Project Title 

Ela Conf

Project Description 

I co-founded and co-organize an annual leadership conference in Philadelphia, PA that provides professional training and support for women in tech.

2015, 2016

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It was important to us that this event be as inclusive and welcoming as possible, which started with the design.

We founded and organize Ela Conf to address the diversity gap that exists in tech and to provide a safe community for women aiming to advance their leadership skills through speaking, writing, and becoming the best managers possible.

We focus on fostering a healthy community culture through our Slack channel year-round and pay special attention to language used throughout all our materials and sponsor requests; our brand’s voice and tone in crucial to our mission and goals. The event has been referred to as “the conference that launched a thousand talks” and our attendees have went on to speak at national conferences, publish blog posts, and receive promotions; we just couldn’t be prouder or more excited about what this event has become.

A recap of 2015 can here found here, including our speaker lineup and their videos. I also wrote about my personal experience with the 2015 event here

Requirements 

A fun inviting brand, appeal to all adult women, appeal to beginners, provide childcare stipends, a Code of Conduct, offer diversity and financial grants, recruit volunteers, provide CFP assistance, provide talk prep assistance