It's been 109 years since the first International Women's Day, and since then, the day has become an annual call to action for gender parity. From marches and protests to advocacy and awareness campaigns, the day is an opportunity to celebrate women's achievements and continue the fight for gender equality across the globe.
As this powerful tradition and movement has continued for over a century, companies have found ways to celebrate both International Women's Day and Women's History Month by supporting and giving a platform to the women on their teams.
We wanted to showcase some of the ways our partner companies are living this year's theme of "an equal world is an enabled world" out loud. Read on to learn how they're celebrating and elevating women's voices, today, this month, and all year round:
1.Panel Discussion + Public Displays of Appreciation & Solidarity — Procore
Some of Procore's Employees Wearing Purple Hats to Celebrate IWD
"From Sydney to London, Austin to Toronto, Procore offices across the globe will be hosting celebrations honoring the achievements of Procore's hardworking women workforce. We're kicking off the month with a global panel discussion hosted by senior leaders on the importance of building inclusivity and being better allies to up-level our entire organization. We're also doing a month-long "post-it wall" where Procore employees share notes of appreciation for their colleagues, or pay homage to the women who inspire and impact them most. We'll commemorate International Women's Day together, wearing purple as a display of solidarity, a community of equality and inclusion."
Learn more about Procore and their open positions here.
2.Hosting a "Women in Cyber" Symposium — Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac's Women ERG Group Workshop
"Our Women's Interactive Network (WIN) employee resource group is hosting programs and activities throughout Women's History Month to empower and support women in their professional endeavors. The month kicks off with a 'Uniting Women in Cyber' symposium where dynamic women speakers will explore topics around retention, recruitment and acquisition of talent in the cyber arena. Later in the month, our 'Keynote Day,' featuring leadership coach Jacqueline Baker, will set the tone for embracing leadership at every level and empowering teams with actionable steps for personal, professional and organizational success."
Learn more about Freddie Mac and their open positions here.
3.Hosting a 'How I Got My Job' Panel for Women Engineers — OneLogin
"OneLogin is proud to support International Women's Day! We are hosting our first annual celebration to honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
OneLogin has also hosted Hackbright's career fair, a women's only coding bootcamp, in 2020 and will also host their 'How I got my Job' panel this month to help female engineers by providing insight about what their career transition was like. It also gives graduates knowledge on the interview process and how to land their first role."
Learn more about OneLogin and their open positions here.
4.A Week's Worth of Talks, Workshops, and Networking Events — Zynga
Zynga's ERG Group Women At Zynga (WAZ)
"Zynga is proud to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) with a week of events across our international studios. Women At Zynga (WAZ), one of the company's employee resource groups has coordinated a series of talks, workshops, networking events, makers fair, design competitions and a live-stream of the Girl Geek X conference for employees to gather, support and empower each other across departments. For IWD on Sunday, March 8th, WAZ is taking over the @LifeAtZynga Instagram channel to highlight female employees and their support for this year's theme, #EachForEqual."
Learn more about Zynga and their open positions here.
5.Facilitating #IamRemarkable Workshops — Kin + Carta
Some of the Kin + Carta Women
"Kin + Carta has recently invested in a global initiative to enhance our Inclusion and Diversity efforts, with the aim of helping all communities feel like they can bring their whole selves to work. International Women's Day is our first big collective effort not only to celebrate our women, but to give something back that helps more of our women progress to the top. We have trained-up facilitators across all of our offices to host #IamRemarkable workshops throughout the day. In addition to the workshops, we've opened up a forum for anyone to share who they feel is remarkable to celebrate our women who are doing great things daily."
Learn more about Kin + Carta and their open positions here.
6.Hosting a Panel Discussion — Greenhouse Software
Greenhouse Women Grow ERG and guest Brandi Boatner discussing imposter syndrome and covering during Black History Month
"Greenhouse is excited to celebrate International Women's Month by uplifting the incredible women in our organization. Our Women Grow ERG group will be hosting a panel with our Director of DE&I - Jamie Adasi, Vice President of Professional Services - Kristina Nieves, and CMO Carin Van Vuuren. We look forward to uniting our New York City, Denver, San Francisco, Dublin, and Distributed employees to share our experiences and learnings as women and allies in the Tech industry!"
Learn more about Greenhouse Software and their open positions here.
