Episode 056: The Survivor’s Guide to Being a Woman in Tech

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Episode 056: The Survivor’s Guide to Being a Woman in Tech

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Being a woman in the workplace has its challenges. Being a woman in the male-dominated tech field can feel even more challenging. And if you’re a woman thinking of making a career change into tech…woof, that can feel impossibly daunting.


But it’s SO IMPORTANT that women who are interested in tech fight through those challenges to take a bigger seat at the table, and Layla Tabatabaie and I are here this week to talk to you about how. Layla is an attorney, digital marketer, and startup advisor who has seen the tech world from so many angles (not all of them pretty). She has so much advice from her first-hand experiences about how women can get started in the tech world, deal with the daily difficulties, and keep moving up alongside their male counterparts (or maybe even above them).


Whether you’re trying to figure out how to transition into tech, or are already in the field and feel like misogyny is holding you back, it’s worth listening to this episode. We cover a lot of ground, including:

  • How to get the most out of networking groups when transitioning into tech
  • The best types of companies for women to join if they’re worried about stability and/or misogyny
  • Which areas of tech have the most growth potential for women right now
  • The importance of mentoring others as a woman in tech
  • Ways to be judged by your merit rather than your gender


Give it a listen, and let me know what else would make you feel more confident about your role in the tech world!

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Show Notes (Timings are Approximate):

Layla’s intro story (2:30)

One really important thing women in tech should be doing (5:30)

Where women should start in the tech world if they’re transitioning in (8:30)

Areas Layla would like to see women having more impact in tech (14:50)

How to feel confident that you have something to offer (19:25)

What Layla wishes she knew about tech before she got into it (22:30)

How women in tech can deal with the gender imbalance (24:45)

Ways new tech companies are pushing towards gender parity (28:00)

Advice for someone who wants to break into tech but needs stability (29:50)

Additional tips and women for women breaking into tech (31:30)

Travel questions (36:20)


Resources Mentioned on the Show:  


League of Women Coders

Team Block Society