Building Community and Celebrating Women in Tech: We’re in it together
September 20, 2018
We've seen a shift in what the traditional notion of success looks like. For many, it's not defined by a title, promotion or securing the corner office. The definition of success is expanding to include things like building a great team, establishing a side hustle or finding the perfect work/life balance. As a way to determine what success means to you, we’re asking our members, “What are you in it for?” For me, I’ve been fortunate enough to have mentors play an important role in pushing me forward to achieve professional and personal successes. Now, as I’ve progressed in my career, I’ve become focused on helping others when they are just getting started. I’m in it to pay it forward.
Next week we’ll be in Houston, Texas to ask the nearly 20 thousand attendees at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing this same question. For members who may be unfamiliar, GHC is the world's largest gathering of women technologists and a week that LinkedIn engineering looks forward to each year. It’s a time for us to celebrate women in tech and to meet future leaders - those who are just now starting their careers in the tech industry.
For the women I connect with at GHC next week, I plan to challenge them to create and share their own in it statement and share their story with their teammates and their community on LinkedIn. When you do, you may learn something new about yourself and be surprised by how it can help grow your professional community. Because, when several people are working together towards a shared goal but also have a similar purpose that’s driving them, so much more can be achieved. Crystalizing your statement goes a long way - whether it’s at work, at home, or both.
For the latest updates on LinkedIn Engineering at #GHC18 next week, be sure to follow #LinkedInWIT hashtag and we hope you’ll be inspired to share what you’re in it for on LinkedIn.