When Leor, Principal Software Developer at Oracle, joined the company 12 years ago through its College Recruiting program, she was the only woman in a team of 20 men. Even though she’s been “very fortunate to work with great people in a positive work environment, where you can be your most productive self,” she really wanted to connect with other technical women at Oracle. This led her to one of her greatest achievements in the company.
“I initiated and grew a community for technical women at Oracle called OWLTech HQ, which is part of the Oracle Women’s Leadership initiative,” Leor remembers. “We started with very small, informal meetups, until we picked up momentum and received incredible executive recognition and sponsorship, which allowed us to grow and become one of the largest communities at Oracle,” she adds.
With over 1,000 members, OWLTech HQ holds a couple of events a month, from tea breaks to share its members’ technical career journeys, to tech talks where technical leaders share about their career paths, products, and challenges. “It’s a great way to connect with others across the organization, feel a positive sense of community, and learn from Oracle about its technologies, as well as from external speakers,” Leor explains.
As part of its activities, OWLTech HQ organizes the Oracle Girl Geek Dinner, which had its second edition in December 2018. “It’s our largest event. The idea is to display Oracle’s technology, as well as our support for technical women. We had a fantastic lineup of speakers; we had around 300 external attendees and 100 internal attendees. It’s a great way to connect with talented technical women around the Bay Area, and share the cool stuff we do at Oracle,” Leor says.
Of course, as an inclusive community, OWLTech HQ is onboard #BalanceforBetter, this year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) and focus of Oracle’s own IWD celebration. “Our community is very inclusive, open to all genders. I think balance is very important for everyone. I really appreciate that recently we’ve had a lot more men taking interest, attending our events, and finding out more about topics that are important to women in tech,” Leor states.
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