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The Power in the Simple Act of Doing

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The Power in the Simple Act of Doing

  1. 1. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential.© 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman | Technical Intelligence Manager | September, 2017 The Power in the Simple Act of Doing
  2. 2. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. I’ve had an Awesome Career
  3. 3. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. My Life Now
  4. 4. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Growing Up Let’s talk about cold winters…. 
  5. 5. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Keeping up with the Boys Oldest of three girls. First girl of my generation. So much cooler being a boy. Sit STILL???
  6. 6. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. What Little girls are made of… Blessed with variety. The smart one, the pretty one and the rebel. Society shows girls early on the value of beauty…. Always felt different Own drummer Non-traditional communication style
  7. 7. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Expectations Me- Journalist Mother- Presidential Aspirations? Sister- Administrative Assistant??
  8. 8. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Goethe “Anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it, for initiative has power, magic and genius in it.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  9. 9. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. On My Own Moved to Colorado Made Friends Work and School Something wasn’t right…
  10. 10. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Derailed Five Strokes Rare Auto-immune condition 50% left side visual field 9 years of previous memories Physical and Speech Therapy Relearn young adult skills
  11. 11. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Early Frustrations Relearning To drive To balance a checkbook Perform basic work tasks Could no longer perform previous career's duties Single Mother to child
  12. 12. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Words of support “Anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it, for initiative has power, magic and genius in it.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I could I could I had to
  13. 13. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Small Becomes Something Bigger Small accomplishments become bigger impressions. Not afraid to fail, as failed at so many things during my recovery. Aware that frustration is my worst enemy. Setting an example and not worrying about what others were doing.
  14. 14. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Sayings to Live by- “Fall down seven times, rise up eight…” ~Jewish Proverb
  15. 15. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Small Goals Becomes Accomplishments Selling Shoes Selling Computers Desktop Support Oracle Recommends I Should Certify as a DBA Becomes a DBA Becomes Lead DBA
  16. 16. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Jr. DBA Challenges • First DBA position, was hired as a Jr. DBA with another Jr. DBA. • I didn’t have degree in CS or specialized in databases. • I had a newborn, three children, married. • She was single, had the CS degree, specializing in databases. • She left the industry after just 9 months. • I understood her decision….
  17. 17. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. I remained, but Felt “Directed” Complaint to manager about being viewed as an end user, a project manager or other non-technical person in meetings. Less opportunity to work on technical challenges- always left to administration tasks. Started asking questions- How are we impacted by first impressions, especially as women? By name? By physical presentation?
  18. 18. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. What is a Guy Geek These Days?
  19. 19. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. What’s Pictured for a Girl in Technology?
  20. 20. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. I am a canvas, I paint my own future First Impressions were sidelining me from being viewed as technical. Even after proving myself, my strong management skills were deterring me from technical challenges. I didn’t want management, I wanted tech! Testing the “Goth” theory….
  21. 21. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Positive Mentors Mentors are everywhere, but very few in IT
  22. 22. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Departure Started out as team of five women DBAs. 15 Years as a DBA 52 male DBAs 13 female DBAs Informal research via social media, (no I wasn’t stalking everyone… ) One male DBA has retired. One female DBA has retired. Eight of the women I’ve worked with have left the industry. None of the men have.
  23. 23. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Where Did They Go? Only one retired, many upon research went soft-tech, (recruiter, project manager, management) When asked why they left- Not enough support through mentoring and peers, even less sponsorship. Less opportunity for women in upper management. Catch -22 of going into management and loss of technical challenges that first interested them. Over-scrutinized when they did go management. More family/life balance in other industries.
  24. 24. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. 800lb Gorilla in the Room, Research Shows… Of the 41% of women that left IT, those polled said they left because? Few to no peers Lack of mentors and sponsors Less opportunities for advancement Biggest challenge- Often told not to talk about the issues.
  25. 25. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Death by a Thousand Pin Pricks
  26. 26. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. The Next Growth Surge Begins to Present & Write Articles Conference DirectorBegins to Blog Co-Authors First Book Begins to Mentor/WIT Achieves ACEAchieves ACE Director Inducted to Oak Table Goth Begins Joins Oracle as CMTS Starts STEM EducationBegins at Delphix
  27. 27. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. What Finally Forced me into Action Middle Sister passed away from cancer in 2013 without the opportunity to achieve her own goals in life.
  28. 28. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Create Something Good From this… Created first WIT session for RMOUG after her diagnosis. Spoke about at ODTUG’s KSCOPE WIT session, month after passing, along with other Women in Tech organizations. Started offering mentoring to women that were not asking, nothing too formal, but it provided much value to those women who said yes. Through programs like Devoxx4Kids, Oracle Education Foundation, Raspberry Pi Maker Faires, spread STEM Education initiatives.
  29. 29. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. I am my Father’s Daughter, (According to Mom..) Learned to not listen to those that offered no options, only criticism. Surrounded myself with positive people, negative added stress and was negative to health. Realized the more you do, the more you become. The more you try, the more opportunities open up for you.
  30. 30. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. I Am My Father’s Daughter Offer me options, not just criticism. Negativity wastes time and accomplishes nothing. The more I did, the more I was identified with the accomplishment. More opportunities opened up for me. Walked away from those that attempted to hold me back.
  31. 31. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. “Find your passion, find your path, then set it on fire. Make it burn so bright that people don’t just come to see the flames, but they’ll want to walk in your footsteps before they cool…”
  32. 32. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Statistics show….
  33. 33. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Technical Education 41 states have no technical class requirements for graduation. Included office technology Many schools allocate technical with trade/vocational schools which are for those who can’t make it to college.
  34. 34. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. As I Learn About the SQL Server Community • On average, you’re about 10 years younger. • You’re years ahead on gender diversity initiatives. • You have honest discussions about topics. • You take it seriously, not as an afterthought. • Real friendships and respect have developed between many in the SQL Family due to this. • I’m eager to learn more in my interaction with the community.
  35. 35. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. The Oracle Community Noted about 30% women in IT in Denver. Only 7% were attending RMOUG’s conference. Started WIT sessions and women responded in feedback that it was the first time they had attended, they felt welcome. Oracle ACE Program, 500 awarded, only around 25 women, (5%). Oak Table Network, 100 members, 6 women, (10%).
  36. 36. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. By Doing… 52 WIT Panels 41 Articles in Technical Publications Education of local government about the importance of tech programs in schools and beginning the TechGirlz program. New Women’s Empowerment Program OraWIT via Twitter to support Women in Oracle Retain those in the industry and mentoring programs for women already in tech. One Oracle Education Foundation, Dtech Curriculum and 5 Maker Faires.
  37. 37. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. What Has Come out of this? RMOUG WIT has increased attendance from 7% to over 22% Have mentored/sponsored 51 women in five years Sponsorship and mentoring generated new mentors. 34 WIT programs through out Colorado, US and Europe. Start of RMOUG WIT Fund to educate in schools. Colorado Technology Association WIT Award 2014 Transferring from current program to TechGirlz.
  38. 38. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Opportunities- Blogging demonstrates your knowledge publicly. Writing offers certified publication status. Presenting removes any "glass ceiling”. Social Media offers a voice to women in tech. Recognized by PEERS and become a mentor/sponsor. Perception and Representation is important. Never fear staying in a high-tech career. There is a path!
  39. 39. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Goethe “Anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it, for initiative has power, magic and genius in it.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  40. 40. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Have a Challenge? Want to Connect? 40
  41. 41. © 2017 Delphix. All Rights Reserved. Private and Confidential. Thank you and Always Inspire!

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