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Tech for Social Impact: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our July 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech for Social Impact, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Tech for Social Impact summit was a massive success! PowerToFly was thrilled to welcome organizations from different parts of the world with mission-driven motives who are striving for a social impact in their society. From the Digital Divide to Digital Addictions, we covered it all! If you tuned in, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations are now available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our VIP sponsor Helm and our Gold sponsors Unstoppable Domains, UnitedHealth Group, Autodesk, Service Now, and Smartsheet, Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender people in tech.

Finally, registration for our September summit: Early Career Connections & Mid-Career Pivots is now open! Whether you're launching your career or revamping it, don't miss this free opportunity to connect with companies looking for interns, entry-level professionals, career pivoters, and those returning to work. Register for free here.

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Helm is a team of scientists, designers, engineers, and campaigners. They are building a data and technology platform for organizers and issue advocates. They design and execute experiments to better understand human civic behavior, determine which interventions drive impact, and scale them toward a more participatory democracy.

Helm works with visionary leaders who seek to create a more equitable world. Their tools give elite operators power to shape campaigns, organizations, and movements.

Their partners gain access to analysis, briefings, data, and tools optimized for long-term advocacy.

At Helm, they seek to understand human civic behavior and equip organizers with their tools and insights. Their work is urgent.

Issue advocates and organizers are their inspiration. Building with and for them is their mission.

They are assembling a team that understands, shares values with, learns alongside, and stands with the people who are doing the work to change the nation. They are seeking team members who want to see a more equitable future in their lifetime, and who have the passion and skills to help us get there.

While they work toward creating that future, they are simultaneously building a diverse team that reflects the true nature of their nation; and cultivating an inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. They know that in order to succeed, they must be able to do both.

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Our Gold Sponsors

Unstoppable Domains

Unstoppable Domains is bringing user-controlled identity to 3 billion+ internet users by issuing domain names on the blockchain. These domains allow users to replace cryptocurrency addresses with human-readable names, host decentralized websites, and much more.

By selling these domains direct to consumers for a one-time fee, we are making a product that will change cryptocurrency and shape the future of the decentralized web by providing users control over their identity and data.

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UnitedHealth Group

Their mission is to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone. A Fortune 6 company, they're focused on helping people live healthier lives while making the health system work better for everyone. They seek to empower people with the information, guidance and tools to make personal health choices. They work harder and they aim higher. They expect more from themselves and each other.

And, at the end of the day, they're doing a lot of good for more than 142 million people worldwide.
Their biggest point of differentiation is their people - and the collective talent, energy, intelligence and drive our force of 305,000 individuals around the world bring to our mission every single day. With their every action, interaction and intention that demonstrates the five fundamental values that guide everything they do: Integrity, Compassion, Relationships, Innovation, Performance.

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They make software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with their software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.

They have over 100 offices in over 38 countries around the world. They are headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and have more than 9000 employees worldwide. They'd love for you to join us.

Why work with them? Their culture and mission are what differentiates them and makes Autodesk such a great place to work. Their employee engagement scores are best in class and we are more committed than ever to ensuring their culture drives their vision of helping people imagine, design and make a better world. Authenticity, humility, and impact are just a few aspects of their culture that makes Autodesk a great place to work.

Bring your authentic self to work and thrive. At Autodesk, they're changing the conversation about diversity. Diversity goes beyond having a group of people who are different- it's when these differences are valued and integrated into every part of the business that the magic begins. Diversity fuels new ideas, creativity, and business growth. They are constantly exploring new ways to integrate all dimensions of diversity across their employees, customers, partners, and communities. Diversity allows them to create and innovate leading edge products, develop an unmatched level of customer focus, and collaborate effectively. Through the power of diversity, their ultimate goal is to expand the opportunity of anyone to imagine, design, and make a better world.

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At ServiceNow, they make the world of work, work better for people. They deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity.

With over ~6,900 customers, they serve approximately 80% of the Fortune 500, and they're on the 2020 list of FORTUNE World's Most Admired Companies.® This is the future of work.

Learn more on Life at Now blog and hear from their employees about their experiences working at ServiceNow.

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In 2005, Smartsheet was founded on the idea that teams and millions of people worldwide deserve a better way to deliver their very best work. Today, the company delivers a leading cloud-based platform for work execution, empowering organizations to plan, capture, track, automate, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes and better business outcomes.

Smartsheet went public on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2018 and currently enables collaboration, better decision making, and accelerated innovation for over 76,000 domain-based customers in 190 countries, including 96 of the Fortune 100.
Smartsheet is a passionate team of 1500+ employees spanning offices in Seattle, Boston, London, Edinburgh and Sydney.

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Speaker Spotlight:

For your next book club:

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, creator of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process.

Grounding the book in the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of "mind wandering" what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all―Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing. Unplug and read on.

