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Real Talk from the Top

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Female leaders are switching jobs at the highest rates we’ve ever seen, and ambitious young women are prepared to do the same. To make meaningful and sustainable progress toward gender equality, companies must go beyond table stakes, understand inequities and develop programs to sponsor women leaders across their organizations.

Insight hosted a candid fireside chat ‘Real Talk from the Top’ with four incredible female leaders in software where they discuss their personal journeys and how they got to where they are today. Listen to Whit Bouck, Insight Partners Managing Director moderate and May Habib CEO of Writer, Bronwyn Spira CEO of Force Therapeutics and Paige Robinson CEO of Will Reed discuss their experiences and share advice for creating an inclusive workplace and balancing work and family. 

  • Female tech leaders are often the ‘only one’ on a leadership team, and it isn’t easy. It requires a deep reserve of courage to push through potential conflicts. Pay it forward as you grow in your career and become more comfortable in these uncharted environments. Enable your team to have access to mentorship and growth opportunities at every level to lift the next generation up.  
  • Building an executive career and a family requires thoughtful planning and a strong support infrastructure. Know your “why” with your approach to both your personal and professional goals. Think through the realistic “village of support” and the time and monetary investment you will need to strike the right balance for you.  
  • Creating an inclusive workplace requires more than just checking a box — it needs to be part of the fabric of the organization. Building the workplace culture is not an ‘extra’ thing; it’s everything. This starts with everyone you bring into the organization knowing what is important within your company values and why. Ensure employees buy into the mission and company values.
  • As you navigate your career, find that one mentor who you can go to for support with everything. Collect a ‘personal board of directors’ with people close to you with talents and focuses that align with you. Start to form connections by asking for 20 minutes to bounce ideas off something you’re working on. Continue to grow and learn, and focus on building your relationships — this will pay dividends over time. 


(Moderator) Whit Bouck, Managing Director, Insight Partners

May Habib, CEO and Co-Founder, Writer