Welcome to today's special event successful women in technology resiliency purpose and impact. My name is David Richardson and from all of us here at Walden University. We thank you for taking the time out of your day to join us. Please note this web and R will be archived. So you'll have an opportunity to view the presentation again or even share it with a friend or colleague. If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please contact email@example.com. Before we get into today's content we want to take a moment to go over a few items to make sure you get the most out of this program. On the screen in front of you, you'll see the main presentation. The chat window and a section for submitting questions for the Q&A session at the end of the presentation. All of these windows as well as other items of interest can be opened and closed in your convenience. Using the toolbar at the bottom of the web and R Screen. 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Again, my name is doctor jumping virtual anion the packaging advisor or the Walden women in technology student interest group. I am very happy tonight, that we are hosting this Walden webinars and the JJD Geronimo had grateful. We agreed to speak with us today. I'm also thankful that Val Kilmer from Walden is moderating this web not. She's the manager in the office of the president and hold many hats. Including Modern Center for social change. Can introduce JJ she is an author and a website owner for the tech savvy women? Website. And as an advocate for women in and out of Technology. Again. Graciously appreciate you coming in speaking with us JJ you have the floor. Good evening. Thank you so much for making time to join all this today, I'm very much looking forward to sharing some of things, I've learned after 2, decades of being intact. Many of the things that I put it in my second block or things that I was not aware of. When I held a full-time job most of it was in Silicon Valley. So I'm very excited to show that share some of these strategies and tools. I hope that we can create interactive discussion so should you have any questions or ideas. Or maybe you're writing about some of this in the thesis. You feel free to use a Q&A or the chat window to share with us will be. Checking periodically to see some of the conversations that may be happening. Uh 1st and foremost. I definitely would like steak. Vivian, too. I know she's on the line. We were together in Denver, just a few months ago. Back in August 2019 and she courageously walked up some you. Tell me about the program and asked if I could potentially join. One of these discussions. So you never know when you ask how things will materialize so I encourage any of you that are sitting on the fence. Leaving should I ask. Should I reach out? Should I put my name in the hat or something? I encourage you to definitely go? We really haven't yet how things are going to manifest for you and oftentimes the universe is really just waiting for you to stop. Morning show your address so for anything that that was supper tonight. Hopefully you'll put a little note here. Calendar to jump on things in the morning that maybe even just reading. For a sign or an idea to before that. So with that I'd love to chat with you today about successful women in technology and really focus on it. Areas resilient. An impact. Uh as I mentioned before I spent. Several years almost over 20 years intact and I have to say it. It's tough. It's tough. I'm not going to lie to you. There's a lot of up and downs. There's uh. Why I'm citing moments there's many long hours and there's often a lot of changes in order structure and. Customers in product timelines in even product rollout and I think for many of us. It can be challenging on our personal lives and so really be. In what you have accomplished you superimpose? And I think. Things that I've learned. Around the way is that it really is important for you to find time to get together with try. People that really resonate that. So many organizations happens group, so many. Since have limits groups and research shows that we would come together as part of a group. Maybe it wasn't expressed concerns ideas gestures. Be able to bounce ideas off of and that really is super important because as you move up in organizations. Unfortunately goes fewer and fewer women. And as I walked into. Many key notes in a plastic country. I can't tell you how many women I talking about. I really excited about your work is doing but they often feel well and so this is a great way to come together. We keep coming together. If we made throughout your career, because you either such more lottery in the process. And it could find it close knit of girlfriends are at work. Combination I think many women that have a lot of joy in their life have really close relationship with breaking. Hand on rely on in that things out. Uh it's interesting because sometimes I even encourage professionals and I spent a lot of time with them in A. This is surrounded them so I will often refer to the bed. As. As the dominance our conversation. I had with my do you have a lot of conversations with them too. My office encourage people that sometimes too. You might need to hire A coach you know, somebody that you're paying that has. Unbiased opinion that can give you some direction and help you sort out should I go right should I go laugh. And I think that's really important, some of us had his purchase of more people in our lives that. Weather permitting. Critical times that's our help us play us in One Direction or the other and I think for many of us, they have. Big decisions ahead in Manida, sorted out and often times when I tell people that they say you know. Reset higher zip code and I often say ask people that are one or 2 steps ahead of you. You know it may be wise if you have a lot of money, but that's another great way to really sort out your information. Clarity on where you want to go fast. JJ is there any particular time you suggest? We. Obtain a coach. Well, I've heard about 5 coaches in my career in oftentimes it's 6 to 9 months before I'm ready to making a change because oftentimes it takes awhile. Turn your ship and so you don't want to hire A coach with your past that. That point of no return you know Have you ever been in a situation where you just had it. You're done, you're done done done. That is not the right time to hire A coach bag, it up and hire A coach when you kinda know like Hey, I need to get. Add a different path into different simulator. I need to get under a different group because sometimes you're just in the wrong group. I