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Demystifying Mentoring and Putting it to Practice

October 26, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

What is mentoring, how can it help me, where can I find it, should I be a mentor?….

All these questions and more will be discussed in an event hosted by WiBD, and supported by Five9’s Women In Tech ERG.

We will discuss mentoring and the different forms it might take, listen to mentors and mentees share their experiences, and even dip our toes in the mentoring pool by participating in a speed mentoring session.
We will cap our session with a review of mentoring programs currently available in WiBD, locally and worldwide.

Join us Wednesday, October 26th, at 12 noon PDT for a 90 minutes, fully remote session exploring mentoring and applying it.

Panel Members
Deborah Sgro (Mentoring SME)
Deborah Sgro is a certified career coach with a private practice. She specializes in coaching technology and business professionals at all career levels.
She is also a certified project manager and certified Agile Professional from the Project Management Institute. Deborah holds two master’s degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology.
She is on the Board of Advisors for Women in Big Data, and is the Mentoring Director for that organization.

Lisa Lankford (mentor’s point of view)
Lisa is a Partner Technology Manager at Five9, sharing her passion for Five9 with our many partners, from technology to system integrators. She also works closely with Five9 product teams, providing real world input on Five9 solutions.
Lisa has over 10 years of IT background plus an additional 15+ years in pre-Sales Support. She is considered one of the experts in Five9 and CRM integration, with expertise in Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Microsoft.
Lisa also has extensive time working in the IVR, Speech Recognition, and Voice Biometrics industry including voice authentication, voice design, multi-channel interfaces for natural language customer service, and applying that knowledge into the Five9’s broader Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions.

Vidyashree Ramesh (mentee’s point of view)
Vidyashree has been working in data analytics for four years. She has worked on a number of projects involving public institutions, analyzing data, uncovering insights, and presenting findings to key audiences.
Presently enrolled at Azusa Pacific University for a graduate degree in Applied Statistics and Analytics, she is aiming to work as a biostatistician in the healthcare industry after earning her master’s degree by next year.
For the past two years, she has actively participated in Women in Big Data programs as a member. As a WiBD data science olympian program participant she recently led a team to a successful completion of a Kaggle challenge on image segmentation of cancer and developing a 3D model.

Our Speed Mentoring event will have us break out into smaller groups with mentors to respond to questions collected during event registration and the event itself.

Some, but not all, of the topics that our mentors will discuss:

  • Tech skills – acquiring & improving
  • Roadmap to becoming a Data Scientist, DS competitions & Challenges
  • Mentoring
  • Jobs searching skills
  • Career advancement
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team Leadership & Management

* ERG – Employee Resource Group

While Five9’s ERG is supporting the event by volunteering this is *not* a hiring or recruiting event. Please do not send resumes unsolicited.

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October 26, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT