Women have had a major impact on the tech industry, and their presence in a variety of tech-focused roles and leadership positions is growing. As more and more females launch new tech companies, step into the C-suite and create new tech products and services, being part of supportive and educational communities can be a tremendous source of strength and inspiration.
There’s a wide variety of resources women in tech can and do turn to as they navigate their careers—some of them might surprise you. Here, 15 members of Forbes Technology Council share the resources they’ve found to be especially helpful and impactful, both for themselves and for female tech professionals in general.
1. Female Mentors And Investors
As a female founder who’s raised €17 million but who’s also the mother of two young children, having female mentors was really decisive. I think all the resources that give women confidence make a huge difference, such as women’s networks (including Women in AI and The Galion Project), venture capitalists investing in female founders (including SISTA, which has dedicated $100 million to women), and podcasts featuring bold women (such as Legend Ladies). – Delphine Groll, NABLA
2. How I Built This
I believe in the power of storytelling, and my best ideas come from hearing examples of what has worked for others. The How I Built This podcast provides authentic human stories that I pull from when faced with obstacles to growth in my own company. I especially appreciate the large number of female leaders who have been featured, giving me inspiring and relatable role models to reference. – Kate Eberle Walker, Presence
3. Authority Magazine
For me, the single most valuable resource truly has been listening to other women who are in a similar position or have been on my journey as a female founder and CEO. I very much hope I am able to do the same now for the women CEOs coming through. Listening to other women CEOs has been very insightful. For example, Authority Magazine has been running a “Top 5” series featuring women founders. – Maria Scott, TAINA Technology
4. HeForShe; Women in Tech®
The most impactful resources for me have been the UN’s HeForShe Movement and the Women in Tech® organization. I love witnessing the impact of such initiatives on communities—young people in particular—and seeing women being given wider chances to pursue their real passions and encouragement in their ventures. Moreover, I enjoy their educational activities. – Lara Sokolova, LANARS
The Swiss government has established the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator organization and has produced the GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar to preview emerging technology and science trends. It is filled with valuable insights around innovation cycles and time frames and is a must-read for anyone in business. – Stacey Shulman, Intel Corporation
6. Female Entrepreneur Networks
As a first-generation female entrepreneur, I believe it is essential to have female mentors who have been there and done that, to help overcome common first-time entrepreneur mishaps. Furthermore, being able to connect with a women’s group or network and learn from other women in similar situations can be a great source of comfort and empowerment. – Madhavi Shankar, SpaceBasic
7. Women In Agile
Women in Agile is a great organization for females in technology roles. All levels are supported and welcomed. There are some great mentoring programs set up, again for all levels. They have local chapters that bring in speakers from all over to help members keep up with their industries. It’s an excellent program. – Laureen Knudsen, Broadcom
8. Female Tech Execs We Work With
I love interviewing and listening to the stories of our customers’ female tech executives and relating them through panels and blogs to other women in tech. There’s nothing like raw experience sharing. – Juliette Rizkallah, Kong Inc.
9. Women In Cloud
Communities and leaders who enable access to economic opportunities are my favorites. Forbes has been my personal favorite. Women in Cloud has also been life-changing. It focuses on policy changes, workforce development in the cloud ecosystem and economic development with women founders. The resources enabled in the enterprise ecosystem help women build million-dollar tech businesses. – Chaitra Vedullapalli, Women in Cloud
10. Harvard Business Review
I have found Harvard Business Review articles to be very useful and impactful. They cover a variety of topics ranging from women in technology and challenges for women in senior leadership roles to growing a business, entrepreneurship and more. The magazine also provides a good intersection of business and technology subjects, such as blockchain and AI. HBR’s Women at Work podcast is a great resource as well. – Kaitki Agarwal, A5G Networks, Inc.
11. Parenting Podcasts
We are women. We are leaders, mothers, partners and active members in our community—all in one person. This is why I absolutely love listening to parenting podcasts. So many of the concepts apply to work, such as enabling kids (or employees) to unlock their strengths and shine. These podcasts cover topics like coaching, motivating and empowering (not dictating), communicating values clearly, solving conflicts, being present, being empathetic—and love. – Maya Mandel, Helios
12. Women Who Code
I have found Women Who Code to be a great resource. We need to inspire and lead the next generation of women to seek out technical careers. Women Who Code supports females in job roles ranging from engineers to solution architects to data scientists to executives. – Saryu Nayyar, Gurucul
13. Women Tech Council
By far, my most valuable resource and support system has come from the Women Tech Council. WTC is focused on the economic impact of women in technology and offers mentoring, camaraderie and career opportunities. The council organizes numerous annual award ceremonies and hosts Girls in Tech Day, which is a wonderful, full day of STEM exploration for high-school-aged girls. – Tara Anderson, Framework Security
The best resource for me is AnitaB.org. You not only can connect with other female technologists from around the world, but you can also participate in smaller, more intimate groups where you can learn a lot from executives or women in positions of power in technology. There is also an opportunity to learn new tech skills. Additionally, AnitaB.org hosts the annual Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest conference for women in tech in the world, with more than 25,000 attendees! – Mercedes Soria, Knightscope
15. Online Communities
Communities are a great resource for women in tech. I’ve learned so much from the candid conversations I’ve had with other women in these forums. From negotiating job offers to product management frameworks, the insight has been invaluable. Some of my favorite communities for women are Women In Product, Tech Ladies and Dreamers & Doers. – Shubhi Nigam, Insight Browser