PowerToFly was thrilled to team up with Audible to present an exclusive event for women in tech on Wednesday July 20th. Held at Audible's gorgeous office in Newark, New Jersey a capacity crowd was treated to a series of presentations focusing on the current and upcoming technology behind Audible's popular products. Before and after the presentations, guests were able to network with their peers and the Audible team over delicious food and sparkling wine.
Some of the topics discussed in the evening included:
Chrome Dev Tools
Web App Security
Jamy Barton, Audible's Sr. Director, Tech Diversity kicked off the evening with a warm welcome, speaking about the company's commitment to diversity, before turning the mic over to PowerToFly's CoFounders Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski who explained that PowerToFly only team ups with companies that truly care about diversity and inclusion and that Audible is such a company. Moving into the tech portion of the night, Sr. Director, Software Development (and male ally) Ian Moraes introduced the presentations. The Audible web team speakers included:
Neha Koul | Software Development Engineer
Oleksandra Usova | Software Development Engineer
Jane Li | Software Development Engineer
Garima Agarwal | Software Development Engineer
Nancy Huang | Software Development Engineer
The programming wrapped up with lighting introductions from Chandana Kanchanagari, Sr. Manager, Software Developer and Bidisha Das, Sr. Manager, Software Developer as well as an audience Q&A
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Attendees had a chance to network with the Audible team as well as their peers
NEW YORK – September 7, 2023 – PowerToFly, a diversity talent acquisition platform connecting underrepresented talent to great careers, today announced a new feature available within the PowerPro product, Candidate Search. The new feature is set to transform talent acquisition by providing companies with a powerful tool to identify and recruit candidates from underrepresented backgrounds, bringing a new level of inclusivity and effectiveness to the hiring process.
Using the Enhanced Search feature within Candidate Search, recruiters are equipped to search for and select candidates based on specific diversity parameters like gender and ethnicity, among other identity markers candidates have and affinity groups they belong to. The streamlined process facilitates finding, shortlisting, and engaging potential candidates, all within a single intuitive search function.
Employers and recruiters now have the ability to find professionals who match various identity and skill markers, adding a new dimension to diversity recruiting — one that often wasn’t feasible with traditional candidate search tools.
While competitors may use the term “diversity filters” to describe a similar feature, PowerToFly uses proprietary self-reported data from its community of 3.7 million diverse professionals to enhance candidate information, all while providing recruiters with a search experience that is more robust, expansive, and accurate compared to tools operated by platforms without a core DEIB focus.
On average, traditional talent acquisition teams can spend up to four hours curating a list of 100 qualified, diverse profiles using tools like LinkedIn. PowerPro’s Candidate Search enables recruiters to generate these lists in seconds.
In addition to its streamlining capabilities, Candidate Search is designed to foster inclusivity from the earliest stages of recruitment, aligning with PowerToFly's core mission of engendering more diverse teams. The feature is readily accessible within PowerPro, PowerToFly’s comprehensive talent acquisition platform.
"With the launch of Candidate Search, we are taking a crucial step forward in empowering companies to expand the pool of top talent they’re connecting with across all identity groups. With this feature, companies can continue building teams that reflect the identity demographics of the communities they're serving, and do this faster than ever before" said Milena Berry, CEO and co-founder of PowerToFly.
The enhancement features in Candidate Search help mitigate unconscious biases that inadvertently impact hiring decisions, enabling companies to tap into the power of diverse perspectives to drive innovation and success.
For those interested in learning more about Candidate Search, PowerToFly will be hosting a live demo on Thursday, September 7th, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT. Click here to register.
PowerToFly was founded by Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski in 2014 to fast-track economic equity by connecting underrepresented talent to roles in highly visible sectors. The company is focused on empowering underrepresented talent across all races, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, veteran statuses, and gender identities. Allies are welcomed.
A full list of companies on the PowerToFly platform can be found here.
An effective job search takes time. Watch the video to the end to get some tips on how to succeed in your next job hunt!
Looking for effective job search strategies? Join Carolina Bontempo, senior recruiter at Moody's, as she shares valuable advice on tailoring your resume and acing the interview process.
When it comes to an effective job search, tailoring your resume is very important. Include keywords and phrases relevant to the desired positions. Many companies nowadays utilize applicant tracking systems, scanning for specific keywords in the job description. By strategically incorporating these keywords, you can increase your chances of getting noticed by potential employers.
To be effective in your job search, provide intelligent answers. During interviews, a common directive is "Tell me about yourself." Use this question to give a well-structured overview of your professional background. Share your current role and relevant work history, focusing on key roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments that directly relate to the position you're applying for. Highlight the skills and strengths that make you a strong candidate, reinforcing qualities aligned with the job requirements. Remember to keep your answers concise and professional while providing specific examples of how you have utilized those skills in previous positions.
A key aspect of an effective job search is research
By investing time to understand Moody's Corporation, you can demonstrate your interest and knowledge. Explore the official website to familiarize yourself with the company's core values, target market, products/services, and recent news or press releases. Navigate their social media accounts to gain insights into their online presence and current happenings. This research will enable you to showcase your enthusiasm, align your skills and experiences with the company's values, and ask good questions during the interview.
