An Inside Look at Our Event with Microsoft in Seattle
PowerToFly was thrilled to partner with Microsoft to present a blow out evening of information and inspiration featuring a panel of women leaders from the Microsoft Cloud + AI organization.
Held on Wednesday October 10th at The Collective, a beautiful venue on Seattle's Dexter Avenue that features plush couches, floor-to-ceiling windows and artwork-worthy furniture for an overall chic, modern vibe, our hundred-plus guests were greeted by scrumptious hors devours and a great selection of beer, wine and sparkling water.
After checking in, our guests had a chance to network with their peers and members of the Microsoft team until PowerToFly's Caroline Turner officially kicked off the night by introducing the evening's keynote speaker, Microsoft's Charlotte Yarkoni, Corporate Vice President - Commerce + Ecosystems, Cloud + AI.
Charlotte started her address by having the various women in the room raise their hands according to their specialty. The capacity room was full of a diverse cross-section of women in tech including but not limited to engineers, data scientists, program and project managers, designers and sales people. Charlotte discussed her role at Microsoft, provided some insight into her own career journey and imparted a wonderful piece of advice to the attendees: "I encourage you guys to take these opportunities not just to socialize but to get to know each other and most importantly, learn from each other. That's what it's kind of all about. Bring something to the table, take something from the table."
Next, Caroline invited three other women leaders from Microsoft to join Charlotte in a panel discussion including Angie Anderson, Director of Software Engineering; Natalia Mackevicius, Director Program Management; and Ashley McNamara, Principal Cloud Developer Advocate. Our four women leaders in tech dove a bit deeper into their current and past projects, the thriving company culture at Microsoft and how they all find work-life integration. After some questions from Caroline, the floor was opened up for an audience Q&A.
After our panel concluded, everyone dove back into networking and had the chance to ask the panelists additional one-on-one questions. As the evening drew to a close, our attendees slowly headed out into the Seattle night with a custom Microsoft notebook in hand, the perfect end to a memorable evening.
PowerToFly's Caroline turner greets a packed crowd.
A sold out room.
Microsoft's Charlotte Yarkoni Corporate Vice President - Commerce + Ecosystems, Cloud + AI
Microsoft's Charlotte Yarkoni, Natalia Mackevicius, Angie Anderson and Ashley McNamara.
An amazing panel of women tech leaders.
"As A Trans, Non-Binary Person, It Can Be Scary To Enter A Women's Space." -Andrea Breanna.
We chatted with the Founder and CEO of RebelMouse to shine a spotlight on her voice.
She's an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and explains why she uses PowerToFly to diversify her team.
5 full-time work-from-home roles that pay seriously well
We—we being the internet in general, as well as PowerToFly specifically—often talk about remote work as this glorious thing: you can find professional fulfillment, friendly co-workers, and career growth potential from the comfort of your own home. All while collecting a check!
But where should you look if you want that check to be as big as possible?
Start with this guide to the best high-paying remote jobs. These career choices (and the example companies hiring for them) don't skimp out on paying remote workers well, and you'll still get all the work-from-home flexibility you're looking for. I've linked to specific job posts for each category below, but also look through the 300+ remote jobs on PowerToFly's always-updated remote job board for more.
As you apply and interview, keep these work-from-home interview questions in mind. If you find yourself with a salary offer that's good, but not quite as good as it could be, reference these salary negotiation tips for remote workers to advocate for what you deserve. And when you get the job with a great salary, make sure your home office is set up for success. And then send me a note to tell me how you're doing!
1. Senior Software EngineerBusiness woman using laptop
Why You Can Do It Remotely: Like most heads-down-and-create work, developing software and programming are best done with minimal distractions. You'll collaborate with your team for check-ins and bug fixes, but you'll be able to focus on your project work from a home office.
Average Annual Salary: $131,875
2. User Experience Researcher ManagerYoung adult woman working with laptop at mobile app
Who It's Good For: Proven researchers who know how to understand the behaviors and motivations of customers through feedback and observation, who have experience synthesizing insights into a brand story, and who have managed teams.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Research Operations Program Manager at Zapier.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: As UX researcher Lindsey Redinger explains in her helpful Medium post, remote research allows companies to reach users all over the world, not just within driving distance to their headquarters, and can be cheaper for companies and easier for participants.
Average Annual Salary: $105,810
3. Senior Product DesignerFemale graphic designer smiling at desk in office
Who It's Good For: Creatives with technical chops who like the challenges of evolving and improving the production of current products, leading designers, and collaborating with other parts of the business.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Product Designer at SeatGeek.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: While design teams definitely need to share lots of feedback, there's technology out there to make that easy. The Help Scout design team has shared their favorite tools and tricks to collaborate remotely, which includes recording daily videos of new designs to explain features and ideas in a way a photo file just can't express. (They're also hiring! Check out open Help Scout jobs here).
Average Annual Salary: $107,555
4. Senior Security AnalystDeveloping Concentrated programmer reading computer codes Development Website design and coding technologies.
Who It's Good For: Thoughtful, vigilant thinkers who enjoy identifying and fixing gaps in a company's security posture, including through ethnical hacking (hacking a company's system before outsiders can, and addressing the weak points found) and incident response (containing the negative effects of a system breach or attack).
Sound Like You? Check Out: Data Protection Security Analyst at Deloitte.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: Not all security analyst positions are remote-friendly; sometimes they require working with very sensitive data that can be compromised if taken off-site or accessed from a VPN. But with the right data processing policies—like using a privacy filter over your laptop, only using secured wifi, and encrypting your data, all suggested by WebARX security's all-remote team—remote work as a security analyst is definitely possible.
Average Annual Salary: $108,463
5. Technical Project ManagerA strong wifi connection makes for a strong relationship
Who It's Good For: Tech-friendly jack-of-all-trades with a sweet spot for spreadsheets and other organization tools.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Technical Project Manager at Avaaz.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: Project management can sometimes be like herding cats, but you don't need to be in the same room as your feline team members in order to direct them around. With collaborative software (and a highly organized home office, like PM pro Patrice Embry recommends), you can PM the most complicated of projects from wherever you're located.
Average Annual Salary: $95,129
Other high-paying remote-friendly jobs include certain roles in healthcare (like nurse practitioners and psychologists, who can check in with patients via video conferencing and phone calls), app developers for both iOS and Android products, actuaries and tax accountants, and data scientists.
And remember that even jobs that don't seem remote-friendly at first, could possibly be done from home or on the road. If you find a well-paying, exciting job that doesn't offer remote work immediately, it might be worth negotiating a more flexible schedule with a 1-2 day work-from-home option. Both you and the company can see what remote work actually looks like in action, and if it goes well, you can make a pitch to transition to remote work full time.
Other resources you may want to check out in your quest for meaningful, well-paid remote work:
Today we celebrate our partnership with Braintree! Check out this video to see highlights from our recent networking event.
If you missed the event, fear not! Stay connected by following Braintree on PowerToFly and email us at Hi@PowerToFly.com for future events near you.
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