mean that just happens at work, you're in an organization in either you're under the wrong leader or working on the wrong type of work. Your personality and your still sad and so, if you sense, you're sort of in that getting ahead of that is often better. Very beneficial takes a long time I often tell women if you want to change jobs or get out of board. Really need to budget 9 to 12 months. Great thank you. I love it keep the questions coming. So as you're thinking about this one. I just wanna give you great kudos to joining the call say because I know this is a big week for many of you an I really appreciate the fact that you're taking time to really sharpen your souls. Thinking about OK I have all this done. What is next for me and it's such a great time of year to do that, too. Really get get everyone that. But before I jump into some of these things I think it's important to note that. One of the things that I found so surprising when I. When I did the research is how important advocacy is that it seems to want to go to this slide, so we're going to jump ahead to this slide. Self efficacy is such an important component to women in stem. Based careers degrees angles. And it's super interesting but it's not something I was fully aware of this word this concept would just. Give me about 5 years ago. And I was reading that on National Center for women in technology, they did study them in 19. And they really did a research of why women state in the degree and invest specific career and why we jump. Out other careers. And what keeps for was the South Africa's level of swimming and self efficacy is having a vision. So where you wanna go. And believing you can achieve it. I mean, you can keep it. And the beauty of self efficacy is that it is a learned it is a learned I think of it as. Is it AT and you could fill your tank up as you move through your life? But the only way you can do build your self efficacy is taking on things before your 100%. Now this will be challenging, especially for women because oftentimes we were taught at a very young age to that. Every I. Cross every T and in fact, I just finished the book, becoming by Michelle Obama and she felt this way too. She said from a young age she. Check every single box. And every you know women. I talked to across the country somewhere, we have learned that we have to be uh. Hundred hundred 10120% prepared before we raise our hands before we apply for we put our idea on the table. When you wait to be over prepared 100% or more often lose the opportunity to build yourself happy. Because self advocacy is something that is essentially a proven capabilities like I'm going to take this at 60%. If I could get it, there and then when you get it, there, you actually get bonus points stars. Any fills up that bucket of self efficacy and so I encourage you as you would bar by the next stage of your? Anything you like. But you don't need to be 100%. And fax Mister shows that man feel comfortable about 60% to go with women happy left 100%. An HP to study which is where I'm gathering my numbers. HP did a study they put jobs up. List of people they thought would apply. They put the jobs out there looks compared. Talk to some of the people, he thought were going to apply and they basically came up with the data that. Percent men feel comfortable buying 100% women field. So if you had been looking at job descriptions most of you know, most job descriptions are over a page wrong. And from what I understand that only for my research, but chatting about this, but you know thousands of women at this point. Is that weekend job descriptions that the Top five 212? And we said that we can do this, no, I can't do this? Yes. Yes, yes, no and I look at it. Love you sweetness, I can't do so I'm not gonna buy. Hopefully tonight, you'll think differently about this. If I have 70% of the job description, I'm going to apply. Because Ladies Iborra surely bring will tell you know they will tell you now so let them tell you now. Black don't tell yourself no 1st. JJ we have a question. How do you overcome a glow boy club scenario within an organization at a higher level? Well, the beautiful thing is. Or one that exists almost everywhere. So I'll just be. I mean, it would be a very Frank discussion that exists everywhere. And people promote their friends I mean that really is often happens, but This is the best time to begin incorporating almost the best time to be intact because in stem related degrees. Because many organizations. Ah leaders are being not only courage, but measured by how much diversity there, pushing forward. So if you could not be in a better time right now to want to Excel in your organization. The key is finding sponsors and we'll talk about that a little bit later, but sponsorship is absolutely critical. Women often think they're good work is going to get them there. But what I've learned through other research is the good work is going to keep you where you are, but it's not necessarily going to get you to that next step. And not only do you have to increase your relevance for where you want to have more impact you have to network around that you have to find sponsors. And half of the right people know that you are ready for that opportunity because. What? We can push ourselves to that next level of impact or that next level and organization, but after the age of 35. We really need to have a? Will push nerio wonder? Pushing forward and people are pulling you up and so you can't really rely on what has gotten you. Probably, where you are now. You have to build up infrastructure of people that see you based on where you want to have impact Max or what will you want to be in balance? And that really is the premise of my 2nd book because. Uh I experienced that first hand an when I raise my hand when a new role. I was quickly reassured that I was good where I was at. And that they were not interested in really the backbone of the book is how did I get from a note? Yes. Thank you. So be thinking about sponsors will talk about that later will definitely talk about that later but I think also by your self efficacy think about the projects. You working now. I know some of you are finishing. He says I know some of you are showing up in the workplace in a new way. Think about your self efficacy self efficacy is a belief that you could pull it across the line. It's not knowing exactly how you're going to do it. It's not knowing how to do everything on the job description or the new project, but it's. Confidence. In yourself that you have the ability to figure it out. Do you find women and technology? Let the