2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Take No Sh*t: Thrive as an XX in an XY World

Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 7
110 E 2nd St

While commended for its forward thinking, Silicon Valley is dangerously dated in its views on gender equality. And, despite efforts by several companies to change internal views, the Valley’s long-standing identity as a “brogrammer’s haven” symbolizes a community too far ingrained in its existing culture to enact quick change. But a city like Austin, with its growing tech scene & abundance of female executives, is ripe to solve the gender disparity issue & serve as an industry example. Let’s explore how companies (particularly those in male-dominated industries) can inspire change at a company level, & how growing cities like Austin can scale initiatives to the national & industry-wide level

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Aaron Burcell at SXSW

Aaron Burcell

VP/Growth & Prod Mktg

Aaron Burcell is the VP of Growth & Product Marketing at Vevo, having joined the company in early 2014 after a successful run aggregating millions of mobile millennials at Grockit (acquired by Kapl...

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Heather J Brunner at SXSW

Heather J Brunner


WP Engine

As CEO for WP Engine, Heather has steered the company to hyper-growth and global expansion with offices in Austin, San Antonio, London and San Francisco serving 40,000 customers in 133 countries. A...

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Julie Huls

Pres & CEO

Austin Technology Council

Julie Huls is a busi ness and civic leader in Austin, Texas, and a nationally-recognized author ity on inno va tion econ omy job growth and com mu nity build ing. Since 2009, Huls has fos tered tru...

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Sara Spivey at SXSW

Sara Spivey



Sara has more than 30 years of marketing, strategy, and leadership experience with industry-leading organizations. Before joining Bazaarvoice, Sara served as CEO of InReach, a provider of online co...

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