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The Conversation

Our objective with EQ Inspiration is to improve equality in tech by including the men in the conversation. After massive amounts of information, both statistics and eye opening stories by our speakers, we talked, made new friends, and built new bridges across the gap.

Champions

Read about selection and line up of speakers.

October 19, 2017

Our first EQ Inspiration was a success! With expert speakers and women and men role models sharing their experiences and stories supporting equality in tech.

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Lars Einar Engström

Lars has written and lectured about sexism for 15 years. His support and participation at the event was important as he's got extensive experience in working with men with all levels of understanding and interest in the topic.

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Noni Allwood

Noni shared her career journey and the importance of support. "You have to work for it," she says. "You build a relationship with your sponsor who can make you visible higher up in the organization."

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Dale Thomas Vaughn

Dale from the Gender Leadership Group shared the latest stats from the new McKinsey & LeanIn report, as well as offered suggestions to how we can achieve change.

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Mixed audience

We had 40% men at EQ Inspiration this time. Millenials, x-ers, and boomers.

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Role Model Panel

Interana's CTO and co-founder Bobby Johnson, Pure Storage VP & Chief Architect Brian Pawlowski, and GuideSpark's SVP Sales Shep Maher, moderated by pro Ed Gurowitz from GLG.

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The Initiator - Eva

"I started planning for this event 22 years ago, but I got side tracked for 20 years. Now we are here, and I feel like I've come home."

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Anita and Chris

I was taken aback when Anita told us that she is the 11th African-American woman in the US to raise over $1M in funding. She is the CEO of Oneva, and Chris Yeh of Wasabi Partners invested in her company. Chris' continuous support and sponsorship has been important for Anita in growing her business. Her optimism as a female founder makes her a role model for all women who are considering starting up.

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Empathy

Listening to each other and trying to understand what it's like for you.

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Honesty

Bringing our whole selves to work and talking about how we deal with difficult situations.

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Passion

Determination to make a difference. Change is not easy or fast, but we have a place to start. EQ Inspiration.

Next Steps...

Let me know if you would like to be a role model at our next event. If you, man or woman, have a story you want to share of how you are working to improve equality in your company.