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Career Advice/ Technology

13 Female-Friendly Technology Conferences

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Attending conferences can be a great way for professionals to grow their networks, gain new skills, and stay up-to-date on industry trends.

However, in the very male-dominated world of technology, being the lone woman attending many of the tech-oriented events can be frustrating. A female colleague of mine just returned from an employer-sponsored tech conference where she was one of eleven women in attendance (over 600 attendees in total). She said there was more gender equality in a college frat house than at the conference.

Not fun.

Focusing on female-friendly tech conferences, I put together a list of well-reputed events that prioritize gender parity both in speaker line-up and attendees. A few of the listed conferences are all female, others include both genders but have a reputation for being inclusionary (not too bro fest-like).

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Gender Equality/ Technology

4 Myths about Working in Technology

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Throughout my early career, I never thought about working in technology.

I thought technology was for nerds. I thought technology was for men. I thought technology was people different than me – a millennial woman that liked being around people and enjoyed being active. Like many young professionals, I mistakenly thought technology wasn’t a viable or satisfactory option for my career or lifestyle goals.

The year I turned twenty-five, I got a chance to experience the tech world as a part of Silicon Valley startup team.

It was awesome.

It was exciting.

It was so me.

The people I met through my tech experience were really, really different than the tech-tracked software engineering students my university had publicized. Instead of being a homogenous group of calculus-crushing gamers, modern changemakers in technology were part of a vibrant and diverse community.

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