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Empowering Diversity: Women in Tech Event to Showcase Innovation and Inclusivity

August 24, 2023 Press Releases

Ann Arbor SPARK is excited to announce Women in Tech, an a2Tech360 event, aimed at fostering diversity and innovation within the technology sector, on Monday, September 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Venue by 4M. This event is produced in partnership with Shine & Rise, a local organization dedicated to making a meaningful impact on gender diversity in the tech and startup ecosystem.

In an industry that continues to evolve and drive global progress, this annual event recognizes the critical role that women play in shaping its trajectory. Women in Tech seeks to celebrate the contributions of women in the tech field while also addressing the unique challenges they face.

“As we gather to celebrate the Women In Tech event, we acknowledge the remarkable strides we’ve made while recognizing the distance still ahead,” said Jenn Hayman, senior vice president of marketing, communications and events at Ann Arbor SPARK. “This event exemplifies our commitment to support, learn, and uplift one another, underlining the power we hold collectively. It’s a testament to our belief in progress through unity and the importance of fostering an inclusive tech landscape.”

The event kicks off with an insightful conversation on how to build a supportive network among four extraordinarily impactful women: Trey Boynton, vice president, inclusion & impact at Chief; Natalie Levy, founder & managing partner of She’s Independent; Ashley Oberheide, innovative leader in cultivating exceptional organizational culture and growth; and Trista Van Tine, executive director at the Michigan Founders Fund.

Following will be a series of breakout sessions for deep dives into a variety of topics, led by ten women founders in the community:

  • Changing Industries Mid-Career
  • Why I Started a FemTech Company
  • Being Civically Minded + Becoming a Change Agent
  • My Founder Story: Making the Decision to Leave Corporate America
  • Angel Investing & Venture Capital: What’s the Difference?
  • Creating Communities for a Remote World
  • Pivoting into Venture Capital
  • Building a Strong Network
  • Leading in FashionTech
  • Shifting Careers
  • Being Female in a Male-Dominated Industry

The event will conclude with a networking reception, providing attendees with the opportunity to connect with peers, speakers, and potential mentors. 

“Partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to produce the Women in Tech event aligns perfectly with Shine & Rise’s mission to empower and uplift women and other underrepresented individuals in the technology sector,” says Alison Todak, Co-Founder of Shine & Rise. “In a tech landscape that continues to evolve, the growth of Shine & Rise serves as a testament to the undeniable need for supportive communities and spaces like this event. We are excited to contribute to a program that not only celebrates the achievements of women in our region but also fosters meaningful connections and provides a platform for discussions that drive positive change.”

Women in Tech promises to be an engaging and impactful event that supports the ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable tech landscape. The event welcomes professionals, enthusiasts, and advocates of all genders to join the conversation and contribute to the collective advancement of the industry.

Ann Arbor SPARK is grateful to our sponsors, Shine & Rise, Comcast RISE, MI-HQ, DaySmart, and the LDFA.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Discounted tickets for Shine & Rise members are available.

About a2Tech360

a2Tech360 is a premier technology and innovation event series that celebrates and explores the thriving tech ecosystem in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Through a diverse range of events, a2Tech360 brings together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts to showcase the latest advancements, foster collaboration, and inspire new ideas. See the full lineup and register at