These Companies Want to Invest In Your Education
A recent article from Forbes noted that when assessing a prospective job, women say their highest priorities are company culture and opportunities for professional development. There are so many companies on PowerToFly that offer various forms of professional development, including CenturyLink and NBCUniversal (click through to their pages and follow them to learn more!). If your company doesn't offer some type of continuing education- think about investing in a PowerToFly VIP Membership. You'll gain access to all of our training webinars -from Excel tips, to honing your leadership skills- with a subscription that costs less than a weekly latte purchase.
FEATURED JOB OF THE WEEK: Time Inc. - Software Developer - Mobile | Cozi
Time Inc. is one of the world's most influential media companies, and they're seeking talented, innovative engineers who are exciting about working on a suite of new and existing consumer products, including the flagship Cozi Family Organizer. They also have these awesome benefits:
- Onsite Fitness Classes - great to have
- Health, Vision and Dental Insurance - must have
- Onsite Diversity Groups - including Women in Technology, LGBT employees and their partners, families, friends and co-workers, and more!
- Competitive retirement program - including 401(K)
- Flexible time off - awesome
- Advanced Movie Screenings - who doesn't love movie night?!
Their 'Healthy Babies' program offers free breast milk shipping while on business and a wide-range of healthcare resources and incentives for working mothers. To see all available opportunities with American Express, click here.
Finding a job after taking time off can be very difficult; a Returnship Program gives returning professionals an opportunity for a fresh start. To see all available opportunities with Dow Jones, click here.
They'll reimburse you up to $2,000 towards the cost of any courses, seminars, or books you need. To see all available opportunities with Intent Media, click here.
Flexible work, amazing benefits, and a decentralized operating structure, just waiting for you to make your mark in a thriving industry. To see all available opportunities with L3 Technologies, click here.
Nine employee-driven organizations foster an inclusive, engaged culture; drive business growth and innovation to help everyone succeed. To see all available opportunities with Raytheon, click here.
They offer the chance to contribute to the customer experience, support their team in and out of the office, and share their success as they continue to build the company. To see all available opportunities with Synchrony Financial, click here.
It was the "bullshit" heard round the world, or at least Silicon Valley. During a Fortune event in 2017, a man claimed that one reason behind the tech world's gender gap is that "women don't always support each other". To this, Christa Quarles, who since 2015 has been the CEO of OpenTable, countered: "bullshit".
"In Silicon Valley today there is a sisterhood of women who are supporting each other, telling each other about board opportunities, giving each other business ideas," explains Quarles. OpenTable has embraced this sense of sisterhood like few other companies. In November 2017, Quarles pledged to have the entire company be comprised of 50% women. "Over the last quarter, 40% of the people that we hired into our engineering organization were women," states Quarles.
For OpenTable, reaching this goal begins with interviewing multiple female candidates. "Too often there is one female candidate and the studies show that they become the diversity candidate, not the candidate," says Quarles. Even with her busy schedule, this CEO is willing to speak to a candidate personally to seal the deal. "I got on the phone a few times, making sure that we're pulling out all the stops to achieve our goal."
While it's the ultimate goal of OpenTable to open up more opportunities to women, Quarles is keen to not leave out the other half of the population (i.e. men). "We want to make sure that that men have a place in the story," says Quarles. "One of things I've been encouraging men to do is ask women about their story. Ask what's happening and build that empathy muscle."
But what happens once these women are hired? How can OpenTable create an atmosphere that is welcoming while still open to feedback? For Quarles, this is about creating an environment where you can bring your 'whole self'. "Not always in my past have I felt comfortable bringing my whole self to work which also meant my femininity and who I was as a woman." Through their efforts, Quarles and her team have fostered a company ethos where this kind of openness can not only be accepted but thrive. Part of that is moving away from the dreaded words "cultural fit". "People used to talk about culture fit and we're always talking about cultural addictive, who's going to add something to our culture, who is going to bring some different perspectives, who's going to challenge the assumption."
Through employee resource groups such as Women of Open Table (WOOT), OpenTable is providing the necessary skills for their female employees to take their careers to the next level. "They are holding brown bags so that they can share how to interject in meetings more effectively, share ideas around how their voice is getting heard relative to those in the room, even things like asking for promotion," says Quarles about OpenTable's resource groups. "It's by women, for women. We're creating the infrastructure to do that but it's women who are the ones signing up, creating it, organizing it."
Next time someone tells you that women in tech do not support each other, just point to the initiatives of Christa Quarles and the team at OpenTable.
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What's coming in 2018 and how to do it right.
