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How to influence a positive change for women in technology

As a leader in the testing community, I am often asked that question in interviews. Such discussions are common at professional conferences and in testing forums. Based on the conversations I am part of, finding a long-term solution to the technology gender gap problem is a challenge to many.

Majority of female leaders look into the ways to create equal opportunities for women to succeed in their technology career. Being a part of several technological communities, I use my worldwide network to exchange ideas and experiences. Naturally, I am looking for success stories that are “close to home”: stories of women in our testing community who stepped forward and made a difference.

I first met Jennifer Scandariato, senior director of cloud services at iCIMS, through my recent ConTEST NYC conference: she submitted a proposal that I could not pass by. Once we exchanged introduction emails, one of the first things I noticed was a logo in Jen’s signature: “iCIMS: Women In Tech.” It turned out that Jennifer championed this initiative at her company.

I am happy to share Jennifer’s story that inspired me to write this article.


A wake-up call.

A rather common situation for many successful career women, Jennifer first became conscious of the gender gaps by learning about someone else’s struggle, in her case – discovering the challenges her daughter was facing in sports.  While the boys on her team were encouraged to succeed, the girls were not. On several occasions, the girls were literally left behind – their achievements were not recognized, and their motivation to succeed was not encouraged.

That’s when Jennifer’s desire to advocate for girls and females was born. When she started speaking at schools and conferences about her leadership experience, the feedback she received encouraged Jennifer to look into her “own backyard”: the company she works for. Jennifer saw an opportunity to help women at iCIMS. She volunteered to start the Women In Tech (WIT) group at her company.


Rollout strategy.

Jennifer selected an appealing strategy by using her managerial background and skills to succeed in her endeavor. Instead of going through a “grassroots” approach that is common in our field and has mixed results, Jennifer presented her initiative as a business case. She created a business plan, with goals, a mission and action plan on how this initiative will help their company’s culture as part of recruiting and retaining good talent. Her VP signed-on as the executive sponsor. The executive team supported Jennifer, as well.

Not everyone believed in its success. There were naysayers who predicted that no one will join. But their first event attracted 300 attendees. From that moment, the initiative only grew stronger and gained appreciation and respect at iCIMS and beyond.

The iCIMS WIT initiative aims to proactively address the gender gap in the technology industry, empowering both male and female employees to take advantage of leadership training opportunities, develop mentor relationships, and recognize the success that all employees can have, regardless of gender.

Recognition by Anita Borg Foundation.

Last year, iCIMS was recognized as a “Top Company for Women Technologists 2017” by the Anita Borg Institute (ABI). ABI is the organization behind the Grace Hopper Conference, the largest gathering of women in computing that takes place every fall. ABI is an independent company which uses rigorous statistical methods to evaluate companies and is the industry benchmark for measuring the representation of women technologists in the U.S, and for recognizing the companies where women can strive.

The WIT initiative, started by Jennifer Scandariato, was a differentiating factor that put iCIMS on that prestigious list. Multiple programs, started under this initiative, provide leadership training and mentor development opportunities that allow women to advance their professional technological careers in a welcoming and supportive environment. The panel discussions initiated by WIT are inviting an exchange of opinions while fostering networking opportunities and professional connections essential for women technologists.

Jennifer Scandariato has championed the movement that changed lives at her company.


Jen’s advice to all of us.

Tech is a scary word to many and it is constantly changing and evolving. There are new tools, software languages and platform technologies every three to six months. I advise my audience and groups to be fearless, to take risks and not be afraid. There’s a quote from Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, that described her father sitting with her at the dinner table asking, “What did you fail at this week”? I LOVE THAT!

Sometimes, women in particular but not exclusively, want to be perfectionists. The thought of failing at something is unfathomable. Our male counterparts don’t fear as much as we do.

I encourage men and women to get out of their comfort zones, learn something new, take risks – schedule it! If you don’t…you aren’t growing and learning.

Seek advice, identify role models and emulate them. Find sponsors to amplify your advancement and find mentors. You will be surprised how this accelerates your ability to reach your dreams!


© Anna Royzman, Global Quality Leadership Institute  2018


We are happy to announce dates for our conferences in 2018! Read about us HERE

Test Leadership Congress

June 4th-6th 2018, NYC

Test Leadership Congress is an international conference featuring emerging trends, latest developments, experience and practical advice in software quality leadership.

We invite YOU to learn from companies and innovators that occupy technology news headlines, be among the ones who influence the future of technology, and leave with ideas granting unfair competitive advantage.

Our presenters are scientists, executives and senior specialists overseeing software testing and quality engineering strategies.



November 12th-14th 2018, NYC

ConTEST is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.

We invite YOU to discover emergent trends and practices in software testing and quality engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself in the thought leadership of others in 3 unforgettable days at ConTEST NYC.

