Tech Women SIG: Confidence Means Acknowledging Fear and Doing “It” Anyway



  • Tech Women Event

    Imagine your life if you could let go of current beliefs that are stopping you frombidding on a major project, writing that book, or applying for that executive job.

    How often do you pass up an opportunity because it feels too risky? How much more successful would you be if you were confident in your ability to perform well, and able to reduce the fear that comes with a certain amount of risk? Risk-taking and confidence go hand-in-hand.  Taking risks helps grows confidence and the more confident you feel, the more willing you are to take risks.  

    Taking risks, however, requires practice – just like any other muscle. The only way to advance in our careers - and our lives - is to take risks and fail forward.  In order to do that, we need to reduce the power that failing has over us.  Failure isn't final; it's a key part of the learning process that leads to increased confidence, to bigger and bolder risk-taking and to greater success.

     This session will cover:
    -Techniques for assessing your confidence
    - Fun ways to practice taking risks (psychologically, not physically!) regardless of outcomes
    -Methods for increasing confidence by taking small steps every day that lead to bigger "wins"
    -Ideas for doable commitments to flex your confidence muscle

    Bring a sense of humor, a spirit of adventure, and dress comfortably. 


    Kathy Klotz-Guest,
    CEO of Keeping it Human, helps organizations improve marketing success by connecting with  audiences on a human level (that means turning marketing-speak into human-speak)! She also  helpsmarketing and product teams increase their creativity.  In her 20-year career, she has led     successful marketing, product and communications strategies for high-tech and servicesfirms. A  founding fellow for the Society for New Communications Research and comic improviser with the ComedySportz San Jose Rec League, she can be reached at [email protected].  She has Masters degrees from Stanford University and UC Berkeley.


    Francine Gordon, Ph.D. - CEO of F Gordon Group - works with global companies addressing innovation, teamwork, leadership, and the advancement of women. She is also chair of SVForum Tech Women and co-organizer of the TEDxBayArea Women program. She received a PhD from Yale and then began her professional life as one of the first two women on the Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty. She has held senior management roles at several high tech firms, spent more than five years with Boston Consulting Group as a global organization manager, and co-founded a professional repertory theater.

    6:00 - 6:45 p.m Registration & Networking
    6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Mini-workshop

    Please note: Because of Paypal's new policies, we can no longer accept American Express cards at the door.