Next Meetup

#MeToo: A Candid and Confidential Discussion about Sexual Harassment in Tech
Please join us for a confidential and candid discussion about sexual harassment in the tech industry. We’d like you to feel comfortable sharing your experiences, and leave empowered with the knowledge and resources to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. We've invited Bryn Cory of the RCC (Rape Crisis Center) in Madison ( and Paloma Kennedy of Kennedy Law ( to speak to us during SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month AGENDA Please arrive at Synergy Coworking between 6:00 and 6:30pm; there will be light snacks and beverages and a chance to meet other members. We'll begin the Chimera Self-Defense presentation at 6:30pm with Bryn, and it will cover assertive communication techniques that you can begin using immediately. Throughout the presentation, we'll have a chance to talk about our experiences and ask questions, and we'll follow up with Paloma speaking about what actions a woman can take (legal, in the workplace, and in her personal life from a legal standpoint) to combat harassment. WHAT IS ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION? "Assertive communication is an interaction style that makes it easier to set boundaries and stand up for yourself, without escalating the situation." We encourage you to bring your questions and share your experiences so that other members can learn from you, but if you just want to listen, feel validated and supported, that's fine, too. WOMEN and NON-BINARY PERSONS ONLY To ensure that we can create a safe, private and welcoming environment for our members, we ask that only women and non-binary folks attend this event. Thank you to Eugenia Podesta of Synergy Coworking ( for hosting! ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Bryn Cory "I first joined the Rape Crisis Center in the mid 1990s as a helpline volunteer and staffed the line for several years before beginning my apprenticeship with the Chimera® Self-Defense program in 1998. I certified as a Chimera instructor in May of 2000. I believe Chimera to be a unique self-defense course in that it reveals the connection between vulnerability to sexual assault and female socialization, that is, how girls are taught to behave in order to fit society’s construct of what is feminine. Chimera teaches that the foundation of self-defense lies in making that connection and learning behavior that empowers rather than victimizes. Modeling effective self-defense is an endless source of excitement for me. Chimera is hopeful and inspiring. It’s a place where we focus on our strengths and our possibilities, a place where we can share doubts or difficult situations and come away with options where previously we saw none." Paloma Kennedy "Ms. Kennedy is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her B.A. in communications and psychology. She earned her juris doctor from Washington University School of Law where she focused her studies on business law and mediation. Ms. Kennedy prides herself on detail-oriented, technical writing; she received the Selma Moidel Smith Award for her publication in Women Lawyers Journal and the Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize for her publication in Global Studies Law Review. Having been raised by two entrepreneurial parents, she was born with the bug to forge her own path and help those that feel the same. Unlike most attorneys in Wisconsin, Ms. Kennedy has taken and passed two bar exams. She is an active member of both the Missouri and Wisconsin bar. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Kennedy is an advocate for wildlife preservation and, in her free time, she likes to hike, rock climb, and take nature photographs."

Synergy Coworking

5201 Old Middleton Rd · Madison, WI

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Madison Women in Tech is a supportive community of women and gender nonbinary folks working or interested in technology, from designers to coders to recruiters to technicians. Through regular events and a digital newsletter, we empower and elevate women working in Madison’s tech scene.

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This is a group by and for women gender nb folks; our events cater to them and are a safe space for them; generally, we ask that men not attend unless they are the guest of a woman or gender nb person attending.


Likewise, we are a child-friendly community; even when we're not set up for it specifically (which we try to do as often as possible), you're surrounded by members who understand the pressures you face as a professional parent, and would never discourage you from bringing your children to one of our events. Maybe they'll grow up to become a person in tech themselves!

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