Driving WinTech talks to Fredericton

Driving WinTech Event Recap

Fredericton welcomes Driving WinTech’s Community Conversation

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By Aileen Cham

On October 24, Driving Wintech invited Fredericton’s local women in tech to the Community Conversation at Planet Hatch. The event sparked lively networking and engaging storytelling about teamwork, challenges and courage. Members of Fredericton’s panel included: Natalia Stakhanova, NB Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security; Erin Flood, Founder of the Go Do Project; and Lori Clair, Co-Founder at Black Arcs.

Moderator Cathy Simpson kicked off the discussion with some words of encouragement: “Engaging in conversation is an act of bravery because you don’t know how the other person is going to react. So we are going to be courageous and talk about our stories.” Cathy shared an epiphany she had during her career. “I had worked with men for 22 years. I came to realize I really missed working and collaborating with women.” The panel encountered similar realizations in their careers, which motivated them to kickstart new opportunities for women feeling isolated in the male-dominant tech industry.

Erin shared a unique piece of advice, which underscored the importance of maintaining a human presence in tech and business-driven industries. Her mission is to connect the human factor to technology and encourages others to do the same: “Technology can be complex, so you need that human entity to translate your tech product to your human audience.”

Cathy contributed her philosophy: “If there’s an opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it by using my voice– but this can be challenging in the tech industry.” She asked the panel if they had faced similar predicaments. “You need to be brave,” Natalia responded, urging women to remain courageous and steadfast in their ambitions. Erin emphasized that communication, voicing your concerns are the most effective and efficient ways to success. She encouraged getting past personal fear of rejection. Lori advised all women in tech to continually boost each other’s confidence through collaboration.

The Fredericton Community Conversation was an empowering event, advocating for the courage to act and speak boldly within the tech industry. “Take the front seat,” Erin said, “and own it!”  

We thank Planet Hatch for sponsoring the gorgeous venue and food, community partner Knowledge Park and all the attendees of the Fredericton Community Conversation.

 

Driving WinTech talks to Fredericton

Driving WinTech Event Recap

Fredericton welcomes Driving WinTech’s Community Conversation

Fred1
Fred3

By Aileen Cham

On October 24, Driving Wintech invited Fredericton’s local women in tech to the Community Conversation at Planet Hatch. The event sparked lively networking and engaging storytelling about teamwork, challenges and courage. Members of Fredericton’s panel included: Natalia Stakhanova, NB Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security; Erin Flood, Founder of the Go Do Project; and Lori Clair, Co-Founder at Black Arcs.

Moderator Cathy Simpson kicked off the discussion with some words of encouragement: “Engaging in conversation is an act of bravery because you don’t know how the other person is going to react. So we are going to be courageous and talk about our stories.” Cathy shared an epiphany she had during her career. “I had worked with men for 22 years. I came to realize I really missed working and collaborating with women.” The panel encountered similar realizations in their careers, which motivated them to kickstart new opportunities for women feeling isolated in the male-dominant tech industry.

Erin shared a unique piece of advice, which underscored the importance of maintaining a human presence in tech and business-driven industries. Her mission is to connect the human factor to technology and encourages others to do the same: “Technology can be complex, so you need that human entity to translate your tech product to your human audience.”

Cathy contributed her philosophy: “If there’s an opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it by using my voice– but this can be challenging in the tech industry.” She asked the panel if they had faced similar predicaments. “You need to be brave,” Natalia responded, urging women to remain courageous and steadfast in their ambitions. Erin emphasized that communication, voicing your concerns are the most effective and efficient ways to success. She encouraged getting past personal fear of rejection. Lori advised all women in tech to continually boost each other’s confidence through collaboration.

The Fredericton Community Conversation was an empowering event, advocating for the courage to act and speak boldly within the tech industry. “Take the front seat,” Erin said, “and own it!”

We thank Planet Hatch for sponsoring the gorgeous venue and food, community partner Knowledge Park and all the attendees of the Fredericton Community Conversation.

Everyone knows that we are living in an increasingly tech-enabled world. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in the number of jobs that are now available in the tech industry. The problem is, while the Computer Science workforce has grown by 60% since 1991, the percentage of young women going into the industry has declined (Stats Canada 2011). This needs to change.