2018 Women In Technology Dinner

Join us for Softec’s 4th Annual Women In Technology Dinner!

Getting Down to Business: The Business Case For Diversity

Co-sponsored & hosted at MINDBODY

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 at 5:30pm

Women In Technology Dinner—an evening of networking, “TED Talk” style presentations, and Q&A discussion.

Don’t miss this informative networking event, including great talks, meaningful discussions, and opportunities to meet locals who are changing the landscape of tech right here in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Keynote speakers will address the business case for increasing and supporting diversity in the workplace.

We’ll also have raffle prizes and enjoy delicious food—including appetizers, salad, taco bar, and desserts—catered by our local Splash Café. Niven Family’s wine and Two Broads Ciderworks’ cider are also included.

All are welcome to join us for this fantastic evening. We believe these talks will equally benefit those who will be soon entering the workforce as well as those in senior management positions and all of us in-between. This event is encompasses technology, career building, supporting women, and helping organizations develop a competitive edge through diversity.

Bring your business cards to participate in the raffle drawings!



Ticket Prices: $55 General Admission and Student Admission $20

Our Distinguished Speakers:


Denise Isom, Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and Associate Faculty Director in the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, Cal Poly

Dr. Denise Isom received her doctorate in Anthropology of Education from Loyola University, Chicago. Her areas of specialization include: racialized gender identity; African American studies; race, culture, class, and gender; multi-cultural education; and foundations of education.

Dr. Isom’s primary research agenda centers on racialized gender identity in African American children. Previous and current studies have explored the manifestations and implications of identity in various social context including schools and churches. Her research interests also include work on the racialized nature of congregational life, First Nations boarding school policies and implications, as well as race, gender, and schooling.

Her work has been presented at numerous national and international academic conferences and published in locations that include: The Urban Review, Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, The Journal of Race, Equality and Teaching, and Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia.



Brittany McCrigler, Director of Education Services at iFixit.

Brittany McCrigler is the Director of Education Services at iFixit, a repair community dedicated to helping individuals keep their hardware running longer. Brittany coordinates and facilitates the iFixit Technical Writing Program, a service-learning program serving over 70 university classrooms across the nation. She also teaches technical writing, hosts iFixit’s annual Technical Writing Symposium, creates resources for the technical communication classroom, and is on the teardown team.

Brittany works closely with brands and manufacturers, like Patagonia, helping them to create accessible and engaging content. Brittany has a background in physics and astrophysics. She is a pluviophile, a patron of many local coffee retailers, and loves everything DIY from power tools to puppet-making.



Amaya Weddle, Director of Research and Insights, MINDBODY

Dr. Amaya Becvar Weddle is Director of Research & Insights at MINDBODY, and leads a cross-disciplinary research team of user experience and market researchers. Amaya’s team oversees strategic research initiatives on MINDBODY’s software as a service (SaaS) software offerings, mobile apps and other platforms, creating products and services for the global fitness and wellness industry. The team uses customer insights from research to bring technology innovations to life, and to drive product, UX and marketing strategies. Amaya has a background in human-computer interaction and has worked for over a decade in technology companies such as Cisco, Bitdefender, and Immersion.



With opening remarks by Mayor Heidi Harmon.


Blake Irving was originally slated to speak but had to withdraw from this event.  We will have another opportunity to talk with him, as he has made himself available for a “fire-side chat” style  conversation later this year, probably be in the fall. We will inform you as we get details on that event.

This event fills up fast so purchase your ticket today!