Girls in Tech announced that it will hold its annual Catalyst Conference in downtown Phoenix

March 4th, 2015 by Toni Jones

Global Tech Organization to Hold Annual Conference in Downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX – Silicon Valley-based non-profit Girls in Tech announced that it will hold its annual Catalyst Conference in downtown Phoenix for the first time Sun., April 26 through Tues., April 28 at the Hotel Palomar.

“We’re more than excited to host this premiere tech conference in Downtown,” said Mayor Greg Stanton.  “Women at the forefront of the technology and start-up industry will have an opportunity to experience first hand Phoenix’s rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovative community.”

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship.  The organization offers initiatives and curriculums for women and girls including mentorship programs, business pitch competitions, online education and more.

Founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne met with Stanton, as well as downtown and economic development experts, in January to discuss the conference opportunity.

“There’s excitement and energy buzzing in downtown Phoenix, and Catalyst attendees are going to feel that” said Gascoigne.  “Amazing things can happen when one woman helps another – and together we’re going pave the path for future industry leaders.”

The Catalyst Conference will offer participants a chance to hear from more than 60 notable female speakers – including presidents, CEOs, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and leaders in the tech industry and STEM fields.  Attendees will also have access to a broad selection of workshops, panels and hands-on resources to help advance women in technology careers.

Heidi Jannenga, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix-based software company WebPT, will speak at the conference about her experience leading one of the fastest-growing software companies in the nation.

“This conference is critical – not only to Phoenix’s burgeoning tech scene, but also to the growing number of women pursuing careers in technology,” Jannenga said.  “Innovation at its finest can only occur when all great minds are involved.  Thus, it behooves everyone to attend this conference and support Girls in Tech.”

Information about the Catalyst Conference, including registration details can be found online at

WHAT: Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference

WHEN: Sun., April 26 through Tues., April 28

WHERE: Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape E. Jefferson St.

WHO: Mayor Greg Stanton; Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech; Kate Brodock, President, Girls in Tech; Heidi Jannenga, Co-Founder and COO, WebPT
More than 40 guest speakers (full list:
Expecting more than 300 participants


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For those of you attending the Macul Conference -  March 18-20, 2015 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, please mark your calendar to meet with EDMT faculty, students and alums while at MACUL for light refreshments (on us) and beverages on Thursday, 3/19/2015 from 3:30p-5:30p.  We will meet at the Volt Restaurant in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Shoot us an email to let us know you will join us.

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