Past Meetup

Women Empowerment Talk + Workshop: Advocating for Yourself at Work

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9 people went

Price: $17.50 /per person
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• What we'll do
Why do so many women feel uncomfortable advocating for themselves? Gender stereotypes play a role. Many women are afraid to speak up and advocate for themselves in fear of being seen as aggressive or overly confident. Women also tend to suffer from self-doubt and impostor syndrome – making them more likely to underestimate the value they bring.

Studies have shown that:
• 66 percent of women received negative feedback on their personal style in performance reviews, such as “You can sometimes be abrasive,” compared to less than 1 percent of men.
• Men apply for jobs when they meet 60 percent of the hiring criteria, while women wait until we meet 100 percent.

Give Glow - A community for women to discover their self-worth, invites special guest Mira Lane - Head of Design & Ethics for AI division of Microsoft, to share how she advocated for herself and navigated her career from Program Manager to Partner Director at Microsoft.

After the candid interview with Mira, we will apply our inspirations from the talk, engage with one another, and create personal action plans that enhance our advocacy at work.

Who is this talk + workshop best for?
This event is designed for women at any stage of their career who struggle with self-doubt and want to be their own best friend and cheerleader. All women are invited to share their own experiences, engage in self-reflection, meaningful dialogue and take part in exercises together. If you are serious about getting to the next level, it’s time to learn how to advocate for yourself and each other.


6:30 – 6:45 Registration

6:45 – 7:30 Interview with Mira

Mira is a computer scientist, an artist, a mother of two, a wife, and an outdoor enthusiast. She will share her experience in challenging status quo, including how she crafted her own roles and created a brand new division at Microsoft. Discussion topics include:
• Finding your voice and your confidence
• Crafting job roles you actually love
• Essential skills to getting attention from management
• Ways to champion for yourself and for others
• Picking yourself up after set-backs
• Integrating work, family and life
Anyone looking for inspiration to speak up, fully express their gifts, and do what fulfills them will benefit from hearing from Mira's experience.

7:30 – 8:30 Self-Advocacy Workshop

Take inspiration from the talk and participate in group exercises to amplify your own voice and leadership: • Identify an opportunity you see for yourself at work and be guided on how to quiet your self-doubts + create action steps to achieve your goals. • Leverage the wisdom of other like-minded women to practice giving and receiving help on self-advocacy.

Light bites & beverages will be served. Fees go towards event planning as well as light beverage and snacks. If the fee makes it difficult for you to participate, please message me and we are happy to assist.

• What to bring
Bring a pen and a smile :)

• Important to know
Mira Lane is the Partner Director of Design & Ethics in Artificial Intelligence for Business at Microsoft. Her team is responsible for design strategy and ethical frameworks for new products leveraging AI. As a personal endeavor, Mira runs the Artist in Residence program at Microsoft. She is exploring how AI can augment the creative process for artists. Mira holds numerous patents across platforms and collaborative interfaces. Her art has been featured in film festivals and galleries.