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Monday, May 15


Recruit a Better Board than Facebook
Zero people of color hold a management position or a seat on the board at Facebook. You can do better than that. As you grow your business, you need to think about people you will invite to your board to fund your ideas and keep you accountable. Engage in an exercise to learn why diversity is crucial to an innovative Board of Directors.

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Nikki McCord

Founder, McCord Consulting Group
Nikki Rashada McCord is the founder of McCord Consulting Group. Ms. McCord has been in the governmental affairs, business consulting, and board development fields for over a decade. She has had a notable career in the legislative field which began as the Senior Director of Communications... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
CanopyBoulder 3269 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301


Small-group Mentoring for Women: Unblock Yourself!
Limited Capacity full
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Are you stuck on a problem related to your startup? Could you use some advice on managing your team? Just need to think out loud to a new set of people? Looking for a mentor?

This mentoring session is your chance to get unblocked on an issue of your choosing. We'll split up into small groups, and take turns sharing one issue (anything!) to discuss. You'll get thoughts and feedback from the group, make some new friends, and will hopefully leave feeling unblocked on one issue. Each group will be lead by a fantastic facilitator.

* This event is for women only.

Monday May 15, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Tuesday, May 16


Siren Call: Making Your Start-up Story Irresistible
Limited Capacity full
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On a playing field still tilted toward the Y chromosome, female founders face unique challenges in breaking through the noise and getting their start-up story to stand out from the crowd. This practical, hands-on workshop will lay out the anatomy of a great story and offer practical strategies for cutting through the chatter. Come for a refreshingly honest and sometimes irreverent take on what it takes to own your vision out loud and leave with time-tested tools you can put to use right away.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
BMoCA 1750 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302


The Wage Gap: A Productive Discussion on Solutions
Women are still making 80 cents on the dollar. The gap is even wider for African American women (63 cents) and hispanic women (54 cents). We can do better. 

We welcome all genders to join this positive and productive conversation on closing the gap. We'll start with four lightning-talks from a variety of perspectives (two women in the trenches, one woman and one man in leadership). They'll each share a solution they've found in their own lives, from salary negotiation to company structure. Then we'll open the floor to questions and discussion. 

You'll leave with actionable and realistic ideas on closing the pay gap for both yourself and others! 

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Dave Mayer

CEO, Technical Integrity
We are excited to be involved with our NINTH Boulder Startup Week this year, sponsoring the Dev track!Technical Integrity's core mission is to build an inclusive and collaborative community, help great companies and candidates thrive, and to be a conduit to a better world.We are a... Read More →

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Wendy Bohling

Wendy Bohling is an author, speaker, coach, and CEO of Corporate Cowgirl Up. As an extroverted engineer, she found early career success in the technical world at AT&T Bell Labs, but for Wendy, the opportunity to move to sales, with her outgoing personality, southern charm, and... Read More →
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Allison Faeder

I am a problem solver and organizational culture whiz. In my professional life- I help individuals, teams, and organizations enhance well-being and optimize productivity through communication and negotiation skills-building, conflict coaching, mediation, facilitation and organizational... Read More →
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Greg Greenstreet

Director, Engineering, Twitter
Director of Engineering @Twitter Boulder.

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Galvanize 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


Catalyzing Feminine Leadership
Limited Capacity full
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Many venture firms are finding that their highest returns come from their female-founded startups - some reporting up to 63% better than all-male teams. Find out why women leaders are well poised to make waves in entrepreneurship and how women leaders could radically change the way we launch and run businesses in today’s modern world. In this session​,​ we will explore practices and perspectives that create a new paradigm for leadership, one that leverages the incredible power of feminine values such as empathy, connection, intuition, embodiment, and heart. Working with a balanced approach to leadership, where the feminine is as highly expressed as our masculine helps us to feel powerful and energized, and at the same time create healthy team environments based on authentic connection. In this age of connectivity and network-based business models, this new paradigm will be what gives any business a competitive edge. Join us for this timely session and be prepared to connect with other women through Emerging Women’s interactive Power Circle experience.
*​This is a women only event.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Galvanize 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


Analyze Boulder
Limited Capacity full
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Analyze Boulder is a community of 2,200 data geeks who live, work, and play in Boulder, Colorado. Our members give fast, accessible, high-energy TED-style talks once a month on any data topic. For our Boulder Startup Week Edition, we will be hosting a very special “Ladies’ Night” event, highlighting the work of the super talented women of Boulder with an all-female lineup of data talks.
We will start with social time / beer from 6-6:20pm, followed by the live event, and then we stick around and chat over beers afterwards. To see more details, please go to https://www.meetup.com/Analyze-Boulder/events/238242858/.

Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Galvanize 1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Wednesday, May 17


Growing Your Career As A Startup Employee In A Non-Technical Role
A lot of Boulder Startup Week is focused on helping founders or aimed at folks in technical roles. This event is aimed specifically at helping employees who are in non-technical roles at technology companies level up their careers. Career experts including Analiese Brown, Director of Talent & Culture at CampMinder, Rachel Beisel, VP Marketing and Communications at CableLabs, Tamara Hale, PhD, Lead UX Researcher at Effective and Teri Keller, Director of People at Sovrn, will share valuable insights aimed at folks in operations, finance, marketing, HR, and other roles that aren't focused on coding. Moderated by ServiceRocket Head of Customer, Community and Brand Marketing and Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup Founder Sarah E. Brown.

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Rachel Beisel

VP Marketing & Communications, CableLabs
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Analiese Brown

Director of Talent & Culture, CampMinder
As CampMinder's Director of Talent & Culture, Analiese makes sure the company is hiring great people and keeping them engaged. She believes that creating a great culture is about much more than happy hours and ping-pong tables. Instead, it's articulating a compelling purpose that... Read More →
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Sarah Brown

Director of Content Marketing, BuildingConnected, Autodesk
Sarah E. Brown is a B2B tech marketing leader and is currently Director of Content Marketing at BuildingConnected, an Autodesk company. She is author of the book Power to the Startup People: How To Grow Your Startup Career When You’re Not The Founder. She is co-organizer of San... Read More →
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Tamara Hale

Lead Experience Researcher, Effective
Tamara Hale is an accomplished UX research leader and UX strategist, with 10 years of experience, specializing in empowering leading technology companies to build exceptional products, services and user experiences in digital transformation through deep understanding of their target... Read More →
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Teri Keller

VP, People, Sovrn
Teri Keller is a creative and influential Human Resources leader with over 15 years of experience working within the high-tech and aerospace industries. I have a passion for bringing the human back in human resources, developing employees at all levels and providing a foundation... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sovrn 5541 Central Ave #100, Boulder, CO 80301
Thursday, May 18


Rise & Shine with Girl Develop It
Drink coffee, indulge at the waffle bar and learn from Techstars women about what it's like to pursue a career in the tech industry. Ask the questions you've been wanting to ask and hear the stories of what it's like to train and work in technology.

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Ali Berman

Director of the Foundation

Karina Costa

Director, Techstars Anywhere, Techstars

Annie Lydens

Software Engineer
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Amy Smith

SVP Product, Techstars
SVP of Product
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Michelle Van Veen

People Operations Generalist, Techstars
I am the People Operations Generalist at Techstars which means that I support the people that enable and empower entrepreneurs around the world. With a background in Psychology and Women’s Studies, I have a passion for trying to figure out how to create inclusive environments in... Read More →
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Kristi Walthall

Strategy Project Manager, Techstars

Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
Techstars 1050 Walnut St Suite 202 Boulder, CO 80302


Save the Future of Tech - "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

CodeCraft School is hosting a happy hour showing of "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" (https://www.codedoc.co/), followed by a lively discussion of what it means to be a minority software engineer and how to overcome the existing hurdles.

"CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.  CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?"

This film been a winner at the Boulder International Film Festival and many more.  It chronicles an issue that runs through the tech industry and beyond.

Come join us for a mind expanding experience.  Free parking!

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Meredith Rafter

Career Services, CodeCraft
CodeCraft School Career Services

Thursday May 18, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
CodeCraftSchool 1600 Range St #101, Boulder, CO 80301