February’s theme was ‘Tech’ and we had so much fun diving into such an exciting world! We met women who’d never even considered tech as a career path, and others that has been coding at the same time as learning to talk.
We were joined by 62 participants + 8 Parent attendees
94% rated the events 4+ stars | 72% reported feeling more confident | 84% reported feeling more inspired
93% said they’d recommend to a friend! (Hint hint, nudge nudge…)
February Monthly Meetup @ Microsoft
There’s something EXTRA exciting about coming to a monthly meetup in the heart of the city, at the (nearly) top of one of the most impressive buildings in town! Add to that walking the halls of real-life Microsoft and safe to say there were grins from ear to ear.
Once we shook off the shock of such an awesome venue, we then got to absorb such amazing life stories and wisdom from tech CEO Faith Rees (SixPivot & Cloud Ctrl) and Technical Specialist for Education at Microsoft, Georgina Siggins. After a quick Q&A, Georgina then took the group through the (rather complicated but) very relevant ‘Agile Methodology and how its principles can be applied to everyday life. Fascinating stuff!!
Skedulo Parent & Daughter Breakfast
We’re now going to have to start every morning with breakfast at Skedulo! Our first ever parent & daughter breakfast was a rip-roaring success. After tucking into a delicious breakfast we went straight into an interesting industry overview presentation from Emily Hay – Solution Architect, followed by a really rich deep-dive interactive Q&A Panel featuring Meredith Trotter – Manager of Customer Success across APAC, Jess Pattison – Project Manager, and Lisa Tassone – Web Engineer.
Topics explored included pathways into their positions, key skills they need to succeed in their jobs, what working life was like (hours, all those boys! etc) and advice for anyone considering a life in tech.
Thank you again to our amazing funding partners Skedulo, without whom this amazing 2019 Program wouldn’t exist!
Women In Tech Speed Networking Roundtable
We joke that this format is not speedy, nor just for networking, and the tables aren’t even round (!) but what we DON’T joke about is the calibre of women who gave their time to come and mentor 22 girls on a Sunday.
Hosted at the always impressive The Precinct, the girls heard journey stories from, and then split into small groups to meet and chat with the following Extraordinary Women (in Tech):
// Peta Ellis – CEO of RiverCity Labs
// Emily de la Pena – Founder of Coding Kids
// Fleur Vickers – Digital Experience Manager at Lorna Jane
// Stephanie Leahy – Digital Co
The buzz was palpable as our Girl Shaped Flames’ burning questions were answered, connections made and inspiration on tap everywhere you turned!! Our special guests ended the afternoon offering their professional contact details to all of the girls with the open invitation to get in touch with any additional questions.
A brilliant end to a brilliant month of Tech.
It takes a tribe to pull an experience like this together, so we’d like to thank:
THE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN! As listed above, as well as MC and GSF Founder Tanya Meessmann for their time, efforts and invaluable knowledge shared across all of the events.
THE VOLUNTEERS! Alana, Laura, Saskia, Catherine and Khushi who worked tirelessly to provide a friendly, calm and supportive environment for the girls throughout.
THE VENUE PARTNERS: Microsoft, Skedulo and The Precinct
WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY:
“Enjoyed hearing about Katrina’s different careers as sometimes it seems what you do at Uni will be for the rest of your life”
“Loved hearing how people managed to accomplish the things they are passionate about.”
“Meeting all of the other Girl Shaped Flames was really great!”
“Such an incredible learning experience, thank you!”