The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home by Michael Tubbs

"Don't tell nobody our business," Michael Tubbs's mother often told him growing up. For Michael, that meant a lot of things: don't tell anyone about the day-to-day struggle of being Black and broke in Stockton, CA. Don't tell anyone the pain of having a father incarcerated for 25 years to life. Don't tell anyone about living two lives, the brainy bookworm and the kid with the newest Jordans. And also don't tell anyone about the particular joys of growing up with three "moms"―a Nana who never let him miss church, an Auntie who'd take him to the library any time, and a mother, "She-Daddy", who schooled him in the wisdom of hip-hop and taught him never to take no for an answer.

So for a long time Michael didn't tell anyone his story, but as he went on to a scholarship at Stanford and an internship in the Obama White House, he began to realize the power of his experience, the need for his perspective in the halls of power. By the time he returned to Stockton to become, in 2016 at age 26, its first Black mayor and the youngest-ever mayor of a major American city, he knew his story meant something.

The Deeper the Roots is a memoir astonishing in its candor, voice, and clarity of vision. Tubbs shares with us the city that raised him, his family of badass women, his life-changing encounters with Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, the challenges of governing in the 21st century and everything in between―en route to unveiling his compelling vision for America rooted in his experiences in his hometown.

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding by Kimberly Seals Allers

Pediatricians say you should but it's okay if you don't. The hospital says, "Breast is best," but sends you home with formula "just in case." Your sister-in-law says, "Of course you should!" Your mother says, "I didn't, and you turned out just fine." Celebrities are photographed nursing in public, yet breastfeeding mothers are asked to cover up in malls and on airplanes. Breastfeeding is a private act, yet everyone has an opinion about it. How did feeding our babies get so complicated?

Journalist and infant health advocate Kimberly Seals Allers breaks breastfeeding out of the realm of "personal choice" and shows our broader connection to an industrialized food system that begins at birth, the fallout of feminist ideals, and the federal policies that are far from family friendly. The Big Letdown uncovers the multibillion-dollar forces battling to replace mothers' milk and the failure of the medical establishment to protect infant health. Weaving together research and personal stories with original reporting on medicine, big pharma, and hospitals, Kimberly Seals Allers shows how mothers and babies have been abandoned by all the forces that should be supporting families from the start--and what we can do to help.

Goodbye, Status Quo: Reimagining the Landscape of Innovation by Dr. Joan Fallon

In Goodbye, Status Quo, Dr. Joan Fallon equips her readers with the tools to be agents of change: as entrepreneurs, leaders, and individuals. No matter where you come from or who you are, you can be an agent of change. If you are setting out to change the world--great, she affirms--just keep in mind that change must start with you.

As a company founder, Dr. Fallon faced many obstacles. Some of the greatest ones came from how other people saw her. A woman in her fifties with a warm, approachable manner, she didn't fit the typical entrepreneur profile. Now as a respected business leader, doctor, and academic who sits on the boards of numerous non-profits and is frequently asked to mentor others, Joan is driven to share what she has learned and the perspectives that brought her success.

She is also fascinated by the subject of change. What are the impediments that keep leaders and individuals from changing the world, or even just changing themselves, and how can they be overcome? What is it about you that holds you, your job, or your company back from changing?

Joan Fallon believes that deductive reasoning in addition to the typical inductive reasoning and other science-based approaches allow us to move past the reactive responses that leave us stuck, unable to innovate and make change. Fear-based thinking rules in many sectors today--in business, politics, even relationships. And fear is the fundamental factor that holds us back from embracing change.

Goodbye, Status Quo blends lessons from Joan's own entrepreneurial experiences and scientific observations to give readers informative and actionable advice on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and making change. Each chapter offers pithy advice that taps into business, medicine, philosophy, and even baseball.

No matter your background, experience, or personal struggles, you can change the world--if you are willing to first change yourself.


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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.

Career Advice

How to Scale: 3 Tips from VTS’s Jess Scott on How to Go from 200 to 1,000 Employees

Remember when, in movies from the late 1990s, characters who were looking for a job would leaf through a newspaper's classified section to see who was hiring?

Jess Scott has been running HR teams and talent acquisition teams since then. "You would circle in red pen the job they're going to go apply for. That's how you applied!" she says, laughing. "Sending emails, especially with attachments, was still a very new thing."

Career Advice

5 Tips to Grow Your Career In Tech Sales

Insight from Rain Hu, RVP of Sales at Elastic

One of Rain Hu's favorite moments of the day is her early morning run. "I run six kilometers minimum daily, rain or shine," she says. "I enjoy the time alone because it allows me to have time for self-reflection and self-conversation."

The discipline that it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle is carried throughout her life. As a wife, mother of two young boys, and sales leader, Rain optimizes her time so that she can show up fully and authentically in all aspects of her life.


[VIDEO ▶️ ] Prepare for Your Interview With Helix

📼 Watch the video to get super valuable interview tips from Suzanna Earle, lead recruiter and DEI co-lead at Helix—the leading population genomics company working at the intersection of clinical care, research, and genomics.


Common Technical Interview Mistakes (and What to Do Instead)

You're perfectly qualified, you've arrived on time, and you're ready for your technical interview. What could possibly go wrong?

Technical interviews can be a mind wracking experience for job seekers. Everyone makes mistakes, but according to interviewers, candidates for tech positions are prone to a number of common interview blunders. To avoid them, it's helpful to know what they are.

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