Building a Career in Enterprise Tech: A Women in Tech Perspective
Though the media spends much more time covering consumer startups like Uber and Twitter, enterprise startups are the ones that have delivered consistent and significant financial returns over the last decade. From companies like Nutanix in infrastructure, Splunk in DevOps and Palo Alto Networks in security, there are many great career opportunities in enterprise tech for women that include but are not limited to engineering.
This special panel will provide insights about careers in enterprise tech from moderator Jeanne Morain, Principal Researcher/Strategist, iSpeak Cloud, and panelists Erye Hernandez, Sr. Malware Researcher, Palo Alto Networks, Tiffany To, Chief Operating Officer of ForAllSecure, and Karla Zarate, Top Engineering Grad.
These panelists will share their own career paths, skill sets required for different enterprise tech career paths and some of the challenges they've faced and how to overcome them from a WIT perspective. Webinar will be live on November 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST and available for post recording downloads.
RecordedNov 15 201760 mins
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Ina Yulo, Senior Content Strategy Manager, BrightTALK
Ever since she was a kid, Ina Yulo's grandmother told her that she wasted the skills she had in math and science by going into the marketing and communication field. "You should've been a doctor," said her grandmother. To which she responded, "But I DON'T want to be one."
Despite taking a while for her to really feel comfortable and proud about her chosen path, she now has a thriving career running content strategy and communities for the FinTech industry, where she has grown a community to over 300,000 global members.
Join this session where you will learn:
-How to intelligently turn your interests into an income-earning profession
-The importance of putting time aside for learning
-Finding your niche, your tribe, and yourself
-The importance of speaking opportunities and throwing yourself out there
-Branching out -- How not to be a one-trick pony
Samantha Woolven, Culture and Change Consultant at SW Consultants
Transparency, trust, and two-way communication. We are no longer in the age of top-down management and we would rather pull than push. The world of work is changing all around us, how can we keep up?
Authenticity and core purpose are the cornerstones of customer and employee engagement. How close are you and your leadership team to your frontline employees and the customers you are all here to serve?
You too can you kickstart a leadership revolution - empowering your people to be more open, helping everyone to take on more responsibility, and working together to make your company grow.
Sharing stories of success and practical tips to overcome internal challenge, Samantha will lead you through why, how, and the enormous potential of getting everyone to lead your business better.
An organization's vision and purpose is communicated from the top down. CEOs, Executive Directors and Leadership Teams are charged with motivating varying audiences to their goal or cause, e.g. invest, volunteer, give, attend, work with us. What's essential in effectively communicating a vision and purpose that includes both the logical--the head, and the emotional--the heart?
Olivia Christian’s early professional career was dedicated to working with and on behalf of elected representatives that were committed to improving the lives of individuals and families living in the San Francisco Bay Area’s most vulnerable communities.
In 2005 Olivia left city hall and began working as a brand development consultant. Her clients have included organizations providing access to life advancing services to the underserved and female entrepreneurs developing resources and opportunities that support the professional and personal growth of other women. Through her workshop, OWN YOUR Story, Olivia coaches individuals and teams who want to effectively convey the why, how and what of their personal brand story for any given audience.
A successful and effective leader is like an athlete- they must continuously train to stay ahead in an ever-changing business climate. Many leaders come with “built-in” skills and behaviors that give them an advantage, while others may need to learn new behaviors just to stay in the race.
In this session, we’ll discuss what it takes to be a great leader – from a high degree of self-awareness to a stomach for ambiguity, to be an effective communicator, and of course, maintain a positive attitude. These are just a few of the behaviors we’ll uncover that are needed for both the aspiring and current leader to catch and maintain a leadership stride. We’ll also highlight real-life examples of current executives and leaders, and share some key tips to evaluate what’s working and what’s not.
In this interactive session, you will learn:
•What it takes to have a leadership mindset.
•Identifying behaviors that we need to "unpack" or need to evolve.
•Understand core attributes great leaders must have when they are leading a team, running a company or communicating.
Leslie A. Rubin, CEO, Image Matterz Consulting, Author, and Co-Founder of Executive Greatness Institute
Kendra Dahlstrom, CEO, Aspire to Be International, Author & Coach
Jeanne Morain, Emerald de Leeuw, Jill Donahue & Andrea Short
2017 was a historic year for women and feminists around the world. With the #metoo and #knowno campaigns, gender gaps and disparities were brought to light in ways they hadn't been before.
Now it's a new year and with it comes new challenges for women in hi-tech careers: whether it be navigating your career through these times, finding or becoming a mentor, building your personal and professional brand as a leader, dealing with office politics or maintaining work-life balance, the challenges and opportunities for women in the workplace are endless.
