ChickTech: For Professionals

Advancing the Careers of Technical Womxn (ACT-W), ChickTech’s signature adult program, works to create an equitable future for womxn in technology and beyond. By broadening the pipeline into technology while increasing retention, ACT-W ensures womxn can enter and thrive in the rapidly growing tech industry.

ACT-W is a welcoming community that supports, empowers, and educates adults of all genders, with a focus on marginalized genders and those who identify as womxn. We’re proud to provide a platform for professional womxn and allies to accelerate their careers, advance into leadership, celebrate diversity, build technical capacity, and tap into an intergenerational community that helps all technical womxn thrive.

ACT-W Portland 2015. Photo by Wojtek Rajski.

ACT-W Conference.

ACT-W Conference.

Austin Brains + Brews 2017. Photo by Elliot Aquila.

ACT-W Bay Area 2017.

Professional Opportunities

ChickTech: Jobs

Are you looking for a new job in tech? Check out our Job Board, and reach out to a strong and connected network of companies looking to hire diverse talent to fill some great jobs! Looking to recruit a talented technical professoinal? Our national network consists of 30,000 womxn and allies and is rapidly expanding—join with our networking of companies who have embraced the many benefits of building a diverse and inclusive team.

ChickTech: Jobs

ACT-W Conferences

Ranging from local or regional one-day events to a national week-long experience, Advancing the Careers of Technical Womxn (ACT-W) Conferences bring together womxn and allies to build a community of support and empowerment leading to an equitable technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and representation. ACT-W Conferences focus on learning new technical and leadership skills, career advancement, building a supportive community, and connecting technical womxn and allies with interesting companies committed to advancing diversity in tech.

What makes ACT-W conferences unique is the focus on community and supporting womxn and allies throughout the cycles of their tech careers. With an emphasis on inclusion, we welcome people of all genders and backgrounds. Regardless of how technical you are, there is something you can take away from ACT-W. From 1:1 career coaching to technical workshops to shifting corporate culture to a space of inclusion, all conferences are action-oriented leaving attendees feeling welcome, empowered, and ready to take the leap into their next step.

Interested in becoming a speaker at one of our conferences? We’re always looking for people who want to teach workshops and speak! You don’t need to prove you’re “technical” or a woman to attend. All are welcome!

Visit ACT-W.org

ACT-W+

ACT-W+ is an online membership platform that brings community and engaging professional development events to your screen. Whether you are thinking of a career switch into technology, have been in the industry for 10+ years, or are simply interested in your general professional development, ACT-W+ provides you with the connections, skills, and confidence to get you to the next stage of your career. 

ACT-W+ provides historically marginalized populations in technology with the opportunity to access professional development workshops focused on leadership, career advancement and preparation, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and technical workshops. These events can be accessed online, anywhere at any time with unlimited event replays for our members.

Visit ACT-W.org/plus

ACT-W: Connect

ACT-W: Connect events create a local community of support and growth for womxn through each ChickTech chapter. Led by local ChickTech chapter leaders ingrained in the local tech community each event may consist of informational sessions, networking, technical workshops, and panel discussions that are relevant to the local area.

Whether you’re a technologist, marketer, diversity advocate, HR specialist, or a project manager, technology needs you to help lead the charge! Join talented professionals and advocates with all experience levels and backgrounds for professional development, diversity training, community building, leadership coaching, networking and more!

Check out Our Meetups Page to find your closest chapter’s ACT-W: Connect events.

Chapter Meetup Pages

Volunteering + Leadership

ChickTech wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who make up most of our community. There are many opportunities for you to build your leadership skills and network, and most importantly, improve the lives of girls and womxn in technology. From being a leader in your local chapter, to joining the ACT-W Conference task force, to running workshops for high school girls, we need you and your unique skills!

To learn more, or if you’re ready to be a change leader, check out our Volunteer Page and review our postings on Volunteer Match.

Speak at an ACT-W Event

We’re always looking for thought leaders, technical experts, and change makers to speak at one of our many events for professionals. Speaker applications are always open to submit a presentation or workshop for our membership platform, ACT-W+. You can check if our ACT-W Conference speaker application form is open or sign up to receive email notifications here.

ACT-W Bay Area 2017. Photo by.