Updated: Mar 24, 2020
When my husband and I moved to Salt Lake City in 2014, we had just spent four years living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was a culture shock, even though we were coming back to our home country. We were essentially starting from scratch and had to find an apartment, jobs, open up bank accounts, etc. Once we had done those things, the next thing on my mind was to start building my network.
In every city I've ever lived in, and I've lived in a few, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Los Angeles, Reno and Sao Paulo, the first thing I would do is start going to events. Whether it was business-focused events, events for women, community events, I knew from experience that this is the way you build up your network in a new city.
Probably one of the first groups I got involved in was Womenpreneurs. This was the first time I started to notice what was happening in our community when it came to women and women's issues. This was early 2015. Slowly from there, I started to pay even closer attention to some of the key people leading women's initiatives around the city.
It wasn't until I took over as Director of Operations at the Impact Hub in 2017 when things really started to change.
From producing Women's Week, to doing regular highlights on the female members or key women in our community, I feel people started to pay attention to the work I was doing and knew how passionate I was about women and women's issues.
It wasn't until October 2018, when I was invited to Women Tech Council's, Women Tech Awards, that I finally learned about the work Women Tech Council was doing in our community.
I was blown away by the event. It was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand America hotel. All the key tech companies in our community were there and the awards were highlighting key women from many of those companies.
Women Tech Council (WTC) was founded in 2007 with the focus on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector through developing programs that propel the economic pipeline from high school to the C-suite.
Led by co-founders, Cydni Tetro and Sara Jones, WTC offers mentoring, visibility,
opportunities and networking to more than 10,000 women and men working in technology to create business environments focused on high performance where men and women can succeed.
I have since become much more involved with WTC. Last year I volunteered at SheTech, which is a STEM activation and engagement platform for high school girls to be exposed to technology, individually create using technology, meet mentors, and learn about careers in STEM fields.
I also attended their Holiday Social, which took place at the Adobe campus in Lehi. I'm not sure how many people attended, but it was definitely a packed house!
To learn more about WTC and the work they're doing, please visit their site. To learn more about the co-founders and their team, click here. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Sara Jones, click here to read the full piece. We're looking forward to interviewing Cydni Tetro in the near future.