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Femgineer Forum Learning to be a Leading Lady in Tech

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In this Femgineer Forum, Poornima Vijayashanker explains the importance of needing female leadership in high tech, and provides some strategies for how to become a leader.

In this Femgineer Forum, Poornima Vijayashanker explains the importance of needing female leadership in high tech, and provides some strategies for how to become a leader.

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  • 1. FEMGINEER FORUMLearning to be a Leading Lady in Tech...Poornima VijayashankerSponsored by: Quirky & UndercurrentJune 19, 2013poornima@femgineer.com@poornima#femgineerforum1
  • 2. INTRODUCTION• Duke University - ECE & CS• R&D Engineer @ Synopsys• Founding Engineer @ Mint• Founder of BizeeBee• Founder of Femgineer2
  • 3. FEMGINEER FORUM: Learning to be a Leading Lady in TechInspiration for Femgineer Forum3
  • 4. FEMGINEER FORUM: Learning to be a Leading Lady in TechFormat4
  • 5. AGENDA• LEADERSHIP IN TECH• HOW TO TRANSITION• SUPPORT & MENTORSHIP• Q&A• BREAK OUT SESSION5
  • 6. Why is leadership in TECH important?6
  • 7. By 2020 US businesses will need1.4Mcomputer scientistsCredit: She++7
  • 8. Based on today’s graduation rateonly 30%will be filled by American graduatesCredit: She++8
  • 9. Only 19Fortune 500 Companies are run by WomenCredit: She++9
  • 10. Why is it important to have ladies who LEAD?10
  • 11. What does leadership look like inTECH?11
  • 12. 12
  • 13. Where AND how do you START?13
  • 14. TECHBusiness Engineering14
  • 15. Transition.15
  • 16. • ROLE: requirements• Clarity & PRECISION• PORTFOLIO: papers, projects, products• STREET CRED: Stories16
  • 17. What is standing in our way?17
  • 18. IMPOSTER SYNDROME.18
  • 19. COMPARISON19
  • 20. 20
  • 21. ENVIRONMENT21
  • 22. 22
  • 23. LeadershipMentorsSupportEnvironment ExperienceNetworkMenteesChangingLandscape23
  • 24. Support.24
  • 25. Find a BIG brother or sister.25
  • 26. 1. No INVITATION? Learn to crash!2. BE informal.3. ASK FOR help!26
  • 27. BAD experience?27
  • 28. BAD environment?28
  • 29. Needs and GOALS.29
  • 30. Workplace FlexibilityDrawing Credit: NYTimes30
  • 31. It is possible!31
  • 32. Review.32
  • 33. NEXT FORUM:Staying TechnicalThoughtWorks - San FranciscoJuly 24, 201333
  • 34. GROUP MENTORINGFemgineer FriendsVisit femgineer.com/mentoring34
  • 35. Q&A35
  • 36. KEY OBJECTIVE(S) AGENDADELIVERABLEBREAK OUT SESSIONGet comfortable tellingstories that demonstrateleadership abilities.30 minutes Get into groups of ~5 people.1. Introduce yourself to the group.2. Describe the role you’re interested in.3. Tell the group a story that demonstrateswhy you are a capable leader.4. Refine story.5. Present.Short presentation36