Generational Impasses or Opportunities?

Look no further for the summer read that will grab your attention and possibly ignite ideas to re-pivot your team and your workplace. Lindsey Pollak’s The Remix shows you how to adapt and win through proven strategies that serve all generations’ needs. The result is a workplace that blends the best of each generation’s ideas and practices to design a smarter, more inclusive work environment for everyone.

Millennials have only just begun their reign as the largest generation in the workplace. But they are not alone. For the next decade at least, these young professionals will be working side by side with more established generations, including the Baby Boomers who are working longer than ever, and an entirely new group coming up, Generation Z.

This means within any organization, any team, any meeting, any marketing opportunity, you may find any combination of generations. Each of these age groups has their own attitude, expectations, and professional style. To lead and succeed in any organization today, you must adapt to how Millennials work, while continuing to accommodate their older colleagues and paying attention to the next generations coming up. The Remix shows you how to adapt and win through proven strategies that serve all generations’ needs.

As the leading expert on generations in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak combines the most recent data from a variety of authoritative sources with her own original research, as well as detailed case studies from her Fortune 500 clients. Pollak outlines the ways businesses, executives, mid-level managers, employees, and entrepreneurs can handle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash and provide clear strategies to turn generational diversity into a business opportunity. Generational change is impacting all industries, all types of organizations, and all leaders. The Remix is an essential read for anyone who wants to survive and thrive today and into the future.

Grab the Remix today!

June 19-22, Asheville

Radical Collaboration for Women® (RCW) is a highly interactive Learning Lab supporting Professional Women in unleashing their superpower to create high-trust collaborative relationships. The RCW signature retreat is designed to provide women with a safe space to practice skills and behaviors while building community including

  • dealing with difficult people and how to avoid being one of them
  • navigating conflict and turning enemies into allies.
  • communicating with candor while maintaining their job, their relationships and their reputation.
  • creating high-trust collaborative environments.
  • reducing the cost of conflict in dollars, time and lost creativity.

Individually we can make a difference, together we make an impact. That is the mantra of @Celeste Blackman, world-renowned speaker, leadership coach, and founder of Green Zone Thinking® and Radical Collaboration for Women®.

Radical Collaboration® is an internationally acclaimed methodology that @Celeste Blackman has effectively combined with Green Zone Thinking® to address the current issues that impact women in the workplace. Radical Collaboration for Women® is not just programming, it serves as a consortium of radically collaborative professionals dedicated to creating superior ways to work together.

Professional development is not just static, it is a mindset as well as an on-going practice. One of the clearest findings to emerge from recent scientific research is that we are social creatures with a social brain and that our health, happiness, and productivity is inextricably tied to the quality of our relationships. Radical Collaboration for Women® serves as the conduit to the best version of ourselves and our relationships.

Join Celeste, Women Speak Tech founders @Robin Parisse, @Jill Talvensaari and other like-minded women leaders who are on a mission to positively impact their teams, organizations, and communities. You’ll practice highly effective ways to build allies, rapidly establish trust, collaborate, negotiate, and drive results using self-awareness, empathy, accountability, influence, and interest-based problem-solving.

Bring your own unique style and perspective and find joy at work and at play with your new powerful women’s network.




Blockchain Savvy.

We got this!

We had a mix of subject matter experts (not just on the panel!), folks creating social justice solutions, creatives and marketers all thrown together to play our ‘Blockchain GAME’.

Each player received a Starter envelope labeled with a letter and a number. Inside were either 3 tokens and/or pencil toppers or fun gadgets. Players

  • Participated in an exchange where one player ‘sent’ another player tokens by declaring both parties and amounts.
  • Players verified the transaction, checking the sender was not an impersonator and actually had the funds to make the exchange.
  • Once the exchange occurred. The transaction was recorded on the team’s ledger.

Of course, we had a few ‘rules of the game’ some of which included that

  • Players who began with a ‘toy’ had to SELL it during the game
  • Players who began with tokens had to ‘make a purchase’

The fun really got started when Player E was found to have passed on a contaminant.

Lucky we had ‘kept track’ of every transaction. Hence we were able to remove the ‘contaminated’ tokens.

Supply chain transactions are a natural fit for Blockchain. In real-life such as the romaine lettuce scare earlier this year, if the path of transactions were executed using blockchain, you could quickly detect the source of the contaminant and remove it. Why is this important? Millions or billions of dollars are spent pulling food and other items ‘off the shelf’. By using blockchain, the transactions are transparent and traceable.

