Women in data and product to watch in 2018
What I treasure most about writing for The Signal–besides working with my lovely team–has been the opportunity to learn from the brilliant data and product people who have generously shared hard-won lessons with us. We only get to sit down with them for an hour or so, but they are always memorable, and surprisingly meaningful, conversations.
This Women’s History Month, we want to honor some of the incredible women in tech who have told us their stories. Not only have these leaders pushed their teams to use data to drive better decision-making, many of them also pay their expertise forward by mentoring other women in the industry, sponsoring other women at their company, or advocating for more equitable representation of women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups in tech.
Read on for some of our favorite stories from the past few months, as well as additional resources for those inspired to lead the charge towards a more innovative, ethical, and inclusive tech.
Yardley Ip, General Manager at Zillow and Co-Founder of Women in Product, gives her career advice for product talent who want to hone their focus.
Ximena Vengoechea, the Research Manager at Pinterest, tells us how user research became the secret sauce behind many of the products we can’t live without.
Amelia Salyers, Head of Content and Marketing at Mixpanel, explains how to use content to educate, learn from, and growing a diverse community of people with data in common.
Naba Banerjee, Head of Product at Samsclub.com, has worked in product management long before PMs had the community or resources they have now, and in this interview, she shares lessons learned from a decade at Walmart.
Patricia Morizio, Senior Product Manager at Verizon, gives us a glimpse into exciting challenges product teams face in the enterprise and tells us why PMs shouldn’t be afraid to cut their teeth at a Fortune 500.
Want to amplify the voices of more women in tech this month (and every month)?
Then, consider donating, sponsoring, or volunteering with organizations that support women in tech or help bring more of us into the industry.
Black Girls CODE is increasing the number of women in STEM fields by giving learning opportunities to girls of color at an early age. They run workshops, summer camps, community outreach programs, and hackathons that have helped more than 3,000 girls of color to develop their technical skills.
Lesbians Who Tech offers community and career opportunities to queer women and non-binary people in tech by hosting conferences in cities around the world. We recently sponsored their San Francisco summit, which had more than 5,000 attendees and keynotes from Bozoma Saint John, Megan Smith, Sheryl Sandberg, London Breed, and more.
Code2040 is on a mission to diversify tech by training and supporting Black and Latinx computer science students. They work with companies like ours and help them build more diverse, inclusive, and innovative teams.
TransTech Social Enterprises is a co-working and co-learning community dedicated to empowering trans and non-binary people. They offer online courses, conferences, co-working spaces, and meet-ups that prepare their members to enter or advance their careers with a strong network and job expertise.
Girl Who Code is closing the gender gap in technology by building the largest pipeline of female engineers in the United States. They host programs for girls across the country who want to learn how to code–from those with no exposure to computer science all the way up to those ready to learn college-level skills and concepts.
Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you’re supporting women in tech this month (and every month).