Decades after women began entering the tech workplace, relatively few have made it into corporate management.
What’s it take to reach the top? At a Monday night panel discussion at Lyft, hosted by a San Francisco-based organization of international women called The Expat Woman, leaders discussed their journeys to success in the tech industry, the gender gap in senior leadership roles and advice for women in ways to forge ahead in their fields.
What they said: Women need to get better with self-promotion and personal branding. They need to build strong networks outside their company, not just inside. They should seek out many mentors, not just one. Learn new skills. Enjoy risk. Setbacks? Failure? Bounce back.
The conversations steered clear of recent revelations about Uber detailed by Susan Fowler, a software engineer who exposed a culture of sexual harassment and sexism.
Rather, the leaders offered practical suggestions to young women in tech — a new pool of candidates who tend to be ethnically diverse and have grown up in a digital world for much of their careers. There is competition for these women as tech companies are under growing pressure to broaden and diversify their workforce.
Specifically, they offered this advice for how to rise through the ranks of technology firms:
By Lisa M. Krieger
Source: The Mercury News
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