We can't start this post without thanking all the incredible speakers and attendees who participated in the event and brought so much energy and enthusiasm. The 3 panels did a phenomenal job, and left us feeling inspired to get out there and do something! If you weren't able to make it, we don't want you to miss out (well, we do want you to experience a bit of FOMO). Read on for a short recap and some takeaways from the event.
Our panel of entrepreneurs included:
These empowered ladies shared their individual journeys and left us with a few lessons, including:
Young Women's Panel
Our inspiring young women (most of them still in high school!) included:
Really?!??? These young women are creating solutions for a better world for all of us. They have and are continuing to find challenges around them that need someone to figure it out. And these ladies are doing just that. WOW. They are shaping the future for all of us.
And our final, official panel was hosted by Women in Digital, a group dedicated to accelerating the advancement and growth of women in digital creative fields. Founder Alaina Shearer interviewed our panelists:
The conversation covered the ups and downs of their careers, as well as how these women navigated some of the obstacles of being a woman in a male-dominated work environment. The panel ended with an exercise involving audience participation and some brutal honesty.
Alaina asked members of the audience to define questions they have about their careers. Then, using one member as an example, she led us through the process of active listening, defining the problem, and then providing helpful input. Essentially a demonstration of how women can build women up and support each other in their careers.
It was a surprisingly powerful exercise, punctuated by equally powerful statistics, like the fact that men ask for raises 4x as often as women, AND when they do ask, it's for 60% as much.
People interested in learning more about Women in Digital can visit their site, WomenIn.Digital.
We also had great networking, live music by Outcalls band, DJ ShadyLady spun some great tunes, and food catered from Tonic Bar. Overall the event was such a hit that plans are in motion for #DEWITech 2019! (If not sooner...)
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If you'd like to sponsor these events, we want to talk with you! We're also looking to grow the team. We want to hear from you - if you know of women that are creating amazing work, inspiring others and want to help us build awareness and empower one another, drop us a note - we'd love to collaborate.
And one more final thank you to all our sponsors!