Top Civic Leaders to Discuss the Intersection of Technology and Government at 2017 Women in STEM Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 22, 2017 — The 4th Annual Global Women in STEM Conference (WiSTEM) announces an impressive lineup of elected officials and technology leaders who will speak to attendees about technology innovations in government. WiSTEM will be hosted on September 11-12, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.

Elected officials and technology leaders who are confirmed to speak include:

  • Ash Kalra, California State Assembly
  • Lisa Gillmor, Mayor, City of Santa Clara
  • Michael Tubbs, Mayor, City of Stockton
  • Karen Evans, National Director for US Cyber Challenge
  • Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer, County of Santa Clara
  • Dr. Jonathan Reichental Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director & CIO, City of Fremont
  • Anu Natarajan, Former Vice Mayor, City of Fremont

Moderator of WiSTEM GovTech panel, Joyce Hunter, Former Deputy CIO at the Department of Agriculture states, “Citizens expect their interaction with government to keep pace with the speed, efficiency and personalization they experience in other areas of life. Government must meet these expectations or risk becoming obsolete. The leaders speaking at WiSTEM work on the front lines exploring how government, with all its rules and regulations, can coexist with innovation and offer value to the consumer.”

Meera Kaul, founder of the MKF and Director of WiSTEM notes, “WiSTEM attendees are going to be inspired by these women and men who are boldly leading technology innovation across cities, states and nations. Speakers include Mayors and CIO’s from some of the most technologically-advanced cities in the world. Attendees will learn about government applications and opportunities for emerging technologies, as well as the revolutions these technologies are driving in government processes.”

WiSTEM is known as the world’s largest conference specifically focused on empowering women in science, technology, engineering, and math. The conference continues its tradition of strategically curating relevant and insightful speakers who deliver inspiration to advance women’s careers and businesses. For more information or to purchase conference tickets visit

About MKF:
MKF is a non-profit that works to nurture the social, economic and intellectual potential of women. We create opportunities for unlocking the potential of women in areas of their expertise, to support the sustainability of their careers, and enhance their personal growth and stability.

About Women In STEM: WiSTEM is one of the core Programs of the MKF. As a part of this program, we grow awareness for STEM as a viable option for girls, women and their institutions across the world, for inspiring a global shift in the attitude towards Women in STEM.

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