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Empowering women in tech: Navigating tech & networking events with confidence

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ARTICLE SUMMARY

Attending networking events can feel daunting, but don't let this put you off! Sarah Lawrence, CEO & Founder of 10 Out Of 10, shares her tips for making the most out of tech and networking events for women in tech.

As a woman in the tech industry, attending networking events can feel like diving into a sea of unfamiliar faces, dominated by men.

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Don’t let this put you off! With the right mindset and approach, these events can become invaluable opportunities for growth, connection, and empowerment. As the CEO and Founder of 10 out of 10, an innovative platform bridging beauty professionals and clients, Sarah Lawrence has navigated her fair share of tech gatherings and gained some insights along the way.

Sarah is reshaping the beauty and wellness industry with a focus on inclusivity and accessibility. Leading the development of a pioneering app, Sarah fosters a collaborative community for service providers and clients, offering a 0% commission for life to early adopters. With features like an accessibility filter and pay-on-success model, Sarah’s vision sets new standards, attracting attention from top media outlets and driving a mission to redefine the industry, one booking at a time.

Here are Sarah’s top tips on how to make the most of tech and networking events as a woman in tech:

Know Your Worth:

Before stepping into any event, remind yourself of your value and expertise. You belong in this space as much as anyone else. Confidence is key, so walk in with your head held high, ready to showcase your brilliance.

Set Clear Goals:

What do you hope to achieve by attending this event? Whether it’s expanding your professional network, seeking mentorship, or exploring career opportunities, having clear objectives will guide your interactions and make your time more productive.

Prepare Elevator Pitches:

Craft concise yet compelling introductions that highlight your skills, accomplishments, and what you bring to the table. Practice articulating these pitches beforehand so you can confidently share them when the opportunity arises.

Seek Out Allies:

Look for other women in attendance or allies who prioritise diversity and inclusion. Building connections with like-minded individuals can provide support, mentorship, and opportunities for collaboration in a male-dominated industry.

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Attend Women-Centric Events:

Many tech conferences and networking groups offer sessions specifically tailored to women in tech. These events provide safe spaces for sharing experiences, addressing challenges, and fostering solidarity among women professionals.

Be Curious and Engaged:

Approach conversations with curiosity and a genuine interest in learning from others. Ask thoughtful questions, actively listen, and contribute to discussions. People appreciate engaging conversations and will remember you for your enthusiasm and intellect.

Leverage Technology:

As the Founder of a tech platform, I can’t stress enough the importance of leveraging technology to your advantage. Use event apps or social media platforms to connect with attendees before, during, and after the event. Virtual meetups and webinars also offer opportunities for networking from the comfort of your home.

Follow Up:

Don’t let those valuable connections fade away once the event is over. Send personalised follow-up emails or LinkedIn messages to express gratitude for the conversation and to nurture relationships. Remember, networking is about building long-term connections, not just collecting business cards.

Embrace Mentorship:

Seek out mentors who can provide guidance, support, and insights as you navigate your career path. Mentorship relationships can be incredibly enriching and help propel your professional growth.

Pay It Forward:

As you climb the ranks and achieve success in your career, remember to pay it forward by supporting and uplifting other women in tech. Share your knowledge, experiences, and opportunities to create a more inclusive and equitable industry for future generations.

In conclusion, tech and networking events present unique opportunities for women in tech to showcase their talents, expand their networks, and shatter glass ceilings. By embracing confidence, setting clear goals, fostering connections, and leveraging technology, we can navigate these spaces with grace and empowerment. Together, let’s continue to break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and pave the way for a more diverse and inclusive tech industry. The future is female, and the possibilities are limitless!

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