Navigate ’16 was full of sessions and events to help attendees network and grow their knowledge of identity governance in many ways. Among those events was the inaugural Women in Identity Reception, an event requested by previous attendees to make connections with other women at the conference. The reception, held at Max’s Wine Dive in Downtown Austin, drew more than 70 conference attendees and women in identity from SailPoint, all energized to network with their peers.
The goal was not only to bring women in tech together, but to also provide an opportunity to share career experiences in a field typically dominated by men. One of our customers, Sheri Munro, Director of Access Governance and Global Information Risk Management at Manulife, gave an inspiring speech about her struggles and triumphs throughout her very successful tech career with a simple message: do not be afraid to fail. She attributed much of her success to seeking opportunities to grow into, citing a concerning statistic. While men apply for a job when they meet 60 percent of qualifications, women apply only if they meet 100 percent of them. She encouraged our guests to apply for jobs that will test their abilities and allow them to learn and grow.
Our event also honored, Girlstart, an organization whose mission is empowering girls in science, technology, engineering and math. Girlstart’s Deputy Director Julie Shannan attended the event to share a little about their mission and programs. Through donations from the attendees, we were able to raise enough to money to provide summer camp scholarships to four girls or provide STEM supplies for a semester of Girl Start After School for 20-25 girls.
We look forward to hosting even bigger Women in Identity receptions at future Navigate events, and we encourage you to check out the great work Girlstart is doing at girlstart.org.