Another Symposium under the belt. For me, this was the best one yet. The content of the sessions I attended were decent (see other post) but the bonding was my big takeaway.
Women in Digital #movethedial luncheon
The Wednesday luncheon was extra special. The stage was owned by 6 well-spoken, smart, inspiring women. However, they weren’t the only actors in the room. At one point during the session, the panel called out to the men in the audience to thank them for attending. It appeared that there was perhaps one man per every two to three tables. (Thank you for attending!!) I was taken aback when I realized how different the energy of the room was. This was the polar opposite ratio that you’d expect at a tech conference and I finally felt like I truly belonged. It’s now apparent to me that my gender somewhat drives my confidence in my career interactions; I hadn’t realized this before. I’ll save my musings and stories for the Women In Sitecore blog that is coming soon, led by Amy Winburn.
Elevate your career experience: Empowering women in technology
I met some fabulous women at this year’s conference. We initially ‘met’ (virtually) over the summer after the Women In Sitecore panel session was approved but getting to hang out with them, see them in sessions, in the hallways, and at the parks was special for me. For once I felt the kinship that I had seen by others at other Symposiums. We had practiced our timing and words several times and each time, at different points each practice, I was moved to the point of tears, including during the session. I had always figured that other women MUST be experiencing the same trials and tribulations as me but it seemed awkward to reach out. Again, I’ll be writing more about my past experiences and bonding in the upcoming Women In Sitecore blog.
Men and women both, please consider contributing and learning with us in the Sitecore Slack community channel: #womenofsitecore.