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ACT-W Chicago Conference 2017

October 10th, 2017

Talener is excited to sponsor ChickTech’s ACT-W Conference in Chicago on October 18th – 20th.  Talener will join companies like Microsoft, Walgreens, VistaPrint & Uptake in contributing to this event geared at empowering women in technology roles. This regional event will bring women and men together for workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, networking events, and a career fair.   From engineers to designers, executives to technical support; ACT-W strives to open the dialogue between the best and the brightest across industries.

The event will kick off on October 18th with a She Started It documentary panel & discussion.  She Started It looks at how females are under-represented in entrepreneurship, highlighting these challenges and the need to find solutions to overcome barriers.  October 19th features a kick-off party the night before the main conference.  The networking happy hour is a great way for people to get to know one another before the main event.  The main conference event takes place at The Chicago School on 10/20. It will include a full day of workshops, sessions, an exhibit fair, and networking.

Tiffany Roesler, Talener’s VP of Leadership & Organizational Development will speak on 10/20 at the Chicago School about “Busting Myths & Negotiating with Style.”

Talener is proud to be a part of this event. It strives to elevate women in technology while promoting STEM-based activities and careers to girls. For the second year, proceeds from the ACT-W Chicago conference will go towards providing STEM education programs to local high school girls through ChickTech.

To attend or to learn more about the event, please visit the Chicago ACT-W Website. We looking forward to seeing you at the event and at the career / exhibit fair!

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Part 2: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices, May 9th

May 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, April 4th marked National Equal Pay Day – a day put into place by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to generate public awareness regarding the pay gap between men’s and women’s wages.  Now, in 2017, the topic of inclusive hiring practices has never been more important.  Typically, women and minorities earn less than their male counterparts, even though women are joining the workforce and graduating college at a higher rate than men.

The discussion has become more important as individual cities and states have opted into laws that forbid using salary as a qualifier for future salary decisions.  Massachusetts will enact the salary-asking ban in 2018 and New York City, after putting a ban into place for its city workers, is now looking to prohibit any NYC employer from inquiring about a candidate’s salary history – including benefits, bonuses, or commissions.

In the upcoming weeks, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign this new amendment that has been approved by the New York City Council.  The idea, and goal, is to find a way to compensate an employee based on their experience rather than their salary history.  This means that someone who has started their professional life underpaid does not continue the cycle of underpayment.

Powerbase Meditation Founder, Danielle Kayembe, along with Talener’s Head of Training and Strategic Partnerships, Tiffany Roesler and NYC Directors Kim Siembieda and Alicia Scully will dive into the second part of the #TalenerMVMT series: Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices on Tuesday, May 9th.  They will cover topics that build upon the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event as well as illustrate ways to have salary conversations (without the salary!), navigate changes in the workplace, and Danielle will illustrate some self-created techniques for meditation for women.

If you missed the first Coalition for Inclusive Hiring Practices event, you can read the coverage here. The second part of the series is open to anyone interested in inclusive hiring practices. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Make sure to stay connected to Talener for updates on the amendment signing.  Follow us on Twitter @TalenerHQ.

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Product Management Advice, 5 Cents – Washington DC Meetup, March 21, 2017

March 28th, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21st, Talener Director Kate Byrnes partnered with Meetup organizer Jie Zhang (JZ) to host a lively discussion at Talener DC.  The meetup, Product Management Advice, 5 Cents, covered topics such as lean startup, enterprise innovation and prioritization.

JZ began the meetup by setting two goals for each attendee: Goal 1 – Meet one new person; Goal 2 – Leave with one new solution. Attendees wrote questions on sticky notes and then each were divided into groups by category.  The four guest speakers, Elliot Susel and Teague Hopkins, freelance workers alongside Kristian Bouw from Notion Theory and Pete Oliver Kruger from Going Green Today, each took a categorized group, holding informative discussions on each topic within the groups.