7.LinkedIn Recommendations Room – Quip
Some of Quip's Team Members
"On Wednesday March 11 from 11:30am-1:30pm, Quip has reserved a room in their HQ office for people to stop by and support our women colleagues by writing LinkedIn recommendations for them. The room will serve as a space for us to take a break from our busy schedules and dedicate whatever time we can to support women in the workplace. This was planned by Quip's 'International Women's Day Celebration Committee.' A few members of the committee are pictured below."
Learn more about Quip and their open positions here.
8.Mentoring, Coaching and Networking Sessions — Vrbo
Women in Leadership Event at Vrbo
"This year, Vrbo is celebrating International Women's Day by hosting a speed mentoring, coaching and networking session, distributing an employee newsletter highlighting local Women's Day events, and changing the color of our office building logos to purple. During the month of March, we'll also be displaying information about influential women throughout history on electronic wallboards and leaving heartfelt and inspirational messages in wellness rooms throughout our offices. Vrbo also has an active women's inclusion business group dedicated to mentoring and networking opportunities, providing educational resources, and partnering with community groups for outreach events throughout the year."
Learn more about Vbro and their open positions here.
9.Highlighting Employees Who Fight for a Gender Equal World — Invesco
Graphic of Invesco #EachforEqual Campaign
"The Invesco Women's Network is celebrating International Women's Day and Women's History Month throughout the month of March, with events at Invesco office locations. On our websites, we will feature employees who exemplify the #EachForEqual theme. Each For Equal is a way of recognizing people who are challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, improving situations and celebrating women's achievements. Together, we can help create a more gender equal world."
Learn more about Invesco and their open positions here.
10.Hosting Conferences Internationally — Dell Technologies
Some of Dell Technologies' Team at #ProgressMadeReal Event
"Dell Technologies' Women in Action Employee Resource Groups will be celebrating International Women's Day with internal conferences around the globe. Each chapter will host localized events with informative sessions and guest speakers from both inside and outside the company. This format was recognized as a best practice by the global International Women's Day organizers last year. In addition to internal events, the company's EVP and Chief Customer Officer, Karen Quintos, will ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the day. Watch for headlines and social media posts about Dell's jam-packed week of festivities."
Learn more about Dell Technologies and their open positions here.
11.Sharing Women's Stories with a Book Giveaway — Guru Technologies
Panel Event for Guru's Employee Resource Group Guru Gals
"In celebration of International Women's day Guru aims to share the stories of women by offering each employee a free book from a short-list put together by Guru Gals, our Employee Resource Group for women at Guru. Last year's list included titles such as Code Girls by Liza Mundy and When Everything Changed by Gail Collins. Our team is encouraged to select a book for themselves or to pass on to a friend or family member, so we are sure to include children's titles as well. The hope is that these reads inspire thoughtful conversations and lead to deeper understanding."
Learn more about Guru Technologies and their open positions here.
12.Creating Visibility & Supporting Women in STEM – Elastic
"In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Elastic will be participating in the #EachForEqual campaign, encouraging employees across the world to share what #EachForEqual means to them and how they are, as individuals, supporting gender equality initiatives in their own communities. Additionally, we will be publishing a blog that highlights projects we've supported that impact gender equality, from policies to tech community partnerships and more. Elastic will also provide a 200% giving match to STEM organizations, launching on Pi Day (March 14th) and running until the end of March. Although this is not exclusively for women, many of the organizations we've supported historically are promoting women in technology like Django Girls and Girlstart."
Learn more about Elastic and their open positions here.
💎 Are CallRail's engineering teams the right fit for you? Watch the video to the end to find out!
📼 Engineering teams at CallRail encourage collaboration, communication, and empathy. Ayana Reddick, Senior Software Engineer at CallRail, shares what they are looking for in candidates and tells you why you’ll thrive there.
📼Engineering teams want candidates who have a growth mindset, love to learn, and are really good at communication. They also value team members who are excited about solving problems and working collaboratively. If you think you have what it takes, don't hesitate to apply.
📼At CallRail, engineering teams use Ruby on Rails for their backend, Angular on their frontend, and PostgreSQL for persistent data. They also use Jira for creating and tracking tickets, GitHub for their version control, and AWS for many cloud tools. Get familiar with these resources if you want to join them!
Engineering Teams And Diversity - Company’s Culture
CallRail seeks to hire from underrepresented groups. They pride themselves in selecting from a pool of very diverse candidates. They value the work that people do over their resumes. They encourage people to take their authentic selves to work. And they strive to create a supportive and welcoming environment. For this, they have Employee Resource Groups, that give voice to, provide safe spaces for, and educate the company at large. Some of their ERGs include the Rainbow Coalition, Black and Brown, Women Circle, and more.
