2/22/17 – Women In Technology Dinner

Join us for Softec’s 3rd Annual Women In Technology Dinner!

Talent, Technology, and Tactics: Everything you need to know about attracting and retaining talent

Co-sponsored & hosted by MINDBODY

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 at 5:30pm

Join us for the Women In Tech Dinner, networking and “TED Talk” style presentations at MINDBODY. Keynote speakers will lead discussions on how to attract and retain talent.  

Don’t miss this informative networking event, including great talks, meaningful discussions, opportunities to meet locals who are hiring, prizes, and delicious food—appetizers, salad, pasta bar, taco bar, and desserts—catered by our local Splash Café. Local wine and beer are also included.

This event is ideal for any woman (and man) age eighteen to ninety-eight interested in technology, building a career, or supporting women in their community and organization.

Additional Information:


Ticket Price: $40 general admission
Student pricing available

Bring your business cards to participate in the drawings

Our Distinguished Speakers:

Dr. Jane Lehr, Cal Poly

Dr. Jane L. Lehr is Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies and Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also Faculty Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation (LSAMP) in STEM Program. She previously served as elected co-chair of the Science & Technology Taskforce of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Centre for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at King’s College, University of London. Her graduate training is in Science & Technology Stu dies and Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech and her teaching and research focus on the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, technology, and education.

Kristen Hazard, Suntoucher

Kristen Hazard (@timesarrow) is a SLO native currently running a software consultancy called Suntoucher and bootstrapping a startup called Wildnote. Wildnote is an environmental data collection and management application. The business she looks up to most is Patagonia. In her spare time she volunteers with CodeSLO to mentor women who want to break into tech.

Amy Kardel, Clever Ducks

Amy Kardel loves technology and people, but what she really enjoys is seeing how IT can improve business processes. As the founder of two start-ups, advisory board member of ConnectWise and chairwoman of the board the CompTIA, she knows first-hand what it takes to help a business use IT and grow an organization by growing its people. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, she nurtures relationships with partners in the IT channel to continuously improve the services she can deliver for her clients.  As the premier IT consulting and services firm in San Luis Obispo, Clever Ducks services a range of business industries including medical, accounting and finance. Amy is married to Peter, a mother of  four teenagers, a lifelong sailor and a proud Rotarian.

Shilo Terek, PGEShiloh Terek

Shilo Terek (@NukeTerek) is an Investigator in the Employee Concerns Program at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant. In 2012, driven by her passion for education and public outreach, she joined the board of directors for the Diablo Canyon Chapter of U.S. Women in Nuclear (U.S. WIN). U.S. WIN is the premier network of more than 8,000 members that work in, and support nuclear and radiation-related fields, with a keen focus on public outreach and professional development. She continues on the board today, and is also the past-chair of the U.S. WIN National Communications Committee. Shilo holds a Master of Public Administration from California State University and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Central Missouri. Shilo, her husband Paul, and their two young children reside in San Luis Obispo’s south county.

This event fills up fast so purchase your ticket today!