Hello Tech Professionals,

As companies re-open their doors to bring their workforces back this fall, we will unveil programming that encourages companies to ensure that the return-to-work does not disadvantage women and caregivers. At MassTLC we have been busy curating content and programming to make sure this message is heard: create an environment that allows each person to thrive.

As a community member, you can look forward to programs that will focus on professional development, networking, and thought leadership that takes place both virtually and in person. This newsletter outlines stories from our members and opportunities to engage in this summer and fall.

I am happy to welcome new MassTLC Professional Women's Community Sponsors, Salesforce and Workhuman. 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
Upcoming Programs
  • MassTLC Tech Top 50: Nominations are open! This year, we will recognize 50 companies, individuals, and innovations across 8 categories along with two special individual honorees. Learn more and nominate here. 

  • The Uneven Workforce: Strategies to Thrive: While the pandemic has brought many challenges, it has also leveled the playing field for professionals working remotely. As companies re-open their doors to bring their workforces back to the workplace, the hybrid model becomes a new epicenter for discussions about inclusion. Wednesday, July 28th, 11 to Noon EST. Learn more here.

  • Board Ready Bootcamp: An award-winning program, designed specifically for women, tech leaders of color, openly LGBTQ+ tech leaders, and people with disabilities who are currently in senior executive positions that are ready to make the leap to serve on a board. The Fall 2021 co-hort will take place on Thursdays October 7, 14, 21. 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
  • On the Power of Storytelling and the Importance of "Bothering" Powerful People: Meet Board-Ready Bootcamp Alum Aravinda Rao Souza, Vice President of Global Communications at Bullhorn, who has served technology companies around the world, including Dassault Systemes, SAS DataFlux, and QuickPlay Media, in high-tech agency public relations. Read more here. 

  • Just Ask: Board-Ready Bootcamp Alum Lisa Walker On Starting Her Board Journey: Meet Lisa Walker, Vice President Brand & Corporate Marketing at Fuze. Since participating in the Fall 2020 Board-Ready Bootcamp cohort, Walker has joined startup GoRemote as an advisor. Read on for her takeaways from the bootcamp experience in her own words. Read more here.

  • Sharing Perspectives: Women Change Agents in Tech: In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, tech professionals gathered to listen to a dynamic panel in our webinar, “Sharing Perspectives: Women Change Agents in Tech.” Listen to inspiring stories, here.

  • Kaspersky Women in Tech Report: Where are we now? Understanding the evolution of women in tech. The past two years have seen positive steps forward across many parameters, helped in part by a timely nudge from the pandemic and its push towards remote working. Read more here.

  • The Future is Coming Soon: Interview with Katherine Newman of UMass: Katherine Newman is the University of Massachusetts System Chancellor for Academic Programs, the Senior Vice President for Economic Development, and the Torrey Little Professor of Sociology at UMass Amherst. We had the opportunity recently to talk with Professor Newman about her role, UMass’ efforts in fostering applied sciences in the state, the relationship between industry and UMass, and the importance of public universities for economic mobility. Read our wide-ranging conversation.

  • Sensata's Returnship for Experienced Professionals Restarting Careers: As part of their efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sensata Technologies has introduced a special Returnship program to help experienced professionals who took a break from the workforce in restarting their careers. The program is new for 2021 and is currently being piloted from Sensata’s Attleboro office before it rolls out globally to all of the company’s workspaces. Read more here.
Welcome Salesforce
Who is Salesforce?
Salesforce is the world’s #1 customer relationship management (CRM) platform. We help your marketing, sales, commerce, service, and IT teams work as one from anywhere — so you can keep your customers happy everywhere. We unify people to help businesses and communities pursue their loftiest goals, solve their thorniest challenges and harness their success to leave our planet a little better than we found it.

A key element of our company culture is volunteerism. At Salesforce, giving back to the community is championed with every employee encouraged to take fully-paid Volunteer Time Off. Volunteering is a key part of the Salesforce 1-1-1 Philanthropic Model: Salesforce gives 1% of its product, 1% of its equity, and 1% of its employees' time to philanthropic causes and the non-profit sector.

In Massachusetts, we are represented with our strong Commerce Cloud (formerly known as Demandware) and Einstein (formerly known as CQuotient) teams, both founded locally in the Metro Boston hub. We have multiple offices in Burlington, Cambridge, and Boston, and we take pride in continuously giving back to our local communities and organizations in need, such as Habitat for Humanity, Lazarus House, Charles River Watershed Association, and Year Up. We also volunteer with various education and workforce development partners that support youth programs within our community. 
 
Why are you excited to be part of the MassTLC Professional Women’s community?
Our charter for this year is to amplify our focus on women in our organization and within the Massachusetts Technology hub. The Technology workforce has made great strides towards equality; however, we’re looking to further advance visibility and career opportunities for women and all underrepresented minorities through mentorship programs and networking opportunities.
What are you hoping you can share and receive from the MassTLC Professional Women’s community?

First and foremost, we want to learn together with our MassTLC Community. We all are building programs and objectives to advance our organizations. but together, we are stronger and can move faster. We’re looking to share our experiences, lessons learned, and thought leadership within this amazing community. We are eager to hear insights and success stories from other members.
DEI Initiatives and Offerings
  • Juneteenth Resources Page: June 19th, or Juneteenth as it is widely known, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Many companies celebrate the day by recognizing it as a paid holiday, supporting community organizations focused on racial justice, holding company-wide events to promote conversations on race, or by providing resources for employees to learn more about social justice issues. Access resource 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
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MassTLC Global Sponsors
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