Join Girls in Tech D.C. for Empowerment Panel, Networking Event on Feb. 27

Girls in Tech, D.C. will host its first networking event of 2020 along with the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. The “Creating IMPACT with your STEM Career” event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Feb. 27 at Compass Real Estate in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The two-hour event will feature a panel with esteemed women in the public and private sectors, who will share key learnings that have shaped their careers and lives.  

The GIT mission dovetails nicely with the University of Maryland School of Business vision to “inspire and facilitate innovation in analytics among students, faculty, and the larger business community by providing opportunities for networking, thought leadership, and collaboration.

“Our panelists and their organizations are determined to change the status quo,” said Catherine Avon, co-managing director of Girls in Tech, D.C. “We want to help women develop a toolkit to achieve new heights by sharing and developing their talents and lifting each other up. At our event, we’ll share practical strategies to strengthen confidence, develop a grounded sense of purpose, and create a network that lifts women up to achieve impact in their chosen careers and relationships.”

“In addition, we’ll take a closer look at how analytics can inspire and facilitate collaboration in STEM careers,” Avon added. “This is an area that the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business excels at.”

The event will kick off with light refreshments and networking followed by an all-female panel, moderated by Girls in Tech Co-Managing Director Catherine Avon. The panel will discuss in-depth, pivotal moments in their careers and lives, and offer prescriptive steps on how women can create impact in their roles. The panelists include: 


Margret Bjarndóttir

Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Laurel Fielding

Chief Technology Officer, NetComm and adjunct professor of Computer Science at George Mason University.

Carol Gersten

Chief Client Officer at Interfolio, a higher education SAAS company. Carol received her MBA from the University of Maryland in the year 2000.

Wendy Moe

Associate Dean of Master’s Programs, Dean’s Professor of Marketing, and Co-Director of the Smith Analytics Consortium at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The panel will be followed by an open Q&A for audience members and will conclude with additional networking opportunities with the Board from Girls in Tech, D.C. and the evening’s panelists.

The event is being sponsored by integrated risk management firm TalaTek, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and Compass Real Estate.

Be sure to sign up on Eventbrite; tickets are $10. Follow Girls in Tech, D.C. on social media (Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIN) for the latest updates.

To learn more about the Washington, D.C. chapter and how to become a member, visit

We look forward to seeing you there!