Femgineer Forum Staying Technical

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Despite the growing push of women to join tech professions, the attrition rate of women in technology is still pretty high. There are a number of factors that lead to their departure from their technical roles or from the industry altogether. Often times it has less to do with their technical prowess, and more to do with an environment that is less than hospitable.

In this Femgineer Forum we'll cover the following:

• How to encourage women to stay technical throughout their careers
• How women can participate more fully and effectively on teams
• How women can take on technical leadership roles

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Femgineer Forum Staying Technical

  1. 1. FEMGINEER FORUM Staying Technical ... Poornima Vijayashanker Sponsored by: ThoughtWorks July 24, 2013 poornima@femgineer.com @poornima #femgineerforum 1
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION • Duke University - ECE & CS • R&D Engineer @ Synopsys • Founding Engineer @ Mint • Founder of BizeeBee • Founder of Femgineer 2
  3. 3. FEMGINEER FORUM: Staying Technical Inspiration for Femgineer Forum 3
  4. 4. FEMGINEER FORUM: Staying Technical Format 4
  5. 5. AGENDA • WHY YOU SHOULD STAY TECHNICAL • HOW TO STAY TECHNICAL • HOW TO PARTICIPATE MORE EFFECTIVELY • HOW TO PURSUE LEADERSHIP ROLES • BREAK OUT SESSION 5
  6. 6. Why should you stay technical? 6
  7. 7. By 2020 US businesses will need 1.4M computer scientists Credit: She++ 7
  8. 8. Based on today’s graduation rate only 30% will be filled by American graduates Credit: She++ 8
  9. 9. Why don’t we stay technical? 9
  10. 10. • Pulled or pushed into non-technical roles • Exhibit talents that maybe well suite for other roles • Take a break to explore 10
  11. 11. • Victim mentality • Pessimistic about programming skills • Lack of awareness that they have the power to change their situation “Don’t you think women are pushed into non-technical roles? 11
  12. 12. You always have a choice! 12
  13. 13. • Question your choice and abilities • Retraining • Right environment 13
  14. 14. You always have a choice! 14
  15. 15. How do you stay technical? 15
  16. 16. Self Study Group Study Networking Keep skills sharp. Books Online Course Tutorials Women Who Code Hackathons Hackbright DevBootCamp Conferences Social Media Mentorship 16
  17. 17. Support. 17
  18. 18. Ask for it! 18
  19. 19. Find a BIG brother or sister. 19
  20. 20. 1. No INVITATION? Learn to crash! 2. BE informal. 3. IT’S OK to outgrow a mentor. 20
  21. 21. Take advantage of training programs! 21
  22. 22. How do you participate more effectively? 22
  23. 23. 1. Learn to think a little more strategically! HINT: it’s not about the hours you put in! 2. Self-leadership. 3. Show interest & understand other people’s roles. 23
  24. 24. How do you pursue leadership roles? 24
  25. 25. Have you led someone before? Want to lead? 25
  26. 26. RISK. 26
  27. 27. Demonstrate leadership. 27
  28. 28. Find your OWN leadership style. 28
  29. 29. BAD environment? 29
  30. 30. Passed up for a promotion? 30
  31. 31. Gotten laid off? 31
  32. 32. There is more than one route to the top! 32
  33. 33. Start with a stronger base next time! 33
  34. 34. Self Leadership MentorsExperience Stories of SuccessNetwork 34
  35. 35. “Burning bridges.” 35
  36. 36. Review. 36
  37. 37. FEMGINEER FORUM: Staying Technical • WHY YOU SHOULD STAY TECHNICAL • HOW TO STAY TECHNICAL • HOW TO PARTICIPATE MORE EFFECTIVELY • HOW TO PURSUE LEADERSHIP ROLES 37
  38. 38. NEXT FORUM: How a Venture Capital Firm Evaluates Investments Andreessen Horowitz - Menlo Park September 2013 Visit meetup.com/femgineers 38
  39. 39. Want to host a forum at your company? Contact: karen@femgineer.com 39
  40. 40. GROUP MENTORING Femgineer Friends Visit femgineer.com/mentoring ONLINE COURSE Lean Product Development Visit femgineer.com/courses Deadline to apply is August 25th 40
  41. 41. Q&A 41
  42. 42. KEY OBJECTIVE(S) AGENDA DELIVERABLE BREAK OUT SESSION Get comfortable telling stories that demonstrate leadership 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 demonstrates why you are a capable leader. 4. Refine story. 5. Present. Short presentation 42
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