Over 110 women
When Shannon first came up with the idea, many people asked her if she was going to be able to fill the room with just women. “Is there that many women in tech?” “Will anyone come?”
The first event in 2015 maxed out the room at Churchill Downs with 110 women and exceeded all expectations! The event ended up being the largest event in Shannon’s 10 years at boice.net (a technology company in New Albany, IN) (next to Derby Event but that does not count because hello- its Derby)! The event was just two hours long over lunch with two keynote speakers, a fireside chat and a panel discussion.
Not long after this first event, Shannon left the IT company she was working for and was inspired to join the wedding business, but she never forgot the energy and excitement felt at the first Women in Technology Louisville Conference. So in 2017 Shannon created Fehr Event Group and started working on the second WITLOU Event!
Today, Shannon looks back on the first event in 2015 as a reminder to take chances and to stand up for what you believe in- even if you have some naysayers along the way!