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Women at Work

Meet Our Chief Talent Officer- Rachel

Feb. 15th 2018

First, mentoring matches are out- and I hope you're enjoying your pairings as much as I enjoyed matching you! With that being said, if you havent reached out to me on Networks to be connected with the mentor of your dreams, there's still time! We're celebrating Mentor Month until the end of February, so don't wait, send me a message on Networks today!

This week, we'd like you to meet our Chief Talent Officer, Rachel Valdez. Rachel is the fearless leader of our company's "Dream Team" and is by far one of the most inspiring people I've ever met. She is an entrepreneur, educator and community builder. In 2009, her company was named the most favorite startup in the Seattle Times People's Pick Awards and she holds a Bachelor and Master degrees in Communications from the University of Washington. In 2017, Rachel was named a LWT Tech Fellow in Washington D.C. and is working on a mentoring app for the Tegan & Sara Foundation.

In her past lives, she has been in senior roles for Microsoft and T-Mobile and has also worked for startups in the Seattle area. She plays the piano and guitar and has recently formed a band! Rachel believes in mentorship and has been both a mentor and mentee throughout her career.


Q: Have you ever had a mentor or mentee that's made a significant impact on your career and why?

A: Yes! Michele Le Brasseur, Ph.D. is one of my long-running mentors (over 15 years now) who has helped me grow tremendously as a leader and educator. Michele was one of the first Native Americans who earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Design. We met at Microsoft where we were building an innovative online learning platform. One of the best pieces of confidence boosting she gave me was that I was enough and I had the skills, tools and perseverance to see my visions through and to take stock in my instincts. She would remind me to trust my gut.

Q: What makes a good mentor/ mentee?

A: From my experience, setting clear expectations and goals about what both parties want out of the relationship and writing it down helps both parties be successful. Committing to a time frame is also important so that you have the time scheduled. If you're the mentee, honoring the commitments you make in your meetings with your mentor to respect your time and their time. If you're the mentor, be present with your mentee, build trust and be respectful. Celebrate the wins and unpack the not yets with your mentor. Having a sense of humor also makes for good mentors and mentees. It's important to work with someone who truly believes in you and helps you believe more in yourself!

Q: You lead a pretty big (and successful!) team at PowerToFly- what advice do you have for other leaders who may be struggling to inspire their teams?

A: It's not about you, it's about them. Take the time to learn and care about the individuals who make up your team. Build the relationships by building trust, respect and having integrity. You don't need money to do these things! One of my favorite relationship books is, "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. Learn what your team love languages are and that will help increase communication efficacy. When people feel heard, seen, believed, valued, loved, etc., people feel inspired, more open and more creative.

One of my favorite connection points with my team is what we call TGIIF (Thank Goodness It's Inspiration Friday!). We take time to hear what inspired the team members that week, what their weekend plans are and anything else they want to share. These casual conversations increase the positivity on our team and we end the week on a strong note. I suggest trying it out with your team!

Q: You've attended a lot of our live PowerToFly events recently, what's been your favorite moment thus far?

A: It's meeting the people (talents and clients)! Everytime! I am energized by hearing our talents tell me about how our company has impacted their lives in such a positive way and it's truly heartfelt. I am energized by our client's faces lighting up with enthusiasm for the amazing talent that we've brought together for their events. And I'm always inspired when I hear about people finding their dream job through PowerToFly!

Q: It seems like you love to travel! How has working remotely changed your life?

A: Yes, I do love to travel. Outside of owning my business, this is the first remote job that I've had and I LOVE working remotely! I no longer spend 4 hours of my day commuting into the city so my family sees me more! The flexibility in my schedule allows me to go to the gym on a regular basis so my health has greatly improved!

Q: What tips do you have for other women looking to start a remote career?

A: Communication is #1 when you're working remotely. Use video conferencing tools as much as you can as communication is 99% non-verbal.

Establish clear goals with your manager. Set your working office hours and communicate it with the team.

It's important to create a routine for yourself, like you would in a work site office. Be sure to take breaks to eat, move your body and rest your eyes from the screen. I use my fitbit to track my steps. If I have low steps and it's half way through the day, I schedule myself to get outside, even for 10-15 minutes and walk around my neighborhood with my dogs. It's important to take good care of yourself as it will help you feel good about your work.

If you're an extrovert, you may find it helpful to work in a shared work space or your local friendly coffee shop from time to time to help you feel connected with people.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given throughout your career?

A: Listen more, talk less.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you've ever given someone throughout their career?

A: Do not give up on your dreams especially when you can't see what's around the corner. Trust that the Universe has your back and is conspiring for your highest good.

Q: What motivates you to come to work every day?

A: I am a highly driven, energetic person who is motivated and passionate to end gender disparity for women, non-binary and gender non-conforming people around the world.

Q: Why do you love networking on PowerToFly?

A: Networking on our PowerToFly platform is a great way to get the help that you need to take your career to the next level.

