WoTech Lunch & Learn

Quarterly session with top-notch speakers discussing forefront topics designed for women in technology. Speaker information coming soon.

Pricing: Member $8; Non-Member $12

Other dates for 2022 include:

  • May 11
  • August – (Game Changer Week)
  • November 9

Morning Jolt with WoTech

Come join your village of women in technology for a morning jolt of real talk. We’re hosting these every month to help us make connections and have casual conversations covering various topics about jobs, mentor requests, and everything in between. There is no judgment, come as you are, liquids in the cup are optional, jump in when you can.

Morning Jolt is being held online until further notice. Register once to get the zoom link.

This meeting occurs on the third Wednesday of the month.  Networking from 8 AM – 8:15 AM.  Programming begins at 8:15 AM.

Morning Jolt with WoTech

Come join your village of women in technology for a morning jolt of real talk. We’re hosting these every month to help us make connections and have casual conversations covering various topics about jobs, mentor requests, and everything in between. There is no judgment, come as you are, liquids in the cup are optional, jump in when you can.

Morning Jolt is being held online until further notice. Register once to get the zoom link.

This meeting occurs on the third Wednesday of the month.  Networking from 8 AM – 8:15 AM.  Programing begins at 8:15 AM.

Beer & Biotech: The Future of Biotech in the Region

Beer & Biotech is an ecosystem-building series that will bring together investors, physicians, academics, inventors, startups, and state and regional leaders who are influential in the biotechnology industry. Each event in the year-long series will feature a local, regional, or national speaker and include plenty of time for networking and beverages at the host brewery.

THE FUTURE OF BIOTECH IN THE REGION

  • When: Wednesday, March 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Big Lick Brewing Co., 409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke (back room)
  • Cost: Free

John Newby, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Bio, will share his vision for the future of biotechnology and biotech commercialization in the region. With new wet and dry labs on the horizon and life sciences research at an all-time high, there’s a lot of forward motion coming from this part of the Commonwealth.

Newby has been in his role at Virginia Bio since 2019 and is tasked with fostering partnerships with and between the Commonwealth’s greater biotechnology and healthcare industries to find innovative solutions to improve lives. He helps the association’s 270+ members by facilitating access to capital, connecting industry to academia, and providing educational and professional development event programming and collaborates with federal, state and local partners to grow Virginia’s $8 billion life science industry.

The goal of Beer & Biotech is to help regional efforts to develop biotech hubs and coincides with the Virginia BIO annual THRiVE conference at the Hotel Roanoke on April 28 (save the date).

REGISTER NOW

WoTech Power Hour

Come together with women in technology at the Healing Arts Wellness Center. Owner and event host Meredith Novak, who is a Structural Design Engineer by trade, fulfills her passion for wellness through her wellness businesses. Meredith’s center is on the National Registry of Historical Places and has an incredible history of women healers including one of the first female doctors in the area who fought for segregation and equitable healthcare for all.

Hear old and new stories during this strictly social event. Tours of the wellness center will be paired with snacks and tasty refreshments for everyone. Attendees will also receive discounts towards future visits to the Glow Healing Arts Wellness Center.

Roanoke Business Cybersecurity Seminar

During This Seminar You’ll Discover:

  • Risks every business creates unknowingly sabotaging their employees, clients and themselves. Walk away with the critical policies, procedures and protections EVERY business must have in place NOW to protect themselves. It is easy to overlook these, but if you miss one then you are exposing yourself to a security breach, business threatening damages, client lawsuits, and having your employees and sensitive company information leaked to competitors and cybercriminals. You will be an easy TARGET.
  • Where to start with Cybersecurity. Businesses think that a firewall and antivirus will be enough to protect them and then realize what true cybersecurity looks like. Only to not know where to start and how to get there.
  • Government regulations and restrictions are growing every year and could cause you to lose contracts if even ONE practice is not done.
  • Why Antivirus and 2FA are NOT the magic solutions.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Speakers

David Rendall
Author of The Freak Factor, Pink Goldfish, and more.
TED Talk Speaker
Authority on being weird, authentic, and leading. Sought after by fortune 500 companies to share leadership principles. I guarantee you will walk away with either a good laugh, your life changed or a good story.

Matt Lee
Passionate CyberSec Educator, Content Creator, and Practitioner on a Mission. Oh, and by the way, he is CISSP certified. Which really means he has a doctorate in Cybersecurity. He is amazing at making Cybersecurity relatable.

Maria Scarmardo
Risk Counselor. Compliance Therapist. Owner of Praxis Data Security in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in risk management as a service and data compliance for any size organization. Certified in Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, HIPAA, GDRP, NIST, DFARS, and other compliance measures.

Darrin Swan
Darrin is a recognized cloud solutions senior executive, entrepreneur, and notable speaker, with over 25 years of experience in IT services, cyber security and software solutions. From his early days as a UNIX systems administrator and managing two 24/7/365 Hewlett Packard data centers, to twenty years in software sales and channel leadership at Quest Software and Dell Computer, Darrin’s passion for achieving secure IT simplicity has been the beacon for his success.

Brian Hamilton
Co-Founder and CRO of Mad Data IO. Confident speaker on all things Dark Web. He travels to various conferences to educate with good stories and humor about Cybersecurity and the real way IT fits with companies.

Mary Hamilton
Co-Founder and CEO of Mad Data IO. Different speaker with too much sass about Cybersecurity and determined to change some things. Leading groups of nationwide business owners and ridiculously passionate about creating a culture of Cybersecurity.

CyberSecurity Forum: log4J Roundtable Discussion

Sharing Stories from the Trenches with log4j + Hands On Hacking Workshop

Do you want to know more about the recent world wide log4j vulnerabilities, or have any stories about scanning for, patching and mitigating against log4j vulnerabilities on your networks? Whether you want to find out more, or share your org’s best practices.. come and join in as we all learn more about log4j and what you can do to secure your organization’s systems and networks.

This will be a 1 hour, in person round table discussion (with food and drinks), followed by a hands on workshop breakout on the Cyber Range (BYOLaptop). This workshop will give you a step by step lab to scan for, detect, and exploit this serious vulnerability, just as a black hat would on your network. Then we’ll discuss patching, prevention and mitigation strategies to keep your organization safe going forward.

Tech on Tap with Exelaration

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology council is partnering with Exelaration for an exciting Tech on Tap. Come raise a glass, reconnect, mingle and tour Exelaration’s Blacksburg location during this social open-house event. Enjoy food, drinks and brief programming as friends, partners and members of the RBTC and Exelaration come together under one roof.

RSVP HERE

Online KAI Discovery Workshop: Positioning Your Ideas for Acceptance

Want to know more about KAI? Want to know your own KAI score and gain insights into your preferred problem-solving style? Would you like to improve how well your ideas are accepted in your team?

Find out more at our exciting new online workshop. Dr Rob Sheffield will give you an overview of Adaption-Innovation, and an introduction into some of its applications in leadership, team dynamics, and especially in the area of effective strategies for communicating your ideas for acceptance by fellow team members.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER

This workshop is ideal for people who are interested in adaption-innovation, personality and its impact, management of change, leadership, and the science of teams. It is designed for anyone who would like an introduction to KAI and its implications.

Participants will complete the KAI online in advance of the workshop. Results will be shared confidentially during the workshop with time allotted for a brief overview of how your KAI results are meaningful to you.

Dr Rob Sheffield will:

  • Explain Adaption-Innovation
  • Highlight key implications for leadership and leading change
  • Confidentially provide your KAI results (for those completing before the workshop)
  • Provide online networking with your fellow professionals
  • Share strategies for improving idea acceptance given one’s problem-solving style

Blocksburg Summit 2022

Blocksburg Summit 2022 will bring blockchain thought leaders from around the world to the Virginia Tech community to engage in conversations at the intersection of technology, research, regulation, policy, and economics in commercial enterprises, government, and education.

Register now for this FREE event to secure your spot for the fully online event on April 14, 2022, 9:00am – 1:00pm.