The Adventures of Women in Tech. How We Got Here and Why We Stay
A must-have for new grads or the experienced alike, Alana Karen skillfully tells the stories of a diverse set of women in tech and demonstrates why belonging is so critical in careers and workplaces. As we navigate diversity questions in our world and workplaces, Adventures of Women in Tech is an outstanding and timely read. — Jonathan Rosenberg, former Senior Vice President of Products for Google.
Being a woman in tech can be lonely. Knowing that others have walked in your shoes makes a huge difference. In ‘Adventures of Women in Tech’, Alana Karen captures a range of experiences, from women at the start of their careers to women who built the industry from the start. As Alana knows from her career at Google (where I was proud to have her on my team), tech can be a thrilling and satisfying field – and with more women at every level, especially in leadership, it will be even better. — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of leanin.org
‘The Adventures of Women in Tech’ is a great go-to guide for inspiration and real talk. Alana Karen serves up a rich stew of stories about the career adventures of dozens of women working in technology companies, and bolsters her interviews with informative research and practical how-to’s. Whether you are starting your career or looking for your next chapter, there’s something here for you. — Karen Wickre, Founder, Kvox Media
Finally a book that speaks candidly to women navigating tech today! With her insights and deft writing, Alana Karen demonstrates both the amazing talent and skills of women in tech today and the very real challenges they face in navigating their careers. This book is a great opportunity for anyone to pick up and relate to directly or as an ally. — Kate Brodock, CEO, Women 2.0 and founder partner, W Fund
Can women have meaningful careers in tech? Are diversity efforts in Silicon Valley failing? Should women avoid working for technology companies?
Alana Karen was annoyed every time she saw the latest headline questioning women’s survival in tech. She pictured a new graduate deciding on her career and only having one-sided articles to help make her decision. She saw colleagues roll their eyes at books about C-level women in tech and heard jokes about how inaccessible those stories sounded. She wondered how women could feel like they belonged if they didn’t see themselves reflected in the media. Inspired by women she knows in tech — women with diverse backgrounds, education, and ambitions — she wrote The Adventures of Women in Tech to fill that gap. A twenty-year tech company veteran and leader, Alana Karen brilliantly and systematically replaces what we think we know about women in tech with more than eighty women’s stories of what it’s honestly like to join, lead, and thrive in today’s top technology companies. The Adventures of Women in Tech delves into why we join tech, the challenges we face, and the skills and support we need to succeed and stay in an often challenging environment. In twelve chapters filled with intimate stories, insights, and advice from women working in technology companies and start-ups, Alana Karen demonstrates that we all belong in tech.