Women in Consumer Technology to Hold CEDIA Luncheon Women in Consumer Technology, an organization that promotes the advancement of women in the consumer technology industry, has offered details for its eighth annual gathering at CEDIA 2016. By RS Staff Published: August 16, 2016 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 Kendra ThomasWomen in Consumer Technology, an organization that promotes the advancement of women in the consumer technology industry, has offered details for its eighth annual gathering at CEDIA 2016. For the first time, the event will be an expanded luncheon session, held Friday, September 16 with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and program starting at 12:15 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Dallas Convention Center, ballrooms C1 and C2. Kendra Thomas, head of global diversity for Pearson, will discuss how gender intelligence can transform the workplace culture. In her session, “Great Minds Think Unalike,” Kendra Thomas will shed a light on how to become more “gender intelligent” in the workplace, while leveraging the unique skills that men and women bring to the table. Thomas believes that true culture change happens when we stop simply counting the number of women on a team and instead focus on building teams that effectively optimize the talents of both men and women. Numerous case studies have noted that organizations with high levels of gender intelligence are better able to realize the significant benefits of truly transformative inclusion, such as: attracting and retaining high-quality talent, experiencing superior financial performance, having greater responsiveness to customers and markets, and enjoying more engaged and motivated employees. “CEDIA is a staple in our annual event calendar and we are very excited to now be hosting a luncheon,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in Consumer Technology. “Kendra’s session was so powerful during our annual Career Enhancement Forum that we are giving our members another opportunity to hear her knowledgeable insight during CEDIA. Attendees won’t be disappointed with her dynamism, remarkable content, and inspiration.” Tickets are now on sale for the annual Women in Consumer Technology luncheon at CEDIA 2016 via the organization’s website, at a cost of $25 for members and $35 for non-members.