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Retaining WIT

Retaining WIT

By Jossie Haines & Jordanna Kwok
Research shows that 56% of women leave the tech industry during the second decade of their careers. Join us as we share our stories, create an environment where women can be successful, and teach each other the skills we need to stay and thrive in the tech industry. Join the hosts Jossie Haines, and Jordanna Kwok as they share their experiences in the tech industry, and interview others to share unique stories and skills around the challenges of keeping women in tech.
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Episode 4: Interview w/ Nidhi Gupta – How Divhersity addresses that only 9% of CTOs are women

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Episode 6: Maria Kazandjieva on Being a Co-Founder in Tech
In this episode of the ‘Retaining WIT’ Podcast Jossie Haines and Jordanna Kwok chat with Maria Kazandijeva, co-Founder at Graft, a new company that strives to make AI more accessible for small companies without large teams. Maria shares her insights on becoming a co-founder and building a company from scratch, the differences between early startup life and corporate life, and building a culture and team that is inclusive from day one. Key Insights: Maria makes a refreshing point that in spite of degrees and titles she is  another approachable human being figuring out what’s next. She’s always loved working with data and decided to go for it when a friend came to her about starting Graft. Being open to opportunities as they come by, is her actionable advice for proactive change. She shares that building a company from the ground up entails learning all of the invisible, non-glamorous jobs, and providing value, context, and appreciation to the team. “Creating a culture of respect and collaboration is super important.” To create a diverse, and effective team, you have to work hard and smart, and invest in extra time and energy for networking and interviewing extra people. If you are a manager, you already know how to retain men, you can likewise support and retain women. People know how to retain others in tech… we just aren’t doing so with equal energy. Put the energy where it needs to be, and collaborate, network, and be resilient in tech together! Resources: You can connect with Maria Kazandjieva on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariakaz/ and visit her company site at https://graft.com/ You can connect with Jordanna on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordannakwok/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordeewok You can connect with Jossie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jossiemann/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JossieHaines   Jossie offers free discovery calls to engineering leaders interested in building inclusive high performing teams, be sure to DM her on LinkedIn for more info!
37:17
September 27, 2022
Episode 5: Making Performance Reviews more Effective & Inclusive in Tech
Summary: In this episode of the ‘Retaining WIT’ Podcast Jossie Haines and Jordanna Kwok deep-dive into performance reviews and how they aren’t always effective, especially for women and underrepresented minorities. Only “14% of employees say that performance reviews are encouraging them”, so it is important to discuss how performance reviews and 360 feedback can be leveraged to fight this statistic. Key Insights: Career ladders can allow for more directed growth-related feedback and more explicit conversation with direct reports on how they may grow their careers. Leverage impact-based job descriptions where you create your clear 30, 60, and 90-day goals. In turn, you can leverage those same goals during onboarding when you hire new employees. In giving that feedback, you may slow down your thinking and tie it back to those goals in order to provide the same level of concrete technical feedback to both men and women. Tips for women when receiving feedback: Approach with curiosity Ask questions to dig deeper and try to understand where the other person is coming from with their feedback next steps depend a lot on how safe it is at your company to speak up, so start with curiosity and ask for clarification Resources: https://www.lever.co/blog/writing-effective-job-descriptions-impact-descriptions/ You can connect with Jordanna on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordannakwok/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordeewok You can connect with Jossie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jossiemann/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JossieHaines   Jossie offers free discovery calls to engineering leaders interested in building inclusive high performing teams, be sure to DM her on LinkedIn for more info!
15:18
September 20, 2022
Episode 4: Interview w/ Nidhi Gupta – How Divhersity addresses that only 9% of CTOs are women
In today’s episode of the Retaining WIT podcast, hosts Jossie and Jordanna speak with Nidhi Gupta, CEO, and co-founder of Divhersity. Divhersity’s mission is to change the statistic that less than 9% of engineering executive roles are held by women and to finally close the class/gender gap in tech.  Her mission is to accelerate Divhersity members’ careers and to create a network of support to inspire and elevate generations to come. Key Points: 1.  Fundamentally, all women and allies need to fight for rights at all levels: at home, work, and within the greater society.  We can not be complacent. 2.  “Build and lean on your community!” 3.  There are people around you, who are willing to help you… don’t power through on your own – reach out! Resources: Nidhi Gupta: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nidhihgupta/ Divhersity: http://divhersity.com You can connect with Jordanna on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordannakwok/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordeewok You can connect with Jossie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jossiemann/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JossieHaines   Jossie offers free discovery calls to engineering leaders interested in building inclusive high performing teams, be sure to DM her on LinkedIn for more info!
22:45
September 20, 2022
Episode 3: Welcome Back to the Retaining WIT Podcast!
In this episode of the ‘Retaining WIT’ podcast, hosts Jossie Haines and Jordanna Kwok catch up and share their stories of what has changed in their lives since their last podcast episode. Jossie moved into a new home, became the VP of Engineering at Tile, went through an acquisition, and has recently started her own company as an executive coach for engineering leaders.  Jordanna has adopted a COVID puppy, was an active Clubhouse speaker and was promoted to Director of Engineering at Netflix. You can connect with Jordanna on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordannakwok/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordeewok You can connect with Jossie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jossiemann/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JossieHaines.  Jossie offers free discovery calls to engineering leaders interested in building inclusive high-performing teams, be sure to DM her on LinkedIn for more info!
31:56
September 20, 2022
Episode 2: Darlene Rouleaux on Momming in Tech
Jossie and Jordanna speak with Darlene Rouleaux, UI/UX software engineer at Schneider Electric, as well as a mom of two young kids. Darlene shares the challenges of being a mom in tech, as well as her transition from individual contributor to manager and back. Other topics include: How different the real world is from college Transitioning back from parental leave Promoting diversity at work Being brave Check out the episode webpage for the full show transcript. Here are some additional resources Darlene mentions in the episode: https://twitter.com/mommingintech https://mommingintech.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mommingintech Special Guest: Darlene Rouleaux.
18:53
August 15, 2019
Episode 1: Karen Catlin on Being Better Allies
In this inaugural podcast episode, Jossie and Jordanna speak with Karen Catlin, leadership coach and diversity advocate, about her start in the tech industry, the challenges of staying in the tech, and how to be better allies to women and other underrepresented groups. Other topics include: Issues around diversity in hiring The struggles of being the only woman in the room Bias in the tech industry Check out the episode webpage for the full show transcript. Here are some additional resources Karen mentions in the episode: karencatlin.com betterallies.com "Better Allies" on Amazon Social media: @betterallies on Twitter, Medium, Instagram, Pinterest Better Allies newsletter "Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking" on Amazon Special Guest: Karen Catlin.
31:47
June 05, 2019
Introducing the Retaining WIT Podcast
Research shows that 56% of women leave after 10 to 20 years in the tech industry. It’s been terrific to see the momentum around getting girls and women into tech, but how do we ensure that they find long-term success in the industry? Join Jossie Haines and Jordanna Kwok as we share our stories and teach each other the skills to stay and thrive in the industry. On each episode, we invite a guest to talk to us about their unique experiences and discuss solutions for creating an environment where women can be successful. Retaining WIT is coming soon!
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January 03, 2019