confidence. Because more men are successful in the field. So when the NC went did the research. They basically assess women that stayed in women at that lasted 35 is an incremental ISM. Instrumental age 35 after the age of 3520 or 50%, almost a woman leave tap. And so the women that stay high have high self efficacy. Uh. I don't know if I could slice it the other way I think most. Careers finance healthcare healthcare in the back office, not the nursing. ITA lot of corporate you can often see the women that push. Through you can see a lot of them do you have Sky high self efficacy meaning they believe they can do it? Now this doesn't necessarily even if you can believe you can get it across the line. You you very well. Will still have self doubt like Oh Gosh? I don't belong at this table or Oh my gosh? How did I get invited with this or? Why did they pick me? Uh you guys still have self doubt with self efficacy believe it or not, but I had experience you might second guess yourself, but Inherently, you have the track record to prove yourself, even portal online just might lose it right asleep doing it. So I think it's fun to talk about these things because I find you know, I'm going to be. 47 this month I finally beginning my career and nobody talked about self doubt second guessing yourself at. Inner voice that I talk a lot about women now about that that internal chatter that happens, all the time when you. Come up with ideas or suggestions or maybe wanna do something you're quick to say, Oh, Gosh, you're not ready or why would you think you could? You dad or you've never been able to do that? Why now that internal chatter is can be so debilitating. And I think for me, it's so awesome to talk about that with women because I thought I was alone. I thought it was just. Need that type of myself like that, but I have found out pleasantly is that many, many, many, many, many people men and women talk to themselves this way. And that that internal chatter is crazy. It can really turn you upside down and move you away from where you want to have impact. And one of the things that I've done personally. Uh because Throughout my career, I've always sort of stretched and I've had great opportunities spelled myself advocacy. Uh sometimes a dash. I never thought I would get it across the line, but eventually I did one way or the other but. Through all of that I worked so many hours I had so many milestones. I didn't have a lot of joy. I was tired, all the time and even the moments. I thought I was going to have joy. Going out with my girlfriends are going on a family vacation or just getting a couple days of- I would be thinking about what happened that week or what I have to do the next week and my mind was. Always racing. And a couple of years ago, I went to a therapist and I said, Hey, you know, I have no joy, I have. All these awesome accomplishments, I have no joy. And she's like well, I don't think you should go to this mindfulness laugh. And I was like I like I am not going to amount to much less that is ridiculous. I have a? No problem here. So she said. Well, I'm not going to see you again until you go to this mindfulness class, which I thought was. Obnoxious of an answer, but I'm like I went home. I thought about it, I signed up for the mind. This class, the First Class I was kicking and screaming in my head the 2nd and the 3rd eye. I only started really participating and I have to say that mindfulness for me has been a game changer. It has allowed me to realize how much I say, and do in my head before I even get. To the starting start line. And it has allowed me to really get some space between that their voice and my existence and it's given me some Peace of Mind. And allowed me to say, Hey, listen, I got this. And allowed me to compartmentalise some of that sells chatter. Because that shatter could really be so destructive and for me, it really took a lot of fun out of my life. And so with that I think it was really important to take those classes and to start practicing and now I'm an avid minds. Is practice are? And I feel like it is given me the space to really be in the present moment and have a lot of joy. And so my next book is going to be a lot about that journey because I think it's great to strive. External metrics. But if you don't get your internal house really straightened out. It's hard to appreciate and enjoy the journey. When you're so hard on yourself all the time. And I am not alone in this group, I talk about being heard on myself. JJ we have a question. We know there are certifications to increase our skills in degrees, we can get but from a personal development standpoint. What is a good path to take? I really think you have to do what calls you because we have so many things in corporate life. Wow. Whether you're in a non profit organization or for profit. We have so many demands credentials certifications deadlines that you have to do to. Stay in advance that I think personally you really need to go where your heart is calling you. So I have obviously have a large group of women in town called tax having women. It's about a group of 3000 women. Just on LinkedIn alone and the hobbies those women have are amazing. Summer pilots summer artist some drum some love yoga retreats. You know, some are avid readers. I think you have to be really true to who you are. And your personal fulfillment should come from things that. Really? Allow your heart to sing because this is a very demanding career and it's very rewarding and a lot of levels, but you have to find things to fill your own bucket. And those things are often very personal. Thank you. So going back to the corporate track and I'll leave in some of these things here. I love having died. Also I feel like you can be even a little more honest than you are attending the morning, so this is exciting. So one of the things that I thought was really surprising is uh one of the research studies so in my. 2nd book accelerate your impact. I had been going around talking to women's groups well balance and energies and keeping yourself hole in many women came to me and said you know. How do I get promoted? How do I get on a board? How do I take affective lateral move? Where do I find mentors and sponsors? And so I started reading articles about all of those topics and I think I read about 3000 white papers documents. Articles and I concluded about 200 in the book of things that I had never even known about things. 