Last night, I attended the Out for Undergrad Tech Conference at Facebook Headquarters. The Out for Undergrad Technology Conference is to educate, inspire and advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) undergraduate students in challenging technical and non-technical positions within the world’s leading technology companies. The conference helps exceptional LGBT undergraduates develop strategies for managing and leveraging their identity in the workplace. The students have an opportunity to meet junior and senior professionals from across the sponsoring firms and listen and learn from individual professionals’ personal experience. The students that attended had to apply to be there.
My startup was a silver sponsor of the event and one of Hacker Tour sponsors, Venmo, invited my colleague to speak about how to conduct yourself at a career fair. She was amazing and the students loved how passionate she was. Then went into a sponsor only session where we talked about integrating LGBT programs into the workplace. Hearing from powerhouse companies like Salesforce, Microsoft, Google and Accenture was a great experience if I ever move to a bigger company.
The career fair segment was the shortest career fair I have ever been to. Only 1.5 hours but the time flew by because these students were a true pleasure to talk to. I found myself encouraging them to attend hackathons and to stay in touch in case we have internship opportunities for them next summer.
I moved to San Francisco so I had opportunities like these to learn more about the software industry and to make great connections with people from both coasts. As I stood beside the actual Facebook Wall, I felt the move was really worth it.