Femgineer Forum: Fostering a Female Friendly Company

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For anyone interested in promoting a diverse workplace this presentation is filled with helpful suggestion to make it a friendlier place. It also sheds light into why women or anyone might be averse …

For anyone interested in promoting a diverse workplace this presentation is filled with helpful suggestion to make it a friendlier place. It also sheds light into why women or anyone might be averse to applying for positions or holding themselves back from taking on challenging roles.

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  • 1. FEMGINEER FORUM: FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES #femgineerforumPoornima Vijayashanker@femgineerpoornima@femgineer.com 1
  • 2. INTRODUCTION 2POORNIMA VIJAYASHANKER‣ Duke University - Electrical Engineer & Computer Science‣ R&D Engineer @ Synopsys‣ Founding Engineer @ Mint.com‣ CEO & Founder of BizeeBee‣ Femgineer.com 2
  • 3. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 3Inspiration for Femgineer Forum. 3
  • 4. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 4 Format. 4
  • 5. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 5AGENDA‣ Why is diversity important?‣ What’s broken?‣ How can we fix it?‣ Role Playing & Presentations 5
  • 6. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 6 What does female friendly mean? 6
  • 7. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 7 Culture of “nice”. Everyone goes to sensitivity training. 50/50 7
  • 8. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 8 Efficient. Open. Respectful. Quality. 8
  • 9. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 9 Storytime. 9
  • 10. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 10 Minority voice isn’t heard. 10
  • 11. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 11 Lack of empathy. 11
  • 12. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 12 Why is diversity important? 12
  • 13. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 13 Why is important right now? 13
  • 14. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 14By 2020 US Businesses will need 1.4Mcomputer scientists.She++: The Documentary Trailer 14
  • 15. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 15Only 30% will be filled by currentgraduation rates.She++: The Documentary Trailer 15
  • 16. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 16 “What can we do to attract more women?” 16
  • 17. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 17PRE-CONDITIONS FOR STRATEGIES‣ Need a supportive environment‣ Don’t try to change things overnight‣ Do it consistently 17
  • 18. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 18 Understand that there is a difference. 18
  • 19. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 19 Success factors. 19
  • 20. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 20 Need encouragement. Need mentorship. Need clear performance feedback. 20
  • 21. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 21 Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Path 21
  • 22. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 22 Think small. 22
  • 23. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 23STRATEGIES FOR RECRUITERS‣ Environment‣ Recruiting‣ Identify your company’s culture‣ Advertise your mission 23
  • 24. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 24ADVANCED STRATEGIES‣ Change process of hiring. ‣ e.g. Imperial‣ Think about retention. ‣ e.g. Duke University 24
  • 25. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 25 1/2 way there... 25
  • 26. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 26 Stop rejecting yourself. 26
  • 27. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 27 IMPOSTER SYNDROME 27
  • 28. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 28 28
  • 29. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 29STRATEGIES FOR CANDIDATES‣ Don’t be afraid to apply for positions.‣ Stop waiting for an invitation.‣ Don’t be afraid of homogeneous teams.‣ Express your needs early on! 29
  • 30. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 30 If you don’t know... ASK. 30
  • 31. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 31 Assessing the Environment. 31
  • 32. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 32 Does it value everyone? Is it open to change? Speed of change? - minority of thought - have you witnessed it - is there a plan in place first hand? that is being executed? - diversity in roles both employees and leadership - has someone else - what are steps already experienced it? in place and when are the milestones? 32
  • 33. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 33ONCE YOU’VE GOT THE GIG‣ Cannot be afraid to speak up with ideas.‣ Be clear about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.‣ ASK for the promotion, raise, or project. 33
  • 34. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 34Sometimes you have to move on to getwhat you need. 34
  • 35. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 35 Don’t play the victim, value yourself! 35
  • 36. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 36 Why we don’t ASK. 36
  • 37. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 37 Visualize failure. 37
  • 38. EXERCISE 38KEY OBJECTIVE(S) AGENDARecruiters: describe your 30 minutes 1.Formulate pitch.company, it’s mission, and 2.Deliver pitch.the role you are hiring.Explain how the company 3.Ask for feedback.plans to retain talent. 4.Refine.Candidates: respond to pitchwith concerns.DELIVERABLEShort skit. 38
  • 39. FOSTERING FEMALE FRIENDLY COMPANIES 39 Office Hours Thursdays & Fridays 2pm PST Sign up for a 30 minute slot here! Next Femgineer Forum May TBD 39