On April 17-19, Girls in Tech, in conjunction with The City of Phoenix, Mayor Greg Stanton and Governor Doug Ducey, will be hosting the 2nd annual Catalyst Conference at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix. The event will attract over 600 passionate, smart and creative women from the Technology and Startup industries and over 40 high-profile female executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Sandy Carter is IBM’s Social Business Evangelist and General Manager Developer Ecosystem and Startups. At the Catalyst Conference 2016, she’ll be about the latest trends around cognitive computing and how it will impact jobs in the future – particularly for women.

How can women best support other women, in tech and in general?
I would love for there to be more angel investors, for women to support each other through angel or VC funding. 75% of women by 2020 will own most of all household budgets. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it. Yet, only 6% of women are VCs. We’re buying all these products that are owned and run by men. It doesn’t seem right. There are funds out there that make investing accessible and I think that’s really important.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned along the way in your career?
Relationships are the most important. And taking risks is important. Being bold is important. A lot of people don’t take the risks they should. They get held back because of it. If I had to go back and do it again, I’d take even more risks.

If you could go back in time and give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself that it’s okay to be nervous, to be scared, but just do it, and take more risks.

What are some of the challenges you face as a woman in tech—despite your massive success?
I feel I have to work harder and excel more in order to be taken seriously. There can be a feeling of isolation. It’s not that anyone is necessarily mean, it’s just that you don’t always feel like a part of the team.

View Sandy’s full bio here or peruse the list of over 36 luminary speakers at this unique conference Reserve your ticket here. Get your ticket today! Visit http://phoenix.catalyst.girlsintech.org and use code GIT25 to save on your ticket. See you April 17-19 in Phoenix!

Posted by Carolina Lopez