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An Inside Look at a Networking Event with Nike: Confluence of Tech & Sports

Nike and PowerToFly teamed up for their first-ever virtual networking event on December 10th, 2020. While Nike is best-known for its athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories, technology is at the crux of its work. During a 90-minute session, we learned about the confluence of technology and sports from a few of the women tech leaders who keep the ball rolling.

To kick us off, Nike's Vice President of Enterprise Data & Analytics, Emily White, introduced us to Nike's technology organization during a welcome address. She highlighted the pivotal role data plays in Nike's Global Technology ecosystem, the organization's commitment to hiring diverse teams and creating a culture of inclusion, and the opportunities for career growth in technology.

We got an even deeper look at Nike's technology initiatives during a tech talk from the Director of Engineering & Advanced Analytics, Lavanya Vemula. Lavanya revealed how Nike uses data analytics and machine learning to transform the sports industry, including enabling end-to-end AA/ML where data science doesn't exist (...yet).

"If you have a love for data and want to improve the world, this is a great time to be a part of Nike," Lavanya shared.

Moving into our panel discussion, we heard from Nike's Lead Product Manager, Hany Sapir, and the Talent Acquisition Director of Global Technology/Demand & Supply Management, Kylie Penn, alongside Lavanya Vemula. The women spoke candidly about why they love their roles, how Nike supports its employees' growth, career advice for their younger selves, and how work/life balance is maintained (especially during COVID times).

When asked why she loves working in recruitment, Kylie shared, "We are building a new technology pillar at Nike.... Everybody we are bringing in now is only going to accelerate the growth of Nike. And then really specifically in this space, inside of our Enterprise & Data Analytics team, they are the true core foundation, the spine that will then spawn off into absolutely anything that we do."

After a live audience Q&A, we broke into small breakout sessions with additional Talent Acquisition team members to learn about Nike's hiring process and answer more audience questions.

Nike is hiring! You can view all of their open roles and learn more about the company on their PowerToFly page. As Nike would say, "Just do it".


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.


5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.


The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:


How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.


What These Companies Are Doing to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

*Updated on June 17th, 2021 to reflect Juneteenth officially being named a Federal Holiday in the U.S.*

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, but in recent years (particularly in response to global protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans), there has been a surge in interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Before it became an official federal holiday, many businesses shifted toward marking June 19th as an annual company holiday, creating different initiatives around the holiday and offering employees opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action toward racial equality.

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