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20NTC Session Proposal

Grit: Succeeding as a Woman in Tech


Grit is mission-critical for women in tech. Without it, it’s nearly 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. There’s no easy solution, but these authentic, gritty, and unique perspectives will share successes and failures, and encourage dialogue to inspire all.

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.


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.

Sara Chieco

Director of Technology, Social Impact

Presence Product Group

For the past 10 years, Sara has worked exclusively with for Non-Profits: analyzing, architecting, designing, implementing and delivering custom solutions. For the 10 years prior, she designed and coded both enterprise and client/server applications as a software engineer. Sara is passionate about solving problems, delivering high-quality solutions and enabling non-profits to be more efficient to better serve their constituents.

Tami Lau

Senior Salesforce Engineer, Social Impact

Presence Product Group

Tami is a Salesforce architect and developer who has worked in the nonprofit space for ten years and counting, combining 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.

Aparna Kothary

Director of Technology Operations

Global Citizen year

Aparna Kothary is the Director of Technology Operations at Global Citizen Year as well as a co-organizer of the Oakland NTEN Nonprofit Tech Club. Originally from the East Coast, Aparna has spent the last 5 years at Global Citizen Year working in admissions, enrollment, and most recently in technology operations. Post-graduation, Aparna served as an Americorps* VISTA at a civil and immigrant rights organization in Washington DC. This experience kicked off Aparna’s nonprofit career and she has since then worked at a variety of organizations with technology being the common thread. Aparna is passionate about helping people be more effective and efficient by using technology innovatively and appropriately. She loves learning about new tools, tinkering, and bringing people together to talk nonprofit tech!

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March 14, 2019


3:00pm – 4:15pm



CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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