Across the world, many individuals are being encouraged to define their career paths earlier on in life. Whether it is to set oneself up for career success, or to “Keep up with the Joneses (or is it “Keeping up with the Kardashians” these days?),” students and young professionals feel the pressure more than ever to know who they are and where they are going in their careers from day one as a new graduate.
The New Career Committee at the 2016 Women Transforming Technology (#wt2sv) Event is comprised on young women 0-5 years into their careers. While these young professionals work across a variety of functions in the technology industry, they all have one thing in common. They are taking bold strides to define their own unique paths to professional success. Because of this commonality, these women sought to create two sessions for the New Career track at the Women Transforming Technology Event that would resonate with other young women in technology, while also highlighting real life questions and situations that arise on a regular basis for individuals newly minted into their careers.
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant in Silicon Valley, Linda Thompson will be facilitating the Discovering Your Strengths and Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? Mapping Your Goals sessions during the New Career breakout sessions. Learn more about these meaningful sessions below:
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Discovering Your Strengths
After years in school and now experience in the workplace, you know which skills are easy for you and which ones are challenges. As you advance in your career and gain skills as a leader, it is important to move beyond your basic skills and tap into your character strengths.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to identify your signature strengths and learn how to capitalize on them. Character research shows that knowing and developing your character strengths can have a positive effect on personal and career growth.
Learn more about your unique strength profile and how you can create a personalized pathway to achieve your goals.
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? Mapping Your Goals
This interactive workshop will help you develop a career map. How to understand your options, identifying and holding information interviews, leveraging your strengths while learning new skills to guide your path. You will leave this session with the beginning of a road map for your career journey.
We look forward to discussing the first few years in the professional world and growing with you all!
Price Peacock (VMware) on behalf of the WT2 New Career Committee
Leadership is something we all must master.
It doesn't matter how long you have been in technology, what your role is, or where you want to go, women in technology must master leadership skills to influence (with and without authority), to positively impact the progress of technology, and to change the world.
We had a very long list of topics we could have chosen for these sessions, but we decided to pick two that we feel are relevant to every woman, at every level:
What Got You Here Isn’t Going to Get You There: Going from Tactical to Strategic
Have you been too busy with everyday tasks to step back and look at the big picture? Have you been unable to connect the dots to begin your journey towards strategic thinking? Do you want to be able to move beyond day-to-day, reactionary thinking to a more long-term and future-focused perspective?
Do you spend time each week working toward your company’s strategic objectives?
Are you told you are not strategic enough?
Then this session is just for you. We have a panel of extremely accomplished women who’ve been where you are and have transformed into Strategic thinkers. Come listen to their stories as they walk us through their journey of going from tactical to strategic.
How to Move from the Passenger Seat to the Driver’s Seat: Negotiate, Persuade, and Advocate for Yourself
A panel of women in technology will share their stories and provide guidelines and advice for how you can frame conversations and actions during the negotiation process. How to traverse obstacles and creating a plan to get the results you are looking for will be featured followed by Q&A from the audience.
Both of these sessions are available on live streaming if you cannot make it in person, or want to share these sessions with others.
No matter where you are on your career trajectory, we hope you will join us, share your experiences and learn something new!
We will hand over our very long list to next years WT2 Committee in the hope they will have more time to cover leadership - this year we only had room for two. As, the conference grows and evolves more content will be added, and more voices to this community event. We hope next year you will consider joining us.
Looking forward to seeing you on February 23rd! Be prepared to be inspired and to inspire!
The WT2 Leadership Committee
Welcome to the inaugural 2016 Women Transforming Technology Conference (WT2). This conference to be held Tuesday, February 23 2016 is a community event bringing women in technology, at all levels and areas, together to see inspiring role models, share information, and talk about technology trends that will shape our future.
Over the next few weeks, ahead of the event, we will be featuring blog posts from various committees who are working tirelessly to make sure we have meaningful and interesting content for all attendees.
Here are some ways you can get involved!
Join our Facebook Group
Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #wt2sv
If you can't make the event, or want to host a virtual event watching via live stream, more information can be found here,
More information coming soon!
The Women Transforming Technology Event Team