Published on October 15, 2014
1. Good karma leads to equal pay and other things I learned at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Lauren Schaefer Software Engineer, IBM @Lauren_Schaefer
2. Ladies in tech are <strong> and classy.
3. Good karma leads to equal pay. What is your advice to women who aren’t comfortable asking for a raise? “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that, I think might be one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, womenwho don’t ask for a raise have. Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back becausesomebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust. That’s the kind ofperson that I want to really give more responsibility to. And in the long-term efficiency,things catch up.” -Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
4. Ok, not really. Female computer scientists make 89 percent of what men make (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/upshot/flexibility-is-the-reason- for-a-smaller-pay-gap-in-tech-work.html?abt=0002&abg=0 Research shows gender bias results in lower starting salaries for women (http://www.pnas.org/content/109/41/16474.abstract) “Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias” -Satya Nadella My thoughts: http://rayofpinksunshine.blogspot.com/2014/10/ thoughts-on-satya-nadellas-foot-in.html
5. Ask for a raise by leveraging the data. “I love my job. I love what I’m contributing here. I love the impact I’m able to have, and I love working with you. I’ve done some homework, and, based on the data—here is the data that I have put together—I’m being somewhat underpaid. I know this particular organization cares deeply about pay equity, and I know that now that I’ve given this to you that you’re going to work on fixing it. Thank you so much!” -Marie Klawe, President of Harvey MuddCollege
6. Live Tweeting the Microsoft CEO’s blunders can make you internet famous
7. Ask for a promotion by leveraging the three P’s: prepare, present, prevail. “After all of the work you have done investing in me, I am now ready to pay it back by taking on more responsibility and moving to the next level.” “I have the drive and experience to help you achieve the company’s goals of …” “We can increase our development goal of … by 10% with me as director.” Ideas generated during Denise Brosseau’ssession “Communicating for Impact & Influence”
8. Let’s amplify each other! Why should you get a promotion? I increased our user base by 5%, and I’ve been mentoring a new employee, John. Yes, Jane is such a great mentor. I’ve seen her mentee, John, grow tremendously the last 2 months under her mentorship. He has been speaking up more in meetings and has been introducing fewer defects into the code. Ideas generated during Denise Brosseau’ssession “Communicating for Impact & Influence”
9. Amplify others to help them & you! Bragging on others makes you a more likeable leader People like to work with others who amplify their ideas Taken from Denise Brosseau’ssession “Communicating for Impact & Influence”
10. The Imposter Syndrome is common among high achievers So feeling like you’re not good enough may actually mean that you’re good enough?
11. Employers can expand their recruiting pool by allowing new employees to work from home. I facilitated a Birds of a Feather session with over 80 talented ladies who are interested in or are currently working from home. Clearly advertise in job postings when positions can be filled remotely. Demand is there! Full session summary: http://rayofpinksunshine.blogspot.com/2014/10/advancing-work-from-home-option.html
12. Good networking is like playing the Settlers of Catan “The more you trade, the better your chances of victory. Even if it is not your turn, you should offer trades to the current player!” -Settlers of Catangame rules Great point taken from Michele Marut’ssession “Networking on the Introvert's Side of the Room”
13. Sometimes all you need is a little Tweetable inspiration. "Each of us has gifts and skills and abilities. How do you want to be known?" Loretta Love Huff "Put your efforts in the things that matter. Make sure you're doing things that will advance your career." -Ann Gates "The most important thing to consider when you're doing cross platform development is to consider why you're doing it." @madw Introvert networking tips from @MicheleMarut: engage online, attend low key & activity based events, volunteer at the event. "Be comfortable in your own skin. Be confident. We all have superpowers. Go exercise them." @satyanadella "The next time you witness a technical woman doing something great, don't keep it to yourself. Tell her." @ruthief "As an industry, we must recognize we need diverse teams." @TelleWhitney "It's my job to make sure my manager knows how hard my job is." Loretta Love Huff When implementing programs to recruit K-12 women, engage role models that match the diversity of program participants. - Michelle Clark 95% of the factors that influence a girl's decision to study CS are influenceable When talking with young girls, it's important to share struggles you hit and how you persevered @LindaKekelis It's not just about the students. It's about the entire ecosystem: parents, teachers, etc: Jennifer Arguelloon recruiting K-12 girls "Don't think of it as office politics. Think of it as organizational awareness." @jo_miller "In the full arc of life, what matters is what you have done, especially with those closest to you." @satyanadella
14. Find me online! @Lauren_Schaefer http://rayofpinksunshine.blogspot.com
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