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WIT: Women in Touch

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  • The Future of the Business Coach and the Agile World
    The Future of the Business Coach and the Agile World Jennifer Riggins Recorded: Jul 11 2018 62 mins
    What exactly is a business coach? An agile coach? How do you build a career as a coach? What are the hurdles facing the coaching world as agile turns from software niche to taking over the business world? Grab a cuppa and join this conversation (or watch the recording later) as our agile and coaching influencers try to answer these questions and more (and yours!)

    Meet our Agile Mavens: Andrea Carbert manages complex, regulated healthcare projects in an agile way; Andrea Darabos is an agile coach at HSBC as well as a leadership coach; Deborah Preus is a certified life coach, helping change leaders find more join and impact through phone coaching; Portia Tung is an executive and personal Coach, agile coach and play researcher; Nikoletta Tatár is a Certified Scrum Professional, agile coach and Scrum Master; and Marjan Venema is a coach, an agile advocate, storyteller, developer and designer.

    Who should join? Anyone interested in making a career in coaching or anyone who is involved in a company considering or going through an agile transformation. Questions welcome!
  • How to Design the Career You Love
    How to Design the Career You Love Jennifer Riggins Recorded: Jun 27 2018 64 mins
    We all want to say “I love my job!” but it’s not a magic wish. Job satisfaction is something you have to design into your daily life, from your work choices to your profile to your networks. This episode we sit down for a cup and conversation with Mia Sherman from the popular Escape the City (https://www.escapethecity.org/) job transformation coaching in London and New York, and two women who have successfully redesigned happiness at work.

    This episode we'll learn the stories and ask questions of two fabulous female entrepreneurs: Vix Anderton, talking about her journey from an Royal Air Force intelligence officer to building a portfolio career and her own company The Practical Balance (thepracticalbalance.com), a platform to promote the wellbeing and mental health of founders; and Luzana Costa, talking about her purposeful pivot from the oil and gas industry to working with a couple of social enterprises in Angola and a crowdfunding company for social enterprises here in London, and working full time with tech startups -- plus check out her inspiring blog: A Woman about the World (https://medium.com/woman-about-the-world) Both women are heavily dedicated to empowering diversity.

    Get ready to ask your own questions and learn from those that have been there, done that in designing careers they truly love!

    Women and men alike are welcome to listen in (live or sign up now for link to recording later) to learn and ask our WIT women at work experts for advice!
  • The Power of Mentoring
    The Power of Mentoring Jennifer Riggins Recorded: Jun 13 2018 62 mins
    This conversation features women in tech who have benefited from receiving and giving mentoring, but it's really for anyone who is looking for a hand up or to offer one. Our experts will share their experiences and talk about the importance of mentoring — though that it's not for everyone — how to find the right mentor and mentee for you, and how it's an important part of building a career in tech.

    So grab your cuppa and join the conversation for the second episode of WIT: Women in Tech! We are talking to four awesome women in tech -- Tammy Bütow, SRE (site reliability engineering) and chaos engineering specialist at Gremlin; Ana Medina, chaos engineer at Gremlin (formerly Uber); Charu Sharma, CEO of Next Play an AI tool that helps companies connect their employees internally for mentoring; Etel Sverdlov, director of developer community and first hire at Digital Ocean; and Prima Virani, senior security engineer at Marqueta.

    Their roles in tech benefit from a wealth of experience working with and securing those systems. But you usually have to have already worked with those systems to then be able to get jobs working with those systems -- a struggle for any junior-level job, but a particularly strong one in the tech space. This is where mentoring comes in. Each of these awesome women has benefited from being mentored and benefit from giving back and mentoring.

    Join us (or sign up to listen to the recording later) to learn the best way to find a mentor or mentee/mentoree and how to leverage that relationship so you're both getting the most out of it. You'll learn about informal and formal guilds that support that mentoring, and what companies should do to facilitate these benefits. And you'll hear personal stories from these women who have built solid careers in tech on the shoulders of experience and support.
  • Breastfeeding and other Triumphs and Tribulations of the Working Mom
    Breastfeeding and other Triumphs and Tribulations of the Working Mom Jennifer Riggins Recorded: May 30 2018 64 mins
    Being a working mom is the new norm but that doesn’t make it any easier. This week’s cuppa talks to four working moms — in non-profit, healthcare, business, and entertainment — who have juggled contracted and self-employed roles, motherhood, and breastfeeding.

    Our awesome guests to kick off this series of conversations with awesome women of influence will be author of 'The Big Letdown', communications strategist and social commentator Kimberly Seals Allers; actress and musician Noa Bodner; self-employed occupational therapist Melinda Eriksen; and nonprofit marketing director Kate McLoughlin Thornton.

    We talk about the challenges and celebrations of the working mother, and share tips, stories and tricks that can help other working mothers and the folks that work with them. Along with your questions, we will cover topics like:
    - the personal journeys of each remarkable woman
    - family leave, childcare and breastfeeding support on and off the job
    - the different experience of mothers in different roles, races, cultures and economic levels
    - specific struggles and discriminations facing working mothers and how to deal
    - where working mothers can find allies
    - work-life balance tips
    - advice for moms getting back to work after a long leave after kids
    - and of course your questions during the live taping!

    NOTE: This week is just as important for non-parents to join. We all work alongside working moms and they are essential to the future of every sector — including humanity! Join the live show to get the answers to all the questions you were afraid to ask or catch up by signing up now and get the recording sent to you afterwards.

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