- TechYes! #15: Impostor Syndrome - You’re not faking it, you’re really making it!
In technical workplaces, it can seem like only a select few are set up for success. Sometimes it's hard to feel confident that you're capable and that your contributions matter, especially if you don't fit the archetype of success. You’ve been feeling like a fraud at work - like you’ve tricked everyone into thinking you’re smarter, more talented, or more competent than you really are. You feel like you’re an imposter. At work or in your relationships, no matter how much positive feedback you get, you worry that you’re going to be found out. You are not alone! Most people experience these thoughts, but what happens when you can’t seem to shake it? What you’re feeling is impostor syndrome. Imposter syndrome reflects a belief that you’re inadequate and undeserving of success, despite evidence that indicates your achievements resulted from your skills and hard work. How can you overcome this? What can organizations do to beat imposter syndrome in the workplace? In this interactive, skill-building workshop, attendees will learn to recognize and challenge imposter syndrome and practice new techniques for feeling less fake and more deserving of success. The workshop will be lead by Shadeen Francis, MFT. She’ll share her expertise in community building for organizations, multicultural competence, healthy relationships, and healing from trauma to help us unpack our impostor syndrome. Her work and curricula are implemented nationally, and her signature combination of warmth, humour, and compassion has allowed her to develop interprofessional training programs that raise the bar for humanistic healthcare. In partnership with TechYes!, she will extend the scope of her audience to include folks in the tech industry. Shadeen’s belief is that the world is built on the strengths of communities. This worldview has propelled her to empower people to have difficult conversations with respect and understanding. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Workshop begins at 7:00pm. For this event, we're partnering with Jet.com. Jet is reshaping e-commerce as we know it. They are on the relentless pursuit of building the world’s greatest customer experience for shopping online. At Jet, their number one goal is to host events which are learning-driven, fun, and engaging. Everyone should leave each event having gained something: be it a memorable experience, additional knowledge, or a new contact. Jet welcomes everyone in the NJ and greater NYC area who is passionate about continuous learning to visit their beautiful office space in Hoboken, (a 10-minute PATH ride from NYC).
- TechYes! #14: Heal Your Brain - Make Zines for Mental Wellness!
Join TechYes! for a mental health workshop hosted at Blink Health on Tuesday, September 11th. Attendees will practice articulating their mental wellness needs and learn about how they can support others - all while crafting their own mini-zine! Led by game designer and social practice artist Mattie Brice, we’ll start by discussing mental wellness as a personal and community-driven effort. What do we each want and need? What we can ask for from those around us? What can we provide to others? We’ll use freeform illustration to relax and connect while we explore these important questions. The zine workshop will be followed by a casual discussion on how mental health impacts us. Each attendee will leave with a short set of mental wellness goals and their own mini-zine. Food and drinks will be served at 6:30pm, and the event will officially begin at 7:00pm. Agenda : 7:00pm: Introductions 7:15pm: Zine-making activity 7:55pm: Open discussion About Mattie: Mattie Brice is a game designer and social practice artist who researches play and social impact. Her work spans digital games, performance, criticism, and organizing centered on social justice and DIY creator communities. She currently applies play and design research to facilitating progressive social practices around equity and well-being. Mattie teaches at New York University, The New School, and the School of Visual Arts.
- TechYes! #13: DIY Support Groups
Join TechYes! on Thursday, April 26 for a group workshop on mitigating blockers and improving productivity at work. Many of us face professional and social blockers that affect our work performance. Our goal is to create an activity that focuses on identifying issues that hinder progress towards our goals. Let's get together and use our shared experiences to help us work out those blockers. We will open with an overview of the format and expectations for the workshop. Following that, we will break into small sized groups to run through the workshop. Afterwards, we will come back together as a large group and discuss takeaways, including what things worked, what things didn't, and additional advice on how we can create initiative at our individual spaces. As always, dinner and drinks will be served at 6:30pm. We will start the official event at 7:00pm. Can't wait to see you all there!
- TechYes! #12 : Don't Judge a Book by its Color
When we ask people what they do at work, we often expect short descriptions or broad generalizations about what peoples’ day-to-day looks like. We don’t expect any perspective on how their identities add to the depth and dimension of their individual professional experiences. When we separate (and consequently, ignore) people’s identities from this conversation, we can miss out on valuable insights. To celebrate Black History Month, please join us for a panel discussion that aims to highlight the breadth of Black talent within the tech community. Our panelists’ will shed some light on the nuanced ways in which their identities intersect and impact the projects they work on and their approach to getting things done. Jewel Langevine - Solutions Architect at LiveRamp Esco Obong - Founder at Tokens Express Dorian Ellerbe - Software Engineer at Dstillery Sylvia Dolmo - ScriptEd/Girls Who Code Some of the questions we'll dive into are below: - If ever, when did you first notice your identity playing a role in your career and how? What was your response? - What is a project that you’ve worked on, or are currently working on, where your identity plays a key role in how you complete it? - How has your identity helped you grow professionally? How have others used your identity against you professionally? As always, food and beverages will be served starting at 6:30pm and we will promptly start at 7pm. After panelist discussion we will open up the floor to Q&A from the audience followed about additional networking.
- TechYes #11: Conversation and Consciousness - Creating your own
Hey TechYessers! It has been a long year with many ups downs on all fronts. We are glad to have had you throughout the entire journey. As the year closes, one question that comes up time and time again was 'How do we start our own initiatives at our workplaces?'. Recently, one of our members created a program called Consciousness & Conversation at his company with the goal of providing an open space to discuss issues that were affecting fellow employees, including politics, family issues, workplace discrimination, and more.We will recreate this program at our next Meetup so that our members can try this program in action and model initiatives for their own companies and organizations. We will open with a discussion on format and expectations. Following that we will break up in decently sized groups for discussion. Afterwards we will come together and discuss takeaways--things that worked, that didn't, and additional advice on how we can create initiative at our individual spaces. As always dinner and drinks will be served at 6:30pm. We will start the official event at 7:00pm. Can't wait to see you all there!
- TechYes #9: Brainstorming Bash
We hope the summer has treated you well. It's been awhile since we've seen each other. Let's change that! Do you have any topics or issues you would like TechYes! to cover? Do you have any event ideas for upcoming meet-ups? TechYes! is a growing community. As a growing community, we want to make sure our content serves and supports you all. We're eager to learn more from you. Let's collectively brainstorm content and candidly share ideas! We're hosting this event at 5th and Mad (http://5thandmad.com/). 5th and Mad will provide us with a private room and extend their happy hour for us. Please join us for an evening of brainstorming and networking! As always, we'll take care of food and drinks. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
- TechYes #9: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (emotionally)
Ever dive into a conversation about topics rooted in diversity, inclusion, and your personal experiences and have it go from real casual to emotionally charged? Maybe you were talking to your manager during a 1:1. Perhaps it was your distant relative at some family reunion. Regardless of the situation, some conversations and experiences inevitably come with a slew of emotions that are sometimes difficult to process. How can we check on our range of emotions and process them so that they help instead of hinder? We're excited to announce that we're partnering with LifeLabs Learning (http://lifelabsnewyork.com/) to provide you with a workshop on regulating emotions! This workshop will be taught by Tania Luna, Partner & Facilitator at LifeLabs Learning. Tania specializes in organizational psychology, emotion regulation, and surprise psychology. She is a leadership trainer, researcher, TED speaker, and co-author of the book Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable & Engineer the Unexpected. Our friends at Jopwell are hosting the event! Jopwell helps Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American students and professionals unlock opportunities for career advancement, not only when looking for a job but at all career stages. Jopwell’s mission is twofold: Make a substantial, measurable impact on increasing Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American representation and to facilitate a national dialogue about diversity in the workplace. Sign up (http://buff.ly/283y8hr) to get connected with top opportunities. As always, dinner and drinks will be served at 6:30pm. We'll start the official event at 7:00pm. Can't wait to see you all there!
- Let's Blaze! (trails)
For our next event we will be partnering with Harlem Tech Fund (HTF) to spend time discussing 'What does it mean to be a trailblazer?'. Jessica O. Matthews, CEO of Uncharted Play (UP) and Chairman of the Board at Harlem Tech Fund, will kick off this discussion by sharing her own journey as a trailblazer. At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems. Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Members of Harlem Tech Fund and TechYes! will then share their own experiences with trailblazing. To continue the conversation, we ultimately want to hear from you! What are some ways that you have blazed a trail in the past? What are some experiences that you are going through now? We hope that through this discussion, we'll expand our definition and understanding of what it means to be a trailblazer. Please join us in Harlem at HTF's offices for this exciting event! Refreshments and quality conversation will be provided.
- TechYes #7: The Diversity in the Data
When it comes down to diversity there are many questions we can ask ourselves, "Where are we now?," "Where do we want be?," and "How do we measure our progression?" We can easily look around and see that something is amiss in our workplaces. Fortunately, more and more companies are becoming transparent with their actual demographics, validating what many of us feel everyday, a lack of representation. For our first TechYes event of the year, we want to take a look at both sides of the coin -- the cold hard numbers that externally affect our interviews, performance reviews, and our career ladders. The actual data that makes up the populations of our industry. Secondly, we are building off the idea from a book titled "Dear Data (http://www.dear-data.com/theproject/)" by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, where each author sent one another a weekly post card visualizing some form of data they collected that week in a creative way. We are using the concept show the biases we ourselves hold. Join us March 1st at 7:00pm for the usual mix of great folks, discussion, and food(its pizza)!
- TechYes #6: The Politics of Treating People Well
It's been quite the year! Thank you for joining us for all of our meetups so far! You've all built our community and added to our vision by sharing your stories and perspectives. We couldn't thank you enough. As 2016 comes to a close, we have time for one more meet-up! Please join us for The Politics of Treating People Well. With everything that has happened this past year, it's been difficult to wrap our minds around how harsh and ill-natured people have been to each other. This behavior can be found in our immediate spaces, which affects us all deeply. We'd like to encourage conversation around how we can consistently treat others with more respect and kindness. While this topic is incredibly complex, we aim to share some strategies we can all apply to sincerely improve our daily interactions with each other. We hope we can provide a framework that will help us curb hate and spread further concern and understanding. Can't wait to see you all there!