Sunday 17 February 2013

Geek Girls Coffee and Microsoft Webinar

On Tuesday the 12th of February, I participated in a webinar (an online seminar) that was a collaboration between Girl Geek Coffees Sydney and Microsoft.

Pip Marlow

It was run in a panel format and the panel members were all from Microsoft:

  • Pip Marlow - Managing Director of Microsoft Australia;
  • Me;
  • Andrew Le Lievre - Human Relations;
  • Michelle Tea - Head of Services in Microsoft Australia; and
  • Susanne Krohn - Early Career Employee and recent graduate.

The audience was a good mix of women in technology who are currently studying, recent graduates and those working in ICT at the moment.

Michelle Tea

The aim was to address audience questions around:
  • What is it like to be a woman working in ICT?
  • Was it a straight road to get to where you are?
  • How have you dealt with negative experiences due to being a woman?
  • What is important when companies like Microsoft are hiring people?
  • (and the very important) What do you always carry in your handbag, other than a mobile phone?

Damana Madden (me)

There were great stories and a lot of good insight from all the panel members. The audience was able to ask whatever was on their mind and comment on different questions. It was a wonderful chat all round.

Susanne Krohn

These kinds of events are an awesome chance to get to talk to people who are working in the thick of it, in large companies like Microsoft with women participating in all roles.

Andrew Le Lievre

Kudos to Katrina Wong for organising this, along with GGC Sydney.

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