#WomenInTechTO | A Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 30th @ 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 30, 2017

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BrainStation Toronto

460 King Street West Enter through the glass doors off of Spadina, and check in at the front desk


$45 CAD

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Event details

With March 8th marking International Women's Day, this month's panel will be profiling female leaders who are making their mark in different fields within the tech industry. The panel will be an intimate discussion with inspiring women who have paved their way to become digital leaders, sharing their advice, both personal and professional, on achieving career success.

We'll be closing with a Q&A session, giving you the opportunity to ask our panelists questions on leadership, empowerment, breaking stereotypes and much more. This is also a great place to network with other like-minded creatives and innovators and celebratewomenleading in technology.





Melissa Sariffodeen, Ladies Learning Code




Sylvia Ng, 500px




Seema Kapadia, Konrad Group




Lindsay Liptok, Uber


 Ashley Riske, Kin Community


All panel proceeds will be donated to Ladies Learning Code

Ladies Learning Code is a Canada-wide not-for-profit organization that runs programs for Canadians who want to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Today, Ladies Learning Code operates 29+ Chapters across Canada offering technology training workshops for women, youth and educators who want to become passionate builders, not just consumers of technology.

Topics of Discussion

  • How to get started in tech
  • Achieving work-life balance
  • Leading digital teams
  • Breaking stereotypes
  • How to encourage young women to make their mark in tech
  • How to encourage companies to promote gender equality 
  • Be sure to come armed with your own set of questions to engage with our panelists!

What You'll Get

  • An intimate discussion with female leaders in tech
  • Inspiration on how to make your mark in tech and empower others to do the same
  • A BrainStation notebook & pen for notetaking purposes
  • Snacks and refreshments



What to Expect 


  • 6:30-7:00pm Doors Open & Networking
  • 7:00-8:00pm Panel Discussion
  • 8:00-8:15pm Q&A 
  • 8:15-8:30pm Event wraps up

*Event is non-refundable and non-transferable.


Melissa Sariffodeen is a social entrepreneur, leader and big thinker. As Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code and Canada Learning Code, Melissa has established a reputation as a fierce advocate for women and youth. She is dedicated to ensuring that they have the critical skills, confidence, and opportunities that they need to become passionate builders - not just consumers - of technology and to thrive in our increasingly digital world.

Her efforts to promote digital literacy in Canada have garnered attention from national media outlets like CTV, CBC, and the Globe & Mail - and landed her a spot on Elle Canada’s list of 9 Canadian Women Making a Difference. She also recently hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to participate in a coding workshop!


Sylvia Ng is a growth and analytics expert with a passion for using the intersection of data, engineering, and marketing to fuel business results. Sylvia is currently the VP of Growth at 500px, an Andreessen Horowitz backed photography community with over 9M members globally. There she is leading a multi-disciplinary team to tackle startup challenges such as user acquisition, product monetization, and community management. Sylvia has held past growth roles at Google, eBay, OANDA, and ScribbleLive, and has a Masters in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.


Seema Kapadia is a Manager, Strategy & Technology at Konrad Group. Seema worked in the Television and Media industry for over a decade before transitioning into the Digital space. As a Manager for Konrad Group, she has overseen some of Canada's largest software builds through managing international teams of UX designers, developers and analysts. She continues to lead cross-functional teams from the inception and planning stages to delivery and execution of Agile projects. A consummate relationship builder, Seema brings a level of quality and trust that clients love. In order to decompress from her high-pressure role, she can be found curled up with a great book, travelling the world, or riding her motorcycle.

Lindsay Liptok is a seasoned Marketer with experience developing high performing teams, managing multi-channel campaigns, and designing consumer-based content strategies. Currently, Lindsay is the Head of Marketing for Uber Canada. Her team oversees growth, brand, and product initiatives. Prior to Uber, Lindsay spent many years at Intel Security (formerly McAfee) and Oracle managing multinational teams responsible for B2B product campaigns and field marketing strategies. 

Our Moderator, Ashley Riske co-launched Kin Community in Canada in 2014 as the Director of Integrated Marketing, leading the company’s sales and client-marketing operations for the Canadian market. Kin Community, founded in 2007, is a leading digital entertainment and media company focused on women’s lifestyle content and distribution. 

She and her team have worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies, developing plans that leverage the voices and distribution of Kin Community’s creators, the power of content storytelling across platforms, and strategic media amplification to drive success for brands.

Prior to Kin Community Ashley held positions at Corus Entertainment, first in TV media sales for W Network, and then as a Project Manager leading the creation and execution of broadcast and digital client campaigns.