Every month we partner with a local company to host a Femgineer Forum. The mission of Femgineer Forum is to address the needs of women in technology when it comes to career advancement and leadership. We empower them through education!
The format of Femgineer Forum is unique and unlike other events in tech. For starters there is no panel! We still believe in inspiring innovative thinking, but we care about giving people skills and strategies that they can use when they go back to work the next day. We invite both women and men to an evening of networking, followed by a brief talk presented by Poornima where she’ll suggest strategies on a number of topics from communicating effectively, to changing roles, or attracting more females to your company. Then attendees break out into groups where they are given an activity, which lets them practice the strategy just covered by Poornima’s presentation. Finally, groups are encouraged to present, and receive feedback from a nurturing and supportive environment of their peers.
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Having a long career in tech and having had many roles, I’ve experienced, and have been presented with a number of issues that women in tech face such as:
Interviewing at male dominated companies
Communicating concerns effectively with supervisors
Crafting an ASK for an offer, promotion, raise, or just a change in role
While we can claim that tech is merit based there are many women who are highly skilled and very talented who do not receive the same attention as their counterparts. The common methods of addressing these concerns such as panels, content, or simply pointing to aspirational figures such as Sheryl Sandberg or Marissa Mayer isn’t enough. While we should continue to champion the efforts of those who are trying to attract more women into the field by teaching and supporting young women and girls, there is little to no support for women already in the field. Women who have already begun their career or are mid-career need strategies and solutions to keep them motivated, and help them achieve the career they dream of!
We also don’t want to play the victim card, which is why the goal of the Femgineer Forum’s inaugural event is to provide strategies and suggestions to help women who struggle with these common topics. While I do no claim to be a psychologist, I have personally dealt with a number of these situations. Through my experience I’ve been able to effectively come up with a system of strategies that has helped me, and many other women in tech avoid settling, asking for what we need in order to be taken seriously, making six figures, and succeeding while still staying sane!
If you’re a highly skilled and talented women in tech, don’t stand in the way of your own success, learn the strategies you need to have the career you want! Come to the first ever Femgineer Forum and learn compelling communication strategies. Looking forward to kicking this series off with you!
It was great participating a couple weeks ago at the Bay Girl Geek Dinner emceed Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria and hosted by Atlassian. The panelists: Audra Eng, Catherine Norman, Patricia Nakache, Sarah Lacy, and myself covered a lot of ground thanks to our moderator Rebecca Buckman on topics that affect everyone in tech: ageism, mentorship, motherhood, career advancement, and building companies. If you couldn’t attend then you should definitely check out the amazing footage of the event captured by Atlassian in the video below.
The event exposed a lot of issues that I know cannot be covered in depth by a panel within in hour, which is why I was inspired to start the Femgineer Forum. During the event myself and a female technical recruiter from Twilio will dig into some solutions to common issues women face when working in tech such as:
How to interview at male dominated tech companies
How to effectively communicate with supervisors
How to craft an ASK regarding a promotion, pay raise, or change in role
Twilio has been gracious enough to provide us with the space to host the event, and held on December 13, 2012. Reserve your spot today!