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- leahey | Women In Tech – Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:46 PM EST
On Wednesday, Women in Tech hosted an information session about the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the world's largest technical conference for women in computing. As a non-engineer, I confess that I expected to just sit in the back and take notes as your humble reporter, but I was really swept into the excitement, and I left with an appreciation for just how inspiring and important this conference is.
The conference itself is a ways out -- it will be held in Minneapolis from October 2-5 -- but this meeting raised awareness for the March 15th deadline for submitting proposals for papers, panels, and posters. We want to be sure to have Yahoo!'s talented women well represented at the conference, and to that end, we heard from past conference attendees, Yahoo! executives, and even the director of the conference itself. Our panelists included:
- Elissa Murphy, VP of Engineering at Yahoo!
- Kristen Robinson, SVP of Human Resources at
- leahey | Women In Tech – Wed, Dec 19, 2012 1:49 PM EST
If you're still working on your annual self-review, you're in good company. I'm still putting the finishing touches on mine, and I have list of requests for coworker feedback that I'm also chiseling down on. With deadline looming, I thought I would share some advice from Yahoo! leaders about the process.
Last week, Women in Tech gathered a panel to talk about the process, offer tips about how to write an effective self-review, and share what the review process really accomplishes. We were grateful to host the following esteemed speakers:
- John Matheny – SVP, Media & Commerce Engineering
- Rusty Berg – VP, Service Engineering - Platform & Data Services
- Alison Hu – Talent & Organization Development
Here are some highlights from the meeting, for inspiration. You can also keep them in mind in our next round of self-reviews, in Q1. Enjoy!
How much time should you spend on your self-review?
Our panelists agreed that no matter what else you might have on your plate, your self-review isRead More »from Tips on writing self-reviews from Women in Tech’s panel
- leahey | Women In Tech – Thu, Nov 15, 2012 7:21 PM EST
By Alexandra McClelland
On September 27, Women In Tech's Burbank chapter enlisted the help of five leaders for a discussion on work/life balance:
- The panelists: Julie Hsu, Stacy Desilets, Michelle Leong, Charity Rieck
- The moderator: Melanie Larsen
- Event Organizers: Jenna Maskell and Sarah Rosas
The event had an energetic start. After our panelists introduced themselves, the questions and answers began. We jumped right in to the first question: Is work/life balance possible?
The panelists dug right into this difficult topic! Stacy pointed out that at Yahoo!, we are encouraged to "work smarter, not harder". This certainly helps in achieving a work/life balance. Julie gave us two words to remember: organization and prioritization. She also emphasized that you must communicate often and make your needs known to others. Charity spoke on the importance of strategizing, and Michelle suggested a system of planning out your time with a "what can I get out of the way first?" philosophy, so thatRead More »from Women In Tech’s Burbank chapter hosts panel on Work/Life balance
“Speed mentoring” is an evocative name for an event. Is there anyone who hears it and doesn’t think of the venerable institution of speed dating, and possibly an awkward two-minute conversation with someone entirely incompatible with you? The big difference between speed dating and speed mentoring is that in the latter, you can completely control for the quality of the people on the other side of the table – and in its popular annual event this week, Women in Tech did just that. The WIT committee enlisted the participation of ten exceptional executives for a hour and a half devoted to short, small-group mentoring sessions:
- Rusty Berg, VP, Service Engineering, Platform & Data
- Olga Braylovskiy, VP, Corporate Applications
- Dean Chabrier, VP, Talent & Development
- David Diangson, Director, Business Development, Yahoo! Mobile
- Kevin Doerr, VP, Mobile Products
- Suresh Hosakoppal, VP, Chief of Staff, Technology & Operations
- leahey | Women In Tech – Tue, Sep 11, 2012 12:53 PM EDT
As a technical writer in the Customer Care department, I don’t often have the chance to ask for career advice from people like Yahoo!’s Vice President of Technology, Elissa Murphy. But that’s just what I was able to do at yesterday’s "Let's Do Lunch" event! Elissa is the executive sponsor of Women in Tech, and she joined us for a lunch where WIT members could ask questions about anything impacting their careers at Yahoo!.
Last year, this was one of our highest-rated events, and by popular demand, we brought Elissa back for a similar, informal chat. Participants sat in a large circle, and brought up a wide range of questions for Elissa -- from how to ask a collegue to be mentor, to what to do if the role you were originally hired for evolves into something different. We didn’t hesitate from asking some tough questions, and Elissa didn’t shrink from answering them.
One of my favorite questions: How you ask someone to be yourRead More »from Let’s do Lunch: An informal chat with Elissa Murphy, VP-Engineering
- leahey | Women In Tech – Mon, Aug 27, 2012 9:30 PM EDT
Author and trainer Frederick Gilbert has mastered the art of giving a presentation to executives, and last week he came to Yahoo! to help us brush up our skills. Yahoo!'s Employee Resource Groups (of which Women in Tech is a proud member) hosted the 90-minute workshop, which was packed with evidence-based advice on what executives want to see in a presentation -- and how to get your point across effectively.
My favorite tip? Ditch your red laser pointer if you have one, and use an elegant chrome presentation pointer instead. Surveys say that people don’t like the red pointers, and you don’t need a survey to tell you that it’s annoying when a presenter forgets to turn the laser pointer off.
In case you’re prepping for a big presentation, here are some ideas that Gilbert shared:
- Present your conclusion first. It might get lost otherwise.
- Remember that C-level executives are under a lot of time-pressure and stress. At any public company, the executive office isn’t where the most
- vickiy | Women In Tech – Tue, May 29, 2012 4:23 PM EDT
By Katherine Leahey
With the theme of this quarter’s lunch, Strengthen your connections in times of change, we acknowledged that there’s been a lot of change at Yahoo! these last few months. The session prompted some lively discussion about how to effectively deal with change, with a focus on networking and building relationships at work.
Elissa Murphy, Vice President of Product Development, kicked off the meeting with some advice about the importance of nurturing relationships. Hard work alone won’t get you where you want to be in your career, she cautioned; we need to also be conscious about developing relationships and nurturing your networks because other people can be greatest resource when it comes to unearthing career opportunities.
Alison Hu from Talent and Organizational Development (T&OD) then facilitated the event’s discussion, beginning by having participants think about how they were impacted by the company’s recent changes. Her “Richter Scale” activity invitedRead More »from Let’s Do Lunch: Strengthen your Connections in Times of Change!
- vickiy | Women In Tech – Wed, May 16, 2012 7:32 PM EDT
What's a Hackday?
A 24-hour event filled with coding, collaboration, innovation, creativity and enough food and drink to fuel all of that! Hackday give Yahoos and opportunity to work in cross-functional teams to create something new that improves upon a Yahoo! product or service, or to create something entirely new altogether!
This year's event start on Thursday, May 10th as 60+ teams from global offices all over the world started hacking away. “One of my favorite products from Hackday was called “Bad Ass Ads,” said Erik Suhonen, Head of the Yahoo! Developer Network, describing a Hackday conception that built living ads through the Cocktails platform. “In only 24 hours, it’s absolutely amazing to see the innovation that these employees create on top of Yahoo! technologies to expand and improve this company in such a meaningful and significant way.” (quote taken from Yodel Anecdotal's article)
The event was a little different this quarter as there was pre-judging by the judges andRead More »from Hackday just gets more and more innovative at Yahoo!