I just wrote up a trip report for my team at Microsoft, highlighting at least one takeaway from each session I attended at Grace Hopper 2016. It occurs to me that I should share that with the rest of the world, too. Here they are!
- â€œGrowth and comfort never coexist.â€ â€“Ginni Rometty, Chairwoman, President and CEO of IBM during the Day One keynote.
- This stuck with me; feels profound as we attempt to shift to a growth mindset as a company. Time to embrace discomfort.Â :)
- Solitude matters to think creatively; all of us are in too many meetings! From Susan Cainâ€™s talk on the Quiet Revolution.
- We need to carve out alone time when weâ€™re thinking big (especially for those who are more introverted). I know Iâ€™ll be blocking out time on my calendar to get into the right brain space for certain projects moving forward.
- Some other impactful points from this talk!
- Introverts should speak up early in meetings to make sure theyâ€™re heard.
- Brainstorming works better alone as opposed to a group activity.
- Lead the meeting if you need to make sure you get recognition. From an Intuit panel about womenâ€™s career development.
- If youâ€™re concerned that youâ€™re not getting seen for the work youâ€™re doing, take charge and set the meeting yourself and guide it through. Itâ€™s a guaranteed way to be seen and also drive progress/outcome.
- Everyone benefits from accessible design. From a powerful Microsoft panel on inclusive design.
- If youâ€™ve ever dictated into your phone, pulled luggage through a curb cutout, or walked through an automatic door, youâ€™ve benefitted from accessibility designs. When we design inclusively, it makes things better for ALL users.
- â€œWe need to make technology cool for girls to study.â€ â€“Rebecca Minkoff, Tech-Thinking Fashion Designer, from a panel on closing the gender gap in STEM.
- This immediately made me think of IoT and the enormous opportunity we have to do cool work that centers and celebrates women enjoying technology.
- Email your manager and say â€œIâ€™m moving forward with X on Y date unless I hear otherwise from you.â€ From a panel about women negotiating.
- Instead of waiting for express permission, sometimes itâ€™s best to just propose what you think needs to happen and make it happen. That way your initiative doesnâ€™t get stuck in waiting-for-permission purgatory or email delay, and you can show what youâ€™re capable of without red tape holding you back.
- Of course, you need to make clear that your manager has the opportunity to weigh in, but thatâ€™s where setting clear dates and expectations in your email comes in.
- Do this immediately after every interesting hallway or coffee machine discussion with your manager; that way you can deliver on those chats instead of just having them fade away (and then revisit the evidence of your bias for action come review time.)
- Influence isn’t about you or your rising titles; helping other people is what grows your influence. From a panel about the Art & Science of Influence Management.
- Great point that makes it less about the self and more about the team/company/project!
- Line length in a slide should never be more than 13-15 words.
- Enough said! :)
And for what it’s worth, some of the most engaging connections I had were from randomly putting myself out there. This was a scary tweet to post (and I actually only connected with people that I chatted up in person), but I consistently find it worth it to do stuff like this!
— 👻Nasty Virginia â˜ ï¸ (@askvirginia) October 20, 2016