Attendee, Anna N., thanked the organizers for hosting the Meetup, saying “it is one of the most engaging and well facilitated Meetups I have been to. The format encouraged a good learning/collaborati­ve environment with the mentors and opportunity for a natural, personal connection with others. Goals were clearly defined in the beginning and achieved. Looking forward to the next one!”

Each attendee left with at least one solution to their inquiries.  After groups of interactive discussions, both goals were met successfully, leaving each attendee with a sense of accomplishment.

JZ and Kate have another Meetup in the works covering the 2018 SXSW (South by Southwest) convention on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Those who should attend this next Meetup are product managers who would like to announce or speak at SXSW 2018, or understand what they can get out of this tech and culture conference. SXSW is held in Austin, TX the first week of March each year.  Answers to frequently asked questions such as “What do I need to prepare?” “Should I go?” and “What can I get out of it?” will all be addressed at the meetup.  For more information about the May 3rd Meetup, click here.  Follow Talener on social media for more information about the future Meetups and new job openings!

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Laravel Winter Showcase at Talener New York

January 26th, 2017

What’s the best way to kick off the New Year at the new HQ? A great meetup, of course!  Talener New York welcomed the Laravel Meetup winter showcase last week.  This is the first group that visited our new office space at 2 Grand Central Tower, next to Grand Central Station.

Talener looks for ways to get involved in the tech community.  The Laravel meetup gave us the chance to meet members of the community and learn more about Laravel through two excellent presenters – Ilan Gitter & Christophe Tumminello.

Ilan engaged the crowd with his spot-on Game of Thrones references that were relevant to Laravel & Vue.Js as a toolbox. Plus, he talked specifically about handling sensitive data across the wire.  His experience as a Full Stack Developer, Musician & current Front End Developer at OmniMedia mean that he brought a unique perspective to his craft.

Likewise, Christopher Tumminello, former Lead Engineer at VICE Media, and current Senior Consultant at EY Digital, enlightened the crowd about his take on Laravel.  He discussed utilizing Laravel as a prototyping toolkit. It offers a clean slate to create innovative forward thinking features & applications in a quick and powerful way.

The Meetup provides the community with the ability to learn, teach, and connect with other Laravel enthusiasts.  Three dozen people met, enjoyed the evening, and gained some valuable insight about technology that is perpetually changing how we do things.

We’d like to thank Arron Kallenberg, the Laravel Meetup organizer for his dedication to the event and to the Laravel community.  His passion for his craft and desire help others to learn is unparalleled.

If you’re interested in learning more about Talener, the Laravel community, or have questions about the current hiring market in tech, please feel free to reach out to us.  If you are interested in other technologies beyond Laravel, specialized teams are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Talener is always looking to engage with the community and provide insight about tech & hiring.

Grant Zaccareo –

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April 19th, 2015: Chicago Apache Cassandra Event

March 23rd, 2015

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Searching for a free, all-day Cassandra event in the heart of Chicago?  Look no further that the DataStax Cassandra event on Sunday, April 19th.

What: DataStax is holding a FREE, day-long event in Chicago on April 19th about Apache Cassandra, a big data/ NoSQL database used by companies like Apple, Netflix, and The Weather Channel. Check out all of the details below!

Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers- 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611

When: Sunday, April 9th from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)

Why: Cassandra is used by thousands of companies and over 30% of Fortune 100s for its high availability (peer-to-peer & simple active multi-data center), ease of operations, performance & scalability. This is the time to learn about Cassandra.

The Details: Sponsored by Microsoft Azure, HP & Vormetric- this Apache Cassandra event is hosted by DataStax in the heart of Chicago for a full day. Free breakfast, lunch, and parking validation included! This will be a free three-track event on April 9th to get you skilled on Cassandra.

  • Track One: Intro to Cassandra, including hands-on training
  • Track Two: Use cases and advanced tips & tricks
  • Track Three: Half-day management focused track for executives to understand how and why companies are using big data technologies (featuring the Microsoft Azure team & Asurian VP of Enterprise Architecture & Data Services)

Can’t make the entire event? No problem! Check out the schedule and RSVP here.

Have questions about the event or need more information? Contact Lina at DataStax or check out their event website.



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