Last May PowerToFly started throwing in-person events for women in tech and across digital. We were already doing virtual events and webinars, but it only seemed natural to ramp up live meetups for our community that reaches over 12 million women.
We've now held over thirty events, and needless to say, learned a ton about what works for a women in tech event and what doesn't. I'll summarize a few key points here so that employers can know how to throw events, and women in tech can know what they should expect from an event.
If you're looking for a list of free women in tech events then bookmark PowerToFly's Women in Tech Events list that's constantly updated (most of these events are password protected, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be included). We do have events in there that aren't tech focused - sales meetups, webinars for employers and a lot more.
Another great resource for women in tech events is MeetUp. You can search for events in your area or globally. Not all the events are free like PowerToFly's are. So dig through and see what you can get. The same goes for Eventbrite's list of women in tech events. Some are free, many are not. So if you're looking for free women in tech events then I can't stress how much you'll want to save our PowerToFly list.
Dos for Throwing a Women in Tech Event
Do - Be transparent about how your company is creating a more inclusive environment.
Companies have a long way to go on this front. Don't pretend you're perfect. No one is - yet. I love this example of an interview I conducted around an event for Dow Jones with one of their Senior Engineers who they hired at nine months pregnant.
Do cut the sales-y talk. Use real examples.
Women want to see what you're building - they want to look at code or hear the stories around a product. They don't want to be pitched on why your company is so great. A good example of this is from an event we recently did with Amazon where we got an inside look into the challenges of building Amazon food. The presenter was a woman, with two children, who fielded questions Amazon food's code-base along with whether she takes her kid to his doctor's appointments every time. You'll have to come to an event to learn about Amazon's code base because that conversation was off the record, but when it comes to taking kids to the doctor in the middle of a workday, yes, the developer told the room that she does it frequently. (Obviously she picks up her unfinished work later in the day, post appointment).
PowerToFly is running a series of women in tech events with Amazon in the Seattle area this winter. If any Seattle women in tech want to join us then follow Amazon for updates here.
Do Feature women and their stories
Not every company needs to feature a panel that has stories like Mona's (scroll up to the video if you want a refresher on who I'm referring to). Panels with women - and men - on them that can articulate what it means to thrive at a company without having to sacrifice one's personal life are key. We did an Austin women in tech event for Homeaway with a line up that included men, women and even the CEO of Expedia. The panel was all women, but as you can see from our write up about this Austin women in tech event there was a strong mix of stories. Another one of my favorite panels was with Dow Jones. We had a mix of women on there who could speak to feeling they belonged despite disabilities, sexual orientation, parenting duties and more. I've pasted a photo in of that women in tech event from this past summer.
Do Include hiring managers (no matter their gender)
Don't throw a women in tech event that only has women. Men make most of the hiring decisions - we need them included at these events. Our Phoenix women in tech event with American Express was a perfect example of how important it is to have hiring managers mix with women in tech. If you don't get hiring managers at these events, then they're not meeting women in tech, and women in tech are not meeting them. The event will feel like another - check the box - recruiting gig.
American Express Tech VP's mingling with Phoenix women in tech
Do Follow up
If you're looking to make hires then don't wait to contact women in tech you've brought to your event. Women in tech are in demand. Just look at all the companies trying to hire more women in tech in 2018. And if you want more stats on how diversity is a priority for top companies, then check out LinkedIn's 2018 hiring trends report.
Need more inspiration of what a good women in tech event looks like? I've pasted in some photos from our PowerToFly Instagram account. Keep scrolling.
Are you looking for women in Tech Events in 2018?
Here's PowerToFly's entire line up through March 2018.
I'll be building out a list for specific women in tech events for -
Women in Tech Events Bay Area
Women in Tech Events NYC
Women in Tech Events Seattle
Women in Tech Austin Events
Mona Soni's story about being hired by Dow Jones at nine months pregnant (yes, she took three months of paid maternity leave) is pretty remarkable. And yet, it doesn't have to be. Dow Jones saw Mona for the skills she brought to the company - and nothing less. They needed her to run engineering teams in New York and Minneapolis. Not only did Dow Jones' investment in Mona pay off, but the company is also sending a clear message that they'll do what it takes to include top women in tech.
Follow Dow Jones by clicking the banner below and scrolling to the top of the page. You'll get job alerts tailored to you, company updates and more. Or, check out some of their open roles below:
One of the main reasons we started PowerToFly was to get more compares to understand how investing in women pays off in the long run. If you want proof of Mona's success to-date then look at what Dow Jones has produced since hiring her: world class news products that keep financial markets and investors up to speed each day.
(Another fun fact about Mona and the video above, is that she was pregnant with her second child when we shot it over the summer.)