'Cause I was so busy working in my career. I didn't have time to work on my clear an one of the most profound. I think things, which sort of goes hand in hand with self efficacy is the risk taking and so, if I've already mentioned this about women waiting till there 100% prepared but this risk taking and lack of risk taking in men. Often UM holds women back not only have building their self efficacy, but also advancing their career. And there is quite a few documents out there about how even on salaries women don't have grocery salaries. Real early in their career and the multiple effect that has throughout their career, so I think for many of you. Sitting here today, thinking about what? What are the stretch projects where things that you're going to stretch to do? In 2020, maybe that you wouldn't have done in previous years in your life. Because it really you know success turns out. To correlate this is closely with competence as it does confidence. And I think the most compelling thing for me in the research outside of the sponsorship piece was the fact that so many of us. Are waiting to be essentially perfect before we raise our hands before we step forward before we decide to throw our names in the hat. And so really thinking about what does that mean for you? What if you held yourself back on previously? And opportunities might be on your plate right now that you that you've always talked yourself out of. And just hoping this in the forefront of your mind because I think for many of us were so afraid. The word now. And frankly. No, it's just. No, not now, it's not no forever. And I think for many of us know is such a personal thing. Except for those who have been in sales in vending. We've been in sales. I had a sales job. 4 1/2 years and I got told more no more than than yes, and it really got me comfortable sort of getting on the other side of No. I'm not taking it personally. And I think for many of us, we are so trained to get every piece of data in the rent. Place at the right time to be. You know, so structured about how we go about our lives. An I think for many of us. That's Over structuring and over preparing. Is a detriment to our career advancement? So hopefully you'll think about you know how can I do this? How can I think about moving this to the next level and? And maybe stretching before I'm ready. So one of the charts that I put together with some things not only for myself, but also when I managed teams. Because I realized that I'm not just struggling with this a lot of people I manage struggle with this too. And so I encourage women a man actually meant to to think about the projects. You're aligned to whether you get paid for more not just. Think about them, or maybe a little bit differently. So well shoot so I'm not gonna be able to do this so I'm going to have to read this to you. So this one second here. This is a build. This will build screen so I prepopulate so there's little. There's been a lot of things over it OK. So the first line I'm just going to go back so the fur up if you could just go back one. Yep, right there, OK, so the 1st row. You could take a picture of this, or if you actually text TSW to that tax. It will send you this chart too. So the 1st row is does the project you're working on a line to your current or future girls. So is it something that is your girl now or going having a future OK, so if you think about. Each project individually that you're working on and this might come into play for you to later time with friends. Well, right now, I'm not working on projects outside of school or if you are working on projects just thinking about. Maybe it a little differently. The 2nd row is what is the impact it has. To the company I'm working for So what is the revenue impact the operations or the brand. Women uhm when I talk about this little bit later, too, but women often have a challenge sharing their accomplishments. Awesome encouraged women to know when you take out a new project? What is the impact of the bottom line? Why is this project important Watt needle? Is it moving because you'll see in a little bit why this will be important. The next row is what is the benefit to the customer. For those of you that are incorporated for those of you that are planning to go to corporate. Knowing how it values the customer is a critical component. And if you're ever too far away from why it matters with the customer. It's just going to be as Frank as possible, but the father of the way the farther you are away from the customer. The more your jobs in jeopardy because you need to have sort of that relevance that direct or indirect relevance to the customer and for those of you that go into? Oh, right your customer are the employees for those of you that go into a product company your customers are your buyers. So, your customers may vary based on the roles that you actually take on but it's important that you understand. What's the benefit of each specific project is to your customer and whoever that may be? What type of executive visibility is Annas line women often don't get as much executive invisibility as men do? So one of the ways to get around that is to present your own data often times, many times were. After all, our information up until a larger presentation asked to present your own data. Whenever you get a chance so that people can connect your work too. You as a person. The next line the next row down is profit and loss, so you want to make sure that you have a? Handle on the profit and loss for that particular project. I can't tell you how many times people. Call me to how you're bored people. And they say, well, we don't just don't have profit and loss experience. Which I think is crazy 'cause think about how many of you pay your bills? But oftentimes we don't talk about that. We don't put in our work summaries. We don't put it on our LinkedIn profiles. So people don't think we have that type of experience. And the last three rows are how much growth opportunities you have in this project. I was working with one of the largest companies in the world with women engineers and uh it was uh. Global fortunes episode Fortune 25 company and so many women said that they were in charge of the P Oh process. Or the documentation process, they've done it, so much they had lost touch with people technology component of the projects. And they got farther and farther away and so sometimes I see in a lot of companies where people have. 3 to 6 projects, but they're doing the same amount of work on all the projects so making sure you're diversifying your skill set. Maybe different projects you take on. The second glasses professional for film and how much do you enjoy this type of project? And finally timeline. You know you don't want all your projects that hit in the same