Best of ELEVATE 2023 Sessions – From Overcoming Proximity Bias to Dealing with Setbacks, Neurodiversity, Career Growth & Paths

March 17, 2023
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The 6th annual Girl Geek X: ELEVATE Conference and Career Fair on March 8-9, 2023 in celebration of International Women’s Day hosted over 3k women & allies globally, with 74% attendees interested in hearing about jobs, 40+ women speakers (with 63% women of color), 5 sponsors at Career Fair (virtual employer booths), and 2 developer workshops.

Here are the most-watched 20 sessions from ELEVATE 2023 Conference & Career Fair! You can watch (or re-watch) them at the links below, or watch the YouTube playlist:

  1. Overcoming Proximity BiasClaire Rutkowski, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Champion at Bentley Systems
  2. Own It: Tenacity, Dealing with Setbacks and Being Resilient – Rebecca Dobson, Corporate Vice President, EMEA at Cadence
  3. Neurodiversity @ Work – Jessica Sahagian, Director of Engineering at ConnectRN
  4. Don’t Think You’re Qualified for a Position in Tech? Apply Anyway Stevie Case, Chief Revenue Officer at Vanta
  5. Fuck Cancer: Prioritization, Boundaries and Self-Care – Aastha Gupta and Sharmeen Chapp, Senior Directors of Product Management at Meta
  6. The Four Allies You Need To Boost Your Career – Luiza Pena, Lead Application Engineer at Cadence
  7. Why Onboarding to a Company’s Legacy Codebase Sucks and How to Make it Work for Your Team – Shanea Leven, Chief Executive Officer at CodeSee
  8. Designing AI for Designers – Dr. Tonya Custis, Director of AI Research at Autodesk
  9. Beyond the Base: Negotiating Your Total Package – Aliza Carpio, Director of Product Management, Tech Evangelist at Autodesk
  10. From Netflix to Starting Up and How To Make ‘Scary’ Career Choices – Maria Kazandjieva, Engineering Leader and Co-Founder at Graft
  11. Strength Spotter for Teams – Aashima Lakhanpal, Search Product Lead at Google
  12. The Key to Excelling In Your Career is to Manage Your PIE (Performance, Image and Exposure) – Melsha Nicole Key, Senior Manager, Marketing Manager at Gap Inc.
  13. Data Storytelling: How This ONE SKILL Will Set You Apart – Katie Egeland, Senior Insights Analyst at PlayStation
  14. From Private to Public – Leading in Government Tech – Maya Israni, Director of Engineering at United States Digital Service
  15. How To Take Control of Your Career – Ginger Holt, Senior Staff Data Scientist at Databricks
  16. What Every Leader Should Know To Catalyze Higher Team Performance – Kimberley Parsons, Chief Executive Officer at Bamboo Teaming
  17. How To Navigate The Gatekeeping Culture in Tech – Cynthia C. Harbor, Senior Technical Program Manager at CACI
  18. Increasing Your Odds of Career Success with a Brag Sheet – Erica Pisani, Senior Software Engineer at Netlify
  19. Are You Technical Enough? – Kelly Kitagawa, Senior Solutions Engineer at HashiCorp
  20. Developer Workshop: Delivering Value and Standing Out In This Job Market – Shanea Leven, Chief Executive Officer at CodeSee

Thank You To ELEVATE 2023 Supporters – They’re Hiring!

Special thank you to our supporters at AutodeskCadence, United States Digital ServiceCodeSee and Dematic for recruiting from the Girl Geek X community of mid-to-senior level technical women. We can’t wait to help another girl geek get her next job in tech.

Don’t forget to check out featured jobs—Autodesk, Cadence, USDS, CodeSee & Dematic are actively hiring!

The conference theme is “Lift As You Climb,” is perfect for celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

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Each session’s transcript is linked from YouTube description in ELEVATE Conference playlist!

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