|Women Think Next is the annual center stage event for women in technology and was initiated by Microsoft in Israel with the objectives of networking, getting to know tech women colleagues in other hi-tech companies and creating new connections and business opportunities.
About the external audience, now prospects, that attended the 5th annual event on May 14:
Almost 600 tech female professionals attended, representing different positions in the booming Israeli hi-tech industry- They came across company sizes- from global hi tech companies to start-ups, tech units in the military, government etc., and also across levels and disciplines- R&D positions, Sales & Marketing and entrepreneurs. During the networking the women actively used the “LinkedIn- Boost your profile” booths.
Sue Bevington, Corporate VP HR, Sales Marketing and Services Group was talking about the unfolding transformation of the role of women in the workplace and in technology in particular and how all of women are at the VANGUARD of that transformation. In her words: “You lead that transformation to the finish line EACH DAY that you go to work and work harder than the job demands and move the industry forward; EACH DAY that you work towards personal advancement and excellence in your careers; EACH DAY that you inspire another girl, or boy, to choose this calling, to follow your lead, to reshape what technology can do for the world!”
Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England and NYC was talking about creating & leading Microsoft Research labs, her personal journey, what she has learned along the way and what helped her to get here. She shared lots of great learnings, among them: “Allow yourself to dream big dreams– see what’s missing in the world today…articulate your vision to inspire others to join you”. And “Never, ever let go. The key is to keep in the race, lean into the challenges, and try to surround yourself with amazing people who’ll always have your back”.
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