Google supports and celebrates women in technology through numerous initiatives including Small Business Supplier Diversity and Accelerate with Google programs, the Google Cultural Institute, our Women@ employee resource group and more. International Women’s Day is an important moment to recognize how women have influenced the tech industry and beyond. The goal of IWD celebration for Google is to galvanize women with a background or interest in computer science around International Women’s Day and raise visibility of women in tech.
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Underrepresented groups have something to share about resiliency because when faced with all forms of discrimination, they somehow power through. I am a member of two of those groups - I am a black woman. Faced with workplace microaggressions, slights and assumed incompetence has revealed some Solid resilience tactics. Since you’re just asking for a friend, here are my top three: #1: You owe the new day the best version of yourself - so give it, no matter what happened yesterday #2: Look good, it feels good #3: Vulnerability wins - name it and claim it so you can recover from it
Katherine Stein and Rena Simkowitz will share how they are leveraging Google AI research to improve the identification and intervention of dyslexia. Inspired by their own experiences with dyslexia, Katherine and Rena are working to drive research that will enable educators and parents to more accurately identify and more effectively support children with dyslexia so that they can reach their full potential.
We will explore the source of credibility and how to establish it. We’ll spend time thinking through how you can re-contextualize your own strengths, skills, and experiences and how all these factors contribute to the unique value you provide. You’ll walk away from this hour with a first draft of a bio you can use for your LinkedIn, professional website, cover letter or wherever you’re looking to share who you are and why you’re so amazing.
Kicking off a client project is exciting! But navigating the ebbs and flows throughout the project can be tough! This talk is focused on creating richly authentic client relationships so that you and/or your team can build trust by being yourselves to bring client projects to a successful finish.
We have many reasons to love functional programming. But have you thought that functional programming can be really close to the containers world? You might have heard about Kubernetes, everyone’s buzzing about it. Kubernetes may sound complex especially if you’ve never worked with containers. A surprising thing is that you can actually apply your knowledge of functional programming to understand how Kubernetes works. If you want to know more about the bridge between these two worlds follow me on that path.
Do you worry you’re not as smart as people around you? That you won’t be able to keep up and they’ll find out you don’t deserve to be there? Learn 5 realistic steps to banish imposter syndrome and prevent it from getting in the way of your success, career progression, mental health, and happiness.
Sofia has worked with as well as managed teams to provide service to over 100+ national and international clients across the Entertainment, Financial, Government, Marketing, Non-Profit, Retail and Tech industries. Some of her previous clients have included BP/Arco, Cisco, HP, Heineken USA, National Restaurant Association, Gap USA, One97 (India), Cisneros Media (Venezuela) as well as local businesses and social media wellness influencers. Her leadership/training philosophy, “guide the heart vs. manage the mind,” has helped her gain repeat business from her clients as well as earn the respect of her peers. Sofia is recognized as a member of General Assembly’s Distinguished Faculty program as well as certified by the Nielsen Norman Group in UX Management, specializing in Executive Design Leadership
Roksolana works as a Big Data Engineer at Captify. She is a speaker at technical conferences and meetups, one of the Women Who Code Kyiv leads and mentors. She is passionate about Big Data, Scala, and Kubernetes and she always loves to learn something new. Her hobbies include building technical topics around fairytales and discovering new cities.
I’m a diversity marketer in technology by trade, a wife, a mom, and a promoter. I inhabit these roles and want to share the best practices I’ve gained from them all. I’m a women from a minority background driven to create a sense of belonging with those I have the pleasure of interacting with. I want your audiences to connect with my message and apply the other information they’ve learned from your content, so they fell inspired to act. I fervently believe that the tapestry of our lives has interwoven pieces. This innate character is measurably responsible for my sustainability in the field of technology, with companies like IBM, Qlik, Cisco and currently - Lenovo. More than anything, I’m a creator at heart. As the visionary behind the GRITSyall brand, I use my life as a mirror for others to move toward their own destiny – on winding, crooked or straight pathways. These pathways have provided opportunities for me to contribute at major conferences, such as iBTechCon2019, BITCON and the City of Fayetteville as their Keynote Speaker, as well as recognition as a “45 Under 45” Alumni at my beloved alma mater, Saint Augustine’s University. By day, I am developing D&I strategies for over 60K employees across Lenovo and like most mothers and wives, by nightfall, I’m trying to figure out what’s for dinner!
Prakriti Mateti is an Engineering Manager at Zendesk. She cares deeply about diversity, inclusion, and equity in tech, code quality, engineering culture, and what makes a team work well together. Prakriti loves travelling and food, experimenting with different cuisines and cultures. She likes to read, jumps off a plane or high building occasionally, and dreams of getting a pilot license some day and buying her own airplane (if she can overcome her Netflix addiction).
Riya Dashoriya is a Software Engineer at Quizlet with an innate love to solve problems through technology. Her dedication, passion and curiosity has helped her execute several key projects, demonstrating leadership and team player abilities. In her spare time, Riya likes to travel and spend time with family. Always looking for avenues to mentor and empower others, Riya has a passion for accessibility and access to education to make the world a better place. Riya holds a Masters of Science in Information Systems from The University of Utah. She is a Women Techmakers Ambassador and GDG Organizer for San Francisco and Cloud San Francisco chapters
A people-focused problem solver and strategist, Rena finds creative solutions to complex social and organizational problems, helping individuals and organizations navigate their biggest crises and challenges. She was a founding member of Google’s Global People Operations Crisis Management Office, playing an integral role in driving Google’s strategic and tactical response to COVID-19, and currently works for Google’s Employee Relations team. Rena is also an advocate and innovator, passionate about women’s leadership, disability rights, and education equity. She is involved in a number of workplace and product accessibility initiatives, and she co-leads a cross-Google project to leverage Google’s ML capabilities to identify students at-risk for struggling to learn to read in order to ensure that all children receive the interventions and supports needed to reach their full potential. She has a BA in Education and History of Science from Harvard University where she conducted research on topics ranging from disability policy in higher education to mid-20th century state-building efforts. Other areas of expertise: internal and executive communications, content strategy, program and project management, stakeholder influencing, and change management
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