On December 5th, 2017, Girls in TE hosted the Girls in TE Career Talk. We invited six inspiring women from the technology and engineering fields to talk about their career pathways in TE (technology and engineering) as a woman. Their careers ranged from a Google Intern to a Sales Woman from Shopify! We only invited 30 high school girls, as we wanted to make this Career Talk more personal and memorable. We wanted the girls to feel as if they were talked with, not talked to. Our goal for this career talk was to share knowledge, opportunities, and insight the 30 high school girls invited. But most importantly, to take one step closer to closing the gender gap in the TE fields.
The night began at 5:45 pm with a networking session where speakers and high school girls arrived. At 6:05, there were opening remarks from the Co-Founders, Sarah Chun and Cindy Xie. Next, the night's agenda was explained and our inspirational speakers were introduced. Then, our keynote speaker, Dr. Cecille Freeman who currently works for Google as a Software Developer, gave her keynote speech to the girls. Dr. Freeman inspired us with her personal story and path as a woman in tech. Additionally, she gave tips and crucial life advice for aspiring young women!
Each speaker was placed at a table seated with 5 high school girls. At 6:40, the speakers and high school girls played icebreakers to learn more about each other and ate dinner catered from a local Italian restaurant. At 7:00, we had Coding Conversations, a time for the high school girls to personally ask questions from the speaker at the table. The speakers were switched around tables 3 times for the high school girls to learn more from different women. At 7:30, there was a Q&A session. The speakers were asked to sit at the front and were asked questions relating to their career.