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On April 12-13, a group of really smart women (and a few smart men) gathered in Lake George for the New York Celebration of Women in Computing (NYCWiC). This annual event encourages women to complete their studies in computing by allowing them to explore different careers in the field, as well as meet women leaders from business, industry and academia.
Auto/Mate was a gold sponsor and we’re proud that we had several employees participate and represent our company at this fun and informative event.
Shylah Weber, Senior Software Development Manager, was on a panel in the “My Job is So Cool” workshop, where she explained to participants that being a software developer does not mean you’re sitting at a computer all day. Software development requires team collaboration, brainstorming and working with other people and departments. Once you get to the management level, you’re involved with strategic decision-making and dealing with various human resource issues.
Marissa Bianchi, Web Developer, was a panel member in the “Life After College” workshop. “It was exciting to meet so many young women who are passionate about computer science and to help answer some of their questions about working in the field,” said Bianchi. “As a former student attendee, I know the value of these conversations first hand, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share my experiences with others.”
Patrick Clark, Talent Acquisition Specialist, represented Auto/Mate in the “Male Allies” workshop. “During the recruiting phase, it’s important that we not be affected by gender bias,” advised Clark. “Of course you have to do everything by the book and by the law, but the most important thing is to find quality people. To turn someone away because of their gender is detrimental to your company and to this industry.” Patrick participated in the resume critique workshop.
Additionally, Auto/Mate exhibited in the career fair where our participants shared details about our awesome culture, benefits, perks, awards and how awesome it is to work here! Thanks NYCWiC, and we’ll see you again next year!