14 Ways to Dress Chic And Retain Your Inner Geek
Getting dressed for the office can be hard, if not downright painful for many women. (Just me? No? Ok, let’s proceed).
So what’s a woman to do?
In honor of New York Fashion Week 2017, we present the (more useful) alternative: Geek Chic Fashion Week! Geek chic is defined as the fashion-forward style adopted by the tech crowd to express their culture and meet their needs. So whether you’re start-up bound or full-tilt corporate, on your first assignment of your career or your 8,917th, we’ve got you covered. Literally and figuratively.
Basic Black Standard
Dress it up with a tailored suit or dress it down with a casual blazer, t-shirt and funky shoes (Beat literature optional), basic black will never fail you, regardless of budget or body type.
Just One Of The Guys
Take a tip from the dudes (not of the grubby flannel / stained t-shirt variety, natch - Sean from QA, we’re looking at you!) and pair some menswear-inspired duds with tailored, feminine fits. Even Emma Stone sports this look - and if that’s not validation of being cool, then what is?
Show Some (Tasteful) Leg
Shorts needn’t be reserved for the summer heat or weekend errands. Throw some bold-colored tights on underneath and wear them year-round with a blazer and boots.
Keep It Casual (But Professional)
While Sean in QA aspires to keep the record for wearing a different superhero t-shirt every day without repeating, invest in some casual staples that can be worn in and out of the office. It’s ok if you repeat, just mix it up by seeking neutral colored garb.
Accessories Are Your Friends
Accessories may be the most confounding portion of your fashion-overhaul, but here, it’s the easiest to stay true to your inner-geek. Support your field (and those who power it) by choosing tech-friendly bags and wearables.
Now go out into the world, wear your confidence on your sleeve(s), and conquer! Let us know how you did - (pics or it didn’t happen).
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A five-step framework for addressing systematic racism at work
The world has changed in the past few weeks.
We're watching corporations and organizations across the world come out in support of Black lives in droves. Many of those organizations are doing so for the first time in their history.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health has always been important, but has been an especially important topic to focus on during these last four weeks, when people of color have continued to suffer disproportionately from COVID-19 while also fighting for racial justice all across the country.
Freddie Mac partners with the experts<p>"Supporting mental well-being is more important than ever. The global pandemic and recent civil unrest have shaped an environment that is especially ripe for generating emotional stress and triggers that may exacerbate or induce mental health conditions," explains Freddie Mac manager Sarah Crump. "We are committed to a stigma-free, inclusive culture and endeavor to support employees the best we can. We developed internal campaigns to share resources—including ones tailored for the Black community and allies—from our partner the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We also have increased communications around our Employee Assistance Program and raised the visibility of our workplace counselor."</p><p><em>Learn more about Freddie Mac</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/freddie-mac" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
MINDBODY centers wellness in everything they do<p>"Mindbody recognizes the systemic inequalities surrounding an individual's wellbeing specific to mental health, especially people of a minority demographic," says manager Morgen Monie. "We are committed to providing our employees and customers an environment where you can be your authentic self as a part of our team, or when working with our team." She highlights specific initiatives available to employees:</p><ul><li>Employee Assistance Program: paid-for visits for team members to meet with a medical professional, councilor, or advisor in topics pertaining to all dimensions of wellness.</li><li>Wellbeing Day & Volunteer Day: days given to employees to take care of themselves, their families, and give back to an organization of their choice</li><li>Free telehealth access, ensuring consistent access regardless of geography</li><li>Free virtual wellness classes taught by Mindbody team members, including yoga and meditation</li></ul><p><em>Learn more about MINDBODY</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/mindbody" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
Relativity makes it easier to ask for help<p>"People often feel shame in admitting mental health struggles, so it's vital to normalize having open conversations about it at home and in the workplace," says Senior Wellness & HR Program Manager Cherry Mangat. "Minorities face additional barriers such as fewer resources, less dialogue and more stigma, so they're less likely to seek help. Especially today, these factors are magnified. Relativity aims to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome, safe and free to be themselves. We've focused on key areas such as launching an employee resource group focused on mental health, adding the Headspace mindfulness app, offering company-wide training, and creating a role dedicated to employee wellness."</p><p><em>Learn more about Relativity</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/relativity" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
Procore creates a culture of inclusion<p>"As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, I feel fortunate to work for a company like Procore that puts their employees first and encourages us to do the same for our families," says Cynthia Griffin, Senior Recruiter at Procore. "Procore's African Descent Council (PAC) has been a pivotal part of my growth at Procore and has given me a sense of belonging and community that I continue to lean on today. Through our partnerships with Joyable and ComPsych Guidance Resources, we also have access to counselors, coaching, and other interactive resources that provide us with personalized support."</p><p><em>Learn more about Procore</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/procore-technologies-inc" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
