This editorial article is a part of Technical.ly's Women in Tech month.
Whether you’re a female founder, a coding newbie or somewhere in between, take heart: Technical.ly Philly’s list of 75 career-building resources for women in tech is every bit as useful for women in Delaware.
After all, Wilmington is part of Greater Philadelphia, leaving you free to join most Philly chapters of organizations even if they don’t have anything Delaware-based.
Some of the resources — things like local meetups, books, websites, podcasts, mentorship programs and nonprofits — on the Philly-geared list have a Delaware presence , including Great Dames, TechGirlz and Coded by Kids. At the same time, some Delaware-based resources are meant for women in Delaware specifically, and some, especially downstate resources, are off the Philly radar.
So, here is your Delaware version of the list, including all 75 of the Philly resources collected by Technical.ly Philly lead reporter Roberto Torres, plus 15 just for Delaware.
Why do we need resources focused specifically on women? Because they make a difference when it comes to access for women in a male-dominated industry (in Delaware, according to Status of Women in the States, about two-thirds of the tech workforce are men). Case in point: Zip Code Wilmington’s enrollment of women in their coding boot camps rose from around 6 percent to 60 percent after the org started holding women-focused “Cocktail and Conversation” events.
And why does it matter that more women gain access to the tech workforce?
To quote Roberto:
“For managers, a company without a diverse team and an inclusive culture will ward off talented staffers, at a time when talent is the hottest commodity. For consumers, the adverse effects of homogeneous companies have been widely chronicled. One example is the first version of Apple’s health app, which claimed to track major all health indicators yet lacked a way to track menstrual cycles. And for employees from underrepresented groups, a mostly-male workforce can open the door to a lack of inclusivity in the workplace and even harassment (which, as developer Shanise Barona will tell you, is a technical problem.)”
The original list was mostly crowdsourced from Philly women in tech and is an updated version of our 2017 list of career-building resources for women.
Quick shoutout to everyone who helped us compile this list: Lauren Hallden, Zeina Barr, Sharon Hake, Tiffanie Stanard, Maggie Deptola, Amelia Longo, Adriana Vazquez, Melissa Le, Jen Dionisio, Alisha Miranda, Yuval Yarden, Jessica Cornell, Jessica David, Sharon Hake, Brie Wildau, Rana Fayez, Suzie Nieman, Morgan Berman, Alana Bly, Kiera Smalls, Adele Oliva, Heather B., Ashley Turner, Tahroma Alligood, Mariah Schmidt and Kristen Fitch.
Here’s the list, which we’ve broken down by categories for easy access:
Meetups and events
- Women in Tech Summit: Happening yearly in Philly and other cities across the country, in a bid to connect women technologists.
- Women in Tech Network: Founded by Jumoke Dada, the project aims to connect tech-savvy women in a “digital cafe” format.
- Women in Tech Soiree: An annual bash highlighting supportive spaces for women and diverse groups in tech. Its fifth-annual iteration is happening May 7, organized by Mogulette, in partnership with Stimulus, Open Access Philly and Coded by Kids.
- FemmeHacks: A women-only hackathon that focuses on students.
- ChickTech Philly: The local chapter of a national org is focusing on workforce readiness next month. Here’s what organizer Sarah Herrmann said about the group’s name.
- Rad Girls in Tech: And the annual Rad Awards.
- The Lesbians who Tech meetup group.
- Philly Tech Week 2019 presented by Comcast: Every year, Technical.ly convenes the local tech community for a week-long celebration of technology and innovation, including several sessions focused on women in tech. Have a look at what’s in store so far.
- HUE Tech Summit: A tech conference that centers women of color. The theme for this year? “Fortitude.”
- NYC-based Women in Product meetup. Maybe worth a day trip?
- Philly Tech Sistas: A group aimed to help women of color get more involved in the technology field.
- Black Women Talk: New York-based conference for Black women entrepreneurs.
- HerCorner: D.C.-born program for women in business, which has a Philly chapter.
- Philadelphia Women in GIS:A local Meetup group supporting women in the geospatial space.
