University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Women in Information Technology Conference

This two-day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11 & 12 will focus on women in information technology and technology-related business professions. Attendees will participate in professionally led sessions covering a variety of technical, professional, and lifestyle topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from one another and form connections they can leverage long after the conference ends.





Asa Hutchinson 

Conference Speaker: Asa Hutchinson

46th Governor of Arkansas

Sarah (Scott) Daigle 

Conference Facilitator: Sarah (Scott) Daigle

Chief Executive Officer
The Tech Ambassador
Currant Technology Group

Rita Carney

Keynote Speaker: Rita Carney

STEM for Girls
Recently retired Walmart Executive

Lisa Tuttle

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Tuttle

Chief Information Security Officer
SPX Corporation

 

Pictures from the Event Taken by Ryan Versey

 

Event Schedule

The two-day event will include an awards dinner on Tuesday, April 11, and conference sessions on Wednesday, April 12.


Day 1 - Tuesday, April 11 (optional)

Awards Dinner: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
This event honors winners of the 7th annual NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. The Award recognizes outstanding young women at the high-school level for their computing related achievements and interests.


Day 2 - Wednesday, April 12

Conference Speaking Sessions: 8:00-4:30 pm
Download a detailed agenda (pdf)


Topics:

The Need for Women in the field of Technology - Ron Darbeau, Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Cognitive Computing -Why Should you Care? - Valinda Kennedy, Global university Skills Program Manager, IBM

Data Analytics and Financial Projection Models -  Lisa Morstad, Senior Analytics Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics

State of Women in Information Technology - Terry Morreale, CTO & Associate Director, NCWIT

Internet of Things - Cheryl Wiebe, Practice Lead, Analytics of Things, Think Big, Teradata

Business Analytics and Virtual Reality - Paul Martin, Strategic Initiatives Engineer, Casestack and Nadine Devich, Strategic Initiatives Intern, Casestack

Million Women Mentors - Andrea Roberts, Senior Manager, Supplier Communications, Walmart Stores, inc.

Governor's Address - Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas, State of Arkansas

IT Entrepreneurship Workshop - Sarah Daigle, CEO, The Tech Ambassador, Currant Technology Group

Artificial Intelligence in Business - Karen Thomas, Executive Vice President Americas Sales & Services, Teradata

Panel Discussion - Business Analytics and Big Data:

Moderated by Elizabeth Keiffer, Instructor in Department of Information Systems, University of Arkansas 

  • Maiga Bishop, Director of Business Intelligence,  Dillard's Inc., 
  • Lisa Morstad, Senior Analytics Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics
  • Mihir Kittur, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, UGAM
  • Paul Martin, Strategic Initiatives Engineer, Casestack

Panel Discussion - Progress - Putting Theory Into Practice:

Moderated by Susan Bristow, Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Information Systems, University of Arkansas

  • Ron Darbeau, Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Arkansas Fort Smith 
  • Lisa Tuttle, Chief Information Security Officer, SPX Corporation
  • Andrea Roberts, Senior Manager, Supplier Communications, Walmart Stores, inc.
  • Rita Carney, STEM for Girls, Recently Retired Walmart Executive
  • Annitre' Edison, Senior Director, IS Applications, Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Terry Morreale, CTO and Associate Director, NCWIT

 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS

  • Exclusive Meal Sponsorship
    • Breakfast $1000
    • Lunch $1500
    • Dinner $2000
  • General Meal Sponsorship $750
  • Speaker Session Sponsorship $500

REGISRATION SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

  • Gold 71 + Attendees
  • Silver 41 to 70 Attendees
  • Bronze 21 to 40 Attendees
  • Supporter 10 to 20 Attendees

Registration Fee $225 

All Registration Sponsorship Levels receive a 20% discount off the ticket price.

Sponsors:

 

Arvest Bank Operations   Dillard's Inc.
Tyson Foods, Inc.    Phillips 66
J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.   Walmart Stores, Inc.

 

Lodging and Travel

Directions:

For directions to the conference click the link below.
Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development

Parking:

Harmon Avenue Parking Facility is across the street from the Sam M. Walton Business College. Please ensure you retain your parking stub.
There is limited public parking on campus. If you choose not to use the parking garage, please be vigilant about where you are parking to avoid getting a ticket.

Lodging:

Candlewood Suites
2270 W. 6TH STREET
Fayetteville, AR 72703
UofA rate: single queen $80.99

Staybridge Suites
1577 WEST 15TH STREET
Fayetteville, AR 72703
UofA rate: standard studio suite $107.99

Marriott-Courtyard
600 East Van Asche Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703
UofA rate: double queen $99.00

Hampton Inn
915 Krupa
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Corporate rate: double queen $104.00


 


Contact Us

Registration Policy: Registration is handled online via the Walton College secure server. The registration link will open Monday, March 27th - April 7, 2017.  $50 of the fees are refundable if you cancel prior to April 3.  After Friday, April 7th, registration fees are non-refundable. The registration deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the conference or registration, please contact Eric T. Bradford at Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) at the University of Arkansas:
ebradford@walton.uark.edu or (479) 575-5291

Event Archive

2016 Conference Pictures taken by Ryan Versey

Topics:

Service Automation in Business, Taking the Robot out of the Human - Dr. Mary Lacity, Curators' Professor114, University of Missouri St. Louis

The McMillon Innovation Studio - Sue Sedberry, Managing Director, University of Arkansas

The Questions you ask Determine your Future - Theres Stiefer, Walmart Stores, inc.

Courage! to Build Your Village in IT - Dr. Angela Courage, Chief Executive Officer, Courage Communication 4 Change, LLC

The Future of Cyber Security - Stephanie Harwell, Chief Operations Officer, Metova Cyber

Mobile App Development - Natalie Binion, Telecommunications Specialist, AT&T

The Digitization Pace Around The World and The Transformation of Emerging Markets - Adriana Wilhelm, Sr. Director Business Relationship Management, Tyson Foods, Inc

Virtual Reality - Tracey Wiedmeyer, Chief Technology Officer, InContext Solutions

Short Sessions:

Educational Opportunities - Dr. Heather Sprandel, University of Arkansas

Today's Face of IT: Exploring the Evolving Career Patterns Among Women in IT - Dr. Rhonda Syler, Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Susan Bristow, and Dr. Christina Serrano, University of Arkansas

The Walton Conference Hub - Rebecca Clifton, University of Arkansas

Ignite Professional Studies Program - Teresa Hudson, Bentonville Public Schools

Panel Discussion - Cultivating the Future

Moderated by Amy Robinson, Tribe of Women

Dr. Angela Courage, CEO at Courage! Communications 4 Change

Natalie Binion, Telecommunications Specialist at AT&T

Gary Cooper, CIO at Tyson Foods, Inc.

Jeff Charlson, Vice President at Walmart ISD

Evelyne Matthews, CEO at DiversityOfficers.com --- Matthews & Matthews Consulting 

2015 Women in Information Technology Conference

The 2015 conference was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Securing the future of Women in Technology
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Location: University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business
 

 


The Conference

The theme of the conference was the topic of security. We covered a wide breadth of topics that encompassed security as it related to both the technical and professional development of women working in information technology. The conference continues to be a forum for celebrating innovation and developing opportunities for women.

Please, check out pictures of the event taken by Ryan Versey of Versatile Optics Media and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Pictures from the 11th Women in Information Technology Conference

The two day event included a dinner held to honor the winners of the 5th annual NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. This Award recognizes outstanding young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.

On behalf of Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the organizers would like to thank the 166 attendees that joined us for the 11th Women in Information Technology Conference.

 

 


 

Keynote Speakers

 

 

Kay Palmer

Executive Vice President of Information Technology and Engineering
J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

 

Karenann Terrell

Executive Vice President,
Chief Information Officer
Walmart Stores, Inc.

 

Shelley Simpson

Chief Marketing Officer
J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

 

Speaking Sessions

Click link for detailed agenda


Topics:

Personal Branding - Helena Gadison, Tutu Couture, Inc.

Protecting a Company on the move - Brandon Stanley & Tracey Whitehead, J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

Men Advocates for Women in IT - Jeff Amerine, Startup Junkie

FBI Security - Jason Frankenberger

Big Data, Big Problems: Strategies for Compensating Customers - Dr. Hartmut Hoehle, University of Arkansas

Short Sessions:

Women in the WorkForce Conference - Stacey Capo, University of Arkansas

Tips for moving from Technical Role to a Leadership postions - Dr. Arthur T. Matthews, Visiting Professor, University of Arkansas

Network of Executive Women (NEW), Northwest Arkansas Chapter - Anastatia Strokova, Tyson Foods, Inc. and Jerra Nelley, Collective Bias

Flash Talks - The effects of security in disciplines other than IT:

Marketing - Rebecca Miles, University of Arkansas

Economics - Kathy Deck, University of Arkansas

Accounting - Katie Terrell, University of Arkansas

Management - Sue Sedberry, University of Arkansas

Supply Chain - Simone Peinkofer, University of Arkansas

Panel Discussion - Overcoming bias and women staying in the field of IT:

Moderated by Helena Gadison, Tutu Couture, Inc.

