These are the Highlights of the Women in HR Tech Summit

From its exciting opening session on how to take advantage of the power of data to a closing session on how the nation’s largest employer is innovating within its recruiting process, this year’s edition of the Women in HR Technology Summit offers something for everyone.

Now in its fourth year, the summit opens the HR Technology Conference, held Oct. 1-4 in Las Vegas, with a fantastic opportunity for women attendees (and men, too) to gain actionable insights into building a culture of inclusion within their organizations.

For attendees, HR Tech’s all-access Premium Pass includes entry to the summit, where attendees can delve into topics such as mentorship and collaboration, diversity data and analytics, dealing with harassment and more.

The opening session, at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 1, In Data We Trust, features a panel of top leaders from Workday: Cristina Goldt, vice president of HCM products; Carin Taylor, chief diversity officer; and Erin Yang, vice president of platform technology product and strategy. In this opening session, attendees will learn how Workday utilizes data to track diversity metrics, elevate the employee experience and make better hiring decisions.

Tuesday’s closing session, Women in Tech-Leading the Hiring Innovation at Walmart, features the perspective of four Walmart executives: Kali Hayes, product owner for hiring; Nerissa McQuilkin, technical product owner for global recruiting technology; Andrea Overholt, recruiting engineering director; and Katie Taylor, senior director of software engineering of global talent systems. In just 12 weeks, this impressive team undertook a major enterprise implementation in rebuilding Walmart’s ATS to create a consumer-grade experience for 1 million-plus hires. Be there to hear their amazing story firsthand in this inspirational closing session.

“Data-based decisions–especially those related to diversity and inclusion programs–are top of mind with our attendees,” notes Jeanne Achille, chair of the Women in HR Tech Summit. “For example, we’re very excited to open this year’s summit with three amazing women executives from Workday in our panel, In Data We Trust.”

Breakout sessions include: New Technologies to Manage Workplace Diversity; Mothers, Sons and Daughters; The “Second Shift”: Women and Wellbeing; Gender Equity: Practical Strategies; Talent Mobility: Right Place, Right Time; and, finally, Why Mentoring Matters.

“True diversity and inclusion means we’re all in this together,” Achille adds. “I’m particularly excited about our session Mothers, Sons and Daughters, which will take a hard look at unconscious bias and how to move the conversation away from gender and onto skills and competencies.”

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Tom Starner
Tom Starner is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has been covering the human resource space and all of its component processes for over two decades. He can be reached at