The week of April 22 – 26 we had an awesome opportunity to participate in the Women in Technology Regatta Conference in Seattle. Each day we participated in up to four, two-hour sessions interactive workshops such as career development, technology, leadership, and startups. The sessions included a panel of professionals in an hour of questions related to technology, and then a breakout sessions of 4-5 people for discussions. Final recaps were at the end of breakout sessions. We really enjoyed the engaging sessions, the deep conversations and connecting with others. It was such an empowering, emotional and inspirational week combined with many new formed relationships, conversations and connections.
There were more than 40 different organizations and over 200 volunteer speakers that donated their time. The sessions included some interesting topics such as “Who runs the (Fashion) World? Women in Tech” with representatives from Nordstrom, Zullily, and Lululemon discussing how they set up their algorithms and drive customers to their websites, to “Take your seat at the table: Building Credibility”. Another fun theme was bracing your inner Wonder Woman”, and “Emotions in the Workplace” and How to manage them. It was exciting to have the sessions held at Facebook, ThinkSpace, ATLAS Workbase, Northeastern University, and The Collective in the Lake Union area, meeting people doing the same business that we do every day that have the same questions, issues, and then have a safe place to invite discussion.
The conference reminds us that we are all humans in a world of solitary humans. We are all on a unique journey. We met many people last week, some have become friends, some international friends, some were co-workers, some acquaintances, and some will remain strangers. Each connection we formed with another person has altered our journey and our perspective in either a small or significant way, and for that we are very grateful to have attended the conference. We will get the word out for next year as soon as we find out.