Splunk WiT: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2016

When I boarded my flight from San Francisco to Houston, the first thing I saw was a MacBook with a “Girls Develop It” sticker. I knew I was in the right place but I didn’t expect that my entire flight was headed to the Grace Hopper Conference. Once I settled into my seat I noticed all the backpacks, jackets, vests and other assorted “vendorware” with logos from Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google…you name it. I was proud that this year Splunk joined their ranks as a first time sponsor. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, produced by the Anita Borg Institute, is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

IMG_0338When the expo hall doors opened on Wednesday …

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Haiyan Song Celebrated as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech

B8D0DA9F-EDB5-4E54-BF2F-B1942EB678F6Breaking barriers and setting high standards for themselves and others. That’s how the National Diversity Council’s President and CEO, Dennis Kennedy, described the 50 women who were celebrated for their achievements and contributions to technology. A dinner reception was held at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, last week to honor these women and among the 50 included our own Haiyan Song, SVP of Security Markets. In her introduction video, Haiyan spoke about her early childhood dream of becoming an astronaut after watching a moon landing documentary. From a young age this freedom to roam in space inspired her to break barriers and become a leader.

Haiyan’s view on leadership includes a lifelong quest “to be a student of life …

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#splunkconf16 preview: What’s the next big thing in big data? Machine learning.

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220Big data, especially machine data, is fueling the latest machine learning (ML) trend and we’ve got you covered with 18 sessions at .conf2016. Cut through the hype and learn how to operationalize ML in your organization to prevent service outages, manage inventory, identify insider threats, or to simply manage your alerts better. Whether you’ve been using the ML Toolkit since it was introduced last year or you’re just curious what all the excitement is about, you can hear directly from Splunk product managers and developers and customers like Emerson, NTT Docomo, Dunkin’ Donuts, Zillow, and others.

Tuesday, September 27:

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National Center for Women & Information Technology Presents on Workplace Bias at Splunk WiT Event

NCWITlogo_squareOn July 21 at Splunk HQ, Splunk WiT hosted Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, senior research scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), who led an interactive presentation on “Unconscious Biases: Addressing Underrepresentation and Stealth Barriers to Innovation.”

Splunk’s executive team has prioritized attracting and retaining diverse talent, and we have joined the NCWIT Workforce Alliance to support these efforts. According to the NCWIT, women make up 57% of professional occupations in the U.S., but we hold only 25% of computing jobs. A concerning trend is that many women in technical jobs are leaving tech for other professions. The reasons for this shift likely include biases, subtle dynamics and micro-inequities that chip away at women’s sense of belonging …

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Autodesk AWiL and Splunk WiT Build Social Capital at Networking Event

awilSplunk Women in Technology (WiT) was thrilled to host Autodesk’s Women in Leadership (AWiL) Group for a networking event at our new HQ in San Francisco on May 19th. The gathering provided an opportunity for AWiL and WiT members to meet, discuss and build our social networks.

Tracy Edkins, Splunk’s CHRO, warmly welcomed Autodesk’s Minette Norman, VP of Engineering Practice and Julie Sokley, Autodesk’s VP of Global Sales Operations. Splunk Product Marketing Manager Anne McCarthy led Norman and Sokley in a fireside discussion about networking and how to tap into and build social capital. A recent study found that access to social networks associated with career progression differs for men and women and could be a barrier to women’s …

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Someone Like Me, Someone Like You

techlogoI took a seat at the boardroom table. It was my first time presenting to the executive team since joining so I quickly scanned the room for allies. I shot a tentative smile toward the woman next to me and she smiled back, but it was clear that we were outnumbered, by at least ten to one. Over the last 15 years of working at technology companies, inside and outside of Silicon Valley, I’ve lost count of the times I was the only woman in a meeting room.

Early in my career it made me question if I belonged because there were no role models who looked like me.

When you look at it by the numbers*, this situation comes …

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Be strong, Be Smart, Be Beautiful. Girl Power at Splunk

I was fortunate to moderate a panel of intelligent and charismatic technical Splunk leaders here at HQ last week. The panel featured:

  • Haiyan Song, SVP of security markets
  • Margaret Lee, VP of product management
  • Katrina Reid, VP of program management
  • Carola Thompson, Chief Experience Officer

Splunk_WomeninTech_PanelThey all had different backgrounds coming from places like the United Kingdom, mid-western US, and China. Some had remarkable journeys at big names like Oracle, HP and Yahoo while others tried their hand at start-ups that were later acquired (some did both!). Their careers started in academia, management consulting and engineering and now they all lead technical teams that are core to Splunk. In discussing pivotal moments in their careers, Haiyan, Carola, Katrina and Margaret hit …

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