Smartsheet shifts priorities to center mental health<p>"With work and life becoming increasingly intertwined amidst a global pandemic and the fight for racial justice, employers have a responsibility to both support and actively encourage good mental health practices among their employees," says Katie Bouwkamp, Smartsheet's Director of Global Culture Communications. "Smartsheet has made this a priority, adding several employer-sponsored benefits this year, [including] BetterHelp online counseling, a paid mental health day, and a 10-session wellbeing series. We've also made space for employees to share their own experiences and resources, including an employee-led workshop on mental health during uncertain times. This combination of employer- and employee-owned initiatives has allowed for more authenticity as we continue promoting good mental health."</p><p><em>Learn more about Smartsheet</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/smartsheet" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
PwC uses tech to support self-care<p>"At PwC, people are given the 'green light' to talk with a trusted colleague or expert help," says a PwC spokesperson. "The firm offers a comprehensive set of benefits around mental health and well-being through their<a href="https://pwc.cm/tp/rj6_tOKmq.J-K" target="_blank"> <em data-redactor-tag="em">Be Well, Work Well</em></a> initiatives, including providing free 24/7 access to a coach or therapist through a mental health app and<a href="https://pwc.cm/tp/rj6-Vi3at.J.K" target="_blank"> new benefits</a> including executive coaches that provide 1:1 and group well-being sessions, access to meditation apps and the creation of an internal social networking community. The firm has also introduced racial trauma counseling in conjunction with the<a href="https://pwc.cm/tp/rj6_81mOw-J.K" target="_blank"> six actions</a> they are taking with respect to racial justice."</p><p><em data-redactor-tag="em">Learn more about PwC</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/pwc" target="_blank"> <em data-redactor-tag="em">here</em></a><em data-redactor-tag="em">.</em></p>
MongoDB destigmatizes mental health<p>"We want to break the stigma around mental health and provide employees with valuable tools and the support they need, at work and beyond, to face life's challenges," says Danielle James, D&I Manager at MongoDB. "We offer mental health programs where employees can receive confidential assistance from qualified professionals, including Employee Assistance programs, and free access to Headspace and therapy sessions. We host company and department-specific days off to support mental health, and regularly organize internal events to destigmatize mental health, including an employee panel sponsored by the CEO and educational sessions with health partners.<a href="https://www.mongodb.com/blog/post/employee-benefits-that-make-a-difference-at-mongodb" target="_blank"> Learn more about our benefits</a> and read<a href="https://www.mongodb.com/blog/post/breaking-stigma-around-mental-health-meet-yulia-genkina" target="_blank"> one employee's mental health journey</a>."</p><p><em>Learn more about MongoDB</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/mongodb" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
Autodesk recognizes the importance of mental health<p>"Mental health is as important to our wellbeing as physical health," says Industry Marketing Manager Leona Frank. "Supporting the mental health of minority employees through robust programs and accessibility to resources recognizes the impact of racial trauma on the community. It is not easy to experience tragic and repeated examples of racial violence and injustice in our world, and then come to work and be fully present as if nothing has happened to our hearts and communities." She says that taking care of employees' mental health is "good business," noting, "Mentally healthy employees make better collaborators, can drive innovation, and are more productive. Overall, they have resiliency that allows them to respond effectively to critical business needs. At Autodesk, we are provided with tools and resources like Bravely that helps us connect with a professional coach, Flexible Leave policies, including extended paid time off, parental leave, and caretaker leave, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that give employees access to confidential assistance."</p><p><em>Learn more about Autodesk</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/autodesk-inc" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
Raytheon Technologies fosters a culture of learning through experts<p>"Our Raytheon Technologies Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a rich resource of information and resources to assist all of our employees," says Raytheon Technologies' Kaley Young. "We have on-site EAP consultants that provide short-term, solution- focused counseling to employees and their family members on a variety of issues, including those issues that impact employees from a minority background such as the effects of racism on mental health, medical care, and housing. Additionally, the on-site consultants [teach] seminars [like] 'Having Difficult Conversations During Times of Social Unrest.'"</p><p><em>Learn more about Raytheon Technologies</em><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/raytheon-technologies" target="_blank"> <em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p>
How to Recharge Despite, Well, Everything
A friend of mine who is spending the summer working remotely from her family's lake house took last week off to relax, recharge, and get out on the water in the middle of a weekday instead of just looking at it longingly while she's on Zoom calls.
Another friend is on vacation this week. Even though she's stuck in her apartment under a strict lockdown, she's using her time to sleep, cook, write, and generally engage in self-care activities.
And a third friend is taking next week off and plans to spend a few days camping in a local state park, connecting with nature and ignoring every single one of her Slack notifications.
Vacationing this summer might not look like what you expected. There will be no trips to Europe, no big musical festivals, and certainly no all-inclusive cruises in your near-term future.