We’re starting this group for women "of a certain age" in tech who want to connect with each other.
The group will be open to women in the tech industry regardless of specific role - developer, product manager, marketing, etc. The meet ups will be a combination of socializing/networking, speakers/workshops, and sharing our stories/offering support.
• You feel the effects of being a more mature woman in a young world
• You don't feel heard or seen
• You're worried about your age for your next job search (just how much of your resume should you delete?)
• You're feeling like your skills may be out of date
• You've started to hide your cultural references ("Well in an episode of the Brady Bunch…") and your early tech experience (programming in COBOL!) for fear of exposing just how old you are
• You don't want to tell people the ages of your children
• You feel like you MUST color your hair, visit the aesthetician, wonder if that $100 face cream is the answer, and/or some other activity to physically appear more youthful
You may be questioning if these feelings are just your own internal insecurities.
And on top of what's happening at work, you may be feeling society's general biases against older women.
Or maybe you've successfully maintained your position of authority and have wisdom to share.
Feel free to contact us with ideas.
And let us know if you know of options for meeting spaces.
Jane: I'm a Project Manager and have worked in the tech industry for about 30 years. I'm starting to occasionally feel overlooked in meetings and I have a feeling it has to do with my age. I just switched jobs and was concerned about being too old. I'm certainly concerned about the next switch (Don't worry FC. I like my job a great deal! I have no plans to leave.). I'll likely need to work until I'm 65 and I have a feeling this could get worse as time goes on.
Lisa: And I’m an IT engineer with 20+ years in the industry. As a woman in a “man’s” field for so long, I’ve often felt these things (being overlooked, not listened to, etc), but it is taking on a different flavor as I age, and I’m curious to explore whether that has anything to do with what I am experiencing.
Kate: I’ve worked in tech since the mid 1990’s and have been the only woman in the room more often than not. I love my work and want to do everything I can to maintain my career as I age.