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FORWARD FEST PANEL: "Gender Equality for Tech Entrepreneurs"
NOTE: This panel is part of Forward Fest, Wisconsin's largest technology and entrepreneurship festival. A ticket to Forward Technology Conference, the flagship tech event of Forward Fest, is required. Interested in attending? Use the promo code "k8E79ve" for a 33% discount! ----------------------------- "Despite the numerous benefits of gender diversity in tech for everyone from investors to customers, VC funding for companies with female CEOs and the proportion of tech companies with female founders remain low. This panel will provide an inside look at the gender-based barriers local tech entrepreneurs have faced, as well as benefits and proposed solutions. Attendees will learn how they can contribute to equitable resources and inclusive spaces for tech entrepreneurs of all genders." Abigail Barnes, Co-Founder and CEO of Allergy Amulet Abi Barnes is an entrepreneur, author, and attorney. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Allergy Amulet, which is creating a paradigm shift in food safety with a consumer food allergen/ingredient detection device. She is the author of An Entrepreneur's Guide to Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations and co-author of A Legislative Guide to Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations. She has been published in several well-known periodicals and journals, including the Atlantic and Forbes. She holds a law degree from Vermont Law School, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College. Laura Berkner, COO of Stimmi Laura Berkner is an energetic professional with a wide and varied background and experience. She is co-founder of Stimmi, LLC a mobile care plan for persons with autism or other disabilities. Laura is deeply committed to making a difference and helping create the best quality of life for those affected. She also is practicing as a physician assistant in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Laura's background is in science and technology. Her first career was in a State regulatory agency where as a food scientist/manager she developed policy and procedures, inspected facilities and managed professional staff. She worked for a private microbiology lab and was involved with sales, training and quality assurance. Laura fed her family for 6 years as an independent sales director in a cosmetic firm before going back to school to get her Masters Degree in Physician Assistant studies. Laura believes in continuously learning and pushing herself to the next level. Kristen Slack, Founder & CEO of Prof2Prof Kristen Slack is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has held numerous teaching, research, and administrative roles. Kristen is a frequent social media commentator on the higher education sector, and an advocate for the higher education workforce, particularly those who lack job security and adequate compensation. Her knowledge and observations of academia, shaped by over 20 years of experience, led her to create Prof2Prof, a cloud-based platform for higher education professionals to manage their intellectual and creative products, promote their contributions to academia, and learn from and network with their academic peers. To date, Prof2Prof membership spans six continents, over 30 countries, and a broad range of academic disciplines and professional roles. Kristen lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three children, where she spends many hours on the sidelines of soccer and basketball games, and providing mentorship to young adults facing challenges in life.

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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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