Breaking Through Barriers

Advancing Women In Tech

Featuring Speakers from Sony Pictures, Facebook,
JPL, UCLA Anderson, the FBI and more

May 22, 2018

5:00 - 8:30 pm



About Women in Technology


Breaking Through Barriers

What are your real or perceived barriers? A glass ceiling? A stone ceiling? Lack of funding, opportunities, education, supporters? Lack of perceived worth or value? Regrets? Too much baggage?

On May 22, 2018, we will break through the barriers that have held us back from reaching the next level of our full potential. We will learn how we can change our personal strongholds to successes; disappointments to opportunities; and insecurities to influence.

The UCLA Women in Tech Conference and Dinner will convene 250+ female influencers and decision makers in tech companies, teams, or roles for a collaborative discussion to reframe how we think and what we do about the gender and diversity gap in the tech sector. We will explore ways to advance women of all ethnicities, leadership levels, backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses by addressing three of the most requested topics for strategic discussion by women across all industries: leadership and empowerment, negotiation strategies, and diversity and inclusion. This event is open to both women and men.




Filiz Bahmanpour

VP of TV TV Production Technology, NBCUniversal

Lea Endres

Co-Founder & CEO, NationBuilder

Caitlin Gremminger

Special Agent / Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator, FBI

Mary L. LeBlanc

President & Principal Consultant, Bridger Val Associations LLC

Paul Martin

Senior VP & Chief Diversity Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Mana Nakagawa

Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager, Facebook

Michelle Roth

Head of Talent Management, JPL

Cynthia A. Torsney

Director, Core Vehicle Management Systems and Trusted Processing, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Miguel Unzueta

Associate Professor of Management and Organization, UCLA Anderson School of Management


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