My Experience: Grace Hopper Conference
Earlier this month a large group from Target’s Engineering & Recruiting teams headed to the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in Orlando. It was a busy week filled with great speakers and new relationships formed. Target was nominated as an AnitaB.org’s Top Companies for Women Technologists – specifically a company that has representation of women technologists above the mean, very exciting!
One of my favorite experiences at GHC was leading Target’s Women in Technology Workshop. This idea stemmed from the concept of working through tough issues that women in technology face. The topics were:
Pay Equity/Negotiate Your Worth
Having Your Voice Heard
Overcoming Obstacles, Frustrations, Remaining Resilient
This was an active workshop to talk through past experiences, current situations, things you’ve tried, and ideas you have heard about. We came back for a rapid fire share of topics to consider and consistent themes, things learned, things that made us feel uncomfortable and practical real-life application.
Below are the takeaways from each group at the GHC session.
Pay Equity/Negotiate Your Worth:
Know your Market Value – ask in a safe environment, consider benefits/location tradeoffs, utilize tools like salary.com & Glassdoor
Practice Negotiation – concentrate on: what values do you bring, take out “maybe” “sorry” “I think” “I’d really appreciate”; think through value of benefit package; and Just Ask!
Practice telling your story – even for an internal role
Having Your Voice Heard:
Be Loud! Take initiative/ask questions
Debate – be willing to be wrong, just not silent
Visibility with Sr. leadership
*Collaboration tools, i.e. confluence, hipchat, slack
*Show your work!
*Speak up – ask to get involved
Coaching vs. blaming
*Smile back (aggressive voices)
Find a mentor/coach
Overcoming Obstacles, Frustrations, Remaining Resilient:
Speak Up, model what works, name it; just keep moving, take the next steps
Focus on your emotional resilience
*Know how you can contribute
*Move from survival to learn & thrive
*Where am I going/why?
*Find a supporter
*Breaks/Balance – feed your belief in what’s possible
*I originally posted this to my LinkedIn page; the views and experiences are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of Target.