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.