan, CIO, Nelson Laboratories

Thank you to Ballard Spahr for sponsoring this tech talk.

October Tech Talk: "Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Utah’s High Tech Industries—Skills You’ll Need" Part 1

Join us this fall for a two-part series on succeeding at the top levels of Utah’s high tech companies. Our first event will include a brief overview of statistics on high-level women in Utah’s tech companies, followed by a 90-minute workshop by Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. Jo will help us, through an interactive presentation, to identify our ideal career niches, build our leadership brands, and make our value visible.

Thank you to eBay for sponsoring this tech talk!
Jo Miller is CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. Jo is a sought-after speaker, delivering over 60 speaking presentations annually to audiences of up to 1200 women. She is also a regular presenter for eBay, our sponsor for this event. Jo has developed and implemented leadership development programs that have benefited women worldwide, logging many thousands of hours coaching women who are in executive and management positions, or aspire to be. Jo was named on e of Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s 40 people to watch under the age of 40 in 2006, and one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence in 2008. Jo has graciously waived her speaker’s fee as a donation to Women Tech Council, with travel expenses and incidentals donated by eBay, our sponsor.

August Tech Talk: "New Developments at Hill Field"

Meet Colonel Sarah Zabel, Hill Air Force Base commander and newly approved brigadier general. Tour the F-16 and A-10 fighter jet repair areas, normally off-limits to civilians. Meet Ms. Sandy Fitzgerald, supervisor of the F-16 production line, as well as Major Eileen Frock and Captain Laura Griggs, who also manage the production lines. Join WTC members August 15 for a unique view of military technology in Utah and the high-ranking women who produce it. We will meet between 11:30 and 11:45 at Northridge High School, 2430 N. Hill Field Road, Layton, UT, and ride an Air Force bus onto the base for lunch and a presentation by Colonel Zabel. We will then tour the F-16 and A-10 production lines before returning to Northridge High School by 2:20 to 2:25.

July Tech Talk - “Personalized Medicine and Women’s Health”

Meet Dr. Vivien Lee, the new Dean of the U of U Medical Center, to learn about recent medical breakthroughs made in Utah. Dr. Lee will focus on women’s health issues. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate, with honors, from Harvard Medical School. She also holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Dr. Lee’s specialty is radiology, and she has authored over 140 research publications.

Thank you for Tanner for sponsoring this tech talk!

May Tech Talk - "Flying the Space Shuttle"

Join us as Kent Rominger shares his experiences as an astronaut, including flying the shuttle and using it to assemble the International Space Station. Kent is now vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Space Launch Division, ATK Aerospace Group, and is responsible for growing ATK’s NASA and commercial space pursuits. A veteran of five space shuttle flights including two as the mission commander, Kent has logged over 1600 hours and traveled 27 million miles in space. He culminated his NASA career as the chief of the Astronaut Office.

Thank you to ATK for sponsoring this tech talk!

January Tech Talk - "LinkedIn Boot Camp for Business Success"

The WTC was proud to present an industry-leading SME on LinkedIn. The nationally known social media speaker, Kevin Knebl, focused on the importance and relevance of interpersonal skills and effective networking strategies, techniques and methods. We learned the most impactful ways of utilizing LinkedIn as a tremendously powerful tool to assist in your business lead generation, brand exposure, business development, client acquisition and revenue-generating efforts. We learned immediately applicable strategies and methods to increase your organizations' visibility, showcase their credibility and grow their revenues.

Thank you to MarketStar for sponsoring this tech talk!
2011 Tech Talks

November Tech Talk: Educating Utah's Women for Tomorrow's Jobs

“How does the rate of college attendance among Utah women compare to the national average? At what rates do Utah women enter scientific and technical fields? What factors can increase those rates, from family influences to governmental action? Come hear and question Susan Madsen and Cheryl Hanewicz, two Utah Valley University professors who have done statewide research on Utah women and higher education. They are just back from making a presentation at an international conference in London on how society and government can facilitate change.“

October Tech Talk: How you should protect personal and company information

Please join us for a lively discussion on privacy and data security issues with Ryan Marsh, Counsel at eBay, and Lisa Hone, Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, formerly with the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Hone will be joining us from Washington, D.C. via video conference.

July Tech Talk: Top Mobile Apps Busy Professionals can't live without!

Which mobile phone apps increase your productivity the most? Which apps make life simpler? Join us as Kim Jones, of Vérité; Alison Wistner, of Mercato Partners; and Brian Lampright of Marketstar, share their favorite apps and lead the discussion of what works and what doesn’t. Bring your mobile phone and join in the interactive portion of the program as we ask questions and tabulate audience responses
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