quarter or even the same month. So this is something that I track on a regular basis would probably isn't working for when I was in a company for my teams. Oh, because I want to make sure one, I was giving out projects in a meaningful way and 2 people. Understood why the projects matter, not only to the business. They were working for but through the companies for their customers too. So I'm just going to take a pause and see if you have any questions around that. Working on a different projects do they help women? Get one boards. And can women aspire to be on a board. Absolutely so yes, absolutely in fact. I thought forwards or one of those things where people just tap you on the shoulder. So when I was writing the 2nd book, I have a whole chapter on how women. Were invited and participated on board so I called the chapter identified joining and participating in boards an I use LinkedIn as a tool. I go out and research people that are already sort of 5 steps ahead of where I am and so I reached out about 20 women on LinkedIn. And said Hey, I notice you're on a board. I'm reading a chapter on women and boards could you answer a few questions? And about 9 of 'em got back to me and what I was alarmed to learn is that only one of the 9 were actually tapped on the shoulder. Most of them most of the women. Identified the board that they wanted to be on. And then either join the committee or met with the executive director or worked on a project to show sort of their value and what they could bring. And then through a series of steps they eventually got on the board. Generally, like I said, before I'm 9 months, 2 years. It took them to get on the board. So I was under the impression that eventually you get to a place in your prayer where you're just. Has to be on a board and that does happen for some people but most people they strategically position themselves? For a boy. Hum. Thank you. Sure and there's a there's an organization in New York that I worked with a woman of the boardroom you pay. A couple grand and they help me put board sheets to your board profile together, which is different than your resume. And your summary and then they send out open board opportunities and then you can roll your information up to. A package that then she sends out to those particular companies. Great. OK, so just moving on any other thoughts before we move on. Question I have an amazing opportunity that has presented itself, but I keep talking myself out of it. What do you do to make a decision and how do you know if it is the right decision? Well, first congratulations that's super exciting and thank you for Validating. All of us that have gone through that before and continuous second guess yourself. So there's a couple things to do I mean, there's a lot of different ways to slice this out. I think 1st and foremost. You need to know what you're driving towards so you need to say OK. This is where I want to have influence and impact and then map the opportunity to or like towards that or away from that. So where does that fit in. Up to your desired level of influence and impact it does, that aligned it. Second thing I was just about evaluating schools asking you. What are the things you're going to learn? What are the things that's going to give you exposure to? Is it going to get you on the track for where you want to have impact next? It's interesting a gentleman a friend of mine. He was so caught up on the salary for this particular job. But he was moving from service space Roloffs. Too bad for capital. And a friend of mine and he kept calling me, he's like I just want them to give me $20,000. More I just wanted to make $1000 more and I told him I said listen. The probably prevented deaths from being there and being in a VC and learning the ropes and making the connections is going to be worth 10 times more than the $20,000 you want. So think about the opportunity of Holistic Lee. Not just about the money not just about the title. But what doors is it gonna open what experience is it gonna give you. Would stretch opportunities and what network will you be able to build because of it. And does that align to where you want to go and I think if you can start to think about things more holistically and that it's a little bit. Easier going to start just looking at a title a salary in a couple of. Requirements or outlines to what the job is. Next isn't it important that we clarify that there is a difference between taking a risk. Very says raising your hand. For role that you do not want that you do not have the competencies for. Evans someone in a row that they cannot manage impacts credibility and the path for those coming behind that person. Yes. I think it depends because I think women's level of prepared Nishan Mens level of preparedness varies. So I can't tell you how many times that I have sat back and not applied because I wasn't 100% ready. Only to watch somebody get the role that I was. Um intimately aware that they were not ready and I was more prepared I think. Oftentimes, we convince ourselves that we have to have every single duck every little thing checked off before we apply. I really now in like 70% and go so if you feel like you're at 70%. I'm confident that you will figure out the other 30% based on your track record. Am I saying we should promote people that are 20%. Now, because I do think there is detrimental damage to that, but I would hope that the team which is. Which is deciding on those individuals would be? Have a good. Decision structure that would read out the 2030 and 40% and would really focus on the 6070. Maybe 90%. Thank you. Yeah, and they have a follow-up questions that or they don't agree. Please let me know. So the research consistently shows that. You know women have a hard time basically talking about ourselves. They really are challenged and sharing our accomplishments and it's funny because? Uh the next article. I'll show you they they compare 2 SE rolls system engineer roles and that they show how woman? Describe yourself in how a man and all the research that I showed women just have a really hard time and. There is Probably some of you are doing pieces on this at some level, but there is a double bind where we can't say too much are bad when ourselves like. You can't be bragging but we have to show up and you can't. People have to like us and we can't be aggressive. I mean, it really are in a tumultuous situation. When it comes to work there is no doubt. And I think the best advice someone gave me was JJ you just one has to be kind 1st and foremost. And 2nd you have to be true to yourself. And I really think about that