• WIT Winter Bash 2012 in Burbank

    The SoCal WIT chapter kicked off a new year of events on January 26 with the WIT Winter Bash 2012, a multi-media event with wine, cheese, sweets, a look back at last year's events and a look forward at what's coming up this year.


    SoCal WIT Co-Presidents Michelle and Natalia recap 2011

    Co-Presidents Natalia Vinnick and Michelle Ghoukasian gave a slideshow overview of the many events hosted by SoCal WIT last year, including Career Week, Let's Do Lunch events, the first organized Hackday co-location event in Burbank, and the Poised for Leadership workshop. WIT committee members also introduced themselves via recorded video.

    Yolanda Person-Collins, our K-12 Program coordinator, introduced Brittany Vaughan, Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, to talk about the upcoming email mentorship program. Email mentorship is a first for both SoCal WIT and local Boys & Girls Club chapter. Participating Yahoo!s will be matched up with local children and

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  • Yahoos Out in Force in Support of TechWomen

    TechWomen Panel, Feb 13 2012.Yahoos were out in force at the Feb 13 TechWomen briefing, held at Microsoft's Mountain View facility, after a similar session earlier in the day in San Francisco. TechWomen is a program sponsored by the US Department of State, in conjunction with the Institute for International Education and the Anita Borg Institute. Its purpose is to bring talented technical women from the Middle East and North Africa regions to the US for a life-changing professional and cultural mentoring experience.

    The goal of the TechWomen briefing was to inform potential Silicon Valley mentors about the benefits of the experience and how to apply. The briefing event began with a stellar line-up of officials from the Department of State and IIE, and a personal video plea for involvement from Hillary Clinton. The main event was a panel discussion led by Sheila Casey of the State Department, with former mentor panelists from NetApp, Juniper Networks, startup Survivify, and our own Yahoo Fabiola Addamo, who was a

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  • Global Gals – TechWomen Needs YOU!


    Internationally-minded Yahoo! women: here’s an opportunity for you to help advance the cause of Women in Technology at a global level. TechWomen is a US State Department Initiative to connect technical women from the Middle East and North Africa with US-based mentors. It’s sponsored by Hillary Clinton and done in partnership with the Anita Borg Institute, organizers of the fabulous annual Grace Hopper Celebration. Yahoo! has been an active participant in the past – last year we had 5 wonderful mentors… and 1 mentee has since become a Yahoo! Come to an information session on Monday February 13, to learn how you can have a positive impact on a fellow tech woman’s career. There are two alternative information sessions: one in the morning and one in the evening. Please see below for details and RSVP by Thursday Feb 9th at http://techwomenmentorevent.eventbrite.com/ .

    San Francisco Event
    When: 8 a.m. – Breakfast reception; 8:30 – 10: 30 a.m. – Program
    Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market

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  • Few women know their true worth. Their potential for power, their upstanding place in society. But for a few days, in Egypt-- a place of current revolution -- women decided to speak up.
    Ebele Okobi opened up the Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit on Women and Social /Digital Media in Cairo with a powerful statement – “A determined woman is a force of nature.” These simple, yet eloquent words touched me deeply. It is funny how emotion and fact can move women to action. That is just the sort of character trait that I found in the women I met in Cairo.
    The summit displayed a carousel of progressive voices. Women from across the globe (Egypt, Middle East, North Africa, the U.S., Europe) gathered and spoke about human rights/social justice activism, blogging, journalism, entrepreneurship, safety online, and shared views on how to use technology and media platforms to support virtual communication without borders.
    The speakers had different backgrounds and stories, but the audience could

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  • On January 10, Yahoo! 's Employee Engagement and Diversity team hosted a wonderful 2-hour panel session on Breakthrough Leadership Lessons from Top Women Execs. For meeting space reasons, attendance was limited to directors and up across all Yahoo! groups, and it was a full house, with quite a few of our male colleagues as well. The content was so relevant to our WIT discussions, we wanted to share with all of you right away.

    The session was kicked off by Tim Parsey, Yahoo!'s SVP of Design, who told an excellent story about his "aha" career moment of seeing what a high-powered female executive can accomplish when given the reins. Tim handed off to panel moderator Rayona Sharpnack, CEO & Founder of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, for introductions of the 6 panelists:

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  • Yahoo! at Grace Hopper Celebration

    Yahoo! was out in force at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration, November 9-12 in Portland, OR. GHC is the premier conference for women in computing, run jointly by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. It's a key arena for bringing corporations, academics and soon-to-be CS grads together for networking, education, career advice and mutual support. This year's GHC had a record attendance of almost 3000 women! We saw many of them at the Yahoo! booth and at our invitation breakfast, and quite a few of them left wearing Yahoo!'s coveted Code Like A Girl shirts and matching purple nail polish! The keynotes were excellent (see links below) and the sessions very informative... and of course the legendary GHC sponsor night dance party was amazing. Can you imagine 3000 women (and a few brave men) rockin' the dance floor until the wee hours? It was so much fun, and a great way to conclude a very informative and productive conference week.

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  • Sponsor Night!

  • Yahoos loved Intel’s WIN External Networking Event!

    Yahoo! Women in Technology were very pleased to be invited to join the Annual Women at Intel External Networking Event, on December 8 at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara. Our Intel sisters really went all out to encourage socializing, with poker-networking (each person was given a playing card and you had to go find others with whom you could make a good poker hand); team-building over ginger-bread houses (exercising those engineering skills - the winning team made theirs have solar panels). They served delicious food, for those who had an appetite after eating tons of gingerbread house trimmings (ok, I'm guilty!). A raffle topped it all off, and it was just an all-around fun event.

    Intel WIN event2

    But it was educational too - the panel theme was "Virtual Relationships: Impact and Effectiveness in the Workplace." The panelists were excellent : Erin Hintz, VP Global Marketing and GM eCommerce, Online Services Division, Citrix; Kirsten Arpajian, Director of Global Communications, Linden Lab; Jennifer

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  • "Taking the dread out of Year End Review and Reward" was a big Let’s Do Lunch hit in 2010, so we brought it back as the topic for our last SNV WIT event of 2011, the Let’s Do Lunch on November 16. Once again, we got a full house and plenty of interaction. We had three wonderful guest speakers: Tammi Kroll, VP Production Operations, Caroline Tsay, Sr. Director Search PM and Wendy Miller, Leadership and Management Development.

    Participants wanted to know “How do you identify the right individuals to give feedback?” The panel agreed that you need a good cross-section of folks you worked effectively with through the year – not just your buddies, but also challenging folks that you have worked with. Cross-functional feedback is great, but you can also include team members if they have additional feedback into which your manager may not have visibility. In the end, managers don't have to base their review on the feedback provided, but if you’ve done a good job in suggesting feedback

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