On November 5th, 2020, rvatech/Women curated a one-of-a-kind virtual experience that pairs all the things you love about rvatech's live events - keynotes, seminars, workshops, expo - with new virtual platforms, new ways to engage, new ways to learn, and new ways to celebrate the technology community in Richmond.
More than any other year, 2020 has seen the need for all of us to continue to drive forward in everything we do. None of us can afford to stand still. We must continue to evolve the technologies we use, how we use them, and how we create new ones. Whether you're a technology leader, a technology business owner, a technology practitioner, or simply a technology enthusiast, there is something for you.
Intro & Keynote
Hamilton Beach VP, Information Technology
DRIVE your Education, Technology & Career
It can seem challenging at times to Get Stuff Done in today’s world! Come listen to our keynote speaker, Christina Hollingsworth – VP, Information Technology at Hamilton Beach Brands, on how she has led through chaotic times and DRIVE Education, Technology & Career pillars with her peers, teams, and leaders. Learn how she is an active DRIVER and how she launched #GSD movement in her life and career!
How do you drive your career to the Executive Level? What does it take to drive an organization through uncertainties? How do you influence your peers and drive your team to Get Stuff Done? Come listen to our team of Executive Panelists to learn more about a day in their lives and how they drove their career success.
Panelist: Charlene Mowery
Red Hat, Director, Strategic Initiatives
Panelist: LaLisha Hurt
GDIT, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
Panelist: Elaine Cheng
VP and Chief Information Officer for Shentel
The 2020 MLM Awards
The Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards recognize women technologists in the greater Richmond area. The awards program is named after Margaret Lyn McDermid who has had a direct impact on Central Virginia’s tech economy, Virginia’s image across the country, opportunities for women and young people in technology, and most especially our continued growth as an organization at RVATECH. Lyn should be an inspiration to any young person, and especially any woman, who has a desire to become a technologist.WATCH NOW
Effective Allyship, Advocacy, and Activism
As companies strive to create a diverse and inclusive workforce and work to address issues pertaining to race, gender, class, ability, age and sexual orientation how can you take individual action to support a culture of inclusion and diversity? Can your actions help build sustainable and systematic change?
Grow Your Developer Network Breakout
Developing a larger network of engineers, developers, analysts, and more!
What tools and technologies are you most excited about working with? Which learning methods work best to stay up to date with the latest release? What are some common pitfalls and how can we collaborate to solve them?
Data Driven Mindset Breakout
Data, data everywhere – let’s meet to network and talk about data and data analytics
How to drive positive outcomes with data available? When is it just too much data that it is unusable? How can analytics help? What are unintentional consequences of data and how can we avoid them?
Product People Breakout
Grow your Product Network Do you value the outcome over the output? Do you OBSESS over your customer? Are you always wondering “Can’t there be a better way?” and then going to build that better way? Let’s be friends – or at least LinkedIn connections. Bring your digital business card and any questions for the panelists of our product and program management sessions – they’ll be joining us for this session too!
Our Title Sponsors will spend a few minutes each discussing available positions that they are currently seeking. You'll also be able to learn a little bit more about what it's like to work at these companies and what they look for in candidates.
VP, Information Technology
Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Leader
VP and Chief Information Officer
Cyber Intelligence Analyst
Chief Privacy Officer
Johanna “Jojo” Leasiolagi
Senior Technical Advisor
Defense Intelligence Agency
Senior Data Scientist
James River Insurance
Director of Product Management
Product Management Consultant
The Mom Project
Head of Engineering, Open Source Office
VP, Business Information Security Officer
Senior Manager, User Experience Design
Agile Transformation Coach
Agile Transformation Coach
Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
Chief Privacy Officer
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Enterprise and Solution Architecture Leader / Director
Veracity / Women Who Code
Welcome to Drive's Partner Expo! Take the time to learn about our conference sponsors by clicking on the links below. Each link will take you to a customized virtual booth that highlights everything from the company's leading women in tech to current job openings!