Women in Tech Panel Series - Event #1

Breaking Barriers when Entering the Tech Industry

For those looking to enter the tech industry (or enter into a technical role), we have the inside scoop on the challenges to expect, how to overcome them, and how to organize your job search! 

Our Panelists

Sr. Creator Manager at LinkedIn
Trish Lindo is a Sr. digital media executive, content creator, executive producer, and writer. She has several years of digital media and television experience including BuzzFeed/Tasty, Yahoo! Shine, E! Entertainment/Live Events, CNN, and #OwnShow for Trish is currently a Senior Creator Manager at LinkedIn. She works exclusively with creators/entrepreneurs to empower, nurture, support and develop their content and presence on LinkedIn. Trish holds a B.S in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University. She is passionate about initiatives that empower and support women of color. Trish is the social ambassador for Made by DWC in Los Angeles. A social enterprise operated by the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) that provides job training, transitional employment in product and retail that supports women transitioning out of homelessness.
ELearning Developer at Fortinet
Jan Napenas is currently an e-learning specialist at Fortinet. She has always had experience in education, getting a formal education in teaching. However, she transitioned into the tech industry through her role as a program manager for an internship program at IBM. From there, she spearheaded the L&D department at MindBridge and finally, joined Fortinet as a dedicated e-learning developer.  She is always looking for new ways to learn and grow in her professional career.
Project Coordinator at MNP Digital
Aleksa MacDonald is a trained Project Management Professional in traditional, agile, and hybrid project management. At MNP Digital, Aleksa collaborates with Canadian clients and team members across Canada to facilitate the execution of cyber security assessments, security implementations, and defensive solutions.
Software Developer Intern at Oxyl
Marina Chow is a software developer intern at Oxyl in Paris, France. The internship consists mainly of learning how to develop web applications in Java using various frameworks. She has completed two bachelor’s degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa, the first one in International Business and the second in Computer Science. She will be going back to school in September to complete a masters in Architecture and Management of Information Systems Development and Cyber Security at ESME Paris.

What Can You Expect to Learn?

This event is for anyone looking to enter the tech industry. Maybe you're coming from university and want to dive head-first into tech, or maybe you're making a career switch after years in another field. Whatever your background, we're here to show you how to break into the tech industry for the first time.

In this event, we'll discuss:

1. What is different about entering the tech industry compared to other industries?
2. What challenges can be expected, and how do you overcome them?
3. Do you really need technical skills to get into the industry? What kinds of non-tech roles are available? How much can you learn on the job?
4. How do you organize your job search to stand out with non-technical experience or industry work?

All participants will receive a recording PLUS access to a job board of jobs in the tech industry that women are encouraged to apply for.

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