Beverly McDaniel, University of Arkansas

Karenann Terrell, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Dr. Arthur T. Matthews, Visting Professor, University of Arkansas

Susan Gauch, University of Arkansas


Sponsorship

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS

  • Exclusive Meal Sponsorship
    • Breakfast $1000
    • Lunch $1500
    • Dinner $2000
  • General Meal Sponsorship $750
  • Speaker Session Sponsorship $500

REGISRATION SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

  • Gold 71 + Attendees
  • Silver 41 to 70 Attendees
  • Bronze 21 to 40 Attendees
  • Supporter 10 to 20 Attendees
   

All registration sponsorship levels receive a 20% discount off the ticket price.

Keynote Speakers:

Rebecca Wilson, Account Executive at Microsoft

Fumbi Chima, VP of Global Technology Services and Strategic Partnerships at WalMart

Topics:

The Value of Social Media - Amy Callahan & Holly Pavlika, Collective Bias

Aspirations in Computing Award, State of Women in IT, and Come Sit With Me - Ruthe Farmer, NCWIT

Security Innovations - Kym Patterson, FISGlobal

Business Analytics and Big Data - Avery Nash & Lee Ann Benson, Acxiom Corporation

Innovation in Leadership - Theres Stiefer, Sr. Manager II, Compliance Development Walmart Talent Development

Watson and the Advent of Cognitive Computing - Jill Puleri, Global Industry Leader - IBMs

Short Sessions:

Women in the WorkForce Conference - Stacey Capo, University of Arkansas

Tips for moving from Technical Role to a Leadership postions - Dr. Arthur T. Matthews, Visting Professor, University of Arkansas

Network of Executive Women (NEW), Northwest Arkansas Chapter - Anastatia Strokova, Tyson Foods, Inc. and Jerra Nelley, Collective Bias

Flash Talks:

Holly Pavlika, Collective Bais & Sarah Scott, Rockfish Interactive

Christina Serrano - University of Arkansas

Amy Farmer - University of Arkansas

Avery Nash - Acxiom Corporation

Brooks Hafen Robinson - Accenture

Panel Discussion - Overcoming bias and women staying in the field of IT:

Moderated by: Helena Gadison, Tutu Couture, Inc.

Beverly McDaniel, University of Arkansas

Jill Puleri, IBM

Ruthe Farmer, National Center for Women & Information Technology

Rebecca Wilson, Microsoft

Arron Comer, Tyson Foods, inc.

Keynote Speakers:

Kim Clower, Director, Information Technology, General Motors

Meg Greenhouse, Vice President, Strategy, Innovation, Governance and Communications, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Topics:

State of Women in Technology - Katie Ertz, Senior Operations Director, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

Bring Your Own Device -  Alan Harvill, Senior Application Sales Executive and Mobility Applications Consultant, AT&T

Building Effective Relationships - Patti Leith, Managing Partner and Founder of EDGES, Inc.

Cloud Computing - Jeff Wood, managing member and principal of Arkansas Legal TechBMs

Flash Talks - Innovation:

Personal Banking - Brandy Mitchell, Arvest Bank Operations

Innovation is not Romantic - Melissa Wagner, FedEx Services

Research - Susan Bristow, ISYS Department Walton College of Business

University of Arkansas Behavioral Lab - Nidhi Dahiya Walton College of Business

Transportation - Tracy Black, J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

Innovation in Leadership - Helena Gadison, EMW Enterprises

Business Continuity Tools - Amber Styles, Arkansas Department of Information Systems

Panel Discussion - Overcoming bias and women staying in the field of IT:

Moderated by: Helena Gadison, EMW Enterprises

Meg Greenhouse, Walmart Stores, Inc

Melissa Wagner, FedEx Services

Susan Bristow, University of Arkansas




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