🧑💼 Are you interested in joining CallRail? They have open positions! To learn more, click here.
Get to Know Ayana Reddick
If you are interested in a career at CallRail, you can connect with Ayana on LinkedIn. Don’t forget to mention this video!
More About CallRail
CallRail is here to bring complete visibility to the marketers who rely on quality inbound leads to measure success. Their customers live in a results-driven world, and giving them a clear view of their digital marketing efforts is the priority for CallRail. They see the opportunities in surfacing and connecting data from calls, forms, and beyond—helping their customers get to better outcomes.
We all have our favorite websites– the ones we frequent, bookmark, and recommend to others. You might even enjoy some website features so much that you’ve found yourself wondering why they aren’t more popular. Or maybe you’ve experienced times where you were frustrated with a website and wished you could add features or even design your own!
If you’ve ever found yourself intrigued at the prospect of designing and developing your own websites, then a career as a web developer might be just for you!
As a web developer you would be responsible for coding, designing, optimizing, and maintaining websites. Today, there are over 1.7 billion websites in the world and, in turn, the demand for web developers is on the rise. In order to figure out what kind of web development work best suits you let’s start with an introduction to the three main roles in web development that you can choose from.
The Three Types of Web Development Jobs
Front-End Web Development: The Creative Side
In addition to programming skills, front-end developers need to be detail oriented, creative, willing to keep up with the latest trends in web development, cyber security conscious, and geared toward user-friendly designs. The median salary for a front-end developer can reach well into the $90,000 to $100,000 range.
Back-End Web Development: The Logical Counterpart
While a house can be beautifully decorated, it’s incomplete without a solid foundation and efficient infrastructure. Similarly, a well-designed website depends on logical and functional code to power the features of that website. Back-end web development is code-heavy and focused on the specifics of how a website works. If you enjoy the analytical challenge of creating the behind-the-scenes code that powers a website, then back-end development is for you.
Full-Stack Web Development: A Little Bit of Everything
A full-stack developer is essentially the Jack (or Jill)-of-all-trades in web development. Full-stack developers need to be knowledgeable about both front-end and back-end roles. This does not necessarily imply that you would need to be an expert in both roles, but you should fully understand the different applications and synergies they each imply. In order to work in this position, you will need to know the programming languages used by front-end and back-end developers. In addition to these languages, full-stack developers also specialize in databases, storage, HTTP, REST, and web architecture.
Full-stack developers are often required to act as liaisons between front-end and back-end developers. Full-stack developers need to be both problem solvers and great communicators. The end goal for a full-stack developer is to ensure that the user’s experience is seamless, both on the front-end and on the back-end. In return, you can expect to earn a median salary of $100,000 – $115,000 a year for this role.
Taking the Next Step
Web development is both in-demand and lucrative! All three roles described above contribute to specific aspects of web development and the scope of each one can be customized to the industries and positions you feel best suit you. Regardless of which role you choose, all of them need a foundation in programming.
To gain the programming skills needed in each role, you can enroll in courses or learn independently. Coding bootcamps are a great way to boost your skillset quickly and efficiently.
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“In my early twenties, I wasn’t the best at saving money. So, when I got the job at Nike and found out a financial coach was offered to me — for free! — I thought, ‘It’s time to be an adult. I should use this service to help me learn how to buy stock, tell me what I’m doing right with my money and where I can improve.’”
That’s Ashlee Bobb, Nike Media and Influencer Relations Manager, on the free, unlimited access to financial coaching offered to every U.S. Nike employee through EY Navigate™. EY coaches are trained on Nike’s benefits and programs, so Ashlee was able to work with her coach on a budget and savings plan utilizing Nike’s 401k match and Employee Stock Purchase Plan – all in one 45-minute session. She left the meeting feeling confident about what her next paycheck would look like and how her money would work for her.
“The EY coaches are really willing to come on the journey with you,” Bobb says, adding that hers was willing to work with the fact that, hey, she’s not going to give up take out, but still wants to save for the future. “The cool thing is I can see how this financial guidance could help me down the road when I decide to get married, buy a house, have a kid. Every Nike employee should take advantage.”Sound like the kind of company you want to be a part of? Check out our open roles on jobs.nike.com
Erika Morrison is a naturally passionate and encouraging leader. From leading her family in giving back to their community, to coaching adolescents in track and cheer, to managing her team at Light & Wonder during the pandemic, her experience is rich with lessons to share with up-and-coming leaders.
