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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.

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Femgineer Forum Learning to be a Leading Lady in Tech

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

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