Women Who Code recently hosted their first ever conference CONNECT 2016 at the Galvanize Pioneer Square in Seattle. The two-day conference featured some of the technology industry's most influential leaders. Keynote speakers for the event included Nandini Ramani the VP of Engineering at Twitter, Regina Wallace-Jones the Head of Security Operations at Facebook and a member of the Women Who Code Advisory Board, Alaina Percival the CEO and Board Chair of Women Who Code, and Mike Curtis the VP of Engineering at Airbnb.
It’s no secret that there is a significant gender gap in technology. Speakers at CONNECT 2016 offered tips for how to rise the ranks of technology companies as a women. Here’s an excerpt from a GeekWire write-up:
Observe people in your organization. “It could be people you admire and think are successful or…people in your organization where you don’t like what they’re doing,” Hamilton said. Through close observation, you can develop your own leadership style for the people who work around you. Once you know their personalities and quirks, you know better how to approach leading them.
Forgive yourself and embrace mistakes. Too many women beat themselves up over their mistakes and feel bad about themselves as a result. However, it’s important to remember that the perfect person never grows — it’s mistakes that help us to see our weaknesses and to improve ourselves. “Once you learn to forgive yourself, then you will be able to receive the feedback as a gift and mistakes as the most valuable things that were ever handed to you,” Chang said. “It’s important to pick [yourself] up and move on.”
Insist on diversity. One of the biggest barriers to women in tech is that industry leaders often rely on hiring who they already know. Because men dominate the industry, they hire other men. “They know Jim, Joe, and Jack,” Strom said. “They don’t know Jill, Joan, and Joanne…You have to get out of that. Get in the position…to insist that [they] look at candidates of diversity.”
To read the GeekWire story, click here.