whether I'm in the grocery store or whether I'm in a corporate setting. Being kind and aware of other people and then being true to my mantra, and now as I get older, I'm. Couple of words now I'm not afraid to reclaim my. Thoughts. So the research shows that women. Will say things and often times it's overlooked and then the same meeting or the next meeting or 3 meetings later somebody else. John will say will say the same thing and then he gets all these scooters and like girls. Let's do that. That's great. Ah delicately and kindly my have now learned to say. Hey John, I'm really glad you brought that back to the forefront. I remember bringing it up a couple weeks ago and I actually have a couple other points. I wanted to mention about that. So I'm sitting here laughing because you do have to know your audience. You do have to be aware of the situation. But research shows that women are overlooked their thoughts are overlooked and their overtopped and the one thing I would say for sure. If you are an over apologize? Are you need to have someone help you work on that. Stop you're starting your conversations with apologizing like Hey? Can I just or skews me? Do you mind if I just? Can I just say something or I'm sorry I have something to say. People are not listening to anything else, you're saying after that. So you need to be if you need a coach on concise communication. I would highly encourage you to get it. Because we tend because. Convincing yourself, you're being sweet. Um. Is not gonna work for you? I guarantee it because before they make their comments. The common is the US and often these but ability. The conversation so. Critical station coaches are super helpful and feel like you might be struggling with that. Great. Thank you. So with that just to let you know, and this is a little bit older study, but this is the only one I barrel filed this visual. Is that you know women use almost twice as many words on a resume with as men? But only 1/3 of the detail. So why do you think that is? Because we can talk from the often times were talking from an early age, not to boast not to brag don't up show your brother don't beach. What about yourself? And we carry these conversations in our head into our professional life. So it's really important that you think about even some of the work you're doing in school I mean. Nobody asked on your resume did you get paid for this work or not so if you're doing special projects as part of your school program? As part of your thesis is part of your PhD you could still lift those under projects on LinkedIn. My encouragement is doing and bullet point fashion and think about anytime you can add numbers. Anytime you can add numbers. It's super important so even if you were on a team of 3 people or 6 people, you say. As a cheaper 6. We've been able to accomplish acts with this kind of budget with this timeline so. Anytime you can use Patrick's it's important because. You could be incredibly qualified but if your resume does not re separate represent metrics or specific data you could. He's a Leech overlooks. That's great advice. So I'm surprised there, I'm going to get into networking. Not so let me just I'll just take a pause. There's anyone want to finish a conversation or dive into something that I mentioned. Yes, I have several questions if you don't mind. Let's see. What would you do if you took a job that you thought was great in 2 months after starting you hate it? That's a good question, and I'm sure that will call can relate to that. So I would probably dig into it right so go back and think about what you thought you would like. Think about what you're doing now because one of the things I talked about in both my books is aligning your enerji. And some of that takes you to sort of figure out what do you like doing and what don't you like doing 'cause? I suspect that there's things that either they didn't tell you about. Or that you didn't know you'd have to do so. Much of or you can even or that you didn't even know you didn't like it. Sort of doing an inventory of what you do each day in putting A plus by the things you enjoy doing. And then minus by the things you don't to really get a feel of what you don't like about the job because. Many people jump, not only jobs, but also in relationships to the next thing without really doing the inventory and they? Find themselves in the same situation. So I think inventorying your day your week your month or quarter. And really make the plus and minus list, so that you're super clear on what energizes you an what depletes you. So you don't have a repeat performance. And then sometimes depending on your relationship with your manager depending on how fast the organization or Department is growing. Sometimes you can negotiate things off of your job description and on to other people and then pulling things towards you that you. Really excites you and probably better align with your skill set in your natural gas. One of our listeners wanted me to share with you. That she is the only female technician for her company in Germany. Other women are in other departments, but not IT. She just had a conversation with her boss. Last week. When he did a site visit and decided to talk to her. He asks what she planned on doing with her doctrine. Anne she mentioned that she could see herself eventually being a CI Oh, Oh my gosh that's awesome. Yes, and how was the conversation when he was supportive or not, but that's fantastic. That's having a vision a vision for where you want to go. That's fantastic. And you know a couple things you know now. This is really part of our topic. But oftentimes people ask me. How do I have get more women? How do I hire more Webster 18 more website and I would say? What women do you have in the process? What women do you have in the recruiting process? What women do you have in the mentoring and sponsoring. Process. I don't think I'm many times, I've been only woman in the group. But I participated in women activities either. Company. For UM in my city or in my region, so making sure that she gets out and makes those connections. If she wants them so she doesn't feel like she's. Completely solo. Great any other files. Congratulations is awesome. Yes and Question why do women need a playbook JJ why I didn't, either I thought my good work was going to get me there. I really did because in my 20s and early 30s that I sort of got check on the shoulder. Raise my hand but I realize it after the age of 35 is that oftentimes there's not as many. Positions and opportunities and it's not just about you anymore. It's about the people that raise their