2019 Technical Executive Forum FAQ

Have questions about the Technical Executive Forum (TEF)? Check out our TEF FAQ.

General Questions

What is the Technical Executive Forum (TEF)?

The Technical Executive Forum (TEF) is a key Organizational Transformation (OT) program designed to guide organizations in creating more inclusive workplaces. The exclusive, invitation-only event provides an opportunity for C-level technical executives and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leaders from AnitaB.org Partner companies to connect, collaborate, and learn better practices and actionable solutions for retaining and advancing women technologists.

When is TEF?

This year’s TEF is a full day event that will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Where is TEF held?

TEF will be held during Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Orlando, Florida.

Participate

How do I attend?

TEF is by invitation-only for C-level technical executives and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leaders from AnitaB.org Partner companies. Nominations closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT. All nominations submitted after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT will be put on the TEF Nomination Waitlist.

What is the dress code for TEF?

The dress code for TEF is business casual.

Who is the audience at TEF?

The TEF audience is primarily technical executives, including a limited number of DEI C-Suite leaders*. TEF continues to be the technical executives’ event to attend on technical and diversity topics, providing executive-level technical participants the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and learn from experts and their peers who provide cutting-edge research, better practices, and actionable solutions for retaining and advancing women technologists. Keeping in mind the TEF audience is primarily technical executives, we do not focus solely on DEI themes. Rather, we focus on the fusion of technology as it relates to DEI and access throughout the technology and computing industry to retain and advance women technologists.

Each AnitaB.org partner company can nominate a DEI C-level executive as one of their TEF nominees, but not as their primary TEF nominee. The intent of a technical executive and DEI executive pairing is to better enable these complementary elements of technical and business perspectives with DEI expertise and execution. It allows these executives the opportunity to better collaborate post TEF and GHC participation to create positive change for advancing and retaining women technologists.

*TEF 18: Approximately 13% of the TEF audience identified as a DEI C-Suite Leader. 87% identified as a C-Suite Technical Executive.

2019 TEF

Who organizes TEF?

The TEF Organizing Committee is composed of senior executive-level technical leaders from AnitaB.org Partner companies and AnitaB.org staff from the Organizational Transformation Team. Meet the 2019 TEF Organizing Committee.

What is this year’s TEF agenda and who is speaking?

The TEF Agenda, Keynote, and Featured Speakers will be announced Summer 2019. Please take a look at our previous TEF themes and speakers here.

Where can I find information on GHC?

We expect GHC 19 to grow to 25,000 attendees, a 12% increase from 2018. Find more information about GHC 19 here.

Confidentiality

Is what we discuss at TEF disclosed to the public?

Conversations that take place during TEF are confidential. However, participating executives may share distilled insights more broadly with teams from their company. TEF is media free.

Will my company’s participation in TEF be public?

We post the participating companies and organizations of TEF on our website but do not disclose the names of the executive participants.

More Questions?

Contact TEF@AnitaB.org to submit a specific question about the Technical Executive Forum.