Deloitte

Deloitte + PowerToFly: An Exclusive Evening With Women Finance Leaders

Join Deloitte M&A and PowerToFly (a women-run organization that introduces select women to executives at major corporations) for an invite-only event on February 28th. The evening will kick off with a panel discussion featuring Deloitte's women financial leaders, and will conclude with an opportunity to network with your peers and the Deloitte team over food and drinks.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 28th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 30 Rockefeller Center, 32nd Floor, New York, NY.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over cocktails and light food
  • 6:20pm - Kick-Off from PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Welcome & Introduction from Susan Dettmar, M&A Consultative Services Practice Leader at Deloitte
  • 6:35pm - A Behind the Scenes Look at Deloitte with Nadia Orawski, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
  • 6:45pm - Panel Discussion featuring Deloitte's Women Leaders in Finance
  • 7:00pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:20pm - Networking continues over beverages and light food

Deloitte is hiring, however, you don't need to be looking for new opportunities to attend.

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 Deloitte cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About Deloitte: Deloitte is committed to recruiting, developing, and promoting a diverse 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 gym & health subsidies.

Event Audience: This event is a great fit for a number of roles including Finance Managers, Integration and Execution Managers, and M&A Strategists.

Better Companies

Audible, Microsoft & HomeAway Leaders On Building Diverse Talent Pipelines

Presented by PowerToFly and Glassdoor

Register today to join this FREE webinar we are co-hosting with Glassdoor!

PowerToFly and Glassdoor have partnered to present a webinar on February 6th, where top talent leaders will share how they're building diverse talent pipelines.

Join leaders from Audible, HomeAway and Microsoft, who will discuss their current D&I strategies and share advice on how you can build your own diverse pipelines.

Moderated by Katharine Zaleski, PowerToFly's CoFounder & President, speakers will include:

  • Jamy Barton, Sr. Director, Tech Diversity at Audible
  • Lyndsi McNaughton, Sr. Global Sourcing Programs Lead - D&I at HomeAway
  • Luci Gomes, Global Director of Talent Acquisition Americas & Commercial, Marketing & Consumer Teams at Microsoft

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 6th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST.

The second half of this webinar will be dedicated to audience Q&A, and our panel is looking forward to taking your questions. If you have a particular question or topic you'd like us to explore, let us know on the registration form and we'll be taking questions in real time on the webinar too!

About our webinars: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age.

Should You Start Looking for a New Job?

Take this quiz from our career coach to find out!

I'm 26 and I'm already on my fourth job. My dad is 60... and he's on his second. Clearly, we both fit the Boomer and Millennial stereotypes rather well. Thankfully, though, he's never judged me for "job hopping."

Instead, we've discussed our experiences and realized that he's as scared to quit his job as I am to stay at mine. No matter how old you are, deciding whether you should stick things out or move on isn't easy.

So, to help you organize your thoughts, we put together a "Should I quit my job?" quiz with the help of our career coach, Heather Coll (a member of the much less controversial Gen X).

These questions will help you figure out if it's time to move on - from your current role, company, or both. Because no matter what point you're at in your career, or which generation you're from, you deserve to be happy at the place where you spend most of your waking hours!!!



How'd you do? If you're ready to start job hunting and need help putting your best foot forward, Heather can help you with everything from crafting the perfect cover letter to nailing your interview. Or, if you're still not sure about your next steps, she can help you figure out how much longer you should stay where you are, and how to start looking for the perfect job once you decide to leave. Just don't feel like you have to decide by yourself, and don't let anyone judge you for your decisions - whether they're a cranky Baby Boomer, an entitled millennial, or part of some generation no one's even heard of anyway. You do you!

Microsoft Corporation

Meet Microsoft’s Women Tech Leaders

If you are a Dallas based woman in tech and you'd like to attend our event, please contact us at hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invite.

Microsoft has partnered with PowerToFly to present a one-night-only evening for women in tech. The night will include a discussion with several of Microsoft's leaders, many of whom are Modern Apps Consultants, Secure Infrastructure Consultants, and Premiere Field Engineers. There will also be plenty of time to network with Microsoft leaders and top women in your field.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar Street, Dallas.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 5:30pm - Check-In and Networking over Food & Drinks
  • 6:10pm - Introduction by PowerToFly
  • 6:15pm - Keynote Address
  • 6:25pm - Panel Discussion featuring from Microsoft's women leaders including Luci Gomes - Global Director of Talent Acquisition Americas, Services, Commercial, Marketing & Consumer Teams
  • 6:35pm - Audience Q&A
  • 6:45pm - Networking Continues

If you are interested and available, Microsoft will be asking some attendees to interview for open roles on Wednesday, February 6th, the day after the event. Follow up interviews will take between three to four hours of your time and will be comprised of two technical interviews and one hiring manager interview. Let us know when you register if you are available and if so, if you'd prefer the morning or the afternoon. If you are not available on 2/6, Microsoft and PowerToFly will work with you to find an alternate follow up date.

Microsoft is invested in women-focused organizations and providing support to women once they are employees at Microsoft. Their employee network Women@Microsoft reaches over twenty thousand people worldwide. Microsoft's ongoing diversity partnerships include the Anita Borg Institute, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and MentorNet.

Visit Microsoft's page on PowerToFly to learn more about their open roles, benefits and diversity initiatives.

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 Microsoft cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Women & Diversity in Hollywood: A Look at 2018

In Spite of #MeToo, Women Directed Fewer Films in 2018 than in 2017

2018 was a banner year for women in politics, with more first-time congresswomen elected than ever before and the most women in Congress ever. Unfortunately, in spite of #MeToo and Time's Up, it wasn't a similarly good year for women in Hollywood. A study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows that women actually directed less films in 2018 than they did in 2017.

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