Gather North changes lives.
When I co-created the Gather North conference 3 years ago, I had a vision. That vision was to create an intentionally small, thoughtful event where women and non-binary people in tech could connect with each other in a way that goes much deeper than exchanging business cards. I wanted us to gather in a retreat setting where we could hear from speakers chosen for their ability to challenge and inspire, and enjoy meals together while we swap stories of hard-won insights from our lives and careers. The conference needed to be a safe space, where attendees could be honest, vulnerable and feel supported. And we should have some fun and relaxation time too, so we could all return to our work feeling refreshed and energized.
Gather North is a truly special event. Attendees have told me that it changed their lives. I’ve watched Gather North participants deeply connect with each other, forging personal and professional relationships. I’ve seen companies grow out of connections made at Gather North. It’s a real community, and it’s everything I envisioned.
After 3 successful events (in 2015, 2016 and 2017), I invite you to join me in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada for Gather North 2018. It’s going to be an exceptional and memorable weekend. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Avery Swartz, Gather North host