From Tech Lead to Motherhood : One woman’s journey from changing systems to changing nappies - and back again

schedule Nov 26th 02:30 - 03:00 PM place Grand Ball Room 1

Our industry undeniably suffers from a lack of gender balance amongst hands-on technologists. Even fewer of those technologists are mothers. Sadly, many women believe that you can’t remain technical once you become a mother. But there are small changes that we as leaders can make to support our team members as they transition back into the workforce.


In this talk, Sarah will share with you her experience, including the challenges she faced, of returning to a senior technical role after starting a family. You will hear the changes she made within her company to make it easier for others to see how to return and stay technical, and the benefits to her company of having her and others like her able to return to work.


Sarah hopes her experience will provide some inspiration and practical advice to share with your software engineers and tech leads who are contemplating motherhood, and for leaders who are committed to supporting diversity in their workplace.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introduction
  2. My journey
  3. Challenge 1: Part Time work
  4. Challenge 2: Finding the best fitting role
  5. Challenge 3: Overcoming technology changes
  6. Other Challenges
  7. Key new skills learned as a parent
  8. Conclusion

Learning Outcome

  • A better understanding on what it feels like to return to work after a career break
  • Practical advice to help support team members return
  • Learn why it's important for your company to have team members return after a break
  • Be inspired by ideas from this personal story

Target Audience

Managers who want to support mothers returning to work after taking a career break

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisite required

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