After much reflection this year we have decided to officially retire Ela Conf and the community.

Ela began in 2015 around the idea that marginalized individuals needed a safe conference environment to empower and learn from one another. From this space we envisioned tech leaders being given a platform to share their stories and connect with peers and are so happy to look back and know that it was a complete success.

The years we managed Ela were incredible. It was amazing to have created a space of belonging and support for so many, including ourselves. We were able to…

Dear Ela Community Members,

We wanted to reach out to you today and update you on our future Ela Conf plans. As we wrote in our post to close out last year, “Over the three years that Ela Conf has existed we’ve seen members grow in their careers, get the courage to ask for a raise, create their own companies, start blogs and podcasts, and become stronger, more engaged people.” We couldn’t be prouder of each of you as you’ve gone on to live in your truths.

Due to some changes with our fiscal sponsorship, along with the bandwidth of…

Dear Ela Community Members,

With Ela Conf 2017 taking place this past weekend we feel it’s a crucial moment for us to say a few words reiterating on who we created this space for.

We, the organizers (Joni Trythall, LeeAnn Kinney, Katy DeCorah, Arti, Shanise Barona) want to first and foremost thank you all wholeheartedly for another incredible event. …

We help promote sponsor jobs each year in return for their financial contribution to our mission. Many of our 2017 sponsors have supported us for several years and we are thrilled to help them get the word out regarding current opportunities to join their stellar teams.

The Jobs

Sponsor jobs are posted on our jobs page, in our Slack #jobs channel (you can request an invite here), in our newsletter, and on Twitter.

There are more sponsor jobs on the way, so be sure to keep an eye on these additional resources to stay up-to-date 👀


Braintree provides the global commerce tools…

Ela Conf 2017 is taking place next month, October 27–28 in Philly 🎃

We recently made our speaker selections and put the finalized agenda together and couldn’t be more excited to officially announce and share these details with you now.

Speakers 🎤

Check out the full speaker lineup here and click on a specific speaker for their talk summary and bio.

Agenda 📜

As with previous years, Ela Conf kicks off on a Friday evening in a warm, fun, and casual setting. There will be a 20 minute opening talk followed by several lightning talks. …

🔔 Update: early bird tickets have sold out and regular priced tickets are now available.

As of today, August 1st, a limited number of Ela Conf 2017 early bird tickets are officially available for the conference October 27–28 in Philadelphia.

You can secure an early bird ticket for $150 USD until September 1st OR until sold out, at which point full-price tickets will be available for $200 USD until the event OR until sold out.

🎫 Here’s a link to purchase tickets. 🎫

Please keep in mind that Ela Conf is a tech leadership event for adult (18+) marginalized genders.

Grants & Volunteering

We are endlessly excited to officially announce our 2017 Saturday morning opening keynote and MC.

Zalyndria Crosby

As a GDI chapter leader we know Zalyndria through chapter leader summits. Her leadership skills are endlessly inspiring, making our keynote selection an easy decision. We are so thrilled she enthusiastically agreed 🤗

This year marks the third year for Ela Conf. In this time we have been fortunate enough to receive and review 132 speaker applications and host 43 women speakers at the 2015 and 2016 conferences. This year’s conference will take place on October 27–28 at University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA and CFPs have officially opened 🎤 🎉

The 2017 call for proposals is now closed, thank you to all that submitted!

I, Joni, recently gave a presentation inspired by how often we receive feedback that people love the “feel” of Ela Conf and community. This “feel” is entirely intentional, a ton of work, and does not happen organically. There is a great number of both seemingly invisible and very visible aspects that collectively contribute to this so I set out to speak to some of these directly.

This post serves as a detailed look into this presentation topic and slides can be found here.

About Ela Conf

Ela Conf is a safe, inclusive tech leadership conference and community for adult (18+) marginalized genders to…

On June 6th at 3:30PM EST Brenna O’Brien will be hosting a casual, remote Q and A session for the Ela community.

Brenna O’Brien speaking

Brenna O’Brien is a professional coach for tech conference speakers and a front-end engineer at TED. Committed to increasing diversity in tech and building healthier developer communities, Brenna is a volunteer instructor for Ladies Learning Code, founder of NodeSchool Toronto, and a former bootcamp instructor for HackerYou. She has also spoken extensively about creative coding, developer culture, and navigating the tech industry as a beginner.

As a developer, Brenna works primarily with JavaScript, Ember.js, SVG and D3.js. Away…

Ela Organizers

A conference and community all about empowering more women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people to be leaders in tech.

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