Tampa Bay, FL – April 18, 2016 — Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s (TBTF) annual Professional Women’s Network (PWN) panel luncheon is less than a week away. Tampa Bay is home to some of the most powerful and influential women in technology, a number of whom will be showcased at this event.
The PWN was launched over a decade ago to encourage women to pursue careers in technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to pay it forward by providing top-level mentorship.
The panelists at this luncheon are all passionate about encouraging women of all ages to enter and remain in technology occupations. “Clearly this is not a skills issue – girls have the skill set – it’s an issue of prioritization.” Says Jill Pearson, Director of Partnerships & Engagement with TBTF. “When organizations make diversity a priority, you see the numbers go up. When hiring managers are held accountable to fill roles with diversity in mind, they do it.”
Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor of the City of St. Petersburg, will provide the welcome and opening remarks. Moderating the panel is Sabrina Calhoun, the Corporate VP of Engineering Design & Construction for Bright House Networks. The panelists represent some of the top leadership in the Tampa Bay community. They will discuss topics such as STEM, their own personal stories and experiences and the importance of mentorship. The panelists are:
- Joanne Persinger, Senior VP Information Technology, Americas Region at Tech Data. Joanne was just named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council.
- Karen Etzkorn, EVP & CIO at HSN
- Kimberly Anstett, CIO at Nielsen
- Marci Landaas, VP New York Like Insurance, CIO NYL Direct
- When: Monday, April 25
- Where: Hilton St. Petersburrg Downtown, 333 1st St. S
- Time: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
For more information and to register, go to http://tbtf.org/event/pwn-professional-womens-network-luncheon/
About the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) : The Tampa Bay Technology Forum is the unifying voice of Tampa Bay Technology. TBTF is dedicated to growing and promoting Tampa Bay’s technology and business resources. Through events, education, networking, advocacy, and philanthropy programs, we provide targeted forums to bring technology, business leaders, investors, government, researchers and educators together.