Register now for HACE's in-person and virtual leadership summit.
PowerToFly has been honored to partner with the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals, on several past summits.
Now, HACE is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special in-person and virtual leadership summit happening this April 21st and 22nd in Chicago, Illinois and online.
For the last four decades, HACE has been committed to the Latinx community, specifically dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Over the course of two days, HACE will bring together a diverse array of senior corporate leaders, educators, and elected officials, as well as current and aspiring Latino professionals!
Want to learn more about HACE? Watch this conversation with HACE CEO Patricia Mota HERE.
If you are a Chicago based skilled professional and you'd like to attend this event, please send your name and LinkedIn URL to email@example.com to be considered for an invite.
BECAUSE OF ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Join Deloitte's Strategy practice and PowerToFly, a women-run community that connects skilled professionals with each other and fast-growing companies, for an invite-only event on March 26th in Chicago.
The evening will include an in-depth panel discussion featuring Deloitte's women leaders and allies from Deloitte's Strategy practice on how they help solve tough and complex problems through deep industry knowledge and rigorous analysis.
Our accomplished panel will also share their personal career journeys and dive deeper into topics such as work-life integration. This special gathering will also include plenty of opportunities to network with your peers and the Deloitte team over complimentary refreshments.
Join us on Thursday, March 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 111 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago.
Agenda (Subject to Change):
- 6:00 pm - Check-In & Networking over light food and refreshments
- 6:20 pm - Kick-Off from PowerToFly
- 6:25 pm - Keynote Address by Kristi Kaplan, Principal, Deloitte
- 6:40 pm - Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A featuring from Deloitte
- 7:20 pm - Networking continues over light food and refreshments
Here's what one attendee had to say about a recent PowerToFly event with Deloitte: "Great event and I really learned more about Deloitte. Also a great way to network."
Deloitte is hiring, however, you don't need to be looking for new opportunities to attend. If you just want to attend to learn more and network with your peers that's great too!
About Deloitte: Deloitte is committed to fostering an environment where its professionals can connect, belong, and grow. Deloitte is committed to recruiting, developing, and promoting an inclusive workforce while providing unique opportunities across our businesses. Deloitte has been recognized by Working Mothers as one of the 100 best companies for multicultural women. Their benefits include up to 16 weeks of Paid Family Leave, pension plans, and well-being/fitness subsidies.
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I'm still not sure billionaires should exist. But if they do, I think they should invest lots of money in righting some of the gender-based inequalities that capitalism—you know, that system that let them become billionaires in the first place—supports. Like systematically locking women out of tech jobs and VC funding for startups.
Therefore, I'm very much into Melinda Gates pledging $1 billion towards "expanding women's power and influence" over the next decade, starting with a $50 million investment in Chicago and two yet-to-be-disclosed cities to develop inclusive tech hubs and support women in tech.
Specific areas of investment will include:
- Partnering with Break Through Tech to increase the number of women graduating from American universities with computer science degrees, starting with the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Working with SecondMuse to align startups and investors focused on funding women entrepreneurs
Pivotal Ventures, Gates's company focused on finding innovative solutions to problems affecting U.S. women and families, launched the Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities project this week, highlighting some strong-emotion-inducing statistics on their new website:
- We are still 208 years away from gender equality in the U.S. (cue: rage)
- The percentage of women getting computing degrees actually decreased through the early 2000s, resulting in a 2011 low of 16% and not growing past 19% since (cue: frustration)
- Achieving gender equality in tech would be worth $320-390 billion dollars in total market value (cue: hope, followed by me breaking my piggy bank and sending its contents to all the women in Computer Science 101)
Chicago was chosen as the first GET City because of its developing tech and VC scene, and its pool of diverse talent, said Pivotal Ventures.
Gates's investment purposefully focuses on metropolitan hubs outside of the top five tech cities—Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and San Diego—and comes in the form of money invested in local efforts and encouragement for other funders to follow suit.
While the next two cities won't be announced for a while, Pivotal Ventures did share their rubric, which includes:
- current and future sources of diverse talent to computing degree programs and industry
- access to capital
- strength of local business and employer community
- and the regulatory and political environment
I'm taking bets on what cities will be next. Maybe Detroit, another affordable, diverse Midwestern city with its own share of startup buzz? Denver or Salt Lake City, western hubs with lots of tech investment? Atlanta, mecca of talented new grads and creativity?
We'll have to wait and see.
For now, Pivotal Ventures will keep building infrastructure in Chicago and learning what works well and doesn't, moving quickly as they go. Gates shared in a Time op-ed at the end of last year that she wanted to build on the #MeToo movement before it became a thing of the past:
"Here's what keeps me up at night: I imagine waking up one morning to find that the country has moved on. That the media has stopped reporting on systemic inequalities. That diversity remains something companies talk about instead of prioritizing. That all of this energy and attention has amounted to a temporary swell instead of a sea change.
There is too much at stake to allow that to happen. Too many people—women and men—have worked too hard to get us this far. And there are too many possible solutions we haven't tried yet.
That's why, over the next ten years, I am committing $1 billion to expanding women's power and influence in the United States."
This first $50 million investment is part of Gates's overall pledge, which will go towards creating more pipelines for women in tech and other major sectors like media and public office; fighting barriers to women's professional advancement like sexual harassment and insufficient childcare options; and putting pressure on companies and organizations in need of reform by providing more data on the experiences of women and especially women of color.
Which cities do you think should be next? Let us know in the comments!
Two members of the PowerToFly team that are based in the greater Chicago area, Senior Account Executive Anastasia Rab and Talent Advocate Oriana Kachaochana, traveled to the Windy City to host an insightful evening with Braintree, a Chicago-based division of PayPal, that specializes in mobile and web payment systems for e-commerce companies including Uber and Airbnb.
The stacked (and impressive!) bill of Braintree speakers who were available to answer audience questions and make connections included:
- Archie Puri, Sr. Director, Product, Engineering & Data - Acquiring Products
- John MacIlwaine, VP & GM, Braintree
- Ramesh Sarukkai, Sr. Director, Product & Engineering - Commerce, Merchant, Platform
- Jackie Koesters, Group Product Manager, Merchant Experience
- Raymond Buhr, Data Scientist
- Vidya Mani, Director, Product Engineering, Acquiring Products
- Lisa Rosselli-McDermott, Engineering Manager, Reporting & Insights
- Tiffany Wood, Director, Product Management, Merchant Experience
- Lana Rakhman, Software Engineer
- Vevina McAllister, Senior Manager, Growth & Analytics
Merchants in more than 40 countries worldwide can accept, split, and enable payments in more than 130 currencies using Braintree. Their amazing list of clients includes OpenTable, StubHub, Casper, and TaskRabbit.
Also, Braintree is hiring! Their competitive benefits include daily catered lunches, Open Dev Days, a brand new MacBook, tuition reimbursement, a subsidized child care program, transgender health benefits, an employee stock purchase program and unlimited PTO.
A packed house at Braintree's HQ
PowerToFly's Anastasia Rab kicked off the night.
Great to see so many experienced women technologists in the audience.
Braintree's John MacIIwaine delivers part of the night's keynote address.
Braintree's Jackie Koesters delivers the evening's tech talk.
Guests had a chance to network with their peers and members of the Braintree team.
PowerToFly's Oriana sets up the swag.
A beautiful "Women in Tech" bag.
Attendees also received a beautiful notebook (and pen!) to take home.