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Women in Tech Breakfast: Building Inclusive Teams for Success

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225 Bush Street

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San Francisco, CA 94109

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How can companies close the gender gap in today’s workplace?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women occupy only 27% of chief executive jobs and just over one-fourth of computer and information systems management roles. And while women have made strides in various industries, organizations still struggle to build inclusive teams that fairly represent women in positions traditionally dominated by men.

In honor of Women’s History Month, leaders from General Assembly, ModelExpand, and the Career & Personal Development Institute will lead an action-packed discussion on how we can effectively engage and cultivate teams that support and celebrate inclusiveness at all levels.

You’ll leave this session with:

  • A deeper understanding of the challenges women professionals and employers face in breaking down gender barriers at work.
  • Expert insights on the negative ripple effects of unconscious biases in company culture.
  • Tips for facilitating open and honest dialogue around workplace inequities.
  • Strategies for incorporating gender diversity into your talent pipeline and championing inclusion in your organization.


Whether you identify as a woman professional or an individual interested in gender equity, join us at this exclusive event. Let’s begin the conversation!


Agenda:

  • Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am
  • Panel 8:45am-9:30am
  • Q&A and networking 9:30am-10:30am



Speakers

Wendy Saccuzzo, Career Strategist, Career & Personal Development Institute

Wendy Saccuzzo is a career strategist and technical recruiting specialist. She has worked with over 1,100 women in tech on their career transition, and in a recruiting capacity has helped to build engineering teams in early stage startup companies. She’s involved with Women Who Code as Director of Career Development and holds a Masters degree in Counseling with a focus on Career Development. Outside of work, Wendy is wrangling her kids, gardening, cooking or hiking.


Paria Rajai, CEO, ModelExpand

Paria Rajai runs ModelExpand, a leading diversity recruiting strategy firm. She has worked in tech for nearly ten years and first began her work on diversity initiatives designing global women in tech events with Yahoo. Since then, Paria was on the leadership team of Hackbright Academy - the country’s first coding school for women - working to connect companies such as Amazon, Yelp and Slack with more women engineers. She also helped organize the inaugural Women of MENA in Tech Conference in Silicon Valley and has been selected as a mentor for the State Department’s TechWomen program. Paria was recently profiled in Forbes for being a leader and advocate in the world of tech, marketing and diversity. As tech continues to grow at a rapid pace, her goal is to ensure individuals from all backgrounds are included.


Roz Harris. Recruiting Manager, Slack

Roz Harris is a Recruiting Manager at Slack. Over her 12 year career, she has worked on both the agency and in house talent acquisition side of staffing. She has worked at some of the largest and fastest growing enterprise and consumer facing companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Uber. She is passionate about providing access to tech jobs to underrepresented communities. When not working she spends her time with her fiance, her daughter, and their four dogs and a cat, living the simple life.


Sirrah Williams, Campus Recruiting, Square

With over 10 years of experience working in the technology, higher education, and psychotherapy sectors, Sirrah continues to pursue her passion for people and creating a more inclusive tech space. At Square, she has worked in campus recruiting for three years, while also serving in Employee Resource Group leadership for Women@Square, Black Squares Association and Veterans@Square




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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

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