Empowering Women in HR Technology – #HRTechConf 2017

“We need more women in leadership roles.”

A common theme across many companies, and many industries.  But an issue that seems to be gaining more and more steam in the technology and HR technology industries in particular.  Historically male-dominated fields, there’s already in recent times been quite a bit of focus on how to attract more young girls into STEM fields.  But having more women in these fields is just the start; how do we empower the women in these fields to grow personally and professionally into the leaders that we need and want them to be in these fields?

That’s a question that the HR Technology Conference is addressing head on with its “Women in HR Technology” symposium that officially kicks off this year’s show.  The inaugural event last year far exceeded expectations; you can read my recap here.  So it’s no surprise that it’s back again this year…and by all indications, it’s bigger and better than ever.

The purpose of Women in HR Technology is to address those questions on everyone’s mind: how do we attract more women into tech and HR tech roles?  How do we help those in the field overcome the challenges of working in a historically male dominated field to thrive and ultimately grow into leadership roles?  But here’s the coolest part about it: attendees learn not from speakers who talk in theory about how to do it, they hear from women who have done it.  Successful women who are already in these leadership roles in the industry; who have already overcome the challenges of getting there, and who are ready to share their experiences and expertise to help others get there.  Well-known names from high profile companies.  Incredible leaders such as:


Pat Milligan – Global Leader, Multi-National Client Group, Mercer

Gretchen Alarcon – Group VP, Product Strategy, Oracle

Trish McFarlane – VP, Global HCM Strategy & Product Management, Infor

Kirsten Helvey – Chief Operating Officer, Cornerstone OnDemand

Cecile Alper-Leroux – VP, HCM Innovation, Ultimate Software

Christine VanHouten – SVP, Strategy & Product Management, Infor

And that’s just the start of the all-star roster of speakers.  These women are the real deal.  And they’ll be speaking about a variety of topics that will address creating and supporting inclusivity in technology roles, with session titles like “From Disruption to Opportunity: Driving Growth Through the Advancement of Women,” “The ROI of Investing in Women,” “Finding, Supporting, and Developing the Next Generation of Women Technology Leaders,” and “How HR Technology Can Foster a More Diverse, Inclusive Workplace.”

This pre-conference session is a must-attend for any woman looking to grow into a technology or HR technology leadership role, or anyone who simply wants to help create a culture that encourages the development and advancement of women into such roles.  But I’ll take that a step further; research shows that more women in leadership roles is good for business, that companies with women in executive level or board roles have been shown to outperform their counterparts without women in such roles.  So I’ll propose that this session is a must attend event for any woman in business or anyone looking to promote the advancement of women in their company, regardless of industry.  The stories, suggestions, and advice to be shared will likely be universally, cross-industry relevant in some way; and if you can walk away with one actionable insight, I’d call that a success.


The “Women in HR Technology” symposium will take place on Tuesday, October 10th from 8:30 AM – Noon.  This pre-conference event is included with the full HR Tech pass.  But if last year was any indication, get there early or you might not get a seat!


Still need to register for HR Tech?  Use discount code PAYNE17 for $200 off your registration.  See you in Vegas!


About the Author

Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne is a 20+ year human resources leader with a focus on researching, developing, and implementing talent management programs. She is a believer in lifelong learning and self-development who strives to stay current in HR trends, technology, best practices, and the future of work by sharing knowledge with and learning from HR colleagues and thought leaders across the country and throughout the world through writing, speaking, and involvement in various industry conferences and events.  She is one of the co-founders of Women of HR, and is currently the Editor of the site. You can connect with her on Twitter...

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