Join this expert panel with moderator Jeanne Morain and panelists Emerald de Leeuw, Executive Director, EuroComply Data Protection Technology, Jill Donahue, Sr. Director of Marketing, PC Connection, and Andrea Short, Director, Supplier Marketing at Tech Data.
They will share personal stories and experiences, tips and best practices, problems and solutions around these and other topics for women in tech leadership.
More and more women are taking their seats at the head of the boardroom table and are leading teams, departments, and companies. However, this position of authority and influence is not without its challenges.
Join this panel session where Ghela Boskovich, Founder of FemTech Global and Head of FinTech/RegTech Partnerships at Startupbootcamp FinTech facilitates a lively and engaging discussion with female leaders where they will discuss:
-How to delegate when you have to run things
-Where do you look for assistance?
-How do you develop trust in a team?
-How do you build a team to trust each other when the one who runs the show needs to self-care?
Áine Mulloy, Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham - founders of GirlCrew
From every day interactions to support when you need it, our lives are built around communities. GirlCrew is an online social network for women that started as a Tinder hack but turned into a global phenomenon.
The network is about women coming together to share advice and have fun. In this webinar, the founders discuss the highs and lows of building a community, and how creating a positive space online can have a huge impact.
Joanie Connell, Ph.D., President, Flexible Work Solutions, Inc.
How much are generational conflicts costing you? Maybe it’s a troubled relationship with a boss, or a business relationship with a client or someone on your team that’s impeding your success. You’ve probably had the opposite experience, too—when you have made a solid connection with someone of a different generation, like a great mentoring relationship, where you both learned from each other and benefited from each other’s different perspectives.
This webinar is about bridging generational differences to leverage generational diversity in your work teams. You will learn a quick way to increase understanding and empathy to connect with people from different generations in a non-judgmental, productive way. You can use this method to increase the cohesiveness of your teams and increase collaboration and performance.
Gail Carmichael, Computing Education Program Manager
Follow Gail Carmichael, Computing Education Program Manager at Shopify, as she takes us on the journey of her career so far. It's a windy path, but one that features computer science at every step of the way. Find out how computing might help you on whatever path you take, and learn how you can get started learning today.
Gail is a computer scientist, educator, and change-maker. She has a Masters in Computer Science from Carleton University and previously worked as a Software Developer for Shopify before spearheading their Computer Education Programs initiatives. She was recently named as one of the top influencers of women in tech by E27.
The way in which we sell is changing, especially for women in hi-tech careers. Today’s sales environment is culture-driven, and the culture in the hi-tech industry can be a challenging place for women in leadership positions.
The biggest change has been in collaborative conversation. There is no product discussion, we don’t talk about hardware, software or service. We discuss the problem or need in depth and work toward a proof of concept. Instead of selling big deals, the market has shifted towards proof of concept, subscription-based and selling to inform. It’s not just about sales anymore; it’s about sales and marketing alignment and how to bridge the gaps.
Talking points will include:
- How the market has shifted
- How women can help and enable other women
- Tips and tricks for selling in the world of digital transformation
Join this expert panel with Diane Updyke, VP Sales & Advisor, Startups, Carrie Francey, VP Strategic Alliances, HPE and Kelly Ireland, CEO, CB Technologies, as they discuss these and other trends in the tech, startup and SaaS sales environment.
This panel brings together four leading women to talk about the challenges of big data and identity in the brave new world of banking. Lede Glypti (Qatar National Bank), Megan Caywood (Starling Bank), Bianca Lopes (Bioconnect) and Rebecca Harding (Coriolis Technologies) will discuss how big data is defining the way in which individuals and businesses are beginning to interact with their banks.
It will look at the challenges faced by “traditional” banks and the opportunities that big data offers for making banking more transparent and inclusive.
The panelists will also debate the ethical issues around personal data ownership in the context of GDPR and highlight the opportunities and challenges for the sector.
Louise Beaumont (Publicis.Sapient & techUK), Claire Pettitt (Bumble), Wincie Wong (RBS), Gen Ashley (Women Who Code)
Some of the most brilliant people working across the industry are behind the scenes – you may know some of the names, but not realise the scope and scale of what they do. They are imagining, shaping, investing in, building and delivering the future. They also happen to be women.
Join this panel where we'll bring together women from different industries who are enabling companies and technologies that power our world (from funding them, to coaching them, to running them, to creating the policies that enable innovation, to bringing innovation to fruition in large banks).
