Workshops

Getting What You’re Worth

In “Getting What You’re Worth,” positive psychologist Tallia Deljou will teach you how to ask for what you want and how to communicate just how valuable you really are. From identifying mental blocks to reframing negotiation, you’ll gain the clarity and confidence to articulate your value and get what you’re worth so you can do your best work.

Impostor Phenomenon: Breaking the Silent Barrier to Advancement and Satisfaction

The "Impostor Phenomenon" has been found in a wide range of occupations and populations across the globe. Navigating “Impostor Phenomenon” is particularly poignant for women and other marginalized groups due to the dynamic relationship between this and systemic isms. Unfortunately, silence around these issues prevents them from being addressed, which can play a negative role in navigating career transitions, promotions, and maintaining overall career/life satisfaction. Join Dr. Suzann Lawry and doctoral candidate Rebecca “Becky” LeCroix as we explore the sources of “Impostor Phenomenon” and come away with pragmatic strategies to internalize your success, own your power, and make systemic change within your spheres of influence. 

Run Like a Girl

Women in politics and women in tech face similar obstacles as they become leaders. Women are consistently underrepresented in major fields, and State Senator Elena Parent will speak on what inspires her to serve and how to elect more women into public office. State Senator Elena Parent was elected to the State Senate in 2014. She represents District 42, which includes portions of central and north DeKalb County. Currently, Sen. Parent serves as the Deputy Whip for the Minority Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate DeKalb Delegation and Vice Chair of the Working Families Legislative Caucus.

Know the Power of Women in Leadership - Meet Fearless Girl

Join Angela Calvin on a discussion on how to promote women leadership in today’s corporate environment, featuring Brie Williams from State Street, the firm that commissioned the “Fearless Girl” statue in New York City. Angela is a Senior Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services.  

Sorry Not Sorry

This workshop, led by Dr. Erin English, will provide a space to explore and dialogue about issues related to the socialization of speech by gender and culture - and to discuss potential implications for interpersonal and professional interactions in academia and the workplace. Dr. Erin English is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating eating disorders and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. She has worked in higher education for a number of years and particularly enjoys supporting students who are finding their way through the highs and lows of college life. Dr. English has a particular passion for helping women find their voice, love their bodies and own their power. She has a private practice in the Midtown-Buckhead area of Atlanta. More information about her work can be found at www.edrecoveryatlanta.com.

Intersectionality in Environmentalism

Sustainable Spelman interns Madison McCaskey, Anjali Coryat, Kamile Wyatt, and Iesha Baldwin will be exploring what it means to be young, black women in such a space and how to maintain diversity in our discussions of sustainability. These women will address intersectionality in environmentalism, keeping students engaged, and some of the projects they have implemented at Spelman College thus far.

Amplifying your Tech Career as a Leader

Women Who Code’s Global Leadership Director Joey Rosenberg will share how her work with Women Who Code is helping to bridge the gender gap in tech. She’ll explore the current state of the industry and why diversity is important to its future. She’ll also provide actionable pro-tips on what it takes to build your profile as a leader and excel to reach your career goals.

Bringing the Spirit of Social Justice to Engineering

Conventional wisdom suggests that engineers are typically so focused on technical details and cold logic that they lack communication and interpersonal skills. We are here to challenge that notion with compassion. By opening ourselves through empathy to the experiences of those different from us, we become mindful of the unseen needs and the hidden injustices faced by others. Combining this mindfulness with engineering principles allows us to make available new products, systems, and services designed to meet the needs of the traditionally underserved. Complementing each other through the common thread of persistent improvement, the fields of social justice and engineering provide us with the goal of increasing human prosperity while equipping us with the means to achieve it. In this workshop, we will explore and discuss how we, as engineers, can challenge ourselves and our careers to use our technical skills, persistence, and innovation to address injustice and produce social reform. This workshop is led by student activist Karima Alkhalid.

Women in Technology Panel

This panel will feature influential women in technology to give their insight on how they reached their level of success, advice on navigating the workplace, and how we can help the next generation of women in tech. This dynamic panel will be moderated by PhD Candidate Ari Schlesinger and our esteemed panel of speakers are pioneers in their respective fields, representing many facets of the local, national, and international tech industry.

Panelists:

Yassi Moghaddam: Yassi is an innovation expert, consultant, entrepreneur, and facilitator.  She is the Executive Director of International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), a non-profit organization  that has partnered with industry leaders including IBM, Cisco, GE, JST, and several universities to  promote people-centred innovation across the globe.

Jen Bonnett: Jennifer Bonnett is a technology entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in the Information Technology/Software Development field with a specialty in Web and mobile technologies. She has served as Founder/Chief Technology Officer of a number of venture- and angel-backed firms, acting as both lead architect and growing/managing the technology team. She and her co-founders raised more than $46 million to fund three companies.  She is currently the General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology incubator. Bonnett is the founder of StartupChicks, a 501c3 organization focused on empowering women entrepreneurs through education, community, coaching, connections, and investment.

Dr. Marilyn Brown: Marilyn Brown is a professor in the School of Public Policy. She joined Georgia Tech in 2006 after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she led several national climate change mitigation studies and became a leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. Her research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, the integration of energy efficiency, demand response, and solar resources, and ways of improving resiliency to disruptions.