CWIT Presents


The Details

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: AvidXchange Foundry building
School of Rock & Community Room

1210 AvidXchange Ln, Charlotte, NC 28206

Venue Directions/Parking instructions: Free parking is available in the parking deck across from the entrance to AvidXchange. See map image below.


Wendy Gates Corbett

Wendy Gates Corbett

President, Signature Presentations, LLC

Tom Lane

Tom Lane

Partner, OneTeam Leadership

Chemere Davis

Chemere Davis

Senior Business Manager, Engineering, Microsoft

Dr. Sharon Jones

Dr. Sharon Jones

Co-Founder, CWIT, Founder, Dottie Rose Foundation & the dot. Consulting

Caitlin Castevens

Caitlin Castevens

President & Co-Founder, CWIT, Inbound Marketing Specialist, Clariant Creative

Dionna Steed

Dionna Steed

Talent Acquisition Program Manager, Certified Diversity Recruiter, AvidXchange, CWIT Advisor

Parul Luthra

Parul Luthra

Analytics Engineer, Adobe, CWIT Mentorship Program Lead

Madi Palermo

Madi Palermo

Head of Product, Ibotta, CWIT Advisor

Melissa Malpica

Melissa Malpica

Melissa Malpica, Co-Founder and Career Strategy Coach, T3 Transition to Tech, CWIT Mentor

Nicole Case

Nicole Case

Founder of The Upgraded Career, CWIT Mentor

Nandini Krishnan

Nandini Krishnan

Product Manager, AvidXchange, CWIT-AvidXchange Liason

Marta Oddone

Marta Oddone

Inbound Marketing Specialist, Clariant Creative & Integrative Health Coach, CWIT Tech Lead

Ty Chandler

Ty Chandler

Senior Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead at AvidXchange, Inc.

Laura Platta

Laura Platta

Founder & CEO, STEAMinis, High School Student

Talazia Moore

Talazia Moore

Global Technology & Operations (GT&O) Technical Analyst at Bank of America, Board Member at Dottie Rose Foundation, Founder/Program Leader at GidgetGirls

About this Event

Every year Carolina Women+ in Tech (CWIT) partners with our community partner OneTeam Leadership, along with annual sponsors to bring the community together to learn how to thrive in chaos.

This year we are leveling up our morning workshop to an all-day summit bringing you tangible resources, mentorship, and inspiration to move your career forward.

We’re excited to welcome back Tom Lane from OneTeam Leadership to host our morning workshop for VIP ticket holders, followed by an afternoon of rockstar speakers and panelists, with a bit of networking in between!

Dress Code: Business Casual


CWIT is committed to inspiring people to lean into technology, embrace it as a part of their career and stay committed to a growth mentality. Whether you’re a student, young professional, or c-suite executive everyone deserves to be empowered to improve our community and workplace.

This event brings together talent and allies who work in the field of tech, leverage technology in their role, or someone who is interested in transitioning into being a techy all together. We are on a mission to create a safe space for people to network, gain and give mentorship, as well as be inspired to pour into our community with their gifts.

Does this sound like you? If so, check out our ticket tiers.


 Ticket Tiers

VIP:  Get the full-day experience – $250  

General Admission: Half-day beginning at 12 PM – $95

Virtual: Watch the afternoon speaker sessions – $20

All in-person tickets include 2 drink tickets for the meet & greet happy hour post summit. Please reach out to us for bulk discounts and financial assistance needs.

VIP vs. General admission

oneteam leadership


Without intention and attention, it can be easy to become disengaged and burned out.

To help alleviate this from occurring, OneTeam Leadership has created a unique program called Thriving in Chaos. 

This highly interactive program is designed to help participants restore their energy and learn how to thrive in chaotic environments.

Carolina Women+ in Tech has been collaborating with OneTeam Leadership to serve our members and community with a workshop to facilitate personal and professional reflection paired with accountability and action.

Inspired by the feedback of the past annual workshops, we have turned this experience into a full-day summit.

Event Agenda


8:00 am VIP Check-In @ AvidXchange Foundry Building Green Wall Area
8:00 am – 8:30 am

VIP Breakfast & Networking

Breakfast is provided to all volunteers and VIP attendees. Please let us if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies at [email protected] with the subject “Thriving in Chaos Diet Restriction.”

8:30 am – 8:55 am Transition to the third floor
8:55 am – 9:00 am

VIP Welcome Address

Speaker: Madi Palermo, Advisor @ Carolina Women+ In Tech (CWIT) & Head of Product at Ibotta

9:00 am-12:30 pm

OneTeam Leadership Deep Dive Workshop: Thriving in Chaos

Speaker: Tom Lane

Lunch is included for all volunteers, speakers, and VIP ticket holders. Please let us if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies at [email protected] with the subject “Thriving in Chaos Diet Restriction.”

VIP & Volunteer Lunch will be served from 12:00p-12:30p

11:00 am-12:30 pm

General Admission Check-In, Networking & Exhibit Hall Opens

Drinks & snacks will be available for everyone throughout the day in the exhibit hall. Lunch will not be provided for general admission. Also, there are water fountains available if you want to refill your water bottle.

