Women in Innovation

Celebrating women’s impact on the world
Bouley Test Kitchen, New York City

About the Event


Join Robots & Pencils for an inspiring, all-day conference in New York City on October 8, 2019, to

  • Celebrate how women, their teams and their companies are shaping the world of innovation.
  • Network with other male and female innovators and executives doing groundbreaking work across industries.
  • Learn strategies to overcome the challenges many encounter along their path to success.
  • Leave refreshed with new ideas, tools to help drive change and a signed copy of Rita McGrath's newest book. 
Attendees will benefit from an insightful presentation by leading strategist, Rita McGrath, author of the newly released book, Seeing Around Corners, along with talks by industry leaders sharing lessons learned from the trenches. Enjoy collaborative discussions and opportunities to meet and establish relationships with a diverse group of envelope-pushing executives.

Meet the Speakers

Rita McGrath
Rita McGrath
#1 Strategist &
Best Selling Author
Caroline Watteeuw
Board Member & CXO
Advisory Services
Jen Mingo
Head of Global Success Specialists, Slack
Chelsea Valentine
Chief Technology Officer,
Macmillan Learning
Jina Choi
Director, Business Operations & Strategy, loanDepot
Suzanne Malausky
Tracey Zimmerman
Robots & Pencils

The Agenda

Registration & Networking
Sign in, grab some light refreshments, and meet your table mates for the day!
9:30 - 10:00
Welcome from Robots & Pencils
Robots & Pencils President Tracey Zimmerman will preview the day ahead and share some of her own lessons learned during her 20+ years in technology and digital innovation.
10:00 - 11:00
Seeing Around Corners Keynote Address from Rita McGrath
Rita McGrath, Columbia University business professor, top strategic thinker and best-selling author, will share strategies for innovation from her new book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen.
11:00 - 11:30
Interactive Exercise & Breakout Discussion
Led by Rita McGrath, take time to discuss and apply learnings with your peers.
11:30 - 12:30
Lunch & Networking
Enjoy gourmet sandwiches provided by the Bouley Test Kitchen while chatting with fellow attendees.
12:30 - 1:30
Lessons Learned from Leaders
Hear leading female innovators in education, technology and financial services discuss topics like methods for fostering organizational innovation, challenges faced and overcome, and insights gained along the way.
1:30 - 2:00
Q&A Session with Featured Innovators
Following their talks, our featured innovation leaders will reconvene on stage to answer your questions and dive deeper into the areas that most interest you.
2:00 - 2:15
Recap & Reflection
Facilitated by Rita McGrath.
2:15 - 2:45
Development Exercise
Led by executive coach, Suzanne Malausky
Closing Remarks
A thank you from the Robots & Pencils team.

Save Your Seat

Registrations for the 2019 Women in Innovation Summit have closed. 

To learn about upcoming events or request an invite to the 2020 Summit, email us at hello@robotsandpencils.com.



The Venue


31 West 21st Street New York, NY 10010