Posted October 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff in Photo

[PHOTOS] TechREGISTRY Bay Area: Over 300 Blacks in tech gather in Silicon Valley for career advice, diversity discussion

Michelle Fisher, Ken Coleman
Michelle Fisher, Ken Coleman

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Event: Succeeding in Silicon Valley
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Pictured: Michelle Fisher, Ken Coleman
Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

“No one cares about your career, but you.”

With this statement, Ken Coleman, Chairman, Saama Technologies, admonished attendees of DDN’s “Succeeding in Silicon Valley” event to “take charge of their own careers by asking the tough questions (e.g., “Why was I not considered?”); and making it easy for your boss to give you negative feedback. You need to hear it in order to be promoted and to be successful. Your only job security is your reputation and your skills.”

More than 150 people from companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, PayPal, Salesforce.com, Wells Fargo, and the Black Chamber of Silicon Valley–as well as a host of entrepreneurs–were on hand for the networking reception and conversations on Thursday, October 9 at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California.

Given the recent spate of media attention to the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, the DDN event was focused on providing solutions and a view from diverse leaders who have cracked the Silicon ceiling and/or are opening the pipeline for people of color and women. They shared insights from their personal career experiences and offered advice for getting in, getting connected and getting ahead in Silicon Valley.

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