Last week the Marketing team attended the 2015 Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Summit, a conference that brings together women from various industries who share their experiences and inspire each other to lead. I cannot tell you how many inspirational and passionate women were at this conference! From students jump starting their careers, to women who have been in the workforce but are looking to pivot, to seasoned leaders whose actions have afforded younger women the opportunities we are so fortunate to hold today, every woman had encouraging advice for each person in the room.
This past week, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a keynote speaker at GlueCon 2014 in Broomfield, CO.
At Quick Left, I'm passionate about creating an environment for our developers that harbors creativity and collaboration, and believe incorporating women on my team is a key element to what makes our company work so seamlessly.
While the focus of my keynote was about the state of women in the computer industry, I truly believe that overall diversity is what makes teams work well, and this is why it's important to have a good mix on all teams.
Here are 7 ways to promote a better performing team:
Get to our know more about our own CEO Matthew Work in this latest installment of the Meet the Team. Matthew joined the Quick Left team through the Sprint.ly merger and comes with an extensive history in tech. Matt enjoys riding, maintaining, buying, selling and talking about motorcycles at Piston & Chain, his San Francisco motorcycle club.
After being at Quick Left for almost 2 years, I’ve heard much buzz about WorldBlu from Ingrid. WorldBlu is a global network of organizations committed to practicing freedom and democracy in the workplace. We’ve been a WorldBlu company for 2 years in a row, so I was excited to venture down to Denver for the WorldBlu LIVE conference to engage with other freedom-seekers and soak in all the speakers. On day 2 of the conference, Ingrid spoke in an afternoon panel discussion titled “Women Leading Freedom-Centered Companies” about rewriting the rules of business by taking a democratic approach to management style and organizational design.
The May 6, 2013, Crash Course lecture “The Crucible of Leadership” with Jerry Colonna at CU’s Silicon Flatirons Center was memorable for everyone in attendance. Jerry Colonna is a successful venture capitalist and executive coach who has coached some amazing entrepreneurs and CEOs on how to use what he calls "The Crucible of Leadership" to become the leader you were meant to be. (He blogs at www.themonsterinyourhead.com and tweets @jerrycolonna.)
The talk revolved around the stresses of being a CEO, and what it takes to be in that role of leadership. “The startup life is intense and intensely personal experience,” he said. And for him startups are the perfect crucible: an opportunity to know thy mettle in the heat of it all. Traditionally, a crucible is what an alchemist would use to turn lead into gold. For those in the startup life, he believes “it’s where the magic happens.”
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