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"An Adaptive Culture: HITEC Leadership Summit"

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Freddie Mac, and published on September 4, 2019. Go to Freddie Mac's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Technology continues to change – and culture must change with it.

That was the message at the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) Summer Leadership Summit, hosted by Freddie Mac. The summit, which brought business and technology leaders together to share best practices, discuss challenges and trends, and support career development for emerging leaders, had record attendance, with more than 350 people representing 80 companies and 39 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Freddie Mac employees were well represented at the campus event, and eight served as speakers and moderators.

HITEC Highlights:

David Brickman, CEO of Freddie Mac, welcomed the HITEC community to the Freddie Mac campus. "Our focus on technology is not just about building new applications, it's about changing the culture of our company."

Frank Nazzaro, CTO and acting CIO of Freddie Mac, discussed the future of the workforce and challenges for IT pros. "By redefining our approach, we're able to uncover hidden gems, who, with the right attention and opportunity, can achieve great things."

In partnership with Accenture, HITEC and Freddie Mac hosted more than 200 leaders at the Women in Technology Forum. Annette Rippert, senior managing director for technology at Accenture, encouraged HITEC leaders to "be the expert, be passionate and build an authentic network."

The Emerging Technology and Cloud Adoption panel of experts from Freddie Mac, Amazon and Microsoft discussed technology trends in financial services and advised: "Don't be transactional, be effective."

Mariana Cogan, SVP of digital marketing/operations at PTC, discussed the future of augmented reality. "Tell your story so others can more easily see your value by adding content, adding perspective, adding expertise and making it shareable."


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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.


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"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.


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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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