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Computer Futures Austin held another successful Breaking the Glass workshop on August 4th.  IBM hosted the event for us for the second time at their Design Studio.  A whopping 90 people attended- an 83% increase in attendance compared to our first one!  Guests in attendance were from IBM, HomeAway, WP Engine, Ascension, and GM; to name a few. 

Our topic for the evening was “Bridging the Confidence Gap.”  We discussed the science behind it; offered advice to women on how to combat confidence issues; and provided support for those who are looking to develop their careers. The panel included the Head of Recruitment at Yodle, the CIO at Seton Healthcare, the Director of Design at IBM, and the CEO/Founder of Psyche Jewelry. 

Our own Oliver Wood, founder of Breaking the Glass, also makes it his mission to support local businesses founded by women or run by women.  So at every event, there will be at least one local business there promoting their product.  For this workshop, the rapidly growing Sock Club, an Austin-based start-up, presented their product range and their commitment to investing in talented female designers.

The overall feedback that we received for this event has been overwhelmingly positive.  Oliver has even been invited to be a panelist on a group called “Limitless Women” in Austin!  The Breaking the Glass group now has over 600 members across Texas, with new members added weekly.  We will be hosting our next event at HomeAway, and MyFitFoods have generously offered to donate their catering services. 

About Breaking the Glass 

“Breaking the Glass is a professional networking group which promotes career development for women in Texas. Our concept is simple: Provide opportunities through networking, professional development and offer support to succeed in your career. 'BTG' is a joint venture between two staffing consultancies, Computer Futures and Progressive Global Energy. All of our events are free to attend and there is no membership fee. Through our professional expertise within employment and staffing we seek to impact change and increase diversity within the Texas workforce. We implement initiatives within our client base to promote more opportunities for women. We do this by hosting events which include guest speakers, training seminars, and open forums that discuss topics that are of value to you. This group is not exclusive to women. We encourage male professionals to attend, as the topics we discuss are pertinent to all.”

For more information, visit our Meetup Page.