Women Impact Tech

WIT Connect Virtual Conference

We hope you enjoyed our celebration of diversity, inclusion, equality and belonging in tech. Check out the sessions from WIT Connect Texas below.

Leap Forward with Mentorship

Do you feel helpless at work and not sure how to get help? Do you have a great idea or passionate about something and not aware how or where to start? Have you struggled in identifying what opportunities to overcome that can help you grow and excel in your role? Join me to understand how mentorship helps with these struggles and make a more confident you. This is a session for anyone who has vested interest to grow, continuous learners, and anyone who is in a role where they want to take a leap in career growth. Also, this talk is for leaders who have a unique skillset that can help enable others to learn and grow by providing their expertise and building resilience and mastering their art through the journey of mentoring. Finding a right mentor who can help leverage your strengths and steer you in the right direction is the key to success and help you leap you forward in your career.

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Leap Forward with Mentorship

Do you feel helpless at work and not sure how to get help? Do you have a great idea or passionate about something and not aware how or where to start? Have you struggled in identifying what opportunities to overcome that can help you grow and excel in your role? Join me to understand how mentorship helps with these struggles and make a more confident you. This is a session for anyone who has vested interest to grow, continuous learners, and anyone who is in a role where they want to take a leap in career growth. Also, this talk is for leaders who have a unique skillset that can help enable others to learn and grow by providing their expertise and building resilience and mastering their art through the journey of mentoring. Finding a right mentor who can help leverage your strengths and steer you in the right direction is the key to success and help you leap you forward in your career.

Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. Technology’s fast-paced, team-based and global work environments call for strong and effective business relationships. Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies are at the heart of effective workplace relationships and productivity and provide an integrated set of skills that support highly effective, innovative organizations. Learn from our panelists as they share how women in tech can achieve greater personal awareness, connect with others, manage stress, engage in healthy conflict and collaboration, and be more optimistic and resilient by using your Emotional Intelligence.

Leading with Perspectives: Building Confidence in Diverse Approaches

As you think about your career in tech and long term goals, it can be easy to compare yourself to everyone around you and assume you need to do exactly what they’re doing in order to grow and advance. “It’s been 5 years, shouldn’t I be a principal engineer by now?” Not necessarily! In this discussion, we’ll talk about how to measure your success against your own yardstick so you can build a career that’s uniquely yours.

Ways Tech is Changing the World in 2020

Over the years, technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives. Technology has created amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. The use of innovations like Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, predictive analytics, business intelligence tools, and applications are changing how we live and interact with the world. These innovations are results of our curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving techniques. Learn how our panelists are contributing to changing the world through their own efforts.

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When we think of a leader, we often refer to personalities or people with titles. Merriam Webster defines a leader to be “a person who has commanding authority or influence” and hence its not surprising that we often associated leadership more with authority and less with influence. Modern organizations have complex projects and matrix organization structures. In order to complete projects effectively each one of us has to be a leader. Leadership is not about titles, command or authority. In Dwight Eisenhower’s words – “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” This session will focus on leadership through influence. How each one of us can be the CEOs of the projects we drive and execute based on real examples.

The Adventures of Women (Us!) in Tech: How We Navigate our Careers & Challenges

Can women have meaningful careers in tech? Are diversity efforts in Silicon Valley failing? Should women avoid working for technology companies? Alana Karen was annoyed every time she saw the latest headline questioning women’s survival in tech. She pictured a new graduate deciding on her career and only having one-sided articles to help make her decision. She saw colleagues roll their eyes at books about C-level women in tech and heard jokes about how inaccessible those stories sounded. She wondered how women could feel like they belonged if they didn’t see themselves reflected in the media. Inspired by women she knows in tech—women with diverse backgrounds, education, and ambitions—she wrote The Adventures of Women in Tech to fill that gap. A twenty-year tech company veteran and leader, Alana Karen brilliantly and systematically replaces what we think we know about women in tech with more than eighty women’s stories of what it’s honestly like to join, lead, and thrive in today’s top technology companies. Come hear a reading from her book and her key takeaways about why we join tech, the challenges we face, and the skills and support we need to succeed and stay in an often challenging environment. To pre-order The Adventures of Women in Tech, please click here!

The Courage to Lead: Inner Dimensions of Culturally Conscious Leadership

Successful leaders today take an intentional approach to drawing connections between cultural dexterity and conscious leadership. Explore and learn the critical role diversity and inclusion plays in how you lead and build relationships and trust with peers, colleagues, and those you manage.

Black Girls Code

Women Impact Tech has partnered with Black Girls CODE, an organization that specializes in providing education in the STEM fields, for young women of color. Since April 2011, BGC has focused on empowering girls, from ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures, through exposure to computer science and technology. The partnership with Black Girls Code will provide resources through coding and summer camps, virtual programs, and workshops. Black Girls CODE’s ultimate goal is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. and to train 1 million girls, by 2040. As of 2013, Black Girls CODE has 7 established institutions, in 7 states in the U.S., as well as Johannesburg, South Africa. BGC has impacted over 3,000 students, and plans to expand to 8 more cities in the United States.