On Saturday I decided to go to the launch party for Birmingham Girl Geeks.
It was a unique experience as you are immersed in a room filled with people JUST LIKE YOU.
On my table were business women, photographers working in e-commerce, web designers, social media experts, mobile web designers and even people who had just started at technology companies.
Girl geek meetings are not just for us to let our inner feminist out (men do come too along with their girl geeks) but to understand and provide support, stories and mentoring to each other in a typically male dominated industry.
She reminded us to stop beating ourselves up for being female and thinking we can’t progress in this world. She indicated that actually, most of the barriers we feel are self generated and no one will stop us…however male dominated we think the technology industry is.
Us girls of a geek nature also need to shout about what we do. If we are too understated (I suffer from this affliction) and don’t say ‘ Hey, I can do that’ we will never get where we want to be.
We know more than we think we do ðŸ™‚
Want to feel inspired? Pop over to youtube: http://youtu.be/FTTj7DWABes
Second up was Karen Strunks from the 4am project – She detailed about using social media to promote her photography at 4am from a insomniacs walk about to a global photography project showing our world at this unique time.
Our final speaker was Rachel McCollin taking about mobile web and how she got into the industry from working with the environmental agency.
Her video is here: http://youtu.be/ZzWFCSV365o
So all in all it has inspired me to become more active again, on this blog (and meeting with my fellow girl geeks will give me more content to write again) and also is public speaking. Hey I may even offer to speak at a girl geek event.
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