University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Women in Information Technology Conference

The two-day Women in Information Technology Conference focuses on women in the field of technology and technology-related business professions. Attendees participate in professionally led sessions covering a variety of technical, professional, and lifestyle topics. They also have the opportunity to learn from one another and form connections they can leverage long after the conference ends.

Event Details

The event was held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, 2018. Day one of the conference featured a dinner to recognize the winners of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award, and The ITRI is the Arkansas Affiliate of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award.

Due to the anticipated number of attendees, the event was held at the Uark Bowl Event Venue at 644 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Day two of the conference featured two keynote speakers, a panel discussion, as well as personal, technical, and business topics related to the field of technology.  Approximately 280 attended the event which is the largest crowd to date to attendee the event that was held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the University of Arkansas.

 

Pictures from the event

taken by Ryan Versey, Program & Constituent Relations Outreach Coordinator for the Sam M. Walton College of Business in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Conference Theme: "Sustaining Growth for Women in the Field"


 

Melissa Wagner - Manger of IT, FedEx Services, Inc.

Conference Facilitator: Melissa Wagner

Director of IT - RFID Systems
FedEx Services, Inc.

 

Annitre Edison - Senior Director, IS Applications, Tyson Foods, Inc.

Keynote Speaker: Annitre Edison

Senior Director, IS Applications
Tyson Foods, Inc.

 

Kristen Williams - Senior Director eCommerce, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Keynote Speaker: Kristen Williams

Senior Director eCommerce
Walmart Stores, inc.

 

Event Schedule

The two-day event will include an awards dinner on Tuesday, April 17, and conference sessions on Wednesday, April 18.


Day 1 - Tuesday, April 17 (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.

Due to the anticipated number of attendees the event will be held at the Uark Bowl Event Venue at 644 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Day 2 - Wednesday, April 18

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

Event Location

The event will be held on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development Auditorium
145 N Buchanan Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Map of Business Corridor

 

Topics:

State of Women in Technology - Ammi Ludwick, Program Director, National Center for Women & Information Technology

Cryptocurrency & ICO's - Kathryn Gadberry, Director of Operations, Bucket

Networking -  Helena Gadison, Vice President, Sales/Merchandising, International Intimates, Inc.

Blockchain 101 - Zach Steelman, Assistant Professor - Department of Information Systems, University of Arkansas

Getting Started with Blockchain - Paul Cronan, Professor - Department of Information Systems, University of Arkansas

IT Readiness and other Global Campus Topics - Cynthia Hrdlichka, Academic, Career, & Program Advisor, University of Arkansas and Chad Kieffer, Academic, Career, & Program Advisor, University of Arkansas

Change Management - Sheila Posey, Independent Change Management Consultant, OnPoint Solutions

Innovations in Predictive Data Modeling - Maiga Bishop, Director of Business Intelligence, Dillard's Inc.

The Cloud Opportunity for Women in Business - Jeanna James, Global Alliance Manager, CommVault

Innovations in Talent Strategies - Suzanne Zoumaras, Executive Vice President & Chief People and Performance Officer, Teradata

RPA, Robotic Processing Automation - Madhu Gautam, Tech Lead; Sona Michalsamy, RPA Developer; Kavitha Bhasker, Manager of Data & Analytics and Global Business Services, all for Walmart Stores, inc.

Panel Discussion - "Sustaining Growth for Women in The Field" - Moderated by Beverly Hodges-McDaniel, Instructor - Department of Information System, University of Arkansas


Registration Fees:

  • Standard Fee: $225
  • Educators: $180
  • Students: $20
  • Companies sending 10 or more employees receive a 20% Discount.

Sponsorship 

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS

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

REGISTRATION 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.


Please contact Eric T. Bradford at 479.575.5291 or ebradford@walton.uark.edu for more information about sponsorships.

 

Sponsors:

 

Acxiom Corporation ConocoPhillips Commvault PHillips 66  Sam's Club 

 

Walmart Stores, Inc.Tyson Foods, Inc.TeraData

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.

 


Contact Us

Registration Policy: Registration is handled online via the Walton College secure server. The registration link will open until Friday, April 13, 2018.  $50 of the fees are refundable if you cancel prior to Friday, April 6, 2108.  After Friday, April 6th, registration fees are non-refundable. The registration deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.

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

2017 Conference Pictures taken by Ryan Versey

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, Ft. Smith

Cognitive Computing - Why Should You Care? - Valina 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.

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

Governor's Address  - Asa Hutchinson, 46th Governor of Arkansas, State of Arkansas

Panel Discussion - Business Analytics and Big Data:

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

Maiga Bishop, Director of Business Intelligence, Dillard's Inc. r. Rhonda Syler, Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Susan Bristow, and Dr. Christina Serrano, University of Arkansas

Lisa Morstad, Senior Analytics Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics

Mihir Kittur, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, UGAM

LPaul Martin, Strategic Initiative Engineer, CaseStack

Panel Discussion - Putting Theory into Practice:

Moderated by:  Susan Bristow, Clinical Professor and Assistant Department Chair of Information Systems, University of Arkansas

Ron Darbeau, Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Arkansas, Ft. 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

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.

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 a Technical Role to a Leadership position - 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, Visiting 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 a Technical Role to a Leadership position - 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:

Holly Pavlika, Collective Bias & 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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