Thank you to all of you who made this night happen. Thank you to our volunteer panelists Daisy, Betsabe, and Alex. A big thank you to Mitchell and Jess for working with us to not only create the ‘Game’ but test it out on some Fellows at Insight Data Science. Photos courtesy of Afshin Shirazian.

And, of course, we couldn’t have done this event at all if it were not for our sponsor, Heroku-Salesforce!

Blockchain Immersion. Explore the Power of a Ledger

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6pm

Salesforce East, 5th floor, Room C02, 350 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Enjoy this free event sponsored by  Heroku-Salesforce.

Actively engage in a a hands-on workshop designed to immerse you into conducting transactions within a blockchain world. Unearth the power a ledger can bring to your business.

AI Hands-On

WST in collaboration with AI subject matter experts from XLabs.ai, Insight Data Science, Women in Product, and Heroku developed programming where WST Attendees walked away with

  • Examples of different ways AI is used, lessons learned
  • Awareness of AI and new technology impacts (to the Industry, Jobs, Life)
    • Positive effects we desire
    • Common Use Cases: drive greater customer intimacy, increase competitive advantages, improve efficiencies
    • Negative/In-effective results that AI could bring (example: gender bias)
    • What questions to ask about AI
    • How to keep informed
  • Hands-on experience via ‘development team scenario’’ workshop
    • Set AI criteria and define assumptions  

Our Subject Matter Experts

2019, What’s Up?

WST plans to continue to empower you to Speak Up and take action with even more hands-on workshops, new partners, and….

  1. Network. Find a Mentor. Be a Mentor. Sign up for The Guild. Use the discount code WST20
  2. Get excited about Blockchain. The team at Insight Data Science and WST have been working to create a hands-on workshop where you will walk away with an understanding of what Blockchain is and how it can be utilized. As well plan to add a notch up on your ‘data-driven awareness’. Registration will open shortly. Our host: Heroku-Salesforce. Mark your calendar for February 7, 2019 from 6-9pm
  3. As a female, have you ever felt boxed in? Learn more about how our partner, Unboxd the Vogue for STEM is working to close the gender gap and inspire a better future for all.
  4. Serendipity’s Emerging Tech House interviews have been published. Get inspired! Anne Cocquyt, Liza Lichtinger, Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Anuradha Gali, Joanna Bloor, along with interviews from some of the top women in STEM.
  5. WST workshops and programming in development include Radical Collaboration, Power Dynamics, more AI Hands-On, …. stay tuned for details

The Story of Unboxd and What to Expect in 2019

These are the thoughts that lead me to Unboxd. I coined the term STEMfluencer as someone who is working to change the perception of STEM in the media. I spent May and June putting all my thoughts together and reaching out to all the STEMfluencers I could find and building a community around them. The idea was to take the storytelling piece aspect from my blog but launch it as a lifestyle media brand that highlights women in STEM fields — it got coined as The Vogue for STEM.” Nitasha Syed founder of Unboxd

The platform that is working to change the gender gap.

Adjust Your Hearing. Drive Change.

Rebecca Traister explains how women’s anger has historically been a catalyst for social change and how people can better listen and respond to women’s anger.

Our Artificial Intelligence Experts

We are extremely lucky to have so many talented and accomplished individuals who have volunteered their time to further our discussions. As part of our Women Speak Tech community, we are encouraged that men & women continue to come together to create more equitable workplaces and invest in others.

 Travis Dirks, is a CTO at XLabs, a moonshot factory for AI. Prior to XLabs, he was Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of Seldn, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup predicting global socio-economic disruptions (“black swans”). His superpower is in connecting complex science/math to impactful business problems and building software around the solutions. Seldn was a new type of AI leveraging custom machine learning algorithms specifically tailored to deal with complex, nonlinear human-generated data. Specifically, Seldn pioneered the application of breakthroughs in Complexity Physics along with in-house advances in validation to tackle the prediction of rare socio-economic human disasters.

Prior to Seldn, Travis co-founded and led Rotary Gallop – a Big Data Finance firm that applies game theory to impact investments and strategy for corporate control (m&a, hostile takeover, and activist situations). Travis’s analysis on popular contested situations has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Travis received his Ph.D. in physics from the world’s leading institution for condensed matter, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Listen to XLabs’ podcasts>>

Contact: travis@xlabs.ai

 

Anne Cocquyt’s journey across four continents is driven by her passion for transforming ideas into reality and leading cross-functional teams to implementation. Anne has successfully founded and led a broad range of projects, startups, and non-profits in multiple industries ranging from IT outsourcing to hardware consumer products, social networking communities, cancer prevention, digital health, and biotech.