- Female Founders and Funders: Comcast LIFT Labs’ new event series focused on female entrepreneurs.
- Great Dames’ mentoring program: Great Dames’ Circle and Peer Advisory groups offer advice for budding women entrepreneurs.
- Femme and Fortune: Melissa Alam’s online platform for women entrepreneurs, which offers creative services specifically focused on women-founded businesses.
- The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs: A mentorship and advice group focusing on early stage companies.
- Bryn Mawr College’s internship program.
- Brazen Global:There’s a Philly chapter to this network of women entrepreneurs.
- Minority Business Development Center at the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia: A business development center that, per its website, has generated some $290 million in contracts and financing for women founders in Pennsylvania since 2004.
- Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities: Helping women-founded companies get access to state contracts.
- techaWare: A suburban women-in-tech collective founded in 2016.
- Girls Who Code: Reshma Saujani’s nonprofit is starting to have a presence in Philly, starting with a summer immersion camp for teen girls in Philly.
- Venture Café: The University City venue offers weekly programming on tech and entrepreneurship. University City Science Center’s Kristen Fitch says the sessions are meant to offer access to “an open, welcoming community to all.”
- Strong Feelings: Philly-based hosts Katel LeDû and Sara Wachter-Boettcher talk work, friendship and feminism.
- #CauseAScene: Kim Crayton’s podcast, focused on issues of diversity and race in the tech ecosystem.
- Call Your Girlfriend: No-BS convos on women and work.
- The Bootstrapped VC podcast from Backstage Capital.
- The Broad Experience podcast.
- Unladylike, hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin.
- Ask a Manager, by Alison Green.
- Amanda Steinberg’s book “Worth it”: A primer on taking advantage of personal finances from the DailyWorth CEO.
- Susan Weinschenk’s books “100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People” and “How to Get People To Do Stuff.”
- “Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win”
- Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink“: An introduction to the adaptive unconscious mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information.
- Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence“: On the power of body language.
- Melissa Perry’s book “Escaping the Build Trap.”
- Esther Derby’s book “Agile Retrospective.”
- “Eloquent Rage,” by Brittney Cooper
- “Rage Becomes Her,” by Soraya Chemaly
- “Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space,” by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin.
- The League for Entrepreneurial Women at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
- Tech Ladies: The national network of women technologists has a popular tech jobs section focused on women technologists.
- TechGirlz: Acquired this year by Chicago-based CompTIA’s nonprofit arm, the Philly-born nonprofit is on track to serve its TechGirl No. 20,000.
- Coded by Kids: As a teacher, that is. Coded by Kids operations manager Maggie Deptola told us that female devs should consider becoming instructors with the organization.
- We Evolve: After Girl Develop It’s chapter lead resigned, several hundred members of that community’s Slack group transitioned over to a new community called We Evolve. For now, it’s a Slack group with the mission of “supporting and encouraging women, trans men, and non-binary adults on their tech journeys.”
- Elpha: An online community of women in tech discussing “work, life and everything in between.”
- The ITEM: A nonprofit focused on workforce diversity.
- NAWBO: Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners represents some 9 million women-owned businesses in the country. It has a Philly chapter.
Websites and blogs
- Twitter (yes, Twitter): Stitch product designer Lauren Hallden said the social media network has helped her connect with underrepresented people in tech.
- The Career Shifters blog.
- Hannah Rosen’s article on changing careers in your 40s.
- This Entrepreneur list of 50 ways to fund a women-founded company: Lilu founder Adriana Vazquez swears by it.
- Alisha Miranda’s guide to career pathing.
- Technical.ly’s women in tech tag: As an update to last year, you can now find all out Women in Tech Month coverage in there, including this article.
- Skillcrush: Online technical skill-building.
- Diversify Tech Newsletter: A weekly newsletter sharing resources for underrepresented groups. Think conferences, events, job opportunities and scholarships to tech conferences.
- Recruiting Brainfood: A newsletter with best practices in recruiting from Hung Lee, CEO of workshape.io.
