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Tech leaders are gathering in Philadelphia to talk about the latest trends — and how to pursue a career in technology

WITS Northeast is Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

PHILADELPHIA — Women who work in technology are convening at the Women in Tech Summit Northeast Friday and Saturday for a deep-dive into tech trends careers — and why more women are needed.

"AI and machine learning are about to launch us into a revolution the scale of the Industrial Revolution," said Dr. Helena Deus, Director of Disruptive technologies at Elsevier, who will be giving a workshop on "Tech trends: Machine Learning and AI" on Saturday at 10 am EDT. "To avoid bias, we need more women writing the algorithms."

Helena Deus, PhD, Director of Disruptive Technologies at Elsevier, will be giving a breakout session on "Tech Trends: Machine Learning and AI" Saturday at 10 am.

We live streamed Helena's session and various others throughout the event. You can find them below.

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Meet two of our Philly tech colleagues at WITS

5 takeaways from the Women in Tech Summit

By Alison Bert |

Delegates at WITS take a hands-on workshop on data analysis taught by Jessica Magness, a data analyst for Magento Commerce.I was one of six Elsevierians who attended the Women in Technology Summit. If you were there, you probably saw me behind the camera livestreaming and photographing various events. I met fascinating people there – intelligent, ambitious and not afraid to speak their minds. Here are my main takeaways from the event.

"Tech Trends — The Philly Special: Embrace Tech Trends to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills"

Philadelphia-based tech leaders Brigitte Daniel Corbin, Stephanie Cramp, Suzanne Keenan, Eloise Young and Michelle Puiadas share lessons learned on their unique paths to tech leadership.

"Innovate Yourself – Technology does not stand still and neither should you: Tech careers for now and the future"

Four entrepreneurial women reveal their paths in technology and how they carved out niche careers that combine their talents and passions. With Tracey Welson-Rossman, Lizz Hill, Jessica Sant and Jocelyn Harper.

"Tech Trends: Machine Learning and AI"

Dr. Helena Deus, Director of Disruptive Technologies at Elsevier, takes us behind the scenes of machine learning and shows how bias can result when women are not involved.

Here are Helena's slides:

Keynote: "Why Women in Tech Need to Tell Their Stories"

Tech expert and nationally-syndicated media personality Stephanie Humphrey shares her inspiring story and advice.

TechGirlz founder welcomes us to day 2

Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO of sponsor Chariot Solutions and Founder of, talks about the wide impact of this organization. All proceeds from WITS go to TechGirlz.

This is #HeForShe

He was the first to arrive at the Women in Tech Summit. Justin Mathews, Chief Operations Officer of O3 World, a sponsor of the event, talks about encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM.

"Bugs, Books, and Bulbs: Lessons in Product Management Prioritization"

Natalie Hirsch, Director of Product Management for WizeHive, reveals the fine points of product management in this hands-on workshop.

"Developing accessibly for the web"

A fascinating (and accessible) workshop by Adina Halter, Chief Technologist for Accessibility at Comcast NBCUniversal. Accessibiilty is something we're passionate about at Elsevier.

Key takeaways:

  • "Accessibility is usability." Practices that make it easier for users of a screen reader will also make it easier for a search engine to make sense of your page.
  • Education is key: People across an organization should be aware of usability best practices, from UX to branding and product groups, to everyday CMS/blog users. Have "lunch and learns" or webinars for employees.
  • You don't have to be a coding genius to observe basic best practices.

Welcome to WITS!

Gloria Bell, Co-Founder of WITS and techgirlz advisory board member, gives an inspiring (and humorous) welcome.

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Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

As Executive Editor of Strategic Communications at Elsevier, Dr. Alison Bert works with contributors around the world to publish daily stories for the global science and health communities. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect, which won the 2016 North American Excellence Award for Science & Education.

Alison joined Elsevier in 2007 from the world of journalism, where she was a business reporter and blogger for The Journal News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New York. In the previous century, she was a classical guitarist on the music faculty of Syracuse University. She received a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, was Fulbright scholar in Spain, and studied in a master class with Andrés Segovia.


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