Here’s What You Missed at The Women’s Leadership Summit

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Dreamforce ’15, Salesforce’s Women’s Leadership Summit, was just last week. Powerful and inspiring women leaders from companies like Eventbrite, Youtube, and Stitchfix came together to speak about their experiences as women in tech and business, as well as their take on the importance of gender diversity in the workplace. Here’s the take away.

Women leaders cite two major reasons for issues facing women in tech — TechRepublic
by Conner Forrest

As conversations continue to broaden about issues like discrimination, gender equality, and equal pay, tech companies are becoming a big part of the discussion. In order to advance its efforts for women in tech, Salesforce launched the first ever Women’s Leadership Summit at its 2015 Dreamforce conference. To cap off the summit, Salesforce hosted a panel consisting of Jessica Alba, actress and founder of The Honest Company, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King to discuss women’s leadership and some of the issues women face in the workplace.

YouTube’s Wojcicki, Actress Jessica Alba Discuss Daughters, Diapers & Diversity in Tech  — Huffington Post
by Samantha Parent

In today’s world, having two kids and a full-time job is a lot for most women to handle. So when I listened to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talk about how she manages raising five kids — ages 8 months to 15 years old— while running a multi-billion dollar company, I wanted to bow down and kiss the ground on which she walks.

Jessica Alba and Susan Wojcicki’s 10 tips for female tech entrepreneurs — Startup Smart
by Cara Waters

Get ready for rejection and ask the stupid questions say Jessica Alba and Susan Wojcicki, who were key speakers at the Women’s Innovation Panel at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.


The reaction to the summit was a mixed bag, however —  particularly when it came to the Innovation Panel with Jessica Alba and Susan Wojcicki. Both incredibly successful and powerful women, Jessica and Susan talked about their experiences as women in a leadership role. What ticked off attendees and viewers, though, was the way the panel was conducted by host, Gayle King. Many of the questions that were addressed during the panel had little to do with tech or their billion dollar businesses, but rather their roles as mothers, wives, an actress or their focuses outside of work.

When we want to talk about being a woman in tech, what we’re really saying is that we want to talk about being wives and mothers with day jobs in the technology industry. — Lauren Hockenson via The Next Web on Dreamforce ’15

Read the full article here: Dreamforce’s ‘Women’s Innovation’ panel is why we should stop babying female CEOs


Our thoughts? As a technology startup in Silicon Valley with a female CEO, women in tech is a topic we’re passionate about and any opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate the successes of women is welcome. But, unfortunately this Innovation Panel missed the mark. The panel should have be an opportunity for industry leaders talk about the importance of women in business and how women bring in a unique perspective and skill set that companies desperately need for growth and success. Instead, it took a rather offensive turn and turned into a chance to pry about personal details and demean these women who are working to break the status quo.

Encouraging more women into the tech space is so important for two reasons: one, because the fewer of us there are now, the fewer of us there will be in the future. And two, because it’s a competitive advantage for businesses to tap into a broader pool of talent and encourage diverse perspectives. — Monisha Perkash, CEO of Lumo Bodytech

From an early stage of the company, Lumo has maintained a close to 50:50 ratio between men and women, as well as over 15 different countries represented and an age range of early 20’s all the way into the mid 50’s — all within a small team of under 30 members. Needless to say, we value our diversity! Monisha also adds that “each individual team member at the company adds tremendous value to the company, and that’s how we ensure the success of our business”.

The industry ration of women to men still has catching up to do. But the numbers are on an upward trend. Fight on, ladies!

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Ellie Kulick

About Ellie Kulick

Ellie specializes in all things content and communications at Lumo BodyTech. Her passions are in tech, writing and in health. She loves to create and share content that is useful and easily digested by the reader. BS in Psychology, Northeastern University. Find Ellie on Twitter.

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