Community Newsletter
September 24, 2021
Hello Tech Professionals,

This community brought forward innovative and fresh perspectives during our community programs this summer. We explored how women have been impacted by the pandemic and what support women and caregivers need to thrive within tech organizations. Changemakers shared which strategies to prioritize and what policies to consider while creating an environment that nurtures success. Top-of-mind discussions included how to curb bias in the workplace and how to successfully roll out DEI practices that enforce change. Together, we are all doing our part to make a collective impact in our tech arena.

Currently, we are preparing for the fall Board-Ready Bootcamp and Tech Top 50 announcement. We and also building rich programming for you to share bright ideas and network. This newsletter outlines stories from our members and opportunities to engage this fall. Also, Check out our new job board, currently displaying over 5,000 jobs globally!

I look forward to building and growing with this community as we create a collective impact together.

We are grateful to our sponsors, Cybereason, Nuance, Salesforce, and Workhuman.

Warm Regards and Stay Well,
Nayla Daly
Communities Manager
  • MassTLC Tech Top 50: We are looking forward to announcing the 2021 Tech Top 50 honorees on October 7. Check out the categories, here. Stay tuned!

  • The Uneven Workforce: Strategies to Thrive: MassTLC tech professionals met to have an honest and thought-provoking conversation, “The Uneven Workforce: Innovative Strategies to Thrive.” Panelists shared strategies and ideas regarding their return to work and the impact that the pandemic year has had on working parents and caregivers. They explored why their organizations are prioritizing strategies and policies that empower hybrid workers to succeed in environments where they are not in person 100% of the time. Listen here.

  • Board Ready Bootcamp: An award-winning program, designed specifically for women, tech leaders of color, openly LGBTQ+, the neurodiverse, and people with disabilities who are tech leaders currently in senior executive positions and are ready to make the leap to serve on a board. This program will take place will take place on October 7th, 14th, and 21st. Apply here.

  • Lead A Discussion: The MassTLC Professional Women's Community meets quarterly and is seeking conversation leaders and fresh topics. Please email Nayla if you have a topic you would like to explore with your professional peers or if you would like to lead a conversation. 
Professional Women's Community Insights

  • Celebrating Women in Cyber: An engineer by training, Pamela Cyr, SVP Business and Corporate Development at Tufin, is responsible for business and corporate development, working with strategic technology alliance and emerging technology alliance partners as well as leading the global business consultancy program. Pamela was able to follow this pathway due to a great mentor and her own tenacity. Read more here.

  • Being Part of Something Bigger: Kari Haworth, CTO of Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: Kari joined SAO in November 2018 to work on a next-generation Event Horizon Telescope (ngEHT). The original EHT became famous in April 2019 for producing the very first image of a black hole. Over the next decade, Kari’s work will help enable the ngEHT to capture movies, something that will lead to far better understanding of black holes. And that is precisely what Kari loves most about her job—the projects she works on could lead to scientific breakthroughs. And while many are now doing some soul searching for their next career or rethinking how they can be part of something bigger, Kari realizes that each day at SAO. Read more here.

  • 3 Things Women Should Do to Thrive in Male-Dominated Industries: It may come as no surprise that women are underrepresented in automotive; in fact, a recent study showed that women held only 23.6% of jobs in motor vehicles and motor vehicles equipment manufacturing industry. And while the COVID19 pandemic allowed for a more flexible work-from-home environment for working mothers, 65% of working women believe the pandemic has made things worse for women at work. A majority of these women cited burnout, and a third said they have contemplated leaving their job entirely over the last year, resulting in an overall drop in female ambition. Read more here.

  • Ambition and Luck: Meet Wei-Wei Lui, VP of Research and Architecture at Cybergrants: Wei-Wei has been with CyberGrants for over 20 years – joining close to their inception as they pivoted from a customer consulting firm to a giving platform company – straight from John Hopkins with a degree in chemistry and minor in computer science.” Read more here.

  • Nuance Communications and Technovation On August 12 and 13, Technovation held its Virtual World Summit, an annual event where girls, technology, entrepreneurship, and social good intersect. Attendees connected with the global Technovation community, watched students pitch their app ideas live, and joined workshops, career panels, and other tech talks. Two of Nuance’s employees, Karima Kanji-Tajdin (Nuance Mix Conversational AI Advocate) and Lauren Beltrone (Senior Conversation Experience Designer), hosted a workshop at this year’s summit. Read more here.
Sponsor Welcome: Cybereason
Who is Cybereason?
Cybereason is the champion for today’s cyber defenders with future-ready attack protection that extends from the endpoint to the enterprise, to everywhere. We deliver the precision to end cyber attacks in an instant-- on computers, mobile devices, servers, in the cloud-- to everywhere the battle moves. We champion the defender because we are defenders. Cybereason brings together the world’s brightest minds from the military, government intelligence, and enterprise
security to create a new kind of cyber security company. Our headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts, with other offices in London, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, France, Germany, Singapore and South Africa.

Why are you excited to be part of the MassTLC Professional Women’s Community?
We are excited to be part of the MassTLC Professional Women’s Community, as we continue to work towards bridging the gap for women in technology organizations everywhere. Our company takes pride in encouraging women to be their authentic selves. We push women to never give up and stand up as leaders. We look forward to working with other professionals in the community and learning more from like-minded companies in Massachusetts.

What are you hoping you can share and receive from the MassTLC Professional Women’s community?
We are looking forward to sharing our experiences as women in the tech world, as well as hearing from others about how they are making strides within their own companies. We are excited to come together as a community and learn from each one another while networking and engaging in insightful conversations.
DEI Initiatives and Offerings

  • Board Ready Bootcamp: An award-winning program, designed specifically for women, tech leaders of color, openly LGBTQ+, the neurodiverse, and people with disabilities who are tech leaders currently in senior executive positions and are ready to make the leap to serve on a board. This program will take place will take place on October 7th, 14th, and 21st. Apply here.

  • Social Justice Initiatives: MassTLC’s mission is to build an inclusive tech ecosystem in the region, and more broadly, we want to help Massachusetts become a more inclusive and equitable state. Over the years, MassTLC has offered – and continues to offer – a number of initiatives to bring women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups into tech careers and to support them once they are in the industry. We have been recognized by our peer tech councils across North America for these efforts. Learn more about our offerings here

  • MassTalent. This is a platform designed for hiring companies to access a directory of organizations that provide training, placement, and funding for pipeline and workforce development. The organizations and programs listed here have a core mission of helping those in underrepresented or non-traditional populations move into the tech industry. Learn more about MassTalent here
Professional Women's Community Sponsors
MassTLC Global Sponsors