In a year like 2020 we thought we all needed a “Spark” in our lives. We, along with our partners at Adobe and The Forem, are hosting this year’s holiday social virtually. Join us on December 9 to Spark Your Voice, Creativity and Career and Connections. We are hosting this as an open Zoom call so we can see each other, connect and be inspired as we finish out a year with the support of each other.

We are excited to celebrate the holidays with all of you at this Virtual Holiday Social where you will:

  • Spark Your Creativity and wear your best Ugly Sweater, that we can all see on camera, and win prizes (which include a ticket to The Forem’s Level Up program, a 4-week Career Advancement Bootcamp)
  • Hear from our amazing keynote speaker Jennifer Litwin from The Forem, as she talks about how to Spark Your Voice in this virtual world and in your career
  • Join a networking breakout session to Spark Connections with friends in the community
  • Listen to an amazing holiday opera concert, did we mention that Jennifer is a world-renowned opera singer? She is, and she is going to play the piano and perform some holiday songs for us live on Zoom
  • Donate to our holiday charity, SpyHop, to Spark Creativity in Art and STEM when you register for the event

While we can’t be in person this year, we can get together virtually to celebrate the holidays and each other.


Create Your Career Masterpiece

The holiday event was themed “Create Your Career Masterpiece”. During the Women Tech Council Holiday event, four individuals are sharing their own Career Masterpiece story.

Tara Shipp, Pluralsight

Selma Mlikota, O.C. Tanner

Katie Cardon, Cricut

Becky Frost, Instructure

Brave Your Brand

This theme was BRAVE YOUR BRAND. We invited two very special speakers to inspire us on authentically crafting and living our personal brand. We are also supporting Women of the World non-profit, which provides hope, support, supplies, education, and positivity to hundreds of women refugees and their families. We were inspired, gave back, and as always, were entertained by The Scarlet Fox!

Dr. Joelle Jay – “Leading Yourself To Success”
Author, Executive Coach, And Principal, Leadership Research Institute

Joelle Jay, Ph.D., is an executive coach who helps leaders achieve what they want to achieve…and lead the lives they want to live. Joelle is the author of The Inner Edge: The Ten Practices of Personal Leadership and Advantage, How Women in Leadership Can Create Win-Wins for Their Companies and Themselves. Joelle specializes in the advancement of executive women, and she is proud to have worked in a number of the most successful and most-admired companies to support the development of top talent into positions of leadership.

Farai Madzima – “I Shouldn’t Be Here And Other Myths”
Lead UX Designer At Shopify, Organizer Pixel Up!, Global Connector

Born in Zimbabwe, Farai Madzima was going to be a doctor but didn’t get the grades. Now he’s a designer. Make of that what you will. Using words, scribbles, and pixels he’s spent the last 14 years helping design and build products and teams in the UK, South Africa, and Canada. Farai has appeared at events worldwide, including IXDA Interaction and IASummit. He organizes Pixel Up! and Source Up! conferences and meetups in South Africa. These events connect designers and developers in Africa with their peers around the world.

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