Stop, Collaborate and Listen

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at DevelopHer over the past few weeks. We are building a new website, planning our launch party, autumn events, and continuing to build on our partnerships with some awesome UK and European initiatives.

We are committed to elevating women in technology and to pursue our mission of supporting women in professional, personal and political opportunities we’d like to expand our network. As firm fans of collaboration within the community we’ve grown great relationships with a number of organisations including Geek Girl Meetup, Blooming Founders, and Women Who Code and want to continue to seek out and partner with other organisations with similar values.

If you know of any other groups, initiatives or organisations you think we should get to know or events we should share, please put us in touch via developHer.org@gmail.com .

One of our newest partnerships is with SyncDevelopHER, an East Anglian initiative committed to promoting gender equality in technology. The awesome organisation is behind the DevelopHER Awards; showcasing the East Anglian technology industry’s leading female talent. The next Awards are in Ipswich on 30th November 2016 and tickets are available now . We’re excited to be working together with them and hope to partner on bringing their East Anglian based event to London in the near future.

Coming up we invite you to join us on 20th September at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society as we collaborate with WOW Talks bringing our mentoring experience to  WOW Talks:Women In Tech. Please use code developherwow2016 for £10 off.

As ever, to stay in the know for all things DevelopHer including our launch party please keep an eye on twitter and subscribe to our mailing list HERE.

Team DevelopHer

Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme – Got questions?

As the deadline for applications for the Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme approaches, (31st July extended deadline until Monday 3rd of August), we thought we’d write a brief blog post to give you the latest and freshest information.

When does it start and what is the format?

The programme will start on the 9th of September and will run for six months. It will consist of evening speed-mentoring sessions once every five weeks, with key members of the technology industry. Each session will cover a specific topic, this could be anything from top tips for startups, to how to negotiate a raise. Mentees must attend all sessions to get the most out of the programme. It is possible to miss only one session if strictly necessary, although we strongly advise you attend each one.

Can I still apply?

Yes – we have received hundreds of applications already but it does not mean that we have made any decisions yet – on the contrary, we are still hungry for applications. If you are an entrepreneur, or working within a very corporate company, or just thinking of starting your own company – the mentoring programme is still open to you. We have to repeat it here that it is less about what you do than the state of mind you are in at the moment. Do you have big unrealised ambitions and want to grow them? Then yes, the Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme is for you.

Who are the mentors?

Our mentors are 80% women and 20% men, because we do believe in and want to practice diversity. These are people who have outstanding achievements, are part of the Girls in Tech network and many of whom are already experienced mentors. The mentors are people we selected and genuinely interested in giving back and supporting talented women – they are people you can trust to be professional and confidential.

Can I see the list of mentors?

Not yet. We will communicate our list of mentors to you if your application is selected. However, prior to that, we are more interested in hearing about your own personal story, your motives and what you need from the mentoring programme – than how such and such mentors are essential for you to grow.

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How will the matchmaking happen between mentors?

There will be 10 mentors at each session, they will have received the your bios prior to the session. The mentees will present for one minute their questions for the evening based on the topic and any progress made from the previous week. Based on this and the bios, the mentors will select who they would like to mentor for that particular session.

If you are not selected by your chosen mentor that evening, you will still get an opportunity to informally network with them once the session is over.

Can I follow up with mentors?

Only if they give you their business cards. That means that they want to see and follow up with you.

I am not sure I am hungry for it enough…

Whatever stage you are at in your journey there is always room for development, learning and stretching yourself out of your comfort zones. Take a risk, push yourself and go for a new experience meeting new people, experienced mentors and learn from the best in the industry. Why not give your career a huge boost this autumn with the Girls in Tech Mentor programme?

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As a Chinese proverb says “one who stays near vermilion gets stained red, and one who stays near ink gets stained black” or said differently “one takes on the colour of one’s company”. The metaphor teaches us that one’s habit may change or come under the influence of other people, events or conversations. We hope that by taking part in the Girls in Tech London Mentoring Progamme it will encourage ambition, entrepreneurialism and positive attitudes amongst our mentees and mentors.

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Still have questions? Come to our breakfast networking event this Friday 31st of July, or post them on on our private Facebook group.

Send your application before Friday the 31st of July: mpapplications@girlsintech.org

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