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In just a few short days, 20+ fellow SAP colleagues and I will descend upon the Castro District of San Francisco to participate in the 5th Annual Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Summit. From March 1st to March 3rd, over 5000 lesbians, queer women, and the allies who love them will come together. Have you seen the agenda? These three days are packed with trailblazing speakers and topics ranging from cybersecurity, big data, AI, and machine learning, plus AR+VR, FinTech, and leadership.

While I am looking forward to leaving the cold dreary East Coast behind, fueling up on Blue Bottle, and seeing the bowtie brigade IRL, here are the top three things I am looking forward to at my first #LWTSUMMIT.

 

Meeting Rock Stars

Building a network of colleagues, associates, prospective candidates, and friends in the tech industry can be difficult as an underrepresented minority in STEM. Lesbians in Tech helps turn conversation into connections. Having so many of these individuals at one place and at one time is powerful. As an employer, it is a dream. At SAP, we are hiring for full-time and summer internships so make sure to stop by and visit us as the Ida B. Wells Tech Pavilion. Chat with us. Get interviewed. Grab swag. We cannot wait to meet you.

 

Learning and Relearning

Conference are not just a reason to turn on your out of office that you haven’t used since the December holidays. For me, it is an opportunity to dive into topics that during the typical non-stop workday, I do not make the time to think critically about. Digital accessibility, future of urban aviation, and practical strategies for personal cyber-security defense are just a few sessions I have on my “must attend” list. While I have a general gist of “how to negotiate like a badass” and “how to build a power tech community,” I know I need to relearn and rethink about these topics and dive deeper. Lesbians in Tech gives us a safe space to learn and relearn. This whole concept of being open to learning is pivotal to your current and future career. Join me as I will share tips and details in my breakout on Friday March 2nd at 2:40pm at main stage 2 café as we discuss “Ready to Work for 70+ years?” You won’t want to miss it.

 

Awakening the Force

We are only two months into 2018 and already this year is filled of sadness, polarization, and tragedy. A tried and true antidote to hate is love and so selfishly I am looking forward to feeling a renewed sense of optimism and empowerment. Every time I watch last year’s highlight video I get goosebumps, so can only imagine the feeling being onsite. We have a lot of work to do – together- but action and change can only take place when communities come together. If we each take the momentum generated at Lesbians Who Tech and bring back to our respective workplaces, this movement will amplify, awareness will spread, and accountability will be demanded.

 

Looking forward to an incredible three days. See you in SF!

 

 

 

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