She shared how she sent an ad titled “Have you seen this woman” to get work as a contract programmer! She was then asked to create an inventory program that her client could use to track their stock. Recognising its potential, she reached out to other manufactures and tweaked her product each time with the feedback given to her.
Thinking completely outside the box, she managed to convince HP to allow her to use their computer after hours (an important deal since in the 1970’s a computer with 32k of RAM cost $75k) and further developed her product.
Sandy talked about the difficulty she faced as a woman in the business world; being confused as a secretary and being asked for Coffee by the CEO who was there to meet her. How changing the naming of a product from Mama to ManMan as "It takes 2 men to do what one Mama can do!" and how she applied the flinch method in her pricing models not to mention how she juggled motherhood as well as home-life while building an empire.
"Have a plan, be decisive, choose good people, be persistent, be willing to make mistakes and seize opportunity" - @SandyKurtzig
Leyla presented on “Growing your Career” and gave some great advice; not to mention some hilarious tips on managing your personal branding, talking through her own experience and how her brand has changed over time as well as discussing going from business to techy jeans and t-shirt dress code.
Technology is ADD, it's always changing. @LeylaSeka
Talking about her leadership style and how she has gone from a never say “no” to saying “no” a lot more as she has a team to protect now. She also gave tips to manage change as a leader and promote trust amongst her team. A great bit of advice Leyla shared was “Don't just be nice to people above you, be nice to *everybody*. The receptionist is as important as the CEO”.
Talking about gender equality in Salesforce, Leyla talked about getting Marc Bennioff’s sponsorship and the genesis of the Equality initiatives at #Salesforce. One of the biggest takeaways Leyla left us with was something she noticed as a manager: when it came to pay-review, men would always ask for more whereas women would just say thank you.
Here is the video of Leyla and Slides
A massive thank you to Laura Guenther, Geraldine Gray, Erin Peterson, Anne Crawford, Adam Olshansky, Doug Ayers, Daniel Peter, Liz Gladstone and so many more! I had an amazing time!