About ACT-W

Presented by ChickTech, the nation’s leading nonprofit in growing and retaining the number of women and girls in technology, ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) events encourage, empower, and engage women, allies, and the tech industry in the quest for equity, inclusion, and belonging for ALL women in technology.

When you attend ACT-W 2019, you’ll be boosting your career while helping to empower girls across the nation. All proceeds from ACT-W events go towards providing local high school girls with STEM education programs and spreading ChickTech’s reach to create a culture of inclusion for all.

ACT-W 2019 is composed to two connected and complementary events:


ACT-W: Achieving Equity

June 26 – 27, 2019

ACT-W: Achieving Equity is a boutique event that provides action-oriented training and deep discussions to level up diversity initiatives and better enact real, measurable change. In order to support the creation of inclusive and diverse companies and communities, we’re bringing together the brightest thinkers–and most importantly–the greatest doers in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for two days.

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ACT-W: Conference

June 28 – 29, 2019

The ACT-W Conference is an annual 2-day action-packed event where talented women and allies can build skills, grow their community, and accelerate their career path. Now in its 5th year in Portland, ACT-W is a welcoming, inclusive, and hands-on experience. Join us and 800+ individuals for speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and so much more. Celebrating supporters of diversity, inclusion, education, and growth, there’s something for everyone, regardless of how technical you are.

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What to expect at ACT-W 2019

Wed. June 26

Day 1: Achieving Equity

The first day of ACT-W 2019 begins with our diversity-focused Achieving Equity event. Enjoy our powerful speakers and workshops sessions, or participate in an optional DEI Certificate of Completion. In the evening, join us for Happy Hour, where you’ll connect and network with fellow diversity, recruiting, and tech professionals.

Thu. June 27

Day 2: Achieving Equity

Participate in action-packed sessions and workshops around equity and diversity. In the evening, join conference participants in a kickoff Happy Hour for ACT-W: Conference.

Fri. June 28

Day 3: Conference

ACT-W: Conference programming begins with a keynote, lightning talks, and one-on-one coaching sessions. After, spend time networking and having fun at a casual Happy Hour!


Who should attend ACT-W?

No matter who you are, you belong. 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!

ACT-W is built for companies, too! At one of the largest Women in Tech conferences in Oregon, you’ll find top-notch talent and invaluable opportunities to promote your product or services. Join our generous sponsors and partners in publicly declaring your commitment to diversity and helping ChickTech support women in technology across the nation.


Join us at ACT-W 2019

We hope you’ll join us at ACT-W 2019 this year! If you have any questions about registration, ticketing, or other ways you can get involved, please contact us at [email protected]. Curious about what to expect? Check out more information on ACT-W: Achieving Equity or Act-W: Conference.

  • ACT-W: Conference
    June 28 - 29, 2019
    (Professional)

  • One ticket to ACT-W: Conference
  • One ticket to June 27 and June 28 networking Happy Hours
  • $99
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  • ACT-W: Conference
    June 28 - 29, 2019
    (Student/Unemployed)

  • One ticket to ACT-W: Conference
  • One ticket to June 27 and June 28 networking Happy Hours
  • $35
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  • ACT-W: Conference
    June 28 - 29, 2019
    (VIP Youth Ticket)

  • Are you a high school girl, non-binary student, or trans student that is interested in learning more about technology in a supportive environment? We invite you to join us at ACT-W as a High School VIP! Thank you to Interior Architects and Lytics for sponsoring our youth to attend!
  • Free
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  • Achieving Equity
    June 26 - 27, 2019

  • One ticket to ACT-W: Achieving Equity
  • One ticket to June 26 and June 27 networking Happy Hours
  • $750
  • Register Now
  • Achieving Equity + DEI Certificate
    June 26 - 27, 2019

  • One ticket to ACT-W: Achieving Equity
  • DEI Certificate of Completion
  • One ticket to June 26 and June 27 networking Happy Hours
  • $1,200
  • Register Now

What is it like to attend ACT-W?

Samuel C.
The speakers were great and helped set the tone for a fun, genuine, and inclusive conference. As an attendee, I appreciated that the different tracks were labeled and that you could choose your own adventure in the afternoon. As a sponsor, I found the volunteers to be super helpful and generous with their time. We were hoping to meet a diverse group of people who were curious and excited to learn. ACT-W brought this group together!

Samuel C.
ACT-W Sponsor
Sarah L.
What an amazing space - not only wonderful to meet other women, but excellent topics for sessions also. It's so refreshing and energizing to be at a conference with so many other technical women. I'm so used to being one of a few most of the time. 🙂

Sarah L.
ACT-W 2018 Attendee
Kevin S.
As a male ally and personnel manager, I definitely feel the experience of attending this conference has made me a better manager overall. I would recommend it. The lightning keynote session was great. A lot of great information and perspectives packed into one hour!

Kevin S.
ACT-W 2018 Attendee
Alex H.
I usually hate going to conferences because I only get so much relevant information. However, this conference was amazing, and I got so much out of it! There was always a session that was not only relevant, but helpful. I got career advice and learned strategies for how to present myself to potential employers. I connected with a lot of great people in my field, learned about the day to day in a career path I am considering, and I even made a connection with a potential future employer. I left feeling really empowered and ready to take the next steps in my career.

Alex H.
ACT-W 2018 Attendee

Thank you to our partners!

We built ACT-W from the ground-up to benefit everyone, including our generous partners and sponsors. Thank you to our partners for their support! Want to join in? There are a variety of ways your organization can get involved.

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