Our presenters are senior technologists, managers, and practitioners who are the innovators and experts in their field.

ConTEST NYC is on the list of best testing conferences 2018.


Conferences Venue:

AMA Conference Center, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019


Attend ConTEST NYC 2017

November 29th – December 1st, 2017 
AMA Conference Center
1601 Broadway, New York NY 1118

ConTEST is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.

We invite YOU to discover emergent trends and practices in software testing and quality engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself in the thought leadership of others in 3 unforgettable days at ConTEST NYC.

Stay tuned for conference program announcements.
Get your tickets HERE


  • Exclusive networking opportunities
  • Mix and mingle with the brightest minds passionate about quality.
  • Discover NEW ideas, trends, tools, techniques, technologies and roles
  • Explore horizons and limits of testing, learn from other fields of practice and academic studies and get inspired by the passion of our peers!
  • Lunch and refreshments included all three days
  • Private dinner with speakers and event founder and organizers

Join us to:

  • Discover latest IT trends
  • Exchange Quality Engineering practices
  • Examine innovative techniques
  • Investigate newest technologies
  • Sharpen team player and leadership skills
  • Recognize the testing role in XP, Agile, DevOps
  • Explore hottest tools and methodologies
  • Master Software Testing expertise
  • Meet community leaders
  • Practice, debate, confer

Find out more HERE

Call for Proposals is Open for our next conference on Nov. 29th – Dec. 1st 2017

November 29th-December 1st 2017

AMA Conference Center
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


Whether you are a renowned speaker or a new voice, there is always something that others can learn from you. Now you have an opportunity to go above and beyond any other conference experience and benefit the global testing community. How?

TEACH your skills.

PROVIDE insight.

SHARE your story.

SPEAK your mind.

Test Masters Academy invites you to contribute to professional growth of the global testing community by sharing your passion, unique insights, skills and knowledge at ConTEST NYC, the emerging testing conference attracting the brightest minds passionate about quality.


We will look at the “testing as we know it” in a novel, creative way.
We will discover NEW ideas, trends, tools, techniques, technologies, roles, and interactions.
We will explore horizons and limits of testing: things that have not been considered testing, and now are.
We will learn from other fields of practice and academic studies that provide additional insights into quality and testing craft.

We will get inspired by the passion of our peers.

ConTEST NYC is a fusion of unique opinions, personalities, skills and ideas. It’s a standout experience and  a true adventure for all participants.

Check out our past speakers HERE.


  • Have you mastered a technique you can teach?
  • Do you have a story to share?
  • Will you speak your mind about a topic that’s dear to your heart?
  • What skills others can learn from you?
  • What’s your passion and expertise?
  • What’s new, latest, emerging?
  • What insights can you share?
  • What did you have success with?
  • Arguments built on research data or academic studies
  • Experiments: let’s explore something together

We want to hear you at ConTEST NYC!


  • 30 min talk (allow for Q&A)
  • 60 min workshop (allow for debrief)
  • 60 min talk embedded with elements of activities or exercises
  • Position topic for debate or community discussion
  • 15 min blitz talk (allow for Q&A)
  • “I  offer something else”: suggest your own format or activity

Submit your talk HERE


Test Masters Academy creates an environment where new ideas can emerge and become a subject to professional scrutiny, and new speakers would not be intimidated to take the stage. Engaged participation of all attendees is the core of our conference.

This approach will define the levels of engagement and provide guidelines for the adventurous side of the conference.

We will offer a dedicated space for professional debates and safe space for new voices. You will choose your own level of engagement, and the conference organizers will guarantee your speaking experience to be matching your comfort level through offering skillful facilitation and establishing rules of conduct.

Submit your talk HERE


CONFERENCE DATES: November 29th – December 1st 2017
LOCATION: Midtown Manhattan, NYC

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NYC Meetups

Test Masters Academy Leadership Series
March 6th, 2017

What’s in the Name? with Martin Hynie

We had an amazing and thought provoking session with Martin Hynie. Find out more about the talk here. Here is what our participants say:

Christian Crews

Really interesting experiment and talk

Mikhail Chernobilsky

I have recently changed my title in the resume from Test Manager to Delivery Manager. It seems the industry is moving from functional titles to business titles. Yesterday’s talk confirmed it.

Joshua Gorospe

Very good!Andrew Hwang

Andrew Hwang

Very thought provoking talk. I always realize that a job title with any ‘tester’ implication will hinder ones growth into a non-tester role within today’s organization structure. A tester will have to work twice as hard to break into other roles (e.g. business analyst, project management) if one day he/she no longer to join a position that does not involve testing/QA etc.
That said, SDET these days is a different story, this role is basically a programming role. SDET can migrate to a developer role much easier (if a SDET chooses to do so)

Here are the fantastic participants and Martin 🙂