Yesterday, FirstRain CEO Penny Herscher was part of a panel discussion at the Ark Women Legal Forum in San Francisco. Speaking to a room of about 100 women, she and her co-panelists, Patricia Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (moderator); Kathi Lutton, Partner, Fish and Richardson; and Pamela Fulmer, Partner, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP discussed how women are helping other women by forming “stiletto networks”—all-female groups to support each other professionally in a more safe and unthreatening environment.
The panel agreed that the most effective aspect of stiletto networks is that they are truly helpful to the women involved. They’re not a place to vent or complain; women come up with a concrete action plan and challenge each other intellectually as they navigate being leaders in the male-dominated fields of both Law and Tech. As Kathi stated at one point, “We interact with the world differently, and that’s OK. And it’s good to have a network of people to think through it.”
As Penny highlighted, it’s precisely for this reason that FirstRain has made a concerted effort to have a diverse leadership team: when you assemble a group of people with differing opinions and experiences, you end up being much more creative as a group—and more effective. As stiletto networks grow and empower the women involved, everyone—including businesses—benefits.
All of the panel discussion really boiled down to one idea, whether it’s women helping women or women interacting with men. Patricia said it perfectly—that empowering women is “about relationships—baby steps, and building relationships. It’s not going to happen overnight. You have to be in it for the long haul.”
Dreamforce just keeps getting closer, doesn’t it? And the closer it gets, the more things get added to its agenda. Do you know what sessions you’re going to attend yet… or maybe you’ve started by picking your “extra-curricular activities” first (don’t worry, we won’t judge).
To help you get started, here’s a list of sessions, people and activities we’re excited about!
1. The Dreamforce Tweet-Up: Monday, 11/18 Meet people that you’ve gotten to know in the Twittersphere—in real life! Hope you don’t get catfished.
2. Breakout Session—AppExchange Fast & Furious: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes Who doesn’t want to be on the cutting edge? SFDC will be showcasing some of the latest and greatest apps—we bet you’ll find one your company can use (we sure hope we will)! Maybe you’ll even find an idea to #appthat.
3. App Bash @ The Metreon: Wednesday, 11/20 Party your app off at the Dreamforce-sponsored party! It’s on the top floor of the Metreon, with amazing views of the city… and probably a lot of fun people. I also heard that DocuSign throws an awesome party, and they’re doing it again in 2013.
4. Volunteering: Monday-Wednesday in the Plaza
Do good this year at Dreamforce and give back to the community.
5. Breakout Session—Getting US Soccer Ready for the World Cup with Salesforce
We have a lot of soccer fans at FirstRain. We also have a lot of Salesforce fans. Perfect.
6. And anything Girly Geeks!
Did we mention we’re going to the Grace Hopper Celebration this year?
Women in Tech: Sunday, 11/17
Women in the Dev Zone: Tuesday, 11/19
Girly Geeks Do Good: see #4
If you’re going to any of these, let us know! We’d love to meet you (you can also stop by Booth #N1924). And if you have others to suggest, tweet us @FirstRain. We already know Alec Baldwin will be there
We are extremely excited to announce that our intrepid CEO, Penny Herscher, will lead a panel discussion about on the role of women in technological advancements in manufacturing at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
The Grace Hopper Conference is nearly 20 years old, and is the largest technical conference for women in the world. It’s designed to support and showcase the contributions of women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Since promoting women in the technology is a cause that is near and dear to Penny (she’s even on the board of the Anita Borg Foundation, the organizers of GHC), we are incredibly excited to attend.
Our Panel: “The New Industrial Revolution: How Advanced Manufacturing is Creating Disruptive Opportunities for Women.”
This panel will discuss and explore the effects of exciting new technologies—from 3D printing to desktop design and fabrication—that have the potential to enable a new generation of female entrepreneurs. The panel will explore how these innovations have already begun changing the world of inventing and manufacturing, impacting the evolution and democratization of global manufacturing and defining the new role these technologies can play in the economic empowerment of women. Penny will be joined by Christine Furstoss (GE), Jennifer Lawton (MakerBot) and Kristen Turner (Ponoko).
Conference and presentation details: Who: Where: When:
Who:Penny Herscher, FirstRain CEO with Christine Furstoss, Jenny Lawton and Kristen Turner
Where:Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), Room 200 D-G
When:3:45 – 4:45 pm on Thursday, October 3, 2013
I can’t think of a better way to start a major conference then attending a conference sponsored networking event. From day one you are able to network and make connections with others, who can heavily influence the value you ultimately get from the conference.On the eve of Dreamforce, Monday September 17th there will be a ‘Women in Tech’ event hosted by GirlyGeeks and the Salesforce.com’s Women’s Network (open to all Dreamforce attendees and Salesforce.com employees). This networking event is sure to rally in many passionate, energetic and career driven women and certainly all the Girly Geeks at FirstRain are looking forward to meeting them all, as we kick off Dreamforce 2012. Events like these are great opportunities to come together to network, share your own personal experiences, and hear some of the challenges and experiences women have faced in order to build their careers. In addition to networking and ‘cocktailing’ time, attendees will hear from: