Women Think Next 2014 – Event

HeaderWomen 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.

On the agenda under the theme “Tech women leading the change”
Sue Bevington

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

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”.


 Dana porter

Dana Porter – Rubinshtein, Director, Strategy & Business Management at ILDC, led a panel with varied participants that shared their personal journey around leading a change, each in her own org and environment:

  • Anat S. Amir, Founder of Mango Tree LTD, Former CMO of Google Africa and Head of Marketing for Android and Google Mobile in EMEA
  • Colonel Merav Davidovits, Tech Unit at the Israeli Defense Force
  • Prof. Yonina Eldar, Head of SAMPL Lab, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Technion
  • Shira Lev-Ami, CIO, Ministry of Health
  • Marni Mandell, Head of Business Development, Roojoom
  • Liora Shechter, CIO, Tel- Aviv municipality


The last part of the event was roundtables moderated by Microsoft women and more Networking.RT1 RT2 rt3
The next day, May 15, we held the Women Think Next- Students’ Edition with Top female students from CS/ related Eng tier 1 faculties, with Jennifer Chayes as keynote speaker focusing on her career journey and her time as a student.Microsoft employees spent time with the students, sharing with their employment experience and tips to jump start their career, and college positions were offered.

Read More & Pic of “Women Think Next- Students’ Edition”. 

Here are just a few quotes by participants: 

I left the morning, with my ‘batteries charged’ looking forward to my next professional challenge, knowing that I am not alone, not afraid to try and that I can and will succeed”. 

“Thank you for creating an event that focused on the strengths of women.

Thank you for allowing these amazing women to share their journeys and tips towards their success”. 

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Want to see the materials that enable us to Tell Our Story?

Pictures from Women Think Next eventmicrosoft_woman_booklet023 Movie Women@Microsoft in Israel


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