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Tech Leaders 2nd event - November 2010

posted Dec 22, 2010, 5:58 AM by Ofira Tal   [ updated Jan 3, 2011, 11:07 PM ]

The second Technit event was another great opportunity for us to meet and form as an active community,
We had a chance to see again some of the faces we saw in the first event, and also see new faces, which means our community is slowly growing.
The sessions were very interesting and generated emotional discussions about women status and what we can do to make a difference.
It is always inspiring to feel the great energies we have when we meet and to hear the thoughts of smart, opinionated women.

Below you can find some interesting quotes that Leora Wiseman wrote to herself during the sessions:

Miriam Erez -
"You need to sample the identity that is relevant to the situation." She said this with regards to each of us having multiple identities, e.g. wife, mother, rock climber, engineer, etc. When at work you have the "engineer" identity and leave all others behind.

"If you can't help yourself, help a colleague." Help colleagues find opportunities they are qualified for. Advocate for others.

Aya Soffer -
"Go in directions that intrigue you,"
"Work with people with whom you have good chemistry"
"Ask for challenges you're interested in - sometimes it may solve a problem for both sides."

Oded Zohar -
"Throwing well is more important than catching well."
"Every failure is a starting point."
"Focus on what you can control."
"Aspire to constant movement with others."
"Try to avoid CPA (Constant Partial Attention). It leads to mistakes, hurts concentration, wastes time, and causes stress."

We hope to see you again in the next Technit event!

TechLeaders event

posted Jun 30, 2010, 10:54 PM by Leora Wiseman

We had a great turn out and great day at the first event of the Technit community. We introduced the community. Marissa Mayer spoke about challenges in her career, the 20% women rule that Larry and Sergey had at the start of Google, and how she grew her influence over time and as Google grew in scale.

Jo Miller led two fascinating workshops about building your influence and your network. Giving examples from real women she knew and how they overcame the challenges to increase their influence, and with exercises, Jo got us all to think of several steps we can all take to increase our influence.

The speed networking session was very energizing. We split into two circles and got to meet at least 5 women and practice our 30 second commercial, as well as ask the other person for something and practice saying "no".

The working groups session was an hour long. We split into seven teams:
-- Technical leadership of women
-- Technical empowerment and inspiration
-- Planning future events
-- Mentoring
-- Running the website/forum
-- Relationships with students
-- Growing the community and making it thrive
We will post a summary of the first steps each group is planning to take and the people to contact if you want to help.

Finally, at the end of the day we had four panelists tell us about their experiences, successes, failures, challenges. The panelists were Dr. Orna Berry, Dr. Dorit Dor, Dr. Michal Tsur, and Shulamit Banay. They engaged with us and even showed up early to participate in some of the other activities.

The slides from the presentation are attached.

- Leora Wiseman

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