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HomeAway

An Evening with HomeAway’s Leaders

If you are an Austin-based woman in tech and would like to receive an invite to this event, please email us at hi@powertofly.com.

Meet HomeAway's women tech leaders, like Chief Product Officer Tina Weyand, at this invite-only in-person event.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Cocktails & Light Food
  • 6:20pm - Kick-Off with PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Welcome & Keynote Address by Judy Kay, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Brand and Communications at HomeAway
  • 6:35pm - Information Presentation
  • 6:45pm - Panel Discussion with HomeAway Female Tech Leaders including
  • 7:20pm - Networking Continues over Cocktails & Light Food

The event will take place on Thursday, February 28th from 6pm to 9pm at 11501 Domain Dr., Suite 100, Austin, TX.

HomeAway's mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through their online marketplace. With over 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, they are committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together.

Also, HomeAway is hiring! Their amazing benefits include plenty of paid vacation, up to 20 weeks of parental leave, two paid volunteer days per year, and their one of a kind Table Talks aimed at encouraging creativity and innovation. To learn more about HomeAway and their open positions, visit their page on PowerToFly. .

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and HomeAway cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Mindbody Inc

A Look at Our Recent Event with MINDBODY

This past June, PowerToFly partnered with MINDBODY, the cloud-based platform that powers wellness bookings, to present an exclusive event for Austin, Texas based women in tech. This invite-only evening for software engineers and QA engineers, included a panel discussion with several of MINDBODY's women tech leaders, an audience Q&A, and plenty of time for attendees to network with their peers.

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Mindbody Inc

An Invite-Only Evening with MINDBODY’s Women Tech Leaders

This event will be a great fit for software engineers and QA engineers with 2+ years of experience. If you would like to attend this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invite.

MINDBODY, the cloud-based platform that powers wellness bookings, is partnering with PowerToFly for an exclusive women in tech event. This invite-only evening will include a panel with MINDBODY's tech leaders, as well as a behind the scenes look into product builds.

After the program, we will leave time for you to network with top women in your field and MINDBODY's executive team.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Light Food & Drinks
  • 6:20pm - Event Kickoff with PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Welcome & Opening Remarks
    • Aaron Taylor, Director, Software Engineering
  • 6:35pm - Product Demo with Regina Bogan, Senior Product Manager
  • 6:55pm - Panel Discussion
    • Kelly Irish, Software Engineer IV
    • Emily Levandowski, QA Manager
    • Mary Ontiveros, Manager, Software Engineering
    • Regina Bogan, Senior Product Manager
    • Amanda Adams, Director of Project Management
  • 7:15pm - Audience Q&A with the Panel
  • 7:35pm - Closing Remarks
  • 7:40pm - Networking resumes over Light Food & Drinks

Although this is a networking event, you don't have to be looking for a job to attend. MINDBODY is hiring. Their competitive benefits include 20 vacation days per year, an employee stock purchase plan, monthly wellness vouchers (of course), three onsite massage therapists and over 25 daily items at their in-house bistro.

Follow MINDBODY on PowerToFly for updates about more events and open roles.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

In Person Events

Free Women In Tech Events: My Top Dos

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 talentgrowth@powertofly.com 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



Instagram post by Colette Ellis • Jun 13, 2017 at 11:41pm UTC

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