Breaking The Glass communities in Austin, New York City and Washington D.C. enjoyed a summer filled with engaging panel discussions and professional development events.
Although the network primarily exists to serve the advancement and development of women-identifying professionals in tech, group membership or participation is not exclusive to women. In fact, one of the largest events of the summer was June’s panel event in Austin, titled “Male Allies At Work!”, which was moderated by VP of Computer Futures, Danny Cohen, and hosted in partnership with RetailMeNot.
The conversation featured four panelists, all who are considered community influencers and ambassadors of inclusion in their work environments. Panelists shared advice and lessons learned from their own evolution as allies, explored a common vocabulary and toolkit for becoming a better sponsor to female colleagues, and answered questions from some of the 120+ audience members.
RetailMeNot hosted a second Breaking The Glass community event in July, which was also a panel conversation, this time moderated by Breaking The Glass Program Manager. The panel discussion, titled “The Power of No” focused on best practices for professional women when they need to engage in hard conversations or negotiations.
The diverse panel of women were praised for offering detailed perspectives and sharp takeaways on a difficult topic. “This engaging discussion left everyone in the room inspired and ready to seize any opportunity they could,” said one RetailMeNot employee in their personal review of Breaking The Glass programming.
Meanwhile in July, Computer Futures consultants on the East Coast presented the first Breaking The Glass panel event in New York City, hosted in partnership with Bloomberg. The event, moderated by Krishna Nadella, Head of New Content and Regulatory Sales at Bloomberg LP, featured a panel of prominent tech leaders and Diversity & Inclusion experts, and they discussed ways to foster a culture of inclusion in the workplace. The event was followed by a happy hour with senior business leaders from Fortune 500s and startups in NYC’s tech industry.
Finally in August, Computer Future’s Washington D.C. consultants hosted a panel discussion on Work Life Balance at Common Securitization Solutions in Bethsada MD. This program was hosted in partnership with Byte Back DC, and was moderated by Senior Principal Recruitment Consultant, Jacquelyn Vinnedge.
If you work for a tech company and you want to get more involved with Breaking The Glass or host one of our community panel discussions, contact our program manager, Mary Chauvin at email@example.com.