Coast2Coast IWD 2021 - Courage To Create

In honor of International Women’s Day, we will host a virtual IWD Event on March 27. The event will bring together thriving women in tech and allies for talks and workshops from all over the world. We invite you to join us to hear about Google Cloud, AI, Android, and Web technologies—all through the lens of what it means to be a woman in tech today, focused on having the #CouragetoCreate

Mar 27, 2021, 6:00 PM – Mar 28, 2021, 12:15 AM


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About this event

*Agenda is in PDT*

11:00 AM Welcome by Marsha Swallow

11:15 AM What's Resiliency? - Asking For A Friend by Shantell Thomas Underrepresented groups have something to share about resiliency because when faced with all forms of discrimination, they somehow power through. I am a member of two of those groups - I am a black woman. Faced with workplace microaggressions, slights and assumed incompetence has revealed some Solid resilience tactics. Since you’re just asking for a friend, here are my top three: #1: You owe the new day the best version of yourself - so give it, no matter what happened yesterday #2: Look good, it feels good #3: Vulnerability wins - name it and claim it so you can recover from it

12:00 PM How Can ML Promote Universal Literacy And Accessibility by Katherine Stein and Rena Simkowitz Katherine Stein and Rena Simkowitz will share how they are leveraging Google AI research to improve the identification and intervention of dyslexia. Inspired by their own experiences with dyslexia, Katherine and Rena are working to drive research that will enable educators and parents to more accurately identify and more effectively support children with dyslexia so that they can reach their full potential.

12:45 PM Break

1:00 PM REACT To Imposter Syndrome by Prakriti Mateti Do you worry you’re not as smart as people around you? That you won’t be able to keep up and they’ll find out you don’t deserve to be there? Learn 5 realistic steps to banish imposter syndrome and prevent it from getting in the way of your success, career progression, mental health, and happiness.

2:00 PM Creating an Authentic Client Management Culture by Sofia Mohammad Kicking off a client project is exciting! But navigating the ebbs and flows throughout the project can be tough! This talk is focused on creating richly authentic client relationships so that you and/or your team can build trust by being yourselves to bring client projects to a successful finish.

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Alice in the World of Pods and Higher-order Functions by Roksolana Diachuk We have many reasons to love functional programming. But have you thought that functional programming can be really close to the containers world? You might have heard about Kubernetes, everyone’s buzzing about it. Kubernetes may sound complex especially if you’ve never worked with containers. A surprising thing is that you can actually apply your knowledge of functional programming to understand how Kubernetes works. If you want to know more about the bridge between these two worlds follow me on that path.

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Reframing your Narrative by Riya Dashoriya We will explore the source of credibility and how to establish it. We’ll spend time thinking through how you can re-contextualize your own strengths, skills, and experiences and how all these factors contribute to the unique value you provide. You’ll walk away from this hour with a first draft of a bio you can use for your LinkedIn, professional website, cover letter or wherever you’re looking to share who you are and why you’re so amazing.

5:00 PM Closing Remarks


  • Lloyd Lentz

    Macalester College

    Founding Organizer

  • Sophie Le

    Team Member

  • Emily Anderson

    Blue Shield of California

    Co Organizer

  • Jeffrey Williams

    University of California, Berkeley

    Co Organizer

  • Stephen Fluin

    Co Organizer

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