The Art of Communicating Effectively

The Art of Communicating Effectively

Effective Communication is a key skill to becoming a good leader. It is not what you say but how you say it. It is more than just exchanging information. It is about understanding the intentions behind the information and being able to clearly convey a message that makes the other person feel heard and understood.

Mentor Musings: Interview for the team

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Mentor Musings: Interview for the team

Most often when interviewing for a job, we mainly ask ourselves if we are able to do the job-- is it something we are capable of doing given our skills and experience. After a few years of experience, we learn to also look at the hiring manager's style or viability of the product and company. However, I have learned that the team has to be right in order for the role to be right. 

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WEST is having an impact!

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WEST is having an impact!

We have published our midpoint report for the first cohort of WEST mentees and mentors and we are thrilled with the results! We launched this cohort with the help of our sponsors: LinkedIn,  GoDaddy,  Box,  Twilio,  Pandora,  Gusto, and  Intuit, and our technology and delivery partner Everwise. Since January, we created over 100 mentee/mentor pairs with participants coming from over 70 companies. Of the survey respondents, nearly ALL WEST mentees and mentors are satisfied with their match and feel "energized" about their partnership.

WEST's mission is to help women thrive in technical roles. Our participants told us at the beginning that although they consider themselves ambitious and want to stay in tech, 15% don't believe they will advance in tech and only 60% feel informed about career options in tech. We hope to improve those numbers by the end of the program. Most of our participants are focused on getting to the next level in their careers, whether that's through specific career planning, developing their personal brand, or improving their skills in creative/innovative thinking, communication, or influence. Of the survey respondents, 74% of WEST mentees report they are making significant progress against their goals. 

Beyond the impact we're having on mentees, I often get asked what the value is for mentors or for the participant's company. Check out what they are saying about WEST:

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I love seeing the impact WEST is having in so many interesting and unexpected ways! You can download the full midpoint report here. We will have more results to share at the end of this cohort in the fall. In the meantime, we are kicking off our next cohort and are excited to have Twitch,  Udemy,  Zendesk,  SurveyMonkey, and Foursquare on board as new sponsors.

We are actively looking for additional mentors, so if you want to learn and grow by helping a women in tech thrive in her career, sign up to Be a WEST Mentor today! 

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Give your time — Be a mentor to a woman in tech!

Based on tech workforce trends it has become increasingly evident that diversity is integral to developing balance in the STEM industries. Diverse teams are more innovative and perform better financially and right now, women represent less than a quarter of engineers in most tech companies.

There are multiple organizations initiated by and for women which help them educate, empower, and foray into the world of tech. Girl Develop ItHackbright AcademyBlack Girls CodeGirls Who CodeWomen in TechLesbians Who Tech are some of the many wonderful groups who are working towards transforming the industry.

Recently we have launched a learning community for women in tech: WEST(Women Entering and Staying in Tech). WEST believes that by providing more direct support, advocacy, and community development across company boundaries, we can help more women build rewarding careers in tech and increase the number of women representing the mid-level and senior-level job profiles. There is a huge opportunity to impact change by becoming a mentor. Mentoring has been identified as an effective practice to increase the representation of women in tech.

We strive to build a pipeline of mentors and mentees upon a talented community where women can develop, learn and grow. Professionals in technical roles (men and women!) will serve as 1:1 mentors to a class of women in the early to middle-stages of their careers. These early and mid-career women engage in a 6-month partnership with their mentor to support their growth and development in their technical career.

WEST sponsors for our first cohort are leading tech companies committed to diversity in tech. The WEST mentorship program is being jointly supported by Box,  Everwise,  LinkedIn,  GoDaddy,  Twilio, Gusto, Intuit, and Pandora. Our next cohort will launch in mid June and our sponsors include TwitchZendeskSurveyMonkey, Udemy, and Foursquare.

As a mentor you will have an opportunity to coach, guide and help other women based on your experiences and learnings. There is so much intrinsic value in always giving more than you take. Invest in the future. Sign up at joinwest.org to Be A Mentor!