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Women in Technology: Supporting Diversity in a Technical Workplace

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Diversity in the technical workforce is a valuable asset for all companies, because it encourages different types of thinking and taps into the full potential of your team. Come learn from one AWS organization how a fast-moving, fast-growing team has put in place a "diversity circle" for personal and professional development. This program provides a peer mentoring group that builds skills and establishes informal networking support. The host and active participants of this two-year program will share tips and best practices for running a diversity peer mentoring group that spans engineering, product management, and operations.

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Women in Technology: Supporting Diversity in a Technical Workplace

  1. 1. Women in Technology: Supporting Diversity in a Technical Workplace Neha Sherpa, Software Development Engineer, AWS Amy Therrien, Senior Software Development Manager, AWS July 13, 2016
  2. 2. Diversity circle sponsorship
  3. 3. The flywheel for growth
  4. 4. AWS —unleashing untapped potential
  5. 5. Amazon S3 Women’s Circle Membership selection (17 members) • Common • All women (inherent) • All part of the Amazon S3 organization (acquired) • Diverse • Diverse levels of experience (acquired) • Diverse roles: managers, product managers, software engineers, systems engineers (acquired) • Diverse cultural backgrounds (inherent)
  6. 6. Two circle starts AWS S3 Women’s Circle • Common • All women (inherent) • All part of the Amazon S3 organization (acquired) • Diverse • Diverse levels of experience (acquired) • Diverse roles: managers, product managers, software engineers, systems engineers (acquired) • Diverse cultural backgrounds (inherent) AWS Platform Circle • Individual mentor-mentee relationships • Aggregation of established relationships • Common organization
  7. 7. Sponsoring • Identify • Time/budget • Coaching • Facilitating
  8. 8. Facilitating trust Safe environment for learning Strong relationships keep circles together Make it fun! • Blackberry picking • Happy hour • Lunches
  9. 9. Facilitating a structure • Monthly meetings on topics covering experiences and knowledge • Amazon S3 topics are defined by the circle: negotiation, leveling the playing field, communication, confidence, work life balance, etc. • Establish role models • Individual mentoring for the first role models • Leverage existing career development techniques and resources • Guest speakers, published resources • Provide feedback, encouragement
  10. 10. Knowledge sharing Inspiration Practice Retrospective Four flavors of learning activities
  11. 11. Sample meeting Knowledge sharing • 10 minutes: Grab lunch & greet/mingle • 30 minutes: Video on “Leveling the Playing Field” • 40 minutes: Interactive worksheets, open discussion • 10 minutes: Planning next session Experience sharing • 10 minutes: Grab lunch & greet/mingle • 5 minutes: Introduction of guest expert on “Confidence” • 60 minutes: Pre-prepared Q&A with guest product manager • 10 minutes: Planning next session
  12. 12. Logistics Do’s • Stay connected to participants’ managers • Advocate for your circle participants outside of the circle • Make time for retrospectives Don’ts • Get into expanding circle churn • Feel like you need to limit this to women • See this as a replacement for all other mentoring
  13. 13. Our experiences and learnings
  14. 14. Practice skills example Background: design reviews What we did: technical presentation practice
  15. 15. Examples of learnings • Experience sharing = Inspiring stories • Knowledge sharing = Learning and growing
  16. 16. Leveraging resources My favorite: “Communicating with Confidence”
  17. 17. A story
  18. 18. Strategies Communication changes impact perceptions Remove lessing language: - Just - Sorry
  19. 19. Measuring success Career path Growing influence
  20. 20. Start your own circle
  21. 21. © 2016, Amazon Web Services, Inc. or its Affiliates. All rights reserved. Thank you!

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