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Grit? Hell, yeah. You won’t survive without it.

Grit is mission critical for women in tech. Without it, it’s near impossible to work your way upward in a male-dominated industry. But what does grit mean? What steps should you take to bolster a successful career over the long-run? Our panel will include four women in leadership roles in the nonprofit technology ecosystem. We certainly don’t have a silver bullet to offer, but we are authentic, gritty, and offer a unique collection of perspectives. We’ll talk about our successes and failures and encourage dialogue with the audience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will identify common challenges faced by women in technology,
  • Participants will have opportunity to reflect on and discuss their personal challenges, and
  • Participants will prepare strategies for overcoming the obstacles they currently face or might face in their careers.

Suggested Tags

CultureDiversity and InclusionPanelStrategy


Tami Lau

CRM Systems Architect & Developer

Sierra Club

Tami is a Salesforce architect and developer at the Sierra Club, where she combines her interest in technology with a passion for mission-driven work. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Science, and although her plans to become a wildlife biologist did not pan out, she loves her current work and the community she has found because of it.

Marisa Lopez

Director of Account Management

Presence Product Group

Marisa is a results-driven leader in the dynamic world of Nonprofit Technology. She self-defines as an innovator, social entrepreneur, technology therapist, Salesforce evangelist, mother, and outdoor enthusiast. She also leads Amplify, an organization that empowers underrepresented voices to be fearless leaders in technology.

Angela Adams

Executive Vice President

Now IT Matters

Angela Adams has managed product and professional services delivery in the social impact sector since 2004. Having formally studied Creative Writing and Rhetoric, Social Work, and Theology, Angela brings an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to business analysis, technical architecture, process design, and professional development. Part geek, part wayfinder, and all analyst, Angela is adept at finding themes hidden in complex user stories and creating and executing a plan for transformation. Angela is co-founder of Amplify and The Nourish Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to nourishing hope in communities through education and shared resources. Angela and her family live in rural Illinois in an old farmhouse that will never cease to be a project.