hand for you. It's about the people that suggest you it's about the projects you take out. It's about the executive exposure you get there's a lot more to the equation of what gets you strategically to the nest app as you move through your clear that. Was it really necessary I found my keys. But after the age of 35 if there's a lot more strategy involved to getting. I'm glad. Working on a board or getting anything wrong. How can women convince employ their employers? And the work environment that a woman has the ability to address a resolve technical issues. Huh. So how I've seen it work. Is that women? Do solve technical issues and they do? Share their work and they don't have their work off other people. In a couple I mean, I'm thinking back to like 99 a Regina caching solution and there was 7. Technical folks and one of them was a woman. Yeah, I mean every time she just solve the problem, she saw with the problem and the guys on our team just. You want it that they started promoting her and she started to get to talk more and meeting so. I'm not sure if if you're not in the role now where you want to get in the room or your? In the role, but you're not being heard. So I think you just have to assess sort of where you are in the process and even teaming up with people in your team. So when I was. At my last company, I would go into some customer meetings and even though I had you know a very technical background in iTunes. Background I used to Program Cisco routers. And I took a sales job because I needed to be in the same city as my cue kids that were under 3. And so they assigned me to sales. I started going to sales meetings and my customers because I had the sales title, they would. Ask technical questions and when I would start to answer they would say no we want your STD answer. Which is name is Bob? So then Bob will start to answer an I I told me I'd be so aggravated I'm a Bob I know those users. He's like it right back to you and so we had a discussion that. Hey, I'm going to start talking. But when we do road map discussions. I'm going to present the road Maps. And so I would study study study study. I would learn the road Maps and then usually engineers were presented road map and my engineer and I. I sort of Proof Sunnyhill road map and once the both of us got really great at it. We were able to go to 2 to 4 meetings today. Without each other rather than both of us being in the same meeting and so we were able to get more. Customer meetings done in ultimately, we had our number more often because you're able to split up and so. I think anytime you can create a collaboration with man and I have to say mostly it's going bad. That had been my sponsors my ventures that have stepped up for me that have created space for me at the table. So finding a cumpadre. OK. Crane. What advice can? We miss it. What advice can I pass on to the next generation of women and Technology I teach 3rd grade and will be? Beginning my stem Education Masters. You know women in men's brains are exactly the same women are just as good at technology computers engineering as voice like. If you're into it stick with it, you know women generally fall out of interest in math in around the time that they? Have a change of life because they feel foolish so a lot of schools that I have seen have even pulled the girls out. And had separate classes with them and then once they got to be a little bit older integrated them back in. It's not always the likelihood of all schools. But even being a teacher that has after school programs for girls. And a lot of Computer Engineering, Legos, you know, there's so like Oh let's build A. Let's build a Superman Booth or unskilled or race car. Sometimes the projects don't interest the girls and so Harvey Mudd. You probably heard of them. They even changed the. The labeling of their courses and the output of what's happening women are very altruistic they want you. Create things that have long jets. They want to build things that matter and so, if you're having programs for girls and boys. Think about the programs and projects you have in hand to keep them excited about the work well. And covered about 9 things in that answer. Alright so I want to talk a little bit about networking. I feel like networking is so, so important. So many of us network in the same group, so research shows that women feel very. Great networking at the level they are at where men feel very comfortable networking one and 2 levels above. So thinking about how do you network? What's the purpose of the groups are in what's your contribution? What are your benefits? What are you giving to other people are there ways to make new professional connections? Can you find mentors and sponsors? And then you can get experience in your networking groups that you might not be getting in your day job. So using the groups that you're in for waste expand your skill set and then make sure you're putting that. Somewhere whether it's your resume your link in your writing blogs about it. Don't hide your skill set so finding Ways and same with projects if you're in 6 networking groups in there. Think about how you might start to shake that up a little bit in 2020, so that you're getting skill sets. Experiences and networks that you may not have. Some of the reasons I'm on nonprofit boards so not hoverboards are a ton of work you have to contribute to nonprofit boards. But sometimes the networks on those boards are so incredibly valuable. It is worth it and believe in the mission. It's just such a win win on so many fans. Corporate profits sometimes you get a stipend as you get more and more preparing for an experience you'll gain. More revenue, but it does take awhile just like your career takes the bill drops so does your bored. Opportunities take built take time to build up. Well, I find a Nike is that most boards have very few items people on their board and so much of technology is driving. All types of businesses that they need a technology based person so if you're interested in getting on board. Well people do not like. Hey, I'm really interested in getting on getting on sex before if I love SAS software. Service help, I'm always like yeah, you know if you have any sass companies are looking at a woman to their board with a technical background. Your skin I'm very interested like I just let people know. And it's funny. I think once you put out in the universe. Things started to kind of your way. So being here for purple eyes what you're looking to do in making sure that it's a give and take. I think that you're taking on outside of work. Are getting paid? You're welcome