In her current venture, Anne puts her MBA and her experience as a serial female founder to work: with her expertise in computer and data science and her passion for building communities around causes paired with her ability to inspire she founded the GUILD – a novel networking solution for female entrepreneurs and women in business to build stronger networks.

Anne keeps active in the digital health world by advising a patient education startup specialized in stroke prevention, mentoring HealthTech and medical device startups at the Singularity University Accelerator, supporting the due diligence process for MedTech track of 500 Startups, mentoring USF Design Thinking class and assisting a data insights startup as COO.

Jess Roeder has a PPh.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Director of Product for Insight Data Science, where she advises companies on building data teams and oversees a team focused on helping scientists and engineers transition to careers in data.

Learn more about Insight Data Science>>

Mars  Hall merges creativity & engineering through his work as a research & development engineer at Salesforce / Heroku. Tasked with wildly varying problems, he runs strategic experiments pushing the Salesforce platform where customers want to go, including machine learning apps with PredictionIO and cross-cloud architecture with Terraform.

Wow! 10 Venues, 2 Days. Serendipity Delivered.

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Over 30 intimate sessions across ten venues in San Francisco were literally buzzing with experts and attendees discussing topics from Augmented Reality to Social Responsibility to Leadership and Investing. In addition, skill-building workshops focused on everything from the written word to understanding resonance and pitch when one speaks.

On Friday (10/26) Women Speak Tech’s Robin Parisse had the honor of moderating the Emerging Tech House.  A big thank you goes to Autodesk for hosting the venue, STYLEBEE (YCS15) for giving us some extra glamour and to our amazing experts who not only presented but engaged session attendees in a dialogue to explore the impacts and opportunities of technology solutions, human behavior, privacy, security, and ethics. 

Missed, Serendipity or want to relisten? Podcasts to be published shortly>>

Our Emerging Tech Speakers included:

  • Anastasia Miron, — Explore the brain via virtual reality to teach us how to be better parents? What triggers are there? How can we adapt behavior, provide modeling and tools for a better outcome?
  • Lisa Mae Brunson,  — Explore how the art of ‘fearless asking’ can help you magically manifest your vision into reality.
  • Anuradha Gali, — Learn how Uber is leveraging AI to automate their predictive models and dynamically adjust utilizing market insights.
  • Dr. Amrita Ray, — How are Network Effects and Shaping Influences used in machine learning models to retain, engage and improve products? Why are these model important when we look at automation and scale?
  • Annie Rogaski — How does augmented reality fit into our lives? How should we engage with technology to reign in the right balance of ethics, privacy and security?
  • Radhika Iyengar-Emens— Why should we care about blockchain? How blockchain can solve real-world problems like food safety, e-identity, and more.
  • Liza Lichtinger — How do we ethically align emerging technologies with the footprint of humanity? Why is it important to educate corporations and governments on the use of technology in collaboration with human behavior?

NETWORKING MUSCLES 

Did you know you have to exercise your networking muscles! Well, you do. And, practice is progress. Our workshop leaders put us to the test! Emily and Jacqueline taught us how to create a networking mindset while Lady Badass, Joanna made us re-evaluate how to answer the question, ‘what do you do?’

Stay connected and keep the conversation going about leadership, women’s health, social responsibility, coaching, storytelling, investing and mindfulness.  Join The Guild using the partner discount code WST20.

 

Design Sprints. Best of 2018

A Women Speak Tech Partner Event

The SIX

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Unable to attend the Google Design Sprint Conference? Join us for an evening of 15-minute lightning talks and panel discussions around design thinking, design sprints, and business model innovation frameworks and methodologies. Listen to local experts and engage in open discussions about industry best practices. Come to learn, share, evolve, and expand your practice. (Oct. 17th, 5:00-8:00pm, San Jose WeWork)

Speakers

Neha Saigal, Founder of N5

David Holl, Founder of Postobject

Joyce Liu, UX Designer at Google

 

 

Divya Jindal, Staff Designer at Google

Taylor Cone, Senior Partner at Smallify

 

 

Agenda

  • Welcome and Networking
  • Best of Design Sprint 2018 (Lightning Talk)
  • #SprintCon2018 Highlights (Lightning Talk)
  • Idea Generation for the Enterprise (Exercise)
  • Design for Business @Scale, Enterprise Innovation (Panel Discussion)
  • Designing Emergent Cultures of Creative Collaboration (Organizational Culture Exercise)
  • Building Empathy with Customers (Relationship Canvas Case Study Exercise

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