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Women at Work

Coding For A Women’s Incubator After Climbing The Retail Ladder

PowerToFly is lucky enough to place an abundance of female developers in rewarding roles across the globe. Jennifer Abella is one of these talented women, recently hired by Hearst Lab as a QA engineer.


As part of her day-to-day, Jennifer works with start-ups within Hearst Lab’s incubator, interfacing with many female-founded companies on automated and manual app testing.

“Part of the reason the job is so appealing is that it’s really focused on women-run companies. They’re doing important work to support their various industries. As women, we’ve got to stick together,” says Jennifer.

One distinction that sets Jennifer apart is her previous professional experience. Pivoting after spending “150 million years” climbing the retail ladder, Jennifer found herself curious about coding.

“I decided I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up anymore. I discovered code from a NY Times article. It seemed so foreign to me, but for 48 hours it was in the back of my mind. So I went on Code Academy’s website and I thought, ok, there could be something here.”

After completing her studies and establishing her network, Jennifer hooked up with PowerToFly to find the right professional fit, where she discovered “a lot of comfort, support and understanding. I still have them as resources to this day.”

Jennifer has one important lesson she learned all on her own throughout her professional journey, and that’s to “Be bold.” “Be more vocal. Be bolder and be more bold. We’re brought up to please and satisfy expectations and not rock the boat. I think I’d be in a different place if I’d been bolder sooner. Not be worried about making mistakes and failing forward. Standing up for my ideas. I would have been well-served to do that sooner.”

PowerToFly is the hiring platform working with companies who are prioritizing inclusion, diversity, and making their workplaces woman-friendly. Don’t have a profile on the PowerToFly yet? It’s easy! Sign up here and join our community of 100,000 women.

Quip

9 Tips for Hosting a Successful, Collaborative Hackathon, from Quip

A company that is built around offering modern collaboration software needs to believe in the power of bringing people together.

Luckily, that's just what Quip is all about.

Their annual three-day hackathon Quiprupt is an example of what collaboration looks like not just as a product offering but also as a core tenet of company culture. We asked participants from Quiprupt 2021 to tell us about their experience coming together to ship cool stuff—and how Quip's culture sets them up to be able to find meaningful work while building better products.

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Career Advice

Fostering Collaboration and Innovation in a Fast-Paced Environment

Insight from YouGov's Victoria Ganusceac

Victoria Ganusceac knew she wanted to be a product manager, but the HR manager at the company where she was working at the time wasn't on board.

Not immediately, anyways.

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How I Took Action Against Anti-Asian Racism– At Work and In My Personal Life

If you've been paying attention to the news recently, you likely have noticed a sharp rise in Anti-Asian racism. Members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities have been vocal in bringing awareness to the heightened racial discrimination they have faced since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, in some cases, have had tragic consequences.

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20 Lessons from 66 Working Moms Balancing Family and Career

Experience is the greatest teacher, and the experience of being a mom is particularly chock-full of learning opportunities.

We know from the examples set by our coworkers and friends just how good moms are at juggling competing responsibilities and priorities. ("If you want to make sure something gets done, give it to a busy person" would be even more accurate if it was changed to "give it to a working mom.")

So this Mother's Day, we decided to ask working moms at our partner companies about the secret sauce that connects parenting experience to being better and happier at work.

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