12:30 pm -12:40 pm

General Admission Welcome & Announcements

Speakers: Nicole Case, Founder of The Upgraded Career

Caitlin Sellers Castevens, President & Co-Founder @ CWIT, Inbound Marketing Specialist at Clariant Creative Agency, and Co-Founder of Midwood Homes

12:40 pm -12:50 pm

AvidXchange Speaker Spotlight: How to Commit to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in the Places We Live & Work

Speaker: Ty Chandler, Senior Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead at AvidXchange, Inc.

12:50 pm-1:40 pm

Keynote: The Energy of Belonging at Work

Speaker: Wendy Gates Corbett | Speaker, Author, Consultant

For many of us, belonging is heady, conceptual, and theoretical. It seems big, complex, and complicated. Keynote speaker, Wendy Gates Corbett squashes that perspective by making belonging at work tangible and doable.

She brings belonging out of our heads and into our hands by equipping us with everyday practices that convey, “I’m interested in you as a human being, I value the contributions you make here, and I honor your humanity.”

The energy of belonging is built or destroyed one human interaction at a time. Harness the power generated from feeling connected to, respected, and protected by your peers and leaders. Every employee can build belonging from wherever they sit in an organization.

In this dynamic, engaging program, Wendy Gates Corbett, President of Signature Presentations, shares 9 practices we can use to energize belonging in the workplace, including real-world insights from her research on belonging. You’ll learn practices you can use tomorrow to deepen connections, recognize brilliance, and show others they are welcome and included.

1:40 pm – 1:50 pm

Transition/Break + Exhibit Hall

Snacks & beverages will be available for all ticket holders and volunteers

1:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Afternoon Energizing Breathwork & Stretch

Led by Marta Oddone, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Inbound Marketing Specialist at Clariant Creative Agency

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Speed Networking Experience


Parul Luthra, Analytics Engineer at Adobe

Melissa Malpica, Co-Founder and Career Strategy Coach, T3 Transition to Tech

Suggestion: Bring a copy of your paper resume/portfolio and have your LinkedIn profile handy!

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Transition/Break + Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Panel Discussion: Voices of Women+ in Tech

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Jones, Co-Founder @ CWIT, Founder at Dottie Rose Foundation, and CEO of the dot consulting


Chemere Davis, Senior Business Manager, Engineering, at Microsoft

Laura Plata, Founder & CEO of STEAMinis, High School Student

Talazia Moore, Global Technology & Operations (GT&O) Technical Analyst at Bank of America, Board Member at Dottie Rose Foundation, Founder/Program Leader at GidgetGirls

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Transition/Break + Exhibit Hall
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Fireside Chat: Workforce Pipeline Development: Rebuilding & Upskilling 


Dionna Steed, Talent Acquisition Manager & Certified Diversity Recruiter @ AvidXchange

Caitlin Sellers Castevens, President & Co-Founder @ CWIT, Inbound Marketing Specialist @ Clariant Creative Agency

Dr. Sharon Jones, Co-Founder @ CWIT, Founder at Dottie Rose Foundation, and CEO of the dot consulting

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Post-Summit After Party/Meet & Greet Happy Hour



We need your help to make this event a success! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our application form and we’ll be in touch about volunteer opportunities. For more information about sponsorship, please email Amanda John.

Exhibitors can set up on October 17 from 4p-5:30p or October 18 after 7:30 AM.

Day of volunteers can arrive at 7:30 AM (October 18).


Do I need a laptop?

We recommend bringing a notebook to take notes in, but you don’t need your laptop for any of our sessions.

Are food/drinks included?

Yes, breakfast and lunch catered by Flying Biscuit and Pizza Peel will be provided for our VIP attendees, and afternoon snacks will be provided for all attendees. Coffee, tea, and water will be available throughout the day, as well as beer and wine during the happy hour. Remember to bring some cash to tip your bartender! 

Where do I park?

Please enter 1210 AvidXchange Lane into your GPS and then look for CWIT signs directing you to the parking garage across from the main entrance of the AvidXchange Foundry building. Parking is included; please don’t pay to park!

What do I wear?

The dress code for the day is business casual. Come comfortable but ready to make a great impression.

What does my ticket include?

VIP tickets include a VIP Meet & Greet on the evening of Monday, October 17, as well as a three-hour interactive workshop from OneTeam Leadership on the morning of October 18th. General Admission sessions begin at 12:30 pm. Please see our full schedule for more details.

Where do I sit?

VIPs have reserved seating, but otherwise, for general admission, seating is open! Feel free to network and make friends!

I’m virtual! Where and when do I log in?

We will send all virtual attendees a link to join the day before. It will be a Microsoft Teams meeting link, but you do not need to download Teams in order to join.

How can I share my experience online?

We’d love for you to share the day with your friends! Please use our event hashtag – #thrivinginchaos22, #cwit, and #avidxfactor – and tag @avidxchange as the location and primary event sponsor.

What are your accessibility options?

Our main parking lot includes designated and accessible parking spots and curb ramps, as well as elevators in the building.

Is there a private place for nursing moms? 

Yes! AvidXchange has two nursing rooms. An Avid employee or vollunteer will be happy to show you where they are located, just ask when you arrive.

What happens if I’m running late?

No worries; it happens! Please still join us whenever you are able to arrive. We will have a welcome table at the entrance, and our volunteers will make sure you find us.


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