Session: Breaking Barriers: Advocating for Women in Tech
As a champion for women in tech and increasing diversity in the industry, Kathleen Mitford will share personal anecdotes from her career journey, lessons learned, and ways to advocate for and support all women in the industry. Within her anecdotes, she will also highlight the value of mentorship, sponsorship, and ways to create lasting change.
- It’s a business imperative to diversify the tech field and make it more inclusive.
- We must increase access to STEM education and opportunities in tech.
Kathleen Mitford leads the marketing team for Microsoft Azure, the cloud where all people and organizations can invent with purpose. In close partnership with engineering, Kathleen’s team aligns go to market and sales execution for business growth. Previously, Kathleen spent 15 years at PTC where she served as VP of Market and Competitive Strategy and rounded out her time as the EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. While at PTC, Kathleen also oversaw Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Alliances, Corporate Marketing, and PTC Academic. She’s a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion in tech—particularly when it comes to women. She’s a proud wife and mother of two, and a graduate of Philadelphia University. She enjoys art, traveling, and outdoor activities such as running and gardening.