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Sit With Me 2020

November 19, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm


5:45 – 6:00 | Welcome
6:00 – 6:20 | Keynote speech
6:20 – 6:30 | Q & A
6:30 – 7:00 | Breakout Rooms
7:00 – 7:30 | Closing Thoughts

You are invited to join us on Thursday,  November 19, 2020 for an evening of learning, encouragement, and networking with an amazing lineup of women executives focused on diversity and inclusion for women in tech. The event's keynote speaker is Avis Yates Rivers, CEO of TCGi and board member of National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and author of Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology.

Following Avis' address, you can attend one of the three breakouts:

  • Necessary Information – NCWIT : Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, NCWIT Director of Research discusses NCWIT's most recent research on women in technology.
  • Necessary Behaviors: Janet Crenshaw Smith, cofounder and President of Ivy Planning Group, discusses Microtriggers, the subtle behaviors, annoying phrases, and micro-inequities that can derail relationships.
  • Necessary Conversations – Sponsored by Adobe: Avis Yates Rivers leads a panel discussion about Necessary Lessons Learned on the Way to the Top with Debbie Guild, Chief Security Officer at PNC and Kathleen Lovett, VP eBusiness, Digital Operations and Portfolio Management at Thermo Fisher Scientific. The first 50 registrants to this breakout will receive a signed copy of Avis Yates Rivers' book Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology.

RedChairPGH is a network of women and men who are committed to creating gender balance in the Pittsburgh technology professions. We believe diverse teams increase innovation, opportunity and organizational results. We equip women with a community, tools and resources to start strong, thrive and advance their careers. And, we equip organizations with the tools and resources needed to attract, grow and retain female technical talent.


Thermo Fisher Scientific | Event Sponsor
Adobe | Keynote Sponsor
BNY Mellon | Emerald Sponsor
FiveStar* | Supporting Sponsor
Landis Consulting | Supporting Sponsor
Edge 2020 Cohort | Supporting Sponsor
Comcast / Xfinity | Supporting Sponsor
Precixa | In Kind Sponsor
DDI | In Kind Sponsor
RedTree Web Designs | In Kind Sponsor
Avvartes | Scholarship Sponsor


Childcare will be provided during the event through a partnership with Flexable. Flexable provides on-demand childcare with a team of fully trained and 6-point certified caregivers that arrive on-site with age-appropriate activities and safety equipment. Visit flexablecare.com to learn more! You must pre-register your children to receive free childcare!


Thank you to our volunteers! This event would not have been possible without the help of these people:

Kelly Fetick
Twesha Mitra
Neysha Arcelay
Dayna Martin
Colleen Donnelly
Tami Licht
Lou Camerlengo
Jamaal Davis
Meesha Gerhardt
Kathleen Lovett
Bonny Yaeger
Abi Paonessa
Terrie Sacket
Patricia Breen

Kim Harrow
Mary Ward
Beverly Smith
Ashley Lukan
Shireen Thomas
Ellen Wieckowski
Denise Vay
Jeannine Sivily
Jenifer Anzenberger
Gia Tatone
Julia Poepping
Emily Traupman
Rajini Vinayagamoorthy
Anjali Venkatesh

Sit with me 2020 recap

Our annual event was a huge success, hear from our committee on their most memorable moments and their thoughts on the event in our 2020 Sit with me recap


November 19, 2020
5:45 pm - 7:30 pm