They would all be able to talk about what they do, how they do it, why they do it, with the ‘being female’ thing being secondary
After the recent Kurdish referendum and heightened tensions between the Iraqi army and Peshmerga, groups like Re:Coded have been on a mission to encourage women to thrive and lead the movement to enter STEM and learn more about tech and entrepreneurship regardless of race, gender and political issues.
The panelists for this session include coders who have worked in Syria, Jordan, Gaza, London, Iraq, and more.
They will discuss:
-The challenges of being a female developer in the Middle East
-Developing successful programmes to give the youth a chance to try coding
-Using tech to nurture integration and improve relations between the Arab and Kurdish communities
-Launching a start-up in an area of conflict
Moderator: Zahra Shah, Program Manager at Iraq Re:Coded
Shereen Messi, Software Engineer and Android Trainer at Iraq Re:Coded (originally from Syria)
Rwaida Almehanni, Software Engineer, ReBoot KAMP (originally from Yemen)
Shawn Andrews, Founder & CEO, Andrews Research International
Women account for more than 50% of the U.S. Labor force and 60% of college graduates in both the U.S. and Europe. Yet, women hold only 5.0% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies. Women encounter many barriers to success which limits career advancement. These barriers include unconscious biases, structural obstacles, self-limiting mindsets, work-life balance priorities, and emotional intelligence and gender differences - which lead men and women to approach virtually every aspect of business differently. Dr. Shawn Andrews will provide strategies to help minimize these barriers and advance your career.
Learning Objectives/Key Takeaways:
- Explore the scope of the leadership gender gap
- Examine barriers that limit women’s career advancement
- Identify emotional intelligence attributes and their impact on leadership
- Explore how gender differences impact perception and promotion in the workplace
- Apply strategies to advance your career and leadership opportunities
About the presenter:
Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker and organizational consultant. She speaks and consults to a diverse range of clients, including SABMiller Brewing Company, Broadcom, Johnson and Johnson, Biogen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and many more. She has authored multiple published articles and blogs, leads webinars and workshops, and has her first book coming out March 6, 2018.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to have a “bigger voice” – how to be a more effective and persuasive communicator in speech, writing, and presentations. We’ll talk about the challenges and fears women face when communicating in the tech workplace and discuss ways to overcome them. You’ll leave the webinar with tools, tips, examples, and resources that you can use to develop a bigger voice today!
Cathy McNally is Founder and CEO of Women Speak Up, a speaker training organization for women who want to change the world. Cathy is passionate about helping people communicate so that they can effect change. She is a coach, speaker and trainer; learn more at womenspeakup.org.
Zeina Zakhour, Denise Bedell, Vasu Jakkal, Roxy Dee, Emma Hunwick
Aside from breaches, ransomware attacks, and insider threats, another large issue faced by the cyber security industry is diversity, or lack thereof.
Making the industry more appealing to women and then eventually retaining female talent are both challenges that are still affecting the cyber workforce.
Join this panel where we'll hear from experts who have made successful careers out of their time in the cyber security sector. They will discuss:
-How did they make their first break?
-Why does the industry have such a hard time retaining talent?
-What are some of their favourite parts about their job?
-Their advice to women in the industry
-Their advice to cyber security execs looking to create more diverse teams
Elisabeth Cullivan Thomas, Jennifer Holtvluwer & Adee McAninch
Women are making positive progress toward gender equality each day. They are armed with advanced degrees, professional skills, and real-world experience, but unforeseen roadblocks appear as they climb the corporate ladder.
Attend this webinar to learn how three women in hi-tech have broken through boundaries to take control of their own career advancement.
They will discuss how to:
- Build confidence and leave self-criticism behind.
- Master the art of negotiation.
- Be fearless and make the most of rejection.
Elisabeth Cullivan Thomas – Founder – Launch Product Marketing
Jennifer Holtvluwer – Head of Marketing and Inside Sales, North America – Cherwell Software
Adee McAninch – Sr. Director, Channel and Alliance Marketing - Veeam Software
With the release of this year's Forbes 30 under 30, the Internet has been abuzz highlighting the amazing and inspirational individuals who are wise and talented beyond their years.
Join this session where we have gathered some of the millennials who are dominating their respective industries to find out what makes them tick, how they overcame personal and professional challenges, their advice for others looking to take on similar paths, and what their plans are for the future.
Rose is currently on the Zinc programme, a social innovation programme which aims to improve women’s mental health through building new tech businesses. Before Zinc, Rose researched the link between financial difficulty and mental health at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and held various roles at the Financial Conduct Authority.
Rose will be drawing on her experience to explore:
- What is the link between financial and emotional wellbeing?
- How to design a product that improves mental health, with a particular focus on fintech.
- Ways to bring in the consumer perspective
Rising above the challenges to do amazing things in tech
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.