Are you interested in joining Moody's? They have open positions! To learn more, click here.
Get to Know Carolina Bontempo
If you are interested in a career at Moody's, you can connect with Carolina on LinkedIn. Don’t forget to mention this video!
More About Moody's
Moody’s is a globally integrated risk assessment firm that empowers organizations to make better decisions. Their data, analytical solutions, and insights help decision-makers identify opportunities and manage the risks of doing business with others. They believe that greater transparency, more informed decisions, and fair access to information open the door to shared progress. With over 14,000 employees in more than 40 countries, Moody’s combines international presence with local expertise and over a century of experience in financial markets.
Meet Srini Tallapragada, President and Chief Engineering Officer for Salesforce. In his role, Srini leads the global engineering team to drive innovation at Salesforce.
Read on to learn about Srini’s career journey, his approach to leadership, and how Salesforce is uniquely positioned in the market with its AI + Data + CRM advantage.
What motivated you to pursue a career in engineering, and how did you get started in the tech industry?
Growing up in India, it seemed to me like if you were good in math or science, you either got into engineering or medicine. I went into engineering and picked computer science. The college I studied at had an old Russian IBM mainframe, which was a copy of the IBM 370. I got into punch card programming and assembly. By the time I finished my formal education, there was a boom in the IT industry. I came to the Bay Area in February of ‘97 and joined Oracle as an Engineer in their Server technologies division, and the rest, as they say, is history.
How do you see the future of engineering evolving, and what excites you most about the possibilities of new technology like AI?
The great thing about my job, engineering, and the tech industry is that they are constantly changing. You have to be agile. My job and the job of the engineering org is to ensure Salesforce is leading in innovation — taking all the different technologies coming in and translating them into the customer experience as we bring them along.
As things keep changing, we’ll bring our customers along in the future, in the mobile way, the social way, the cloud way, or now in the data and AI way. The most interesting part is leveraging those technologies to help our customers connect to their customers in new ways and bring them along so that they don’t need to worry about them — we worry about them.
Reflecting on your experience as a leader in the tech industry, what was the biggest challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
Many people think technology is the biggest challenge, but it’s about the people and aligning everyone on a common goal. I always have confidence that my engineering teams will solve the technical challenges. But making the mind shift and aligning everybody has been one of my toughest challenges. The trick is to have great engineers and provide a vision big enough for them to bring all their creativity. Sometimes this means saying “no” to 100 or 99 things, so you can protect the one thing you’re focused on creating. That’s the challenge.
There are also points where you’ve got to make a leap of faith. The hardest for me was Hyperforce: this was less about the technology and more about it being hard for people to see what was around the bend. My learning as a leader is that you’ve got to explain the why, and it’s not enough to do it once. Everyone needs to understand the why and you need to have the patience to keep explaining it. For example, we couldn’t have done our fastest-growing organic innovation in Salesforce history — Data Cloud — without Hyperforce.
Can you share a personal anecdote about a time you had to take a risk to achieve a goal or make an impact in your career?
The risk is in the execution and direction. Both are equally important. The risk of direction is that it may be the wrong hill to take. It requires a lot of knowledge, a lot of scanning the environment, and a lot of learning. And of course, we still have to execute on that, and we also have to manage the execution risk.
We are now doing generative AI, and we’ve been working on it for some time. We’ve been building large language models (LLMs) and have been using them internally. From the industry, it looks big, but we are ready to make the leap of faith as we are excited about the opportunities that are ahead of us. A key part of my job is to always understand what’s happening — I ask and learn from others: other countries, other places, and other companies. So I’m always trying to scan the environment.
What is it about the combination of AI, data, and CRM that can be so powerful for businesses that Salesforce made such an investment in that technology?
I’ve been in the CRM industry for over 25 years chasing this. I call it the holy grail. The holy grail was for our Customer 360 to have personalized one-to-one experiences because everybody wants to be treated as an individual, not like a pixel or a cookie.
At Salesforce, we have all of the layers. We have the bottom infrastructure layer, Hyperforce, and we provide a data layer with Data Cloud. Then, you need applications and we have the best with our Customer 360. Add AI — both predictive AI, which is what Einstein is, and Einstein GPT, which is the generative AI — and suddenly, we have all the pieces that we alone can solve. Only we have that combination, which is why with AI + Data + CRM, we are uniquely positioned as a company in terms of our ability to execute. I’m very excited and you see that energy in our customers.
What feedback have you received from customers regarding Data Cloud and the fusion of AI + Data + CRM?
Almost every customer I’m meeting with nowadays wants to know about generative AI. AI was always happening and the new language models were there, but ChatGPT has shown what’s possible and sparked the imagination and creativity of everybody. It’s a foundational moment. Everybody wants to know how it will impact their business and how Salesforce can help bring them into the future.
Every customer has data silos, and that’s why they’re wanting to understand all of this AI, but you need data for it, which is why they want to really understand Data Cloud. But, these two by themselves won’t be complete without our applications — Customer 360 and Slack. Customers assume we will give all the power of this technology with all the right guardrails — that’s the big problem that we have to solve in an ethical, proper way.
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