that's everything else to offend or somewhere. You just not getting anything out. We're dreading going. You have a role on the board. You don't want to be honest and profit. And someone else opportunity clear your calendar for room for you opportunities. I must iMessage for somebody so want to be out there that are thinking about networking groups are part of. That just Exhaust you more than they excite you this is the year to let those go. You only have so much time is one of your biggest asset, so you have to be that public. Enerji spikes you in the front end alignment on his pills drain. Chat. Will get lost? So for any questions, you have UM in bringing questions that you have. Forward. I just need to finish up in the catalyst. Many past the fire codes. We just ask one final probably a lot of us have mentors people don't want to be paid by telling you what to do. Ideas. Uh we talked a little bit about your mentor today. The percentage mean after guiding you ask him, but I think I'd like to. And this session on sponsors because sponsors are absolutely instrumental and oftentimes women do not have sponsors. Sponsors are folks in your network, but not only know about their work with him, but I have an idea. About what you wanted to ask. Social capital during social capital mean don't tap into their network, then make a Phone call for you will teach you. Short list all like Bob did so, pushing information allow me to present at a customer meeting their people. What are points that represent fastened properly for production? Back. And you guys, just need your Phone. Great OK, so just to finish on the sponsorship fee sponsorship is something you should definitely definitely strive for in 2020. Answer is something that we play with their social capital. To help you? In fact, I found many, many sponsors just on LinkedIn. When I was writing my first book. I'd never written a book. And I reached out to people that I've written books in my network, reached out to them. I did not know many of them and said Hey, I'm running my first love. Do you have a couple tips you wanna give you know that you would offer me and some would write him? In some had a 15 minute call. If you wanna sleep. I'm having been sent you some things people don't take time in their schedule to make. It's happened thank you and I think so many of us. Sponsors are selected. I. So you sponsors are generally so I've created a whole course on this because I think it's such a critical. But it all the material is my second book is about 4 chapters on this because it really is this. Just after we have professionally. And you have to have an idea of where you wanna go. And then you have to find people that can potentially help make that happen into the people that are generally how to view that have. Access you don't have that needs to be opened or something that you can't even for yourself. And ask is gonna help you if not, I'll sponsor stay along for a lifetime, it might just one. Action. So some people call me once awhile now means they hate interacting with this person or how do you talk to this person? Because I have such a large network on LinkedIn. I often are impacting people that I know I think. So even today, a woman. I do not want businesswomen cops inspired. He just wants to fit for man, but they have to wear Mens uniforms and so uh this moment started this. It's nice in that she wanted to talk to somebody Cintas, another uniform pieces organizations and I had people on my network. Any questions, I called guidance and possibly this woman here started this business, she sells uniforms to cops into mine. Talking. Dallas sponsor Irish out some of my network, share for private insurance company valuable. Let's talk about what sponsors. No. So I think you know, there's a lot of times we covered I completely appreciate not only the conversation. The questions they want ability, obviously recharging. Hopefully, they say connected on LinkedIn. And if there's any questions, you want to ask. You know properly Paul here we cancelled more questions. JJ we truly want to thank you. On behalf of Walden University for taking the time to speak to. Not only our current students, but also our perspective, students, faculty and employees. You've given us a wealth of. Information we do have some questions out there that I will see if you don't mind if I can. Email them to you and possibly you respond that way I can get back to those who sent through some questions. I want to also let everyone know about your box. So that we can support the working women's GPS. When the plan to have it all has led you astray as well as they celebrate your impact. Do you have any other books in the making? I have one? I'm working on right now, so here they are right here. So yeah, working on one right now, so we'll see. It's definitely about the inner chatter that drives our decisions. Elsewhere. Great JJ thank you so much. We really do appreciate what you've shared with us today and we look to hear from you soon. Well, thank you so much for the invitation Anne for any of you that didn't get to ask the question you're more than welcome to reach out to me on LinkedIn. I'm happy to address it directly to. So thank you so much for the opportunity. Great thank you and thank you. Everyone who attended we will get back with you with additional information you know of. Anyone is looking to continue their education, Please send them our way to Walden University. Thank you and have a great day. But just bring us to the end of our web and are we appreciate everybody taking time out of your busy schedules to join us today. Thank you for submitting all your wonderful questions. As a reminder this webinar will be archived. It can be viewed on demand. The links access that will be sent. In a follow up email, please again. Feel free to share this content with a friend or colleague and we also encourage you to connect with our faculty students. An alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Thank you again to our presenter JJD Geronimo Teubal Taylor. And to all of the wonderful women in technology. We have at Walden University. We appreciate everything you're doing for us. Everyone please have a fantastic evening and. Enjoy the rest of your day.
JJ DiGeronimo, President of Tech Savvy Women, is one of the most highly regarded speakers, authors, and executive strategists to attract, retain, and advance professional women. Through her keynotes and executive sessions, JJ shares effective leadership, influence and inclusion strategies to accelerate professional women. In this informal dialogue, JJ will discuss such topics as: