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DARPA Director to Keynote Women & Technology Conference

Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, will deliver keynote remarks at

Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director of DARPA's Defense Sciences Office

Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office

TechConnect’s 2016 Women & Technology Conference, to be held October 6-7 at Canaan Valley State Park & Conference Center in Davis, WV.

A former military intelligence officer, Dr. Tompkins previously served as the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Chief of Staff, as well as Deputy Director of the agency’s Strategic Technology Office, where she developed and managed programs in advanced navigation systems, as well as optical element design and manufacture.

The 2016 Women & Technology Conference will explore how women and technology can help revitalize West Virginia’s transitioning economy. The conference provides direction and encouragement for women involved in technology education and research, private enterprise, the public sector, investing, and entrepreneurship.

So who should attend?  In addition to women who are working directly in STEM fields, the conference will welcome women–and even some men–who have ideas for moving our economy forward and are interested in being part of this critical discussion.  Anyone who uses technology in any job function–including teaching, health care, law, accounting, finance, organizational management, HR, marketing, management, sales, and of course, tech-specific jobs–will find value in the Women & Technology Conference agenda.

“We are all surrounded by technology, no matter where we work or what we do in our jobs.  From WomenInTechnology_Icon_NEWsmartphones that have more computing capacity than a desktop computer of just a few years ago to the “Internet of Things,” our world becomes more connected through technology every day,” said Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect.

“Technology plays an important role in helping women advance in their careers.  This conference aims to help women achieve success through technology, leadership and shared economic prosperity across the Mountain State,” she added.

The conference agenda–full of inspirational speakers, informative and useful panel discussions and breakout sessions–will be announced soon.  In addition to Dr. Tompkins, the conference will feature several other exciting keynote speakers.  Plan to join us in Canaan Valley in early October, when the fall foliage is at its peak!  Discounted early bird registration rates are in effect through September 9.

For more information, or to register, click here.

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Canaan Valley State Park & Conference Center

This program is hosted by TechConnect West Virginia and presented with support from our generous
sponsors. Thank you to the following for making this year’s event possible:

Allegheny Science & Technology

BrickStreet Insurance

Division of Science and Research at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission


Marshall University

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

West Virginia Executive Magazine

West Virginia NASA Space Grant Consortium

West Virginia University

Sponsorships are still available for the 2016 event.  Contact Anne Barth at 304.444.2918 or for more information.