Lessons learned from 6 years in PyLadies Berlin

Lessons learned from 6 years in PyLadies Berlin

Women are underrepresented in tech . PyLadies initiative aims to bridge that gap in the python community. PyLadies Berlin operate for 6 years. I will share some learnings through these years in our community in Berlin. And talk about the most effective practices that makes our community successful. How we engage with speakers, organizers, how we get motivated to keep going, how we can raise awareness to make a difference.

Resources (in the end)
* Pyladies Berlin org resources - https://bit.ly/2Zo8zIo
* Pyladies Vancouver - https://pyladies-vancouver.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
* Women in tech - http://blog.honeypot.io/women-in-tech-germany/
* Women in tech negative experiences - https://bdtechtalks.com/2019/03/21/sustaining-women-in-technology-stem/
* Writing effective and inclusive job descriptions - https://medium.com/@meb_57007/writing-effective-and-inclusive-job-descriptions-ace2a302f30a
* Stop calling women females - https://www.buzzfeed.com/tracyclayton/stop-calling-women-females?utm_term=.ba9GR6nEx4&source=post_page---------------------------#.tfJvEZzlPb
* Why women leave tech - https://medium.com/tech-diversity-files/if-you-think-women-in-tech-is-just-a-pipeline-problem-you-haven-t-been-paying-attention-cb7a2073b996#.2xw2y2f1s
* Open Tech school Berlin, coaching https://opentechschool.github.io/slides/presentations/coaching
* Django girls, coaching - https://coach.djangogirls.org/tips/
* Non violent communication - https://www.cnvc.org/training/compassion-course-online-2019
* Parent (coaching) effectiveness training
https://www.amazon.com/Parent-Effectiveness-Training-Responsible-Children/dp/0609806939

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Meili Triantafyllidi

August 08, 2019
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  1. Lessons learned from 6 years in PyLadies Berlin Meili Triantafyllidi

    - @meilitr Pycon Africa 2019
  2. Who am I Mom of 5 year old PyLadies Berlin

    organizer since 2013 CS studies 8+ years experience Senior Python engineer @Digital Science remotely Meili Triantafyllidi - @meilitr Greece → Germany 8 years ago
  3. PYLADIES AROUND THE WORLD

  4. PYLADIES AROUND THE WORLD 100+ chapters

  5. PYLADIES BERLIN 2013 Who ~10 meetup attendees 2 organizers Where

    ➢ Fixed location What ➢ Monthly meetups ➢ Talks & hands-on sessions
  6. Audience 1500 followers ~40 meetup attendees Venue New location each

    time 2019 Speakers 43 women speakers 20 men speakers Coaches 44 coaches Community ORG team 5 organizers
  7. ➢ Monthly meetups ➢ Talks & hands-on sessions ➢ Full

    day workshops ◦ Beginners ◦ Micropython 2019 82 events Events
  8. ➢ Monthly meetups ➢ Talks & hands-on sessions ➢ Full

    day workshops ◦ Beginners ◦ Micropython ➢ Setup events 2019 82 events Events
  9. ➢ Monthly meetups ➢ Talks & hands-on sessions ➢ Full

    day workshops ◦ Beginners ◦ Micropython ➢ Setup events ➢ Panel sessions 2019 82 events Events
  10. ➢ Monthly meetups ➢ Talks & hands-on sessions ➢ Full

    day workshops ◦ Beginners ◦ Micropython ➢ Setup events ➢ Panel sessions ➢ Cross community 2019 82 events Events
  11. How it started

  12. Pyladies ... my first reaction Pyladies lunch

  13. None
  14. None
  15. Pyladies lunch It was a hostile environment ... “It doesn’t

    suit you” Everybody I mentored got promoted but me :( .. 15% Women in tech Germany 79% Women have experienced negative outcome in their careers attributed to being women 41% Women leave tech
  16. EQUALITY IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

  17. Safe environment Bridge the gap

  18. Raising awareness matters

  19. … my chance

  20. Launch event 

  21. • Describe/Post/Advertise an event in meetup • Find speakers/talk to

    speakers • Find hosts/talk to hosts • Present intro/talk/workshop • Ensure inclusiveness • Upload photos • Update resources … All this on time Organizer tasks
  22. My skills ? Backend Python dev + Lady + like

    to help
  23. How can I do that? I am not like that

  24. Everything is a skill that can be trained

  25. None
  26. Again and again

  27. Don’t forget

  28. Focus on the process Keep it fun!

  29. Organizing skills

  30. Time management

  31. Time management Find the fun in it!

  32. motivation?

