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Relationship Sales Lunch and Learn with Michelle Shaw

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October 29, 2015

LinkedIn Lunch and Learn with Mike Johnson

October 16, 2015

Lunch and Learn with Melissa Norcross

January 23, 2015

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Promoting Yourself in a Male-Dominated Workplace: A Discussion led by Destiny Loyd

April 11, 2014

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In this week’s We Can Tech Too! meeting, Destiny discussed self promotion in a male-dominated workplace. The meeting encouraged open discussion and opinions on how women should promote themselves. Destiny’s main points came from Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. The advice to be successful in the workplace is to: sit at the table, make your partner a real partner, and don’t leave before you leave. Destiny said, “in the end, it’s about having confidence in yourself and not letting the fact that you are a woman deter you from doing anything.”

Professional Networking: A Discussion led by Janice Miller

February 14, 2014

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Networking is often referred to as the “side door” approach to obtaining jobs and internships. Ball State’s Janice Miller spoke to the undergraduates and grad students of We Can Tech Too! today about the misconceptions of networking and how to build your own network.

Miller suggestions uses these three questions when interacting with strangers:
1) What is your name?
2) Where are you from?
3) What brings you here?

She says these questions open up a conversation to find similar interests. Networking should be viewed as a “give-and-get” relationship, Miller says. Too often people will give their business cards to everyone in an attempt to “network,” but actually the most successful networking stems from creating personal relationships.

Work/Life Balance: A Discussion led by Cindy Phillips

January 24, 2014

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Cindy Phillips, Projects Director from Interactive Intelligence, spoke to students Friday about work/life balance and tips on succeeding in the workplace.

    Here’s the top 10 things Cindy has learned along the way:

  • Do it yourself
  • Don’t gossip
  • Have a generous heart
  • Learn more
  • Know when to ask for help
  • Be nice
  • Share the credit
  • Let it go
  • Don’t talk about your salary
  • Love it or leave it

To watch the highlights of Cindy’s presentation Click Here.

Diversity in the Workplace: A Discussion led by Robin Phelps-Ward

November 22, 2013

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Robin Phelps-Ward began by asking We Can Tech Too! members to write down a time when they felt uncomfortable because they were in an environment where they were the minority. Students then shared their responses and were able to identify emotions that other minorities are sometimes faced with daily in the workforce.

Phelps-Ward then explained terminology used when discussing diversity.

  • Double Jeopardy: When an individual has more than one minority characteristic
  • Intersectionality
  • Tokenism: When an individual is referred to speak on the behalf of their entire group. This denies that there are individuals within a group and relies and reinforces stereotypes.
  • Micro-inequity: Subtle things said or done based on traits of an individual.

Phelps-Ward recommends having more discussions on diversity, researching diversity issues in the workplace, and mentoring individuals who are disadvantaged because of their minority characteristic.

Other resources:
Micro-Inequities and Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
DuPont Micro-Inequities Training Video

Self Defense

November 22, 2013
CICS graduate students Katie Meloche, kick boxer, and Greg Needham, infantry marine, led a self defense and safety seminar for We Can Tech Too! members Friday, November 22, 2013.

Students (and Kirsten Smith and Dr. Jay Gillette) practiced basic self defense moves and learned about tips to be safe when walking alone at night.

Discussing the Challenges Women Face in leadership: Sheryl Sandberg Ted Talk

October 28, 2013
The We Can Tech Too! members proudly showing off their decorated pumpkins after the meeting.

The We Can Tech Too! members proudly showing off their decorated pumpkins after the meeting.

WWiT held a We Can Tech Too! meeting in the Solutions Center at CICS. The meeting opened with pumpkin decorating and delightful conversation. After decorating our pumpkins, we watched a Ted Talk by Sheryl Sandberg about the lack of women leaders in business. The meeting wrapped up with a discussion of Sandberg’s advice for female professionals, why we thought they were important in the workplace, and how our past experiences validated her points.

Below is an outline of the Ted Talk:

The Problem:
There’s a choice women feel they have between professional success and personal fulfillment

The Solution:
Keeping women in the workforce

So how can we keep women in the workplace?

1. Sit at the table
Don’t underestimate your own abilities, negotiate, and own your success.
Reach for promotion, sit at table, will have to make sacrifices that men won’t have to.

2. Make your partner a real partner
Home responsibilities must be equally important for both genders.

3. Don’t leave before you leave
A career must be challenging, rewarding, and must be making a difference.
Don’t make decisions too far in advance that will come back to affect your future career
satisfaction: Keep your foot on gas pedal.