Women in Tech Coaching Circle Series: Shut up or Shout Out?

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Someone in your workplace says something that throws you off guard. Could be an offhand remark. Could be a blatant use of language against you. Could be they didn’t even know it would offend you, it’s just that it brought up memories of other things. The result is you didn’t know what to say and you froze from shock or disbelief. Or possibly you dug your heels in and defended your position. Perhaps you even tried to diffuse the situation by figuring out how you could find some common ground, or by brushing it off. The thing is, now you’re beating yourself up because you thought you should have been stronger, louder, quieter, less emotional, fill in the blank. Or you thought of the best comeback…a week later, and you’re mad that you didn’t say that (or anything!) at the time. continue reading >

Women in Tech Coaching Circle Series: How to Give Feedback in a Crucial Conversation

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One thing we know EVERYONE does not do well is giving (and receiving) feedback – it’s the first place we start our training at every organization we work at! Many of us think we are giving feedback to others in a constructive, non-hurtful way, and the reality is we often use judgmental, accusatory language that frames the other person as the one to blame, instead of focusing on the facts and behaviour. continue reading >

Women in Tech Coaching Circle Series: “The Bro Culture” + Our Intentions

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Over a year ago we began to hatch ideas to support and impact the imbalance of women in tech. The culture that seemed to be pervasive in high-growth tech was – what the community termed ‘the bro culture’. It’s a seeming default based on the overwhelming profile of young men who are funded. In the report A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship and Risk, women are far less likely to get funded because they’re perceived as unwilling to take entrepreneurial risks – in the study female founders received just 3% of total venture capital funding from 2011-2013.  No doubt these mostly well-deserving young men focused first on growing the business and second on culture in most cases through things they enjoyed or related to that represented rights of passage and affirmation or celebrations. These cultures are meant to be fun. What they didn’t realize is that some of the fun behaviour and implicit biases turned into discriminatory practices, take Michael Litt’s recent article
I accidentally built a Brogrammer culture. continue reading >

2017: Year in Review

2017 was the year of THE stat. If you worked in tech in 2017 than you know the one I’m talking about — Toronto added more technology jobs than New York and San Francisco combined from 2015 to 2016. continue reading >