Just Wing It -- Becoming a Woman in Tech Without the Technology Background

Presented by

Ina Yulo, Community Manager (FinTech, BI&A, Asset Management) at BrightTALK

About this talk

Starting out in the advertising and PR industry, working in tech was not something that Ina imagined she'd be doing. Now, she manages three communities on BrightTALK -- Business Intelligence & Analytics, FinTech, Asset Management, and previously, IT Service Management. She spends her days curating content, moderating panel sessions and managing online events with topics like machine learning, open banking APIs, and predictive models for analytics. In the past few years, she has successfully collaborated with some of the biggest names in tech--such as Tableau, IBM, Dell, and Oracle--sharing her insights on creating compelling content and growing audiences. Join this session where she'll talk about why you shouldn't let a lack of a tech background stop you from exploring a fulfilling career. In this interactive session, we'll cover: - How to break into the tech industry without having any previous experience - Harnessing and using transferable skills - The gender quota and why she doesn't believe in it - The power of social media -- how to mingle with the experts without being one - Building a network -- informal mentorship, partnerships and beefing up your rolodex - Getting technical -- which tech skills are must haves and how can you learn them?

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Women make up only 37% of the tech workforce at entry level, and this percentage drops with each incremental advance in their careers. This series will outline the current state of the tech industry, the challenges women are facing in hi-tech careers, as well as shed light on the opportunities that are opening up for women in tech.