  33. Share the load More organizers wanted!

  34. Recognition “Marketing”

  35. • Take photos • Announce timely • Write about what

    happened • Focus on positive • Celebrate small victories Recognition aka “Marketing” Find the fun in it!
  36. Public speaking

  37. • Topic we are passionate • Speakers notes • Smile

    • Power position • Practice, practice, practice • Record yourself Public speaking Find the fun in it!
  38. Lead by example Women for women

  39. Speakers Who Mostly women How to get them Call for

    speakers Personal reach out Support Speaker guide Coaching program
  40. Audience & Formats Workshops /Full day workshops ➔ self-paced with

    coaches ➔ Interactive with other attendees Beginners Data scientists web Devops Machine learning
  41. Event time

  42. Warm & friendly environment

  43. • Smile • Warm up games • Talk to people

    you don’t know • Discussion starter: “Do you work with Python?” • Pac man rule Socialising Find the fun in it!
  44. Be mindful

  45. We are ready The rest?

  46. Community Coaches Attendees Speakers ORG team Venue

  47. Safe environment Coaches Attendees Speakers Code of conduct ORG team

    Venue
  48. Inclusive environment Speaker guide ORG team Raise awareness & Educate

    Coaching guide Host guide Men you can help here !!!!
  49. Coaching guide Open Tech school Berlin https://opentechschool.github.io/slides/presentations/coaching/ Django girls https://coach.djangogirls.org/tips/

    Assume everyone you're coaching has zero knowledge but infinite intelligence Men you can help here !!!! Please read!
  50. empower Less of: I did nothing. I have nothing to

    say... I did JUST a … I am a bad developer...
  51. Inclusive environment • Childcare !!!!!!!!! • Accessibility • Food preferences

    • Coaches • Installation instructions early enough!
  52. Gender policy We believe knowledge is for all and at

    the same time our events aim primarily to empower women tech community. We request non-women attendees to be aware of this situation and make their presence discrete. Eg. by coming with a female plus one to ensure gender balance, avoiding to be heard more than the rest of the attendees in discussions and question sections.
  53. Guides + Templates Pyladies Berlin https://github.com/PyLadiesBerlin/resources/tree/master/organizing or https://bit.ly/2Zo8zIo Pyladies Vancouver

    https://pyladies-vancouver.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
  54. Conclusions

  55. Impact Conference speakers Orgs of special meetups (ML) Become coaches

    Become organizers Ask more questions Tech projects from workshops Inspired to join tech ... later working in tech!!! Broaden tech knowledge Find (better) jobs Raising awareness in workplace/other communities Women & men
  56. • New organizers - when going well • Conference booths

    - awareness!!! • Cross-community events - tricky but worth it • Social media • Focus on women speakers/coaches • Registered coaches • Beginners workshops/setup events • Panel and open questions sessions (1-2 per year) • Ice breaker exercises Key learnings
  57. Is it worth it?

  58. PyLadies Berlin - 5 years picnic PyLadies NY & Pyladies

    Berlin PyLadies CZ & PyLadies Berlin Conferences
  59. Everything is a skill that can be trained

  60. Stay motivated and have fun!

  61. THANKS Meili Triantafyllidi - @meilitr Pycon Africa 2019

  62. • Pyladies Berlin org resources - https://bit.ly/2Zo8zIo • Pyladies Vancouver

    - https://pyladies-vancouver.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ • Women in tech - http://blog.honeypot.io/women-in-tech-germany/ • Women in tech negative experiences - https://bdtechtalks.com/2019/03/21/sustaining-women-in-technology-stem/ • Writing effective and inclusive job descriptions - https://medium.com/@meb_57007/writing-effective-and-inclusive-job-descriptions-ace2a302f30a • Stop calling women females - https://www.buzzfeed.com/tracyclayton/stop-calling-women-females?utm_term=.ba9GR6nEx4&sou rce=post_page---------------------------#.tfJvEZzlPb • Why women leave tech - https://medium.com/tech-diversity-files/if-you-think-women-in-tech-is-just-a-pipeline-problem-you-ha ven-t-been-paying-attention-cb7a2073b996#.2xw2y2f1s • Open Tech school Berlin, coaching https://opentechschool.github.io/slides/presentations/coaching • Django girls, coaching - https://coach.djangogirls.org/tips/ • Non violent communication - https://www.cnvc.org/training/compassion-course-online-2019 • Parent (coaching) effectiveness training https://www.amazon.com/Parent-Effectiveness-Training-Responsible-Children/dp/0609806939 Resources @meilitr