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AdaCamp Girl Geek Dinner

14 Jan

The Ada Initiative is planning to hold an “Ada Camp” in mid January in Melbourne (See http://adainitiative…. ). This means there will be lots of open-tech geeky women in town, a good opportunity for a GGD!

NOTE: This venue requires that we pay up-front, so we are selling tickets through Eventbrite. RSVPing here is not enough! You must purchase a ticket through Eventbrite to attend! See http://ggdmelb-jan2012.eventbrite.com.au/ for all the info.

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‘Be Your Own Devop: Making and Maintaining a Website’ Discussion Dinner

19 Oct

Got an idea for a website? Who hasn’t, from a personal PR piece, to a missing community niche, or a fan’s tribute, or your business on the side. Many of us would have some experience in starting, maintaining, sysadminning or fixing a website in one area or another – design, features, security, usability, backups. (And the dirty words – SEO…)

But there’s no shortage of technologies and platforms to keep current with. What have you worked on? What would you like to work on? “In the cloud” or self-hosted? Embrace an all-encompassing CMS or go the Unixy piecemeal way? What do you look for in a piece of technology before you adopt it? Come and share your tips and tricks over a tasty meal.

Mentors: Do you need one? Should you be one?

27 Jul

Mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks.

In essence, a mentor should be:

Someone to be accountable to. It is often too easy to neglect priorities through recurring postponement of tasks. Sharing of your goals with your Mentor means that if you don’t complete them; your mentor wants to know why.

Someone to help you refine your ideas into practice. You have great ideas… some you will be able to put into practice easily, but others will be raw and need refinement to implement. Your coach has a vast knowledge of almost every strategy, what makes them work and what confounds their effectiveness.

Someone that has a wealth of ideas. For when you’ve just ‘run out of ideas’. But at all times, your coach will endeavor to make your contact educational, so that you understand the principals and can apply them for the rest of your life. Someone that has the contacts you need. When you need contacts for your business, equipment, investment advice, or just growing your library, your mentor has the contacts and knows where to find the information.

Someone outside, looking in. After a while, you find that you don’t see the same clarity that you used to. Like living next to a busy road; after a while you don’t hear the traffic. Your mentor is there to take a fresh look at you. He or she knows what to look for and most importantly, sees what your others see. And your mentor will always give you feedback.

Another important element to discuss is whether women in business need both female AND male mentors.

An Evening at ThoughtWorks: Gender Roles in the Workplace

29 Jun

Have you ever felt like you were treated differently because you’re a woman? Or perhaps maybe you felt the need to change the way you acted in front of your male peers? Have you mastered the ability to not let such external factors affect the way you act or make decisions. Either way, we’d like to hear your thoughts!!

Join us for an evening at ThoughtWorks office in the CBD to chat about gender roles in the workplace.

We’ll cover topics similar to those above as well ones around: etiquette, salary negotiations, communication, dress, the proper way to shake hands, and much more.

We will be inviting 3 panellists to lead us, but will be looking to the room (and Twitter) to be involved in the discussion.

*Food and Drinks will be provided.

 

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