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We Power Tech: Lightning Talks with Executive Women in Tech (WPT201-S) - AWS re:Invent 2018

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Diversity in technology often starts with a focus on women. How do we prioritize the inclusion of women from all communities (race, gender identity, ability status, and other underrepresented and intersectional communities) on technical teams? What can leaders do—from cultivating the pipeline, to hiring, to developing internal strategies—to make the future of tech more diverse and inclusive? Hear from successful executive technical leaders as they explore their journeys through the industry. Leave with solutions on how to prioritize inclusion and drive results. This session is brought to you by AWS partner, Accenture.

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We Power Tech: Lightning Talks with Executive Women in Tech (WPT201-S) - AWS re:Invent 2018

  1. 1. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. We Power Tech: Lightning Talks with Executive Women in Tech W P T 2 0 1 Tricia Davis-Muffett Director, Public Sector Marketing Amazon Web Services
  2. 2. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. No more “Onlys”
  3. 3. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Being the only one is a common experience 1 2 1 2 1 2 25% 40% 40%
  4. 4. 1.5x More likely tothink about leaving ajob Women “Onlys” have a worse experience
  5. 5. Stay at the table 81% of women intend to stay in the workforce
  6. 6. Create opportunities to connect Aimforgenderparityonteams Offeropportunitiestoconnectwith womenatalllevels Createday-to-dayopportunitiesto collaborate
  7. 7. Ensure fair hiring and promotions Particularfocusonearlycareer opportunities Usetoolstoreducebias Measureandtrackoutcomes
  8. 8. Continue to advocate Encouragedialogueondiversity Provideguidancetoimprove Challengebiaswhenyouseeit
  9. 9. Thank you!
  10. 10. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Global Managing Director, Accenture Cloud “It is difficult for any woman not to think in terms of society’s standards of ‘beauty’…. the empowered woman knows that beauty radiates from within.” – Siki Giunta
  12. 12. Thank you!
  13. 13. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Recent Themes in Leadership Research • The very fundamentals of leadership need to be rethought Technological advancement is requiring a deeper focus on innately human skills – emotional intelligence and value judgments. - Leadership in the Age of AI - Infosys, Jan 2018 • Human skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will increase in value. Emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence also see an increase in demand. - The Future of Jobs Report - World Economic Forum, Jan 2018
  15. 15. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Recent Themes in Leadership Research • Neuroscience techniques can be applied to leadership development Companies are shifting their focus from rating and ranking people to increasing engagement, agility and collaboration, based on how the brain really learns. - The NeuroLeadership Institute, Jan 2016 • Psychological safety more than anything else was critical to making a team work. Technical expertise ranked dead last. - "What Google Learned from its Quest to Build the Perfect Team" - New York Times, Feb 2016
  16. 16. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Traditional to Transformative Traditional Commander Strong, Authoritative Restrained Decisive Competitive Transformative Coach Empathetic Expressive Adaptable Collaborative, Cooperative Why? Motivates people to create new ideas and share them. Invokes the reward response instead of the threat response in the brain. Engenders trust and positive relationships. Open to new situations, perspectives and styles. Distribute leadership to get the best out of others.
  17. 17. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Traditional to Transformative Traditional Experienced Knowledgeable, Skilled Organized Clear Vision Transformative Engaged, Attuned Curious, Humble Creative Compelling Vision Why? Ready to respond to new opportunities and threats. In an age of rapid change, adopt a mindset of lifelong learning. AI leaves humans to interpret, ask questions and establish new connections. Produces the focus and commitment needed to make a lasting impact.
  18. 18. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. My Hypotheses • The research is gender neutral But women will thrive in this leadership environment • A virtuous cycle Companies that lead the edge on transformative leadership will become more diverse and more competitive Transformational Leadership Diversity Competitive Advantage Innovation And Takeaways • The journey continues I have much to learn and develop, personally. • Sphere of influence I do what I can to establish “more human” leadership in my organization. • Widen the circle Let’s share our journeys, learnings and experiences. Keep in touch.
  19. 19. Thank you! © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Angelique F. Faustino https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelfaust/ https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8698355/
  20. 20. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
  21. 21. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. I have enjoyed the demand and discipline of this space in IT. The people, politics and pressure along the way have fed into who I am…..A Black Woman in Tech.
  23. 23. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Re-Inventing Yourself I have fallen in and out of love with IT  I loved the technical design, implementation and support - then burn out  Then I fell in love with teaching it – seeing the “lights go ON” in the eyes of students  Now I love the lessons I learned from it and the inspiration & insight I can share
  24. 24. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
  25. 25. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Adaptability EQ Adaptability  Emotional Intelligence Cognitive Agility  Solution Focused  Objective Driven Cultural Fluency  Cultural & Behavioral Insight 26 Credit: Ray Celaya
  26. 26. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. A Diversified Mindset  Values Uniqueness  Doesn’t Judge  Is Open
  27. 27. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. How Do Leaders Do This? Train the Brain  The Neocortex  the thinking or learning part of the brain  it controls language, thought, and reasoning As we seek to change perceptions and behaviors, we have to appeal to the neocortex through people’s thoughts and reasoning.
  28. 28. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Train the Brain  The Limbic System  the emotional center,  stores value judgments we make  memories of behaviors that produce positive and negative experiences.  largely subconscious. If we don’t understand this, we will not seek for new information to change our perceptions and behaviors.
  29. 29. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Train the Brain  The Basal Ganglia is the instinctual center  Information travels from our gut to this region  Mostly unconscious Information from this region can be detrimental when it unconsciously guides us based on ill-formed information from the limbic system.
  30. 30. “It is crucial in our diversity training that we understand that we can’t change what the limbic system has stored, but through the neocortex we can open up new experiences that will register new memories, and change understanding so that new value judgments can be made to form positive experiences around cultures and different ethnicities. “ Wanda L. Scott from RESILIENCE: Finding Your Power Within
  31. 31. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Notes from the Field • When you change perceptions, the reception for the next women will be so much better! • Because of my journey I now know that I have information that other’s find value in.
  32. 32. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Notes from the Field  You are powerful in your knowledge and competency! Always remember that your performance, and the ability to get the job done will speak louder than your words and change perceptions.  Understanding our value as we go along our individual paths, comes from the positives and the negatives, and is built as we don’t surrender to dysfunctional systems, mindsets, and un-checked behaviors.
  33. 33. Thank you! © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Wanda L. Scott https://www.WandaLScott.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/wandalscott/
  34. 34. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
  35. 35. © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. "Diversity in hiring is important, but inclusion is what will make people want to stay. Inclusion is best measured by the micro-messages that our behavior sends to our teams every single day." – Kimberly Bartoe
  36. 36. Thank you! © 2018, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. wepowertech@amazon.com

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