- Learn to Code with Me: Laurence Bedford, herself a self-taught technologist, offers resources for people just starting out in their programming journey.
- Tracey-Welson Rossman’s roadmap to upending the wage gap.
- Tamara Buckland’s Developer Growth Framework: A spreadsheet to help “identify and clarify appropriate behaviors and expectations for developers at different stages of their careers.”
- iFundWomen: A New York-based crowdfunding platform that helps women founders raise seed capital. Last year it launched in Philly, too.
- PHL Design Co’s #phl-xx Slack channel: Practical advice for women in design.
- “Dream, Girl“: A documentary on women entrepreneurs by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Erin Bagwell. Here’s how to watch it.
- Seeking mentorship: Consultant Brie Wildau said “the human element goes a long way” when thinking through problems.
- … or speech coaching: Sharon Hake, of Great Dames, recommends seeking a coach like Laura Sicola, of Vocal Impact Productions, who can help women “gain the ability to confidently and authentically command the room, connect with the audience, and close the deal in any context.”
- … or Brazilian jiu jitsu: MilkCrate founder Morgan Berman credits her practiced of the martial art with helping her life stay balanced. “Learning how to fight, and how to fight men or anyone else bigger or stronger than me has been the biggest gift I’ve ever given myself. It’s also helped me find comfort in the uncomfortable. Like being one of the only woman in the room. Or on the mat.”
- The Headspace app: “It’s so important for people to turn off their ‘work’ and take time to give their minds a break,” says SocialLadder cofounder Alana Bly. “I’ve been meditating for years and have found headspace is a great tool to introduce friends/coworkers to meditation. It’s approachable, affordable and can be done with minimal commitment.”
- Our interview with Grubhub CTO Maria Belousova: Where she lays out the company’s roadmap to making a remote team function smoothly.
- Technica.ly’s This Week in Jobs newsletter: Weekly roundups of open tech jobs in the area (and remote jobs), including those that don’t require a college degree.
- Technical.ly’s jobs board: For jobs, of course.
- Bumble Bizz: Swipe on this app to connect with other entrepreneurs in the area.
- Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk: A look at how body language shapes who we are.
- Coworking spaces: Hake strongly encourages women to join a coworking space, for access to an environment that “can help brainstorm business ideas and make connections to resources and potential clients.” Some, like Indy Hall, have a code of conduct. The Old City space declares itself to be a “respectful and harassment-free” environment for everyone.
- Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST: A weekend-long conference at the beach that offers a party vibe along with workshops and educational events.
- Delawareans Emily Guillen and Dara McBride’s “Dela-Darling” podcast.
- Need an advocate, or want to to influence policy relating to women in the workplace? You’re looking for the Delaware Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy.
- Girls Inc. Delaware: After-school and summer STEM programs for girls, and internship opportunities for college students.
- From online chats to full-blown leadership conferences, Inspiring Women in STEM offers a support system.
- NAWBO Delaware is an affiliate of The National Association of Women Business Owners.
- News4Women brings women together for networking, exchange of ideas and to encourage women to work with women in their B2B.
- “Thinking Forward”: Dr. Paula Durlofsky tackles women’s mental health issues in this Delaware Today blog.
- WILDE Women’s Wellness and Business Conference in Dover combines self care with seminars for entrepreneurs and businesswomen.
- Women Empowered Business Networking Lunch is a monthly meetup at the Green Turtle in Newark where women share their businesses and connect each other to relevant business contacts.
- Women in Delaware Innovation and Technology had a successful inaugural event at DIW18 — with more planned for the future.
- Need business services? Contact the The Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund.
- Women’s Expo: A free expo in Lewes that offers everything from networking and seminars to shopping and entertainment.
- The New Castle Country Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Conference is “a forum in which women in all levels of business can connect with resources, including educational and business opportunities, that inspire them to achieve success in professional and personal goals.”
- YWCA Delaware has loads of resources for woman entrepreneurs, including classes, boot camps and free business consultations.
Did we miss any? Let us know — email@example.com.
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