Kscope13 Women in Technology Panel

May 13, 2013 by ODTUG
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Women in Technology, (WIT) "Lean In or Stand Back - Challenging Women in Technology"


Wednesday, June 26 from 12:30-1:30 PM in Grand Chenier


Kellyn Pot'Vin, Enkitec, Senior Technical Consultant

Women face unique challenges in the technology industry. With the gaining popularity of books like Sheryl Sandberg's, "Lean In," women are facing scrutiny on their lesser foothold on the corporate ladder. As we focus more on how this book and others view women in technology, we are faced with how we, as women, can face these challenges and how our male peers can help in making the most of our technical careers.

This panel session will focus on the topic of women in technology and the challenges we face when we put ourselves into our careers wholly and why so many hold back. This session will thrive on the contributions from the attendees, so come prepared to participate! Men are recommended to attend, too, and we welcome all contributions to the discussion.




Kellyn Pot'Vin- Sr. Technical Consultant, Enkitec and ACE Director

Maria Colgan- Senior Principal Product Manager at OracleCorporation

Gwen Shapira-  Cloudera and ACE Director

Dominic Delmolino- Lead Database Technologist for Agilex
Natalie Delemar, Ernst and Young

Tracey McMullen, interRel


Focus Topics

1.  Childhood to adulthood, why women are more likely to not push the boundaries and compete. Discussion focused on how women can compete, network, and contribute successfully and not be forced to become "one of the boys.”

2.  Family and culture - how these two influence our decisions and our career every day. What steps can we take to have more, even if we can't have it all?

3.  The "Balancing Act" - It's not just about analytical skills. Why gender-balanced IT groups are more successful.

4.  Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In." Is it the rally cry for women or does it simply imply that women need to be more like men in the workplace?
5.  "Managing stereotypes is harder than managing discrimination."  This is the real hurdle- discuss the difference and how we can overcome it.


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