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Powerful Women in Tech Roundtable Discussion

Last week, I attended a Churchill Club “Women in Tech Roundtable” at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley office. Here are some fantastic soundbites I captured.

Robyn Denholm, CFO, Juniper Networks

·      Keep investing in yourself, if you don’t no one else will.

·      Recognizing innovation from both inside & outside the company is what keeps it fresh.

·      Apart from love, outsource everything else.

Lori Goler, Vice President of Human Resources and Recruiting, Facebook

·      Formal mentoring programs don’t work as well as real, organic relationship for valuable feedback and guidance”

·      We need to have more than 18% of women engineers in colleges.

·      Facebook is looking for people who can redefine products, take something good and make it great.

·      People, not technology, drive innovation.

·      GenY are looking for jobs with impact, flexibility, autonomy, building strong social connections in the company.

·      It’s not about who is the most senior person and what did they bring. It’s about what you built last Thursday.

·      Life is a jungle gym, not a ladder.

Barbara Holzapfel, Managing Director, SAP Labs North America

·      Skills are baseline, what I look for in hiring is passion, energy and the ability to drive change.

Shahla Aly: VP Solutions Delivery, Microsoft IT

·      We don’t need to fix women’spersonalities in the workplace, we need to fix the system.

·      This is a moment in time in technology: there is a need for engineering talent but also greater capabilities: in business and an overseas background.

·      You are represented by your words. Public speaking is important in business.

·      Think very carefully about what success means to you. Define it for yourself, not what society says.

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One comment on “Powerful Women in Tech Roundtable Discussion

  1. Totally agree with Lori Goler. It’s about building a community of problem-solvers and people who are excited about building things together. We need to find ways to foster connection, collaboration, and mutual support.

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