Workday recently had the honor of being a Platinum Sponsor of VMware’s Women Transforming Technology Conference, an event that convenes companies and organizations in industry, academia, and non-profit sectors that are committed to building community and tackling issues that are top of mind for women in technology. It’s an impressive conference, and has grown from a modest 400-person gathering to 10,0000-plus participants from more than 30 countries. The conference seeks to inspire, support, and connect women in all areas and levels of technology—in Silicon Valley and beyond—and this year’s event was no exception.
The theme of the conference was “Resilience” and, aptly, it took place virtually as the world continues to navigate a new normal in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. While many workers have been affected, women have been some of the hardest hit, due to their frequent role as primary caregivers—whether for childcare, online school, or elder care. Women of all ages and experiences have had to rethink how they network, negotiate, and advance their careers without the benefit of in-person interaction.
More than half of the speakers at the Women Transforming Technology Conference were women of color, with expertise in a variety of areas. I was proud to see fellow women Workmates sharing tips and ideas with peers across the industry, knowing the specific challenges that forced all of us to think and act differently in our work environment. My colleague Erin Yang, vice president and chief technologist of Workday Ventures, shared her career trajectory and gave advice on how to proactively and thoughtfully change the direction of one’s career path. Other Workmate-led sessions touched on areas including interview tips, technical topics such as security, and how to advocate for yourself throughout your career.
VMware’s Women Transforming Technology aligns with Workday Ventures’ goals and vision to support a strong, inclusive future. It underscores our commitment to invest in innovative companies led by diverse founding teams. In fact, one-third of our portfolio companies are led or founded by women, and the Ventures team carefully evaluates the diversity of portfolio company founders, management teams, and investors as part of our due diligence.