Select Page

The Fifth Annual Conference Features More Than 40 Speakers — Volunteering Their Time — Including

Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway, Kara Swisher, Executive Editor of

Re/Code, and Many Others, In An Accessible-For-All Conference


On February 22nd, 2017, San Francisco, CA — Girls in Tech, a global non-profit dedicated to eradicating

gender disparity in technology, announced the return of Catalyst Conference to San Francisco on

June 20 – 22. The 40+ speakers will aim to educate and engage — in a practical manner — with conference

attendees on topics including trends, design thinking, science, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation,

venture capital, politics, and diversity. Attendees of previous sold-out Catalyst Conferences have been

Venture Capitalists, tech entrepreneurs and employees, journalists, and students.


“In introducing a TED-style of presentation, we’re excited to help conference participants learn practical

skills to further their careers in technology,” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech.

“A key difference with Catalyst will be the accessibility of the conference, which will be in San Francisco

and cost only $199, if you buy your ticket early — a fraction of the cost of similar conferences. While the

conference is big, it will also be intimate and interactive, with candid presentations from diverse leaders.”


The three-day Catalyst Conference will be held at Bespoke in San Francisco and expects over 1,000

attendees. Other speakers include, Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Connie

Guglielmo, Editor-in-Chief of CNET, Lisa Falzone, CEO of Revel Systems, and Nidhi Gupta, VP of

Engineering of Hired. The format will be split into keynotes, workshops, fireside chats, and networking



“At Box, we have a shared interest with Girls in Tech’s mission of ending gender disparity across the

technology industry,” said Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box. “I’m delighted to join the impressive

lineup of speakers at this year’s Catalyst Conference in San Francisco’s backyard to help empower women

who are passionate about tech to advance their careers in STEM fields.”


The last time Catalyst Conference was in San Francisco was in 2012. Catalyst Conference is sponsored by

Cisco, Automattic, RocketSpace, LoopUp, and Athena Alliance. More info about Catalyst, including

speakers, agenda, and tickets, can be found here: