When I joined LiquidPlanner as the Director of Marketing toward the end of 2019, I was pleased to find that our blog features many strong, independent, and talented female authors. In the tech industry, it can sometimes (or often) feel that, as a woman, you play second fiddle — that your opinion is valued, but not quite in the same way as the men at the table.
Having been a leader at a handful of other tech companies, and serving as an ELT member at LiquidPlanner, I’ve always done my best to learn from, coach, and empower the other women around me. To me, diversity and inclusion isn’t just a talking point on a resume or corporate website, it’s a way of life that alters company cultures, changes the trajectory of a business, and impacts society as a whole — all for the better.
You can ask anyone on my team, and they’ll assure you that I live to act as the catalyst for change. It’s truly what sparks joy in my soul and gets me out of bed in the morning. The reason, “but we’ve always done it this way,” doesn’t cut it in my book. Not for how companies are run, how projects are led, or even how tasks are executed. There’s always room for improvement — always room to pause, analyze, and optimize. Maybe that’s just the marketer in me, but it’s something I believe to be true in every facet of life.
Luckily, I truly feel that the tides are beginning to change for women — and especially for women in the tech industry. So long as we continue to harness our confidence, use our voices, and lift one another up along the way, we’ll make progress. I’m proud to help create a space for women to share their experiences, perspectives, and thought leadership; and proud to be a part of a company that truly sees the value of women in leadership roles.
And with that, here are some of my favorite posts by women authors on the LiquidPlanner blog:
4 Lessons on Knowing Your Worth as a Woman in Tech
When I began my first real office job a week after graduating college, I was still young and figuring out who I was. That job eventually helped me learn a lot about myself, though not in the way I might have originally hoped. I was a brand-spanking-new adult awkwardly navigating a full-time job and the post-college world — and instead of providing a nurturing environment to help me grow, they fired me. Not only did they fire me, but they blindsided me at the end of the workday and locked me out of my accounts before I had even signed the papers. Read More >
How Leaders Can Develop Great Remote Management Skills
Remote work is growing in popularity, but succeeding as a remote manager isn’t the same thing as being able to manage remote workers effectively. Unfortunately, managers who lead partially- or fully-remote teams — but who don’t have remote work experience of their own — may not understand what employees need to be successful in these environments. Whether you’re a new remote team manager or an established leader looking to improve your remote management skills, keep the following nine tips in mind. Read More >
Ask a PM: How to Juggle Everything without Overloading Your Brain
These days it’s common to be juggling multiple projects and handling a lot. I think the more traditional view of how we manage projects doesn’t reflect the expectation that we’ve got more than one thing on the go at one time. I hardly ever meet project managers just doing one project. Whether you’re in an Agile or predictive environment, your business most likely expects you to be spinning multiple plates, and your project management theory from training courses is presented as if you have all the time in the world to focus on one thing. Read More >
Uniting the Multigenerational Workforce
Employers understand the importance of diversity in the workforce and with many organizations now employing five or six generations of employees, they have ready access to a diverse pool of mature and emerging talent that can bring enormous benefits to the business. However, this can also create challenges. How do employers motivate and engage multiple generations of staff members, from the older traditionalists and baby boomers through to Gen X, Y, and Z, when each has its own preferred style of working? Read More >
This post, as part of LiquidPlanner’s Women in Tech Week, is meant to highlight the talent, innovation, and creativity women bring to the technology community. This week, we’ll cover a range of topics by women authors in project management and technology roles to share their stories, perspectives, and tips on how to succeed in your career, know your worth, and help eliminate gender bias.