At Threadflip HQ, I got an opportunity to hear from panels that consisted of fashion bloggers & business women in the tech world. Each speaker gave their own perspective on the current state of fashion as well as their insights on being a woman in the tech industry. On my last blog post, I focused more on fashion; so for this post, I am going to focus on the panelists speaking on being a woman in business for the fashion + tech industry.
SHE TALKS Forum is an industry networking and event series focused on enrichment, empowerment and success strategies by and for women in professional contexts.
Tonight's SHE TALKS Forum speakers were:
- Ellie Williams [Moderator]: Co-Founder at Tog & Porter
- Leah Hunter: Writer at Fast Company
- Jill Fraser: CEO at Jill Milan LLC.
- Meghan Cast: VP of Marketing at Threadflip
Here are my 10 takeaways from the #SheTalksForum:
- Working at a startup can be beneficial because it can teach you to prioritize, develop an entrepreneurial spirit, and fosters creativity
- Ongoing education is important because it allows you to stay current on emerging technologies
- Have courage & adopt a "just say yes" philosophy
- Make yourself do things every day that particularly you don't want to do
- Even if you are not tech savvy, you can still keep up with technology by reading, relying on people, & asking questions
- Having an entrepreneurial spirit is just as important as being an entrepreneur
- Tech can learn from fashion about natural enthusiasm & focusing on the authenticity when making something unique
- When starting out, carefully investigate your intention for advancement & look at the industry as a whole
- Have a sounding board that consists of a variety of people that can aid you in different areas of your life
- Really make sure you know yourself. Be honest with who you are and what you are good at. If you don't know, then it is important that you figure it out
Did you know that only 3% of Venture Capital funded companies are ran by women? Do you have any advice for business women in the tech world? Any thoughts?