Getting ready for the Women in Technology luncheon.
Huge thanks to SQL Sentry for sponsoring!
This year’s special guest is Angie Chang of Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women.
Angie will sit down with Denise McInerney, PASS VP of Marketing.
I love looking around the room at the Women in Technology Luncheon and seeing so many men in attendance.
Denise McInerney taking the stage. Here we go.
Angie Chang joining Denise on stage.
Chang has a BA in English and is in Technology. Me too. Liberal Arts = Learning How to Learn
Chang has long been involved in helping women network and improve themselves
Chang: Hackbright has graduated over 300 women at this point.
Chang: Hackbright started by folks who attended a coding bootcamp in San Francisco.
Hackbright: We’ll teach you how to code in ten weeks.
Chang: we are teaching python as a full stack framework. We also do Angular and teach women how to mentor each other
Chang: Each student gets three mentors to help with code reviews, etc
Chang: People choose Hackbright because of the Community. #CommunityMatters
Chang: Hackbright students and alumna have come from so many various backgrounds.
McInerney: I know you have a high rate of job placement from Hackbright. Can you share success stories?
Chang: We have several women who have gone onto senior software engineering positions and engineering managers
Chang: Survey Monkey has, I think, hired more Hackbright alums than any other company
McInerney: How are companies supporting Hackbright Academy?
Chang: We invite partners companies to a career day to come and meet all our graduating students.
Chang: Several companies also offer scholarships for Hackbright students
Chang: For the first GirlGeek dinner I hosted in the Bay Area, we have 400 people sign up in 5 days. #Winning
Chang: Often, people get hired based on networking, etc, at Girl Geek dinners.
Chang: Train your managers so that women who are already IN tech have a good experience
Chang: There are so many roles that women of ANY age can fill. It’s a shame we only focus on the youngest
Chang: Making sure women can start having a better experience in Tech is going to help with retention of women in in Tech.
Chang: We encourage our students to BE THE CHANGE THEY WANT TO SEE #GoodAdviceForAllOfUs
McInerney: What advice to you have for parents that want to make a difference in this area?
Chang: Don’t just enroll your boys in tech camps, etc. Enroll your girls, too. #ProudToSayIDoThat
Chang: Encourage your girls to be brave instead of afraid they are going to break things. #ItsOKToFail
McInerney: How can people help support Hackbright Academy?
We are opening up to questions. People online can ask via hashtag #passwit
McInerney: What’s your perspective on how schools need to change?
Chang: One example is a project called Technovation that helps girls write Android apps and pitch them
Chang: I was really lucky to have a computer programming class in high school. We need more of that.
McInerney: There is a documentary on Technovation coming to YouTube next week called Code Girl
Chang: We have never had a student directly out of high school. We’re wondering why that would be.
Chang: At Hackbright, we have lots of hackathons and they have been women of all ages.
Twitter Question: Are there plans for paths other than software engineering at Hackbright?
Chang: Currently, we are trying to fill the gap in software engineering. These are good-paying jobs, etc.
Question: Have you seen blowback form that fact that Hackbright is not a four-year degree?
Chang: It’s kind of silly that so many positions require a four-year degree. It is just not that important these days.
Chang: Eliminating the degree requirements does NOT lower the bar. It just makes the job description more accessible.
Chang: We’re working on piloting some Hackbright hackathons in companies to help them elevate their women
Question: Why more women in tech?
Chang: Diverse teams have better results. The helps everyone.
Chang: Autodesk is one our partners. Internet of Things and Data Science have been interesting topics for our graduates.
Twitter: Do you think it is damaging to refer to females as Girls instead of Women?
Chang: There are far more important things to worry about than Girls vs Women
McInerney: There’s a lot of information our there about Unconscious Bias.
Chang: In a lot of companies, some managers bring up women in there team, others… not so much
Chang: Good mentors are needed. So many women leave tech over a bad manager
Chang: Field trips are great. They have inspired our students tremendously. Show them a good tech experience.
Chang: We also mentor our mentors to make sure they learn how to be good mentors.
Chang to Mentors: If you are asking me how you are doing, you are probably doing a good job.
Chang: THANK YOU for having this conversation!
Thanks to Angie Chang, Denise McInerney, and sponsor SQL Sentry for a great Women in Technology Luncheon.
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