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March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm




About This Event
Overview: This inspiring panel invites female tech leaders in Houston to offer a rare insider’s look into their career paths. From corporate to entrepreneurial life, panelists will discuss why they made their career choices and challenges of their journeys. Plus, they’ll share advices on how to navigate career crossroads.

Why It Matters: Career is one of the most important choices in our lives. Better understanding of various career paths will help you see the world and your opportunities through a fascinating new lens.


Check-in & Networking 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Panel/Lighting Talks 7:00 – 7:45 pm
Q&A and Networking 7:45 – 8:15 pm

About the Panelists
Sahar Paz
Own Your Voice Strategy Firm

Julie Fawdington
NextGen IT MoC Lead,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Katie (Frantz) Niemann
Director Of Information Technology,
Houston Endowment

Landi Spearman
Generational Change Expert | Leadership, Culture & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant | Founder,
Landi & Co.

Brittany Barreto
Venture Associate,
Capital Factory

I am a dynamic entrepreneur with a doctorate in Molecular and Human Genetics with a passion for innovation. I am a scientist turned founder turned venture capitalist. My favorite topics include startups, femtech, genetics, DTC lab tests, dogs, and mental wellness. Recognized as Houston 40 under 40, Women to Watch, Greater Houston Partnership Founder Hype Award

While finishing my PhD, I co-founded Pheramor, the nation’s first DNA-based dating app and also launched a secondary product called WeHaveChemistry.com for couples. We successfully fundraised over $1M and won dozens of awards. Although Pheramor and WeHaveChemistry did not become the unicorn I hoped for, it was an unicorn-valued experience.

I have extensive experience in research, teaching, leadership, and fundraising. I am very involved in the Houston startup ecosystem and have been named a top female leader in Houston innovation. I have consulted for biotech, big data, femtech, and AR companies. I enjoy mentoring new founders, particularly underrepresented ones, and speaking as a thought leader around the country on the future of romance, being a female founder, and raising capital in the South.

My role at Capital Factory as Houston-based Venture Associate is to evaluate startups, mentor founders, and assist in deal flow / review for the Fund. As the first associate to be based in Houston my role includes laying the foundation for Capital Factory in a growing Houston startup ecosystem.

I also have non-profit experience as the fundraiser and then treasurer of Houston Roundup, an annual LGBTQIA Recovery conference. I cofounded Cooper’s Crossroad, an organization that brings awareness to the effects of early childhood trauma and treatment for PTSD. I also enjoy fostering rescue dogs from my local shelter!

About Our Partners
Women Who Code Houston

Women Who Code is the largest and most active community in the world dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We empower engineers with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. WWCode has garnered a membership exceeding 167,000, executed more than 9,000 events around the world, and has a presence in 20 countries.

General Assembly(GA)

About General Assembly (GA): General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills – from software engineering and UX design, to data, to product management and digital marketing. Established in early 2011, GA is the leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions with 20+ campuses across four continents.Web https://generalassemb.ly/


March 26
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


GA Houston
1301 Fannin St, Floor 21
Houston, TX 77002 United States