As a young woman who graduated from college with a BA in philosophy at the peak of the recession, I’ll be very frank – I had no idea what I was going to do with my life.
I knew how to identify flaws in Hume’s empirical approach, I knew how to craft a coherent essay, and I knew how to solve complicated logic puzzles on a CD Rom program called Tarski’s World.
But I didn’t feel like I had professional skills, and I didn’t feel qualified to work in the world of tech. After all, everyone who did studied Computer Science in college – right?
Fast forward to today – I am working on a Product team in Austin, surrounded by extremely talented peers (and I’m very proud to admit – a large portion of those peers are women). And the longer I’ve worked in tech, the more I’ve realized that I do belong here, and that the skills I developed through my liberal arts degree (analytical thinking, clear writing, time management, organization, etc.) helped prepare me for where I am today.
That’s why I’m so excited to help organize Women in Product: Austin’s first event (Thursday March 1st, Ann Richard’s School, Austin, TX).
The purpose of the event is two-fold:
- To help foster community among women working in Product, and women aspiring to work in Product, in Austin – to share stories, skills, challenges, and best practices, to help foster diversity and inclusion in the world of tech, and to create a strong network of peers and leaders within the world of Product.
- To educate the young women at the Ann Richards School on the exciting opportunities available to them in Product. The Ann Richards School is an all-girls college preparatory school in Austin focusing on leadership, project-based learning, and STEM curriculum where 65% of graduates will be the first in their families to graduate from college.
This event is an opportunity for all women currently working in Product or aspiring to work in Product to learn more about the field, to share strategies and challenges, and to meet other local women in the field.
A diverse and talented roster of Product leaders working for a wide range of organizations – from artificial intelligence to health food to e-commerce – will join us to share information on their journey to Product, as well as trends and challenges within the field.
And we’d love for you to join us!
You can learn more about the event and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-product-panel-trends-challenges-and-careers-in-product-tickets-42504149054