Real role models, real conversations, real impact.

The WISMP Summit brings program participants and allies together for a day of curated content, with a focus on tactical take-aways.  We specifically look to cover content that isn't covered in school or discussed in other places – but is incredibly impactful to our mixed audience of technical students and professionals.  In past events, participants have practiced salary negotiations and learned to navigate office politics.  You should expect to leave with a list of actions that you could implement right away.

2019 Speakers


Heidi Williams

Heidi is the CTO and Founder of tEQuitable and has devoted significant time to mentorship of women in the middle of their careers. She’ll be speaking about the lessons those women wished they knew earlier.


Zeesha Currimbhoy

Zeesha is an engineering leader who has had an accelerated career trajectory. She’ll be sharing her philosophy around failure and the opportunity it presents.


Suzanne Pierre

Suzanne is a President’s post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley working on climate change, and will be sharing learnings from her journey into academia.


Cynthia Maxwell

Cynthia is an engineering leader who has worked at admired companies like Slack, Yahoo!, Pinterest, & Apple. She’s also a mother. Cynthia will share her tactical, no-holds-barred lessons on combining career with family.


Stephanie Whalen

Stephanie is a mechanical engineer who has been working with global teams her entire career. She’ll be speaking about the communication lessons she’s learned in working with teams around the world.

 Workshop sessions

The workshops will take place simultaneously during a 60 minute session. These sessions will be dedicated to actually developing skills in a specific tactical area. Some of the workshops will have limited participation, so be sure to sign up early to grab a slot in the workshop you are most interested in. Workshop sessions information will be posted as they are finalized.


Secrets of Networking, an Interactive Experience

They say networking is super important, and yet no one really explains what it is or how to do it well. Join Raquel Vélez, an engineering manager at Slack, for an interactive practice session on networking. Learn and practice some essential, tactical skills that you can immediately put to use to level up your networking game.


Salary Negotiation Best Practices

Whether it’s your first job or your fifth, negotiation is often something we have to learn by doing. Aliisa Rosenthal has been negotiating sales deals for over a decade. In this workshop, you’ll learn some best practices, and then try them out in a mock negotiation.


Entrepreneurship and Capital

Whether your dream business is venture-backed or bootstrapped, a software company or a pilates studio, the path to entrepreneurship is an adventure. Tessa Lau, CEO and Founder of Dusty Robotics will lead this workshop in Entrepreneurship.


Resume Review Workshop

What do recruiters look for these days? Are you saying things you don’t mean to say on your resume? Bring a paper copy of your resume and get some 1:1 coaching from a professional recruiter on how to tune it up.


Discussion Breakouts

Alongside the workshops, we’ll also be running a series of two sessions of Discussion Groups. This year’s topics include:

- Tackling Imposter Syndrome - moderated by Melissa Savage of Bird

- Pursuing Academia - moderated by Clarice Aiello, a post-doc at Stanford




Saturday, April 6th, 2019, 1-5PM

2670 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA

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