“I believe in motivation, positivity, inspiring, finding the good in everything, everybody,” she says. In addition to 30+ years in the tech field, Erika is a wife, a mother of two, an avid exercise lover, and has even been a small-business owner.
We sat down with Erika to hear about the experiences that have led her to her current role as a Software Engineering Manager at Light & Wonder, as well as three practical ways to lead with purpose.
Seeing Potential in Others
Erika has always been fascinated by the world of technology. Growing up, she loved cassette tapes, DVD players, phones, and whatever other gadgets she could get her hands on. When her dad brought home a PC Junior, it didn’t take long before she started programming on it. She designed her own trivia game, using what she learned in her middle school programming classes. “I was typing the questions in and programming the answers. I had a blast writing it and showing it to my family. I remember I wanted to show everyone what I made. That was my first real desire to get into programming.”
Erika followed that instinct into college where she majored in Business Administration and minored in Computer Science. The kickstart to her tech career came when she landed a computer operating job while still in school. She comments, “I was originally applying for a secretarial position at this company. But someone looked at my studies and experience and saw potential in me. I didn't think I was ready for that because I was still so young, I was still in school.”
Erika went on to work as a programmer analyst and software engineer for multiple major Casino based companies. During this time, she even started and ran a local event-planning business, which fine-tuned her skills in successful customer service.
Then, someone saw potential in Erika again. A former coworker reached out and offered her a leadership position with the company that would become Light & Wonder. Erika took on the role of Software Engineering Manager and says “it’s been opportunity after opportunity ever since.”
Managing Through the Pandemic
Erika believes that the best way to lead a team is to really get to know its members. “A lot of leading is knowing the people on your team,” she explains. “Know what each person needs — What may work for one person may not work for someone else. We have to take a little bit of who they are into consideration when attempting to motivate, to coach, to inspire because we're not all motivated by the same things.”
Prior to the pandemic, Erika and her team worked together in the office, which gave her the opportunity to do so. Once the pandemic hit, however, she had to pivot to incorporating virtual meetings to be able to generate that intimacy. She organizes bi-monthly check-ins with her team members where she intentionally asks for their individual preferences on communication and feedback.
“I have one-on-ones with each of my staff every two weeks. We go over the issues that they've had and then any questions or concerns or anything that they want to chat about. Sometimes it's business and sometimes it's personal. But, I feel like taking that extra time out just to have those conversations is extremely important.”
She also cohosts weekly remote Friday cocktail hours to cultivate her team’s relationships and check in on their mental health. “During the Friday cocktail hours, we would relax, ask some questions, or play some games. And it was nice to have that interaction again and connect with the team. It also allowed me to check in on everyone's mental health and make sure that if there was anything that we could do, we were here.”
Inspired to Encourage the Team
Erika is inspired by the example of her past and current mentors and their vision for her professional trajectory. She acknowledges that it was thanks to key people who saw her potential that she has been able to have these experiences. Erika’s own personal drive and passion for encouraging and uplifting others have led her to love her leadership position.
As a manager, Erika seeks the highest level of respect and excellence for her customers, while creating an encouraging work environment for her team. “I want to make sure that my team has everything that they need in order to succeed and get their jobs done the way they want to. I want them to have the level of success that they want.”
Erika ensures that her team members feel their significant contribution to the company and how they are serving with purpose. “We need to feel like we are part of something significant,” she says. “That’s my goal as a leader and for my team.”
3 Ways to Lead with Purpose:
Drawing from her experiences as a tech leader, business owner, coach, and community volunteer, she gives us three practical ways to lead with purpose in whatever context.
- Understand the “why”. “It’s extremely important to know the why of your company. Once you understand it from the company’s perspective, you can communicate it clearly to the team. And once you get that down, you’re able to help build a strong path for them to follow so that both “why’s” are in alignment. Knowing the why of your individual team members allows you to better manage, assist, and build a relationship with them.”
- Build consistency. “I think it’s very important that we are consistent and don't deviate from the why and the task at hand. Building consistency with others motivates and inspires people to give their best, even when we don’t feel like it. When dealing with a change or a huge transition, it’s extremely important to stick to the why’s, the steps we’re taking, and the right attitude."
- Remain positive. “You have to find positivity in everything because no matter what, it could always be worse. We can always find the negative things, but there are also always positive things. As a leader, I need to be empathetic, kind, and encouraging no matter what. It’s extremely important that I’m positive and involve my team members in the process.”