Susanne Tedrick: Developing a Game Plan to Thrive as Technology Evolves
Susanne Tedrick, the award-winning author of Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators, met with us to discuss how women of color can jump-start, transition to or further evolve their career in technology. In addition, Susanne shares how tech professionals can stay relevant in today’s rapidly evolving job market. In this conversation Susanne shares: Current challenges impacting women of color in technology roles. What is allyship and how individuals in technology roles can ally with women of color. In demand technology fields, skills and education options. Why you deserve to be paid what you are worth. Networking opportunities for introverts. WATCH Subscribe to Great Tech Pros video on YouTube, Facebook and Apple Podcasts. LISTEN Subscribe to Great Tech Pros podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Questions that Susanne answers: [1:28] An interesting fact about Susanne. [2:34] What prompted writing a book about Women of Color in Technology? [4:30] What challenges do women of color face today? [7:49] How can women of color enter a market dominated by a different demographic? [10:49] What advice do you have for men working in technology to help create inclusion opportunities for women of color? [12:52] What advice would you give those interested in a tech career but are new to the topic? [15:10] What are the career options in today’s market? [18:27] What is a Cloud Technical Specialist? [19:30] What is the difference between a coach, mentor and sponsor? [23:09] Which technical trainings, certifications and experiences should people pursue to help close skill gaps? [27:30] How can people negotiate their salary when starting a new role? [34:23] How can introverts prepare to interact with larger groups or clients? [37:15] How/where to get Susanne’s book, Women of Color in Tech? [39:06] How can we stay abreast with current and emerging tech to stay relevant? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [41:07] How can an individual, with extensive experience in a non-tech field, leverage their current expertise to be valuable when transitioning to a tech field? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [43:12] What skills should a person learn if they are interested in moving into a data analytics field? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [45:12] Are there specific certifications or degrees that are recommended for moving into a technology field? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [51:08] How can we introduce technology to children, of under-represented demographics, to help them become interested in technology careers? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [54:06] How should introverts approach networking and where should they network when they don’t have access to technology professionals? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) Useful Links: You can connect with Susanne on her website, Twitter and Linkedin. You can get Susanne’s new book, Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators, by visiting WeBelongInTech.com. Special thanks to the students, alumni and administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the College of DuPage for their help in making this episode a success.