Women* CTO Dinner
A vibrant community of over 400 women* in tech leadership from across Europe who enjoy technical discussions, networking and good food.
We are CTOs, VPs and Directors of Engineering from all over Europe. We often have a technical background and/or many years of experience working in tech teams. The hashtag #womenintech totally applies.
We have founded our own tech startups, work in scale-ups or in tech departments of larger corporations. We manage teams, divisions, and often much more than that. We are leaders, role models and trailblazers.
Our guiding principle is "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." In our network, we exchange ideas, discuss experiences and solutions that worked for us, and we support each other through challenging times.
Most importantly: We celebrate our successes! 🎉
Personal Message from our founder
Dear women* CTOs,I've founded the Women* CTO Dinner back in November 2019 for two reasons:
1) to connect women* in high-ranking tech leadership positions (since it can get rather lonely up there) and 2) to increase your visibility as role models for other women* in tech.What started as a dinner in a restaurant in Berlin has now grown into a community of over 400 women* from all over Europe and we're regularly meeting virtually as well as locally in person.
In addition, we collaborate with organizations such as 7CTOs, LIDR and CTOcraft, and assist with job search, speaking engagements and personal branding in order to best serve every member of the community.I feel incredibly lucky to follow the journey of current and future CTOs and I'm more confident than ever that we can change the face of tech together!Yours, Karla
Events in 2023
Aug 1st - Virtual Women* CTO DinnerAug 22nd - Women* CTO Dinner Berlin
May 9 - Virtual Women* CTO DinnerApr 27 - In-Person Women* CTO Dinner BerlinApr 17 - In-Person Women* CTO Dinner CopenhagenMar 30 - In-Person Women* CTO Dinner AmsterdamMar 16 - Virtual Women* CTO DinnerFeb 27 - In-Person Women* CTO Dinner LondonFeb 21 - In-Person Women* CTO Dinner BerlinFeb 4 - In-Person Women CTO Dinner MadridJan 26 - In-Person Women CTO Dinner MunichJan 26 - In-Person Women CTO Dinner ParisJan 19 - Virtual Women* CTO Dinner (online)... and about 30 more before that :)
European Cities with 3 or more Women CTOs
These 29 cities are (in alphabetical order):
Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Karlsruhe, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Porto, Reykjavik, Riga, Sofia, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich.
Our ambassadors, who organize in-person dinners locally, are based in:
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, London, Madrid, Munich and Paris.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this community for?
As the name suggests, the Women CTO Dinner is an exclusive community for non-male people who are
1) at the top of the tech organization (usually referred to as CTO but also CIO and CDO or CTPO are in use) OR
2) one step away from the top (VPs and Directors of Engineering, sometimes also Head of Engineering).
What are the benefits of the Women CTO Dinner community?
The Women CTO Dinner is a curated community delivering value to our members in different ways:1) Connecting you with other (women) CTOs via
a) Internal events (online and also offline, thanks to our local ambassadors)
b) External events by partners (mostly offline)
c) Our closed LinkedIn group where you can exchange freely with other members2) Advancing you in your career by
a) Partnering with other organizations that are i.e. offering free coaching (CTO Craft, 7CTOs), special Tech Leadership education (Lidr.co, Aspiring Women CTOs) or are specialized in CTO recruiting
b) Sharing attractive job offers from the network
c) Sharing speaking opportunities3) Increasing your visibility and personal branding by
a) Collaborating with podcasts (Tech Captains, Codestory)
b) Publishing portraits about you (if you consent)
Which cities currently have a local ambassador?
At the moment, we have ambassadors based in 9 cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Madrid, Munich, London and Paris.
There's a fee for the internal events. What's that about?
Instead of a monthly or annual membership fee, we've opted for a voluntary amount for the internal events to continue connecting women CTOs throughout Europe, curating the community and delivering value to you.
We didn't want a fixed ticket price since it felt more inclusive when each person could give what she is able and what the community is worth to her.
Who's the sponsor behind the Women CTO Dinner?
There is no sponsor behind the Women CTO Dinner community as we want to remain independent, so we can deliver real value to our members instead of providing free food for the exchange of boring sales pitches :)
We absolutely love working with partners though to expand our value proposition and contribute to changing the tech industry together! These are our current partners.
More about us
Ask Female Founders: Panel discussion on "Challenges of a startup CTO" - SIBB accelerator blog, July 2023Anteil von Frauen in Tech-Berufen in Europa könnte weiter zurückgehen - Handelsblatt, January 2023Women CTO Dinner: A Community for Tech Leaders TogetherbyTech blog, November 2022Celebrating the CTO journeys of 8 European women in tech leadership - CTOcraft blog, March 2022The Women CTO Dinner: A vibrant community of women in tech leadership - Lidr.co blog, March 2022
Are you a woman* in Tech Leadership too?
Join our inner circle of leading #womenintech for lively discussions and meaningful connections!