Code: Debugging the Gender Gap - 13 July, Rialto Newmarket, Auckland
What are your plans for the 13th July? Why not come along and view Code: Debugging the Gender Gap at Rialto Newmarket.
About Code: Debugging the Gender Gap - Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.
Tickets available until Monday 4th July. Reserve your tickets here.
Fantail Network is now a Charitable Entity
We are delighted to announce that The Fantail Network Trust has been successful in meeting the criteria to operate as a Registered Charity (CC53327).
The benefits that come with this new status include being eligible to a larger pool of funding grants; and access to education, training, events and forums offered by the Charities Services.
This now sets us on a fresh path where we can continue to develop more networking opportunities for our members, roll out our mentoring programme and create a bigger platform to inspire women to build business confidence. Watch this space!
Unsilenced - conversations to unmask and inspire change
We were thrilled with another sold out pop-up event where the sentiment of becoming ‘Unsilenced’ was beautifully demonstrated with each speaker. They shared their personal, pivotal moment when they knew they could no longer remain silent on an issue – and the resulting energy and creativity it unleashed.
Michael Whitehead, CEO of Wherescape, was the evening’s host. He passionately shared his ‘Unsilenced’ moment regarding the lack of women in tech. To illustrate the depth of the issue, he shared less than 2% of CV’s received for the 10 roles they are recruiting for were from women. His company is involved in numerous initiatives to encourage women to join the New Zealand tech industry and turn these stats around.
Head of Fantail Network, Monique Pearson, introduced the evening’s programme and the three distinguished speakers – Vic Crone, candidate for Auckland Mayor; Linda Coles, social media speaker and author and Julie Chapman, CEO of KidsCan.
We’ve summarised the key themes of the evening and hope you are inspired to step into your own Unsilenced.
Women bring a secret sauce to leadership
- Our collaborative, savvy and smart ways bring change and different ways of thinking to a business.
- We ask ‘is this the culture I want my daughters to grow up in?’ and it leads to different choices and what we will tolerate.
- The most successful communities on Linkedin are lead primarily by women – due to our natural way of leading and gathering conversations that matter.
Recognise keyboard warriors for what they are
- The up side of being trolled on social media is that now it’s out in the open.
- If you’re having a difficult time with a keyboard warrior - adopt the view social media has removed the nastiness previously hidden with gossip and closed doors. It’s about them – not you.
Being nice isn’t a weakness
- Combining the passion of being useful and friendly in business has seen overwhelming and positive responses from people.
- A friendly management style doesn’t mean you can’t have the difficult conversations with non-performers if they are letting the team down.
Authenticity and vulnerability are verbs
- When we change our true voice – it doesn’t resonate with the same depth nor ignites the same passion and enthusiasm for a topic. Stay true to yourself first.
- Our world is becoming increasingly transparent and open minded – providing ripe conditions to show your authentic and quirky self.
In closing, the barriers and opportunities that women face in leadership were discussed. Vic shared she feels isolated at times as there are not a lot of women that take on the challenges she does.
To help shape your own ‘Unsilenced’ moment, consider the following qualities women could embrace more as we increase our leadership presence:
- Have a thick skin
- Redefine the paradigms
- Have the courage to take the hits
- Set boundaries
- Keep up with trends
- Be authentic to who you are
- Plan like hell to balance it all!
- Surround yourself with a credible support network
Fellow Fantail and The Mind Lab founder, Frances Valintine, has been named as one of the top 50 movers and shakers in technology education.
Congratulations to Frances Valintine, Fantail's Advisor to the Board of Trustees on being named one of the top 50 movers and shakers in technology education!
The recognition came from a panel of 15 experts including representatives from Times Higher Education in Britain, Google, LinkedIn and the Gates Foundation.
They included her as the only Kiwi in the "Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index".
The Mind Lab by Unitec is a public-private partnership that aims to educate children and teachers about digital technologies through eight centres that have been established around the country.
Congratulations Flick Electric Co on winning your first NZ Hi-Tech Award for most Innovative Service!
This award reflects Flick's entire team's dedication to transparency, choice, control and value in the electricity market.
Wisdom Symposium #1 - 22 August 2015
From the time I arrived to the time I left, the Fantail Network, Wisdom Symposium #1 captured my attention and interest. Held in a great venue, as ASB - The Cube, Wynyard Quarter, we were warmly greeted upon arrival and given a gift bag (really enjoying the Linden Leaves facial moisturizer). We enjoyed a yummy lunch while watching the Wilson Trollope fashion show and drinks and nibbles at the end, were we mingled and discussed the symposium and the speakers that inspired us.
The day was filled with fantastic speakers and presenters. The symposium opened with a talk by Theresa Healey and her life changing experience. I felt that the whole audience was caught in her moment. I could see tissues being taken out of bags and tears being wiped away. So many of us there, including myself related to Theresa. Her story was a brilliant opening to the Symposium and brought us together in spirit for the day.
Better by Design had the audience up on their feet, mixing and networking. They showed us that we are all designers. They introduced the term Scrappy Design. Later that week Scrappy Design was mentioned during my team meeting at work. I think I will be hearing more of this approach to design in the future. I was captivated by Terrance Wallace’s (from Chicago) life story. Wow, you need hear his story first hand to truly appreciate what faith is, it just blew me away. I personally related to Wendy Kerr’s story of lying on the blue carpet as the world as she knew and defined herself by came to an end and she had to redefine her career and thus herself.
What I took from this is how easy it is for us to identify ourselves by our roles that we have in life; corporate executive, a mother, a sportswoman etc. Then when this is removed from our lives, we find ourselves relearning who we are as person, a woman, a human and an individual. The various woman leadership traits and how they were classified in Conscious Competence Learning Matrix example that was presented made some much sense and I could hear many a woman in the audience agreeing to this classification. I felt we could learn a lot by understanding our subconscious traits as woman and how they maybe holding us back in our careers.
Belinda Tuki, from The Honest Food Company discussed defining your individual values: believe in yourself, trust the universe, take action, stay true to your values, and ask for help. Then reference those values to keep yourself focused on what is true for you as an individual.
What struck me overall was, that each speaker had overcome adversity or made a life changing decision to change the direction of their life. The all shared skills of determination, faith, self-belief and a philosophy that change in life is a challenge; to take oneself to the next level.
I am sure that everyone took something positive away with them from the Fantail Wisdom Symposium #1. Maybe a new insight, an inspiration, a realization, I know I did. I personally am looking forward to the Wisdom Symposium #2
Anita Evans - Blogger and IT Professional, 2015
Anita Evans lives East Coast Bays with her daughter and their cat called Crash. She is a Software Test Manager by profession. During her personal time Anita writes poetry and children's short stories. She has blogged about her travels of Latin America. She has recently started a Facebook pagemingocreativity to promote her poetry and will be launching her own website later this year.