742: How Tech Women Network Founder Jumoke Dada is Leveling-Up Career and Community Resources for Women with Technical Skills

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In this episode of Support is Sexy, Elayne is joined by Jumoke Dada, Founder of Tech Women Network and the HUE Tech Summit for women of color in the technology industry. Dada shares the inspiration behind the systems of support she has created for women in tech fields along with strategies to finding your path to fulfillment by leveraging your knowledge and desires. Hear how Dada is opening up doors and bringing women along with her in this episode of Support is Sexy.

Elayne Fluker

Elayne Fluker is author of the new book, “Get Over ‘I Got It’: How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support and Remember that Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone.” As host of the SUPPORT IS SEXY podcast, she interviews more than 500 successful women entrepreneurs around the world, who share inspiring, true stories of the ups and the downs of their entrepreneurial journeys. Elayne is also founder of SiS.Academy, an online learning platform for women entrepreneurs. For more information about Elayne Fluker, please visit elaynefluker.com. Thank you for listening!

About our Guest:

Jumoke Dada has spent 15+ years working in corporate information technology and is Founder of Signature RED, a technology and strategy consulting service, and of Tech Women Network, an online hub to connect women in tech to resources and each other. She hosts HUE, an annual tech summit for women of color. A contributing blogger to Forbes.com, Dada has been widely recognized for her work from outlets including Business Insider, The Network Journal, Rad Girls, and Black Enterprise Magazine.

Insight from this episode:

  • Strategies to shine and thrive in technology spaces whether it has been a long-time passion or not.
  • How to pivot, adjust, and tweak in both your big and small goals.
  • Benefits of beta-testing and getting feedback from your audience.
  • Reflections on the challenges that women of color face in technology.

Quotes from the show:

  • “There's sometimes this feeling that in order to work in the technology space or be into technology in any way, or become a coder, or whatever it is, people think you have to be that child that was taking apart computers in your parents’ garage like Bill Gates or whoever when you were three years old… you don’t have to start there.” –Elayne Fluker Support is Sexy Ep. #742
  • “If you’re sitting and waiting to figure out if it works, you have to take action.” –Elayne Fluker Support is Sexy Ep. #742
  • “What you initially had in mind to build or create, at the time, it could have been a really great idea and needed for that time. However, if you’re still working on it a year later, so much might have changed. It’s important to be adaptable.” –Jumoke Dada Support is Sexy Ep. #742
  • “We can’t be encouraging girls to come on in if we’re exiting left and right… I can’t encourage women to come forth and stay and speak and do all these things, if I’m not doing it myself. I have to live by example.” –Jumoke Dada Support is Sexy Ep. #742
  • “Do what you do, do it well, and help other women along the way.” –Jumoke Dada Support is Sexy Ep. #742

Resources Mentioned

HUE Tech Summit

Tech Women Network

Tech Women Speakers - The List

Tech Women Network Virtual Career Fair

Elayne Fluker Speaking at LinkedIn TransformHer Conference

Stay Connected:

Elayne Fluker

Website: elaynefluker.com

Twitter: @elaynefluker

Facebook: Elayne Fluker

Instagram: @elaynefluker

LinkedIn: Elayne Fluker

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Jumoke Dada

Website: Dadaverse.org

Twitter: @JumokeDada

Facebook: @JumokeDada

Instagram: @JumokeDada

LinkedIn: Jumoke K. Dada

Support is Sexy

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Post-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.

[Music: “Stomp and Clap” by Scott Holmes from Free Music Archive]

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